October 2, 2014
The Budos Band | Burnt Offering
TITLE: Burnt Offering
When they released their debut album in 2005, the Budos Band’s sound was unique: Afrobeat rhythms in short-song format, a soul band’s punchy horn section playing Ethiopian pentatonic harmonies, a flair for catchy hooks. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Budos is now one of the most flattered bands anywhere. For their fourth album, the band launches an updated sound: the Ethiopian influence is overshadowed by a heavy, trippy vibe that references psychedelic rock and heavy metal, especially the doom metal of Black Sabbath and Pentagram. I saw them perform most of this material a couple of years ago and came away unmoved. Now they’re developed the ideas more fully, and the album is superb: it’s strong from start to finish, with a moody undercurrent that makes it the perfect Halloween dance party soundtrack. Guitarist Tom Brenneck produced, and his playing is front and center throughout – check out track 8 (my favorite here) and 2 (the first single). It’s dark and powerful, but you’ll be humming along with the still-catchy-as-hell riffs. It’s another in a continuing series of triumphs for the Budos Band.
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