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Badguyswin 'Cowards' Album Review By Ally



Waterlow Audio

April 10, 2020

Album review by Ally

Boston Rock Radio


Before I begin, if you are an elder metalhead such as myself, think back to the very early 90s and how quickly the music shifted from glam/hair metal to grunge/stoner rock. Of course, many people were none too happy as the sounds of debauchery and hedonism were fading into this deep philosophical and sometimes depressing music. But like it or not, grunge shaped our world for that time frame. Bands like Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Queens of the Stone Age, among so many others spoke the words for that time frame and added this magnificent crunch and grit to our musical palettes.


From Grand Forks, British Columbia is Badguyswin and their debut album Cowards takes so many elements of 90s grunge and gives it a contemporary twist. The album lineup is Shane Sherman (vocals, lead guitar), Zak Waterlow (drums), Joe Northcott (bass guitar), and Eddie Bitzan (rhythm guitar). Badguyswin have shared stages with Red Fang, Belvadere, Invasives,  Ancient Engines and Strange Breed among several others. They have also performed at several festivals such as Blizzard Fest and the Okanagan Tattoo and Beer Fest.


Cowards is chock full of sublime punked up riffs and harmonies such as "Fly On the Wall" as well as percussive masterpieces in "Lowlifer" and "Coal". The lyrics speak out to the listener. For example, "Honey Bucket" is about alcoholism and addiction:

    'You've got to understand

     It's the drink that owns the man.


We slow it down a bit with the ballad-like "August 8th" and those lyrics hit home and interpret them as you will:

     'The day I lost my faith

      I remember well was August 8th'.


Throughout the album you are going to hear some southern rock influences and hints of punk and that is a wonderful thing as the newer generations of metal bands gather influences from everything. Cowards provides a perfect feeling of leaves-you-wanting-more. Each song is constructed for maximum appeal with stunning fretwork, exemplary percussion and bass and vocals a bit on the higher range but certainly fitting. With Badguyswin, there is so much to rock out to here.






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