River Black


Metal Hammer (UK) - - The Gospel - Burnt By The Sun mem­bers shine a harsh light once more TOM O’BOYLE

Metal­lic hard­core out­fit Burnt By The Sun fiz­zled out in style with 2009’s Heart Of Dark­ness, a swan­song that melded the styles with more soul­ful might than most. Hav­ing spent the last few years hav­ing good, thrash­ing fun in Mu­nic­i­pal Waste, guitarist John Adu­bato and drum­mer David Witte pick up where they left off with new out­fit River Black, bring­ing vo­cal­ist Mike Olen­der back for the ride. The for­mula is largely un­changed. Apoplec­tic riff­ing is the main event, bar­relling you over on Jaws, which is the per­fect com­pan­ion for the dry bark of Mike, who back in the day had a Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion upon whom to di­rect his in­vec­tive, re­turn­ing to an even more fucked-up sit­u­a­tion. Songs are to the point, cease­less in their apoplec­tic tur­moil as they buck and writhe along mus­cu­lar paths, from the out­right head­bang­ing right­eous­ness of Low to the barely con­tained, preda­tory chug of Ship­wreck.

For those who mourned Burnt By The Sun this is the record you’ve been wait­ing for; for new­com­ers, this is how it’s done.

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