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. PETER BARRON, GONNA KEEP ROCKING TIL MY BLOOD RUNS BLACK.

Captain Beefheart immediately springs to mind when I hear “Blood Runs Black” – nice and raw, writes Artymorty

I don’t know exactly what a “Jupiter Diamond” is but regardless of the answer, I really like the song, for me it’s the standout track on this album and I particularly like the way the mood changes towards the fade-out. Having dealt with the final track, I’ll go back to the beginning:

“Electric Boogie” demonstrates a strong Marc Bolan influence without being a total rip-off. It also has elements of Chinn and Chapman, which is no bad thing in my book.

“Running On Empty” is very good and I love the thunder crack intro. The vocal is particularly strong on this one and the repetitive descending guitar figure works really well.

“Back to the Start” is a good up-tempo song which keeps the pace of the album flowing before we get a change of style with “Out on a Limb” – an edgier vocal works really well here and provides some variation from the norm, if any were needed.

“Beautiful Girl” slows the tempo nicely and provides a good contrast to the more rockier numbers.

Captain Beefheart immediately springs to mind when I hear “Blood Runs Black” – nice and raw. Good track though, and it works well.

“Dark Moon Rising” sounds like a bit of a Deep Purple homage. Really great riff, despite being totally derivative, but what the hell, it works and the juxtaposition with the somewhat camp vocal is unexpected. All that’s missing is a Ritchie Blackmore solo, although the manic wah-wah solo here, fits the bill nicely.

Impure blood seems to be a bit of a theme on this album and so we get “Bad Blood”, which has a slightly more commercial feel and features some really nice guitar work, while “Fast and Loose” is a good old boogie style number.

Which brings me nicely back to the mysterious “Jupiter Diamond”. Definitely my favourite track!

Featured song this month is Blood Runs Black from Jupiter Diamond

BLOOD RUNS BLACK
The radio is pumping out the same old rap,
The train’s not moving ‘cos there’s somethin’ on the track.
I feel like I’m stuck between a hard place & a rock
But there’s no stopping, gonna keep on rockin’
‘Til my blood runs black, my blood runs black,
The life I lead is giving me a heart attack.
So when my blood runs black, my blood runs black,
Bury these rockin’ bones.
My knees are shaking, I can’t sit still,
I’m hyperventilating as I write my will.
Another cup of coffee, another cigarette,
I’m getting closer to the grave, but I’m not done yet.
Until my blood runs black, my blood runs black,
The life I lead is giving me a heart attack.
So when my blood runs black, my blood runs black,
Bury these rockin’ bones.
Way down in the ground, ground,
It’s so quiet not a sound, sound,
Down in the cold, cold, ground, ground,
I’m kickin’ up a riot 
When you bury my rockin’ bones.
Here comes another body blow,
My temperature is rising it’s time for me to go.
I ain’t gonna hustle, I ain’t gonna fight;
I don’t even think I’m gonna make it through the night.
I watch my blood run black, my blood run black,
The life I lead is giving me a heart attack.
So when my blood runs black, my blood runs black,
Bury these rockin’ bones.
(Start digging)
Bury my rockin’, 
Lay me in a coffin & 
Bury these rockin’ bones.