STRUNG OUT: Blackhawks over Los Angeles: CD

Has this band really put out seven albums? This is the eighth? I have four, not counting this one. This recording doesn’t sound what I remember them to sound like. On this recording, the band sounds like a more melodic Avenged Sevenfold. The guitars are metallic with a bright and clean sound. The drumming sounds almost mathematic. There are fills and double bass drumming that are stop-on-a-dime tight. The vocals are the only thing that sounds familiar to me. Overall: big production that could easily have been produced by a major label. In fact, I can’t believe they are not on a major. I’m guessing that the band’s popularity is on the high side at this point. I don’t follow the band, so I don’t know if they have been approached. One thing I know is that the kids will love this!

 –don (Fat)