The Black Dahlias: Ladies and Gentlemen (Cruel)

 |   |  <1 min read

The Black Dahlias: Ready to Roll
The Black Dahlias: Ladies and Gentlemen (Cruel)

With a pure blast of angry guitars, a disciplined rhythm section, throat shredding vocals and a terrific sense of pop smarts driving their metal-edged rock'n'roll this New Zealand industrial strength five-piece grab attention immediately on this six-track EP, which feels far too short.

Taking large dollops of classic metal but delivering with that post-punk energy which has been the hallmark of the best rock'n'roll in the past decade, the Black Dahlias (great name) certainly mean business in an AC/DC kinda way, but with some slivers of the Stones ("I kinda like it, it's rock'n'roll and you can't fight it").

This is also far from tackhammer all the way, they work some good dynamics (the slow and menacing introduction to The Roulette) to give their songs structure and breathing room, and its economic running time make it one where -- if rock'n'roll metal is your thing -- you immediately hit "repeat".

The note accompanying this read, "thought you might be interested in a little home grown dirty rock'n'roll".

Very interested. Everything here sounds like a single for rock radio.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Various: Born to the Breed, A Tribute to Judy Collins (Wildflower)

Various: Born to the Breed, A Tribute to Judy Collins (Wildflower)

These past few years there has been something of a rediscovery of old folkies, what with Springsteen paying tribute to Pete Seeger, the various Woody Guthrie compilations, Bob Dylan's radio show... > Read more

Edie Brickell: Edie Brickell (Racecarlotta)

Edie Brickell: Edie Brickell (Racecarlotta)

Brickell's debut album with the New Bohemians -- the quietly delightful neo-folk Shooting Rubber Bands at the Stars – was over 20 years ago and it's fair to observe she hasn't had anything... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Reuben Bradley

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Reuben Bradley

The name of drummer/arranger Reuben Bradley has appeared many times at Elsewhere, but because Elsewhere can't be everywhere we missed one major mention this year. He masterminded, played on and... > Read more

ZOMBEAVERS, a film by JORDAN RUBIN

ZOMBEAVERS, a film by JORDAN RUBIN

Because some of the most academic and intelligent people I have met in my life are also among the most socially inept, emotionally fragile and stupid, I've never thought being intelligent made... > Read more