Blacklab – In A Bizarre Dream [IMPORT Sunburst Vinyl] – New LP
The self-proclaimed ‘Doom witch duo from Osaka’ drop their 3rd album. ‘In A Bizarre Dream’ ups the ante considerably, to let rip and define what Blacklab are about. The drums have a humungous ‘Fugazi’ like welly, and the guitars are a boiling maelstrom of fuzz dense riffola and warped psychedelics, with added synth. Yuko’s throat shredding snarls are as mean as a pissed off Satan, and melodious, often within the same song. This is doom meets hardcore punk, hooky melodies, and killer riffs, all cranked up to the max. Japan has always had a special take on ‘noise’ and ‘heavy’ and with ‘In A Bizarre Dream’ Blacklab add their own spin to that tradition. Gone is the lo-fi approach, here is Blacklab in full effect. Blacklab have negotiated that ‘difficult’ third album with aplomb and have created a sound that, despite their many influences, is all their own.
Produced by Jun Morino, recorded at Lub Lab, Osaka.
Mixed by Wayne Adams at Bear Bites Horse Studio, London.