The Black Moods are a hard rock/pop rock 3-piece band from Arizona. The first thing that I noticed about the group is that they do a good job at blending together classic rock sounds of the 70s while still retaining a modern and relevant sound with plenty of hooks and catchy choruses. It's clear that they're big fans of older bands as the CD is stylized as vinyl.

None of the 10 tracks overstay their welcome with only a few clocking over the 3 minute mark. This helps the songs keep their memorable qualities about them; none of them seem dragged out and no parts seem out of place or excessive. The songs themselves are pretty solidly written. I have to say my one gripe would be that some of the main riffs sound kind of re-hashed. In the hard rock genre, it's kind of tough to write a single-note riff that doesn't sound like it's ripping off other bands. That is present in a song like "Serves You Right" or "Give it to Me." Both of the songs lean on a bluesy single note riff for a good portion of the duration. However, I believe the band is able to inject enough of their own sound and flare to make this their own. The chorus on "Serves You Right" is instantly memorable and was one of my favorite points on the disc. They almost have a modern alternative sound (at points it reminds me of Our Lady Peace) that meshes with the old school hard rock seamlessly.

The band lives up to their name at points. They can get a really dark and atmospheric sound, which is most prominent on two songs back to back called "Get Off My Back" and "Hey You." The bridge of "Get Off My Back" has a slow, melancholic, minor chord progression and has the lyrics "Should I take this pill? While everything that you brought rusts." Directly after this is a ripping solo, my favorite solo on the record. "Hey You" starts off with the line "Bodies stacking up from a killing spree/Then again it could be in my head, it's in my head." Another progression is played that's similar to the previous song's bridge, but it's layered with an acoustic guitar that sounds eerily beautiful. The choruses in this track are more upbeat, which shows the bands ability to play off of dynamics.

"Don't Let Them Get You Down" is more or less the ballady, 'radio friendly' type song on this album. Primarily an acoustic and clean electric pop rock song, it showcases a different side of the band. "The Only One" has that sleazy, down-and-dirty rock sound of bands like Guns N' Roses and Ugly Kid Joe. The main riff plods along like a walk down a dark alley, and the choruses explode with energy and hooks.

Overall, if you're a fan of any 70s, 80s, or early 90s hard rock, modern alternative bands, or both there's something for you on this record. Although at some points a few of the riffs may seem too familiar, but The Black Moods put enough of their stamp on this one to make it worth a listen. This is an example of a newer, smaller band doing a full-length record right.