Released by: Livewire/Cargo Records UK
Release Date: December 1st, 2017
Kory Clarke – Vocals
Stevie Pearce – Guitar
Christian Kimmett – Bass
01. American Idol
02. I Get Fucked Up
03. Back On The Lash
04. Further Decay
05. Thrill Seeker
06. Goin’ Broke Gettin’ High
07. Black Out
08. I’ve Got The Rock
09. That’s How We Roll
Warrior Soul’s new album ‘Back On The Lash’ via Livewire/Cargo Records UK has finally arrived. Frontman Kory Clarke, the renowned artist is known to put his political rebellion within his music and this album is a continuation of his consistent aggression since their debut album 1990’s ‘Last Decade Dead Century.’ For those who are unfamiliar with the legendary Clarke, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich stated on his ‘It’s Electric!’ Apple Radio shows that “Kory Clarke should be considered and is one of the great Rock Stars of all time along with Bon Scott, Axl Rose, and Micheal Monroe.”
It could be argued, he is one of the most underrated artists out there and unfortunately, he arrived during the same time as the grunge era when everyone and their depressed mother was listening to Nirvana at the time. However, his music did stand out as it was filled with political angst instead of self-loathing rants we heard from their aforementioned debut up until 1994’s ‘The Space Age Playboys.’ With that said, it’s been five years since 2012’s ‘Stiff Middle Finger’ and thankfully, Clarke still has a pissed off agenda.
‘Back On The Lash’ is a short and sweet album, clocking at just over 30 minutes with nine tracks total. Each song will fill your eardrums with a mix of punk rock and edgy guitar solos. Of course, there are several sex, drugs, alcohol, and fuck it all references. We recommend you listen to this album while opening up a brew, indulging in a bedroom activity with a partner, or both. Essentially, it’s one of those records that you have to listen to for nothing more than utter enjoyment.
The album kicks off with an 80s-esque guitar solo during the song “American Idol” and the mood changes with the next tune. “I Get Fucked Up” has more of a garage/punk/hard rock sound while discussing topics such as being a wasted human project. It’s catchy, rebellious, and surprisingly, there are a few parts that will remind you of The Who (1960s era – ‘My Generation,’ ‘A Quick One,’ ‘The Who Sell Out’).
The title track has a distorted introduction as it picks up to be yet another enjoyable tune. For those who are in the mood to drink or need to find a reason to lay off the juice, this is the perfect song for you. The album continues to groove with thrilling tracks “Further Decay” “Thrill Seeker,” and “Going Broke.” Meanwhile, the drinking saga resumes for the rest of the album with “Black Out,” “I Got the Rock,” and That’s How We Roll.” Musically, these songs fluctuate between garage rock to an earlier 70s punk era sound, which makes the record have more of a jam experimentation tone. Aside from the LP feeling a bit repetitive and fifteen minutes shorter than it should, ‘Back on The Lash’ is well worth being part of your music stash.
Zenae D. Zukowski