Power of Metal.dk Review

Blues Pills
Blues Pills
Style: Vintage/Classic Hard Rock
Release date: 25 July, 2014
Playing time: 42:50

The young, talented, international quartet; Blues Pills completely knocked me out with their little EP in 2013. These youngsters came from out of nowhere and burnt the ground around me. The monster track 'Devil Man' is of course on this full length album and they have also picked up the beautiful 'The River' as one of the two tracks from their EP. Their idea is to make soul music, combined it with blues and rock’n’roll and turn it into a new force of 70's energy, high intensity and freshness and they are very successful in doing so.

The vocalist and strong front woman; Elin Larsson will guide you gently into an new world. Her beautiful voice is like combining Aretha Franklins jazzy-soul vocal and Janis Joplin's powerful heart and soulful singing. Very exciting and living voice. The young guitarist Dorian Sorriaux is one of the most interesting string benders I've heard in a long time. He's not even 20 years old yet and plays like a young Jimi Hendrix or Jimmy Page. Very catchy and technical at the same time. A stunning young musician!! With two amazingly strong rhythm guys in Zack Anderson on bass and Cory Berry on the drums the line-up is complete.

If you are a fan of the newborn vintage 70's hard rock this is a given investment. I saw them live at Sweden Rock Festival this year and gosh, I wonder how many new fans they found during that performance. Most of the audience didn't really know what was going on in the beginning of the concert and did just stand around eating burgers or drinking beer, but I didn't see one person leave the show. Most of the comments were very positive and the feedback after the show was insane.

Anyhow, this debut album is completely smacked with very classy hard rock like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix's Experience, Janis Joplin and Cream. The opening song 'High Class Woman' is an mystical and a mega strong hard rocking track, which is stiffer than I expected from Blues Pills (in a positive way). Sometimes it is low-key drums and weak base, but explodes in the chorus. Courageously and innovative thinking from the members. 'Ain't No Change' has some 'old fashion' AC/DC rhythms in itself, but turns into an more of psychedelic rock tune after a while. 'Jupiter' is a sharp rock wallop with a black sound and with extremely sweaty guitar riffs. The gentle song (at the beginning anyway) and Janis Joplin languorous song 'Black Smoke' is an exciting journey - their mountain and valley track. They play the pants off most of the bands in the genre with this song and immediately afterwards comes the smooth 'River', which really takes my breath away. Beautiful as a Van Gogh painting!

The only song that doesn't reach a highest score is 'No Hope Left for Me'. It doesn't grab a hold of my spine. Phenomenal guitars and fat sound, but in comparison to the other top notch songs, it pulls down my ultra high overall score (I'm sorry). My favorite song is still the "old" 'Devil Man', which is a song with a lot of goodies in the package and the awesome opening song 'High Class Woman' is alone worth the purchase.

Very epic and well worked out album, which will be Blues Pills springboard into the international music scene...

Elin Larsson - vocals
Dorian Sorriaux - guitars
Zack Anderson - bass
Cory Berry - drums

01. High Class Woman
Ain't No Change
Black Smoke
No Hope Left For Me
Devil Man
Little Sun
Label: Nuclear Blast
Distribution: Sony Music (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 89/100
Reviewed by: Patrik J Skoglund
Date: 18 July, 2014
Website: www.bluespills.com