First it’s the almighty cowbell. Then it’s a nasty guitar sting and a whirling organ. Then... hell, they had me at the cowbell. Halfway into “Hell on Its Knees,” the opening track, and MY knees are bruised from being on the ground, praising the boogie rock gods for gracing us with this sextet. Proudly carrying the banner handed down by the likes of Grand Funk Railroad and Humble Pie, Blood of the Sun deliver the southern monster metal boogie with ease-the-seat-back confidence and righteous swagger. Thick, certified Angus Beef-riffs, tight arrangements graced with the perfect amount o’ shimmy room, Greg Allman-on-acid organ fills, requisite “whiskey woman” lyric check, wah solos, the Mountain reference in the name; it’s all perfect for eating red meat to. Contemporary comparisons – think a funkier Mystick Krewe of Clearlight with a burlier Chris Cornell-esque singer, or a liquored-up and pissed-off Gov’t Mule.
Mark Zammaron - vocals
Henry Vasquez – Drums
Dave Gryder - Organ, Clavinet, Electric Piano
Miguel Veliz – Bass
Rich Christopher - Rhythm Guitar
Jay Benfield - Lead Guitar
1.Hell on its Knees
2. Past the Dawn
3. Ritual Rite
4. Kill the Swan
5. After Twilight
7. No Honey
8. Beyond the Cold
9. Never to Say
BLOOD OF THE SUN play heavy freaking rock! Firmly planted in the Now but drawing from a host of the fathers of heavy rock they sound like a more pumped up version of mid 70s Grand Funk and Deep Purple, but with bits and pieces of Led Zeppelin, Moutain and Robin Trower. Not going out of there way to jump on any retro trend, the band plays from the heart, committed to carrying on the tradition of heavy rock with and emphasis on quality musicianship and strong songs.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! MONSTER!!!
Rip from CD 256@ (full artwork included)