Adam Darski returns with his other musical outlet, by way of Me And That Man, but just because this isn’t Behemoth, don’t be fooled into thinking that it will be any less provocative as the serious shackles are shaken off and we go more Folk, Blues and Country following his heroes, Nick Cave and Johnny Cash.
The follow up to the 2017 album Songs Of Love And Death features a whole guest list of featured names that accompany Darski on this alternative journey and lend their own individual uniqueness to the proceedings, including Ihsahn from Emperor, Matt Heafy from Trivium, Brent Hinds from Mastodon, Rob Caggiano from Volbeat and Corey Taylor from Slipknot and Stone Sour.
Opening the album is the sound of a motorcycle-riding off before the upbeat ‘Run With The Devil’ a toe-tapping sing-along kicks in with a large Rock N Roll sounding offering that really gives an uplifting feeling. This is the feeling of this album overall, being provocative whilst having some fun along the way.
As we reach ‘Burning Churches’ we are truly in the Johnny Cash realms with big choruses that fill the speakers and gets the toes tapping in this dark and inflammatory track, it is a great song that is followed up with a Bluesy ‘By The River’ which Ihsahn adds some extra darkness, as if it was needed! The track is downbeat and dark as you would probably expect from this combination, yet it is full of feeling and includes a stunning guitar solo.
The incredible songs continue to come along, with ‘Meswo’ being the only one without a guest appearance, but it certainly does not lack anything for it, anyone who has heard Behemoth or the debut album know that.
As we get to ‘How Come?’ featuring Corey Taylor and Brent Hinds we know that we are getting toward the end of the 11 track offering as Taylors voice works fantastically with a blues sound, again providing this huge sound that we are now used to from the album and again with the fantastic inclusion of the skills of Hinds. By the time ‘Confession’ rolls around you are already looking to make sure that repeat is activated so you can enjoy this incredible selection of songs again.
New Man, New Songs, Same Shit Vol 1 is Blues, Folk and Country gold that feels more like a best-of than an album. Every song is fantastic in its own right and the album is the best I have heard so far this year, making me very happy that I had pre-ordered the vinyl and now I am counting down the days to it arriving at my door!!
New Man, New Songs, Same Shit Vol 1 is released on March 27th via Napalm Records.
01. Run With The Devil feat. Jørgen Munkeby (Shining NO)
02. Coming Home feat. Siver Høyem (Madrugada)
03. Burning Churches feat. Mat McNerney (Grave Pleasures)
04. By The River feat. Ihsahn (Emperor)
06. Surrender feat. Rob Caggiano (Volbeat) / Dead Soul
07. Deep Down South feat. Nicke Anderson (Entombed) / Johanna Sadonis (Lucifer)
08. Man Of The Cross feat. Jerome Reuter (Rome)
09. You Will Be Mine feat. Matt Heafy (Trivium)
10. How Come? feat. Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) / Brent Hinds (Mastodon)
11. Confession feat. Niklas Kvarforth (Shining SE)