Released: 2008, Sleaszy Rider Records
Reviewer: Mr. Rock
BLACK WISHING WELL, the debut album by Bomb and Scary (aka Eric and David (ex-Imagika vocalist)), is being promoted as being for fans of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Nevermore. I don’t know about that though as I personally don’t hear any comparisons to those bands, and the band’s image falls under the influence of Insane Clown Posse.
Sorta thrashy, the songs on BLACK WISHING WELL are played fast, but ultimately suffer from poor production. The drum sound on the disc is terrible, and the vocals are borderline irritating.
There are some good moments here though – “In The Dark” is not a bad song, with some cool ‘non-screaming’ moments. It’s one song that does have some Nevermore-ish tendencies. If the disc had more tunes like this one, it would be much better. Unfortunately, it doesn’t.
“All My Hate” suffers from a little administrative issue – on the back cover, it’s “All My Hate 616”, but on the inside, it’s “All My Hate 666”. I know, not a big deal, but it’s the small things that make the difference. There’s a video included on the disc for “In The Dark”, though on the video, it’s called “Hide In The Dark”. The video suffers from really cheesy effects and does not promote the song is a good light. This might be a case of less should be more.
In the end, BLACK WISHING WELL has too many downsides and not enough upsides. When the bad outweighs the good, it does not make for a great listening experience.