November 13, 2017 |

Santa Cruz – Bad Blood Rising

Santa Cruz – Bad Blood Rising

November 13, 2017 |

ADVERTISMENT

ADVERTISMENT

When it comes to alternative music most of the big bands come from your typical trio of the UK, USA and Canada with the occasional exception to the rule. I for one think that's a shame. Many of the countries left out from usual listening are in fact home to some great bands that could be just as popular as your favourite homegrown acts. Santa Cruz are a band that demonstrate my point well. This bunch of Finnish hard rockers are forcing their way towards British shores for a December tour in support of their third LP, Bad Blood Rising. Bad Blood Rising is an album that really shows how much attention you should be paying to European rock.

The band states that this album contains some of their heaviest and softest material and they're absolutely right. From the monstrous, uplifting River Phoenix with it's heavy instrumentals and guitar leads criss-crossing the track to the mellow and understated Breathe the band has some real range across this album. There's even the five minute track Get Out of California that builds and builds up to a huge classic rock climax. They manage to dodge the traditional hard rock pitfalls of just playing everything loud all the time and manage to bolster their already potent material with some superb dynamics. I go on and on about dynamics in reviews so often but it's because it's so important and these guys clearly understand that.