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Butchers Of Sky Valley - Butchers Of Sky Valley (2013)

14-03-2014, 19:19
Music | Blues | Rock

Butchers Of Sky Valley - Butchers Of Sky Valley (2013)

Artist: Butchers Of Sky Valley
Title Of Album: Butchers Of Sky Valley
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Heeled & Heavy
Genre: Psychedelic Blues Rock
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 41:04
Total Size: 95 Mb
Covers: Front

01. Black Magic (5:24)
02. Get Loose (3:56)
03. Mayday Revival (4:38)
04. Bereft Theft (4:21)
05. What The Devil Don't Say (3:26)
06. Young Blood (3:56)
07. Pony Up (3:37)
08. It's Not The Pale Moon That Excites Me (3:02)
09. Hold On, Heartbreak (3:16)
10. Tatuniu (5:24)

Butchers of Sky Valley
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Welcome to the eclectic blues based world of NYC based Butchers of Sky Valley. Like Hendrix, Zeppelin, Morphine, Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss (whose Welcome to Sky Valley album partially inspired their name) the group takes the raw basics of the blues genre and transforms them into a distinctive, challenging and unique sound. From the opening power riff of the surging “Black Magic” to the closing acoustic swirl of the hypnotic East Indian influenced instrumental “Tatuniu,” the Butchers revamp their roots into a churning, psychedelic, whirlpool that feels as natural and spontaneous as it is wildly creative.

Unfortunately, over the six years it took to create this terrific debut there have been substantial changes to the lineup. Guitarist/bassist co-songwriter John Cosenza has stopped performing with the group (he’s still involved in the background) leaving only frontman/singer Mike Mokotow as the lone member who recorded this idiosyncratic and stirring set.

There’s a clear Jim Morrison vibe to Mokotow’s vocals and a vaguely Doors approach to songs such as the swamp grind of “Get Loose” that harkens back to an earlier era. But this is no slavish rehash, especially due to Cosenza’s hot-wired yet never shred worthy solos. Even on standard rockers such as the Cult-ish “Pony Up” there is an adrenalized rush that keeps the songs fresh and vital.

How this translates to whoever goes on the road backing up Mokotow is unclear. But the Butchers that recorded this powerful, long time in the making first album at least have left a vibrant, detailed and inspired blueprint to work from. ~Review by Hal Horowitz

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