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Vincent Black Shadow : Vincent Black Shadow

The band name refers to the motorcycle model called Black Shadow, hand-made by the company Vincent during the late '40s and early '50s. There is also another rock band called The Vincent Black Shadow (from Canada) which has nothing to do with this band at all.

The music itself is reminiscent of an era when the motorcycle model was already obsolete, the '70s. As expected, the music contains a more than fair amount of psychedelia. While the black and white cover doesn't suggest it, this is music well suited for lying around in the sun or driving convertibles. With its odd, but very tantalizing riffage and classic groove, it's also very well suited for playing air-guitar or banging heads. Actually, tantalizing is perhaps not the right word. It's so psychedelic that it's downright tasty.

While perhaps being slightly modernized, most of the music will take you right back to the era of hippies. Luckily at least one of the tracks, 'Aint No Law', has slowed down to include a very old-school doomy feeling. The purpose of it seems to be to create a spaced out sound, which was achieved very well I might add. But overall, the style is a tad older than the first proto doom bands and more in the vein of those who partially influenced them.

This is one of the most optimistic releases I've reviewed in a long while. Vincent Black Shadow doesn't do anything that hasn't already been done before, but when it's played this well, I sure don't mind hearing it again. Another bonus is that while the recordings from the '70s have a lot to be desired in recording quality compared to modern standards, these guys give you the old package in the recording quality it deserves. Those who like classic grooves, doomster or not, will definitely approve of this.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Child of Orion
2. Real Wood
3. Blow It up The Sunshine
4. Colors and Feelings
5. Aint No Law
6. Raoul
7. Legend of Sex
8. Drunk in Space

Duration : Approx. 30 minutes

Visit the Vincent Black Shadow bandpage.

Reviewed on 05-11-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
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