Best Of The Batch: Blameshift
Title: Drop Down
Label: Can’t Stop Records
Blameshift is hitting the ground running and already their killer new album, Drop Down, is in the Top 10 FYE Indie Charts. I like to call music like this beautiful noise, because it creates all sorts if imagery, both sides of the coin from the book of life if you will.
This is definitely not music for the faint of heart; it snarls, spits, then scratches and claws its way into your soul. Like it or not, it is effective and it grabs you. What made this entire CD so enjoyable for me was the give and take of Tim Barbour’s and Jenny Mann’s vocals, playing off each other as a tag team rock ‘n’ roll machine.
This is all built on the chunky, heavy-duty guitar riffs of Dan Leto and some powerhouse bass (now played by Dave Kaplan, who joined the band after the album was recorded). James Miller holds up the bottom end with some vicious skin pounding, which makes for a non-stop pure raw energy that really digs in and gets some traction.
Let me just say that this is not a leisurely walk in the park. It is more like walking through a dark back alley in the city wondering what is going to pop out from around a corner; the anticipation and excitement never lets up. If you like that living-on-the-edge excitement, this CD could provide that feeling and atmosphere easily.
So what do you like? If it’s metal, punk, rock, even some rap thrown in here and there, and if you happen to like it all, Blameshift is your ticket to a listening orgasm. The opening and title cut starts off with a voice saying “Honey I got news for you…” then a jagged edged guitar and thumping bass comes in as Jenny Mann starts singing in her sweet sexy voice.
Every track has tremendous energy showing different facets and evolutions of the band. “From Here On In” features a rip tide of instruments all at once, and it shows how the band can rock straight out and slow down and provide some tasteful licks, particularly on guitar. These are just two examples of an ongoing force of authority and vigor that prevails throughout this album. This band has a mass appeal that will more than likely find them national recognition in a short period.
1. Drop Down (3:18)
2. Sanctuary (3:03)
3. From Here On In (3:23)
4. Next in Line (4:01)
5. Love/Misery (3:39)
6. Royal Life (2:56)
7. The Maguire Incident (4:09)
8. Picture of a Person (3:51)
9. Haunted Dreams (3:38)
Dan Leto-lead guitar
Tim Barbour-rhythm guitar, vocals
Guest Vocals on "Next in Line"- Acrimony
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