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Black Water Rising: Black Water Rising
Groove Metal, Heavy Metal
Self-release
May 17th, 2010
Release length: 46:24
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Black Water Rising is a Groove/Heavy Metal band based out of New York, and Black Water Rising marks the band’s first full-length album. This release is a self released follow up to the band’s EP of the same name, which was released about a year later, and had three of it’s four songs re-recorded for this effort. However, to call this band a blend of Groove and Heavy Metal is a little questionable, and sometimes a bit insulting when you kick back and give it a spin.

When you break down the fundamentals of Black Water Rising, two huge bands come to mind that, more then likely, had a huge influence here. First of all, the band is from Brooklyn, New York, however their music has a strong southern sound to it that greatly reflects the band Pantera for the Groove aspect, however the music is toned down in comparison and actually sounds like a southern Groove-influenced version of Saliva. If you happen to be familiar with these two bands, the comparisons throughout the album will be obvious right from the start, and discernable throughout the album, such as on the song “The Mirror”, which really just feels like a laid back version of both bands incorporated together that gets a little boring after the first time with it, and the most Saliva obvious track “Black Bleeds Through” which is just a flat rock song in their vein from the start until the end with a slight Groove influence thrown in throughout. Admittedly, this track is actually not that bad and winds up being very catchy and, despite it being more upbeat, winds up being a good track to kick back and listen to with your favorite alcohol beverage in the Summer heat.

Aside those two bands, other old-school rock bands can be picked out throughout the album, including the song “Hate Machine”, which is a bit of a bouncy rock song, that could be compared to a more upbeat Beatles influence mixed in but could be argued through other interpretations of the track, devoid of most Groove elements outside of the chorus and a bridge or two. Another track with an odd presentation is the song “Blessed”, which incorporates a much low and deeper singing style then anything else on the release. It suits the song well and greatly enhances it, making it the most unique song on the entire album due to it’s Danzig range and higher rock singing, but there’s still no denying the impact of the two main bands alluded to earlier. Outside that, pretty much the rest of the album follows suit the way it started, with a clear southern sound with Pantera‘s Groove aspects incorporated into a Saliva-rich sound.

But for the most part, it’s not all that bad. Sure, “The Mirror” is flat out boring and seriously not the best choice for a track wlecoming the listener to the party, and “Black Bleeeds Through” stands out negative due to how different the music sounds compared to the rest of the album, but there’s some pretty good tracks once you can look past the unoriginal, even sometimes plagiaristic musical sound of the album. “Hate Machine” is an entertaining song for what it is, “No Halos” is just a fun track to listen to thanks to it’s harder hitting hard Rock appeal throughout the song and catchy chorus, and “Rise” is just a great rock anthem that will stay lodged in your head for a good while and have you coming back for more as time goes on for it’s somewhat simple guitars. However, the one track on here that will more then likely irritate the listener is “The River”, which essentially comes off as a slower version of “The Mirror”. This laid back song is not even all that great to begin with, though the chorus is a little catchier then “The Mirror”, but there’s no denying the structuring and even the music does sound rather similar. If you actually play these songs on random blindfolded, there’s a chance you won’t realize which is which at first. And, just like how the album started, “Burn it Down” closes the album a bit more upbeat then how it started, but winds up just being as boring, mundane, and Saliva worthy, leaving only a good handful of tracks on this release that are worth revisiting.

So when you break it all down, Black Water Rising truly isn’t anything too original at all, and seems to only be copying already existing material but with more of a Southern flair, while residing in Brooklyn, New York, which is the most puzzling aspect to this band out of all. Either way, a good amount of the album is rather bland, though it’s obvious the intent for many of these songs were to just create laid back music you can kick back and drown yourself away to in your favorite beer. However, that’s not an excuse for songs to become repetitive, and ultimately boring. Don’t be led astray by this act, and there’s absolutely nothing too new or unique about it outside one son, and only a few tracks scattered about this release are even worth your time to listen to.

01. The Mirror – 4:36
02. Brother Go On – 2:53
03. Hate Machine – 4:42
04. Black Bleeds Through – 3:36
05. Blessed – 3:07
06. No Halos – 4:33
07. Living Proof – 4:55
08. Rise – 3:55
09. THe River – 5:11
10. Sale On Your Soul – 3:15
11. Burn It Down – 5:41
Overall Score: 2.5/10

Digital review copy of this release provided by Black Water Rising.