Blacks0n’s Cry for Inspiration is truly a lovable monster of an EP.
Back on the 2nd of July we checked out Blacks0n, the Italian Prog Deathcore two piece and their latest single ‘Nowhere To Run’, where I told you I was super pumped for their EP Cry for Inspiration, such was the impression of the first two tracks the
band released in the lead up. Fortunately, I didn’t have to wait long since the awesome people at Famined Records hooked us up with an early access, meaning I spent a week and a half getting to really know Cry for Inspiration.
Describing themselves, the boys wrote this on Blacks0n’s Facebook bio “Everyone has a repressed Blacks0n within and has to cohabit with him. He’s been born from every delusions and failures, every door slammed in the face, every knife in the back, every bitter taste of defeat.
Our goal is to gladden this Blacks0n with our music and to generate a sort of romantic view of failure. With our music we address to those who see failure as the ultimate arrival of our sincere being, appreciating not the winner but the vain sacrifice of those who has done their best without success.”. That is the vibe they set out to achieve and you can actually feel it, on each and every track of Cry for Inspiration.
‘A Forbidden Pleasure’ gets straight to the point with no pussy footing around with a long teasing intro. Like all good openers it sets the tone and warns you all too well what’s to follow.
‘On the Wings of Defeat’ is next and was the first single released in the lead up. For some reason I especially love the guitars here and that long outro that feels like it’ll never end.
We’ve covered ‘Nowhere To Run’ already and if you missed it you can find it HERE, just FYI, it’s bloody good.
‘Ears on Distant Stars’ is straight up my favourite track off Cry for Inspiration, like the rest of the EP the lyrics are deep, but seem to cut through the music to reach out to you, becoming a little clearer than what Deathcore vocals are “meant to be”.
‘The Vent’ on the first listen confused my ear, it sounded like a massive mish mash of metal noise with lyrics on top of it. But after another listen, I realised it worked, it was a multi-layered piece of art… maybe I was looking too deep into this one, but that’s what I found.
Cry for Inspiration takes absolutely no fucking prisoners; with not a single clean vocal to be heard anywhere, lyrical content that cuts deep, right down to the bone and most importantly, the music of Cry for Inspiration resonates down in the darkest depths of your soul where it makes itself a home and refuses to leave, long after I’ve put the headphones away for the day and begin to relax, I find my foot starts tapping and I can hear Blacks0n’s music in my head, clear as day.
For a first release Blacks0n should be massively fucking proud of themselves. They haven’t just dropped a Prog Deathcore EP, they’ve given to the world an outlet for the darker thoughts and feelings that we experience, and shaped it into something positive, that also happens to kick some serious arse.
Written by Dan.
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