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Album Review
Black Eye Blues

Black Eye Blues
by Lewd Acts


Review Date
1st October 2009
Reviewed by
M Street

Hailed as one of San Diego’s best kept secrets Lewd Acts remain faithful to the early sounds of hardcore and have not followed the metal path taken by many of today’s hardcore acts.

Engineered by the infamous Kurt Ballou, ‘Black Eye Blues’ features 11 tracks and highlights Lewd Acts ability to push the creative boundaries of heavy music. The quartet mix a variety of tempo changes, just enough melody and some spoken word to keep the album fresh. Combine this with some of the best drumming I have heard on a hardcore release this year and ‘Black Eye Blues’ is musically brilliant. Lyrically, vocalist Tyler Densley has not let the side down. His lyrics come across as calculated giving all the songs a fierce yet very poetic nature.

Highlights of the album for me include the opener “Know Where To Go”, “Wide Black Eyes”, “I Don’t Need You” and “My Father Was A Locomotive”, but with all 11 tracks being strong these are likely to change on a daily basis.

Clocking in at just over 26 minutes and all wrapped up with some great artwork Lewd Acts have managed to produce a great full length that will no doubt please fans of bands such as Doomriders, Modern Life is War and Narrows.

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