Album Reviews
Band: Blind River

Title: Blind River

Label: Independent Release

How good is it when you go to see a gig, find your standing spot, the lights go down, and there's a surprise extra support band on before the original support band?! That's what happened the night Inglorious played The Boiler Shop in Newcastle, when as well as City Of Thieves in support, we got an acoustic set by Blind River, whose members have played in bands including Godsized, Pig Iron and Earls Of Mars, and good were they? As Mrs. Brown would say 'feckin' good'!! I was so impressed by them, I went over to the merch desk, met vocalist Harry Armstrong, purchased their debut album 'Blind River, hoping that they would be even better with all guns a-blazin', and next day found out I wasn't disappointed!  

 

The album has energy bursting from the seams from start to finish, whether it's the raspy, groove-laden opener 'Going Nowhere', the following 'Bonehouse', that has the pocket-rocket vocalist spitting out the F-bombs left, right and centre within seconds of the intro to this ballsy, riffmeister that drummer Andrew Esson totally owns as he pounds the life out of his kit, or 'Peacemaker', that simply rips it's way through on a barrage of HUGE riffage, bass 'n drumming that shakes your innards to the point where you don't need no exercise to lose those extra pounds, just listen to Chris Charles, Dan Edwards (both guitarists) and bassist William Hughes along with Esson and save your money from Weightwatchers. Works a treat! 

 

One song that sticks out in my mind from their acoustic set was 'Can't Sleep Sober', but to hear it on the album, it becomes a totally different entity altogether, duelled guitar work dipping in and out a la Thin Lizzy style, soaring solos and an even angrier bugger on vocals, as I said previously, pocket-rocket with an awesome range and presence, as proved on the mightily ferocious rocker 'Freedom Dealer', and when I say ferocious, listen to Mr. Armstrong spit this one out, you'll only want to call him Mr. Armstrong to his face! 

There's a hint of bluesy rock wafting over the mid-paced head-nodder 'Life Got Lost', where the two guitars trade licks with each other here 'n there, Harry seemingly more subdued to start with, but still with that gritty tone to his voice which is actually unnerving for the listener, as you're expecting him to kick off any second, and half way through, there he goes, but why spoil things and change your style just for one song? No. not wor Harry, that wouldn't be his way to do things, and he certainly don't on 'Unto The Creature', a mash up of Guns N Roses jamming with Orange Goblin, where he tests his vocal chords to their limit, going up to 11 if you may, the band behind him pushing him all the way as their input goes off on one like it's their last moments on Earth........only to dive straight into The Cult-alike hip-swayer 'Resurrection Sister', surely a single in the making as God made little apples, a pigs arse is pork and does a bear....you get my drift!

'Home' is a combination of laid-back vibe (well, for this band it is!), via some subtle guitars and bass drum tapping suddenly bursting to life on the riffage front then back to laid back at a whim for most of the track, yet you don't get to play Bloodstock or Hard Rock Hell on this showing, no, you gotta kick ass, and that's what this track ends up doing, as does the final song on the album, 'Sunset Of Miles', starting all jingly-jangly on the guitar, then jet propulsion kicks in and we're away on a Grungy groove as the band aim to finish things off not on a bang, but more of an explosion, which confirms what Harry Armstrong said in a previous interview....'people just want some rock music, no pretence, no bullshit'. Well, with Blind River and this album of theirs, you get exactly what the man says......Rock Music!!

Review by: Robb Baldwin

 

Tracklisting:

1.  Going Nowhere
2.  Bonehouse
3.  Can't Sleep Sober
4.  Freedom Dealer
5.  Life Got Lost
6.  Peacemaker
7.  Home
8.  Unto The Creature
9.  Resurrection Sister
10.  Sunset Of Miles

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