Serial Obsession - 'Shotgun Opera'

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Serial Obsession - 'Shotgun Opera'

First full length disc by the New York band.

This is the New York band's first full length disc since their 2008 E.P and its clear the guys have found a solid body of work to offer the public.There’s a nice southern flavour to ‘All the Way’ not to mention some frantic guitar work that wouldn’t be out of place on any Molly Hatchet release. Vocalist Shawn Sugre has a voice that is strong in character and easy on the ear and is the ace in the deck with this band.

‘Edge of the Blade’ brought to mind Scott Weiland from his time with Velvet Revolver and the song has a laid back feel despite the cocktail of solid guitar work driving the song along.

The production is tight and there never seems to be a dull moment as each song hits its stride and ‘Follow You Down’ is a great example of keeping things basic but not at the cost of the song.

Taking some influence from Guns and Roses and maybe Buckcherry at there rawest ‘Half Cocked’ is all choppy guitars and attitude as the song blasts to the surface.

A warm vocal introduces us to ‘I Cant Believe’ before the song goes into an untamed assault of screeching guitars .One of the things that has impressed me most is the depth of the song writing, and its clear the band take their craft very seriously.

A particular favourite is ‘No Surprise’ a song that sounds like its straining at the leash to go into overdrive but keeps its pace with a strong chorus that will buzzing in your head for days.

The ability to sound relevant to the recent music scene yet retain some old school traits certainly serves the Serial Obsession well and all going well we should be hearing good things from this band in the future.

Ray Paul

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