Blood of the Sun - Burning on the Wings of Desire

Blood of the Sun
Burning on the Wings of Desire
Listenable Records
Formed almost a decade ago and been through several line-up changes, the 70s hard rock inspired band, which is the brainchild of the drummer Henry Vasquez (Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, Archie Bunker) and the keyboardist Dave Gryder (Storm at Sunrise) is finally releasing its forth full-length album. Now along with the two original members we have Rusty Burns on guitar, John O’Daniel on lead vocals (both on Point Blank) & Mos Generator’s Tony Reed, who produced, recorded, co-wrote and handled some guitar and bass duties on the band.
First of all, I must set things straight. This ain’t stoner rock! How on earth could somebody call this stoner! Enough is enough and I can’t bear seeing every 70s influenced hard rock band being called stoner rock. Get it guys, stoner rock is a bad joke… this is hard rock or if some may prefer, heavy rock music from the 70s. I do not even have to explain how this foolish term came out in the late 90s and a bunch of untalented bands were claimed to be stoner something rock… they were probably stoned, but not stoner. That’s all.
Having said that, I must say that Blood of the Sun takes us to a journey along the 70s, where Hammond, rockin’ guitars, melodies, rock & roll rhythms used to rule the music. Taking inspiration from acts such as: Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Ted Nugent, Grand Funk Railroad and so forth, they came up with something concise. The guys have immersed themselves into the 70s culture (how couldn’t they after all?) and they do not try to mimic or to sound 70s… they are indeed! Knowing exactly how this music was made back in the day and how to deliver it… they do not fool around like some rookies do every so often. The punchy, dynamic & clear production just adds some extra points to the final outcome. This is 70s hard rock music with balls & attitude… if you’re into 70s rock music then there’s a lot to find in this release. Ooh and what a great cover artwork huh?!