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American heavy/doom/stoner metal band Blessed Black release new single »Unable« taken from their upcoming EP »Seasons: Vol. 1«

Cincinnati, Ohio based heavy/doom/stoner metal band Blessed Black has released the second single »Unable« taken from their upcoming EP, entitled »Seasons: Vol. 1«, which will see the light on September 1st, 2023.

01. Hellbender
02. Obsidian
03. Unable

Courtesy of C Squared Music:

Ohio’s Blessed Black have released their stunning new track »Unable«. The track is taken from their upcoming EP »Seasons: Vol. 1«. The track will be available this coming Friday, August 4th, 2023 on all streaming platforms, but is available to stream right now via Decibel Magazine.

The band comments: “We are elated to drop the second song from our EP »Seasons: Vol. 1« for the world to hear. This song is the very first contribution that our new guitarist Jake Stone brought to the band, and the lyrics take on some situations that myself and the other guys in the band have dealt with over recent years, which is watching someone you love succumb to alcoholism, drugs, or other addictions. It was very cathartic to write, and unfortunately is something that I feel like most adults can relate to in some way. Hopefully they can take some comfort in the fact that they’re not alone in these experiences.”

»Seasons: Vol. 1« will be released on September 1, 2023.

About »Seasons: Vol. 1«:

Heavy doom quartet Blessed Black are gearing up to unleash a new EP on Sept 1, 2023. Entitled »Seasons: Vol. 1«, this 3 song offering is the first of a series of EPs planned for 2023 and 2024 that mark a new chapter in the band’s career. »Seasons: Vol. 1« features the debut of new guitarist Jake Stone, and finds the band exploring themes of existentialism, grief, healing, and rediscovery.

“This is a band with stunning technical abilities. The sheer wizardry that they bring to the foreground is fascinating and speaks to just how much hard work has gone into this record” – 8.5/10 Metal Injection

“The riffs are larger than life, the drums and bass give the tunes a strong backbone, and the vocals pack energy and emotion into every line sung.” – 5/5 Metal

Doomy riffs, lashings of distortion and 70’s-esque organ are the offering from Blessed Black. Along with the heavy, »Seasons: Vol. 1« delivers deeply personal and emotional narratives across the tracks. The opening track »Hellbender« is based on a conversation vocalist/guitarist Joshua Murphy had with his father who was batting cancer. Stating “It focuses on how temporary life can be, and how easy it is to lose sight of what’s actually important in life.” The second track »Obsidian« explores the process of finding yourself again after experiencing tragedy, loss, and grief. The EP concludes with »Unable«, which is about how hard it is to watch friends and loved ones lose themselves to addiction.

About Blessed Black:

The band was founded by Murphy and drummer Ray Bates in 2018 with original guitarist Chris Emerson and original bassist Jens Nielsen. Current bassist Brad Bellamy joined in late 2019 following Nielsen’s departure. In 2022 Chris Emerson departed and after a few months existing as a trio, the band decided to bring in good friend Jake Stone as a new permanent guitarist. Musically Blessed Black are heavily influenced by bands like Black Sabbath, Danzig, Trouble, Roky Erickson, and Graveyard, to name a few. The outfit released their first EP »Beyond The Crimson Throne« in 2020, followed by the single »La Brea« in 2021. The upcoming release marks a new era with Blessed Black’s newly established line-up and shift in direction to a sound which Murphy describes as what was originally intended when the band was created.

Blessed Black is:
Joshua Murphy (War Curse) – Vocals + Guitar
Jake Stone (ex-Smoke Healer) – Guitar
Brad Bellamy (Black Tractor, Phantom Queen) – Bass
Ray Bates – Drums

Organ parts recorded by Mark Brown.

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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