Journey of Rock
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Cloud no. 706
|BLACKBURN : "Poker Face" blackburn Point Music München live report: Poker Face release party|
review by dalia "gryphon_spirit" di giacomo____
Rock is mythical. There is no way to prove this reality
wrong. Rock as cousin of Metal and still living its own legend on its road.
So it is always a pleasure, also for a metalfreak like me, when, beyond any standards and
stereotypes , you can listen to a band that really believes in the spirit of Rock,
a band that plays a classical Rock: melodic and heavy, resolute but elegant, with a
biker attitude combined with romanticism. The Swiss Blackburn , that after years
of experience, gift all their fans with this bright new full length album, are all this:
incurable romantic and strong at the same time. They express with a handful of rhythm the
American soul with the charme of the European taste. So Poker Face is pure good Hard Rock played with powerful and exact guitar riffs, lively and
pentatonic. Poker Face is not extremely massive or incredibly innovative but agreeable, persuading,
competent, powerful enough , accessible, catchy yet not poppy and surely addictive
. The right balance of all elements and the nice loyalty to certain schemes, that become however not
predictable, make Poker Face appeal to all Rockers with no exception. Blackburn don't get the ambition to do
astonishing things, and lyrics are interesting but not philosophical. But what
Blackburn do , is done very well, and the production supported by
Michael Bormann is really qualified and is able to let every instrument
be cohesive, showing up a good definition.
Consequently there is care about the sound and the presentation of the
album in general.
The great call for the Marlboro country is very clear in the rocking hammer Title Fight "are you ready to rumble Las Vegas 11 pm First round ..". Black Limousine is another Hard Rock shot , sung by Gaby with great force and energy. The same can be applied to Great Times that has nice romantic insertions and reminds me of Def Leppard's style of the unforgettable Hysteria era.
The track Riding in my opinion shows much Van Halen and Saxon 80's influence in the resonance of the rhythmics. Riding is one of the most overwhelming tracks of Poker Face and its tension to Rock'n Roll provides a danceable rhythmic too: the lead solo, that is just a bit downtuned, combined with the general heavy progression of the riffing , the great catchiness and the irresistible refrain, makes of Riding one of the nicest Rock songs i have heard . The Journey of Rock is Blackburn flag , it is the song that contains their motto "The Journey of Rock begins in your heart" and is a triumph of string rhythmics. A song that wants you to get up and start jumping.
Poker Face is the title track and distinctive stamp with stop and go, crunchy loops, high catchiness ,
backing vocals and again that sound à la Def Leppard that drives you crazy
Cloud no 706 closes with class the album and is another great song: nervous and with a refrain that
goes out from the American schemes in order to dive fully in a more
European continental taste, it will let you appreciate the good backing vocals
and a certain shadow of tristesse. "I need to jump off insanity- welcome back to reality"
|dalia di giacomo
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