BrokenRail: Self-Titled Debut EP Review

Album Review


by Song River

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Cruising out of the hard rock back roads somewhere along the paths long traveled comes the band BrokenRail. Calling Birmingham, Alabama home band mates: Blake Clawson – Lead Vocals,

Dave Delacruz – Lead Guitar, Dick Black – Bass Guitar, Alex Hilton- Drums have released their self-titled EP, “BrokenRail” and this is not southern boy rock.

Having received the highly coveted nomination for “Rock Band of the Year” in 2016 for the Alabama Music Awards, plus having been featured on Spotify’s playlists “Metal Gym Hours” (160k) & Spotify’s “Heavy Metal” (100k) these hard rockers state they are following the likes of their rock n roll heroes like, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Hinder, & Shinedown to name a few. Having been around since 2011 many hard rockers place them solidly on course to be in the mainstream of best hard rock sound.

Placing your headphones on and tuning into their self-titled EP, BrokenRail, these rocking southern boys showcase the importance of what happens when strong song-writing and execution of powerful guitars/bass/and drum come together. Carrying that same presence of strong rhythm like, Chevelle, BrokenRail, is solid and they have jointly presented a heavy presence of audible thunder rock. Only a three-track teaser is what they are offering and it is not enough to please, it seems to be a teaser which creates an antagonizing EP, one that you cannot get a firm grip on. Three just is not enough so the listener in turns feels a bit cheated. Now that in a way is a good thing… you want your audience to want more, but you also want them to get hooked.

“Save Me” is the opening track and it immediately sends you back to the feeling of earlier hard rocking feels of Nickleback. It contains a deep, strong melody and a chorus that feels memorable. Next up with a running rhythm and blistering drive comes “Walk Again.” A tune that carries a Godsmack feel of head pounding and a melody that follows to place the listener in the outdoor arena and jamming to the feels of BrokenRail. Blake Clawson really carries a strength vocally that pulls you in. Delacruz has prominent voltage in his lead guitar and drives the rhythmic beat of Black’s bass, and Hilton’s drumming. Together they are a forceful tight running package.

Finishing out their self-titled EP with, “Memory” Hilton once again drives the track with his steady hard drumming, his style is not overt, it is the complement and brings up the rest of the platform. “Memory” is contagiously a contender for one of the best off this EP. It is the showcase stopper from every angle. Clawson’s vocals are totally hard-edged and bleed the feeling forcefulness of what BrokenRail is.

BrokenRail needs a full-length album, and soon. Along with a tour with other hard rockers who match their driving force of rock.


About BrokenRail:

Following the path set by legends such as Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Hinder, & Shinedown to name a few, Alabama rockers BrokenRail set out to make their own mark in modern music with their own blend of post-grunge rock. The band consists of four members: Blake Clawson (vocals), Nelson Rezek (guitar), Dick Black (bass), and Alex Hilton (drums). Working endlessly to get their music heard worldwide, BrokenRail’s music has been featured on ESPN, NBC Sports, and, most recently, Tony Hawk’s RIDE Channel. The band was also nominated in their home state in 2016 for the Alabama Music Awards “Rock Artist of the Year”. As Blake puts it, “Great rock comes from strong emotion. People can tell when it’s real, something you’ve actually been through yourself. If you want lies, you won’t find them here.”

After a successful debut release “Welcome To The Escape” in 2010, featuring Alabama producer Ben Trexel and Shinedown/Crossfade producerRick Beato, BrokenRail toured heavily across the Southern regions as they prepared for their next CD. The band released their follow-up sophomore EP Never The Same, engineered and produced by Framing Hanley producer Brett Hestla, in December 2011.

The band has been working on material since late 2013 and had originally planned a full-length LP release. Post production delays as well as industry interest in the unreleased album has prompted the band to move forward with the three song EP as an offering to fans that have been anticipating new material. The tracks were engineered by Joseph McQueen (As I Lay Dying) with mixing and mastering by Kane Churko (Papa Roach) and Logan Mader (Bullet For My Valentine, Butcher Babies) of MachineHead fame. The band’s first single, “Walk Again”, from the upcoming EP is out now.

Band Lineup:
Alex Hilton – Drums
Nelson Rezek – Guitar
Blake Clawson – Vocals
Dick Black – Bass

BrokenRail has released the Official Video for their single “Walk Again,” off the self-titled EP

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