The Black Bullets: Bullet Through Your Heart – EP  reviewThe Black Bullets – Bullet Through Your Heart (Too Loaded Records)

CD / DL 

Out Nov

Third EP from the hell for leather Basingstoke rockers, The Black Bullets, now featuring new vocalist Liar Billy T.

You may have read on Louder Than War earlier in the year how the Bullets lost their founder member and singer Rob Castle. But the remaining members wasted no time crying into their Jack Daniels and got their shit together to record their third defiantly Metal EP.  Although they prefer the description Full-Throttle Rock ‘n’ Roll.

It’s probably only Heavy Metal bands who can survive losing  & replacing a lead singer with barely a noticeable change as far as the casual observer is concerned.

The Black Bullets were always four-strong though and building up such a head of steam in terms of musical progression and steadily increasing fan base that fire, flood, death or destruction was never going to stop them.

Vocalist Liar Billy T was already a fixture in the Bullets camp as their photographer of choice and provider of party-vibes. He looked the part, but can he sing? Course he can. It’s a more gravelly rasp to Castles phlegmy yelp, but he gives good throat and hollers in tune.

Musically they’ve gone up a notch and drummer-man Carl Donoghue is particularly raging and shit hot on the new EP.  Guitarist Stevie Pearce, now without a rhythm guitarist to duel with has also upp-ed his game and really is a world class player. Bassist Bones is probably going to be pissed off with this EP in time as his instrument is lost in the mix (at least on my equipment, which admittedly, could be better.)

The Black Bullets: Bullet Through Your Heart – EP  review

Black Spiders  Devil Women, zombies, nymphos, whiskey and brimstone are all present and correct and the sound is sleazy, hard and leathery. Thundercrack snare sound and widdley-widdley solo’s that fire off like Catherine wheels.   Black Bullets make (relatively) complex music sound easy and innocuous phrases sleazy.  They recall the good old New Wave of British Heavy Metal, but sound brand new and like the Future of UK Hard Rock to me (yeah, I’m not an expert on the genre, but I’ve got enough Motorhead, Guns’n Roses, Lizzy and Rainbow in my collection to know my Jukebox Metal – the stuff that everybody likes, which combined with a never-surrender punk attitude is unbeatable.

Losers are the Lucky Ones stands out with its spine-chilling Slash come Manics intro and outro before descending into an early Iron Maiden type rocker where Billys demonic rasp comes into the daylight.

What You Do (and what you say, are worlds apart, and that’s how they’ll stay) is a classy bit of Motorhead style rock’n’roll  with the immortal line  “Your credits good, your breath is bad”.   Cherry Red too is as catchy as herpes and kicks proverbial ass.

It’s a great EP, quite possibly their best yet, but personally I miss Castles swagger which somehow seeped into the earlier  recordings (I’ve known him since XX Cortez days  and admit I’m biased).  I do look forward to seeing how Billy T  works the stage and audience though because I have a lot of faith in the Bullets

It’s a teenage fantasy world is this realm of hard-drinkin’, motor-bikin’ guitar-slingin’ Metal and a welcome change to dull posh-boy indie.  Everywhere the Bullets play they seem to make friends with similar bands of  tattoo-ed motherfuckers who want to tear it up and break it down and eventually the music press and media are gonna have to take notice of the whole raft of kick ass bands of whom the Bullets are one of the best.

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The Black Bullets play the Hope And Anchor in Islington tonight (Saturday 9th November) and then embark on a mini tour of Europe.

All words by Ged Babey. Bullets Artwork by Liar Billy T. More of Ged’s writing can be found at his author’s archive.

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