Kristian Montgomery and his Winterkill Band are back with their second album ‘Prince Of Poverty’ a country album which defies any further categorisation than that.
After receiving critical acclaim for debut album ‘The Gravel Church’ Kristian Montgomery is back with a second wave of his particular brand of country music.
We say ‘his particular brand of country music’ because ‘country’ is such a broad-brush column to have to pencil Kristian’s sound into.
With merges of rockabilly, blues, straight rock, some grunge and even a little smattering of pop, ‘Prince Of Poverty’ is a really dynamic collection.
We have to admit, we were unsure of what to expect from Kristian before hearing this follow up to ‘The Gravel Church’.
Looking at the man’s history which includes everything from choral singing through to time spent in prison, can you ever have a clear picture of what direction his music is going to take?
Although, we’re happy announce ‘Prince Of Poverty’ is a great piece of work.
Kristian’s powerful voice strikes out ahead of the music and leads the whole record. It’s a real celebration of his powerful pipes.
Tracks like ‘American Fire’ & ‘That Kind Of Love’ showcase that voice in all its glory. Familiar country-style guitars ring out and reverberate around Kristian’s expert vocal which wrangles the tracks into something stunning.
But then, just when you think you have him pegged, you hear works like ‘They’ll Remember’ and ‘Don’t Call Me Baby’ which take on altogether different forms and, for us, are the stars of the album.
The former of those two tracks hits you like a freight train. Rocky guitars and percussion smash away through this stunning song to create a Chris Cornell-esque tone. Whereas ‘Don’t Call Me Baby’ feels more like a tune aimed at the masses. With more of a rockabilly feel to it and an extremely catchy hook, you’ll struggle to get it out of your head all day!
We know there would’ve been more than a few raised eyebrows when we said it sounds like there’s some poppy influences on this record. But the Chillingly named ‘Warm Grave’ is where those tones come through.
It’s slower and acts as something of a balm to the blood and thunder of the rest of ‘Prince Of Poverty’. ‘Warm Grave’ is, in fact, a thought out and dramatic tune which tugs at the heartstrings. You feel every bleeding note from the guitar. Kristian also shows us a higher pitch to his vocal on this track too, which is a really nice switch up.
We’re always told that second albums are the trickiest ones to put together. But Kristian has pulled off a masterstroke here.
‘Prince Of Poverty’ is as clever as it is catchy. Not once do you get bored of it, every track keeps you guessing, and that velvety smooth vocal is a dream at work. It may be a ‘country’ album, but there’s something for everyone here.