Review a new project featuring a member of A Hill to Die Upon, how could I turn that down. Oh, it’s a dark country/folk album, so how’s that for a twist? For those wondering, I have heard that AHTDU is written and recording to start soon, so how’s that for some good news?
Folk music and older country music often deals with somewhat darker topics, and The Comancheros certainly carry on that tradition, with songs involving conversations with the devil and a cover of the traditional folk song “O Death”, which also was covered by Michael Cook’s other more widely known band, A Hill to Die Upon.
For a a site that covers punk and metal, this at first may seem a bit of a stretch to cover this project but as mentioned there is certainly a metal presence on the performances and since one of the great extreme/black metal bands can cover one of the same songs, this does make a bit more sense. One of the first things I noticed on the album was the intimate feel of the recording as the listener could easily close their eyes and imagine the band in performing in their living room. Vocals and instruments are that crisp and clear. While guitar and banjo carry much of weight in the songs, the fiddle on “Don’t Forget My Name”, “Cold and Hungry”, and “O Death” provides a great counterpoint. Tanner Jones vocals seem a perfect fit for this genre and convey the necessary melancholy but also with a sense of rebellion and hope. “Cold and Hungry” and “O Death” also incorporate female vocals from Beckie Cook and Stephanie Taylor that match very well with Tanner’s and provide a sense of contrast and beauty with undertones of despair but still tinged by hope. Continue reading »