Voodoo Blood - Fresh Hell
Voodoo Blood return with blues rock to electrify your soul
Words: Anne Estella
In 2016, Manchester’s Voodoo Blood gave us our first lethal injection of ‘blues on steroids’ with the release of their debut EP, Anabolic Blues. The monstrous single Groove Medicine was released a year later and the band, fronted by the captivating Voodoo Woman, quickly garnered a reputation as a force to be reckoned with in blues rock circles.
Delivering on the promise of their debut record, Voodoo Blood’s eagerly anticipated sophomore EP, ‘Fresh Hell’, takes it to the next level – and then some. The new four-track release encapsulates the band’s unmistakably heavy sound, dripping with sleaze-infused rock riffs and tantalizingly dark, killer grooves, galvanized by deep plunging basslines and savage drumbeats.
Each track is infected by a seductive sonic swagger and brought to life with a fistful of rage. The sultry, enticing intro of opener Brain metamorphoses into a fierce, frenzied, attention-grabber of a track, making a clear statement that this EP is going to be something special.
Blood-curdling screams are inflicted upon us with a venomous, brutal intensity and such ferocity so as to raise hell itself. The Voodoo Woman is assured and uncompromising, with the terrifying, gut-wrenching growls of a woman possessed, leaving you well and truly under her spell. Fresh Hell is gothic and sinister – dirty blues meets atmospheric, melodic metal - foreboding and irresistible, this will stop you in your tracks and electrify your soul.
The multifaceted soundscape is well balanced for maximum impact, resulting in a polished record that Voodoo Blood should be incredibly proud of. The music’s compositional quality belies the band’s maturity, demonstrating that they have already come of age and are primed and poised to take on the world. The descent into hell comes to an untimely end though, leaving you breathless and begging for more.
Fresh Hell is unleashed on 30th June, coinciding with a launch party at The Bread Shed, supported by The New Breed and Twisted Illusion. Voodoo Blood will be continuing their long run of tour dates and festival appearances over the summer, which includes a slot at Manchester’s very own SOS Festival on 15th July (www.sosfestival.net). Go see them live if you dare!
I Go To Bed (When The Sun Comes Up)
Voodoo Blood are:
The Voodoo Woman (Vocals)
Sean Owens (Guitar)
Chris Norris (Bass)
Will Lewis (Drums)