THE BLUE COLLAR ARMY: Norrland

This band comes from Skellefteå, Sweden and has a plodding ambient sound with touches of doom, death metal, and experimental noise. The band is comprised of The Englishman (Guitar), The Old Man (Drums), The Party Bear (Scream), The Pig (Guitar), and Baron von Horst (Bass).

If you like those styles that I described previously, then this is for you, but not for me. The screamed incoherent vocals did nothing for me, if this was instrumental, I would have loved it and given it a great review. The musicianship is great, tight playing, lots of interesting sounds and the way that they can go from light and airy to balls-out rocking is something that I loved, but the vocals…the vocals. The few instrumental songs were amazing and I will play those ones again and again.

If you think that this is what you are looking for, by all means, give it a chance and hopefully, it will be what you are searching for, but I just can’t get past the vocals. If they put out an instrumental album, I’m totally there for it.

Also posted: http://ripplemusic.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-blue-collar-army-norrland.html

http://thebluecollararmy.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheBlueCollarArmy/

https://thebluecollararmy.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ladysnowsociety/

http://www.ladysnow.com/

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AMERICAN AMNESIA: Yet Here We Are

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American Amnesia is a band of teen musicians that hail from Torrington and Winsted, CT. The band is Patrick Nemaizer (19) on vocals and guitar, Sam Cesnak (17) on drums and Gus Pac (16) on bass. The band plays a mix of hard rock tinged with a bit of alternative.

The playing is tight, some nice solos that will make the air guitarists happy, pummeling drums, a thick low end of vocals that sound like a classic rock band from the late 70s, lots of emotion, clear and perfect for this band. “The One” is a fantastic song that I would have thought was a forgotten gem from the 70s. It sounds classic, has amazing guitar playing and the vocals are glorious. The band sounds like they have been playing together for a long time, nice cohesive sound and no way would I have believed that they were this young, no way! The playing and songwriting are very advanced and show that they know what they are doing. You can hear the fun that they are having and the passionate vocals are something that really stands out. “Questions in the Dark” is a dark and plodding song, but plodding in the way that Black Sabbath used to drag you down and drag you through the music, with your face down and a heavy weight on you…kind of cool.

The whole album is like this, heavy with touches of their influences, but still original enough to make it a great listen, matter of fact, I think I will throw this one in the car and crank it up with the windows down…the hell with the air conditioner.

Also posted: http://ripplemusic.blogspot.com/2018/07/american-amnesia-yet-here-we-are.html

http://www.americanamnesiaband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/AmericanAmnesia/

https://www.facebook.com/ProphetMotiveRecords/