CD REVIEW: Patient 108 - Preacher’s Got The Gun (EP)
by: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: Patient 108
CD: Preacher’s Got The Gun (EP)
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Jam Band
Sounds Like: Golden Earring, The Cult, The Doors, The Toadies, Danzig.
Technical Grade: 8/10
Weakness: Winded Songs, More Harmonies, EP release
(Madrid, ESP) Patient 108 started taking form roughly a year ago when Dave Bornstein invited Kester Jones and Qmins to play at some of his shows. The three began collaborating shortly after with Jones' arrangements on electric guitar and Qmins driving beats greatly enhancing Bornstein's original compositions. Xabier Aquino in time formed the final piece of the puzzle, with his solid bass making the perfect fit.
The CD kicks things off with well with “Child of War” a slamming rock intro-groove that serves up driving rock rhythm against no holds barred guitar driven vibe and heartfelt vocals from Bornstein that takes no prisoners. Track 2 "Transmigration” shifts gears a bit with a melodic follow-up piece that flows and ebbs it’s way though to emotional fruition with it's methodical musical build, compelling lyrical content, against catchy guitar ambience. Track 3 “Right Gun” keeps things rocking with its mesmerizing acoustic guitar, catchy vibe and off the charts intensity. As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Golden Earring, The Cult, The Doors, with perhaps a dash of The Toadies and Danzig. The music has everything you would expect from a high octane power driven hard-rock EP. The musical style refuses to be pinned down, the vocals are gritty but deep in your grill. The guitar playing is hot to the touch but highly melodic. There are also touches of Classic Jam band but with a modern Alternative-Hard-Rock aftertaste. The vocal and writing style from Bornstein works extremely well with this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery but much in the way of vocal emotion, power and intrigue. I might add his timing is spot on and his vocal intensity and overall power is off the charts. I also noticed a few hot to the touch guitar solos along the way. Rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick. What I like most about the music is its sheer intensity; note for note and song for song. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. From methodical “Z.T.O” to “It’s Over” the perfect heartfelt finale statement for a CD of this caliber this EP pretty much has something for just about everyone.
All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line, I wish I heard a few more vocal harmonies every now and then. I typically deduct 1 star for EP releases. The full length CD is the best vantage point to review an artist by at any point in time. .
This latest EP release entitled Preacher’s Got the Gun by the Patient 108 is a solid musical teaser from start to finish. Its strength – the raw song for song intensity that keeps coming at you. No doubt these guys are a total riot to check out live in the back clubs of Madrid. The music is dirty, rock solid, heavy and consistent but it a bit dangerous with mystery and intrigue. Like a heavy weight fighter this EP packs a powerful punch, and goes the full 12 rounds with no sign of letting up. Like a 1-2 punch the songs keep coming at you, one after the other until you’re ready to tap out. What am I trying to say? PATIENT 108 ROCKS!!!!!!!!