October 1, 2023

Formed in December 2020, Blood Lightning brings together the talents of vocalist Jim Healey (We’re All Gonna Die), guitarist Doug Sherman (GOZU), bassist Bob Maloney (Worshipper) and drummer J.R. Roach (Sam Black Church). Their style is heavily influenced by early Sabbath, with equal doses of classic Eighties heavy metal and some southern rock added over. The way these songs are produced brings forth gritty guitar riffs and a gut-wrenching bass, with lots of power and punch, which is not surprising, knowing that the band has worked with award-winning producer and engineer Benny Grotto (Rolling Stones, Aerosmith), and mastering legend Alan Douches (Motörhead, Mastodon, High On Fire).

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Songs like The Dying Starts, Face Eater and Blankets also show Jim Healey’s talents, his style reminding me a bit of the grunge greats from the early and mid-nineties. The guys are not forgetting to insert a good chorus here and there, keeping things interesting and catchy. This debut album is more like and EP, because the total length of the authors material is 20 minutes, with a fantastic cover of Disturbing The Priest closing the album, but Blood Lightning’s own five songs show a great potential. If Mob Rules, Superunknown and Wiseblood are among your favorite albums or if you’re tired of waiting for the new Orange Goblin album, then these Boston crushers will definitely bring something to your “table”. Good stuff.

7,5/10


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Blood Lighting is out on October 20th via Ripple Music and can be pre-ordered from HERE