Highly Suspect "The Boy Who Died Wolf" Album Review by AEGES
Full disclosure, I'm not too familiar with Highly Suspect so I have no specific expectations and won't be comparing to any of their other albums. Although ÆGES did tour with a band that Highly Suspect's tour manager was on, and he had only great things to say about these guys. So there ya go.
After hearing the 1st track, I'm already in. I'm hearing fuzzed-out dreamy textured rock mixed with some hip hop influence. Not surprising that this is the first single. Great way to kick off a record, easing into it and putting the listener in a trance before exploding into a very large cinematic chorus that asks you to "stand face to face with your god and find out what you are" And the instrumentation behind those lyrics is just as heavy.
Then the 2nd track, "Look Alive, Stay Alive" hits you with their punk side. Loose, angry guitars held together by solid drumming and attitude. Didn't see that coming, but the energy is great.
Some Kings Of Leon influence is definitely just under the surface of this album, especially in the vocal performances, where the singer nails that powerful emotive and weathered tone in his throat.
Highly Suspect also have a way of mixing Nirvana with some of their more accessible grunge contemporaries without sounding like them.
When I saw the 7th track title "Send Me An Angel", I was ready for an eye-roll, since I've heard so many lame covers of this sweet ass song that I remember from the 80s movie RAD! But the Highly Suspect cover is tasteful and full of sexy laid back grooves with spacey guitars and fluffy fuzz bass tones.
"Viper Strike" hits you with some sharp social commentary on racial and lifestyle divisions.
"Little One" may be my favorite jam on the record. I'm such a sucker for huge mid-tempo stadium ready choruses. And this one is colorful and explosive as a motherfucker.
I bought "The Boy Who Died Wolf" on iTunes for this review and I'm stoked that I did because I'll be listening to this one often.