RELEASED: MONDAY 18TH MARCH 2013
Opening with a tranquil kind of ambiance is ‘Specter at the Feast’ the sixth album from Los Angeles rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. ‘Fire Walker’ is a slow paced yet heavy start full of big drums, dirty bass and chanting overlapping vocals. ‘Specter at the Feast’ sees the first full length release since Robert Been’s father, sound engineer Michael Been, passed away and in which pays tribute.
‘Let The Day Begin’ is the track we featured a couple of weeks ago and packs that rattle and bite BRMC are all about. As with all BRMC albums you get the melodic slow burning tracks and the big powerful stompers yet there is a few surprises along the way. The theme deals heavily with the loss of Been’s father, that much is evident in the lyrical content of ‘Returning’. The rock stomp of ‘Hate The Taste’ possesses this glam and country edge which although slightly weird is a little infectious. ‘Rival’ is a screamer that’s heavy, dirty and damn right stinks of sex, man there are gonna be some nights getting rotten drunk to this one. ‘Teenage Dream’ is another fast paced exciting guitar driven beast that makes you air guitar like your 13 again ending like a Gun’s and Roses classic.
BRMC seemed to have put together a classic in that they’ve taken all the styles they’ve visited on all the albums of the past 15 years and made sure all these elements are present throughout the journey of ‘Specter at the Feast’. Fans of the trio are more than likely to jump on board with this one, with everything from gospel psychedelia to heavy metal punk it’s a magical piece of work. We’re more than prepared to go nuts when they play Brixton Academy later this month on the 27th. Specter at the Feast is out next Monday the 18th. You can stream the full album over at their website here. If you missed the short film series of album teaser, catch up here.