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Bobaflex - Eloquent Demons

Format: Download
Released: 2017
Label: Thermal Entertainment
Reviewed By: Jack Mangan
Rating: 8/10

Pretty impressive.
On "Eloquent Demons," their 8th release, Bobaflex manage to channel an intriguing variety of sounds into one package, mixing old-school flavors of early Motley Crue, Alice in Chains, and Saigon Kick (the sparing harmonized vocals) with more modern, post-grunge/Hard Rock stylings of Kyng, 3 Doors Down, Shinedown, Three Days Grace, Fuel, revealing their own roots in the post-Grunge era. A few of the songs on "Eloquent Demons" sound like sure-fire Hard Rock radio hits for 2017, including "I Am a Nightmare," "Lights Out," "Long Time Coming," and the made-for-live-shows, "Say What You Will." The absolute best of the record's potential singles is their cover of Pink Floyd's "Hey You" from "The Wall," which somehow manages to charge a great song with Metal power and oomph, while sacrificing none of the original's beauty. Like Indiana Jones, they treat this sacred artifact with the respect it deserves, and so, will survive to tell about it.


Those commercially-viable tunes are all fine, but what excites me on this record are not the money-maker tracks, rather, the deep cuts. "Real Sadness" could have been a lost AiC track, with its grinding Cantrell riff and Staley-reminiscent vocals. "Off With Your Head" is a pretty ballad, just with hilariously biting lyrics. I know this just has been done before, ad nauseum, but Bobaflex get full marks for pulling it off. "Moon and Shadows" is one that will take you by suprise, if you follow it through to the end.
The best moments on "Eloquent Demons" come when Bobaflex seem to be at their most unrestrained, most natural state, i.e., when they let the music get heavy, and/or when they let the vocal melodies soar. These are the moments that will keep me coming back to for repeat listens.


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