Album Review: Black Peaks – All That Divides

The band’s new masterpiece is out this Friday via Rise Records/BMG and precedes a huge UK tour. 

Brighton four-piece Black Peaks are back with new music for you this Friday. Their sophomore record All That Divides was produced by Adrian Bushby (Grammy Award Winner for Muse and Foo Fighters), and includes brand new single Home.

About the record, front man Will Gardner says “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 accross 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.”

The follow-up to 2016’s debut album Statues, All That Divides introduces you to its world with intense drums and pleading vocals of Will Gardner. It’s instantly addictive and won’t losen its grip until you’ve played the very last note of album closer Fate I & II.

Lead single Can’t Sleep is just the right dose of in-your-face howling vocals and trance-inducing melodies. If you’re not entirely obsessed by Black Peaks yet, this record will do the trick for sure. The band manage to combine styles like no one else, and you never know what you’re going to get next, except for epic songwriting. The riffs wrap around the pounding drums perfectly, especially in tracks like The Midnight Sun. 

It’s hard to pick an album favorite as All The Divides is filled to the brim with anthemic choruses and glorious mosh-worthy beats. One thing that shines brighter than anything on this album is the ideal combination of clean vocals and piercing screams, taking you on an endless emotional rollercoaster.

Aether has a fascinating influence of indie and classic rock to it that make the almost seven-minute track stand out amongst its peers. The soundscape continues seamlessly into Across The Great Divide. While one of the slower songs on the album, its intensity will take you to another level.

About recent single Home, front man Gardner says “We were writing the song against the backdrop of a lot of uncertainty with regards to personal and political identity. We were out on tour in Mainland Europe in mid-2016, during a period where we as British Citizens felt like decisions being made on behalf of our ‘Home’ did not represent us. There is a 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 it’s 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.

Eternal Light is not just a song, it’s an experience. There isn’t a moment that doesn’t take your breath away and get your heart racing at the same time. If you ever needed a song to turn up as loud as your stereo will allow – this is it.

With the near-seven-minute closer Fate I & II Black Peaks end their grasp of your soul – or so you think. The intensity and depth of All That Divides will stay with you for days, weeks – probably years. Black Peaks have taken their game to a whole new level and created something that is without a doubt going to propel them into arenas and festival headline slots very soon.

Black Peaks UK headline shows, support from Bossk and Gold Key:
11 October – Empire, Belfast
12 October – Grand Social, Dublin
13 October – Cluny, Newcastle
14 October – King Tuts, Glasgow
16 October – Cockpit, Leeds
17 October – Academy 3, Manchester
18 October – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
19 October – Underworld, London
20 October – Festiville – The Plug, Sheffield
21 October – Forty Two, Worthing