Album Review: Black Coast “Outworld”

UK metallers Black Coast are breaking out of their Covid enforced surrounds and are going Mental on their new release Outworld.

Despite their last tour being stopped due to Covid, a brief break and the band were back in the studio dealing with the challenges of lockdown, sobriety and the all-to-real challenge of trying to create in a world that stops creativity.

Opener Ache is a heavy riffing head banger with a chorus you can sing – well actually scream- to which delivers on the bands feel of isolation. Thematically this continues into Paradise which delivered vocalist Charlie Hewitt’s first ethereally atmospheric croons over sharp riffing and a floor shaking breakdown.

That angst and anger bubbles to the surface often throughout the album’s nu-metal tones.

As their bio states they are nu-metal, it’s easy to hear the flavouring that bands like Deftones have on tracks such as Addict, lyrically a deeply personal song which swings between desperation and chaos in one exhilarating swoop.

While there’s plenty of obvious nu-metal influences throughout the album such as Mental, the band do mix that up with a melodic chorus that wouldn’t be out of in place in todays metalcore bands.

Vodka Smile is full of attitude and sneer that slows down to a jazz lounge croon before setting fire to the stage as the track changes gears into anarchy.

That punch in the face punk attitude continue on tracks like Burn, an antagonistic pyromaniac middle finger of a song while the nu-metal pop Strangers Sin, complete with a throbbing southern groove riff, show the bands ability to swap seamlessly between styles.

Scarlett is the big show stopper on the album. A track that starts with chainsaw riffage bursting into a solo, the tempo changes like a pinball machine being engaged. The riff is switchblade sharp while Hewitt’s vocals are whisky bar room drawl asking you to step outside for the ensuing parking lot fight.

Black Coast have been making a lot of noise in old Blighty and on the basis of this album are about to here as well. It’s got riffs, it’s got melody’s, it’s got angst and it’s got anarchy. It’s also got my attention and will have yours too.

Album Review By Iain McCallum

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