Rock Singer-Songwriter Ross Harding Releases New Maxi Single ‘Everything Is Black’

Rock Singer-Songwriter Ross Harding Releases New Maxi Single ‘Everything Is Black’


South African Blues Rock Singer-Songwriter Ross Harding is back with his Maxi Single ‘Everything Is Black’ ; a grooving, sludgy, hard rock belter with lyrical-and-visual themes about death, the Apocalypse, doom, and gloom. Included are 2 bonus tracks ‘War Pigs’ (Live Black Sabbath Cover), as well as ‘Dark City Blues’ (Live Version). Hot on the heels of his successful EP ‘Chapter II’, ‘Everything Is Black’, is a commanding new release congealing exactly why Ross is operating at the top of his game!


‘Everything Is Black available on all streaming platforms from Friday 31 March 2023

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Ross shares that …


“From a lyrical and thematic perspective ‘Everything Is Black’ is about the apocalypse. The interpretation of the song’s meaning is really going to depend on the individual listener. The artwork is really a reflection on those themes of death, the Apocalypse, doom and gloom. The good old Grim Reaper. All those ‘fun things’, and was done by my good friend and Tattoo artist, Wayne Pictor. I love it!


For me, there’s a direct stab at governments and corporations who continue to destroy the world, but that’s not exactly what the song is about. It’s inspired by that doom feeling, for sure, and is one of the more cathartic tunes I’ve written (on a personal level). That’s why we included ‘War Pigs’ from Black Sabbath as a cover with this release. It’s one of the most iconic anti-establishment / anti-war songs ever written.


Having said all this, my approach to interviews and questions regarding what my music is about, I’ve decided to limit, as I feel that the philosophical wave I’m riding at the moment is all about the listener, their interpretation, and making sure that I don’t too deeply influence their personal connection with my music.”

Ross Harding Bio


As a South African Blues Rock singer-songwriter and performing artist from Johannesburg, Ross Harding personifies rich, versatile vocal abilities with expert guitar knowledge. Ross gained global industry recognition for his command of Blues and Rock music, reminiscent of the Classic Rock, Grunge, and Blues artists of the past. Ultimately, that’s what Ross has done so well on his 2022 debut EP ‘Rest & Resurrection’ and 2022 sophomore EP ‘Chapter II’. Hot on the heels of this success, the new Maxi Single ‘Everything Is Black’, is a crunching new track congealing in 2023 exactly why Ross is operating at the top of his game!


In 2017 Harding formed the Blues Rock band ‘Black Harbour Blues’ and made local and international progress performing, touring, and recording. Notable performances include a headline slot at the Drakensberg’s ‘White Mountain Festival’, main stage at the 2014 RamFest with Biffy Clyro, Trivium, Fouls and Killswitch Engage, countless local festivals, an acoustic international tour to Italy, and many independent shows throughout South Africa. In 2018 Ross co-hosted a sold out ‘House of Blues’ show, that included some of South Africa’s top Blues musicians Andre Kriel (Black Cat Bones), Pepi Dimevski (Gunshot Blue), Richard Bruyns and more. Ross supported major South African artists like Dan Patlansky, The Narrow, Prime Circle, Fokofpolisiekar. Ross is also the frontman for South African Super Rock Group Fear Of Falling.


Performing both as a solo acoustic artist and with a band, Ross can captivate audiences with his vocal prowess and acoustic guitar accompaniment, while his trio band boasts mastery of the Blues, Classic Rock styles, and original music.


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Track Listing

1. Everything Is Black (04:04) ISRC ZAC582300061

2. War Pigs – Live Black Sabbath Cover From Studio 31 (07:23) ISRC ZAC582300062

3. Dark City Blues – Live From Studio 31 (04:27) ISRC ZAC582300102

Publishing Information


Format: Maxi Single

Title: Everything Is Black

Artist: Ross Harding

Genre: Rock

Language: English

Clean Lyrics

Country: South Africa

UPC 197188245559

Release Date: 31 March

Author: Ross Harding

Composers: Ross Harding, Matthew Rennie & Merrick Kyle

Performers: Ross Harding (Vocals & Guitar), Matthew Rennie (Drums) & Merrick Kyle (Bass)

Produced by: Ross Harding, Ruan Rabie & Merrick Kyle

Mixed by: Ruan Rabie

Mastered by: Rogan Kelsey

Recorded: Studio 31

Label: Mongrel Records

Publisher: Mongrel Records

‘War Pigs’ originally by Black Sabbath: Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler & Bill Ward

Ross Harding ‘Everything Is Black’ Lyrics


Oh, everything is black

Smoke and fire bring with them the end

Oh, can you see the light

With the Pale One, comes the end of time


Yeah, ruin risin’

Oh, everything is black

Yeah, ruin risin’

Oh, everything is black


Oh, can you see the crows

Death is coming, baby it’s so close

Oh, a great war comes in floods

Begging God, forgive what you have done


Yeah, ruin risin’

Oh, everything is black

Yeah, ruin risin’

Oh, everything is black