Black Lung - Ancients (New Full Album) Black Lung emerged from a brutal Baltimore winter back in 2014, and from that emergence they arose victorious, wielding a trademark Maryland Doom-influenced balance of melody and power. With that vital underpinning, Adam Bufano and Elias Schutzman (founding members of The Flying Eyes), along with multi-instrumentalist Dave Cavalier, crafted a sound heavy on volume that pushed hard into experimental territory. In lieu of a bass guitarist, the three opted for an unusual setup with a sonic palette defined by a multitude of amps, drop-tuning and copious effects. After several years writing songs while touring the world and back again, Black Lung returns in March 2019 to release their most ambitious work yet. New album "Ancients" is without question, a force to be reckoned with.
Third album Ancients begins with the melancholic, heavy chords of ‘Mother Of The Sun’, but the melody soon gives way to crushing Stoner grooves and a rhythm-heavy sound which is remarkable given the lack of a bass guitar in the setup. Dave Cavalier’s vocal is a harmonic holler which occasionally threatens to spin out of control, but it’s deliciously underpinned by his oscillating guitar assault, twinned with Adam Bufano. The title track is another rumbler, Cavalier’s vocal possessing the depth of Hendrix while his screams create a disturbing hybrid of Pentagram’s Bobby Liebling and a certain Paul Gadd. Again those guitars writhe and pulsate while the the riffs complement Elias Schutzman’s wonderful drums.
‘The Seeker’ is a romp: a meld of chugging rhythms and Occult-flavoured howls, some emotive leadwork and screams giving the track real life. ‘Voices’, meanwhile, brings down the tempo slightly and adds to both potency and portent in the process: its atmospheric chorus on the verge of cheapening the effect but held high by Cavalier’s ability to deliver a host of emotions with his powerful larynx Schutzman’s versatile, syncopated yet organic stickwork is the highlight of the tense, pulsating ‘Gone’, albeit coated in stirring, wailing guitars and a wrought vocal. The early metallic strings of ‘Badlands’ ride a cavernous beat before ebbing and flowing with a bruising yet euphoric post-Rock sensibility, the leadwork at times reminiscent of U2’s ‘Bullet The Blue Sky’ but with so much more power.
The penultimate ‘Vultures’ effuses an unexpected, incredible beauty, and this duels with a fulminating yet restrained might: Cavalier’s voice moving from calming influence to soul-bearing honesty. Closer ‘Dead Man’s Blues’ is the closest resemblance to the Psych-drenched melodies of The Flying Eyes whilst still housing an ominous fire and brutal punch that lends a fearsome edge to the tuneful structure. There are many times when Ancients seems more of a vehicle for individuals to showcase some remarkable talents: yet as each chapter concludes one realizes the whole, the part each has played in the unification. This isn’t a heavy Blues album, nor is it a melodic psych-Doom fest, it’s a glorious alchemy that will beckon the listener back time and again without you fully understanding why.
Review by Paul Quinn http://www.ghostcultmag.com/album-rev...
1. Mother of the Sun - 0:00
2. Ancients - 5:37
3. The Seeker - 8:41
4. Voices - 13:21
5. Gone - 18:36
6. Badlands - 23:42
7. Vultures - 28:22
8. Dead Man Blues - 34:13
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Dave Cavalier- Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Adam Bufano- Guitar
Elias Schutzman- Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Keyboards
J. Robbins- Bass
Backup vocals on “Voices” and “Vultures” by Ms. Sara
Djembe and kora on “Gone” by Amadou Kouyate
Produced and mixed by Frank Marchand
Recorded and engineered by Frank Marchand at Waterford Digital Studio
Mastered by Mike Monseur at Bias Studios
Album artwork and photography by Ruby Gold (https://www.instagram.com/rubygold_504/)
All songs written by Black Lung, except for “Vultures”, written by Black Lung and Megan Rose.
All lyrics written by Dave Cavalier and Elias Schutzman, except for “The Seeker”, written by Dave Cavalier and Joe “The Late Bloomer” Keyes.