Black Heart Saints- “Alive”(2017)

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Josh “Mr. Sexy” Ross – Vocals
Mark Sean – Guitar
EJ Laurel – Bass
Nathan “Nasty Nate” Flores – Drums

The end of waiting is here!!

Black Heart Saints has triumphantly released their album “Alive” at long last!!

Some may remember the review I did for their EP in January 2016. Now they are back.

And it has more scorching hits on it than a Texas summer heat wave. Finally, and I mean  FINALLY a full length album to review.

Nine tracks and two covers. An excellent way to get a band’s discography off the ground and running. A fascinating intro and lead off track that will make you stop whatever it is you are doing and listen intently as it busts into the next track called “One Last Thrill” which has recently been played at live shows to get your blood pumping and in the mood.

I cannot say enough praise for the rest of the tracks that follow, such as “Travelin’ On” (which is the album’s lead single) and “Quicksand” and “Call To Arms”. The latter couple of the aforementioned tracks becoming my personal favorites.

The sweltering voice of vocalist Josh Ross, aka Mr. Sexy, captures the heart and soul of the term best described as American rock and roll. With a cast of uber talented musicians with Mark Sean on guitar,  Nasty Nate on drums, and EJ Laurel slinging  some heavy bomb beat on the bass guitar.

Sean’s guitar solos are a force!! He has molded the craft on his instrument into a shining gold star. EJ Laurel also lending a hand with some backing vocals. Everything comes all together in one mighty strong effort that will keep your attention from beginning to end, and have you wanting more.

And I cannot forget the special guest appearance musician of Haydn Vitera on violin for the tracks “Quicksand” and “Call To Arms”. (Just between you and me a tour combining VITERA with Black Heart Saints would an excellent show.)

“Come Together” by The Beatles and “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder does not disappoint. And I also believe it exudes great light on the band’s own personal musical influences, and they are vast.

I am excited to see where this will lead them. They start a tour in a few days which will lead them to Sturgis this year and back again. So keep an eye out for them as they hit the road.

And you will see what I am talking about through and through.

Solid album. Again another 4 Black Hearts out of 4. ♥♥♥♥

Check them out at:

Black Heart Saints

 

 

 

 

The Crowned-“Apparition” (2017)

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Marc Coronado- Vocals/Drums
Shane Ellis- Lead Guitar
Eric Salinas-Rhythm Guitar
Johnny Danger- Bass Guitar

I got my hands on a pre-order for the album “Apparition” by The Crowned.

You may have seen them touring in Winter 2017 with HELL YEAH. And they’ve blasted off into space ever since.

I am blown away at this album, being that this is the first ever album that this band has ever released. And it remains consistent from literal beginning to end.

This album is brutal!! Even from the start, the lead in from the first track “Forthcoming” going to “God Dammit” scared the piss out of me in more ways that your grandpa can explain his old stories from World War II.

Further tracks, such as “The Dead [featuring The Wolf] ” and “Murder” enumerate the anger that is felt and heard through and through. And it never lets up.

And if you have seen the band live already, you already know the words to their smash tune “Nobody”… say them with me:

“Nobody fucks you like I fuck you!”

Coronado lyrically paints a picture that is equal to the Mona Lisa. Then mask it all up with black paint until there is nothing but a dark soul. And then takes a shit on the frame before giving it the finger and expects you to just deal with it.

Other  guest appearances are noted vocalists such as Corpse Queen, and Amanda Maddera (formerly of Casket of Cassandra). Equally haunting and wicked on both participants. On tracks “Kill” and “Warfare” respectively.

“Your Promise” gives one last shot at a chill to crawl down your back with words such as “Promise me you’ll love me, before you hate me” and it grabs your attention and throws it down into a choke hold.

The official release of this album will be August 8, 2017.

This album rates at 12 life sentences without parole… out of 12.

Buy it!!

The Crowned

Edit: While listening to this album in preparation of writing this review, I had a visit from the local Sheriff’s Department based in part to a noise complaint. It was super loud. Nothing could have been worse for them to knock on the door during the pivotal section of the track “Nobody”.
Lessons learned.

Inside The World Of Sault

I have felt compelled to write after hearing a live studio appearance of a metal band named “Sault.”

This band was brought to my attention when the band One-Eyed Doll was in town. Guest guitarist Riggs Arcanium (of Arcanium fame) took to the stage during a few songs alongside One-Eyed Doll vocalist, Kimberly Freeman.

After the show, I was pleasantly surprised to have a one on one conversation with Riggs. From that point he told me of this music project he was involved with called “Sault.”

Eagerly, I had been waiting to hear something… anything from them.

Fast forward to the other night where Sault was on live radio by KGFRocks.

Set course for detonation overload.

I feel literally to my knees hearing “Guilt” for the first time. I went back to listen over and over and over and over again.

