This has been a while coming, and has been made possible by crowd funding through Kickstarter. The project exceeded its target within a few days, so that just goes to show how hotly anticipated this release is. The album was produced by none other than Chris Tsangarides, and the quality is instantly apparent.
What you get with this release is a no frills, full on, blues tinged rock album. It’s a bit more rock orientated than their last album, and has bags more attitude. This power trio has improved with each release thus far, and this is no exception. Virgil’s voice sounds as though it has a lot more soul, and his tone has matured much like a fine single malt.
Musically the guys are as tight as ever. If you’ve ever seen them live, you’ll know just how much chemistry they have on stage, with each feeding off the other with telepathic like abilities. The album captures that, and transfers it through your speakers. What also never ceases to amaze is the energy they deliver. When you add everything these three guys bring to the table, you’re always left with something greater than the sum of their parts.
One thing that’s always been there though is Virgil’s guitar playing. He remains one of the brightest young stars of the guitar world, and if you’ve not heard him play, then you’re really missing out. Place that guitar work over the rhythm section of Gabe and Jack, and the magic happens.
Army Of Three is going to be a defining moment in the band’s career. It’s with this album that they announce their intent to take the music world by storm, and you know what? With music this good, they shouldn’t have any trouble pulling it off. Sublime isn’t a word I use too often, but that’s the only word I can use for this album. It’s up there with the best releases of the year so far.