Beneath the visually striking cover, Texas natives Scorpion Child’s Acid Roulette offers a rock n’ roll treat with plenty of southern swagger and bite for the next generation of rockers.
What I am about to write is going to shock you, but here it goes… I like rock music. Phew, I’m glad I finally got that out of my system! My very first CD was Guns N’ Roses’ Greatest Hits album, which my Mum bought because she thought it would help me to study for my standard grade exams (it did!). On that day I fell in love with everything to do with rock music: the distinguishing sound that makes it stand out; that rebellious fire; the cool factor which comes from nothing more than that guitar solo stance – you know the one I mean.
Recently however, I have grown a little weary of the genre. For me, some of the current crop of what is categorised as “rock”, sadly, lack those little things. That may not sound like a big issue as, of course, not every artist in the music industry needs to be all of those things. But rock music, at its core, is counter-culture; it should be each of those and a true alternative to everything else in the charts. As a result, I have longed to find something that recaptures my imagination and gives me that same sense of excitement that I felt as my 14-year old self. Enter Scorpion Child’s latest album Acid Roulette.
Comprising of Aryn Jonathan Black (vocals), Christopher Jay Cowart (lead guitar), Jon “The Charn” Rice (drums), Alec Caballero Padron (bass) and A.J. Vincent (keyboard), “The Child” are a time capsule; a welcome throwback to the first wave of British heavy metal with a sound that would rival that of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin if the Austin quintet’s genesis came about 40 years before now. Kicking off with what sounds like the revving V12 engine of an American supercar in ‘She Sings, I Kill’, Acid Roulette is a powerful and relentless beast of a rock album.
Early offerings from the album ‘Reaper’s Danse’ and ‘My Woman in Black’ are absolute thunderbolts that will empty your bowels through sheer excitement, whilst ‘Twilight Coven’ is also cracker. That isn’t to say, however, that all tracks rely on pure vigour to grab your immediate attention. The sustained phazer-like effects in the openings of ‘Acid Roulette’ and ‘I May Be Your Man’ create an air of anticipation that definitely won’t fail to leave you geared up for what is to come. Acid Roulette is a good album – a REALLY good album!
It’s June. Summer is around the corner and, as the numerous summer-time festivals have taught us, nothing beats a weekend in a field or the sweltering summer heat quite like rock music. If you’re trying to plan your festival schedules to juggle all of your favourite acts, or even the playlist for the journey there, then make considerable space for Scorpion Child. Acid Roulette is the old-school sound for the new-school music fan and the must-listen to rock effort of summer 2016.
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