Eric from Cold Black River joins The Zach Moonshine Show for a live interview and we talk about all kinds of things pertaining to the band and local scene as well as the announcement of the Doomed & Stoned Fest show coming up!
This episode features brand new music from Cold Black River, Abhor, Abysmal Grief, Nevalra, Pelican, I am The Law, Wither And Bloom, Darkthrone and much more!
1 - Secret Realm Devotion - Wino
2 - The Zach Moonshine Intro
3 - Swamp Ritual - Swamp Ritual
4 - Legione Occulta - Abhor
5 - Ministerium Diaboli - Abysmal Grief
6 - Bullshitting On Air: Uhaul Trucks Await!
7 - Warchestra/...Of Ruination/Conjure The Storm - Nevalra
8 - Cold Black River - Interview Featuring The Deserts of Mars/Keep Rollin/Among the Stars
9 - Full Moon, Black Water - Pelican
10 - Bullshitting On Air: Frogs, Snakes, Owls and shit!
11 - Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone/You Must Be Blind/Bored to Tears - Black Label Society
12 - Dance Of The Southern Witch/The Earth Will Eat Today - I Am The Law
13 - Bullshitting On Air: Battle of the bands winners Wither and Bloom!
14 - Eyes To See - Wither And Bloom
15 - Mindrot - Demolition Hammer
16 - Hell's Rock 'N' Roll/All Hail the Goat - Hellripper
17 - Waking The Demons - In The Shadows
18 - Bullshitting On Air: appreciation of the free merch!
19 - I Muffle Your Inner Choir/The Hardship Of The Scots/Old Star - Darkthrone
20 - Loathe/Slowly We Rot (2008 version) - Obituary
21 - Bullshitting On Air: Smoulder stuck in my head all day!
22 - The Sword Woman - Smoulder
Check out the full show on mixcloud below!
Check out the interview alone on Youtube!
The cold black river flows onwards, carrying the dead to places unknown, or as the Madison, Wisconsin band put it, “Anywhere Ya Wanna”. The trio are set to drop their third release of dusty doom rock spiced up with that bluesy riffin’ vibe, and Tales of Death & The Devil is a humdinger - the third in a row after 2 well-received EPs, and this time the band are even more sinister and mysterious.
After opener “The Deserts of Mars” sets the low-down dirty pace, the opening words delivered in Eric Cobb’s drawl set the record’s dark tone: “Born under a damn bad sign / I’m known by many names / I’m darker than anti-matter / Understand your need for pain.” His vocal approach speaks of a world-weary traveler settling down for a drink and a storytelling session to anyone willing to hear, involving goddesses, doomsday and a strange string of numbers. The other two members are happy to accompany him, and the chemistry indicates many hours of jam sessions and the comfortability it brings.
After a few listens, the grooves in the band’s own records creep in - classic Sabbath, working man’s Clutch, and riff-central Kyuss a few highlights among them. Familiar names, but certainly well-integrated into Cold Black River’s own unique interpretation. It also helps that the record sounds good - the mixing is smooth and lets a beefy bass and in-the-pocket drumming complement the top-notch guitar playing.
In such a rich scene as Madison’s, it’s an achievement to stand out like Cold Black River do. With such a potent third record under their belts, it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing much more of this band. As the final track so neatly puts it - “Long after you have been broken / the river will flow evermore.”
Tales of Death and the Devil will be released on CD on June 14th 2019. The digital version can be purchased here: https://coldblackriver.bandcamp.com/
Cold Black River are:
Jeremy Roseland – guitars
Eric Cobb – bass/vox
Aaron Kanitz – drums
1. Numbers Station
2. The Deserts of Mars
3. Keep Rollin’
4. Among the Stars
5. Oh My Goddess
6. Vengeance of the Clouds
7. Anywhere You Wanna.
8. Numbers Station (Revisited)
9. Androids Entrance
Check out the band on Bandcamp!