Shadows by Opus Rogue is a project completed by the duo of Mark Robertson and Austin Scott. Opus Rogue had a humble beginning via an ad online for a “guitarist seeking drummer” in Laramie, WY. The classic rock vibes are strong on this album but there are also many other influences if one listens carefully, including blues, metal and even a small node to the likes of the great 1980's hair bands.
“Ghost in the Night” starts the set off with a solid classic guitar heavy rock feel. The first seconds of the song were unexpected as it wasn't the usual lead into a rock anthem but interesting nonetheless. I enjoyed classic rock feel but also noticed a bit of a bluesy feel as well. There was an extra level of emotion and swag that went beyond the classics.
“Digital Breakdown” was a solid rock anthem with an undertone tied to the big names from the late 1980's and early 1990's. This was a pretty timeless hit with lyrics that were relatable. It could easily be interpreted to be a throwback to an age where technology was just starting or a current song about our dependence on things like smart phones.
“You Build Me Up” was a departure from the two previous songs, but the styling was enjoyable. The mix of a classic rock feel with blues type lyrics was refreshing. The heavy drums in this cut were also new for the album and a nice addition.
“Sittin' Downtown” reaches back for an amazing combination of R&B, and raw rock music. The guitar heavy focus is back and I enjoyed this song the most of the album. It was effortless yet cool. “Lock and Key” was a nice end to the album. It as a showcase for both musicians with a balance between the guitar focus and nice drum work.
Overall the style of the band was eclectic with something enough different about how they tied their influences together to make it interesting. The guitar focus was enjoyable due to the talents of Scott with a solid performance of Robertson. I would like to hear more from the band and even see them live to get to watch both the guitar work and drums.
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