Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Review -- GRAVELROAD -- Shot The Devil

SHOT THE DEVIL
Gravelroad
Independent
8out-of-10
If you like your blues down in the mud, dealing with the darker side of life, and of death, then Gravelroad, a bluesy threesome out of Seattle might just be your ticket.This stuff is soulful, nasty, dark, and yes very good.Take for example the cut Forty-Four. It has nothing to do with age. The 44 here refers to the caliber of a gun.The title cut is about exactly what the title suggests, a guy putting seven bullets right in the devil's head and sending him straight to ... well you get the idea. Yes the language is at times a touch beyond PG.Call My Name is a song themed around a succubus type female calling to a man.Gravelroad relies a lot on the gravely voice of singer and guitarist Stefan Zillioux, and he does a solid job of growling out the blues backed by Marty Reinsel on drums and Jon Newman on bass. The trio keeps things generally pretty simple musically, but that works since these guys are really selling mood and lyrics on this CD.This would not be the blues for everybody. The lyrics are rather dark, the material is heavy, but at times it's just the mood music one needs.This is the kind of music that you need to just sit back and take in. It really shows that life has its darkness, but we find ways to persevere, and that there is usually some light to hold onto even in the darkest moments.If that all seems a bit too deep and philosophical for you, then just listen to this one for the moodiness that blues can afford like no other musical genre.Definitely one that I like a lot. Look it up.Check them out at www.gravelroadblues.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov. 19, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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