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Black Magnolia / Press

“The photograph on the cover of Fields Are Burning foretells the sound of the music within: rusted doorways on a safe hold very valuable materials on the inside. Adam Pearce begins the album on “Take It Down” by soulfully crooning in his raspy, rock voice. He also plays a soft tune on his guitar before the music blasts into a rocking wall of sound and a heavy beat. “Throw it Away” has some rollicking guitar riffs for the chorus, but recedes during the verses to a minimum where just the vocals and drums by Johnny Sheets play; these guys definitely know how to make their music ebb and flow without loss of intensity. Black Magnolia’s rock music never crosses into the realm of abrasiveness or offensiveness, however, so it will pose no barriers to anyone. For example, while some songs like “Apocalypse” have a darker tone, others like “Show Me Who You Are” and “The Fighters” are hopeful and upbeat.”

“Launching their Debut Album, Black Magnolia comes on strong with sharp guitar riffs and cavernous euphoric hooks that lead straight into gleaming highs of electric sensation. The bass lines are compelling while the energy filled drumming allows this alternative rock band to fulfill a desire for hard-hitting music. The influences of blues and classic rock are apparent in songs like “Stop Me Now” and “Nature of the Beast” with its eerie intro and romantic grit. There is something darkly beautiful about the lyrics and the power with which the lead singer, Adam Pearce, delivers on every song. Powerful rhythms created by the bass player and drummer, Anthony Juneau and Johnny Sheets, are accompanied by harmonies that dissolve the traditional melody and exemplify the evolution of the genre. The album’s sounds are strong and soulful while the gravely vocals exude the raw power of vintage rock music. ”

Beth Chauvin - Debut Album Review