Released: 2012, Eonian Records
Eonian Records is one of my favourite specialty labels. They champion the unsung like no other. This month they have put out a couple of records, Rattleshake and Murder Bay that both deserve your attention.
Murder Bay album, NEVER WAS AN ANGEL really grabs you with an eye-catching cover for more reasons than one. It’s quite a clever visual if you look carefully. The CD comes with the usual pro-package, liner notes, an essay and some photos of the band in their prime. NEVER WAS AN ANGEL is a compilation of the bands two main sessions one with producer Eric Valentine and one with Rob Beaton and both sound fantastic by any standard.
Murder Bay were a quartet from San Francisco who came late to the party but had a big buzz. In the enclosed essay it says in the early 90’s, the band went south (to L.A.) and the record labels went north (to Seattle) . These sessions are a testament to the bands potential. These guys had it all, big hooks, big gang vocal, catchy tunes, a great sounding lead singer and most importantly good songs. The huge chorus on ‘Outta Line’ with the big gang-vox is outta this world. It sucks you in and you’ll be singing it for weeks. The solos are elegant and not too frantic, just right in the pocket, never overplaying to the song. The drums ride along driving everyone to the party. The vocals of Paul Trombetta are smooth and he has some great range and character to his voice. Some of the songs like ‘Dirty Work’ have a driving rock stomp that brings the heavy to the melody. The boogie-shake of the last cut called ‘Song?’ will have you shaking your rump all night long, topped off with hilarious lyrics.
I am so pleased that Eonian Records brings great bands like Murder Bay to guys like me who still enjoy that classic melodic Metal sound of the late 80’s. Grab this today!