ALBUM: Black Tongue – The Unconquerable Dark
September 4th, 2015
Few bands create a sound that is encompassing of pretty much every genre in extreme metal, yet their influences can readily be heard. Areas of death metal, groove metal, hardcore, and even some doom metal can readily be heard on what is doomcore newcomers Black Tongue‘s freshest output. Starting in 2013, this release sees only their second record for these newcomers, and, to do this well so early in their career only shows great promise.
The best track on this album has to be ‘Young Gloom’ starting a trend of an eerie intro with the sound of an amp being fed through to give an intense buzzing effect. This gives the song an already great sense of what’s yet to come. The guitar riff from what comes from this is broken by some of the heaviest drum beats a band this side of 90s death metal has delivered. Aaron Kitchen really shows his chops on this album, and this song is just a great example of that.
The track also drastically changes around 3 minutes 30 minutes in from death metal with doom influences to a straight up doom metal section. This only lasts for around 20 seconds, but the choice to include this at all adds a whole other dimension to what is being played in the vast majority of this track. The song cutting out to just one riff at the end, played by Eddie Pickard, shows the creativity and flair that this band demonstrates, especially for one coming from such a heavy background.
Black Tongue‘s influences are demonstrated perfectly along the whole of this record. The drums at the end of ‘Pale Procession Death March II’ gives the connection to a lot of the doom and stoner metal influences, particularly towards bands like Electric Wizard, but with more death screamed vocals over the top.
Unfortunately, ‘The Unconquerable Dark’ does have its drawbacks, especially when it comes to the over use of silences and effects within the songs. Every track has a jarring intro and there are at times when listening to this where it starts to become repetitive. The wish for the band to just jump straight into a pure noise inducing headbanger comes to you as a listener at certain points, but more often than not, the way the band do this changes over the songs that are being played and more often than not hits instead of misses. This is mainly true on the ending of the final track ‘I’m So Tired Of Sighing, Please Lord Let It Be Night’ on which the ending becomes so much of a tease for the conclusion, especially since it sounds like the album should have ended 3 times due to the pauses.
Ultimately, this album shows great promise from a new band. It delivers everything that a band in this style should do, and it will hopefully keep fans of extreme metal through to fans of hardcore happy throughout the entire span of this record’s playthrough.
Written by Bradley Cassidy (@bradcassidy170)