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Review: Black River - Black 'n' Roll
Black River
Black 'n' Roll

Label: Mystic Production
Year released: 2010
Originally released in: 2009
Duration: 41:15
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: December 21, 2010
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
Readers Rating
Black 'n' Roll

Rated 2.67/5 (53.33%) (3 Votes)

It's time to Rock n' Roll!! Well, more metal than rock. Members of several Extreme Metal projects in the Polish scene have gotten together to form a super group with the intention of rediscovering their roots. Drummer Daray (ex hit-man from Vader and session drummer with Dimmu Borgir), bassist Orion (from Behemoth) and a couple of ex-members of bands like Neolithic and Wrinkled Fred have created the band Black River. These kinds of groups are always great as most of the time they show a different side of the people involved.

In 2008 the band released the debut, self-titled album that began a career of filthy riffs, taking inspiration from the likes of Black Sabbath, The Cult and Motorhead. A year later, with the band's second album, Black 'n' Roll, released through Mystic Productions, the mania continues. Black River pick up where they left off, playing Heavy Metal, Rock 'n' Roll and even some Punk on several occasions. The performance is great as the band unleash raw, Stoner riffs, the result of their experience in the business. The album features frequent solos, wild, crunchy riffs, soaring vocals and, in general, a drunken spirit of freedom.

I am impressed with this release and, although they have nothing to prove, they did a very good job with something much different from their extreme backgrounds. Black n' Roll has fine moments of true Heavy Metal and Rock 'n' Roll. Tracks like the drug-induced "Morphine," the wonderful "Jumping Queeny Flash," a combined cover of The Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen" and The Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash," the self-titled track, the Punk-influenced "Isabel" and "Young n' Drunk" show off the band's abilities and views, in no uncertain terms.

If you like your music with tons of corrosion alongside a big bag of weed, take a dive into this album.

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