BLACKLAB ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘ABYUSS’ / SHARE VIDEO FOR ‘INSTANTY’
RELEASED 8TH MAY (NEW HEAVY SOUNDS)
NHS is very pleased to announce, that BlackLab ‘the dark witch doom duo from Osaka, Japan’ are poised to return with their new long playing record ‘ABYSS’.
BlackLab’s first lp ‘Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0’ was released in 2018, and set Yuko Morino (Guitar, vocals) and Chia Shiraishi (Drums) loose on the world.
Their lo-fi, fuzz heavy doom mantras emerged to reviews a plenty.
“BlackLab’s relentlessly bleak, feedback-drenched and fuzz-laden take on doom/noise is as dark and mysterious as a black hole, and every bit as absorbing” – CLASSIC ROCK
“Blacklab are awesome. Fall under their hex immediately” – KERRANG
“Distorted blasts of grunge, riot grrrl and chunks of early Boris” – THE WIRE
“The very essence of doom metal, in effect pulling it up by its damp roots and replanting it in modern Asia” – ECHOES AND DUST
“They’re not playing to genre so much as bending genre to the shape they want it to take” – THE OBELISK
“Raw, noisy and groove laden, an extreme, arcane force” – METAL HAMMER
To share but a few.
The first album was a remixed collection of the band’s early tracks, a melting pot of influences as they set out to inhabit their own space.
Now with ‘ABYSS’ the band are very much defining what that space is.
Once again, the album was produced by Jun Morino in Osaka, and mixed in London by Wayne Adams (Pet Brick, Green Lung, Cold In Berlin) and is an uncompromising beast of a record.
In fact ‘Abyss’ is the perfect title, a dark looming void that summons the listener…dive in if you dare.
Recorded under a full moon over three intense days, the album has the ‘off the leash’ abandon of ‘Fun House’ era ‘Stooges’ and is marked by a fat dose of doom meets slowed down hardcore punk; filled with loud, ultra distorted guitar, and yet, a surprising amount of melody as well.
In fact, Yuko has said that the band’s name is a combination of Black Sabbath and Stereolab, well here on ‘Abyss’ is where that strange mix begins to make musical sense.
The band haven’t lost their love of lo-fi or ‘Riot Grrrl’ attitude.
The guitars are loud and heavily gnarled to the point of chaos.
Vocals go from shoegaze melodic to hardcore screams (in fact rarely has a vocalist in this genre screamed so musically as Yuko does) and underneath all this, Chia batters the skins, all rolling and tumbling thunder amidst the riffs.
Yes there is a smattering of ‘Sabbathy Wizarding’ of course, but submerged within dark, deep fuzz and punk rock crank and grind.
In truth the vibe is closer to both the arty heaviness of early Boris, and the sweet savagery of My Bloody Valentine, than any kind of ‘doom’ tropes. And in many ways, Blacklab are continuing the long tradition of Japanese experimental noise that bands like Melt Banana and Bordeoms exemplify. Ultimately though, it’s a sound that is undoubtedly BlackLab’s own.
So over 8 tracks, clocking in at around 42 mins, you get the current Blacklab world view.
‘Abyss’ is an album that is as raw and alive as it gets.
It’s refreshingly free of artifice, and it doesn’t arse around. What more can you want.
Say hello to the Osaka underground and watch the video for new single ‘Insanity’ now.
Set for release on May 8th 2020, like all NHS releases, there will be a limited edition transparent green and black vinyl version with a free download, and it will also be available on CD and Digital. Pre-order now:
Digital – https://smarturl.it/BlacklabAbyss
BlackLab are also set to play their show ever outside of Japan at Desert Festival in London on Friday 1st May.
Yuko Morino. Guitar, vocals
Chia Shiraishi. Drums