Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Bad Boat - Drown The Phoenix (Album Review)

Release date: October 31st 2019. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Drown The Phoenix – Tracklisting

1.Intro - Drown The Phoenix
2.Run To The Knife
3.Blessed Insane 09:39
4.Acid Dice
5.Dismembered Remembrance
6.The Bright Side Of Hell
7.The Pale


Tom Clarke – Vocals
Niall Ward – Bass
Steven Chivers – Guitar
John McSherry – Guitar
Tony Murray – Drums and Keys *


Irish Sludge/Doom Rockers – Bad Boat – finally return with their new album Drown The Phoenix. This is their first release in about 10 years. So a very long wait indeed but it has definitely been worth the wait. As Bad Boat will treat you to a heavy blast of Sludge/Doom grooves with a twinge of Progressive sounds being added in the early stages of the album.

Opening song Intro – Drown The Phoenix opens with two low-key guitars playing a Blues based riff with a gloomy atmosphere holding everything together. The sound and feel of the song is quite raw for the first few moments before the band add a heavier Sludge/Stoner Metal vibe to the song. Shades of seventies style Classic Hard Rock make an appearance. The rough sounding vocals appear and sees the band add a NOLA style influence to this song and their overall sound. The song does end on a topical bleak note which I applaud the band for doing.

Second song Run To The Knife is a song that’s very hard to describe. Parts Sludge, Doom and Stoner Rock but with an almost classic funk based sound. Maybe influenced by CLUTCH on this song but Bad Boat’s familiar NOLA grooves is what holds everything together. The albums rough and ready production means the listener is very much part of the action. As the music feels quite organic in places. The riffs are the best part of this song as the band move into many different directions that it’s hard to keep up at times.

Third song Blessed Insane is perhaps the heaviest and most Doom based song on the album. As it has a classic sounding Doom Rock/Metal vibe from the start. The outlandish vocals are very OTT but one that adds a bleak undertone to the whole feel and structure of the album. The song runs for almost ten minutes and it sees Bad Boat playing progressive riffs on this song. The song does run out of steam towards the end but it’s still the standout song on the album with its epic and theatrical outlook on all things Doom Metal.

Fourth song Acid Dice is more of a Psychedelic and Surreal Nightmare with the heavy guitars merged with weird and experimental vocals leading the way. This is another standout song on the album with the band showing a deeply rich and creative flair on this song.

The final songs – Dismembered Remembrance, The Bright Side Of Hell and The Pale sees Bad Boat continue their descent into Doom based madness with riffs that stretch the boundaries of Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal. The album still maintains its raw sounding atmosphere with the music still feeling very powerful throughout.

The raw sound of the album maybe too raw for some. Though I urge folks to give this album a listen. As there are some fantastic riffs waiting to be heard and discovered. Bad Boat have delivered the goods with Drown The Phoenix and this makes for a superbly entertaining album from start to finish.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

I want to thank Tom from the band for the promo. Drown The Phoenix will be available to buy on CD/DD from October 31st 2019.


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