Rating: 9 out of 10
Reviewed by: Jay Rybak
My first introduction to this quintet out of West Virginia came back in late 2007, with the killer (albeit mellow) single “Home”. Since then, the band has endured line-up changes, and became a victim of the highly publicized TVT Records bankruptcy. In the dog-eat-dog world that is the record industry, success is inevitably preceded by disappointment and persistence, and now that the first two are out of the way Bobaflex is poised to make their presence known on the active rock radar.
Upon first hearing the band name, Bobaflex, one can’t help but conjure up images of the masked bounty hunter Bobba Fett of the STAR WARS saga. It turns out, that’s exactly the intention; the only difference is that this time around, the bounty is on your ears, and Bobaflex is cashing in! The latest offering, Hell In My Heart, runs the gamut of the diverse musical talents of Bobaflex. From the first 30 seconds of the opening song, “Chemical Valley”, you realize that you are in for a pulse-pounding adventure. Little do we know that this multi-dimensional album is much more than meets the eye.
As we delve further into “Hell…”, we are met with the first single “Bury Me With My Guns”, a brilliant mixture of Hinder-meets-Black Stone Cherry. The journey continues, as we live a “Low Life”, one that sounds like Burn Halo-meets-early Poison and leaves us begging for more cowbell. From there we fall into the bloodsucking arms of a “Vampire”, one that is bred from the aforementioned Black Stone Cherry, but it’s anthemic traits could also very well be the illegitimate offspring of Gene Simmons himself. The vampire’s bite leaves us “Playing Dead”, so we don’t become her “Slave” (two tracks that scream Stone Temple Pilots).
I would be an “Empty Man” if I didn’t mention the 80′s rock influence of the previously named track. A feeling that was no doubt present when the band wrote the equally 80′s inspired “Last Song”, a track that is dedicated to the perils and misdirection of record label fatcats (TVT anyone?). Another track that tickles my 80′s rock funny bone (that’s a good thing), is the anthemic “On That Night”. But not establishing an identity of your own could be “Dangerous”, which is no doubt why the boys decided to incorporate all of their influences into their own kick-ass sound on this melting pot of melodic goodness.
The journey is nearing an end, but before we go and play with “Pretty Razors” , there is a little message that needs to be delivered; one that is forcefully evident on the politically driven, presidential fuck you, entitled “Hate You”. And now, we have reached our destination, and are left with nothing but the “Sounds of Silence“, a brilliant cover of the hit song by Frank the Tank… err I mean Simon & Garfunkel.
All in all, the latest offering from Bobaflex delivers the goods, and comes very highly recommended! It hits stores today, so get your ass off the couch and get to your local record store and pick it up! Or if you’re a lazy piece of shit like me you can pick it up here
For more Bobaflex visit the band’s official website here