Drenched in bloody violence, with horror infused pain dripping from musical wounds, Let Us Pray is a tour de force of emotional riffs, attacking rhythms, unsettling dynamics, and terrifying vocal delivery.
…the band I most think of in comparison to Barrel Bones is one of my favorites, namely The Gaslight Anthem.
The first three songs wrap together like fingers into a fist to strike with thought-provoking potency. If they were a single, it should have been nominated for a Juno or a Pulitzer.
If I were to have more children (I’m not), bits of the album would probably be embedded in their DNA.
Basically take parts of those two bands, a little hardcore, a little jazz, the dissonant sensibilities of Diskord or Replicant and you might be in the right wheelhouse.
Passenier doesn’t just sing the lines…he sweats them, breathes them, bleeds them.
I’m typing, bobbing my head, and tapping my foot all to the push-pull rhythms of the music, so mission accomplished.
I’m reminded of Ume sometimes, Joan Jett others, and even occasionally L7.
This one is a face-ripper!