I have wanted to write something about the band Black Rose Burning and their recent music and video releases. Please note the word “wanted,” I wanted to write about the music I had the pleasure of hearing. I like their new album, The Wheel and their new video featuring the single release, The Wheel. Anyhow, I have wanted to write this for over a week now but I couldn’t stop listening to the album long enough to hear my own voice. Better late than never.
Let’s launch this blog with the album, The Wheel; there are a lot of wheels going on here. The album’s name is The Wheel. The newest single is, you guessed it, The Wheel. The video in support of the single is also The Wheel. It feels like I am driving a Polaris Slingshot, sleek, angular lines, fast, stands out in a crowd and is easy to like. Although Black Rose Burning does have some fun with its music, it is not a Relient Robin. It just occurred to me that rockets don’t have wheels, just playing with my head.
From the first note of the opening track, An Anthem for the Strange, I was hooked. The opening consists of pulsing syncopation that ushers in the synths and the rest of the instruments. Maybe not so much ushers, perhaps more like a black hole that sucks you into is gapping maw. That momentum never slacks off.
Black Rose Burning makes music very well. They also know how to write intelligent lyrics. I particularly like these words from the opening track, An Anthem for the Strange.
“This for the stranger who hides among the darkness
This is for the strange, who hide within their silence.”
I have to confess that my interest in this recording is biased. I am a science fiction fan. Geoge Grant, who formed Black Rose Burning in 2018, is also into sci-fi. In George’s words, “I write about outer space a lot. On both records. I find it inspirational. It’s vastness. It’s the place I’d most like to go. Maybe the place I’d most like to escape to might be a better definition.”
“This is the third video for the Black Rose Burning Sci-Fi space series ‘Under Twin Suns‘, which documents the journey of “The Traveler” from earth to his homeworld. The song encouraged the spaghetti western feel of this video, which is a space age homage to films like ‘High Plains Drifter‘ and ‘The Good The Bad And The Ugly‘. I’m a big fan of that genre of films as well, and I’ve always wanted to pay tribute with a video of my own,” says George Grant.
The video supporting the album’s namesake, The Wheel, is also a bit of fun that stays in the context of the cheesy spaghetti western. George Grant tells us, “This is the third video for the Black Rose Burning Sci-Fi space series ‘Under Twin Suns‘, which documents the journey of “The Traveler” from earth to his homeworld. The song encouraged the spaghetti western feel of this video, which is a space age homage to films like ‘High Plains Drifter’ and ‘The Good The Bad And The Ugly’. I’m a big fan of that genre of films as well, and I’ve always wanted to pay tribute with a video of my own,” says George Grant.
While The Wheel video may be a bit of fun, the music on the album is more down to earth while still working within the framework of a sci-fi story. George Grant is the leading man on this album. Wearing the hats of instrumentalist, producer, and engineer, George Grant has created a stellar recording. The Wheel was recorded and mixed by George Grant at PVRCo in Putnam Valley, NY and The Wolf’s Den Manhattan. Jason Corbett mastered The Wheel at Jacknife Sound Vancouver. Jason spearheads the band ACTORS who come through my neck of the woods tomorrow. So much good music and so little time to hear it all.
Back to Black Rose Burning and their release “The Wheel.” While the video has a playful feel of classic sci-fi campiness, the album is down-to-earth good listening material. There is a consistent feel to the album from start to finish. The Wheel shoots through 12 galaxy’s through a 50 minute time portal. Sit back and enjoy the trip.
‘The Wheel’ https://youtu.be/ScsvrYbGwgg
Apple Music https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-wheel/1597809360
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