Listing their influences as Clutch and Black Stone Cherry, These Wicked Rivers have come forth to deliver their debut album, ‘Eden’.
Kicking off with a slab of acoustic country rock, ‘Tea Leaves M6’ is a jovial and unique introduction that effectively delivers a western gun-shooter atmosphere utilising sliding guitar strings, washboards, muted percussion, and semi-distorted vocalisations.
Quickly dispatched in a cascade of American rock, ‘Shine On’ keeps the effigy burning brightly with warm fuzzy riffs from Arran Day, who dials back the intensity to let the vocals stand out in the verses, but always has a build-up solo ready to launch into an uplifting chorus.
Re-enacting a fabled gunslinger, ‘Floyd’ tells the story of a missing legend that had an unknown ending. Told through John Hartwell‘s narrative of tempered cleans and roaring choruses, he professionally expresses each syllable to ensure that each line is clearly audible.
Turning to Christian Rock realms, ‘This Train’ introduces itself with clean guitars chords and angelic strings that have you deceptively thinking you might’ve crossed the road to the other side. Cast asunder in another helping of distorted riffs and standard rock beats from Dan Southall, who keeps a solid background of crashing cymbals and light kicks that are fronted by an assortment of familiar riffs and vocal work.
The one thing that is lacking on ‘Eden’ is a deep sense of variety. While it’s a solid display of musicianship and writing, it borrows to much from their influences rather than branching out and experimenting to create something unique or original.