black shapes Sleep Sleep Sleep (CD, £11.50)label: In At the Deep End
Black Shapes' monstrous debut album was recorded and produced by Steve Sears (Gallows, Hang The Bastard, Polar). Accompanied by incredible artwork by Paul Jackson, 'Sleep Sleep Sleep' sees Black Shapes take a huge leap forward in their sound. There's no denying that this album is a game changer for the band, seeing them concentrate on enormous riffage rather than speed, making for a devastatingly crushing experience. Black Shapes surfaced from the London hardcore scene back in 2011. After releasing a self titled 4 track EP, line-up changes were made with Gareth Evans (November Coming Fire) on vocals / guitar along with Mike Ager (Jairus) on bass. This turned out to be the catalyst Black Shapes needed, releasing "Let Valhalla Burn" - a one track single/video. The single received its debut play on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P Carter while the video was a featured video on the Rock Sound website and Scuzz TV. With the success 'Let Valhalla Burn' the band wasted no time getting back in the studio this time with Steve Sears at the helm to record their 2nd four track EP 'In The Mourning Light'. Drawing on influences such as American Nightmare and The Hope Conspiracy, the EP mixes frantic fretwork and unrelenting speed with down tempo, gloomy breakdowns. Gareth Evans' desperation soaked vocals make his past efforts with November Coming Fire seem like a practice run. Released in October 2012, and backed up by a video for track 'Behind My Dead Eyes' the EP captured the energy from their live performances and received rave reviews.
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