â€œFever In My Bloodâ€ is the first track on â€œEvery Damn Timeâ€, and it starts out with a schizophrenic drum beat that finally gets reined in about a minute into the track. The guitars and other elements of the band gradually insert themselves into the mix, until a very sixties influenced type of rock presents itself. There is a great deal of bass as the vocals come out with a gritty, rough sound that fits the rest of instrumentation well.
The band only needs a few minutes to introduce themselves to the listeners, and listeners will know what to expect by the opening of â€œEvery Damn Timeâ€â€™s second track, â€œAll To Hellâ€. â€œAll To Hellâ€ continues the vocal tradition that opened up the disc. While the band plays a rock style that is influenced by earlier blues music, the vocals are more directly related to this blues tradition. Johnâ€™s vocals on this track sound as if an old blues god came to the present day and played with a current act. What results is a band that is playing an older rock style but with common sensibilities, being headed up by an individual that I would expect to find on the porch of a shack down in New Orleans. The band can meander around for a few minutes, as is the case with â€œAll To Hellâ€, or they can go towards a faster, more bone-shattering song in â€œLeave it in the Roadâ€.
The band keeps themselves fresh by inserting hints of psychedelia to their general sound during â€œLeave It In The Roadâ€. This is done by including a keyboard into the mix that reminds me of The Animals, specifically during their cover of â€œHouse of the Rising Sunâ€. Black Diamond Heavies are an act that play rock as it is supposed to be played; heavy, grungy, and dirty. This is the music of bars and juke joints, instead of 40,000 seat arenas. This is what you listen to when you are getting absolutely faced, and Black Diamond Heavies do not try to change their sound for anybody. This is why the band is so sincere and why tracks like â€œPoor Brown Sugarâ€ are so catchy, so primeval. Â If you like what the White Stripes are trying to do with their â€œIcky Thumpâ€, give the Black Diamond Heavies a listen. I guarantee you will be even more into them than you are into the stripes, they are that solid.
Top Tracks: Poor Brown Sugar, All To Hell