“Alive Without Control” by The Black Halos

Artist: The Black Halos
Title: “Alive Without Control”
Label: Liquor And Poker Records
Release: June 28, 2005
Genre: Punk / Rock
Rating: 9/10

The Black Halos, back in full force after a split in 2002 and better than ever, this band is every definition of a great rock band. The Halos formed in 1994 and have been putting out great records ever since. “Alive Without Control” is the third full length album for the band. The Black Halos is Billy Hopeless on vocals, Adam Becvare on guitars and vocals, Denyss McKnight on bass and vocals, Jay Millette on guitar, and Rob Zgaljic on drums. Denyss McKnight and Adam Becvare were the newest additions to the Halo family, bringing new blood to the group. On a side note Becvare was part of the reunited stint of the Lords of the New Church filling Stiv Bators’ big shoes. The MC5, the Stooges, New York Dolls and the Ramones are listed as influences, but they definitely have a uniqueness all their own.

The album starts out with a great tune “Three Sheets To The Wind” which they have made a video for so make sure you check it out, it’s available on their website. Catchy, rocking and sealed with Billy’s signature vocals, a great intro to a great album. The title track “Alive Without Control” and “Mirrorman” showcase the versatility of this band from loud and fast, to slow and dark. There is no downtime on this album, from start to finish it’s raw energy embraced in a disc. There is also a cover of Tom Petty’s “I Need To Know”. A must have album for any fan or anyone that is just becoming one, it’s sure to please. Also if you have the opportunity they are one band that you have to see live, all the energy they pour into their albums comes alive ten fold on stage, they ARE alive without control… and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Track Listing:
1. Three Sheets To The Wind
2. Last Call At The Toothless Saloon
3. Alive Without Control
4. Darkest Corners
5. Mirrorman
6. Studio Suffering
7. Third World U.S.A.
8. Tight
9. Broken
10. Exit Stagefright
11. Burning Trash
12. Unchanged
13. I Need To Know

Official Website: https://myspace.com/blackhalos

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