Pierced Arrows 

Descending Shadows

I keep insisting that Pierced Arrows (now and when they were called Dead Moon) has got to be one of the most romantic bands I've ever heard. Feverish gang vocals and gritty melodies, topped off with climaxing guitar solos, give the band an air of manic passion. In songs like "Let it Rain," the idea of precipitation washing "away all the pain" isn't cheesy when guitarist Fred Cole and bassist Toody Cole yell it at the top of their lungs like it's the biggest truth of the universe.

The duo—along with stellar drummer Kelly Halliburton—portray mercurial, wandering bards when it comes to apocalyptic scenarios in "On the Move." They refuse to be complacent in a world of too much technology, like in "On Our Way" when Fred says, "Toody disconnect the phone," and she answers with, "We trace our lives like the rivers wind, washed away what was left behind."

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The truth is, it's hard to separate the music from the personalities. Toody and Fred, who, in one form or another have been playing rough, uncompromising rock music since the 1960s, have always seemed to make their own rules. They're rebels, realists and romantics—and that spirit is exactly what feeds this tight new album.

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