"Black Sunshine" (Breaksilence; 2010)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Black Sunshine came about after Matt Reardon, one of the top rated free skiers in the world, suffered a horrific accident while competing in New Zealand, followed by a staph infection and the death of a close family friend. That series of unfortunate events led to Reardon writing a ton of songs and putting together Black Sunshine.

While "Black Sunshine" may not break any new ground, it performs solidly in the Creed/Nickelback/Velvet Revolver genre, delivering driving rock'n'roll tunes that could be used in the extreme sports films Reardon used to be part of. Unlike other albums that sprang from the fingertips of sports stars, "Black Sunshine" works. Reardon's voice is gritty and powerful, giving each song just the right measure of emotion, and the band he's put together is tight and impressive.

Of course, at least some credit should go to producer Bob Marlette, who has worked magic in the past with such bands as Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Seether. Marlette gives the band's style an extra oomph that takes them to the next level.

Bottom line: If you're a fan of this type of modern, radio-friendly hard rock, "Black Sunshine" should be right up your alley.

Black Sunshine: Matt Reardon - vocals/guitars; Christopher Serafini - Bass; Charles Lee - guitars; Matt "Toast" Young - drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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