Black Aces, Shot In The Dark, 2016

black aces - shot in the darkIn the same line up that recorded the first EP, Black Aces are back with more of the same. Only this time with a full length album of 13 songs in 46 minutes. Don’t know what has happened, but where I thought that EP was a good party starter, now I am left wondering what I have been listening to. And after giving it some thought, I think my main problem are the vocals of Tyler Kinder. And the CD as a whole sounds a bit like a one trick pony. I mean, the album sounds authentic and not over produced, one guitar left and the other on the right, the songs breathe that rock ‘n roll life, the gang vocals are there, the boogie rock of AC/DC and or Rose Tattoo, you name it. But somehow I had a hard time to connect to the album.

Yet, if you like razor-sharp screaming vocals, or like any of the bands I mentioned, you might think I am an utter fool and love this to death. I don’t know, but this time I will take a rain cheque and put on something that suits my tastes better. For instance that Ozzy song with the same title…


Black Aces, Hellbound, 2014

black aces - hellboundOkay, you take a wild guess as to where this Australian 4 piece is aiming for. If you guessed AC/DC and Rose Tattoo inspired boogie hard rock, then you have guessed right! This EP has 7 songs that cry for beer and party all night long.

The band has already toured extensively in their homeland and the UK and have cut their teeth to develop their take on powerhouse rock ´n roll. And really not much more to say here. The vocals of Tyler Kinder (also lead guitar) may be a somewhat acquired taste, but feels at home with the support of Rhys Collier on rhythm guitar and the not related Alex McMillan on bass and Pete McMillan on drums.

Whilst this thing has just been released to solidify the growing reputation, the band waist no time and are already working on the full length debut which we can expect next year. Nothing new on offer here, but in the style they sure know what they are doing and tick the right boxes. Party on!