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Blacktop Mojo – Burn The Ships

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Last updated 6/3/2018 at 12:16pm | View PDF

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Blacktop Mojo – Burn The Ships

Review by Bill Baker

This month's review is from Blacktop Mojo, a Texas band that recently played at Whistlers Tavern in watertown, NY. Whistlers you say, must be a cover band. Blacktop Mojo is the furthest thing from a cover band as you can get. They took the stage and wowed the packed house for the entire evening. Their torrid live performance exceeded all expectations. This is a band to be reckoned with.

The Band was formed in late 2012, followed by their debut I am in 2014. They hit the road hard, touring with the likes of Aaron Lewis. Puddle of Mud and Drowning Pool. They have a fiery blend of post grunge, combined with Southern rock and metal. The Band's sound has been compared to Sound Garden/Alice in Chains meets Black Stone Cherry with a little bit of Seether thrown in. Don't be fooled, Blacktop Mojo, has a seasoned quality with a definitive sound way beyond their years.

Blacktop Mojo's latest album Burn The Ships showcases an extremely talented band. The cast of characters features the soulful vocals of front man Matt James, power house drummer Nathan Gillis, notable bassist Matt Curtis and the dual guitar attack of Ryan Kiefer and Kenneth Irwin. The album seamlessly blends melody with adrenaline fueled heavy rock riffs, over the top of a rhythm section that doesn't falter. This group of musicians know how to write high caliber songs. Intelligent lyrics and great guitar hooks motivate you to listen from beginning to end. Don't ask me to pick a favorite song. There something for everyone, whether it be the heavy riffs with swagger of Where The Wind Blows, End Of Days or Chains to the soaring ballads of Prodigal and Underneath. A bonus track in Aerosmith's Dream On isn't really a cover, but a killer interpretation, which they make their own.

This is a band to keep an eye on. Blacktop Mojo's first album I Am was a very respectable debut. Burn The Ships demonstrates the progression of a great band with a consistent climb to the next level. If their next album is as good as Burn The Ships and they continue to wow audiences with their high octane live shows, I can't see how they cannot succeed in the music business.

Thank you, AMP Entertainment, for continuing to bring in great musical acts to the North Country.

Not for Amp Entertainment I might not have discovered Blacktop Mojo.

Check out the new Blacktop Mojo – Burn The Ships. As with all my reviews - If you like, what I like, you will either end up buying the cd or streaming The Band's latest project on Spotify.

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