Thursday 19 April 2012

Black Oak Decline - EP Review

Black Oak Decline Cover Art

Black Oak Decline is a Post-Hardcore/Sludge Metal Artist from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Black Oak Decline play a hard-hitting blend of Sludge, Post-Hardcore and Post-Metal at times. If your into ISIS, Pelican and Cult Of Luna then your going to dig this amazing artist.

This is the work of one highly talented individual – Mike Raymond. He has just released his debut album under the great title of Black Oak Decline.

I didn’t know this was a one-man artist as it feels like a four or five man band. It’s a testament to Mike’s talent he succeeds in making people think this. Though Mike has told me his next step is putting together a live band to perform Black Oak Decline’s awesome new S/T EP.

A 6 song 20 minute plus collection of finely tuned hard hitting Post-Hardcore/Sludge Metal riffs that you will be playing over and over again like I did.

Mike has created a stunning collection of songs here. He is a great artist who blends his genres brilliantly well. Especially on tracks like – Nineteen Seventy Four, In A Deconstructing Manner and my fave track – Weight.
This is a brilliant debut by an artist who has come out of nowhere. This will be getting some major praise on the important blogs in the next few months. Take my word for it.

The EP is expertly produced and you can hear every note played to heavy crushing perfection. This is loud from the word go and that is the way its meant to be played. As loud as you possibly can.

So Mike – Congrats on producing an amazing release. I hope this is the start of a long and rewarding career for you. As you deserve as much success you can possibly get.

Now bring on the full length record!!! – Highly Recommended.

You can buy this great release from BandCamp right now. If you like what you hear headover to Black Oak Decline Facebook Page and let him know what you think. He will be grateful for any comments.

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