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Hell In My Heart
May 2013
Released: 2013, Megaforce Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

‘Bury Me With My Guns’ sounds very much like the sort of sentiment the McCoy brothers’ ancestors would have been keen on. In a little piece of quaint American history these McCoy’s are the descendents of the infamously feuding Hatfield-McCoys, but over a century on they’re picking up six-strings as opposed to six-shooters. Much to the relief of their audience I’m sure.

Formed at the tail-end of the 90s, these guys have been strapping on their guitars for some time now, but recent years have perhaps seen them fix them a little tighter as they’ve endured various line-up changes, and the bankruptcy of their former label. Nothing like hardship for a bit of motivation though, as Bobaflex have found with their latest album Hell In My Heart.

At 15-studio tracks, and one live, long it could do with a little trimming along the edges, but for the main it’s a right full-tilt little number. There’s a reason so many modern hard-rock bands keep popping up, it’s not the musical equivalent of brain-surgery taking place in a rocket, but by and large it’s infuriatingly catchy. There’s also some air of ‘cool’ to that strutting speeding groove - you it’s dumb but you get a touch more air at your heels when listening to it.

Whilst ‘Low-Life’ is off shaking its booty, ‘Chemical Valley’ could be a heavier Motley-Crue cut or a page out of Avenged Sevenfold’s book, and the aforementioned ‘Bury With My Guns’ may be over-ambitious in its quest to ‘shoot the devil right between the eyes’ but it speaks with the confident swagger of one that can handle itself should a bar-room brawl break out. The switch-and-share approach to the lead vocals is a bit of a Bobaflex-trait but it works for them, as does the several-part harmonies that frequently populate.

A little left-field, but all the better for its unexpectedness, is the cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Sound Of Silence’. You couldn’t pick it as a Bobaflex song, and yet it comes across beautifully and makes all that I’ve been saying about them and the sameness of modern hard-rock sound a bit bollocks. By all means you may give them an amused sideways glance, but don’t make the error of assuming Bobaflex are playing about - as I said those six-strings are loaded.

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Track Listing

1. Hell In My Heart (Intro)
2. Chemical Valley
3. Bury Me With My Guns
4. Low-Life
5. Vampire
6. Playing Dead
7. Sing
8. Empty Man
9. Slave
10. Dangerous
11. Last Song
12. On That Night
13. Hate You
14. Rise
15. Sound Of Silence
16. Pretty Razors (Live)


Shaun McCoy - Guitar and vocals
Martin McCoy - Guitar and vocals
John Hoskins - Guitar and vocals
Jerod Mankin - Bass and vocals
Tommy Johnson - Drums

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