Freedom Hawk – Beast Remains

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Man, I’ve been listening to Freedom Hawk for almost a decade—I first reviewed their MeteorCity debut in early 2010. Now signed to Ripple Music (who recently reissued the band’s first album), these long-running Virginia rockers are back with another heaping platter of southern-fried grooves.

Beast Remains begins on a head-nodding note with “Solid Gold,” a rollicking mid-paced rocker than melds mellow verses with a heavy, groovy chorus and a galloping interlude. And that guitar solo? Solid gold, dude! “Danger” might be a little more laid back, despite its recurring Iron Maiden galloping riff, but the soaring vocals on the chorus definitely display more than a hint of urgency. And the bright, clean tones of “Darkness and the Light” are sort of soothing—until the first heavy riff kicks in. I think I detect a theme here…

But “Brutal Winds” bucks the trend with an up-tempo verse, chugging along like vintage Judas Priest before slowing down for a chorus more akin to Kyuss and a muy mellow solo. “Deep Inside” also has a classic metal chug, with a couple stop-start riffs thrown in for good measure. On the other hand, the title track is a little more mid-paced, a little more bluesy… but definitely maintains those desert-rock vibes. Not every song sounds the same—and I like that.

ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/beast-remains

Gruesome Greg

Seahawks/Stamps/Flames/Zags/Jays/Raptors fan and lifelong metal head with a beer gut and a self-deprecating sense of humour. Reviewer/blogger (Yon Senior Doomsayer) for Hellbound.ca.

7.0 Rating