Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Specter At the Feast

Vagrant

May 17, 2013 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


With Howl, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's best album, eight years behind them now, the Los Angeles trio seems content churning out respectable moody-but-energized rock records that very rarely break the mold. But these albums are the result of a specific and practically trademarked formula that works well for a band with some serious longevity. BRMC's seventh studio album, Specter At the Feast, is yet another durable record. Though it finds them grief-stricken over the untimely loss of bassist Robert Levon Been's father and the band's sound engineer, Michael Been (formerly of The Call), the album feels remarkably optimistic. "The only thing that felt good was just getting together, plugging in, and turning up loud as shit," Been has said about the writing and recording process, which turned into the only coping mechanism the band found useful. There's no real transformation here, but given the subject matter, the band sounds especially urgent, even for BRMC. For over a decade they've been purveyors of true, nitty-gritty rock music, and on that front Specter At the Feast delivers. (www.blackrebelmotorcycleclub.com)

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