Nov. 3, 2005

Bloodsimple To Rock House of Blues with Soulfly

By Randy J. Klodz

When it comes to heavy rock, New York-based Bloodsimple answers the call with some of today’s heaviest riffs. Bloodsimple will return to Chicago when the quintet invades House of Blues on Nov. 7 in support of hard-rockers Soulfly.

Bloodsimple—which now includes Tim Williams (vocals), Mike Kennedy (guitar), Nick Rowe (guitar), Kyle Sanders (bass) and Chris Hamilton (drums)—is currently on tour in support of “A Cruel World,” the band’s most recent album, which hit stores in March.

The Bloodsimple track from “A Cruel World” called “Running From Nothing” begins at a slow, innocent pace and then explodes into a frenzy fans of hard-rock are sure to enjoy.

“The Leaving Song” is a light-rocker and fully displays the vocal range of Bloodsimple singer Tim Williams. In this track, Williams displays the melodic side of his voice, where as a majority of the tracks from “A Cruel World” feature growling, brash vocals, which also gleam.

Fans of a hard-rock band like Mudvayne—Bloodsimple is the first signing to Bullygoat Records, the label created by Mudvayne singer Chad Gray—will enjoy the thunderous rhythms of songs like “Blood In Blood Out,” “Falling Backwards” and “Straight Hate.”

House of Blues is at 329 N. Dearborn St. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $22 each with showtime slated for 5:30 p.m. Rock bands Incite and Throwdown are also scheduled to perform, with Soulfly scheduled to headline. For more info on Bloodsimple log on to

Bloodsimple Photo: Nitin Vadukul