Bail – Blood Red Stains (8/10) – Netherlands – 2008

Southern Rock is one genre of heavy music that I never got into. The music itself never appealed much to me and the redneck stigma attached to it didn’t help matters either. I can say that “Blood Red Stains” by BAIL, a Southern/Stoner Rock band from The Netherlands, is an album that I can surely appreciate.

Being from The Netherlands, I didn’t know what these guys would bring to a genre that I always thought to be made up of nothing but bands from the Southern parts of the United States. What they bring is a heavy dose of great riffs with a major emphasis on slow grooves. Definitely something I can get into.

There’s only four songs on “Blood Red Stains,” but they’re four very good songs. The first track is a bit more on the Stoner Rock side of things with some heavier riffs and minor pentatonic lead bits. The rest of the songs integrate more elements from Southern Rock including a banjo in “Sealing My Fate.” The only thing I can say I don’t really care for here is the vocals. Marco Vreeburg does a good job of sounding like a redneck version of Ozzy Osbourne, but it’s up to you to decide if that’s good or bad. I personally don’t care much for it, but the vocals aren’t bad at all. They just aren’t my style. Other than that, I have no complaints. Definitely give this album a listen if you’re a fan of the genre.

Genre: Southern Rock / Stoner Rock
Label: Self-production
Playing time: 20:19
Band homepage: Bail

Tracklist:
Blood Red Stains
One Last Sigh
Sealing My Fate
Trigger

By :Mark Palangio

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