Review: Voodoo Johnson – Black Powder Mother Loader

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Voodoo Johnson – Black Powder Mother Loader

Black Powder Mother Loader is the new EP from Voodoo Johnson a hard rock band from the UK. This is the first release featuring their new singer, Nik Taylor-Stoakes. They’ve been touring the UK whilst recording this EP and will be playing Hard Rock Hell in December which I’m sure will go down well with the Prestatyn crowd.

Opening with the riff strong Dogs of War, Nik Taylor-Stoakes wastes no time in making his vocal presence known, his voice is rich and soulful and reminiscent of Chris Robertson’s (Black Stone Cherry).

Swear It To The Sun is a more bluesy song with a killer guitar break near the end, the full rich sound of this EP is clear and Nik’s voice fits perfectly. United Divided is a guitar song through and through, with strong riffs and a heady baseline, this really is Voodoo Johnson at their best.

The tempo is slowed right down for The Garden, I can’t help but feel disappointed that this EP, which up to now has been a rip-roaring assault of powerful riffs and strong vocal performance has been ripped down to this nakedness, the song is good, I just don’t feel it’s a fit for this otherwise strong EP. The pace resumes for final song Black Mist Skies however, which is just as good as the first three songs on the EP, is powerful, strong and leaves me wondering what Voodoo Johnson must have up their sleeves for the next album!

Black Powder Mother Loader is released on Polarian Records on 17 October 2011.

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