Freedom Hawk | Sunlight

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Sunlight

by Freedom Hawk

Loud, hard, and powerful riff rock wrapped in smooth metal packaging with melodic high pitched vocals and slight psychedelic taste. This album is best turned up loud driving in your car head bobbing the whole way until you reach your final destination.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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1. Executioner
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2. Land of the Lost
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3. Sunlight
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4. Stand Back
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5. Lightning Charge
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6. Going Down
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7. Palomino
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8. Grab a Hold
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Hailing from the barrier dunes of Virginia, this quartet blends heavy riffs, a rolling groove, and soulful guitar melodies to produce the sound that is Freedom Hawk. Their brand of heavy rock coupled with a high energy live show, leaves many wondering if they’ve stepped through a time warp that has taken them to rock’s heyday of the 70’s.

The origins of Freedom Hawk began in 2003 when friends Mark Cave (bass) and TR Morton (guitar; singer) were introduced to Lenny Hines (drums) through a mutual friend. Mark and TR had been jamming together for some time and could not find the right drummer to match what they were playing. Once they brought Lenny into the fold, the two knew they found the drummer they were looking for. Now a trio, the three realized their songs were missing a certain dynamic that would be required to achieve what they wanted to hear. In comes Matt Cave (guitar). Matt had been working with another band in the Virginia Beach area at the time and knew his brother Mark was looking for a second guitar player. After a few successful sessions and the eventual request by his brother Mark to join the group, Matt decided to be the fourth and final addition.

A quote in Performer Magazine from a live show states: “[Freedom Hawk is] East Coast's answer to Fu Manchu, keeping it simple and thick with harmonious metal groove. It wasn't heavy riffs and growls, but power riffs and soulful rock delivery wrapped in metal packaging. Freedom Hawk's sound is large, like trying to force an elephant to fit in a closet. It is also melodic for such heavy handed playing. Walls of guitar riffs were pushed out heavy, soaring and moving like swells and waves at the same time."

This band will make you turn it up real loud driving in your car head bobbing the whole time on the edge of your seat until you reach your final destination. Freedom Hawk’s music slashes away, tearing its way into the ears of all those who listen with original quality matched only to those which have proven themselves in days past. The driving beat and heavy guitars with timeless vocals gives light to a new birth in heavy music, with a ray of excitement allowing you to rock away to Freedom Hawk’s dark music fueled by the sun. Lookout for a new full length CD and Vinyl LP coming out this year on Small Stone Recordings.


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Chris & the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Excellent Hard Rock CD
“Sunlight” is the excellent full-length debut from Virginia hard rock outfit Freedom Hawk. This group is solid. Driven by powerful drum beats and excellently crafted guitar work, Freedom Hawk have composed nine exceptional hard rock tracks that dabble in metal and psychedelic and have a certain timeless quality to them. Attributing to this timelessness is the lead singer’s vocal performance. His melodic high-pitched vocals are reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne with traces of Robert Plant. The songs are a lot of fun, meant to be played loud, and will immediately have you either bobbing your head or using your lap as a drum kit. “Sunlight” is well-produced, clean and ready to boom out of a pair of speakers. The title track, “Sunlight,” is a fun track with a great rocking arrangement that gets your head bobbing and features some great drum and guitar work. “Going Down” is a stripped down track with a slow drum beat and minimal guitar work that displays the fantastic vocal capabilities of the lead singer. “Sunlight” takes us back to a time where making hard rock wasn’t about making a lot of noise but rather about making very good music. Freedom Hawk have crafted a gem, and fans of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and classic hard rock are going to want to pick this one up.

Frank Gutch Jr.

Rawkin' with the Hawk!
Naysayers--- I was listening to Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin since before most people who listen to them today were born. If I wanted to scramble those brain cells all over again, I would listen to them today, but I much prefer to scramble some new cells, thank you. These guys are hard rockin' sonsabitches and you can quote me. I dig them. Anybody who doesn't agree can meet me in the alley behind The Rathole Tavern anytime. You dig the seventies hard rockers, these guys are today's version!

RadioIndy.com

Congratulations on GrIndie Award
“Sunlight” is the excellent full-length debut from Virginia hard rock outfit Freedom Hawk. This group is solid. Driven by powerful drum beats and excellently crafted guitar work, Freedom Hawk have composed nine exceptional hard rock tracks that dabble in metal and psychedelic and have a certain timeless quality to them. Attributing to this timelessness is the lead singer’s vocal performance. His melodic high-pitched vocals are reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne with traces of Robert Plant. The songs are a lot of fun, meant to be played loud, and will immediately have you either bobbing your head or using your lap as a drum kit. “Sunlight” is well-produced, clean and ready to boom out of a pair of speakers. The title track, “Sunlight,” is a fun track with a great rocking arrangement that gets your head bobbing and features some great drum and guitar work. “Going Down” is a stripped down track with a slow drum beat and minimal guitar work that displays the fantastic vocal capabilities of the lead singer. “Sunlight” takes us back to a time where making hard rock wasn’t about making a lot of noise but rather about making very good music. Freedom Hawk have crafted a gem, and fans of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and classic hard rock are going to want to pick this one up.

Dag Fjellby

Not what I had expected.
Freedom Hawk’s CD”Sunlight” does not live up to my expectations. IMHO the songs are rather dull, missing the final touch. The metal packaging is TOO smooth. This CD reminds me of the “Puddle rock” from the eighties - hairy pop music. It might be my mood today, but if people are looking for bands they can compare with Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and other types of classic hard rock, look elsewhere. In my opinion this doesn’t sound great even if you’re playing it loud or not. It might be me and my ears that cause this, but anyway, this is nothing for the Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin fans. When all that said, by all means, the band is not bad, not bad at all.