Critical still is catching “Critical Bill”

Cadi Parker

Staff Writer

Ever beat on your steering wheel; adrenaline surging through your veins?

Screamed at the top of your lungs?

Flat-out rocked out to a new album?

When music is intense and relatable, it heats you up and burns you down.

“Critical Bill” a “borderline rock/rap” band, according to their drummer, Mark Causley, hit the music scene hard Saturday, March 13.

The band played a sold out show at the Emerald Theatre in Mt. Clemens followed by an after party at The Hayloft, also in Mt. Clemens, to celebrate their new release.

Fans poured in to get their hands on “The Underground Kingdom,” which came free with a ticket stub.

“Hell Rides North,” “Lithium,” “Madonna Brothers” and “Stellardrive” served as fuel to the fire, creating an ever-growing sense of chaos for the nearly 2,000 rockers, partying hard, jamming out and moshing to guitar hard-ons.

“I like that I know what I’ll get, a good show” said George Wright, 25, Mt. Clemens. “I’ve been a fan for a while. I try to catch the ones I can.”

It’s been a long road for “Critical Bill,” cross-country touring several times, but they don’t mind the attention from the radio station or fans like Wright.

“We strive to move forward,” said Causley. “Our success is like a snow ball rolling downhill, we just keep getting larger and larger.”

“The Underground Kingdom” is their fifth album. The first three albums were put out by the band themselves. “There was a point where we even did all of our own shrink wrapping. Now, with a label, that’s taken care of and we still have free reign and creative control,” said lead vocalist, Powerdise.

Their “five flavors,” as Causley put it, create the sound that is “Critical Bill,” and has enabled them to work with national and noteworthy artists including “Hed P.E.,” “Tantric,” “Tech N9ne” and “Drowning Pool,” just to name a few.

Currently “Critical Bill” is touring, but the band will be back in Mt. Clemens on April 10, at The Hayloft. For more information on upcoming shows visit http://www.critical-bill.com.

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