One For Sorrow – ‘Blood Songs’   54 comments

Introducing ‘Blood Songs’, captivating new album from One For Sorrow. Engineered, mixed and produced by Dan Abela at Rock of London Studios, mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. Artwork by Beaye Malphas.

Underfoot – Drum heavy intro, with nifty riffs and a catchy rhythm, with equally hooky vocals. Grit, energy and plenty of mosh potential. Loaded with melody, a grungy edge and a little bit of growl makes this a high octane track, that says ‘metal’, loud and clear.

Return To Dust – Groove laden intro, steady beat and an uplifting tone. It works. Audible new wave influence, slight cross-over stance, into a hard-core sound, in places and well constructed arrangements. Always retaining the melody, varying the volume and tempo, here and there, yet never detracting from the generally catchy pace that stands out, above everything. Just upping the growl factor, at the end, before the fade-out riff; great job.

Headstrong – Instantly, it sounds like the title, in a plausible, immediate way. Bringing the catchiness, once again, in the upbeat rhythmic melody, it’s immensely rocky and hugely enjoyable. Injecting more of those vibrant riffs, throwing all the passion he can muster into those gravel laced vocals, carrying it along, on a bed of steel edged drums, it’s an ace.

Said And Done – Steadier beat, with a slight Pearl Jam feel. Just an edge of contemplation, fuelled by high energy and gravitas, this is where the breathing space enters and opens up the harmonies, filling up the space, with creative intuition. Lots of heavy duty instrumentals, closing the track, in just the right way.

420 – Increasing the beat now, taking the pace up a bit, with a groovy sound, loaded with feeling and performed with effortless ease and obvious relish. This just sails along, till the end. Its brevity’s of no consequence, as it packs so much into one short song.

Bigot – A slightly sinister, telling edge to this intro, capturing the essence of its title easily. Coming in, with a heavy drum section, then and a matching darker sense to the vocals. Rocking it up, with a growing rhythmic emphasis, from which, greater melody emerges. The catchy angle’s down pat and the enthusiasm’s clear to hear. Always, the outstanding factor is that voice, into which, so much passion is thrown. The riff melodies really are gorgeous, though and the cohesive timing and feel of everything is what makes it.

Fools And Liars – Faster paced intro, injecting a slightly more acute energy and a sense of anger, still performed in a catchy package. More grit and gravel, with a rougher edge, this time. Darkening the track, with a deathy, extreme angle, at the end and it’s done.

Merciless – Changing up the pace again and now, introing a ticker tape like sound effect, briefly, before moving, fluidly, back into those still gritty, but slightly softer vocals, yet they showcase the odd intermittent growly sound. Take nothing for granted here. It’s unpredictable and excitingly so.

The Mass Aversion – Introing a bit of reverb and some wah wah effects here, that Pearl Jam sound returns, along with a P.O.D. thing in there, too. Now, there are collective vocal harmonies, in addition to the solos and it’s an effective angle. Heavier emphasis in the choruses and those drum sections are just consummate and effortlessly conveyed. Closing on a final fade-out vocal; another winner.

First To The Fight – Another exemplary melodically descriptive example of its title. The immediacy’s impressive, as is the obvious stamina in this performance. Catchiness in spades and rhythmic melody in shovelfuls. Something of a bluesy aspect to this, but the groove is what does it best. True hard rock, heavy metal territory.

Spook – Bringing in a gentler, softer acoustic sound now, creating the perfect window of opportunity for the lighter side of the vocals to be demonstrated. There’s a beauty within that sound, which just flows, enhancing the album all the more for it. You can’t help but find yourself getting caught up in the feel of the melody. Just so affecting. Yet again, it exemplifies the title so accurately and so beautifully.

Into The Woods – Startlingly good follow-up, with such an immediate excitement, it’s ideal, as the closer. A classic beat, reminiscent of an old school flavour, with true mosh pit construction. Positively filled with head-banging, massively involving, catch and metal fuelled energy.

Overall – A fabulously heavy, hook laden album, of groove-based, grit filled, moshing metal. Epically rocky and worthy of a place amongst your top 10 albums.

10/10 **********

For fans of Pearl Jam, P.O.D., Nirvana, Soundgarden, Zocalo, Stiltskin, Nickelback, Kickin’ Valentina, Soil, A.I.C. and other groove and blues-based hard edged grunge.

Artwork and links TBC.

Available now.

Posted November 30, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

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