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Japan's dark witch, doom duo BlackLab release lyric video for 'Forked Road'


BlackLab, the dark witch, doom duo from Osaka, Japan are poised to return with their new long playing record ‘ABYSS’. The band were scheduled to play London’s Desert Fest in May to coincide with the release of their new album but with all their live shows cancelled they have filmed a new lyric video for ‘Forked Road’ instead. The band comment,

'Due to COVID-19, all our UK tours and live concerts in Japan have also been all cancelled. We really miss live shows. Let's keep on rockin' with this song while at home! This lyric-video was totally D.I.Y.  Shot, photographed and edited by us and our recording engineer Jun Morino, while I drew the subtitles myself’ - Yuko Morino (BlackLab)

BlackLab’s first lp ‘Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0’ was released in 2018, and set Yuko Morino (Guitar, vocals) and Chia Shiraishi (Drums) loose on the world. Now with ‘ABYSS’ the band are very much defining what that space is. Once again, the album was produced by Jun Morino in Osaka, and mixed in London by Wayne Adams (Pet Brick, Green Lung, Cold In Berlin) and is an uncompromising beast of a record.

In fact ‘Abyss’ is the perfect title, a dark looming void that summons the listener…dive in if you dare. Set for release digitally on 8th May 2020 the CD and vinyl versions of ‘Abyss’ will now be released on 29th May.

BlackLab are:

Yuko Morino. Guitar, vocals

Chia Shiraishi. Drums

Watch the video for recent single ‘Insanity’

“BlackLab’s relentlessly bleak, feedback-drenched and fuzz-laden take on doom/noise is as dark and mysterious as a black hole, and every bit as absorbing”  -  CLASSIC ROCK

“Blacklab are awesome. Fall under their hex immediately”  - KERRANG

“Distorted blasts of grunge, riot grrrl and chunks of early Boris” -  THE WIRE

" Ultra-fuzzed out riffage, mesmerizing, and sometimes barely harnessed chaos” - DECIBEL MAGAZINE

“They’re not playing to genre so much as bending genre to the shape they want it to take”  - THE OBELISK

“Raw, noisy and groove laden, an extreme, arcane force”  - METAL HAMMER

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