Since their inception in 2012, Texas hard rockers Blacktop Mojo have worked tirelessly to carve out their niche in the world of heavy music. They initially set out to tour, tour, tour before dropping their first full-length, I Am, in 2014. Now, a few years older and (hopefully) wiser, they’ve released Burn the Ships as a suitable continuation of their journey. The full-band playthrough of the title track up above is why you’re here, no?
More and more so recently, I’ve found heavy rock to be a port in the storm of the technique-driven pissing contest that is metal and heavy music. Don’t get me wrong. I love me some prog metal and stupidly complex riffs that I’ll never be able to play in a million lifetimes as much as the next guy. But at the end of the day, who would you rather see at shows? Cool chicks, or a room full of geeky dudes like us?
For real, though, whatever happened to writing shit that just sounds good? Forgetting the technique for a minute and grooving. Sure, the concept of good songwriting is alive and well in most genres. But when you eat, breathe, sleep, and shit metal, you don’t experience it often enough. “Burn the Ships” is a goddamn palette cleanser of a jam. When you wanna shred with your balls and not your fingers, you listen to Blacktop Mojo. That isn’t to say they’re poor players or anything – far from it. These dudes can craft a heavy, catchy, bangin’ jam, and sound technically accomplished as hell while doing it.
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