Blacklist Union - 'Til Death Do Us Part'

 


THE BAND:
Tony West
Jon E. Love - lead guitar
Wayne Swinny - rhythm guitar
Dave Novotny - bass
Paul Crosby - drums
Hunt Sales - drums




TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) "Til Death Do Us Part" - This track opens with a very simple rhythm guitar riff.  After the riff is played twice a vocal accent kicks-in over the top of the main intro.  It is also at this time that the drum and bass line kicks-in.  The band used the same rhythm for the musical verse as the one for the intro section.  The third and fourth lyric lines were double-tracked.  The musical chorus consisted of the same musical arrangement as the main intro section.  After the second chorus there is a musical arrangement change.  The lead guitar solo though kept very simple suited the song well.  There are minor solo licks in between the lead vocal lines of the coda.   
2.) "Alabamer Slammer" - This intro opens with a rhythm guitar arrangement over the top of a ride cymbal.  There was a tom-tom/snare drum fill connecting the opening intro with the main musical intro.  The main musical intro consisted of a minor lead guitar solo.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  There was a rhythm change for the vocal hook of the chorus.  After the second chorus there was a small rhythm change that lead to the lead guitar solo section.  At times the solo sounded twined. 
3.) "Blown Away" - This track had a weird sound to it.
4.) "Game Over" - To me the musical intro and verses of this song reminded me of very early Pink Floyd with Sid Barrett.
5 .) "Same Ol' Pressure" - This intro consisted of a bass line underneath several vocal accents.  The guys used the same bass line for the musical verse.  The last couple lyric lines had a sixties arrangement to them.  The choruses of the song were kept very simple.  The opening second chorus consisted of just a drum & bass line.  There was a minor solo underneath the lyric lines of the coda.
6.) "Diggin' 4 Gold" - This track opened with a heavy rhythm guitar riff over the top of cymbal crashes and tom-toms.  There is a minor lead guitar solo connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  There was a drastic musical change for the pre-chorus.  The minor lead guitar solo for this track was hugely short.  The major solo was after the third chorus.  There is a second minor solo underneath the coda.
7.) "Feed The Snakes" - This song was kept very simple.
8.) "I Do" - This track opens with a simple rhythm guitar riff.  The guys used the same guitar riff for the intro as the one for the musical verse.  The only difference is the guys added a second rhythm guitar playing the same arrangement.  There is a huge rhythm change for the musical chorus.  After the second chorus there is a breakdown section for the coda.   
9.) "Don't Change" - This track opens with several lead guitar licks.  Connecting the lead licks with the musical verse there is a rhythm guitar riff.  The musical verse consisted of two different rhythm guitar riffs.  There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  There is a short tom-tom fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus.
10.) "The Lick Kitty Split Theme Song" -This track opens with a tom-tom/snare drum pattern.  The main musical intro consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  This rhythm guitar had a very heavy feel to it.  The choruses along with the verse ran one into another on this track. 
11.) "I Don't love You Anymore" -This track opened with an acoustic guitar underneath a minor lead guitar rhythm.  The band used the same rhythm for the musical verse as the one for the intro.  The bass and drum line likes in for the pre-chorus.  There was a minor solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse. 

This release was dedicated to Michael Christopher "Mike" Starr (April 4, 1966 – March 8, 2011) original bass player of the band Alice In Chains.

     'Till Death Do Us Part' is the third release from Blacklisted Union.  When listening to the songs there is no doubt that Tony West is very passionate about his lyric writing and musicianship.  The songs he wrote are mainly in a Modern Rock dabbling in Punk. The album at times is similar to early 00′s era nu-metal acts (Korn, Cold, Mudvayne, etc) or late era “emo” acts like My Chemical Romance.
      Though songs like, "Alabamer Slammer" are amazing!  I could not get over the fact that the engineering quality was pretty poor.  With that being said if you are a Modern Rock fan you should check this release out.  Just keep in mind to get the true sound of the band you are probably going to readjust your settings on your stereo.