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CD BLACK SPIDERS THIS SAVAGE LAND REVIEW

BLACK SPIDERS

THIS SAVAGE LAND

2013

 

 

NEW LOOK FAN-FINANCED SPIDERS

 

 

Crowd-funded albums seem to be very much in vogue these days as an industry that is happy to take but doesn’t seem to want to speculate any more serves up nothing but safe mass-produced pop shit  as seen on TV. Long gone are the days of advances from labels prepared to back an instinct…. Oh course we digress.

 

Most bands choose avenues like Pledge just to get product out to those that want it and to keep the ball rolling. But I guess the double-edged sword there is that you pretty much have to deliver what the fan wants. Black Spiders so far have pleased pretty much everyone who has had a chance to listen with their high octane classic rock via Motorhead sound. ‘The Savage Land’ certainly seems to bear the expected sound in mind, but it’s not as straightforward as previous releases, which to my ears at least is particularly refreshing. It’s great to see the Black Spiders moving forward and mixing it up a bit

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On a solid album there’s plenty for the faithful: like first single ‘Balls’ which gets straight to the point in a rather tongue-in-cheek way, and alongside tracks like  ‘Knock You Out’, ‘Stick It To The Man’ and one of our favourites ‘Trouble’ this is the Black Spiders we know and love.

 

The biggest signpost though may well be the closing track:‘Sleepy Demon’ is an epic Kyuss-like anthem that just knocks you back – it’s a great tune, probably the best here but it’s different enough to the rest of the tracks here to make you wonder where it came from exactly and if there are any more like it out there?

 


In between there’s enough experimentation to suggest that this second long-player is all about testing the waters and breaking new ground, though the tentative nature makes me wonder if the guys have a whole new direction in mind or are just trying to get a reaction, hell maybe they’re just having fun? ‘Raised by Wolves’ is certainly pretty different, but not as different as the slow quasi-ballad ‘Put Love In Its Place’.

 

At the end of the day it’s still the same old Black Spiders on their second full-length but with notes of Grunge-Sludge-Stoner genres creeping into the mix, I guess we watch this space to see what happens next?.  

 

 

Leslii Phillips

 

CD BLACK SPIDERS THIS SAVAGE LAND REVIEW 2013