CD review- Murder By Death’s ‘Red of Tooth and Claw’

Stephen DeFilippo and Stephen DeFilippo

Like Murder By Death’s previous recordings, “Red of Tooth and Claw” is everything you would expect and want to hear upon entering an ole west ghost town. The guitars hum low while the cello vibrates coolly, but it’s the string section that carries this album though its 11 tracks.

Fans of the band’s previous work might find him or herself in a showdown with vocalist Adam Turla, as his voice is deeper and more barreling than what was once heard on the foursome’s breakthrough album, “Who Will Survive, and What Will Be Left of Them?”

Standout tracks include “A Second Opinion”, “Steal Away” and the opening song “Coming Home.” With “Red of Tooth and Claw,” some will discover while others might grow tired.

Murder By Death is still the only band that gallops the western rock territory with smooth ability. Hopefully “Red of Tooth and Claw” doesn’t become a dusty record store relic.

3and a half stars