BLOODREDSKY – A Cross To Bear & Hell To Harness
- by Matt Coe
- Posted on 23-11-2012
Forming in 2008, eastern Finnish quintet BloodRedSky performs an energetic form of stoner metal here on this debut album "A Cross To Bear & Hell To Harness". Imagine Kyuss and Danzig meeting musically, and Glenn Danzig intertwined with Lemmy from Motorhead vocally, and you’ll get most of the band’s sound on songs like "Rolled The Bones" and "Colours". I can see most in the audience bouncing and swaying to these songs- the riffs are lean and mean, the rhythm section sticking to solid, straightforward tempos with groove and it’s not hard to understand these tracks on one or two playbacks.
"A Hero to a Few" would be my favorite of the ten- a low, echoing organ refrain helps the main Sabbath-esque riff hit home, and the bluesy wah wah lead break makes things even that much more special. Riku Tarvonen as a vocalist will not be mistaken for smooth- his warbling is very sandpaper-ish and whiskey laced, so prepare yourself or you may feel slight ear torture. There are even hints of the much missed Only Living Witness in some of the lower tuned guitar transitions for "The Dead"- as Ville Kosunen and Pasi Moilanen know how to alternate and fill up the arrangement with the right chord combinations for maximum dynamic impact.
Sure to fire up any festival stage or smoky bar, BloodRedSky keep the Scandinavian hard rock/ metal scene loud and proud with their stoner exploits.