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You may have heard the names Shannon Larkin (drums)  and Tony Rombola (guitar) from the multiplatinum four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated band GODSMACK.  But we can guarantee that you have never heard them like this before.  A few years back, this dynamic duo dreamt up the dreamscape of starting a blues band.  Their undeniable connection from playing together for over 17 years was met with instant chemistry as they began writing original blues songs together.  The music scene had already introduced them to bassist Brian Carpenter.  But after one jam session, it was clear that he was meant to join them on their blues journey.  With a unique new sound that housed the traditional tones of the beloved blues, they were on the hunt to find someone with a voice that would stand out stylistically.  Vocalist, Shane Hall rounded out their lineup and sound perfectly and was born.  Now, after the long road to revival, they are ready to release their debut album!

Today, November 5, 2020, the Florida psychedelic rock quartet, released the second single, “The Doorway” and shared the lyric video premiered here on Screamer Magazine. The song follows their debut single, Optymistic” from the self-titled album due December 11, pre-save on DSPs, and pre-order vinyl now. 

The 9-track album loosely follows an autobiographical narrative centered around a protagonist on the left-hand path, embracing dark magic rituals that begins on “Waltz of the Antichrist/Impure,” and later changes his ways to ascension concluding with the seven minute-plus track, “A  Gecko (Part 2) – The Endless Possibility of Water (666 Reprise),” that stretches towards a fiery musical catharsis. Drummer, Shannon Larkin stated, “When you listen to the album, I’d love it if you actually took a trip with us through this dark abyss and came out of it 45 minutes later with a new perspective.”

The Apocalypse Blues Revival sink into the sweet spot between devilish Delta blues, hard-hitting rock, and inter-dimensional psychedelia. The eclectic array of genres offers opposites of light and dark through musical expression, with tribal percussion echoes alongside a thick bass line during “The Abomination of Desolation,” and a wild wah pedal and slick rhythm on “The Doorway.” 

  1. Waltz of the Antichrist/Impure
  2. The Abomination of Desolation
  3. Can’t Shake the Blues
  4. No One Will Miss Me
  5. The Doorway
  6. Written In To The World
  7. Optimystic
  8. Enjoy The Ride
  9. A Gecko (Part 2) – The Endless Possibility of Water (666 Reprise)

The Apocalypse Blues Revival materialized in 2020. For nearly a decade, drummer Shannon Larkin and guitarist Tony Rombola (both from Godsmack) threw down at biker bars, blues haunts, and dyed-in-the-wool venues around the country in an RV with bassist Brian Carpenter. 

Under the name of The Apocalypse Blues Revue originally, they churned out two albums, The Apocalypse Blues Revue [2016], The Shape of Blues To Come [2018], that generated nearly 1 million total streams. During late 2019, Shannon welcomed lifelong friend and lead singer, Shane Hall into the fold. A few years ago, Shane held down vocals in a wild funk outfit alongside Shannon and Tony, sparking a flame fanned to its fullest potential in The Apocalypse Blues Revival. 

The quartet cast an unbreakable spell on their new self-titled independent full-length debut, The Apocalypse Blues Revival. For Shannon, this idea of the new album initially blossomed on a tour bus during a freezing January in Europe. Slowly but surely, the songs came to life in order, sketched out on hotel notepads and written wherever possible. Processing the loss of his sister, he translated this pain into the story.  

“It’s a completely different band,” affirms Shannon. “We’ve shifted into more of a psychedelic rock sound. My big vision was to simply mix the influences from my two favorite classic rock artists—David  Bowie and Pink Floyd—with my favorite blues artists: Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and B.B. King.  The foundation is always blues. That’s how I approach the drums, but we’re veering off into more eclectic areas and rock. As the guy who writes the lyrics and melodies, I’m limited to my singer. Shane has taken all of those limitations away. He’s such an extension of me that it’s no wonder we’ve been  best friends for twenty years.” 

Photo Credit: Jaimée Alethea Hall

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