Chuck Schuldiner Project

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Black Trip - Shadowline

The first band I ever interviewed back in the day was Gypsyhawk. I followed them throughout their career and always dug what they did. Their Thin Lizzy-esque brand of rock and roll will always have a special place in my heart. Thus I was truly upset when they broke up. Now though we have Black Trip, a band who do a similar thing, yet have found their own unique take on it. After building on their previous release, the still tasty Goin' Under I get the impression that Black Trip have come far as songwriters and have a much better sense of self on Shadowline.

Though the musical basis of Black Trip definitely seems to be Thin Lizzy you get touches of glam here and there as well as other classic era bands. It's hard to listen to lack Trip and not want to make a comparison to an act like UFO. The fact of the matter is that Black Trip have clearly gone back to the 70s and 80s and done their fuckin' homework. There solos are delicious and riffs crunchy, and yet they don't sound derivative. Instead they have crafted an incredibly valid piece of art that takes all of those classic hard rock ideas and uses them to help establish their own unique brand of fist pumping rock and roll mastery.

Tightly polished yet still more badass than anything you've ever done Black Trip are a pleasure to listen too. They use a combination of ideas to put forth a sound that will remind you of better days. There is something strangely triumphant about what Black Trip do and that's a big part of what make them so god damn engaging. Black Trip understand the fundamental power of rock and roll and when you listen to them you start to get a sense of what it is all about for yourself. These dudes are a pleasure to listen too, so turn it the fuck up!

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