Former lead singer of sludge-metal band acid Bath-- working under his very own name for the an initial time after heading increase projects consisting of Deadboy & the Elephantmen-- combine goth, blues, and also psychedelia in songs around death and dying.

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If you lengthy for the days as soon as rock"n"roll frontmen had actually not only teeth but likewise fangs (i.e., the so late 1980s), then Dax Riggs is most likely your guy. Riggs is a goth-rock lead singer to competitor pale-faced forbears prefer Peter Murphy and also early Ian Astbury, however he likewise has few of the latter"s later on fondness because that late-60s psychedelic rock. He"s a male who deserve to lace up a pair of animal leather pants through a sense of purpose and probably bite the head turn off of whatever hapless bite-sized creature is within grasp. However for every the heat and hellfire that calls up on We sing of only Blood or Love, the album is undercooked, comes in irradiate on ideas and heavy ~ above the leaden death-blues hokum.

As the singer because that sludgy Southern metal band mountain Bath and an ext recently the swamp-rock outfit Deadboy & the Elephantmen, Riggs created a brooding sepulchral layout that combine theatrically spooky imagery with soulful Bowie-esque crooning. Blood or Love is his an initial record under his offered name and it mostly sticks to this territory. Riggs deserve to still take lyrics that would look much better tattooed ~ above the eight of an extra in Wild Angels-- lines choose "living is suicide" or "Night is the notion/ We space the explosion"-- and also make them stand up in your affectation-ridden graves.

But nothing on Blood or Love deserve to stay on its feet for really long. Many of the album"s songs seem hurried, rising up right into squalls that fury just to fizzle out and also die around the two-minute mark. "Living Is Suicide" starts ours dark and soulful with bluesy lamentations giving means to an expansive glam sing-along the runs out much faster than a tube of Robert Smith"s lipstick. A heavy backing band composed of Superwolf and also Chavez guitarist Matt Sweeney (who additionally produced) in addition to Endless Boogie drummer Andy MacLeod and a few other Brooklyn-based heavies is normally wasted, together they slash v buzzing and chugging arrangements the end before they even start with nary a malfunction or solo in sight.

On the other hand, there"s too much of Riggs vampyric subject matter and the absence of subtlety i do not care slightly oppressive as Blood or Love winds on. Go ahead and let Riggs take it you to the haunted house of his psychic in "A rotate Song", climate let him take it you come the haunted desert the "Forgot ns Was Alive". Yet by the time he"s bludgeoning you through the haunted circus top top "Wall the Death" it"s time to drop the black velvet curtains.

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Talented, individual, and somewhat freaky, Dax Riggs is choose the smart child in high college that wears every black every one of the time. You totally could have actually been ideal friends v him had he only stopped break off her conversations come obsess end J. O"Barr lithographs and also Samurai ethics. Just with Riggs it"s Satan and also images of unknowable suffering. Every told, both could have been an ext palatable if add by a few more guitar solos.