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GUNPOWDER GRAY REVIEW 2014

 

GUNPOWDER GRAY - GUNPOWDER GRAY

BORIS RECORDS

APRIL 19 2014

 

 

This self-titled EP (released on 12” purple vinyl on record store day last month) collects 7 tracks that have a distinct riff based heavy rock sound not a million miles away from the heavyweights of early Metal but also owing a debt to the NWOBHM.

 

But as you delve deeper you find there’s more to it than that and traces of bands from Molly Hatchet, to Guns and Roses and even the swagger of early Bang Tango in the mix. There’s a big groove laid down on opener and title track ‘Gunpowder Gray’ that’s easy to pass off as proto-Metal but I think that largely misses the point when tracks like ‘Cummin’ My Way’ owe more to Krokus, Gunners and AC/DC than Sabbath.

 

At a decent length for an EP there’s plenty of variety amongst these seven cuts from the standout track ‘Outta Sight’ which comes across as an AC/DC fuelled deep Southern rocker; to ‘Under the Gun’ which is all AC/DC meets Gunners via Bang Tango’s debut EP. There’s a great swagger to it and a rawness that isn’t a million miles away from what made ‘Appetite…’ such a great record.

 

As if to underline that point another of the best here ‘Dancing with Death’ keeps the finger on the pulse of that punky raw attitude. Final tracks 80’s Hard Rocker ‘Cut Me Out’ and the explosive attitude-laden ‘Saint’ which comes across all Rose tattoo meets Guns N Roses – it’s probably our pick here so far!

 

Gunpowder Gray is definitely a name you will hear more of and if they can keep the attitude and hone their sound they could be anything they want to be!  

 

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

GUNPOWDER GRAY EP REVIEW 2014