There are certain immutable laws in the world — the seasons will change, the sun will rise and set and Bobaflex will rock your ass clean off.
The West Virginia quintet with a name that sounds like a Star Wars bounty hunter’s home gym is just a couple of years away from its 20th anniversary and shows no signs of slowing down, if their seventh and latest album, last year’s Anything That Moves, is any indication. The band’s third release on its own BFX label — following the Chemical Valley EP and 2013’s compelling Charlatan’s Web — is a showcase for the band’s visceral passion and dynamic range, shifting from full-frontal Metal/Hard Rock to heartfelt power balladry (“Turn Me On”) in a double-clutched drumbeat. There’s plenty of arrested development juvenilia — “Objectified,” “Mama (Don’t Take My Drugs Away)” — and sidelong glances toward more mature subject matter (“Lose Control,” “Start a War”), but it’s all set to a crushing Rock soundtrack that Bobaflex has been perfecting over the past two decades. Read more about the band in this week's Sound Advice.
Bobaflex plays Bogart's Thursday. More info/tickets: bogarts.com .