I would not be able to break the repetitious listening mega fest for too long as the heavy-hitting tune “Adonai” came across the air waves.

Personally I was not aware that Riggs was in charge of vocals at first. But now that I know this to be fact, I honestly wished I had his vocal style as well as range. Other members of the band are from the band Kamelot.

I’m going to make this brief but very clear. You need to go to their website and listen to the selections that they have available and turn that sucker up to twelve!!!

More information as it becomes available. I just felt the need to make this introduction.

TVCS #51 KGFRocks w/Sault

Sault Home Page

The Reverent Few (2016-EP)

Vocals: Paige DeChausse

Guitar, Vocals: Nick Boettcher

Guitar, Vocals: David Jimenez

Bass: Amanda Darnell

Drums: John Kalny

This EP is your once in a lifetime shining star. It is also the exception to my rule.

For your absolute listening pleasure to the point of audio orgasm, comes along a blues/rock band with their leads hailing from Chicago, Illinois area transplanted into Austin, Texas just a couple of years ago or so.

The Reverent Few is truly a local treasure. A hidden gem from much of the world. And its the job of reviews such as this, to speak the word to the rest of the listening world to spread what has turned into the year’s best EP purchase of 2016!!!

Exploding out of the gates with a seriously addicting and toe-tapping tune of “Marjorie” to the soulful tear-producing ballad of “I’ll Bring The Wine (Why Can’t You Love Me),” The Reverent Few is the complete definition of magical mastery in music. An all-star collection that is sure to reach the deepest parts of your soul. It truly is sexy soul with rock and roll.

Worth every cent. Check them out here.

Ten snake bites out of ten. YOU NEED TO BUY THIS NOW!!


Meeting The Boleys

Music is universal. A language that everyone speaks even if two people do not understand one another’s words. And there is a music style and genre for every body who inhabits this planet of ours.

And now I have the honor and distinct pleasure of introducing to you, The Boleys.

A musical trip that fills the voids of everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from or what they like. The Boleys just outside of Austin, Texas is a spectacular family trio that will soften the hearts of even the world’s toughest critics.

My first taste of them was short in sweet during the 2015 Holiday season during a Toys for Tots concert.

Once they started playing and singing, it was like one glorious genre in and of itself. And it is just the three of them on stage. A family; siblings.

And the one thing that really flipped me out was the fact that the drummer was playing with no shoes. I had never seen that before.

Yes indeed. Ethan, Joe, and Emma Boley are an absolute joy upon one’s hearing. After hearing all the heavy, harsh, and pounding music of Austin’s metal scene… The Boleys is that perfect dessert-like compliment.

This band has a bright future ahead of them. All paths are open and everything is possible! The only thing that I would change about it, is the fact that they are not getting any press. No recognition. And there’s tons of potential between all three members.

The recognition would not be wasted or lost. In fact, The Boleys DESERVE that chance. Even if you believe that their style of grunge, punk, and psychedelic rock is not your thing. They are commanding of your attention.

Their talents run deep into their family tree as this writer understands that one and/or both of their parents were at one point in the music scene themselves. Its in their genes to perform. Its in their blood to entertain. And they just want a chance to rock!

I got the chance to follow through in a week’s time during SXSW Music Festival. With each and every show they performed, they took over the stage and made it theirs. And you could tell that they were giving it their all.

Dear Readers: The Boleys are the real deal!!!

You need to at least check them out. If you don’t, you will be missing something important from life.

http://www.theboleys.net/

 

Black Heart Saints (EP-2014)

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Josh Ross – Vocals
Mark Sean – Guitar
EJ Laurel – Bass
Nathan Flores – Drums

I have been waiting to get my hands on this one for about two months now.

To start with, I am going to take a quote from the film, “Friday After Next”.. paraphrased.

This music is so damned good, it makes you wanna slap yo mama!

Black Heart Saints is a breath of fresh air inside of the already convoluted and surfeit music scene of Austin, Texas.

This four song gem was worth the sacrifice as well as the money. Their music matches their frenzied stage show. In which many people have come to me and have described it in their own words.

“Touch The Sky” is one song that you will listen to, and you will not be able to sit still. It summons every fiber of your being to get up and move. “Wasting Away” will also get your head banging, your pulse pounding, and your blood flowing.

After exploding on to the scene from SXSW Festival in 2014, Black Heart Saints has been polishing their musical reputation ever since, opening for top name bands.

Honestly… what more could you want in a band that is making its way to the top, and taking no prisoners?? This is a ride you wanna get in on.

After recently playing with Texas legends Dangerous Toys in 2015 and ORGY during the first weekend of 2016, Black Heart Saints is finding its fan base growing in a rapid explosion. Their music matches their energy and the band is no joke. Top notch serious musicians wanting to get their message out to the world and taking everyone in one at a time.

