Iommic riffs from Satan's Country !
Amongst the dozens of Sabbath worship bands that appear every year in the fuzzy music scene, there are those that stand out as we inevitably wonder what would have been of them had they released their music decades ago. As I listened to Black Prism’s eponymous debut album, I couldn’t help but think it would have been considered a classic for today’s fuzzers all around the world.
How is the sound ?
The album starts with a slow, doomy riff that builds for over two minutes until we’re hit with a powerful wall of sound reminiscent of Black Sabbath’s Hole In The Sky and ozzy-esque vocals that fit perfectly in the mix. This is when you realise what’s to come: Black Prism adds their own twist to the worship formula, taking every factor to a deeper, darker and more aggressive level.
After lengthy opening track “Lone Pine” ends, they bring us their single, “Eye For An Eye“, one of the greatest tracks here. Very well built, the track features a (positively) catchy chorus that you find yourself repeating all day. Next off is “Alaska“, a more experimental track that shows exactly what I said before – Black Prism has a few unexpected tricks up their sleeves. “Psychomania” and “Satan’s Country” keep up the previously built vibe right until the more slowed-down and groovy “Black Mountain Road“, certainly another standout here. And finally, it all speeds up again with “Booger Sugar“, the closing track (not counting their awesome bluesy untitled bonus song).
Black Prism gives us a doomy time travel experience with a solid debut worthy of the praise they’ve been getting, blending their own style into their Sabbath worship so it remains, in its own way, original, unique and exciting. This four-piece from LA showed us they have a whole lot to offer, and I’m excited to hear what’s next.
Why is this album worth listening ?
- Amongst hundreds of Sabbath worship bands nowadays, this band is definitely a standout.
- All killer, no filler. If you like one track, you’ll like ’em all. This album features a stable ride, quality-wise.
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
- Definitely not sober.
- These songs seem like they sound even better in a live setting. Hope I get to see Black Prism in a concert soon.
Eye For An Eye
For Fans Of
Black Sabbath (obviously), Ruby The Hatchet, Freedom Hawk, Orchid, Kadavar, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
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