Black River - Black 'N' Roll review
|Album:||Black 'N' Roll|
|Release date:||July 2009|
01. Barf Bag
03. Lucky In Hell
04. Black 'N' Roll
05. Breaking The Wall
06. Jumping Quenny Flash
07. Too Far Away
08. Loaded Weapon
10. Like A Bitch
11. Young 'N' Drunk
12. Free Man
Yes, Motörhead is very cool. We all knew it before, we don't need every black metal musician reminding us.
So you've probably already noticed this trend lately; every black metal musician needs a Motörhead tribute band, or change their band's style to that of Motörhead. We have Chrome Division, I and new Darkthrone being the biggest examples. In the words of Chrome Division; "Here comes another one." Now members of Behemoth, Vesania and Dimmu Borgir are beginning to realize crude rock n' roll gets you laid a lot quicker than black metal.
Trying to conjure up a creative description for this band is really difficult, seeing as it's basically a Chrome Division clone; hell, even Taff sounds a hell of a lot like Eddie Guz in the vocal delivery. That being said, there's a certain charm to Black River that differs from Chrome Division. Chrome Division are polished, and pristine, Black River are more rough-edged (more appropriate when trying to achieve that Motorhead sound I suppose).
Despite a step toward a slightly rawer sound, (and a few post-grunge tendencies from time to time) the similarities are just too many to make this anything but a disappointingly predictable ride. Blues influenced guitars, chugging bass, deep, gravelly vocals, imagery regarding Jack Daniels, motorcycles, being a sinner, and I can only assume they talk about sluts at some point or another. Does this all sound familiar? If the answer is no, you might actually be thoroughly amused by this. The songs are actually quite a bit of fun, and if you're specifically looking for a safe, familiar sound without any surprises whatsoever, then this comes highly recommended. Or perhaps you just don't have the patience to wait for a third Chrome Division instalment. On the other hand, if Chrome Division is enough Chrome Division for you, there's really no point in checking this one out.
||Written on 27.07.2010 by Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.|
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