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Year Of The Locust 'Year Of The Locust' Review By Nina McCarthy

Year Of The Locust

Year Of The Locust

The Label Group

March 1, 2019

Review By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

New York hard rockers, Year of The Locust are bringing you a solid new self-titled release this March. This EP is a perfect mix of anthems and melody and a display of the overall growth of the band.

 

“Stay Alive” ‘is a redemption song, when you think it’s time to give up is just the best time to turn it up’ says vocalist Scot McGiveron. It features guest appearances from Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta and Florida Georgia Line guitarist Brian Bonds, both bringing their own craft and energy into the fold. “Stay Alive” was produced by Brett Hestla and has been released with a lyric video as the first single and can be viewed at the link below.* A perfect anthem to kick things off.

 

McGiveron’s baritone bellow is a thing of aural beauty in “Line Em Up.” This is one of those songs that I picture being played in the background of a scene from ‘Sons of Anarchy’ as the motorcycle club gulps beer and discusses the fate of their current enemy.

 

Things slow down for a powerful acoustic-y track “Whispers In The Dark,” which just reinforces to the listener that YOTL can certainly hold their own from energetic performances supporting Tesla right on down to beautiful stripped down sets. “Sorry” has me drifting off to memories of those I may owe an apology in past relationships. A momentous guitar solo kicks in about  ¾ of the way through, solidifying this as my choice track. I am always a sucker for ballad-like artistry. What girl isn't? Isn't that why they are written in the first place?

 

Year Of The Locust is an album you just sit and enjoy the full well produced 14:13 minutes of and lose yourself in the beauty of the instrumentation and lyrics more than you’d be rocking out. A perfect respite for my aching neck after a weekend of shows. I’d love to experience YOTL live again, especially since I'm more familiar with them now. Until then, I'll be enjoying this gem.

 

*OFFICIAL lyric video for "Stay Alive" 

YOTL Website

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