Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Review:Junior Bruce-The Headless King

2011
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After listening to this record nonstop for the last 3 days, I couldn't be more stoked that Junior Bruce is from Florida, my own swamp ridden backyard. Featuring the former vocalist of now practically legendary hardcore/metal group Bloodlet, Junior Bruce have released an incredible debut LP featuring 10 tracks of scathing stoner metal thats both ridiculously heavy and undeniably catchy. There is literally NO filler to be found on this record, every single note is there for a reason and that is a lesson many bands playing this style today could learn today. Too many times bands playing this style today are relying on noise/ambiance and theatrics to simply fill up space inbetween the actual songs on their LP. All the more reason it is so refreshing to see a band say no bullshit and get straight to the point:heavy excellent riffs. The vocals fall into much different territory in comparison to Scott's days in Bloodlet, falling somewhere between older Mastodon and more classic forefathers such as Black Sabbath. It's a perfect fit for the band and in my opinion his best vocals so far. This LP will stay in constant rotation for me in the months to come, and while the year has obviously just started I have a feeling I'll still be talking about this record at the end of it. For any fans of metal in general, this is something you are going to want to check out immediately.

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