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Splintered Throne 'Live at Billy Blues' Album Review by Allyson Kingsley

Splintered Throne

Live at Billy Blues

Self-released

March 23, 2019

Album Review by Allyson Kingsley, Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

Portland-based 5 piece Splintered Throne have been wrecking their way through the Northwest coast with their nuances on the traditional old school metal genre. They recorded this live at Billy Blues Bar & Grill in Vancouver, Washington on September 21, 2018. Normally I don't usually dig live albums but this one presents as a game changer. The ultra talented musicians are Brian Garrison (vocalist), Brian Bailey (bassist), J~Mo (guitarist), Fred Osborn (guitarist), and drummer Kris Holboke. If you listen to each song and pick out each instrumental part as my nerdy self likes to do, you will see what I mean by each musician’s amazingly diverse talent.

“Nature's Design” in particular had nice percussive work that flowed smoothly with the dynamic guitar sounds as if the song is rumbling right at you. I hear a definite Zakk Wylde flair to the fretwork especially on “Something Fierce” and the rich vocals are delivered with relentless drive and confidence. “Temptress” happens to be my favorite because it is a ferocious beast that nails it with the rhythm as it sounds dirtier and grittier and Brian's vocals seem to search the darkness more. He continues his superior pipework flair into “Seasons” and though the song delves forth into showcasing the guitars for a spell, it is still a bard-like anthem 

The most notable thing is the excellent helping of flair and tenacity in the riffing all throughout the album. The musicians are certainly proficient and sound robust and on fire.

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