Band Name: Red Sky Morning
Album Name: Blood For Ink
Best Element: Variety of styles
Genre: Hard Rock, Ska, Grunge
Label Name: n/a
Band E-mail: email@example.com
Hailing from the northeastern U.S., Red Sky Morning comes packing a loaded gun known as Blood For Ink, a jam-packed album featuring eleven songs with something for everyone.
The album kicks off with “The River”, a 70’s rock tune that seems all too familiarly like Zeppelin. Singer Jordan Manasia jumps into the track with the first showcase of his versatile vocals, emulating a low Robert Plant with strained vocals amidst the melody. Lead guitarist Chris Grupinski adds to the song with a funky wah solo near the end, a cool yet pleasing sound. The catchy and well written chorus about seeing one’s friends at the bottom of the river is sure to get people singing along after their first listen.
From 70’s rock the album takes a drastic turn into a funk/reggae beat with the song “Afterlife”, a short song leaving the listener in a zoned-out state of mind. The mood picks back up with “The Drop”, however, as the guitars axe out catchy riffs while Manasia sings through distorted effects in the background. Brandon Revilla’s crashing drums usher in a wailing solo near the end to speed the song up and take its energy into “Crawl”, a song that echoes way too much of Nirvana’s glory days. With Manasia’s excellent songwriting, however, the return to grunge roots is welcome. A weird blend of notes and keys sends the song into a dark blur before exploding into a finish with an up-tempo chaotic ending capped off by a small a cappella bit.
“Young Men” gives alternative rock listeners their turn on the volume knob.
With relaxed, higher vocals, Manasia sends his disciples into a reflective mood as he ponders whether those who grow old will still stand by what they believed as young men. A stream of “la dee da”s allows for one to get lost in the music.
The 70’s rock sound returns with “What Matters”, this time with a Hendrix feel. An awesome bass melody permeates the stereo midway through the song. Grupinski adds his guitar and together the music builds, faster and faster with each repetition until the head-banging chaos culminates into a finally glaring chorus.
The album carries on through yet another ska-sounding track entitled “Let It
Go” that features a trumpet, tenor saxophone, and baritone saxophone.
“Manmade Stone” signals the beginning of the end for the amount of “la la’s” a listener can take, but features a refreshing 1980s alternative sound. “The Executioner” begins with a soft, peaceful melody filled with awkward harmonies that alternate with heavy grunge chords.
Manasia’s raw, strained vocals return in “Raw Meat” and mix in with an intriguing melody and nice dynamics. The album ends with “All a Dream”, an atmospheric track sustained by Michael Murphy’s driving bass. It ends peacefully and calmly, leaving the listener wanting more.
Overall, Red Sky Morning’s Blood For Ink is a nice CD to add to anyone’s collection, whether they be a ska, grunge, hard rock, alternative, or punk rock fan. There’s enough of each on the album to appease everyone. Murphy’s bass lines flow superbly with Revilla’s hard-hitting drums, and Manasia’s vocals blend in well with the mood that Grupinski’s guitar flares off in each track.
Got $10 lying around? Think about it; you could either invest it in your car and drive down the block before having to refill, or you could buy Blood For Ink and rock out in five different genres for 45 minutes. It’s not even a question. You know what to do.