The title they’ve chosen probably oversells what you’re getting here a bit.
It gives the impression of a momentous heave, a blast of energy, and of a significant low end tonal feast.
The actuality is a bit different – it’s what I would call, without being pejorative, backroom pub rock.
Now, I mean this in a musical and compositional sense only, because I know the guys work hard to get out there. But it’s the sort of laid back mix of warm stoner guitar tone, safe enough 4/4 arrangements and general rock 101 feel.
And that’s basically what the majority of the tracks sound like: pretty stock.
It’s not all helped by some rather tired sounding lyrical concepts (‘Faux Celebrity’, ‘Lose Religion’) which aren’t exactly going to be part of any great overthrowing of human nature.
On the plus side, the drums are solid and well played with some nice details in the cymbal work, particularly the hi-hats.
I like the thickly laid Kyuss-isms of ‘Gods Fear’, and the up tempo pump of ‘Lose Religion’, with decent vocal harmonies, is appreciated.
The dragging slow to mid pace of the whole thing however is just a bit trying, and it’s hard to maintain interest in any real way. Nothing here grabs, or explodes.
Even the name of the band – baleful – does much to inform their sound, because it’s largely true. So I must regrettably say that this one’s pretty dull; and I dont even know what the band could do to change it.
It all needs a bit of a shake.
1.4 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 27/08/17