March 24, 2015 Crobot – Something Supernatural (Album Review)
The town of Pottsville, Pennsylvania may seem like a quiet enough place in the USA, with exception of an explosive and rich sound Rock band by the name of Crobot. Put together in the hot summer of 2011 by vocalist Brandon Yeagley and guitarist Chris Bishop, the band released their debut EP The Legend of the Spaceborne Killer. Rounding out their line up, bassist Jack and drummer Figueroa joined up and, after making a splash touring, the band was signed to Wind-Up Records. Possessing a style and sound of Rock’s classic era, the band unleashed their debut full-length album, produced by Machine (Clutch, Lamb of God, Four Year Strong, Fall Out Boy), entitled Something Supernatural, in late October 2014 to the masses.
Something Supernatural itself is very unique with colorful and creative song titles that dig the listener further into the band’s core. Starting off the psychedelic, textured album is the track “Legend of the Spaceborne Killer” with a mellow atmospheric touch. The compelling song, along with great Rock instrumentation, is crystallized by the immensely creative vocals of Yeagley. Next up is their single “Nowhere to Hide” where enthusiastic vocals and guitar riffs stand out, mixing new age Rock with a taste of classic styling. Proving they do an extraordinary job blending these two types of Rock, listeners will be overwhelmed by the powerful song. Following next are “Nowhere to Hide” and “The Necromancer;” which is also a villain created by J.R.R. Tolkien himself. Following a very fantasy like theme itself, the latter song starts out with a Blues tone as the harmonica work of Yeagley blend with his vocals and the guitar riffs of Bishop.
Flowing into another dynamic song, “La Mano Dr Lucifer” is perhaps the most melodic of all the songs on Something Supernatural. Once again, the listener is enthralled in a bluesy vibe with dark lyrical content. Next “Skull of Geronimo” offers the audience brutal and gut-busting guitar play that pushes the listener’s musical mind to the edge. Keeping that intensity, “Fly on the Wall” is a fine blend of Alternative, Classic, and Hard Rock. This comes before the second single off the album titled “Night of the Sacrifice”. Another dark entry, this song resonates more in-depth lyrical content while maintaining an upbeat guitar riff and blistering vocals. Bringing on the ’70s Rock style Crobot is clearly influenced by is album closer “Wizards” with creative lyrics dragging the audience into a realm of dragons and sorcerers. Thereafter, a bonus song entitled “Tap Dancin’ on a Tightrope” concludes Something Supernatural in fine psychedelic fashion with rough vocals and blazing guitar solos.
Crobot is a very unique band that brings gloom subject matter to life with very energetic and thematic music. The lyrics are piercing and brought to life with Yeagley’s undeniably powerful voice and Bishop’s mind blowing guitar riffs. Fans of Classic Rock will salivate when they learn about Crobot and hear Something Supernatural. Give in to the dirty unfiltered grooves these guys have to offer for a fun journey into Rock’s unknown dimensions. CrypticRock gives this album 3.5 out of 5 stars.