Q Awards 2017 winner "Best Film"
NME Awards 2018 nominee "Best Music Film"
Mojo Magazine (283/June 2017) ★★★★ "A refusenik DIY anti-rock-doc"
HeyUGuys ★★★★ “This generation’s The Filth and the Fury“
Total Film ★★★★ “Invigorating“
The Guardian ★★★★ “Excellent..Rips Austerity Britain a fresh one”
The Scotsman on Sunday ★★★★ “One of the most entertaining music docs of recent years”
Dazed & Confused „An intimate & frank insight“
Louder Than War “Every young band and every music college should be forced to show this film just to underline the genuine power of music and creativity.“Tracklisting:
New Heavy Sounds
Fuzz, fuzz, fuzz, doom, stoner, more fuzz.
Welcome to the world of Blacklab.
Blacklab describe themselves as ‘the Dark Witch Doom Duo from Osaka Japan’.
However, when it comes to witches, they are more the spectral Sadako from ‘The Ring’ than campy ‘Countess Dracula’. Chilling cool with built in overdrive.
A full frontal assault of distorted riffs, howls and ghostly vocals, as well as bags of riot girrl attitude and lo-fi bravado.
Being nominally a ‘Doom’ band, expect a bucket load of Sabbath worship for sure, but Blacklab have a vibe and experimental undertow akin more to their countrymen ‘Boris’ and the souped up lo-fi fuzz of Ty Segall or Comets On Fire.
Tracks like ‘Black Moon’ ‘Hidden Garden’ ‘Spoon’ ‘Symptom Of The Blacklab’ (which starts like Sabbath … then thrashes somewhere else), twist, burn and boil into the red. ‘His Name Is …’ is a churning chunky throb. ‘Spoon’ and ‘Warm Death’ offer moments of relief and crushing noise.
And ‘Big Muff’ is … well … 9 minutes of drum-less fuzz, that will probably do serious damage to your speakers.
What’s not to love.
Blacklab are: Yuko Morino, guitar and vocals. Chia Shiraishi, drums.Tracklisting Vinyl LP:
New Heavy Sounds
Limited to 1000 copies. 500 in 2 colour Blue/White vinyl. 500 in Black. Gatefold sleeve. Included is a free CD of the album and free download with both vinyl options.Main CD package is a 4 panel digipack with lyric booklet.
Take a look outside your window. We’re living through a particularly bleak paradigm, with ominous political shifts occurring around the globe. It’s time for a rallying war-cry, to tap into the power of our ancestors, to learn the wisdoms taught by history and its recurring patterns. It’s time to acknowledge the power of women, to burn with the fire of a banshee wail, to taste the energy of revolution and feel the inspiration of generations of resistance.
And that’s where ASCEND, the second album by insurrectionary heavy rock trio Vodun, comes in.
Ten slabs of ground-flattening, groove-inflected rock power, driven by the afro-inspired dervish drums of Zel Kaute (interpreting the spirits of Ogoun), the roaring, fierce chromium guitars of Linz Hamilton (The Marassa), and fronted by the fire-breathing howl of frontwoman Chantal Brown (Oya), delivering you the truth of generations with a drive and focus that can’t be matched.
The music of ASCEND is more sophisticated than on Possession, the band’s 2016 debut. The canvas is broader, the details more vivid and varied. Their palette now embraces a healthy dose of extra percussion, saxophone, and vocal arrangements that pair Chantal’s behemoth holler with harmonies, chants and howls, a full-spectrum of sound that suits their polymorphous attack.
Ascend is, unabashedly, revolution music, its ten tracks a hurricane of mystic heaviness, spiritual soul and furious positivity, its colossal riffage & rhythms allied to inspirational lyrics and powerful melodies to deliver food for the soul and fire to inflame uprisings. At heart, it’s an album of musical celebration, and heavy playfulness – lyrically of resistance, and of solidarity. “We can rise above this,” nods Chantal, referencing the dire state of 2018.“And we will rise above this.”