3/21/2018

Psychedelic Rock Review: The Damnation of Adam Blessing-The Second Damnation (180 GRAM LP)

Release Date: March 30, 2018
Label: EXIT STENCIL RECORDINGS LLC
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With The Second Damnation, The Damnation of Adam Blessing found a level maturation that was quite evident. They were poised to hit the road and become stars. Alas, that was to never happen due to label incompetence and poor marketing. It is a story that we have heard before. Timing and being in the right place is everything and you are or you’re not. As unfair as life is sometimes, that is the fate of some bands.

 
So now music fans have the opportunity to change some history of a band that unfortunately flew under the wire. These 180-gram LPs are presented with original artwork and gatefold sleeves. The kicker to this new package is that the albums on Exit Stencil Recordings are presented from the original source tapes. The sound is amazing!

The second helping of Damnation is the band confident and tight in every track. The album opens the curtains with a pulsating and driving “No Way.” Notably, the bass playing is like the pistons in an engine, firing with power and in perfect sync to push the music to new heights. Since their convincing self-titled debut, it was going to be a challenge to maintain or supersede that success.

“Money Tree” opens the B side with the same vigor as the opening track. The band sounds like a well-oiled machine that could share the stage with any top headliner of the day. The bluesy powerful vocals of Adam Blessing (William Constable), was the final touch for the amalgamation of two sides of perfected rock-blues-psychedelic music. And it was as good as I have ever had the pleasure to hear.

“New York City” woman was vintage Damnation and “In The Morning” was their statement track, a jam for the ages that carried on for over 6 minutes. All of this music was further proof that all great rock music is blues based.

It is amazing that this is one of the bands that didn’t sell a million records. Perhaps now with the original source tapes revisited on the beautiful black platter of sound, their ultimate destiny is about to change. Get it while you can!

5/5 Stars

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
March 21, 2018

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Tracks:
Side A

01. No Way
02. Death Of A Virgin
03. Driver
04. Everyone
05. Back To The River

Side B
06. Money Tree
07. Ba-Dup
08. New York City Women
09. In the Morning
10. Smile
 

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