BackBlast – The Area Is Clear
– Dan Cunningham – Lead Vocals
– Marcus Eguia – Guitar
– Chris Tamberella – Drums, Backup Vocals
– Joe Daugherty – Bass, Backup Vocals
– Chris Cooley – Guitar
Hi all! Welcome to my latest review of the debut EP from American Act BackBlast, titled The Area Is Clear.
I first of all want to point out that they produced this release independently, and that, overall, the final product impressed me. Whilst there are a lot of Indie artists out there who do most of the promotional and or label-related aspects on their own, by Independent in this case, I mean that BackBlast not only played and wrote for it they literally produced it themselves. Recording, Mixing and Mastering, as far as Im aware, thats all them. They did it all.
Theyre a group that is incredibly pragmatic in their approach towards their music and whilst theres always the danger of a hive-mind mentality when producing without external help, these men do not suffer from this. They make the most of that room to breathe. Heavily impressive.
Granted, the mix itself is not the cleanest, but its still pretty damn good. The music, though, is absolutely the star of this release. The song writing and the musicianship is on point, especially considering the full line-up for this release only fully formed in August this year. I mean, shit. These men are absolutely not screwing around. Its an impressive effort on their part.
Lets talk about the individual tracks. With noted influences from Metallica, Nirvana and Black Sabbath, were talking about some core hard rock/grunge/metal tinged tunes. The music itself is thoroughly organic. There are small imperfections but the feeling is there. Its human. Tracks such as Origins (feat. a really sweet guitar solo by Padraic Kalisek) begin acoustically and end melodically and emphatically. In fact, the lyrics (thanks for bringing out the best in me) and the riffage just perks me up in a way I wasnt expecting, again, from a sum total of the aforementioned influences.
Shiver is the opening track (which I should probably have started this discussion with, but you know) and I feel that its the single of this EP. Theres no guitar solo in this one this is rock with gritty gat. Rhythms, bass, drums and a well-rounded vocal performance. It keeps it simple and it does simple very effectively and efficiently. Likewise with Storm Within solid effort. BackBlast may not obliterate the status quo of the modern genre equivalent, but they serve its forefathers well.
Itll be interesting to hear their full-length album, which if I remember correctly is due before the end of next year. Best of luck to these fine men in future for everyone else, give this EP a shot. You wont regret it.