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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Review: Buffalo Crows - Bovonic Empire

Buffalo Crows indeed! The new album Bovonic Empire by the Buffalo Crows makes you want to shit stars and stripes and have a bald eagle for a pet. It is a good mix between dirty heavy metal and American Johnny Cash-country. Two songs in I had an unexplainable urge to get me some buffalo chicken wings, or crows wings, should I say.

The first and maybe best to be said about Buffalo Crows is that they make the music they like and don’t hold back on a thing. Their music is best described as uncompromising southern rock/metal with as much kick as the vinyl can handle. Though hailing from Australia, the members from Buffalo Crows are all American clichés, and that is no derogatory term; gritty guitars and harmonicas make for an interesting sound which is unlike Volbeat or Every Time I Die or any other of the big southern rock bands that are all the scene. Bovonic Empire is dirtier, nastier, a bigger mess and a greater noise in the metal scene. To write them away as just another southern rock band is a bit too easy; the distinctive sound they make is just very nice to listen to if your in the mood for some good ol’ american metal.

The versatility with which the band comes up with every song is laudable, because especially with an antic like southern rock that is easy to overdo or make a bland eleven songs about repeating the same concept, Buffalo Crows overrides all those antics and just goes for whatever the hell they like. This also comes to light in their dedications to every song which are specifically tied to events, songs or bands they have just in their creative process to make the album. Every song has a different feel to it because of that and it makes for a solid hour of interesting yet lazy Southern-state American sun-filled listening. Crack open a beer and enjoy!

Written by Frank van Drunen

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