Released by: Rat Pak Records
Release Date: 25th November 2016
Genre: Hard Rock
Chuck Garric – Vocals – Guitar
Chris Latham – Guitar
Jan LeGrow – Bass
Tim Husung – Drums
Calico Cooper – Vocals
01. Buried Angels
03. Feed My Frankenstein (Alice Cooper cover)
05. Death Rattle
06. Dark Matter
08. I Rise
09. Machine Girl
11. Blind Drive
Beasto Blanco, the band fronted by the long time Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric, has released their self-titled, full-length second album on 25th November 2016 via Rat Pak Records. “Beasto Blanco” is the follow up to the bands critically acclaimed 2013 release “Live Fast, Die Loud” (Rat Pak Records).
The first single from Beasto Blanco, the band’s version of “Feed My Frankenstein,” Influenced by bands such as White Zombie and Motörhead, Beasto Blanco’s all new 12-song, the sophomore release is a potent mix of heavy riffs, driving bass and melodic choruses.
“Beasto Blanco is simply powerful, as the band created unique sound marks separating them from other bands. “Buried Angels” is the first track of the album, an original piece with industrial influence and gripping guitars. “Grind” is the brilliant track, second single extracted accompanied by a raw and bizarre video, one of my favorite of the whole album, energy a go-go in this song. “Feed My Frankenstein”, Alice Cooper’s cover song, as a huge Alice’s fan as I am, I just can appreciate it, a well-done version of this masterpiece. After so many years in Alice’s band, Chuck Garric and the band made a beautiful homage. Great Calico!
“Carcosa” is a strange song, the beginning remind me T-Rex’s “Twenty Century Boy”, on one hand it’s catchy, in the other, it’s pretty heavy. “Death Rattle” is just in a pure heavy rock mood, an adrenaline sound. “Dark Matter” is the refined and dark side of Beasto Blanco, it reminds me the ‘80’s Sisters Of Mercy music and the whole new-wave of that period I grew up with. This track has no resemblance of the raw sound that Beasto Blanco is known for. “Sadhana”is a Billy Bob Thornton interlude.
“I Rise” bring us again into the great rude sound, a suit that fits the band perfectly. “Machine Girl” Calico Cooper strikes again, this song is a powerful duet between her and Chuck, good sound and heavy mood. “Honey” synths and rock mixed for this brilliant track. “Blind Drive” The raspy Chuck’s voice starts this track, a very cool song with an easy rock sound. Listening to “Damnation” is like listening to a mix between Motorhead and Einstürzende Neubauten, the track has such a good and positive vibration and it, perhaps, contain all the heart of Beasto Blanco’s sound proposition.
I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, the band stands out in the modern rock music scene, they make themselves an alternative band with a trademark sound. I was waiting for this album and I really liked it, a very good and cool record when Beasto Blanco’s rock meets new style.
Beasto Blanco will embark on a 2016/17 Fall/Winter tour starting in November, that includes a string of U.S headline dates, as well as an arena tour of Europe with German Hard Rock heavyweights Boshe Onkelz. They return home to the U.S for another run of headline dates that will conclude with performances on the 2017 Monsters of Rock Cruise in February.
Reviewer: Valeria Campagnale