June sees the release of Back To Momo, the new and fourth album from US rockers Blacklist Union. To whet the appetite and incite rich anticipation for it, the band have unleashed the single Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell, a raucous stomp of an infection proving that rock ‘n’ roll can be raw and accessible, raunchy and endearing in one single slice of devilment.
Formed by frontman Tony West back in 2004, the Los Angeles hailing Blacklist Union has consistently earned plaudits and recruited an increasing loyal fan base through their colourful and ferociously varied mix of alternative metal and heavy rock. Debut album After The Mourning in 2006 was a well-received introduction to the band, an attention reinforced and pushed on by its successor Breakin’ Bread With The Devil two years later. Following up their third full-length Til Death Do Us Part of 2012, another eagerly welcomed incitement, the band is readying another full-on assault on the broadest spotlights with the West and Todd Youth written Back to Momo, and if their new single is any indication it has a fair chance of achieving its aim.
Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell makes a relatively low key entrance, a lone guitar luring ears before a vocal shrill breaks the air. Energy and fiery revelry is soon swamping ears from this point as thickly jabbing beats and a throaty bassline joins a bluesy mesh of grooving. The track is soon into a tenacious stride, riffs and rhythms a punkish badgering within a sonic enterprise loaded with choice hooks and that persistently enticing groove. A following moment of clarity is pure contagion matched by the mischievous vocals whilst the busy haze of energy around rock ‘n’ roll endeavour has anthem written all over it.
It is easy to assume that Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell is a firm fan favourite live and will be the same as it now storms through the airwaves and listener’s speakers. It is unfussy, unbridled rock ‘n’ roll baby and probably the best advert for Back To Momo that Blacklist Union could have come up with.
Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell is out now whilst Back to Momo will be hitting stores from June 13th.
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