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Convoy: River of Sorrow

From Chicago comes Convoy, a four piece heavy rock/metal band, who have recently released their debut CD River of Sorrow. Fans of acts such as Black Label Society, Clutch, Down, Corrosion of Conformity, Alice in Chains, Pantera, and even some of the heavier of the Southern Rock bands will no doubt find lots to like here.

THe band label themselves as 'swamp rock', and that's a pretty good description, as River of Sorrow features 12 songs dripping with sweaty, raunchy riffs, psychedelic/hard rock vocals, thudding drums, and beer soaked attitude. "Sins of the Wicked" sees the band pull all sorts of heavy rock and psychedelic goodness into one mesmerizing tune, while you can expect plenty of crunchy headbanging on "Flood of the River", "Heroin", "Burn", and "Let's Get High". The title track is a sludge ridden journey through a hazy hash den, complete with fuzzy guitars, mysterious vocals, and dreamy atmosphere.

River of Sorrow won't win many point for originality, but if you are looking for a Southern fried mix of heavy rock and psychedelia, this one packs plenty of punch.

Track Listing
2.Flood of the River
4.Devil's Bounty
6.I Want Some
7.This I Know
8.Let's Get High
9.Knocked Down
10.Sins of the Wicked
12.River of Sorrow

Added: January 2nd 2012
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band MySpace Page
Hits: 2291
Language: english

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Convoy: River of Sorrow
Posted by Scott Ward, SoT Staff Writer on 2012-01-02 00:54:33
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It is not hard to figure out who these guys want to be when they grow up. Chicago hard rock band Convoy travels down the path of rockers that usually reside a little further south than Illinois. With a taste that will have you thinking Black Label Society or maybe the chugging metal of Ted Nugent, add to that a bit of what they call swamp rock and you get a disc that may not be one to set the world on fire but is a good example of the style that a lot of us has grown up on.

With a ballsy approach the band delivers a devilish bit of old school metal like on the heavy "Flood Of The River" which makes me think of the early bluesy Led Zeppelin sound. The foot stompin', chugging of "Heroin" brings back memories of another bluesy band, Humble Pie. This is just a couple of tunes on this disc that captures many of the styles that are familiar and this is the only problem you will find. They are a little too familiar. Don't get me wrong, this is a very good disc of heavy metal but it is not the most original you will hear.

These guys are a lot of fun live on stage I bet. It is also clear that they know what they want to do and with a bit more work on finding their own sound I can see them making a few waves. Still, it is a very good time and an enjoyable throw back to the golden age of heavy metal.

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