The South Welsh town of Bridgend has been a notable hotbed of rock and metal talent over the years, unearthing bands such as Bullet For My Valentine and Funeral For A Friend and thrusting them front and center into the mainstream. Another band hoping to follow in their wake is hard rock crew, Those Damn Crows.
‘Murder And The Motive’ may have originally been released a couple of years ago, but is now having the re-release treatment after recently signing to label heavyweights, Earache Records. Contained within these ten tracks is a hard rock sensibility, reminiscent of bands such as Alter Bridge and Young Guns, combining riffs aplenty with saccharine melodies and hook-filed choruses all over.
‘Blink Of An Eye’ delivers an anthemic chorus with swooping vocals from frontman Shane Greenhall and driving guitars running throughout courtesy of David Winchurch and Ian Thomas, whilst ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Dead!’ has a superbly catchy beat to it with a decent switch to the melody in the chorus. It all gets a little bit AC/DC towards the end with an air of hand-clapping catchiness, but you can’t deny the toe-tapability of its rhythms, and it’s this that will stick in the memory long after the track has ended.
The large ‘guitar hero’ introduction to ‘Behind These Walls’ will further the band’s appeal to the mainstream, and there’s a real southern Americana vibe to the atmospheric nature of the song. This is aided by Greenhall‘s vocal delivery which sounds a little Scott Stapp (ex-Creed) in tonality.
There’s also a decent balance to the record with highlight ‘Say It’, which dials up the heaviness, with a chunky riff during the chorus set against strained vocals with an overall confrontational feel about it.
Having played shows at Camden Rocks Festival, Hard Rock Hell, and Steelhouse Festival since their inception, Those Damn Crows are steadily increasing their footprint in the UK alternative music scene. Combine this with major label backing and you can expect to keep hearing more about them soon.
After getting into alternative music during the mid 90s with the rise of nu-metal and pop-punk, I’ve gradually spread my interests far and wide and have a real love for metalcore, progressive metal and technical metal. Amongst other things, I am a husband, father of two amazing kids, heavy metal DJ, and video game/book/nerd enthusiast!