I wasn’t sure what to expect with this album, Bourbon Times seems to draw your attention towards Jack Daniels country, and this was compounded by the album art. That being said, I have learned to be wary of the Rock world and its attempts to trick me. That being said, I threw caution to the wind and decided that Building Chaos was exactly what my afternoon needed given that none of the tech I was using was working properly and I was seconds away from giving into the rage.
Texas Jack Reed, the second track on the album confused me, it was as if the darkest country band in the world and a metal band were fighting over mic time. The effect was strange and yet seemed to work with growled verses and more expected, higher toned chorus.
Until the end summed up the sound of the album in all of its hard rock glory and by Ritual I was completely hooked.
This is a riff heavy album that melds hard rock and country riffs and aesthetics perfectly. At first this is slightly jarring, simply because of the unusual approach that is taken, yet the sound makes so much sense it is a wonder that this hasn’t been done sooner. Obviously, I am aware of country rock, southern rock and the like but I’m not sure I have ever heard it this hard. It is a welcome departure and the rawness of the tracks was a welcome escape from technology. There is something much more analogue about the album, made from old school riffs, driving rhythm and heavy vocals.
The soloing showcased on the album, particularly on Ritual, shows just how well the two styles of music mesh and the effect of the separate expectations that your brain holds for the type of music that should be playing make this one of the few albums that demands to be listened to rather than playing in the background.
I was ready not to like this album simply because of my mood going in but there are sonic metal vibes mixed in with country and all seem to make perfect sense, Blink of an Eye and The Hunt are possibly the best examples of this and are definitely worth a listen. The real test of a band though is how they sound live. I can’t wait to find out, though it might be a while before they make the UK with no dates yet on offer. Hopefully they will put me out of my misery soon.