After some more experience under their belt, Manchester based blues-tinged rock crew Voodoo Blood have arrived with their second EP, ‘Fresh Hell’, bringing forth four tracks of interesting proportions.
A self-confessed “horror rock” outfit, opening track ‘Brain’ defies this somewhat in the opening few seconds, with an extended melodic wail causing a degree of uncertainty over their claims. However, thoughts are immediately turned around with the introduction of a gritty retro guitar riff and, all of a sudden, momentum is gained.
‘I Go To Bed (When The Sun Comes Up)’ showcases a really soulful vocal display from Kim Jennett, which is backed up by some thick Black Sabbath-ian riffs. The blend of classic heavy metal, rock ‘n’ roll, and blues gives their sound a relatively unique focus point while honing old school sensibilities. A tremendously ferocious guttural roar sees the song to its conclusion, complimented by a turbo-boosted guitar section that completely changes the dynamic of the song.
The fact that there’s a fair amount of diversity in their sound may make them hard to classify into a specific sub-genre, but should cater them to a wide array of fans. Songs like ‘Mean’, which has an outrageous amount of swagger to it, will undoubtably get heads banging and feet tapping across anyone who gives this any amount of attention.
This is music for outsiders, characters, and loners to revel in. Everything from twisted guitar riffs to loud noise and dirty bluesy sonics is packaged into an accessible format that could lead to greater things. This is a solid foundation for the heights they could take this to in a full-length.
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, prog metal and tech metal. Amongst other things, I am a husband, father of two amazing kids, heavy metal DJ, and video game/book/nerd enthusiast!