Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Elijah Black • Bad Dream

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Maybe it is a result of my youth, listening to some truly great music from bands like Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and so many others. My youth was spent in the 1970s and 1980s, which had all kinds of music being played. But there was always a fondness in my heart for the rockers, and that is still true now. So I was quite pleased to find the music of Elijah Black, a bear of a man born in Ohio, but now living in New York City. He is an out and proud rocker who makes music that drives forward and growls, with a hard edge that cannot be missed.

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Last year, Elijah released his latest album, 'Bad Dream'. The 10-song offering divers music that sounds part Soundgarden, with hints of Metallica and Black Label Society thrown in. A great example of that would be the first cut off the album, "Waiting". The song brings new urgency to waiting for your time to come around. This is "Waiting".

The third track on the album is the title cut. The opening has a vibrant and bold feel, reminding me a bit of Heart at their finest. The song takes a look and a stand on a person you might not still want in your life. We've all been there, be it with an ex, or that friend you never quite felt right about. Elijah tells them just want you always wanted to, but never felt like you could. Here is Black telling them they are a "Bad Dream".

I love the raw power and emotion behind "Itch", the seventh cut on the album. There is great layered feel, with the guitar leading the way. There is something wonderfully sensual the way the guitar and drums interact, with a give and take. I love the song, and the way the sound can envelop me. This is Elijah Black's "Itch".

I am so glad I found the music of Elijah Black, for I love this and the 2008 release, 'Better Man'. Both are moody and a little raw, packing a real punch. You can purchase 'Bad Dream' from iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon. To learn more about Elijah Black, visit his official website. You can also 'like' him on Facebook and 'follow' him on Twitter.


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