Brighton 4-piece Black Peaks return with their second album All That Divides to claim 2018 as their own.
With 2016’s debut Statues resonating so deafeningly amongst every heavy music fan that had the pleasure of acquainting with this band, Black Peaks might have felt a bit of a weight on their shoulders. As Can’t Sleep rips into the fore, any notions of ‘second album syndrome’ are quickly obliterated. Deservedly elected as the album’s lead single, we’re off to an outrageously good start.
One of the most impressive elements of this album is the way that frontman Will Gardner has been able to freely flex the capabilities of his extraordinary vocals. In The Midnight Sun, we are effortlessly transported between clean, often smooth verses and gutty, visceral screams that are fuelled by furious venom. It’s rare to hear vocals that are delivered in such a malleable way. This is only the start, with Aether, Across The Great Divide, Slow Seas and Fate I & II all particularly showcasing diversifying vocal performances of the highest quality.
Naturally, we need to talk about the breakdowns. Close your eyes and pick a song at random. Got it? Good. Now buckle up, because at some point a riff so monumentally gargantuan is going to tear you a new one. In terms of dynamics, there are so many points in this album that will take your breath away that if I were to list every one of them we’d all be here for days. It must be said, however, that Eternal Light is a particular highlight. The intro alone has your brain itching and your skin crawling in anticipation of the riot that is to follow.
Having been lucky enough to see the band live a number of times between now and 2016, the rate at which they have evolved as performers is astounding. The aforementioned vocal performances are just one indicator of how much more affirmed they are as musicians. Where Statues was rough around the edges (brilliantly so), All That Divides is much more refined yet still maintains the gravelly authenticity that we know and love from Black Peaks.
Undoubtedly at the top of their game and rightly at the forefront of their scene – Black Peaks are more than just a force to be reckoned with – they’re on their way to something huge.
Get your copy of All That Divides HERE
Also, don’t miss Black Peaks live at the following dates:
BLACK PEAKS UK headline shows, support from Bossk and Gold Key:
Thu-Oct-11- Empire, Belfast – N IRE
Fri-Oct-12 – Grand Social, Dublin – Ireland
Sat-Oct-13 – Newcastle, Cluny
Sun-Oct-14 – Glasgow, King Tuts
Tue-Oct-16 – Leeds, Cockpit
Wed-Oct-17 – Manchester – Academy 3
Thu-Oct-18 – Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
Fri-Oct-19 – London, Underworld
Sat-Oct-20 – Sheffield – Festiville – The Plug
Sun-Oct-21 – Worthing, Forty Two
Tue-Oct-23 – Gibus, Paris – France
Wed-Oct-24 – MTC, Koln – Germany
Thu-Oct-25 – Molotow Sky Bar, Hamburg – Germany
Mon-Oct-29 – Kranhalle, Munich – Germany
Tue-Oct-30 – Arena 3Raum Bar, Vienna – Austria
Wed-Oct-31 – Dynamo Werk 2, Zurich – Switzerland
Thu-Nov-1 – Magnolia, Milan – Italy
Sat-Nov-3 – Razzmatazz 3, Barcelona – Spain
Sun-Nov-4 – Moby Dick, Madrid – Spain