Bloodline Riot – Keys and Clockwork EP – CD Review
Release Date: April 18, 2012
Michael Hughes (lead vocals), Jason Caine (lead guitar), Amber Cat (bass, backing vocals), and Matt Burdette (drums), complete this Detroit-based quartet of talented and experienced musicians from previous bands (Konniption Fit, Seasons of Eden, and The Way West) come together to form a technically sound rock band that still has the ability to rock your face off and is comprised of melodic guitars, pounding drums, and thoughtful, yet powerful vocals for a unique sound offered nowhere else. Bloodline Riot has played alongside such bands as Sevendust, Taproot, Fuel, Nonpoint, and many more. They have also played on the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival and, as a result, has developed a high-energy, in-your-face style of live show.
Produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Trust Company), at Pearl Sound Studios in Canton, Michigan, their EP “Keys and Clockwork” brings Bloodline Riot to the forefront of the rock world. This short, four track, CD (which actually has drums recorded by Matt Marriott) opens listeners eardrums to a sound that will get your blood flowing and your fist pumping.
If you are looking for impressive solos and catchy, heavy guitar riffs, all the tracks on Keys and Clockwork offer a complete mix. Heart pounding rock anthems coupled with an arena rock sound can be found in the opening track “Gemini” as well as the final song, “Burn,” which invokes a motivation in you to get up and change your life for the better. With hints of electro in the beginning of the EP with “Gemini” and the end with “Burn,” the album comes full circle.
Some distortion on Michael Hughes’ vocals in “Burn” creates a very different sound for a rock band. A solo reminiscent of Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates can be found in “Pendulum,” along with a “Wake up!” chant that goes against the hypnotic effects of a pendulum. The heaviest song of the four, by far, is “Element,” and has solid, guttural riffs along with layered vocals to create a more three-dimensional depth of rock.
Even though this release is just four short tracks and has a runtime of under 15 minutes, there is no lack of rocking in this EP. In fact, the only complaint I have for Keys and Clockwork is the fact that it is so short. I look forward to being able to hear more music from Bloodline Riot in the future.