FLORENCE BLACK – THE FINAL EP REVIEW
Amid an intense UK Spring tour, hard rock three-piece Florence Black unleashed their eagerly anticipated third offering, The Final EP.
The trio, hailing from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, released their self-titled debut EP in 2016 followed by EP II last year.
Continuing in a similar vein, The Final EP, which dropped on 20th April, wastes absolutely no time in letting you know exactly who Florence Black are and what they’re all about, delivering a fresh onslaught of rock at the heavier end of the spectrum.
Opener Change, with its hard hitting drum and guitar intro, crunchy riffs and fierce vocal, makes a hefty first impression, grabbing your attention and catapulting you head first into what promises to be a kickass record. Second track The Ride doesn’t lose any of the impact of its antecedent, with a bold, steady chugging pace, dirty riffs and a short but super sweet guitar solo thrown into the mix, creating a grunge-infused, fist-pumping anthem.
Sandwiched in the middle of the EP is Budgie cover Breadfan. Its relentless, urgent persistence subsides for just a brief moment or two allowing for a gentler pace, before going all hell for leather in a race to the finish. With a Nu Metal tinge, Gunshot, featuring Benji Webbe of Skindred, starts off harmless enough and eventually vies for the title of heaviest track on the record, which is absolutely fine by me (and perfect for moshing to).
Closer Hasta La Vista, really ought to come with a warning. This cunning little earworm will burrow its way into your skull and embed itself deep inside your brain, popping out when you least expect it. The repetitive chorus may bring to mind scenes from Terminator 2. It’s a ridiculously catchy track done Florence Black-style and who can argue with that?
Building on the band’s trademark strong and solid sound, this new release will surely quench the thirst of those who like a drop of the hard stuff, musically speaking. This might be the final EP, but it certainly won’t be the last we’ve seen of Florence Black and given the rate at which they’re churning out material of this calibre, I can definitely envisage a long player on the horizon… Hasta La Vista, baby!
Hasta La Vista
Florence Black are:
Tristan Thomas - Lead vocals/guitar
Fozzi - Bass
Perry Davies - Drums