Tennessee…especially Memphis…has never conjured the thoughts of hard rock music when said out loud. It makes people think of country music more than anything. However, the band Saliva is out to re-do that stereotype. With previous hits such as ‘Click Click Boom’, Saliva is no stranger to fame. So in 2007 when they released “Blood Stained Love Story”, I was interested to see what type of music they would stick to. BSLS is the first CD with new guitarist Jonathan Montoya, and I think they found a keeper with Montoya, as the guitar work on this album is awesome. The first single off the album, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ is a #1 hit, and the theme song for WWE WrestleMania, as well as the song of choice for Sony’s PlayStation 3 commercials. This song drove record sales several times over the year, making BSLS climb all the way to #19 on the BillBoard album chart. Other singles off the album that have received considerable success are “Broken Sunday” and “King of the Stereo”. Overall, the album sounds very crisp and clear, and the bass drum plays a prominent role in all the songs.
Saliva has announced recently that a new album, entitled ‘Monster’, is set to release in late 2008 – early 2009. If it sounds anything like Blood Stained Love Story, we are in for another treat.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars