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Jun 06

RIVER BLACK stream new track, “Boat”

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RIVER BLACK are streaming another crushing new track off their forthcoming new album. The track, titled “Boat”, sees the band deploy a ferocious level of progressive aggression. “Boat” is streaming now here.

Regarding the track stream, vocalist Mike Olender comments: “‘Boat’ addresses the challenge that humanity faces to do the right thing for the right reasons. We all aspire to be better people than we are – and few people genuine think that they are a bad person because we all have our ways of justifying our feelings and our behaviors to ourselves. Our paths are ultimately dictated by the fragility of the human spirit and our instinct to survive. Fate has a way of setting the stage for where we will go and who we are. Simply put, there’s little use escaping human nature. Lyrically, this song is a bridge between where Burnt by the Sun dissolved and this new project began.

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, hailed as “driving, gritty, and it sure as hell doesn’t let up for even a second.” (Metal Injection)  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.

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 (click to stream, also available on Spotify)
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.

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