Black Road
ST
(2017)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre:
Heavy rock
Sounds Like:
Devil Electric, Molly the Hatchet
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Chicago natives Black Road bring forth the heavy on their debut Self-Titled effort. The foursome dabble with elements of doom rock and heavy blues on this release. Upon first listen we immediately started the comparisons to other female-fronted doom bands like Devil Electric, Molly the Hatchet or Deathbell. After further rotations we started to grasp the albums’ identity as it just flowed and became a mainstay in our collection. Vocalist Suzi Uzi is captivating with her seductive and rustic blues vocal style and is the driving force behind the album. The music never fully crosses into full-on doom territory nor does it stray too far, they have a good balance of lite doom and heavy rock. 

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
8.5 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.4 of 11
 
Lyrics and Song Structure
8.4 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.4 of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.4 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.5 of 11

Production Value
8.8 of 11

Standout Track(s)
”Black Rose” is a stellar track, let this one wash over you. The soft acoustics in the beginning slowly drift towards an enlightened and lofty rhythm coupled by Suzi’s trippy vocals. You can hear the heaviness approaching and the song takes a gradual turn towards doom. 

Alcohol Pairing
Mai Bock by Virginia based Devils Backbone Brewery. This German-style Maibock is a striking hazy orange color. Medium in body with delicious bready notes. 

Lasting Impression 
Black Road have released an impressive debut here of doom and psychedelia. Definitely give this one a few rotations, it will find its way into your collection.

Tracklist:
1. From Hell 08:01
2. Bloody Mary 04:16
3. Morte 03:54
4. Morte (coda) 03:00
5. Red 05:41
6. Black Rose 10:22

Band Members:
Vocals/Lyrics/Piano: Suzi Uzi 
Guitars: Tim M. 
Bass: Casey Papp 
Drums: Robert Gonzales

Follow Black Road: Facebook / Bandcamp
If you like this you might like...