Black Claw - Black Claw EP (CD Review)

02.Factual Accusations
03.Broken Hands
04.Find The End
05.Horrible Days

Reverend Black Claw (All Instruments/Vocals)

Formed in 2013 playing primitive and angry Death Roots envisioned in the desolate forests of the Canadian Wilderness.
Coming from a black metal background and now playing country music, Chris said; "I am the only member of the band. A few different people have been on the recording but 90% of it is just me.
Live performance wise there are a few people I play with some times but they are just session musicians".

Well as i was expecting C&W, i was surprised by 'Nothing' which has a simple acoustic riff, very dark and agressive vocal and some nice backing vocals, towards the end is some very gothic sounding keyboard and vocal effects.

'Factual Accusations' gives us more in the style of modern C&W, but there are hints of rockabilly and goth as well, the gruff vocal style cuts through the music to hold your attention and again some great backing vocals.

The tempo and delivery of 'Broken Hands' reminds me of Gogol Bordello, with this great ethnic/folk song.

Now we come to 'Find The End', it begs the question can dark gothic vocals and a banjo make for a a dark, moody and quite stunning song? The answer is yes, this is by far the ebst song so far, a perfect mix of styles that simply should not work.

Finally some more traditional "hillbilly" style with 'Horrible Days', but its the "Hail, Hail, Hail" backing vocals and kick ass guitar solo that turn this into something quite unique.

Rating 9/10
For Fans Of: Buck Satan, Bourbon Crow, Hank III, Gogol Bordello


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