The Black Black – One Blunt Death Party / You’re A Danger


Creating a sound with a schizophrenic edge to its virulently contagious imagination, The Black Black has instantly thrust themselves to the heart of the fullest attention with their new double7″ single, One Blunt Death Party / You’re A Danger. It is a compelling, ridiculously infectious three track excuse for the passions to show some lust and a release which makes the Brooklyn trio a band to keep a close eager eye upon.

Formed in 2011, The Black Black brew up a distressed dance of sound bred from a mix of post punk, psyche rock, and punk. Latched to grooves which are epidemically riveting, it all combines for a presence which leaves a hungry appetite in the ear and passions.  Released via Money Fire Records, the single takes little time in stealing the fullest focus and appetite for their offering, the opening bass growl and similarly voiced guitar of first song You’re A Danger an immediate rich temptation which gnaws at and snatches the listener’s focus from anything else in the vicinity. Once settled in an invitingly repetitive but irresistible swagger a melodic guitar starts to entangle its sonic tendrils gently around the core of the song, its enticement matched by great harmonious vocals. The track is like a mix of Baddies and The Passions with a spice of The Gaa Gaas and Scars added for extra invention and as it continues in its romp with restraint but open energy and fevered passion, the song sculpts a highly potent declaration veined with discord kissed enterprise and melodic bewitchment, hypnotic persistence and sonic causticity also as equally ripe and convincing.

One Blunt Death Party continues the scintillating start; again a raw gnarly opening softening up the ears before sonic scythes of guitar and vocal intimidation parade their welcome barracking. As with its predecessor the rhythmic probing is inevitably thrilling, predation soaked beats and bass riffs alone caging and enslaving thoughts and hunger whilst making the perfect canvas for the guitar to unveil its mouthwatering narrative. The song has a garage punk like glaze to its sound at times, a raw and scuzzy surface which is pierced and punctuated by the imagination of the songwriting, a complete lure which offers thoughts of the likes of Wire and The Strokes a place to make suggestions. Like the first the track it is impossibly infectious, totally commanding in its presence, and simply an ingenious suasion.

Closing up the release is Cleptogina, a track which steals the show even against the brilliance of the first two slices of sonic alchemy. Taking that previously mentioned schizophrenic air into full on aural bedlam, the song is a spiteful but wholly enthralling web of rhythmic lashing and sonic acidity, again discord and uncompromising adventure raging within a honed vitriolic blaze of fury that mutually seduces and withers the senses. There are whispers of Alien Sex Fiend and early The Horrors spiking throughout the ferocious engagement but also from within the tempest a corrupted melodic acerbity which toys with the ears and brings excited hues to the aural rabidity. The closer shows the depth of the songwriting and along with the other two songs stretches the promise and further possibilities within The Black Black to highly anticipated climes.

The One Blunt Death Party / You’re A Danger single is an exceptional base for one exciting band and an introduction which you suspect will make for a great many The Black Black a new plaything for their passions.


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Woodwall – WoodEmpire

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Providing six evocative soundscapes of stoner bred and progressively expanded evocation, WoodEmpire from Italian quartet Woodwall is a richly compelling introduction to the band, a release which immerses the listener in an impacting expanse of thick sound and impressive imagination. The EP is not casting new pastures it is probably fair to say but for a debut it is powerfully striking and extensively satisfying whilst breeding a promise for the Lunigiana hailing band which cannot be ignored or taken lightly.

Released via Red Sound Records, WoodEmpire soon has fascination and attention on full alert with its title track. The opening song slowly emerges from a sonic pulsing; its breath coated in an intrigue enhanced by the guitar of vocalist Matteo Signanini as it starts its melodic design. Soon joined and skirted by the rhythmic craft of Pietro Groppi, it is a full enticement elevated further by the delicious almost spacey keys of Paolo Cipolla, their presence sinister yet magnetic and a perfect tease within the intensive weight of the song pressing upon the ears. It is a formidable and riveting adventure with the gruff vocals of Signanini another impacting lure. Eight minutes in length the song evolves its intent and sound across its body, a fiery melodic temptation keeping thoughts and emotions away from expectations and the excellent bass of Massimo Cornali providing constant enthralling shadows which at times keeps to the darker corners of the track and in others leads forward an irrepressible and seductive persuasion. It finishes on a drone infused temptation, a closing stretch of invention which plays like a mix of Palms and Kyuss whilst leaving the imagination to invent its own exploits within and to follow the stunning start to the release.

Again a sonic ambience infiltrates the air from which second song Locrian flexes its intensive muscle. The initial approach of the song feelscover like a continuation of the heart of its predecessor, in texture and especially the keys and the heavy compelling bass and drum probing. The doomy coverage of the senses is virulently spellbinding; a description which applies to the whole of the EP, but within that heady smothering the band and song ignites an energy and rapacious adrenaline which forms a feisty canter within a melodically acidic splendour. Not as dramatically incendiary as the first the track still feeds the ripe hunger now in place for the release and the greedy imagination being seriously provoked by the adventure before it.

