Every Mothers Nightmare – ‘Grind’

 


THE BAND:
Rick Ruhl – Vocals
John Guttery - Lead Guitar
Troy Fleming – Bass
Lonnie Hammer – Drums
Travis Butler - Lead Guitar



TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1. ) “Loco Crazy” -Rick sings several vocal accents over the top of the musical intro of this track. For the drum line of this intro section was played with a tom-tom pattern. For the last few measures of the intro section Lonnie switched from a tom-tom pattern to a standard hi-hat rhythm. This was separated by a musical rest that consisted of a lead vocal line. Underneath the first four lyric lines of the verse the main instrumentation consisted of a bass line and tom-tom pattern. Over the top of this there is a rhythm guitar arrangement however it was very simple and mainly used as a fill-in instrument. The main guitar rhythm does not actually kick-in until the musical chorus. The drum line of this song is where the song gets its intensity. After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo section. 
2.) “Snake” -The rhythm guitar riff that opens this song was done with an effects pedal. The effects pedal that was used was very high end on bass. So in many ways the guitar had a bass sound to it. After the rhythm guitar was repeated once the band kicks-in the song. The musical verse consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements. One of those arrangements was the same one that opened the song however it was without the special effect. Underneath the opening lyric line there was a rhythm guitar change. This rhythm guitar change consisted of both Travis and John playing the same guitar arrangement. Rick used an audio processing effect to enhance the sound of his vocal lines of the verses. When listening to the song while wearing headphones you hear an echo effect connecting the third, fourth, sixth and seventh lyric lines. From someone who has listened to every song Every Mother’s Nightmare has released this is the first time I have ever heard him use a vocal effect in this manner.
3.) “Upper Hand” -This track opens with a bass line. After one measure the drum line kicks-in. Over the top of the bass line and drum line there was a spoken lead vocal line. There was a rhythm guitar riff then a short musical rest to connect the intro with the musical verse. Not only the way Rick wrote the lyric lines of the musical verse however, also the way he sang the lyric lines was very reminiscent to the stuff he wrote for Every Mother’s Nightmare’s sophomore’s release ‘Wake Up Screaming’ released in 1993. There was an arrangement change for the musical chorus. After the first chorus there was a lead guitar solo. This lead guitar solo lead to a small breakdown section. The coda consisted of a spoken lyric line. 
4.) “Blown Away” -Rick has always written amazing ballads and this song is no exception!!!!  Every time I hear this song I fall more and more in love with it.  As I former drummer I have to comment on Lonnie’s hi-hat pattern.  Lonnie pays his hi-hat with the greatest of finesse.   
5.) “Sacred Circle” -This track opened with two rhythm guitar riffs. After the second riff the band kicks the song in. There was a rhythm guitar change underneath the opening lyric line. As a longtime EMN fan I loved the choruses of this track. After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo over the top of the solo Rick sings a few lyric lines. After the solo there was a musical rhythm change. For this rhythm change Lonnie switched from a 4/4 hi-hat rhythm to a sixteenth-note hi-hat rhythm. There was a minor lead guitar solo underneath the lyric lines of the third and fourth choruses. This was the only solo on the song. 
6,) “Days Are Through” – This intro opens with the entire and playing two sixteenth-note rhythm patterns with a musical in between them.  After the second sixteenth-note there was a second musical rest before going into the main intro.  These two sixteenth-note rhythms remind me a lot of the intro to Extreme’s song “Kid Ego”.  Over the top of the main intro there was a twin lead guitar solo.  Troy wrote a very cool bass line for the musical verse.  For the musical verse Travis and John played two different rhythm guitar arrangements. The bass line for the verse had a very cool feel to it.  Lonnie played a small a snare fill to connect the musical verse with the music chorus.  In between the vocal lines and the rhythm guitar arrangement.  Rick wrote a very huge hook for this song.  After the second chorus there was a very short lead guitar solo.  The solo ran through the rest of the song.  This song was fuckin amazing!!!!     
7.) “Stand Up” – This track opens with a solid rhythm guitar groove. Rick sings a vocal accent to connect the rhythm guitar of the intro with the musical verse. The band used the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse as the one for the intro. As a former drummer I loved Lonnie’s drum rhythm for the musical verse. Rick’s vocals for the verse were amazing. There was a snare/tom-tom fill connecting the verse with the chorus. Underneath the second chorus there was a couple lead guitar licks. After the third chorus there was a strange breakdown section.
8.) “Swing again” – This intro opens with a small Lonnie drum solo. The main intro section consisted of a very intense rhythm arrangement. There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical verse. This track really showcases Lonnie’s great drum playing. After the second chorus there was an American Indian style lead guitar solo. 
9.) “Closet Down The Hall” –live
10.) “Walls Come Down” – live
11.) “Push” - live


   I have been an Every Mother’s Nightmare fan since I first heard their freshman self-titled release. Released in July of 1990 through Arista Records. In fact, five of the ten tracks on the release was heavily rotated on our setlist of the cover band I was in,
‘Grind’ is Scheduled to be released on October 6, 2017 and is first full length CD Every Mother’s Nightmare has released since releasing ‘Deeper Shade of Gray’ in 2002. ‘Grind’ in reality is the full length version of the E.P. by the same name. The E.P. was released two years ago. ‘Grind’ consists of the five tracks that was on the E.P. plus, three new studio tracks, “Days Of Through”, “Stand Up”, and “Swing Again” along with three live recordings, “Closet Down The Hall”, “Walls Come Down” and “Push” (recorded from the band’s performance at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN on August 21, 2016). 
In early 2017 Every Mother’s Nightmare signed to HighVolMusic. ‘Grind’ like with the rest of the Every Mother’s Nightmare catalog is amazing!! Just like a fine wine, Rick’s voice has gotten better with age. The band itself is great. As a former drummer one of the things I got off on was the subtle way Lonnie played the ride cymbal on “Blown Away” and I’m not just saying that because he is a dear friend. In fact, all of his drum tracks were amazing. This is one of the bands I’m glad to see still going strong. If you are a fan of Every Mother’s Nightmare or a fan of good solid hard rock them ‘Grind’ would make a great addition to your CD collection!