HUSH HUSH BIZ SINGLE REVIEW
Bleed Me Out
The hard rock scene is alive and well across the globe, and Australia has its fair share of contenders, and one of them is Melbourne’s Shotgun Mistress. With several single releases already under their belt, including Save Me From Myself (#1 iTunes Rock Charts), Glorious Machine (#1 iTunes Rock Charts) and Collide (#4 iTunes Rock Charts), the band’s new one Bleed Me Out is set to repeat the considerable impact of those previous singles. Bleed Me Out is an explosive dose of pure indie contemporary hard rock that reaffirms the band’s trademark style: virtuoso performances, a gold standard rock sound, compelling songwriting and the requisite gung-ho attitude.
Bleed Me Out yet again displays the band’s masterly command, a seemingly limitless reserve of rock dynamism, songwriting expertise and sheer power. The stark visual imagery of the lyric accords with the pummeling rhythm section and the hyperkinetic mind-bending fire of the guitars—feats of incredible skill performed by the band’s world-renowned guitarist Matt Wilcock (voted top 100 metal guitarists of all time). The last few Shotgun releases have displayed the band’s ability to efficiently blend full hard rock aesthetics to moments of melodic bite, lacing the sound with subtle nuances in performing and writing styles. The production is always cohesive and amazingly clear despite the sonic onslaught. And the lyrics once again involve compelling subject matter, in this case, the subversion of emotion, with lines such as, Never been a reason to doubt / that a man can change his addictive ways / drown out the devil bleeding into your head. Bleed Me Out is another tale of disconnectedness, yet one which seems to contain a note of salvation. The new release and the forthcoming album will undoubtedly confirm Shotgun Mistress’s flightpath—a soaring trajectory straight up to the next level to launch an unstoppable presence onto the global rock stage.