Blakfish
Champions


4.0
excellent

Review

by Edwin USER (14 Reviews)
March 13th, 2010 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Looking to insert some fun into your stereo? Look no further, and press play on these lovely ditties.

Firstly: rest in peace, Blakfish; I decided on reviewing this record moments after learning of the untimely passing of one of heavy music’s most promising bands. This album will forever be reflective of the mark Blakfish has made on the music world, so let’s see what we have here.

Blakfish were:

Lieutenant R. Lee
General S. Manville
Major T. Peckett
Colonel R. Wisely
… As described in the album’s liner notes.

What we have here is 11 tracks of ‘death pop’, as described by the band itself. One venture onto the group’s MySpace will make clear the eclectically playful nature of Blakfish, and their debut album, ‘Champions’; top friends such as Britney Spears and Keith Urban keep you wondering just how serious these musicians are. Apprehensive listeners needn’t worry, however: their music is serious, and seriously good.

Death pop is probably as adequate a description of this music as any; while certainly not an album of peaceful easy listening, ‘Champions’ is hardly typical metal, either, and this is an especially significant point with regards to the guitars. Blakfish almost appear to be using typical pop riffs in an atypical manner, fused with some eccentric little lead passages; in doing so, the band formulates a highly listenable sound, while still adding their own perspective of music to the populated battlefield of the contemporary music industry.

The vocals on ‘Champions’ appear in two forms, with most songs featuring both variants: a raspy scream, and some surprisingly melodic vocals. Each of these approaches are undertaken by two of the band’s members, with some effective intertwining happening; the clean singing is particularly impressive, as the dual front-men support the oft-occurring melodious sections of guitar. These segments are undoubtedly the highlight of this record, rendering each track memorable with some very sonically pleasing passages.

In providing a counterpoint for these lighter sections, Blakfish are just as proficient in pounding the listener with some potently dense heavier sections. It is here where the rhythm contingent of the band come into their own; while the guitars remain refreshingly vibrant and good-humoured, even ‘catchy’, the drumming, especially, reminds the listener that they are in the presence of a more than capable heavy band.

To find a problem with this album, one must look to the possibility of a limited amount of replays, before finding the songs tiresome. It is possible to find yourself being lost within one track, thinking you are elsewhere on the album, due in part to the innovative sound of Blakfish, which they tend to repeat. A lot.

In saying that, finding their own sound on a debut album is more than can be said for even some of the world’s premier bands. And for the most part, this record is just so fun! ‘Champions’ will keep a rhythm tapping in your foot, and a smile on your dial.

Lastly, I can’t help but chuckle at the inventive lyrics found here,

‘You look like an extra from the Wild Wild West, yeah you do’.

What a damn shame this is all we’ll get to see from such a promising young band. Blakfish didn’t last long, but they sure did shine bright.

The best songs are possibly,

Ringo Starr - 2nd Best Drummer In The Beatles,
Randy Sage - True American Hero, and,
We Beg, We Borrow, We Steal.

‘Champions’ is some bloody good fun.



Recent reviews by this author
Keith Richards Talk Is CheapFrank Zappa The Grand Wazoo
Frank Zappa Waka/JawakaThe Wakedead Gathering Tenements of Ephemera
Frank Zappa Lumpy GravyGaza East
user ratings (74)
Chart.
4
excellent
other reviews of this album
Gerbilman (2)
Blakfish give us an inconsistent introduction to Death-Pop....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Edwin
March 13th 2010


1399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely check out this then.
It'll be doubly bangin'.

Edwin
March 22nd 2010


1399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aw, whoever I was commenting seems to have disappeared.
Anyway, someone check out this album!
Blakfish are far too underrated for my liking.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
March 22nd 2010


3781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, probably one of the most underated British albums of 09

Edwin
March 22nd 2010


1399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you, i'm now content.
My work here is done.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
March 22nd 2010


3781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You should check out Million Dead dude, they had this sound down ages ago and they're punx as fuxk

Edwin
April 2nd 2010


1399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Who negged this?
Don't be a twat, tell me what's wrong with it.

tombits
April 2nd 2010


3471 Comments


See You In Another City was sweet, but I never picked this up for some reason. Good review dude, I'll check this out.

And yeah, Million Dead are fucking sweet.

Edwin
April 2nd 2010


1399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man, definitely get this if you liked See You In Another City.
I still haven't checked out Million Dead, I'll get my ass into gear and get some.

dcha
May 25th 2010


990 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love these guys. It's too bad they are no more.

dcha
May 26th 2010


990 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Million Dead is definitely not as good as Blakfish.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
May 26th 2010


3781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lies.

tombits
May 27th 2010


3471 Comments


Million Dead are as good, if not better.

Pity these guys broke up. Two promising new bands though:

&U&I - the drummer, bassist and lead guitarist. No music yet.
http://www.myspace.com/andyouandimusic

Vietwow! - the vocalist/second guitarist + singer from Meet Me In St. Louis.
http://www.myspace.com/vietwow

dcha
June 7th 2010


990 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I take it back. Million Dead is bloody awesome.

Gatsbys
September 9th 2010


22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It still bums me out these dudes broke up so early in the game. I love their music.. it's very unique.

tombits
September 9th 2010


3471 Comments


&U&I have a track up now, it's very much in the same vein as Blakfish.

Skimaskcheck
October 14th 2010


2362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great record

dcha
January 10th 2011


990 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Had to 5. This album was my 2010.

osmark86
March 8th 2013


4548 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

someone should write a review for &u&i Light Bearer. it's brilliant.

Ecnalzen
July 16th 2013


6825 Comments


Got this rec'd to me a while back and am finally getting around to listening to it. Tis good.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy