Friday, February 1, 2013

Dark Blu: Crushing Blow

Dark Blu is the project of guitarist Daemon Blak, who has been in and out of the music scene for thirty plus years now.  He played in a number of metal cover bands in the 1980's and 1990's before retiring.  He recently re-emerged and has been apparently pretty prolific at writing songs in the last few years.

This collection of songs feels a little bit incomplete.  The production is a little lacking, which is not surprising given the nature of this output.  It feels more like a demo showing off what Daemon Blak is capable of on the guitar and writing songs than being a serious release.  Two of the tracks are instrumentals and display Blak's considerable guitar talents.  The other three do feature a female vocalist, but she is not named.  Blak also performs bass on the tracks.  The drums are programmed.

Musically, this is on the borderline of hard rock and heavy metal.  It is clear that Blak is aiming for a somewhat mainstream audience acceptance, the kind of people who would listen to Lacuna Coil, Evanescence, and groups of that nature.  He has some very impressive guitar chops and the riffs are well-written as well.  The solos are also very interesting.

Blak definitely has talent, it is just a question of harnessing that talent and putting together something in the studio capable of showing it off.  This is a sign of what is to come from Dark Blu.  Nothing more.

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