Artist – Kristian Montgomery and the Winterkill Band
Album: Prince of Poverty
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: March 5, 2021
Kristian Montgomery and the Winterkill Band with their intricate mix of Rock, Alternative and Country have released their new Album ‘Prince of Poverty’ today. I previously interviewed Kristian last month if you want to check that out but now let’s get on to the review.
The album reminds me of that American Rock sound with a bit of a Country vibe reminiscent of bands such as Creed or 3 Doors Down. It kicks off with the song ‘They’ll Remember My Name’ which has this cool guitar riff and some delay and reverb in the background with the occasionally squealing note. I really enjoy the vocals you can hear the power present in his voice even when he isn’t really going for it. We also get a little bit of a solo which really tugs at my musical heart I just love a solo which is about more than just playing notes as fast as you can, I always feel less is more.
Then comes a much more laid back track and as such it is suitably led my an acoustic guitar ‘Tired of Being Tired’ is a much more simple tune. Most of the time we just get a guitar and drums as accompaniment to Kristians vocals. The message about blue collar work and working long hours gives this a somber feeling and it is the type of song for driving on long lonely nights. Following on from this we speed the tempo up for ‘Working Hands’ with much more of a Country ambiance due to the introduction of the Banjo and that increase in tempo although not one of my favorites on the album it is a bit of fun and the kind of track you can dance to.
After this we are back to that same vibe from the previous track a quieter number ‘A Warm Grave’ again with a feeling of tranquility coming from the acoustic guitar. This is just a chill track and I thought the section where he sings ‘We should meet down by the river’ his delivery reminds me of Kenny Wayne Sheppard which is a great compliment in my eyes. The album seems to go with the pattern of fast tempo for one track and then slowing it down as you will see. This next track neatly fits in with the pattern of this album and is a real swinging tune ‘Don’t Call Me Baby’ the vocals have this awesome flow that combines so well with the rhythmic guitar.
Though as I said then we slow the tempo again on ‘Soul for Soul’ which is quite an atmospheric song. With a reposeful acoustic performance and an electric guitar fading in and out of the mix. This aura of calm is momentarily disrupted by a more invigorating riff. It really has a mystic feel especially with the backing vocals of distance wails which adds a little ambience to the track. ‘That Kind of Love’ increases the tempo and in comes that more Country sound again. I love that deep sound to the guitar and the way the drums just really break through. This and the next track ‘I’ll Find My Way Home’ mix up the pattern the album was following and both stick to a faster beat both with some smooth guitar and sweet solos as with much of this album.
There isn’t any slowing down on ‘American Fire’ this is a very American song and the rhythm from the guitar almost has that feeling of riding a horse and I can just about picture a cowboy riding through the plains. The album then finishes on a slower note with ‘Just Driving Around’ which is a very Country song it’s slower but still has that upbeat rhythm and it’s just about being happy with a girl driving around and it’s a good way to end the album with a love song.
I do think this is a very enjoyable album to listen with some great guitar work which is always the way to my heart and some strong vocals. The nly minor flaw being perhaps the overuse of the back and forth between slow and fast tempo tracks. But that’s not really a problem and works quite well for the album so I think this should definitely get 4 stars.
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