DRIFT (Los Angeles)

"New Blood Type" (Self-released; 2022)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Los Angeles rockers Drift have an interesting atmospheric/hard rock sound that’s hard to pin down. The guitars are rough and edgy, the solos clean and crisp. The rhythm section tight and strong. The vocals smooth and melodic, except when the song calls for something a little more menacing (an on the title track).

The ten tracks on this CD aren’t fast and furious but move along at a brisk-enough pace. In other words, “New Blood Type” is closer to King’s X than Motorhead.

My favorite tracks are “Over the Edge” with its haunting chorus, the crunching military march of “What’s Out There” and the album closer, the driving “Mayhem” with its curious synth sounds.

An engrossing album throughout, “New Blood Type” is a different type of hard rock that blends classic sound with a fresh, atmospheric edge. Definitely worth a listen.

For more information, check out https://www.drift.la.

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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