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Rock music my old friend . . . . it's so good to finally see you again!,
This review is from: King of Conflict (MP3 Download)
In a world dominated by the likes of Will.i.am, Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber (for Christ's sake) I had started to believe rock music - PROPER rock music - was a dying art. I frequently have a flick through the music channels on TV and frankly it makes me want to cry, there just didn't seem to be anything exciting out there anymore. Even the likes of Kerrang seemed to play the same stuff all the time, All Time Low, You Me At Six, Paramore etc and while they are all okay that is pretty much the most positive thing I can say about them. They're just okay. It was depressing.
Enter the Virginmarys.
I hadn't heard of the Virginmarys until I saw them support Feeder in November last year and I was blown away. You know how it is when you go to gigs, sometimes the support bands are okay, sometimes they are bloody awful but on occasion you come across a band or an artist that knocks your socks off and the Virginmarys are such a band. They opened with Bang Bang Bang and it was one of those jaw dropping "wow, this is amazing" moments. It's been such a long time since I've been so impressed by a band - their dynamic on stage, the vocals of Ally Dickaty, the drummer totally beating the crap out of the drums, you could tell it was a pleasure for them to be playing and they were simply spectacular. I got the two EP's they were selling after they finished playing and looked forward to the release of the album.
A few months later King of Conflict is released. It is perfection.
It's the best album I've heard in such a long time and most definitely the best debut I've heard in years. Both Ally Dickaty's vocals and guitar playing are amazing with great riffs and solos, Matt Rose is a fantastic bass player and Danny Dolan is awesome on the drums - the album is 50+ minutes of excellence. My personal favourites are Portrait of Red (written about domestic abuse with the less thought about scenario of the male being the victim), Bang Bang Bang, Running for my Life and Dressed to Kill. The hidden track at the end of the album (about 12 minutes in) is also fantastic and shows the band's "softer" side but without them losing their edge and going all "ballady" (I know that's not a real word but you know what I mean).
I had the opportunity to see them play live again last week at a small venue in Birmingham and they were outstanding, they OWN the stage. I honestly can not say enough good things about this band and the album. If you ever have the opportunity to see them play live, grab it with both hands because you will not be disappointed.
This band has restored my faith in rock music!