SINGLE REVIEW: Bleed Me Out by Shotgun Mistress

Melbourne based band Shotgun Mistress has released their first track for 2021, Bleed Me Out, an explosive dose of pure indie contemporary hard rock that reaffirms the band’s trademark style. After a year of remarkable chart and radio play gains, Shotgun Mistress has solidified its position at the vanguard of Australian rock. Bleed Me Out is set to repeat the considerable impact of previous singles—Save Me From Myself (#1 iTunes Rock Charts), Glorious Machine (#1 iTunes Rock Charts) and Collide (#4 iTunes Rock Charts)—initiating an outpouring of Shotgun Mistress fever in anticipation of their forthcoming debut album. Blistering and intense, Bleed Me Out yet again displays the band’s masterly command, a veritable rock juggernaut with a seemingly limitless reserve of dynamism, songwriting expertise and sheer power. The stark visual imagery of the lyric accords with the pummeling rhythm section and the hyperkinetic mind-bending fire of the guitars—feats of spellbinding skill performed by the band’s world-renowned guitarist Matt Wilcock (voted top 100 metal guitarists of all time). The last few Shotgun releases have displayed the band’s ability to efficiently blend full hard rock aesthetics to moments of melodic bite, lacing the sound with subtle nuances in performing and writing styles. The production is always cohesive and amazingly clear despite the sonic onslaught. And the lyrics once again involve compelling subject matter, in this case, the subversion of emotion, with lines such as, Never been a reason to doubt / that a man can change his addictive ways / drown out the devil bleeding into your head. Bleed Me Out is another tale of disconnectedness, yet one which seems to contain a note of salvation. The new releaseand the forthcoming album will undoubtedly confirm Shotgun Mistress’s flightpath—a soaring trajectory straight up to the next level to launch an unstoppable presence onto the global rock stage.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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