Black Tongue are a band that have been on the radar for a while now with their ridiculously heavy music. After releasing a few solid EPs, The Unconquerable Dark sees the band make their first full-length album. Their Facebook biography sums up their sound perfectly: “Too clinically brutal to be a Doom band, too sludgy to be defined as Death Metal, too Dark to be labelled as a Hardcore band- The nightmarish soundscapes BT create simply have to stand alone.” This mix of genres has enabled them to stick their tongues into the doors of multiple scenes, winning them fans across many regions and enabling the boys from Hull to tour Europe. Their music has many different influences, including Neurosis, Meshuggah, Crowbar, Whitechapel, The Arcadia Strain to name a few. But enough about the influences, onto the actual music itself.
The first thing that struck me about the album was that is was heavy. Unfathomably heavy. As with previous releases, it’s crushing and slow, but it seems more refined and serious than their other material. It also sounds especially demonic, and vocalist Alex Teyen‘s voice is incredibly evil. There’s a possible side career as a voice actor specialising in demons for Mr. Teyen, should he chose to accept it. But it’s not all crushing breakdowns and doom and gloom, there’s also some melody in the mix. The ending guitars of “In The Wake of the Wolf” are a glimmer of hope against the oppressive doom landscape. The opening of “L’appel du Vide” sounds like Mayhem running headfirst into Meshuggah, creating the sound of the pits from hell. Eddie Hermida from Suicide Silence pops up for an appearance on “Vermintide” and instantly making the song heavier. Throughout this album before the breakdowns occurred, I often had to brace myself for what was coming. While “Prince of Ash” and “The Masquerade” fall into the forgettable section of the album, the next two songs pull it back with some well-added riffs. This band could become Hull’s biggest export.
An album so heavy it weighed my iPod down just by being on it. It’s safe to say Black Tongue will please their fanbase and win new ones with this titanically crushing release. Simply outstanding.
Best Tracks: ‘In The Wake ov the Wolf,’ ‘L’appel du Vide and ‘Vermintide.’
1. Plague Worship
2. In the Wake ov the Wolf
3. Young Gloom
4. L’appel du Vide
5. Vermintide (feat. Eddie Hermida)
6. Prince of Ash
7. The Masquerade
8. A Pale Procession ii: Death March
9. I’m so Tired of Sighing. Please Lord, Let It Be Night
Black Tongue are:
Alex Teyen – Vocals
Eddie Pickard – Guitars
James Harrison – Guitars
Aaron Kitcher – Drums