Red Giant - "Devil Child Blues"
(Small Stone 2004, SS-050)
From Aural Innovations #31 (June 2005)
Red Giant are back after some years and rock harder than ever! The band is the same except with the addition of Brian on bass. While their previous record, Ultra Magnetic Glowing Sound, was more spaced out and a bit psychedelic, the new record is straighter up in your face ROCK with all the space gone. Some of it reminds me a bit of Clutch in some ways. While Alex handles most of the vocals, Damien is still ripping it up on the lead guitar. The artwork is quite cool with the song titles written in a very special way, making them quite hard to make out without some effort but it looks cool! The opening track gives you a good flavour for how this record flows and mostly goes for the throat! "Jet Pack" has a really cool riff and is a bit southern rock, bluesy in nature. The title track is a more slow, almost doomy track, except the way the vocals are delivered. "Hoping for the Golden Bob" rips straight out of the starting gate and features some in your face wah guitar. The next track slows things down and is a more blues track. The CD closer, "Funhouse", is really cool with a psychedelic flavour to it and features some saxophone as well. Well done guys… another cool CD and totally different from the first one! It would be cool if some of these Small Stone label bands could come tour over in Europe someday!
For more information you can visit the Red Giant web site at: http://www.redgiant.net.
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Reviewed by Scott Heller