HEARTS BLOOD ON YOUR DAWN
KILL THE ARTIST
Life of Agony frontman Keith Caputo tones it down once again for another pensive, poignant solo offering with the 13-track HEARTS BLOOD ON YOUR DAWN. Deliberately more invasive and as intrinsically abrasive as a thunderous LOA riff, Caputo’s prolific musical hues are way more subdued than his other projects, yet still carry the imminent delivery that makes him one of the more engaging singers on the rock landscape. Songs like the floating “Livin’ the Blues” could pop up on Adult Alternative radio with its keyboard tinklings, while “Kill With God” meshes a busy bass line with tribal percussive crashings, coming closest to the LOA vibe musically. Lyrically, Caputo is at the top of his game, baring his soul with vivid imagery and clever wordplay on tracks like “I Wanna Fly” and “Monkey”. While not as overtly heavy as some fans may expect, the weight of Caputo’s words on tracks like “Lamb to the Slaughter”, coupled with the backing band’s spot-on heartfelt interpretations of cuts like “Mother”, allows HEARTS BLOOD ON YOUR DAWN to rival the heart string tuggings of other lead singers of band’s solo efforts like Mark Lanegan or Jonah Mantranga.