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Review of ‘Rise up Son’ compilation album on Factory Fast Records — September 13, 2015

Review of ‘Rise up Son’ compilation album on Factory Fast Records


This a great compilation featuring a wide range of styles from acoustic, metal, blues and jazz to soulful with a funk vibe. There’s some great storytelling with a simmering tension at times. The songs are all really well produced with excellent vocals and there’s also some great riffing and solos too.

Michael Brondstetter – Ghost in the Walls
This song has a great acoustic riff to open and excellent vocals. The song has a great arrangement and the guitar playing is excellent.

Starkett Levee – Marshall Dillon
A slightly distorted riff accompanies an acoustic riff to open, the song has a great edge of tension. It’s a great story telling with a real simmering quality at times and nice changes in feel too with excellent riffs and solo.

The Celebration Army – They Call Me Jesus
A great blues / rock n’ roll type of groove to the opening riff with bass and drumming, there’s a nice change in momentum to the verse with more of a funk vibe to the guitar. The song has great vocals too and a really nice build and release of tension with great changes in feel. I really like the solo too.

Francesca Romana Fabris – You Won’t Put Me Down
This song has a great jazz vibe to the opening which continues through the song. There’s a real passion to the vocals and the brass and sax solo add a really nice touch. There’s some great jazz / blues guitar playing too and really nice changes in feel.

Johnny Hate – Around Myself
This song has a great opening leading into an excellent riff, shimmering tremelo chord and a mandolin (I think). The song has a slow brooding quality, the vocals are great with excellent story telling. There’s a great interplay between the different instruments with good changes in feel too. I really like the solo, it suits the style of the song really well with a great tone too.

Stevan Brasel – Rise Up Son
There’s a great momentum to the song with solid drumming and bass playing with 2 guitars weaving in and out of the song. The vocals are really good, they are very deep and have a real soulful blues type of quality about them. There’s a great solo too. I really like the great blues vibe to this song.

Genuine Crude – Inside Jacob’s Head
I think there’s a quote from a film to open the song, not sure which one but it sets the scene really well. There’s a great momentum from solid drumming and bass. It’s a really tight knit sound, a bit of an 80’s metal vibe at times. There’s really good lead playing which contrasts really well with the more jangly riffs. The vocals are excellent and there’s really good changes in feel through the song.

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Review of Hard Luck Blues album on Factory Fast Records — June 23, 2015

Review of Hard Luck Blues album on Factory Fast Records

Hard Luck Blues compilation


This is a great album with a really good range of styles. The playing is excellent with great drumming and bass giving a solid foundation. Guitar playing is also excellent with both great solos and acoustic playing too. The vocals are also superb, deep and soulful at times, other times more lonesome.

The Celebration Army – Flipside There’s an almost gospel feel to the opening vocals leading into a great distorted blues riff with a more laid back feel to the verse. The vocals are great and suit the sound really well. The chorus ups the feel really well with great harmonies, releasing tension back to the verse. There’s a really nice soulful part before the final chorus which rounds the song out.

The Blue Project – I’ve Changed My Ways A slow blues song with excellent guitar tone for the solo and the vocals are superb, both male and female vocals are soulful and deep. The brass and violin are a great touch, really adding to the sound.

Johnny Hate – Black Sparrows There is a real brooding quality to this song, vocals add to the vibe provided by great drumming, solid bass and really good riffing. The song has nice changes in feel and has a touch of a cinematic sound at times. There are great harmonies to end the song too.

Indus Rush – Cracking Up There’s a great solo to open with and the brass section creates a really nice vibe. In fact the whole song has a great vibe, propelled by solid drumming and bass playing. There’s a kind of call and response feel between the vocals and brass section at times and there’s an excellent solo too.

Andy Zovko – A Thousand Miles Away This song has a great acoustic riff to open with and has a country blues sort of feel. There’s great emotion in the vocals and the song has a great arrangement and is excellently played, there are really nice harmonies and lead guitar parts.

Beneath the Crow – Cold Blooded Eyes This is an uptempo song which has quite a western sounding riff. The song has a great groove through syncopation and some really nice harmonies. Blues harp adds a great element to the song.

Ian Clayton = Kentucky Song This song has great acoustic guitar playing, the vocals have a soft edge with a real lonesome quality. The harmonica is a nice touch and there are great harmonies too.

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