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Black Oil – Resist to Exist Award winner

Black Oil
Resist to Exist
by Jacob Dawson at 02 May 2015, 11:09 PM

Resist to Exist” will absolutely blow your socks off when you hit play. Rarely have I heard such a sudden and powerful introduction to an album; there is no pretence of foreplay, we just dive straight into the pummelling riffs and lethal bass immediately.

One thing that helps is the absolutely relentless, destructive power of the vocals performed by Mike Black, which mainly consist of growls and deathly roars but occasionally become higher and cleaner vocals such as towards the end of “Rise Up”, and in “Combustion”. These may well be performed by another band member, but I’m going to go ahead and credit Mr Black for his vocal range anyway, as it is demonstrated at various other points in the album.

The music is fairly bassy throughout, but still maintains a quality of production that allows every member of the band to shine. The tempo shifts are well-executed as well, making some songs, like “Paperslave” as heavy as you like while still leaving room for lots of guitar solos and spiralling riffs.

One of the greatest praises I can sing for this album is simply how varied and explorative it is; the band are not willing to sit still on one bassline or riff for even a minute, and are constantly switching up each track until by the end it is barely recognisable as the one it began as. They manage to do this without compromising on quality or creativity, so that there is not a single dull track on the album, or one that just feels like filler. Each contributes something new and unique to the record, and that is one of the best things an artist can achieve from any release.

Normally I can think of more to say about an album, but the truth is that there is little criticism to be given to this particular example. BLACK OIL have done an incredible job with their latest effort, and have now become one of the few bands that is now on my radar from doing these reviews.

4 Star Rating

1. Rise Up
2. Justified
3. Callate
4. Exoskeleton
5. Combustion
6. Revolution
7. Stand Against Everything
8. Paperslave
Addasi Addasi - Guitar
Mike Black - Vocals
Drew Petropoulos - Bass/Vocals
Record Label: Sliptrick Records


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