Sunday, January 13, 2019

Maryland Doom Trio BLACK LUNG (ex-FLYING EYES) Sign with RIPPLE MUSIC, Prepare New Album ANCIENTS for Release

In its continued quest to bring the best stoner/doom/psych to heavy fans worldwide, Ripple Music is guided by two critical principles:  building an inspired roster of boundary-pushing bands throughout the world, and maintaining a glorious range of sonic diversity among them.

With that in mind, Ripple announces the signing of Baltimore, Maryland's BLACK LUNG with overwhelming enthusiasm.

Black Lung emerged from a brutal Baltimore winter in 2014.  Wielding a Maryland-doom-influenced blend of melody and power, Adam Bufano and Elias Schutzman (founding members of The Flying Eyes) along with multi-instrumentalist Dave Cavalier crafted a sound heavy on volume that pushed hard into experimental territory.

In lieu of a bass guitarist, the three opted for an unusual setup with a sonic palette defined by a multitude of amps, drop-tuning and copious effects.

Named "Best New Band" by the Baltimore City Paper in 2015 with the release of their self-titled debut, Black Lung embarked on their first European tour that year, including a performance at the Rockpalast Crossroads Festival on German national television.

Sophomore album See The Enemy was released in 2016 and produced by J. Robbins (guitarist/frontman for post-punk icons Jawbox, producer of The Sword and Clutch), with subsequent European tours bringing the band to the Freak Valley Festival and DesertFest Belgium.

Their most ambitious work yet, new album Ancients was produced by Frank "The Punisher" Marchand (producer of The Obsessed's Sacred).

Says the band of the album:

“The title is a reference to the ancient powers of the natural world, as seen in the album artwork and the lyrics of a song like "Badlands.” We embrace and pay homage to these forces while also rejecting the antiquated ideals of an old, white, conservative part of society that wants to drag us back into the past and away from the progressive values we believe in."

And, of the recording process and joining Ripple Music, they add:

“We were searching for a sound that captured the clarity of the instruments and voice, without losing any of the heaviness that is Black Lung, and Frank Marchand really helped us achieve it.  We’re of course stoked to be joining the Ripple Music family among so many other heavy, sick bands. We feel right at home.”

New album Ancients will arrive this March on Ripple Music in North America, Asia, and Australia, with German label Noisolution handling the release in Europe.

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