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Black River: Black N Roll

Raising the profile for Poland are old school rockers Black River with the release of second album Black N Roll, an eleven track collection of tongue-in-cheek retro Rock N Metal. The band boasts members of Dimmu Borgir and Behemoth but Black River bear no comparison to either and the throwaway nature of titles such as "Barf Bag" and "Like A Bitch" suggests this is both a welcome respite and something of a part time hobby away from their day jobs. The majority of the lyrics are clichéd and repeated ad infinitum and the horrendous mash-up of the Sex Pistols "God Save The Queen" and The Stones "Jumping Jack Flash" (titled "Jumping Queenny Flash") no doubt seemed funny to those present in the studio but the humour is completely lost on the more casual listener. Not much here can be recommended as its largely recycled riffs and filler-like groves that simply won't stand up to repeated listening.

Track Listing
Barf Bag
Lucky In Hell
Black N Roll
Breaking The Wall
Jumping Queenny Flash
Too Far Away
Loaded Weapon
Like A Bitch
Young N Drunk

Added: July 23rd 2010
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: MySpace
Hits: 1605
Language: english

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Black River: Black N Roll
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-07-23 10:39:45
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Seems like the new trend in metal these days is for black & death metal musicians to form these 'projects' where they can show their skills as regular rock 'n' roll guys. The latest is Black River, a band comprised of drummer Daray from Vader, bassist Orion from Behemoth, as well as guitarists Art & Kay, and vocalist Taff, all of whom come from bands like Dimmu Borgir, Vesania, and Rootwater. This is radio friendly hard rock that, while well played, hardly sounds the slightest bit original or even compelling. Tunes like "Free Man", "Barf Bag", "Too Far Away", and "Breaking the Wall" have some fun riffs and pretty solid vocals, but does the world need another band that takes the styles of Metallica, Down, Nickelback, or any other riff-rocking band and rehash them into something fairly unmemorable? After making your way through this CD a few times, you'll probably come to the conclusion that the answer is not really.

In the end, Black N Roll is another somewhat fun but ultimately generic sounding traditional rock fest from black & death metallers looking to show the world they can do something different. Think of a less interesting Chrome Division and you are on the right track.

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