San Diego-based trio EARTHLESS will release its new full-length album, “Black Heaven”, on March 16 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded at Rancho de la Luna in Joshua Tree, California with Dave Catching (EAGLES OF DEATH METAL) handling production.
The album’s title track can now be streamed below.
“A whirlwind ride through dark clouds and muddy waters, hi-energy sludge that rolls and heavy riffage that rocks,” is how drummer Mario Rubalcaba described “Black Heaven”. “Psychedelic sprinkles all over the place make me wanna turn this sucker up loud as hell only to howl at the heavens”
“The main riff for ‘Black Heaven’ came about during a soundcheck in Australia in 2015,” adds bass player Mike Eginton. “I think we sort of played that riff a little bit several times on that tour while we were setting up. Other parts came in over the following years, but it wasn’t ever worked on very seriously until we started working on ‘Black Heaven’. Then it came together pretty quickly when we started jamming it out.”
“Black Heaven” marks a shift for the band, with four of the six songs featuring vocals whereas earlier albums only occasionally had vocals.
“It wasn’t a premeditated thing to do a record with vocals,” said Rubalcaba. “On the older records, Mike was responsible for a lot of the riffs that would start these jams, but on this one Isaiah [Mitchell] really brought his own pizazz and flavor to it. I’d say that’s one of the major differences on this album: It has more of Isaiah‘s input. He took a risk bringing these ideas to us, not knowing if we’d like them. But as with everything we’ve done in the past, it felt very organic and natural.”
Pre-order bundles, with digital releases offering an instant download of “Gifted By The Wind”, are available now here.
“Black Heaven” track listing:
01. Gifted By The Wind
02. End To End
03. Electric Flame
04. Volt Rush
05. Black Heaven
06. Sudden End
Photo credit: Atiba Jefferson