Album Review: Blacklist Saints – “Intro Extro”
Those of you with long memories may remember that about four years ago, we here at Pure Rawk were tipping Blacklist Saints as ones to watch on the basis of their four-track debut EP, with the group even winning the coveted “Best New Band” award in our 2014 poll. Since then though, it’s gone very very quiet with them and to be honest, I wasn’t even sure if they were still going until their long-awaited debut album turned up on our doorstep the other week.
It’s not a bad effort either – Blacklist Saints deal in the same sort of tuneful angst that several other bands down the years from Therapy? to Nirvana have mined to good effect. It’s not exactly a thinly-populated area of the musical spectrum and, make no mistake, this album could have easily fallen unnoticed among a pack of thousands, but at least Blacklist Saints have enough aggression and power to make sure that Intro Extro manages to stay afloat without losing your interest.
The tightwire guitar lines on Edge of the World and Parody and the ballad with bruises that is Amy May are all good examples of what this band can do, and even if there’s the odd moment like 260 and Keep On where they sound a bit anonymous, the good moments definitely outweigh the bad here. The closing cello and acoustic led ballad Figure It Out (not a million miles from the old Smashing Pumpkins classic Disarm) is a nice touch as well, showing that there’s definitely more than one string to this band’s bow.
It's been a long wait (close to five years since their debut EP in fact) but Intro Extro is a good debut effort from Blacklist Saints. A suitably meaty slice of riffed-up angst rock, it should go down well with the band's followers and hopefully win them a few new ones as well. Even if it's not quite all killer no filler, there's always album number two for that... hopefully it'll be a bit less than five years before that sees the light of day though!