Crimson Star, ‘The Old Dawg’ EP Review
Following on from their 2018 release ’Bay View’, West Midlands trio Crimson Star have released a new little nugget of hard rock music to delight the senses, ‘The Olde Dawg’ EP, produced by Romesh Dodangoda, is out now and you need to sit up and take notice.
A line-up change can often break a band but in this case it seems to have only made them stronger as new drummer Chris Hopton adds power to the engine room of Jay D Shaw (vocals and guitar) and Roj Ash (Bass).
‘Living A Lie’ has a thunderous groove with pounding drums and a grungey vocal that seduces me from the go. This track grabs me by me lug-holes and shakes some sense into me, a powerful beat and cleverly written music that pairs well with the feeling and tone of the vocals throughout. Shredding adds the Je ne sais quoi for an exciting start to the EP. This is no ordinary band. This is going to be a great EP.
‘Norma’ is mesmerizingly dark and brooding, lush riffs add texture to the stoner style vocal, a roller coaster ride from start to finish, changing pace several times to keep me on the edge of my seat. Heavy classic Seattle style grunge to die for. The songs pull you in, this one more so for me, it hits me right in the feels and gives me chills.
Throughout title track ‘The Olde Dawg’ you can pick out every musician in a deliciously grungy grimy symphony. Each musician plays their part exceptionally and they come together to create a beautifully layered and evocative style. The layering means you can get new little treats on each listen, discovering new notes you missed before. Love it.
In all, this is a very solid and appealing EP to add to your collection. My only reservation is that I WANT MORE…. Excellent work. Songs that get better with repeated play, music that binds with the lyrics and compelling listening. Buy it now.
Overall rating: 4.5/5
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