On The Rays Of The Sun
“The old lions shivered at the young lion’s roar for they knew the throne would soon pass.”
For the music business to survive there has to be a good pool of talent to replace the ones that are the rage of today and one of the chief complaints of many people is that young talent that is truly original and not a product of the idol and karaoke competitions is hard to find. And on the musician side of things, artists that can really play their instrument and not be a total automaton that spits out copy cat riffs and runs like a parrot are fairly rare as well.
That’s why Ryan Hall and Woody’s Rampage is such a revelation. Out of Denton Texas, Hall is a relatively young man (19) who at first glance might fool you with the clean cut, all-American look but who is also capable of picking up his guitar and sawing your face completely off with licks that come screaming out of his amp like Tasmanian death. And it’s not just technically perfect; he also has the “feel” of a musician that has played much longer than he has. If it fits, he plays it and if it doesn’t, it’s gone.
Therein lies the secret, along with a scary songwriting and vocal ability that can mainly be captured with one word: fearless. There’s not a subject that can’t be covered or a scale that can’t be reached to pull it all out into the open and make it fly. With a rhythm section that moves along like a twelve ton steamroller, the songs are delivered with an energumen-like energy and pace that keep your attention through the whole album.
Rock with a blues infusion and enough soul to flatten out a railroad track, Hall, along with fellow musicians Alex Browne on Bass and Dave Whitlock on drums have definitely put together a fine collection of original material.
“The World Went Away”, “New Order of the Digital Dawn”, “Ashamed”, “Circuitland”, “Blackboard” just to name a few. And there’s even one about the government that’s sure to attract a black helicopter or two. Great stuff.
For more info on Woody’s Rampage, check out https://www.facebook.com/#!/woodys.rampage and to listen or purchase music, go to http://www.amazon.com/On-Rays-Sun-Explicit/dp/B00BUL1Z02/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1365793507&sr=8-2&keywords=woody%27s+rampage