Taking one look at the picture of the band Eightball Junkies consisting of Will Vaughan (vocals), Dee Huske (guitar), Michael Padilla (bass) and Rikki Varga (drums) on their Bandcamp page I knew these guys were a rock band with some attitude. I couldn’t help but think of bands like Guns N' Roses and Mötley Crüe. Their sound actually aligns with those bands as well when you listen to their three-song EP entitled In Hell.
The production sounds great and can compete with commercial releases. They obviously wanted a good sounding EP and chose to go to the pros. Well the proof is in the pudding.
They open with “In Hell” which contains plenty of distorted guitar, pounding drums and a thumping bass. The thing that really gave the song a late ’80s hard rock vibe were the vocals harmonies on the chorus. That being said the aggressive hyperbolic inflection of the singer during certain words also felt like a trope that I didn’t mind one bit. The guitar solo was also badass.
I was reminded of Marilyn Manson in the beginning of “Changes” just because of the vocals. That quickly changes though when the chorus hits. The song is pretty straightforward hard rock but very well executed.
I was kind of hoping they would drag out the unique sounds of the beginning of “Bleed.” It sounded like manipulated orchestra strings. The six-plus-minute song has mounds of distortion that just pours over you with plenty of squealing guitar fills. Alice In Chains came to mind on this track.
Eightball Junkies isn't reinventing the wheel. Their style is quite familiar. They also can write a song and have a niche sound that will appeal to some of the aforementioned bands. I can almost guarantee this guys would be fun as hell to see live. If you aren’t around for that you can do the next best thing and listen to their EP.
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