City Will Burn
A quick review of 'The Black Hand' 4 song EP 'City Will Burn' By James LoMenzo/Megadeth 'The Black Hand' demonstrate all that is right with the current state of Rock & Roll. They are clearly a revival of a not too long forgotten art of setting a pounding groove and then expanding it. A 70's inspired jump back with a modern tinge. Effectively, they make right the style of Free, Cream and a gaggle of other venerable rock acts we've come to hold in a higher esteem. I've just listened to their self titled 4 song demo and am wowed! I'm particularly enamored with 'The Black Hand's' 'Andy Frazier-esq' bassist 'Greyum May'. Being a bassist myself I'm finding myself easily seduced by his apparent maturity and effortless agility. It's a pleasure to listen to him weave himself throughout the well crafted arrangements which appear to be both original and familiar at the same time. Lead singer Oliver Pigott is a strong and competent presence. Immediately likeable and tough enough to keep things cool! The boy's got fantastic, often times gritty tone with a searing 'after-burner' type quality. Guitar player Rob Chapman plays in a virtuoso homage to early Paul Kossoff. This is not to say that he doesn't bring his own mesmerizing and fiery magic to the proceedings, as made evident in the slick riffing of 'City Will Burn'. Drummer Ian James Plays ring master and truly punctuates this 'band as big rhythm machine'. I love his work on the 'Ballroom blitz-esq' 'City will Burn'. I have to say that I'm astonished at the ease of delivery the band manage to conjure up together, especially grooving into the bound-for-radio hit 'Knife In The Back'. This is a band that has so much promise that you can't wait to hear where they'll take it next. I know I can't and when they do, I'll be listening.