Over the past few years there has been an increasing number of blues influenced hard rock bands rising to prominence. Blues Pills and Graveyard immediately spring to mind alongside Purson, Blood Ceremony, Scorpion Child and even Rival Sons and you can definitely now add The Riven to that list, they fit right in with their bluesy swagger and high octane riffs.
On their debut EP Blackbird, the band waste no time in introducing you to their highly energetic jams and the power of the voice of singer Charlotta Ekebergh within seconds of opening track Ain’t No Doctor and from then on in, it’s a whirlwind ride of riffs and rhythms topped of with soaring vocals of Ekenbergh.
As this debut is an EP, the whole experience flies by fast but packs in enough highlights along the way, that you will want to put it on again as soon as it finishes with the opening maelstrom of Ain’t No Doctor and second track Tower amping up the vigour with ease and sounding memorable doing it. The third track which is the albums title track changes the pace to a slower style but amps up the passion tremendously and shows the vibrancy of the bands sound and showcases most of all the bands obvious talents as musicians with the vocals once again being nothing short of stunning and the solos courtesy of guitarist Arnau Diaz just as good. The rhythm section of bassist Max Ternebfing and drummer Olof Axegard do a great job of holding it down too, as they do throughout the EP.
Killer On The Loose cranks up the energy again with its high powered Deep Purple flavoured stomp while the powerful One Last Time finishes things off on a high note and demonstrates their passion filled style off perfectly.
With Blackbird, The Riven have made an engaging and memorable start and the only thing wrong is that it is over too soon but on the strength of the marterial on here, it’s going to be a long and successful career. Roll on the debut album!
The London based heavy blues rockers mark them out as one to watch in the future with their debut EP.