Black Water Rising
Black Water Rising
Style: Southern Rock/Metal
Release date: 24 June, 2011
Playing time: 46:43

To start your name with black isn't new since Black Sabbath began. Blackfoot, Black Label Society, Black Stone Cherry followed and this band must have thought that it would be a cool start for their band too. This band from Brooklyn plays Southern (stoner) rock with a bluesy sound. Founded on traditional rock, adding some nice riffs, a bit of groove and melodic vocals changed by a bit aggressive ones. Featuring former Dust to Dust vocalist Rob Traynor, former Stereomud guitarist Johnny Fattoruso, former Boiler Room drummer Mike Meselsohn and bassist Oddie McLaughlin. No debutants and you can hear that.

Nothing wrong so far, but somehow I miss the real spirit, it is all too mellow and brave at times. They never kick into gear with real heavy parts and outbreaks. The songs are too average and I also get the idea that I have listened to most of the parts they play already. Take for example the riff in "Hate Machine"; it could have been on a Queens of the Stone Age album. The name Corrosion of Conformity is one that they are influenced by too. It is a mix of these two combined with Black Label Society, Black Sabbath, Rage Against the Machine and Black Stone Cherry, but not as good yet.

Not bad, they have to improve and try to be more creative.


01. The Mirror
02. Brother Go On
03. Hate Machine
04. Black Bleeds Through
05. Blessed
06. No Halos
07. Living Proof
08. Rise
The River
10. Sale On Your Soul
11. Burn It Down

Label: Metalville Records
Distribution: Rough Trade
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 23 June, 2011