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The Blacktones The Day We Shut Down the Sun Sliptrick Records Album review

The Blacktones

The Day We Shut Down the Sun

Sliptrick Records


Album review by Allyson Kingsley Music Journalist with Boston Rock Radio


The Blacktones are a highlight of that heavy sinister shit that I absolutely adore. Anything that reminds me of Black Sabbath is a prize in my soul. Formed in Cagliari, Italy in 2011 the band has two previous releases, Distorted Reality EP in 2012 and a self-titled release in 2015. So of course having fully enjoyed this latest release The Day We Shut Down the Sun,  I indulged in a morning of exploration and discovery of their earlier stuff and was duly impressed.  This is not necessarily a concept album but the theme is described as “a step by step journey to the losing of all the qualities of a human being" and the band use the Tarot to describe such loss.


The track “ The Upside Down" has Aaron Tolu’s fiery passionate vocals, with hints of a Marilyn Manson influence and stunning prog-like guitar riffs executed by Sergio Boi and Paolo Mulas. “Ghosts" continue with an insidious atmosphere, relentless fretwork and industrial style drumming courtesy of Maurizio Mura.  “The Day We Shut Down the Sun” enchanted me with its Sabbath-like tones, drums and bassist Gianni Farci perfectly synced, haunting, flowing and hypnotic vocals.


The Blacktones are foreboding and ferocious yet glisten with a crystalline beauty. They are an amalgam of metalcore, doom, sludge, stoner and industrial elements perfectly brewed for a characteristic barbaric assault. Crank this aural annihilation on a long drive on a foggy rain soaked eve.






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