Assessment of Album: BLACK LAVA The Savage Winds To Wisdom

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When the term “Australia” is mentioned, my mind drifts to the classic Mad Max movie. I recall Crocodile Dundee from my formative years in the 80s. Outback Steakhouse also pops into my thoughts. Regardless of its authenticity, the metal scene down under is unquestionably genuine, and Black Lava is among the emerging bands from the land of Oz that has piqued my interest. Their second album, The Savage Winds to Wisdom, is set to release, and there are a few thoughts I’d like to share.

If you’re unfamiliar with Black Lava, they deliver a dense mix of death, black, and doom metal. An abundance of captivating riffs accompanied by intense double bass and thunderous percussion. This is evident right from the outset with the track “Colour of Death,” an absolute showstopper. The heaviness takes a darker turn on “Dark Legacy,” evoking memories of The Handmaid’s Tale’s haunting score during its most chilling moments.

“Unsheathing Nightmares” is a delectably intense fusion of elements desired in an extreme metal track. The level of songwriting expertise shines through, and I find myself captivated by the subtle nuances emanating from the guitars.

“Ironclad Sarcophagus” is another standout with a commanding sound. It strikes a perfect balance between dissonance and restraint, all while being precise and impactful. Plus, it comes with an impressive music video!

While I found satisfaction in Black Lava‘s initial release before the era of COVID, their latest offering is undeniably a step above. Guitarist Ben Boyle explains, “Greater attention was given to the compositions on The Savage Winds to Wisdom. The riffs and melodies are more intricate and layered. Drawing from a broader range of inspirations and tones, the album possesses a true sense of equilibrium—a quality that invites repeated listens and meticulous attention to detail, while remaining faithful to Black Lava‘s primary goal: crafting heavy, yet dynamic and infectious anthems that narrate a tale and exude an atmosphere of power for the audience.”

Other tracks on the album that particularly resonate with me are “Pagan Dust,” which showcases impressive speed, and the brooding and mysterious “Sanguis Lupus.” While I may have a minor grievance about the album’s tracks sounding similar, this formula has undeniably proven successful for fellow Australians AC/DC, so it might as well work for this band too.

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Overall, if you’re a fan of bands like Satyricon, Behemoth, and Goatwhore, I highly recommend giving Black Lava a serious listen. They may well be one of the most noteworthy exports from Australia since the Bloomin’ Onion.

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