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Black Oak County
Black Oak County
Type: CD
Company: Mighty Music
Release: 2017
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 2/2/2017
Danish hard rock act with enough heaviness to please the die-hards
Damn, this is the most fun I’ve had in months with a record. Denmark’s Black Oak County are a heavy four-piece that slide perfectly into that niche between hard rock and heavy metal. This debut album comes by way of Mighty Music (Tygers of Pan Tang, Sea), a Danish label that seems to be the newest rising force in artist development and execution. Opener “Someone Else” is a rhythmic mosh rock with heavy distortion amongst it’s faster paced groove set. Guitarist-vocalist Niels Beier is a charismatic front man and has a rougher edging around his mostly clean vocal delivery. I like the backing vocal trade-off in the chorus, which makes this a fun opening statement. The album single, “Mad Dog”, is symbolic of what to expect from the band and album. It’s a faster song, using the down-tuned strings to add a little bit of swinging charm to a ferociously heavy cut. Likeable cuts are the accessible “Save Me” and “Laughing with the Crows” while the heavier songs are highlighted by aggressive number “The Boogeyman”. The record’s polish is handled by producer-engineer Jonas Haagensen (Aphyxion) at Jacob Hansen’s Hansen Studios in Denmark. Looks like a winner. Sounds like a winner. Gotta be a winner, right?
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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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