Rock fans, rejoice – the next installment of a Bongo Boy Records collection tailored to your tastes has arrived. We’re no strangers to the predecessors of Kryp II Knight Volume III, as the two previous editions absolutely blew us away with their hard-hitting, electrifying selection of indie rock music. This newest volume promises much of the same, with eleven dynamic tracks firmly rooted in the rock genre from some of Bongo Boy’s finest artists.
Hey, America’s Burning is the intense and opinionated single from Unite The States Project kicking off this compilation album. Gritty vocals, thumping bass, and choir-like harmonies enter the mix one after another, creating a rich arrangement that pulls in both traditional and contemporary rock elements. Between the powerful vocals and the memorable hook, this is no doubt a stand out on the collection. Next we revisit the fiery, powerful work of OBLIVEA on their single The Crash (check out our full review of this single here).
On this album we’re happy to see quite a few of the artists we’ve previously recognized be included on this high-level compilation. This includes the show stopping vocals featured in You Didn’t Call by Pretty Blackmore, the fun and confident work of MaryAnn on The Outsider, and the classic/modern rock hybrid work that is Warm by E.G. Holmes.
But then it’s time for some work that’s new to us, and we find the included artists more than live up to expectation. We’ve heard from The NEW Bardots before, but (Just) Another Dance in the City is not something we’ve heard before. Mirroring some of our favorite attributes from this compilation’s opening track, we find a voice with plenty of rasp and a rhythm section with plenty of energy. This track walks an intriguing line between blues rock and hard rock, blending especially distorted guitars with driving drums and classic blues-influenced riffs. Then we’re treated to a track from Bongo Boy’s resident prolific songwriter Clark Ford. I’m Not A Bad Guy is a great showcase of Ford’s pop-rock writing sensibilities. This song combines intense, emotion lyric writing – as we’ve often come to expect from Ford – with clean, easy-listening instrumentation, proving that there is truly something for every type of rock fan on this project.
Monkey Grip‘s track My Baby brings a touch of psychedelic rock to the mix, with heavily effected vocals and spacey production serving as the track’s foundation. We also revisit the title track from The Covid Killer in this collection, where the work of Sinner Swing is as intense and industrial as ever. Finally, rounding out this eleven track project is a single from Grit’s Guitar. Edge of Eternity is truly an ode to the electric guitar, featuring nearly ten minutes of impressive solo after impressive solo – truly a track for those most appreciative of a master of their craft in the guitar world.
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