Atreyu Drummer and Vocalist Brandon Saller stretches those pipes at the front of new project Hell or Highwater, a rock band from the states getting ready to rock the world. We cast a weathered eye on the horizon and caught ourselves a copy of the album.
With Hinder’s new album still rolling about in placenta, and no sign of anything new from Bullets and Octane any time soon, fans will be on the lookout for something that has the same energy of both bands early releases. Those fans may have the fix they need in Hell or Highwater who have surpassed their peers by delivering an album so packed with quality it should be wrapped in bright paper and sealed in a purple tin (that’s a sweet reference for the uneducated).
First impressions are just how solid this album sounds, which is no surprise when the front man is a veteran of well produced and expertly performed music in his other band. The vocals are smoother than a porn star’s lady garden and the lyrics are intelligent and catchy, which is where the bands peers tend to be strongest so to deliver a strong first blow is a winning move.
The band works together like seasoned pros who have decades of gigs under their belts together, and some of those guitar solos steal the show with their unapologetic scream. Highlights on the album, well it would have to be Tragedy but Go Alone, which features Avenged Sevenfold’s tattoo sporting frontman M Shadows, is a slight change of pace but a good track that beats nicely along. They aren’t the highlight though, no sir, the highlight is a bonus track that comes almost right at the end. Now, cover songs come and go, some are good, most are shit, but Hell or Highwater’s cover of The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel will go down in history as one of the greatest covers in modern rock. Beautifully built with such respect for the original but in it’s own language the track is a masterpiece that deserves great respect for the person who made that choice.
Overall, I really like this album, I’ve been waiting for a solid Rock album for some time and this delivers all the elements nicely in one package, great vocals delivering catchy lyrics backed up by a quality band and proper guitar solos. The only question is, once you have listened to this, why would anyone go back to listening to Hinder?
Catch up on all the news from Hell or Highwater on their website
For your viewing pleasure here is the video for Gimme Love, the first track on the record