This EP earns a 4 out of 4 Black Hearts. ♥♥♥♥

If you wanna get to rockin’ or if you really want something to fill your eyes for a live performance. Black Heart Saints is the band for you!!!!

One-Eyed Doll: Witches (2015)

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Kimberly Freeman- Guitar, Banjo, Lead Vocals
Jason “Junior” Rufus Sewell- Drums, Bass, Synths, Organ, Mandolin Backing Vocals, “Ember” sermon

The album “Witches” by One-Eyed Doll was released on the 24th of March. One-Eyed Doll also currently supporting the album with a cross-country tour through May 2015.

I had the opportunity to catch them at the Heart of Texas Rockfest 2015 during the SXSW Music Festival as they swept through the state and across the southern United States. I was fortunate enough to land my hands on the album days before the official release. So to bring home a physical copy of the album was quite the treat. And I’ve been deeply involved with it for the last week and more.

Most recently I took the album with me at an excursion to the grocery store. Plugged into my ears, I listened intently as I browsed up and down the aisles. Being there long enough for me to go through the album in its entirety, twice. Needless to say, it is the only thing I’ve listened to since then.

The complexity of the album grows with each track through the conceptual idea of telling the story of the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria that actually took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692.

I even love the fact that the tracks are listed on the back of the CD cover in Roman numerals. Eleven tracks in total. 43 minutes in length. Exactly 43 minutes.

I did read in another article/interview that Kimberly Freeman mentioned that the lyrics are based on historic research from what was saved in Salem, as well as her own point of view from each person that was involved in the hysteria.

The first track “Ember” begins with this somber feeling which transports you back into 17th Century Colonial-American period. A preacher’s voice can be heard victimizing its congregation that the Devil is in fact real.

As it builds and continues right into the second track “Prayer” which takes on a tone of its own. A chilling account of the different main characters of the story being told, with their so-called prayers as they suffer from the situation that has befallen them. The screaming and snarling heard vocally gets your blood pumping and it blows your mind to what it had to be like for the children of Salem to have “suffered” what they went through.

(Personally though, I would like to know if they did or did not sample a part of Walt Disney’s “Snow White” for a line or two behind the music. I could be way off.)

“Black In The Rye” brings One-Eyed Doll back to their usual metal sound. The interesting bit would be the theory of the rye being diseased by something called “Ergot” which has the same properties as the drug LSD. They lived off their land, and the theory could be that the crops were suffering this disease and it could give an explanation as to why the children of Salem were going through their fits of insanity and bewitching. An interesting theory indeed. This track is currently being played live on stage during their current tour.

“More Weight” taken from the actual words of one of the many who were executed for witchcraft. Giles Corey however was pressed to death, having stones laid upon his body until his body was crushed by the weight, rather than hanged like the others. Instead of confessing as his accusers were wanting, he insisted more weight of stones be pressed against him until he finally perished.

So far this is my favorite track on the album. As well as bits from “Prayer.” I find the lyrics to “Prayer” incorporating the different point of views to be totally haunted. Again with “Stillness” the lyrical content has successfully either caused tears to come forth or send shivers up my spine and literally cause me to fall to the floor… of which I am certain that if the 17th Century Puritan ministers would have seen it, would have thought that “I” was bewitched.

Other tracks give off this kind of Blues feeling with the prominent instrument being a banjo. Tracks such as “Remember” and “Stillness” show off the refulgent and undeniable talent of the duo. ONEEYEDDOLL_color1_resized

Kimberly Freeman’s vocals are spot on and both nostalgic and memorable. Captivating, strong, and very lethal in a sense to be able to tell the story of the entire album track by track. Knowing that “Junior” is basically the band’s “Jack of All Trades” when it comes to musical abilities. He includes his majestic music playing many instruments on the album.

The idea of having a concept album works! With each track like its own chapter of the story, you’re transported away with pleasing music and astonishing story telling by Kimberly Freeman. You spend all of those 43 minutes immersed in your own mind wondering what it would have been like to have been alive during all of the events that took place.

I personally believe that this album will be raising awareness to the story told. A story that is sadly and unfortunately no longer told in schools today, but was in fact discussed during my school days as a youth. Once a person listens to this album, it will cause Internet searches to rise in numbers so that they could earn more information of what honestly happened.

The album is a definite must have. I would score it an actual 103 out of 100, due to the chills and scares it gave me while listening to it sincerely the first time. The tears, the shivers, and the wondering.

Plus, there is no other feeling like getting chills up and down your spine when you listen to music, getting goosebumps, and having the strongest desire to weep while you’re in the bread aisle of the local grocery store.

So whether you are interested in the history of the Salem Witch Trials or just a fan of good music, then don’t hesitate and buy the album. It can be purchased by Standby Records.

http://standbyrecords.merchnow.com/

You simply cannot pass this album by.