I’ll have a Texan-Sized jug of rock with a twist of metal and blues grooves please! Iconic producer Josh Wilbur of the likes of Gojira, Hatebreed and All That Remains, certainly knows hard hitting raw talent when he sees and hears it (even if it’s only for 30 seconds on you tube; apparently).
The debut album from Sons Of Texas, is an outstanding collection of hard rock songs, mixed with majestic rhythms, and the fiery energy of youth and determination, to put their stamp on the rock and metal scene. This album kicks ass, from the beginning to the end. The versatility of sound throughout the album is like a game of Rock, Paper and Scissors plunging you into the depths of a rocky wilderness one minute, and pulling at your heart strings with gut wrenching passion the next.
When opening track, ‘Never Bury The Hatchet’ kicked in with enviable precision, I had to ask myself, is this Phil Anselmo and Corey Taylors love child? Mark Morales has definitely got the soulful pipes for power metal grooves. This song just thumps in, big and gutsy with vicious vocals and solid chunky riffs.
This awesome sound continues as the Texan quintet belt out hit after hit of insane dizzying proportion. ‘Pull It And Fire’ is the first glimpse of the soulful sweet tones of Morales backed up by a very Zakk influenced lead guitar from Jes De Hoyos. Title track, ‘Baptized In The Rio Grande’ showcases an example of the interesting composition of the songs that these young guys can put together; filled with filthy, beastly riffs and delivery from a thunderous rhythm section.
Stand out tracks for me though had to be ‘Blameshift’, with excellent searing vocals, groovy bass, and topped off with a sliding and beautiful solo, this is the radio play favourite and the perfect mix for hitting the road on a hot day with the window down. ‘Breathing Through My Wounds’ was passionate and had that touch of Stone Sour about it. A very melodic and beautiful song, delivered with a painful angst brought home with sprinkles of acoustic guitar, and the almost dreamy intro to ‘September’ literally had me look at the screen to see if I was still listening to the same band.
Sons Of Texas are definitely a force to be reckoned with, and I just can’t wait to see what they come up with in 2016. A debut album like this is not to be missed. With pure high level energy on songs like ‘Drag The Blade’ which has a great mix of rhythms, a powerful echoing solo and vocals driven with brute force, as well as a good old fashioned rock ‘N’ roll number like ‘The Vestryman’ to tap your toe, and get your teeth into, you’d be a damned fool not to go and get yourself a taste of Texas through this record.
Words by Brenda McTaggart
Never Bury The Hatchet
Pull It And Fire
Baptized In The Rio Grande
Breathing Through My Wounds
Morals Of The Helpless Kind
Drag The Blade