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Album Review: All That Divides by Black Peaks

Black Peaks release their new album All That Divides on 5th October via Rise Records / BMG. Produced by Adrian Bushby (Grammy Award Winner for Muse and Foo Fighters), it follows 2016’s critically acclaimed Statues and is poised to be every bit as successful.

There’s no hint of a difficult second album here. Black Peaks are on top form and serve up nine bombastic hard rock tracks that channel the power and ferocity of the Deftones mixed with an immediate British alt rock twist.

Frontman Will Gardner on the album, “Lyrically at least, this album represents the fear of a future where freedom is restricted. Over the last two years, we as a band have been incredibly lucky to have been able to travel across Europe and play our music. The fact this happened to take place during a period where various political changes, at home and abroad, made us focus a lot about the freedom and right to travel. We have seen people, families, relationships and countries divided by conflict and political upheaval, and our reaction to this is a core lyrical theme running through the album.”

From the raw power of opener ‘Can’t Sleep’ through to the ambitious, spanning closer ‘Fate I & II’ this is an album that thrills and excites at every turn. Get angry at the world, let the aggression channel through the music and feel its power. It gets you moving – not only do you want to throw yourself around the room and lose yourself in the music, but you want to stand up and take action, fight the injustices.

‘Electric Fires’ is an angry and damning assessment of the world, “the prophets are leading us astray” gets the blood rushing and the thunderous riffs build the aggression through their forthright and commanding power. If that wasn’t enough to get you on your feet, the empathetic ‘Aether’ takes a more restrained approach but is every bit as commanding and powerful.

‘Across The Great Divide’ takes a more technical approach, sounding like heavier moments of the Deftones remixed through early Muse and Arcane Roots structures. It’s the sound of Black Peaks at their most ambitious and it works wonderfully. ‘Home’ mixes some of the band’s heaviest moments with instants of immediacy, musically it’s a grower and gets better with each listen and little nuances come to fore. Lyrically it’s emotional and relatable as Gardner comments, “we as British Citizens felt like decisions being made on behalf of our ‘Home’ did not represent us. There is an uneasy feeling of severance that happens when you are not physically at home during a time of transformation. Our feelings of disconnection and division from our country and its people, coupled with tour-fatigue and cabin fever, made for some of the most difficult times we have experienced, as a band, as friends, and as people.”

Both ‘Eternal Lights’ and ‘Slow Seas’ are of the highest order. The former has proper explosive energy that sucks you in while the latter builds to some devastating breakdowns and is laced with big emotion. Black Peaks are back and they’re at the top of their game. Superb.

AD Rating 9/10

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