Thank you once again Twitter for introducing yet another amazing generally unheard of band into my life: Black Coast.
I had originally planned on doing a review of the latest Sick Puppies album, but Spotify had only released it in the US and Canada meaning I had to wait (still waiting as of Sunday the 29th of May). So while flicking through my Twitter feed I stumbled across Black Coast, a 5-piece Metal and Hardcore band formed in Stoke-on-Trent in 2015 and made up of Charlie Hewitt (vocals), Jack Beardsall (bass), Matt Clarke (drums), Joe Mayer and Scott Pinnington (both guitarists). Despite being under a year old, Black Coast already had their first EP, Crows of the North, out on both iTunes and Spotify since February 26th.
Crows of the North is a 5 song EP that, while doesn’t bring anything new or innovating to Metal/Hardcore genre, is a kick ass and amazing first release. ‘Violence Reigns’ is the opener and really gets the blood pumping with its no frills Rock sound. Midway through, ‘Plagues’ continues this trend and expands it with its awesome guitar riffs, switching between deep droning to high screeching during the verse and chorus. But my favourite would have to be the title track and closer ‘Crows of the North’ which just starts so balls to the wall till just over half way through before slowing and tuning down, lulling you into a false soft finish before going all out again.
I'm really glad that I came across Black Coast and their debut EP Crows of the North, as it's brilliant, keeping it simple but interesting and most importantly easy to head bang to tunes (seriously, I struggled not to while writing this). I can see a bright future for Black Coast, this EP was released before the group was even around for a year and they will be doing a small tour supporting Grains in June through the Midlands, if they got another record out before the end of the year I really wouldn’t be surprised. A talented band that while doesn’t reinvent Metal suits it down to a tee.