May 02

RIVER BLACK announce live dates


RIVER BLACK have announced the first live dates in support of their forthcoming debut album. The band will be appearing as part of Dark Lord Day 2017, presented by Three Floyds Brewing Company. Dark Lord Day takes place on May 13th in Munster, IN, and sees RIVER BLACK play alongside AMON AMARTH, GOATWHORE, HIGH ON FIRE, and POWERMAD. Tickets are sold out, however additional information about the festival is available at the Dark Lord Day website.

RIVER BLACK have also announced their first-ever hometown show in Richmond, VA. The band will perform at Strange Matter on May 11, alongside ARTIFICIAL BRAIN, BUZZARD DUST, and LORE. More information about both of these live dates can be found below.

RIVER BLACK are streaming the first new track off their new album. The track, a furious amalgamation of metal and hardcore titled “Low” is streaming now at

RIVER BLACK recently announced details behind the release of their forthcoming debut album. Recorded in New Jersey’s Trax East studio (DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, HATEBREED, DEADGUY, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) with producer Eric Rachel (SKIDROW, MUNICIPAL WASTE, GOD FORBID) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side (CONVERGE, MASTODON, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), RIVER BLACK’s eponymous full-length will be released worldwide on July 7th. Pre-orders for the album are available across multiple formats here.

RIVER BLACK features four veterans of the metal scene in its ranks;  guitarist John Adubato (ex BURNT BY THE SUN), vocalist Mike Olender (ex BURNT BY THE SUN / ENDEAVOR), bassist Brett Bamberger (REVOCATION), and Dave Witte (MUNICIPAL WASTE, ex BURNT BY THE SUN / DISCORDANCE AXIS / HUMAN REMAINS / etc.) on drums.

The cover art and track list for ‘River Black’ is available below:

Cover art by Ellie Gill

Track list
1. Jaws
2. Honor
3. Low (click to stream, also available on Spotify)
4. Shipwreck
5. River Black
6. South x South
7. Boat
8. Move
9. #Victim
10. Haunt
11. Sink
12. Everywhere

RIVER BLACK is an emotional reaction; an answer to the call of today’s heavy music. It is a creative process that journeys to the heart and soul; purging all the good, the bad and the ugly along the way.

Photo by Scott Kinkade

RIVER BLACK was formed by Adubato and Witte after the dissolution of BURNT BY THE SUN . The duo felt the need to keep the spirit and energy behind that going, pushing it a darker and heavier direction than anything in their collective past,and enlisted long-time friend Bamberger. After working through a few different line-ups, the trio brought Olender into the fold. Witte explains, “I’ve always had a strong connection with John and his riffs. Somehow, he’s able to pull things out of me drumming-wise that no one else can. I found a rhythm partner and brother in Brett over the years, so those two together are the ultimate wing men for me so-to-speak. Adding Mike back into the fold was the puzzle piece that had been missing the whole time we’ve been working on this project.”

RIVER BLACK news and updates will be made available through the Season of Mist website.

RIVER BLACK tour dates
May 11 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ARTIFICIAL BRAIN

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