Blanco Diablo – Attack the Fire.

blanco diabloHailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, 3 piece blues rock band Blanco Diablo have penned 12 hard hitting numbers on their 3rd full length studio album Attack The Fire and when you have the legendary producer Chris Tsangarides in the driving seat then you can do no wrong! Attack The Fire was released on September 10th 2012 on Dark Lord Records and Sony/ATV publishing. There are no stand out tracks on the album but more importantly, there are no fillers! Each one has its own identity and any fans of hard rock with a touch of blues and  a commercial edge with searing guitar licks and solos then Attack The Fire needs to be in your music collection.

Opening track No More Promises kicks in with a riff similar to Love Grenade era Ted Nugent over a vocal like a lower ranged Ozzy with a fret burning guitar solo from Jamie Ray midway. Other highlights are the Marc Bolan groove coarsing through All I Know ; the monstrous riff that opens Combination as buzzing layered guitars take over; Monsters is another guitar heavy number full of Zakk Wylde style pinch harmonics; the intro to Trouble Walking sounds like the main riff to Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be by AC/DC but the similarities end there as it breaks into a Rolling Stones vibe with a tasty slide guitar solo; another stunning opening riff on Shadows Of Angels gives way to an early Rush style passage midway; Hot July Damnation gives bass player Patrick Jason to shine as his riffs weave in and out of the main riff; Season In Hell is my favourite album track, a slow burning blues number with some serious string bending from Jamie; Locked And Loaded riffs along in the vein of 1980’s Scorpions with a huge chorus and Jamie pulls out his finest solo on the album out of the bag and final track Walk On is a fine way to finish with its mid tempo Bark At The Moon era Ozzy groove throughout.

Blanco Diablo are currently on a 6 date headlining US tour with a UK date due at Gigfest in Oswestry between the 26th/28th July 2013. Not to be missed and i for one will be there.

Blanco Diablo band line up :-

Jamie Ray- Guitar/vocals.

Patrick Jason – Bass guitar/backing vocals.

Brad Snipes – Drums.

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Attack The Fire track listing :-

No More Promises.

All I Know.



Trouble Walkin.

No Prophet.

Shadows Of Angels.

Hot July Damnation.

Season In Hell.

Pretty In Pieces.

Locked And Loaded.

Walk On.


I award the album 9/10.

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