BlacklistUnion– Til’ Death do us Part
By Mindy McCall edited by Michael Rand
About the Artist: Deep from the depths of the Hollywood, California arises the 5 headed beast known as Blacklist Union led by Singer/Songwriter Tony West who just released their latest CD entitled “Til Death do us Part” in 2012 (BLU RECORDS). Formed in 2004 by frontman Tony West, BLU released their debut “After The Mourning” April of 2006 which was met by critical acclaim all across the globe. FromMemphistoMelbournetoLouisianatoLondon, Blacklist Union instantly made a mark throughout the rock-n-roll underground . Their follow up in 2008 “Breakin’ Bread With The Devil” received the same amount of critical acclaim and certainly put them on the map in the rock n roll world yet again.
Review: I always listen to the opening track extremely carefully. It’s the opening track the band or artists has selected to hit your ears first and foremost. Let’s just say the opening title track sets the stage rather well for this CD. It was a great intro piece that stuck in my head and had me eager for what lied ahead. All in all the whole CD is brilliantly delivered with a powerful Hard Rock, guitar driven sound with songs that hit hard and has serious staying power. Music will remind you of typical bad boy bands Saliva, Seether, Puddle of Mud and even Buckcherry toAlicein Chains. To be honest I can’t say enough about this bands overall signature sound. Their bio describes it best: this body of music will keep you mesmerized and hypnotized throughout its 45 minutes of pure gut level rock-n-roll. An 11 song collection of songs written and performed by a cast of who’s who from the rock n roll world. Recorded with ¾’s of the well known rock band SALIVA, as well as Hunt Sales ( formerly of David Bowie’s Tin Machine & Iggy & the Stooges) this CD delivers the goods. Every song is real, not so overly- corporate sounding. BlacklistUnionhave a sound that favors the late 90’s Alternative Rock movement but with a modern rock feel. They will also remind me of a variety of bands from the early 80’s in the hey day of the Hard Rock movement like the Motley Crue and Dangerous Toys. I’ve never heard a new band sound so fresh. In other words Rock n Roll and Punk need more bands like Blacklist Union immediately. Indeed Blacklist Union represent a fresh new voice in modern rock and present a strong message that’s aggressive, powerful and personifies Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll. “Til’ Death do us Part” manages to capture lighting in a bottle and is very loud, in your face musical statement. They may have a new sound but the true Rock n’ Roll spirit will always remain the same. My favorite tracks include: Til’ Death do Us Part, Game Over, Don’t Change, Feed the Snakes.
Purchase Link: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/blacklistunion3
Conclusion: If there was one word I would use to describe Blacklist Union it would be attitude. This CD will simply make you want to start some kind of a riot, or go out and start a revolution of your own. In close Blacklist Union deliver the goods – in so many different and unique ways and proves old school Rock n Roll is still alive and kicking.
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