Rock People Records [Release date 22.05.20]
These Wicked Rivers have released a couple of EPs to date and now are set to unleash their full debut album upon the musical world. These Wicked Rivers consist of John Hartwell (vocals, guitar), Arran Day (guitar, vocals), Sam Williams (bass) and Dan Southall (drums, vocals).
Starting off with the slightly odd ‘Tea Leaves’ (a song about reading tea leaves), the second song in, ‘Shine On’, gives you some idea of the band’s DNA – big riffs, hard rocking with a southern rock flair and some damn fine melodies. They also have a powerhouse vocalist in John Hartwell, he is the icing on the musical cake.
‘Floyd’ has already been released as a single and highlights how the band think outside the box on lyrics, being about a homeless man who witnesses various dodgy goings on and then disappears one day. Was he murdered? Did he disappear? Only the band know the answer to that one!
‘This Train’ takes it down a notch, one where you can pick and out hear each instrument. Production and sound wise this album is spot on. Bit like the Cult meets Black Stone Cherry on this song. On ‘Won’t Be Broken’ it is like Black Sabbath meets Soundgarden – those guitar riffs are big, slow and ponderous.
They have certainly put a lot into this release as there are various pre-order bundles you can have that include t-shirts, hoodies and a beanie.
Despite the current global pandemic and albums being pushed back, there is still great new music being released and These Wicked Rivers ‘Eden’ is one of them. Impressive and lets hope they can get out on the road with these tunes sooner rather than later. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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