BLACKBIRD - OF HEROES AND ENEMIES (Pure Rock Records)
The purest form of music is Rock’n Roll. There are no restrictions, there are no boundaries and if your band is called The Beatles, AC/DC or Motörhead, they all have one common factor: Rock’n Roll. This is where the magic happens, this is the one and only originated standard for a music industry that might be the highway to hell, with dozens of lanes making small differences between metal, hardrock, core, sleaze, punk. Everyone is on the same road, barely separated by style, but with only one goal: great music that gets you in the right mood! A band like Blackbird doesn’t re-cook the old Rock’n Roll recipe, as they all pay homage to the originals with a little 2014 approach.
This modern version is a real delight from opener ‘Fire Your Guns’ until final track ‘Right To Rock’. The total playing time of 37 minutes is in the good old traditions as well, and this is a perfect duration to re-listen to these rock classics once again! The band Blackbird is originated from Germany and this is their first output! Pure Rock Records did a great move by offering this band a contract as they have potential to dwell the globe while spreading their message of loud music! Their musical direction is a huge dose of Rock’n Roll mixed with Rose Tattoo, Powerstroke and Buckcherry, while Sleazy influences are coming real close!
Perhaps you might think on the German version of Airbourne, but that would penalize this band as the music of Blackbird has a much wider approach. Airbourne is always straight forward and without any risk, and that’s exactly the main difference between these German rock’n roll outlaws. They aren’t afraid to leave the path while discovering what is still possible in this genre. This ‘fuck off’ attitude results in major respect and I’m sure that it will pay off in the near future!
Listen to ‘Deuce’, and you will agree that Blackbird is a band to reckon with! The first track is also the single release and while ‘Fire Your Guns’ is a swinger from the start, the second track ‘Not About You’ is a lot easier, but a little heavier. ‘Hero’ has a very commercial guitar riff and in my opinion a first real highlight! Never thought that a Rock’n Roll release could bring so much joy and pleasure !
You can listen to this album multiple times without a moment of annoying. Those that want to have a little appetizer before purchasing the album, here is a teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdhWoSR-Lf8
My rating: 84 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish