From the peak of the mountain to the depths of Hell and back again, it’s not an exaggeration to say that CLINT LOWERY has seen it all in the music industry. He spent time in a Slovakian jail while touring with KORN, and has a Grammy nomination with his legendary band SEVENDUST. In a career that spans nearly 30 years Lowery has also released albums with DARK NEW DAY, CALL ME NO ONE, as well as HELLO DEMONS MEET SKELETONS. To say that Clint has an endless supply of life experiences to use as material is putting it lightly, and his newest creative endeavor bears his name for the very first time.
CLINT LOWERY has a very specific way of singing, writing, and performing songs. Only a die-hard Lowery fan would notice, but he has the very definition of a signature sound. A fingerprint that is undeniably his. And his namesake record God Bless the Renegades (out January 31 on Rise Records) is dripping with his DNA. With the help of his good friend Wolfgang Van Halen (who provides the percussion and some of the bass on the record) Lowery dives deep into his creative pool of life lessons to deliver what turns out to be a really good album.
Title track “God Bless the Renegades” kicks things off with a punchy, funky groove that gets the toes tapping and heads bobbing. This is a really tight tune with Lowery showing a little restraint on the guitar while allowing his vocals and lyrics to shine. The bass line is thick and really locks into the kick drum nicely creating a great song that clearly is among the album’s best. “Here” takes things in a different direction and is arguably the most dynamic song. The subtle use of synthesizers and other effects help build a dreamy soundscape and a driving beat demands your attention. Lyrically this one hits a grand slam and likely will be a highlight of Lowery’s career for many years to come.
“Alive” is amazing front to back and possibly my favorite on the whole thing. It has some serious teeth and checks every box a good rock song should check. The album is fleshed out by other great tracks like “What’s the Matter”, “You Go First”, and “She’s Free”. While SEVENDUST fans worth their salt already have this on pre-order the question remains…is God Bless the Renegades worth the cash for the average Joe? Absolutely! Clint has brought forth a very personal experience that is akin to a man bleeding into a microphone. You really feel the pain as well as see the light at the end of the tunnel. If you’re in the market for a really solid effort from a very talented guy, then rush out and grab a copy wherever you get your music.
STANDOUT TRACKS: “God Bless the Renegades”, “Alive”, “Here”