Black Roze is a five-piece rock band originally formed in Kent, UK in 2015. They began primarily playing covers but soon progressed to performing their own material. The band's line-up includes Viixen, Baz Roze, Jaime Cortinas, Ron Maiden and Vic Stick. Following the release of their debut EP Pleasure and Pain last year they recently put out their first full length album entitled Spiritual Hell on the 5th October 2019, featuring 10 original compositions.
The album begins with “Obscenity”, a seething commentary on the brutality of religious extremism, executed with classic metal cynicism and some foot stomping riffs. The chorus is catchy yet serious in tone, and the bass tone jabs you right in the gut throughout. “Godz n Queenz” by contrast is more light hearted in nature, and is more akin to a track by Alice Cooper. The repeated chants of “I don't wanna hear it” are sure to get stuck in your head for some time.
“Why Don't You” begins on drums and then bass and I am instantly reminded of “Wratchchild” by Iron Maiden. When the guitars and vocals kick in too there is a definite punky edge. The chorus however is perhaps more 80's pop rock in style and somehow makes me think of Blondie which was somewhat unexpected but not such a bad thing. An interesting combination of styles but it works well. Despite being the shortest track on the album it makes up for it with the short sharp shock of hard rock guitar leads and fast-paced riffs. “Soul on Fire” on the other hand is the longest song of the album and sets it self up from the very start as a heavy rock ballad brimming with emotion. In the second half when the track picks up pace I am again reminded of early Maiden. The outro solo is simply stunning.
Up next “Snow White Angel” is different again with a more hard rock vibe, complete with duet style vocals. Moving from metal, to rock, to sleaze, Black Roze do so with considerable ease, and are really able to showcase everything they can do in just a few tracks. “In The Darkness (Hell Version)” brings back old-school metal in full force with a real heavy riff and dramatic vocals the likes of Doro and Lita Ford. There are even some subtle synths in the background which only add to the drama.
“Curse of the Black Roze” is a crash course in hard rock 'n' roll right down to the vocal melody which is suitably sinister. The dual guitars in this one fight against each other for supremacy and for your attention, adding yet another dynamic to the ensuing chaos which is perfect. As the title suggests “So Sleazy” is less heavy metal, more sleaze and infinitely more tongue in cheek; right down to the use of “love gun” in the pre-chorus no less. It's a great track that doesn't take itself too seriously but still has some great musicality and downright hilarious lyrics.
Toward the end of the album “Lost” returns to the Cooper-esque hard rock style featured on “Godz n Queenz”. It has a real thumping rhythm that is impossible to ignore and the lead guitar work is particularly impressive. Rounding out the album comes “In The Darkness (Spiritual Version)”, an alternative stripped down acoustic take of “In the Darkness” featured earlier. This last track highlights Viixen's versatility and range as a vocalist and is great way to bring the album to a close.
Spiritual Hell is a superb debut from a band that have cut their teeth on the road supporting the likes of Diamond Head and Warrior Soul, and being on the same bill as LA Guns and Crashdiet. Their years of experience on the road really show and they should be immensely proud of what they have accomplished here; successfully blurring the lines between rock, metal, and sleaze to create something new.
Spiritual Hell is out now.
Check it out on Spotify at the link below: https://open.spotify.com/album/6vIsX9SLOGYj9x14q6WYeR