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Blackstone Cherri
Rumormill
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2001
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Psycho Sarah
Published: 5/5/2004
80's metal revisited
Blackstone Cherri: Rumormill - Reviewed by: Psycho Sarah

Track Listing
Rumormill
Burn
Blackstone Cherri
Walk Away
Dreamer
No one left to hold
Spirits fly
Blue Dream
Lock N Load
Set you free
Is this love
I first heard of Blackstone Cherri while still in school dreading some test I was going to have to fail because I forgot about it and was talking to another student and he suggested that I take a listen to them. When I asked him about them he said that they were metal with a twist. I asked what he meant and he said I would have to check them out. So I did.

At first I wasn’t impressed, they sounded so much like the other music that was out and being played already. They reminded me of Skid Row with Bret Michaels on vocals. I listened for a few songs and took the disk out, leaving it for about 6 months. Last week was the first time I listened to it in a long time and I began to see what my fellow student saw in them.

I saw a lot of raw talent being openly displayed in the lyrics and in the songs. When I listened closely to the melodies from the music I knew that they were singing what they truly believed in and about what they wanted in life. Now when I listen to it, I feel what they are saying and the songs come alive more.

If I had to give this band's sound a name I would have to say 80’s metal revisited. If you took Sebastian Bach and Bret Michaels and put them together and updated them you would get Blackstone Cherri. It's not teenage sounding by any means, but has a mix of hard rocking and ballads on it. People will especially like it if they are into Skid Row, SubHuman Race and Poison (when CC wasnt in the band) Native Tongue.

My all around rating of this band and this cd is that it's one you would want to keep in your collection as a personal favorite, so I'd give it a 6. I wouldn't rush out and purchase it but I would consider picking it up if you somehow managed to find it at a store.

This 2001 release is their first attempt as a band, and can be located at www.blackstonecherri.com.

--Psycho Sarah 05.06.04


Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
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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2001
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