NewsAugust 22, 2022 11:12 PM ET998 views

Black Lava set to debut full-length via Season of Mist

Black Lava

The debut full-length from blackened death metal quartet Black Lava is scheduled to be released on November 25, 2022 via Season of Mist and the band has released its very first single and music video to kick things off.

Black Lava comments:

"'Soul Furnace' is the result of months of frustration and set backs. Four friends with a common goal have come together to unleash an inferno into the world. We are very proud to present Soul Furnace to the masses, with a world class crew and production team - to deliver an organic and energetic record."

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Official press release:

During the turbulent and uncertain years of 2020-2021, perhaps none were plunged deeper into darkness than those from down under as Australia imposed some of the strictest, harshest, and most devastating lockdown measures in the world, forcing their civilians into years of isolation. However, through solitude and desolation, some of the greatest art is created, as is the case with Black Lava, the emerging blackened death metal quartet from Melbourne, Australia. Founded by drummer Dan Presland (Vipassi, AMDBL, ex-Ne Obliviscaris) and guitarist Ben Boyle (Vipassi, AMDBL, Hadal Maw), Black Lava draws influence from old school death and black metal bands while injecting groove-laden melodies and progressive elements to create their own experimental sound.

"The idea came about from just pure frustration of the situation at hand during 2020/2021," explains Presland of the band's formation. "Ben and I live locally together, and in the beginning of the pandemic, I built a working studio, so we got together to just initially jam to release some frustrations and vent some music around the second half of 2021. We had a pretty casual jam together and Ben came back with a few fleshed out ideas a few days later." 

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As the ideas started to come to fruition, the duo quickly realized that the project had more potential than just a jam session. "Both of us were really into the direction Ben pushed," continues Presland, "and it was something pretty new to both of us - we have worked together quite extensively over the years within music, playing in several bands together (Vipassi, AMDBL, Aphotic Dawn and more) - so to go in a totally new direction was pretty refreshing."

As the pair fleshed out more ideas, they turned to their good friend Rob Watkins of Blackhelm to fulfill vocal duties.

"Within 10 minutes we had found a vocalist and the search for a bassist was on. Tim Anderson (Blackhelm) was found pretty quickly and was keen to jump on board the idea also, so within a very short time frame we had a full lineup, a record ready to go, and 4 guys full of enthusiasm to push something new."

Sharing a diverse love for black metal, death metal, and progressive music, the quartet quickly found their sound and hit a stride. And thus, Soul Furnace was born - a searing 34-minute aural assault that conjures up nostalgia while still sounding fresh and current. While the record promises to usher in a new musical era of the 2020s with its forward-thinking and contemporary energy, the lyrics dwell somewhere between fantasy and the old world.

"In the world of Black Lava, the lyrics are set in a time and world long gone and forgotten, mostly made up of fantasy and a medieval theme, fitting for the realms of our style of music," explains vocalist Rob Watkins of the album's themes and inspirations. "We draw inspiration from the natural environment and mother nature, ancient witchcraft and the glory of warriors in battle. I picture Black Lava as visiting an ancient beast in a cave giving you a chance to escape the outside world through its tales and mythology."

With a new deal with Season of Mist and a team of some of the music industry's most revered artists, producers, engineers, and professionals behind them to help render their vision, Black Lava is ready to make its debut and unleash its fury upon the masses.

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Black Lava's Soul Furnace tracklisting:

1. Origins
2. Aurora
3. Black Blizzard
4. Baptised in Ice
5. Eye of the Moon
6. Northern Dawn
7. Necrocatacomb
8. Nightshade
9. Soul Furnace

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anonymous 164 days ago

Pantera > Black Lava

anonymous 164 days ago

Never heard of them. Cool band photo. The video is pretty cool. Music...most importantly, meh.

anonymous 164 days ago

I hate Trump. #rentfree

anonymous 164 days ago

Black lava, Ya know?

anonymous 164 days ago

Brown lava.

anonymous 164 days ago

These guys will single handedly defeat the new world order

rick_tocchet 164 days ago

Lavea is not lava anymore when it turns black. It is already turning into a stone form of solid material. This band name makes no f*cking sense. Maybe they should of named their band Hot Lava, OR Cold Lava, or Cooling Lava or maybe just Lava?

anonymous 164 days ago

rick_tocchet 24 minutes ago Lavea is not lava anymore when it turns black. It is already turning into a stone form of solid material. This band name makes no f*cking sense. Maybe they should of named their band Hot Lava, OR Cold Lava, or Cooling Lava or maybe just Lava? ^^ Maybe you're not funny, and never will be funny. This comment is f*cking stupid. It doesn't even make me chuckle. And aren't you late to your shift as jizz mopper at the local nudie booth?

rick_tocchet 164 days ago

^^^^ NOW that was a funny post br0!!! We all know nudiiiee booths dont open till 11 am you dumb f*ck. Now go jerk your Dad off into your mouth and spit his jizz into your Moms face.

anonymous 164 days ago

Imagine dressing like that

anonymous 164 days ago

I like it!!

anonymous 164 days ago

I'm making black lava right now lol damn kfc

anonymous 163 days ago

Black Metal is the worst. Honestly make it stop.




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