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Blackhole

Blackhole

(8ctopus; US: 31 Oct 2006; UK: Unavailable)

Double Bass-Face

Some bands live entirely on their gimmicks—be it an Icelandic quartet of nothing but keyboardists (Appatat) or Beirut’s Zach Condon claiming that his debut album didn’t feature a single guitar.  Here, Utah’s own Blackhole can also claim that they have no guitars—instead employing the use of two mighty bassists, to give the hard-rockers a deep, heavy sound that bleeds through on every track of their eponymous LP.  Unfortunately, being so bass-heavy means that after awhile, the songs begin to blend together, which is its own issue aside from Chopper’s love-em-or-hate-em vocal stylings.  But even with that, songs like “The Spectrum” and “Protocol” retain a rollicking tension that’s both heavy and profoundly unique.  The blue ribbon goes to the brooding “Rosa”, but even more praise goes to a band that doesn’t let convention get in the way of rocking the hell out.

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and many more. Evan has been a guest on HuffPost Live, RevotTV's "Revolt Live!", and WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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