the black moods

Band: The Black Moods

CD: Self Titled

Musical Genera: Alternative Rock, Rock, Blues



Overall Rating: 5/5


“The Black Moods” is the latest release from 3 piece band The Black Moods based out of Phoenix, AZ. CD was released in 2012. I would describe The Black moods as one of the more bluesy, darker, denser, straight forward Alt-Rock band out there right now. They have a rocked out vibe and hooky songs, and from what I’ve read an amazing live presentation. The result is pounding drums, guitar riffs that light up the dark night sky, and vocals/songs that will rip a hole through your chest. The Black Moods tell a story that you will understand and enjoy to the fullest. Band members include: Joshua Kennedy (Guitars, vocals), Chico Diaz (Drums), Ryan Prier (Bass).


Now getting to the album: “The Black Moods” 10 track CD has much to commend it. Admittedly, there is a whole lot of variety to these arrangements and performances. First: The impressive 3 piece band delivers rock solid playing like a well oiled machine. This is testament to hundreds of hours of rehearsal time no doubt.


Second: Vocalist/Guitarist Josh Kennedy hits the mark remarkably well within the context of this catalogue. He’s got great vocal and guitar playing skills. Third: their sound and amazing songwriting touch is action packed. In fact one could classify The Black Moods as a four genera artist: Progressive, Classic, Hard Rock and even a dash of Soul or Blues. All songs are a skillful combination of all the aforementioned genera’s. Music will remind you of Jon Foreman, Kutess, Hawk Nelson and Falling Up even Temple of the Dog. The Black Moods have the power and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. Add in a killer live set makes this a deadly combination no doubt.


There’s also a unique quality to this catalogue that breaks the mold when compared to the overly predictable, forgetful rock that’s been filling the airwaves lately. What am I trying to say – well let me start by saying there is nothing predictable and forgetful about The Black Moods. Weather live or in the studio The Black Moods is one of the hottest vintage rock bands out there right now. Not every square inch is filled with musical ambience delivered under duress – but musical space this allows the music to breathe on its own with passion that cannot be faked.


Equally as impressive is how marketable this band is as they have effectively found the voice for all frustrated Hard-Rocker out there. It covers so much ground and despite this it manages to not spread itself to thin across to many lines – nicely done! This is harder to do than it sounds and can only be a by product of being ones self musically.


I’ve always said if you can play it a party, then it’s marketable. Depending on the party: The Black Moods is extremely marketable – with a raw sound that is passionate and entertaining very much like the band itself.


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By Elle Michaelson, edited by Heather Savage

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