Album Review: Blind River – Bones for the Skeleton Thief
Reviewed by Richard Oliver
'Bones For The Skeleton Thief' is the third album from UK hard rocking five piece Blind River. The band have taken a different approach to recording this time round aiming for an organic, authentic and original slab of heavy rock and recorded the album live in the studio in a fully analogue environment with no click track or autotune nailing the recordings in two days. A wholly old school approach which can be heard in the raw, rough and ready recordings which showcases the band rocking like their lives were dependent on it.
Blind River are 100% a rock & roll band and the band’s sound and influences is presented across ten songs ranging from caustic and raucous with songs such as opener ‘Punkstarter’, ‘Snake Oil’ and the furious ‘Unwind’ to groove filled riff-fests such as ‘Mind Blown’, ‘Primal Urges’ and ‘Bad God’ whilst ‘Passing By’ has a dirty bluesy feel to it which sounds fantastic.
The album throws more great riffs at you than you can count and the performances from the band are fantastic showing what a fearsome live act they must be. There really isn’t a duff moment on the album and when you find out that one of the songs was written from scratch on the first night of the recording sessions and then recorded the day after it really shows how on fire this band is right now.
If you want some no holds barred hard rocking action then Blind River more than have you covered with 'Bones For The Skeleton Thief'. Raw and uncompromising rock and roll with plenty of soul and groove plus bags of fun. I have yet to see Blind River live on stage but if this album is any indication of their live power then I need to remedy this as soon as possible.