PD Martin – Soulbeat Incarnate
11 songs time – 40:13
First rate blues-rock from Belgium via guitarist-singer-songwriter JD Martin(Piet Vercauteren) and his two piece band augmented by two organists, a sax man and a background vocalist. JD’s wicked guitar licks are the star of this show, along with his poignant vocalizations and songwriting abilities. There is nothing deep or illuminating in the lyrical content, but what you get is full out blues rock magic with a few stops in jump blues with a touch of jazz. PD composed all the songs.
A jaw-dropping guitar riff is followed up by a refreshing, well-crafted solo on “Make Me Pay”. Snappy riffs and grooves are the name of the game once again as they just zip into “Come To Bed” lickity-split. Jazzy guitar, Hammond organ and sax change up the atmosphere, showing the versatility of this outfit on “Strip It Down”. “Burn The Witch” explores cool Rythm & Blues territory. “You can burn the witch, but your demons won’t go”. Thinks get funked up in the driving guitar rock of “Wild River”.
The closest they get to actual blues is “Artificial State Of Misery”. He lets loose his guitar attack here. “Tantric Beach Night” is a slow and simmering romantic excursion on the beach. “4T2” is basically a spirited instrumental save for a brief spoken word segment. PD once again displays his versatility on his axe as he spits out jump blues riffs as sure as hell on “Too Good To Be True”. Short but sweet. The title song “Soulbeat Incarnate” is a slice of way cool funk. PD pulls off some nifty wah-wah riffs on the high energy “That’s My Gal”. “She is as sweet as sugar, crazy as hell”.
PD and crew do blues-rock proud here as they show their ability in various styles. JD,s guitar magic is ably supported by his rhythm section of Joris Holderbeke on bass and Rien Gees on drums. Patrick Cuyvers and Pieter Goosens add Hammond organ to seven tracks. Tess Thyssen adds backing vocals. Sax player JB Biesmans also handled the surefire production values. Blues-rock might not be to everyone’s liking, but these guys should have no trouble in changing some minds.