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Articles Home » Music Reviews » Budderside 'Spiritual Violence' Album Review By Nina McCarthy
Budderside 'Spiritual Violence' Album Review By Nina McCarthy

Budderside

Spiritual Violence

Motorhead Music/Silver Lining Music

March 26, 2021

Album Review By Nina McCarthy

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

I'm sure you've heard of the pill you swallow with a camera that takes pictures of your digestive tract. Well for this review, you will be hopping in such a capsule and traveling through the mind of Budderside's frontman, Patrick Stone (ex Adler’s Appetite). I hope you're prepared because this is a journey of overcoming addiction, loss, and heartbreak to sobriety and patience, perseverance and meditation on the band’s long awaited sophomore album, Spiritual Violence, out on March 26, 2021.

First of all, if you haven't heard of Budderside, they were signed to Motörhead Music personally by its founder, the late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. While I'm dropping names, the 10 track album was recorded with legendary Grammy Award-nominated producer Jay Baumgardner (Bush, Godsmack, Papa Roach) and mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage). Also, Stone has a fresh, new lineup from the previous album with Sam Koltun and Logan Nikolic bringing the dual guitar assault, Gabe Maska thumping on the bombastic bass, and Jeff Dewbray setting the beat on drums.  

Now, let's begin our journey of the mind. Hold on tight because the opening track "Wide Awake" doesn't ease you in. It's an instant blitz of high energy hard alt-rock from these LA based rockers. This song sets the theme for the rest of our travels through Stone's mind, with emotionally gripping lyrics of manifesting his dreams, after a journey through Hell to reach them.

"Zen", the first single released back in December 2020 that was accompanied by a video shot in, where else, but Tokyo Japan where we witness Stone trying to find inner peace but is seduced by desire, but then he couldn’t escape the demon that was impeding it. You’ll find yourself singing along to this catchy one while enjoying the vigorous guitar riffs. Make sure to check out the award-nominated video on YouTube. Of note, the masked woman in the video was pre-pandemic. The creepiness of that alone, is intune with the movie-like video.

As we proceed, the next song, "Amber Alert" features guest vocalist Carla Harvey of Butcher Babies providing alluring harmonies with Stone. These mesmerizing vocals are accompanied by some powerful guitar riffs. I’m pretty sure this seductive track has something to do with Stone’s ex, but I won’t mention her by name. Ha! I’m guessing it represents all of his past toxic relationships that seemed so good, yet were so bad. This is one the hard rockers will no doubt find a liking to with the monstrous drumming.

Guitarist Phil Campbell of Motörhead plays on the Lemmy-inspired track “Pardon Me,” which Stone reveals, “was inspired by my experience of meeting, being taken in by, working as a roadie for, and ultimately Budderside being signed to Motörhead Music by Lemmy Kilmister.” Patrick further explains that “’Pardon Me’ is an oath. A look at life from the perspective that only our hero Lemmy had. It’s a promise to live up to, the declared greatest man that ever lived.”‚Äč This track has a rapid-fire tempo, with a bouncy drumbeat which almost reminds me of circus music. But don’t let that deter you from the seriousness of your exploration. Just enjoy the trip.

I won’t map out the full journey through all the tracks, or else I won’t leave anything for you to discover on your own. However, after an amped up Budderside version of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” that features a blistering guitar solo by Sam “Bam” Koltun comes the hauntingly beautiful “Things We Do” which happens to be my choice track on Spiritual Violence. It begins with some ominous instrumentation leading into a sobering song about introducing one's friend to drugs and then they become addicted and eventually die of an overdose. This was written in memory of the late West Arkeen, who is best known for his co-writing of several Guns N’ Roses songs, who died from a drug overdose in 1997, at the age of 36. Stone even breaks out into a rap followed by the harmonies of the MUSYCA Children’s Choir. Rap and choir wouldn’t normally be combined, but Budderside has a way of making it work, and work exquisitely.

Budderside picks the mood up with “Feels So Good” as we’re uplifted with the catchy refrain of “Feels so good to be alive” and another rap from Stone. I’m forever amazed by the creativity, bravado, and talent from that man!

“Soul Searches” is another hard rocker, notable for the insistent drumming and thunderous bass. Coming to the end of the journey through Stone’s mind, you find him adamant and determined to face his fears and stand strong now that he has achieved sobriety and is finding success in doing so. “DayGoBah” features ferocious guitar beats, heavy distortion along with soothing breakdowns to end your journey. I’ll leave this one up to your own final interpretation as far as the lyrics go.

Spiritual Violence is an album full of twists and turns, following no rules! Not a surprise from a musician such as Stone, who’s influences include Queen and Pink Floyd amongst a variety of musical genres. Coming from the sunset strip area, these bad boys don’t need the “glam” to catch your attention, as they give you a hint of sleaze, rock, and metal combined, with a sprinkling of synths and strings, and more. I’ve been impatiently awaiting this album since I wore out two copies of Budderside’s debut self-titled album. I hope you enjoyed the ride through Patrick Stone’s mind! Do yourself a huge favor and get this album on March 26th for the full adventure.

 

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