Darkhorse, “The Engineer” Review

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With a myriad of genres rising and falling in the music industry, many have lost hope for the beloved sounds of traditional rock ‘n’ roll. However, two brave musicians stand defiantly to deliver a fresh yet familiar take on this classic style. Darkhorse, the rock duo which seemingly came out of nowhere, is catching our attention for all the right reasons. Their new album, The Engineer, hits hard and doesn’t get lost in the pseudo showmanship and gimmicky nonsense that seem to be plaguing many bands today.

From the very first track, “Atlas,” the listener is treated to aggressively passionate vocals that carry intricate, overdriven guitar arrangements, culminating in a bridge that shows this duo’s proficiency in maximizing the potential of familiar pop-structured songwriting. For those who long for the days of good old rock music, this song alone is a symbolic call to arms; and the fun doesn’t stop there.

The lyrics on the single, “Breach,” touch upon some dark themes.  Well written and soulfully performed, the rhythmic and melodic alterations of the instruments that color the verses are undoubtedly the stars of the album. Perhaps the most subtle treat that Darkhorse provides is the great bass lines, which can be heard loud and proud on “Sea of Trees,” a song that also displays a mixture of minimalistic and saturated presence, showing off the duo’s versatility.

Overall Darkhorse has produced a truly phenomenal album. With dynamic and expressive drumming that doesn’t stop until all ten songs have burned out brightly, deeply expressive lyrics covering a wide array of themes, and intricate and enjoyable bass lines, The Engineer is a rock ‘n’ roll gem. It’s everything we’ve missed about rock and more. For more information, check out the band’s page on Reverbnation (http://www.reverbnation.com/officialdarkhorse ) and be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates (https://www.facebook.com/TheOfficialDarkhorse , https://twitter.com/darkhorsearmy).

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