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DEATH VALLEY GIRLS – ‘Darkness Rains’ Album Review


Death Valley GirlsDeath Valley Girls are, at their core, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel. On their third album Darkness Rains, the guitars are fuzzy, vocals insistent and experimentation alive. The opening track, More Dead, moves along with a rhythmic guitar and drum procession and strong female lead vocals with some fuzzy solos to boot!

On (One Less Thing) Before I Die the band rock things up a little channeling the likes of Deap Valley, Black Sabbath and a little Black Keys as the bluesy, raunchy rocker hits like a hammer and features sterling guitar work and Disaster (Is What We’re After) brings a little ZZ Top to the fore with a Siouxsie style vocal for a great mix of stomping punk rock blues…loved it!

The bluesy, fuzzy guitars remain prominent of Unzip Your Forehead as the song marches along with a hip shaking pace that will have your head nodding in unison and Wear Black has a Green Day style riff but that is where the pop-punk similarities end as the song is more goth-punk with a pounding beat and reverb infused female vocal replete with an organ!

The ten-track album continues with Abre Camino where a foreboding synthesizer and slow drumbeat usher in the almost five-minute creeper. The slow procession builds with increasingly sinister feedback, scary licks and strong lead vocals that usher in some crashing, head-banging segments. Born Again And Again begins with a lighter guitar before a monster riff launches another head banging Siouxsie and the Banshees style swirler of a punk/goth rock track that we really enjoyed whilst Street Justice is a straight forward rocker with some excellent axe-work!

The penultimate song, Occupation: Ghost Writer takes another twist as it turns to a marching beat, controlled guitar riffs and licks and a soaring vocal performance. The album concludes with the five-minute forty-nine seconds of TV In Jail On Mars and Death Valley Girls opt for a slow burning echo laden track that fades to feedback.


Get your goth-indie-fuzz-punk fix and grab Darkness Rains by Death Valley Girls here:




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