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Black Black Black

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2013
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"Brooklyn Vegan"

"Black Black Black traffic in the kind of good-natured misanthropy of bands like Whores or KEN mode, but the musical gestures
beneath the noisy exterior are all forward-charging, Kyuss-worshipping sludge n' roll. It's basically underground metal's version of
a radio banger." –BrooklynVegan - Brooklyn Vegan


"[Black Black Black] takes the heavy rumble of neo-metal bands like Mastodon and Torche and then compresses it into a pop
format... The earthquake is over just as soon as it started, but it was just as massive." –PunkNews - Punknews


Ridiculously catchy at times, with instantly memorable choruses... They also insert plenty of groove, heavy riffage and stoner/doom flourishes... This is an album you'll want to put on repeat." -About -


Propelled by a lumbering guitar riff and heavily layered and sludgy chorus sections... 'psyched-out desert rock meets big city
darkness'..."–Exclaim - Exclaim

"Broken Beard"

Black Black Black, the new clan of Brooklyn-by-way-of-Ohio doomsters offer up a big, nasty salute to gas tanks and goat hooves on their self-titled debut that’s ridiculously fun and gritty.

Whether it’s the snaky stoner-core stabs of “Pentagram On,” “Night Moves,” “Redeath,” and “Soar Like a Spider” or the spiritual shake n’ roll of “Wisdom, Knowledge & Fucked,” “Fever is Law,” and “Son of Bad,” it all coalesces to form one ravaging feast of melodic death rock that will satiate all your salacious needs, be it Nether-deity worshiping or rock star living.–Broken Beard - Broken Beard

"Show Review: Swans, Chelsea Wolfe Black Black Black at Brooklyn's Northside Festival"

I was not done with Northside just yet! I was on a quest for melody! So I braved the torrential downpour and the fifteen-minute walk to the next venue within my reach, The Gutter Bar. I was hell bent on seeing - I believe Brooklyn-based - Black Black Black. After what I witnessed back at Warsaw I need some good old-fashioned Satan rock to orient me. Black Black Black did just that spitting out amphetiminized Sabbathy Metal. The four-piece tore through 40 minute set that took no prisoners and gave no pardon. They are a must see and I recommend going to their Bandcamp page and hearing for yourselves. The second song of the mostly new material they were playing for too few people, Pentagram On, is an instant Metal rallying cry! With my organs now slowly shifting back into some semblance of normality and some much needed melody to guide me back to Manhattan, I left Northside Festival day one to fight another day. - East Village Radio

"On the Radar: Black Black Black"

One thing about getting a phone call from Lo-Pan‘s Jesse Bartz is that the dude is almost always going to have a band recommendation, and generally speaking, it’s a tip you want to follow. Most recently, Bartz put me onto Brooklyn rockers Black Black Black, who feature in their ranks former Disengage vocalist Jason Alexander Byers and guitarist Jason Cox. Cox also handles Rhodes throughout Black Black Black”s self-titled debut full-length, which was self-released digitally through their Bandcamp page and as a download that comes with an accompanying art book — presumably of Byers‘ work, since he’s a noted visual artist who’s had gallery shows in New York, Ohio and Florida.

The band is rounded out by drummer Jeff Ottenbacher and bassist Johnathan Swafford, but for anyone who encountered Disengage, especially either as they were on 2000's Obsession Become Phobias or 2005's Application for an Afterlife swansong, at least some elements remain consistent in the new band. Songs are short and vary in intensity levels but remain consistently intelligent no matter the musical context, and bolstered by Andrew Schneider‘s production and guest appearances from Dave Curran (Unsane) and others, tracks like the catchy earlier cut “Pentagram On” or the later, punkier “Soar Like a Spider” (which boasts one of the record’s best choruses) have substance to back their crisp presentation.

“Pentagram On” opens with a kind of punker shuffle, and the ensuing “Wisdom, Knowledge and Fucked” reminds in its melodicism of some of what made Red Fang‘s Murder the Mountains so potent hook-wise, but the post-doom crashing of “Light Light Light” is coupled with a subdued verse melody and very quickly it becomes apparent that Black Black Black are not looking to be limited sound-wise. “Mishandled” takes the Andrew Scheider drum sound and pairs it with a bassline from Swafford that brings to mind the evocative tidalisms of Akimbo‘s Jersey Shores, and the album wraps with the strong closing trio of “Lexipro Devil,” “Drum 0)))))))” — which, yes, is a drum solo, but an awesomely named one — and “Son of Bad,” which adds Moog and organ to an already potent melody in the guitar and vocals.

As hard as that kind of thing always is to pin down, there are some grunge-type melodies in “Son of Bad,” which “Lexipro Devil” also works to set up with minor key progressions in its intro from Cox and restrained vocals from Byers throughout, which even with the malevolent churn in the bridge is a far cry from the 1:23 punch of “Redeath,” but even that is followed by the bass-heavy “Fever is Law,” the verse of which seems to nod at Arc of Ascent. Clearly it’s a pretty wide breadth they’re working with, and as the record was released in March, I thought I’d pass on Bartz‘s tip in case anyone else wanted to check it out. -


Black Black Black Altered States of Death & Grace 2016

Black Black Black S/T 2013



Brooklyn "doom pop" rockers Black Black Black are set to release new, sophomore album Altered States of Death and Grace this spring via Aqualamb Records.

Stripped-down, psyched-out desert rock meets big-city darkness, in Altered States of Death and Grace's ten perfect gems of driving rock n' roll. Hip-shaking stomps and soaring hooks propel morbidly poetic songs about pills, decay, self-mutilation, Satanism, and other horror-flick delights, bearing titles like "Let's Bloodlet" and "Exorcist Everything." It is a clash of desert and city, light and dark, sweet and bitter – while the music radiates color, the lyrics are as black as the band name.

"Zoloft Manual" kicks off the album, showcasing the rich singing voice of frontman Jason Alexander Byers – Byers is formerly the vocalist of '90s Cleveland band Disengage (releases on Man's Ruin Records and other labels) and on Altered States of Death and Grace he croons, howls, and screams with a veteran's conviction. Second track "I Got Scabies" begins as a hellbound highway rocker and ends with clanging Daydream Nation strums. "Lloyd Needs Meds" follows, slowing things down to heavy, transcendent White Album bliss, the sounds of eerie voices and sharpening knives buried in the haze.

From start to finish, Altered States of Death and Grace is a supremely rocking album that traverses the whole spectrum but always keeps a foot in black.

The album was recorded at Terminus Recording Studios and mixed at 28th Street Sound by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Mutoid Man), and mastered by Carl Saff (Fu Manchu, Sannhet).

Aqualamb, the Brooklyn label of which Black Black Black bassist Johnathan Swafford is co-owner, will release Altered States of Death and Grace in its signature format: the label has made a name for releasing music in the form of pristinely-designed, 100-page, softbound books. In Aqualamb's book series, each album's art and liner notes, traditionally confined to an LP gatefold, a CD booklet, or the screen of a music-playing device, is given an expanded space in which to shine. A download code for the music is included within each book. Altered States of Death and Grace's cover art was created by frontman Byers, with Aqualamb handling the book design.

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