Both King Stuste and Red Toad bring a heavy metal swagger to their swampy stoner calls, an inspiration of the likes of Black Sabbath, Sleep, and Kyuss seemingly casting their potency across the songs. The first of the pair is a stomping charge of thumping rhythms and heavy duty riffs aligned to ridiculously contagious acidic grooves and scorching melodic flames. It is a deceptively uncomplicated but superbly crafted and layered confrontation which simultaneously bruises the senses whilst searing them with a sizzling sonic provocation and invention; old school rock ‘n’ roll in many ways but one fuelled by the incite and bravery of modern experimentation. Its successor is a similarly sculpted instrumental but one again unique in presence and sound to the other tracks, a piece which pulls thoughts and emotions in with ease and treats them to another expressive and exciting exploration.

The following Walden steps from a cold and haunting wasteland, the chilling atmosphere the home for another emerging sonic embrace rife with menace and inciting suggestiveness. From inside of its breath a melodic casting of guitar and keys embraces the senses with the ever expressive and melodic vocals of Signanini aided by Cipolla, a captivating breeze within equally invigorating and altruistic imagination. Just exceeding eleven minutes the track is a smouldering emprise, a slow burning seduction which never quite finds earlier pinnacles set upon WoodEmpire but shows the immense scope and craft within the band and their songwriting, making the horizons for Woodwall something to be highly anticipated and you suspect greedily devoured.

The record is completed by Holocene/Cambrian, the track leaving the release and listener on a major high. The rhythms of Groppi as across the EP take the senses on a tempestuous parade of skill and unpredictable allurement backed by the just as predacious guitar exploits and bass prowling. Never content in a single route to the passions, as the whole of WoodEmpire, it is a magnificent conclusion to a colourful and dramatically impressive release. Woodwall is a band on the start of a rapid and powerful ascent you suspect on the evidence of WoodEmpire, one a great many will be keeping a close and enthusiastic eye upon.


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Brutai – Self Titled EP


There has been a potently growing buzz around UK metallers Brutai since the band’s inception around 2007/08 and listening to their self-titled EP it is easy to see why. Consisting of five explosive and adventurous tracks which reap the seeds of numerous styles twisting them into their own melodically coated fiery sound, the release is a stirring declaration from a band you sense has an even bigger fire inside their creative depths. It is maybe not an EP which quite has the passions raging though it comes close often but certainly it has them and an appetite for the band’s presence fired up and keen to discover more.

Earning a good reputation through their live performances and first release, the three track Becoming Alpha EP of 2009; the London based quartet has evolved a melodic metalcore centre into an invigorating force soaked in rapacious imagination with the new release. Featuring Xerath drummer Mike Pitman, who stepped in for the recording when the band’s drummer left, the EP brings in deep intensive flames of varied flavours to wrap and entice their sound. It makes for a collection of songs which are adventurous and dramatic with plenty to hint that Brutai could be a tour de force of the future. Definitely there is enough to set the band apart from the majority of melodic metalcore bands emerged over recent years and arguably some of the more established ones in the UK, but also they have an imaginative flair and riveting breath to their music which leaves rich intrigue and a lively appetite for their presence and future.

Opening song Flood takes little time in capturing the imagination, the vocals of Felix Lawrie an aggressive antagonist from the track’s firsta0064076812_2 breath backed up rigorously by his scything guitar strokes and those of Henry Ryan. It is a forceful and attention grabbing entrance which flows into an incendiary journey of sound clad in commanding rhythms, inventive guitar enterprise, and the prowling ever pressing bass craft of Michael Crouchman. With an imaginative intent to the song which never settles too long in one stance but seamlessly twists and turns in on itself and the listener’s assumptions, and an impressive diverse mix of vocals which merge squalling and clean deliveries for an enthralling confrontation the track is a scintillating surge of superbly crafted sounds.

The following Alpha is a less explosive start but one which is soon inciting and crazing the senses and thoughts with a further excellently sculpted blaze of unsettling mouth-watering ingenuity. Whether down to the promo sent our way or the actual production, the song loses its strength through a shallow lifeless glaze which defuses a great deal of its strengths though the band still manages to impress in every aspect apart from production. Sleepers though has things back on track, its opening melodic seduction an evocative embrace which gracefully caresses the ear whilst the guitars steer in a sinew clad rhythmic presence and a sonic enterprise as colourful as the song’s energy of the song. It is a mighty fusion of muscular provocation and melodic beauty which on a par with the opener leaves a want for more the overriding response to its resourceful persuasion.

Straight Silver does not find the same height of satisfaction as other songs which is a little surprising as again Brutai carve out excellent patterns of skill within an imaginative adventure, the track persistently shifting its attack and enterprise with fluidity and transfixing craft, though there is something missing to enslave like other songs on the release like the closing Onyx. The final song is a rapacious storm of energy and hungry urgency which explores senses and thoughts like a carnivorous puppeteer, every rhythmic poke and sonic entanglement a precise and explosive tempest of ideas which moves towards a latter platform where the track can soar through slower and sultry melodic climes, once more showing the expanse of the band’s songwriting and exploratory intent.

Brutai is destined to great things you can only suspect given the quality and strength of their EP. It also shows there is much more to come from the band which is just as exciting as the sound they unveil and thrill with on the release. Ultimately it is a record which suggests we will be getting excited over future Brutai exploits such its unbridled promise, and the anticipation of that is already awakened.


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