The fourth Black Lung album “Dark Waves” will be released on May 27, 2022 via Heavy Psych Sounds. The band published the official video for the single “Death Grip,” available for stream through the YouTube player below:
Speaking of the new single “Death Grip,” the US Stoner Rockers say: “‘Death Grip’ is a critique of the funeral industry and anyone who makes a profit out of grief and death. It’s no secret that funeral homes often take advantage of people who are just in the middle of it are particularly vulnerable, and charge exorbitant prices for coffins and their services. We decided to invite our good friend Shawna Potter from WAR ON WOMEN to write and sing the chorus and also appear in the video. Our antagonist, “The Death Capitalist”, enjoys his evil endeavor in the video until Shawna’s character, “The Witch Of Justice,” kidnaps him…“
The year 2019 marked significant changes for Baltimore Psychedelic/Doom trio, Black Lung. Following the release of their third album “Ancients,” guitarist and founding member Adam Bufano amiably departed the band and in November 2019, was replaced by guitarist Dave Fullerton. Just four months later, the reconfigured trio’s plans for touring in support of Ancients were canceled as the world entered COVID-19 lockdown. It was time to reconcile their touring ambition with the reality that live music was effectively shut down indefinitely. In the existential dread, loss and uncertainty of the global pandemic, with the backdrop of malignant fascism and cultural enmity in the USA, Black Lung began writing the songs that would comprise their next record.
There is no question that “Dark Waves,” Black Lung’s newest release via Heavy Psych Sounds Records, was conceived in hostile times. Dave Cavaliers lyrics reflect this hostility. Songs like “The Cog” and “Mad King” lament the weaponized ignorance of the propagandized American citizen, while “Awaken” and “The Path” muse on escapism and the false protection of dreams. On the title-track “Dark Waves,” the band channels this mood of bitterness through their instruments, as a meditative bridge is slowly transformed into a foreboding storm front centered around Dave Fullerton’s hypnotic guitar melodies.
Despite the apparent darkness, “Dark Waves” is not a cold or desolate sounding record. The band leaps forward from their previous releases with warmer, brighter sound crafting and more audacious songwriting. There are passages with a tangible sense of jubilation and excitement, as the band members revel in the recording process after more than a year of uncertainty and frustration. While in some ways Dark Waves offers a departure from prior Black Lung records, the band stays true to their roots in Doom and Psychedelic music, delivering eight songs packed with the frenzied, fuzzed-out guitar breakdowns, booming drums, and soulful vocals that longtime fans will appreciate. The decision to bring bass guitar prominently into the mix on “Dark Waves” adds new levels of depth and heaviness to Black Lung’s songs, which may be the album’s most notable and exciting development.
Underpinning everything about “Dark Waves” is the band’s decision to shed conventions and their ability to adapt to change. For Black Lung, making it through these dark times meant reflecting on the past while pushing forward without knowing what the future may hold. The result is a record that sees Black Lung rising to new sonic heights. Dark Waves is set for global release through Heavy Psych Sounds Records May 27, 2022.
Pre-order the album on Bandcamp: https://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/black-lung-dark-waves
01. Demons (5:50)
02. Dark Waves (5:08)
03. The Cog (4:17)
04. Awaken (6:56)
05. Hollow Dreams (6:21)
06. Death Grip (3:38)
07. The Path (3:45)
08. Mad King (4:56)