There is a certain melodic darkness to "Sunny Blackheart," not only in the instrumentation, but in the lyrics as well. The music itself is well done and it brings to mind old school garage bands and good old down home rock 'n' roll. There are shades of southern rock, heavy rock and psychedelic rock. Upon receiving this album and reading the bio, I was undoubtedly impressed. Blackheart does it all himself; the playing of nearly every instrument, the vocals and lyrics, and the recording, engineering and mixing. Impressive indeed. This must be an artist who knows what he's doing, right? So I popped the CD into my trusty Walkman and I began jamming to it with my very expensive headphones. Right from the start, I could tell that Sunny Blackheart is quite talented, the music is well done and it brings to mind old school garage bands and good old down home rock 'n' roll. Blackheart's style is rough and raw with undertones of Black Sabbath, Nirvana and Clutch. It's not easy to slap this album in a specific genre or category. There are shades of southern rock, heavy rock, psychedelic rock, and most of all, Sunny Blackheart. His voice is equally hard to place. Occasionally Iggy Pop comes to mind; sometimes Chris Cornell and even a bit of Eddie Vedder. There is a certain melodic darkness to "Sunny Blackheart," not only in the instrumentation, but in the lyrics as well. "Ocean of Red" is an excellent example of this. I really get a sense of the talent that lies within this artist and the distinct sound that Blackheart is able to produce. This is such a melodic piece with desperate undertones and exceedingly good guitar playing. The lyrics are rich with imagery that is vaguely disturbing and dark. "Ocean of Red" is the epitome of the album. That was one of the tracks that really stuck out for me, and it's my most loved on this album. I'm also a fan of the track "Incapacitate" because it hits hard. Hard rock with a punk edge and the unmistakable sound of what can only be described as Sunny Blackheart. Not many artists can combine elements of hard rock, punk, and something that is originally their own (such as the melodic darkness that Blackheart has mastered) and make it work, but Sunny nails it with this track. "Encephalitis" is another great track and I am confident that seeing Sunny Blackheart perform live, with the other musicians he's acquired for the specific purpose of performing live, would be quite the treat. I get the feeling that this music is best heard in the moment, live and in color, to get the full experience of what it's all about. The album is a bit rough and ragged around the edges, but perhaps this only adds to the charm of it. Having this music become TOO polished and professional would certainly take away from it to some extent. The roughness is part of what Sunny Blackheart is about, and if it were to be smooth like glass, it would lose some of the characteristics that make it unique. The music itself is very good and the lyrics are magnetic. Blackheart brings together so many different types of rock and Sunny is able to make them all his own.