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Blind Man’s Daughter – One Life Down (Blind Man’s Daughter LLC)

Blind Man’s Daughter – One Life Down (Blind Man’s Daughter LLC)

July 10, 2024

There is an assumption that alternative rock emerged because classic rock had somehow stopped working. That it was out of step with the times and that some new direction was needed to keep up with the changing tastes and trends in the contemporary rock music scene. Well, I don’t think that’s the case at all, and the proof that these iconic movements and classic rhythms still have a role can be found, in no small part, in bands like A blind man’s daughter.

Sure, the band could have pushed things towards the heavier end of the spectrum, paving the way into more metal territory, but at the same time they’ve turned to technical charm and adopted a grander, more cinematic sonic approach, and as a result, “One Life Down,” their latest single, contains all the elements that originally made old-school hard rock and heavy metal so great.

The riffs are noisy and powerful, the guitars are raw and incendiary, the deep-charged basslines are seismic, and the drums come in like a musical tsunami. But this is Ashley WolfeVocal artistry that commands attention, powerful enough to be heard amidst the Byzantine spirals of music and sonic shockwaves rolling through the musical landscape.

“One Life Down” sits at the current end of the classic rock family tree, a branch that has seen its natural evolution, becoming both muscular and melodic under its own creative juices. And that may be the evidence I’m looking for to suggest that alternative rock was unnecessary, that such a deliberate and calculated move was the antithesis of rock’s evolution. As they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Listen to “One Life Down” and ask yourself that question? Does it sound like something’s broken? Me neither.

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