Review of The Way of the Future by Black Stone Cherry
Forming in 2001, Kentucky heavies Black Stone Cherry have been melting faces with their gruff southern goodness for over a decade now. Their self-titled debut album released in 2006 brought the band a wealth of success which, five albums on, shows no signs of slowing down.
The band’s fifth album, entitled ‘Kentucky’ in honour of their home state, promises to be like nothing we’ve heard before. Frontman and guitarist Chris Robertson describes it as “-the most unique album we’ve ever made,” going back to their roots, old studios and producers, in order to bring their fans’ eager ears something fresh to feast on.
‘The Way of the Future’ is the first release from that album and a sneak peek of what’s to come in April of this year. The track itself is a rip-roaring handful of minutes of hard riffs and thrumming bass, a perfect example of everything that makes Southern whisky rock so fist pumpingly captivating.
Lyrically the song questions the state of the world and just where society is heading, quite thought provoking once you’ve stopped head banging and throwing back shots of JD.
I’m not quite sure what the frontman meant when said ‘unique’, because although this is one hell of a track, ‘The Way of the Future’ feels quite classic Black Stone Cherry. I guess we’ll have to see what the rest of the album brings!
Kentucky is out April 1st 2016 via the Mascot Label Group and can be pre-ordered on iTunes here:
You can listen to ‘The Way of the Future’, which is out now, here:
Review by Hev Bailey