Black Haze Black Haze Review



Playing what they describe as ”
a mixture of fluffy doom and groove laden rock
Germany‘s
Black Haze have, with their mixture of alt/grunge and good old fashioned hard rock and stonerized doom , caused a small ripple of appreciation to reverberate across the murky waters of the doom/stoner & psych scene. The band who were formed in
Rostock,
Germany in 2014 have just recently released their debut album ”
Black Haze” via
Bandcamp and for a relatively new band its surprisingly good, if not a little bit brilliant!


Senor Major Mustache” opens
Black Haze’s account with a juicy up-tempo rocker fuelled by crunching guitar riffageand pushed by an engine room of big throbbing bass and solid, tight powerful drums. Over this tornado of gritty hard rock bluster and stoner groove are then delivered vocals of equal size and magnitude by front man and occasional second guitarist
Danny Borealis whose voice, an instrument in its own right, is a richer and deeper than you would usually expect within this genre but has a grittiness of tone and timbre that sits perfectly within the grooves the rest of the band so expertly supply around it.


Devil’s High” enters astride a wall of fuzz then segues into jagged but atmospheric doom tinted stoner groove with the vocalist alternating between smooth low crooning and deep, full on, gritty roaring against a backdrop of intricate rhythmic might and soaring guitar work.


A King Is Born” sees
Black Haze jamming a slightly lysergic groove enhanced by heavily effected guitar colouring over a foundation of subtly shifting rhythmic dynamics mirrored by
Borealis’ massive vocals.


Sun” finds the band in a more reflective mood with
Borealis telling of ”
green deserts” and ”
praying to Heaven on my knees” while at the same time supplying an acoustic guitar foundation around which main guitarist
Tommy (second name unknown) injects little touches of electric six-string colouring and texture, perfectly backed up by
Felix Wagner’s liquid bass lines and
Benni Koch’s intricate and precise percussion. The song slowly builds in tempo and atmosphere reaching a crescendo around the three quarter mark then gently falling away to finish as it started.


Sixty Lies” comes straight outta the blocks with the guitars laying down a circular hard rock refrain that then shifts into a fractured and slightly sparse groove overlaid with a strong vocals and is underpinned by a superb gnarled
Wagner bass line and
Koch’s slightly Teutonic percussion before gradually moving through the gears and finishing with
Borealis’ roared vocal taking it to the close.


Dreamseller” and ”
The Dirt” follow, the first a massive hard rocker replete with big vocals, big riffs and bigger rhythms, the second a more laid back. torch-like song enhanced by shifting musical dynamics and elements of both psych and prog texturing.


Catch The Ride” closes the album and begins with
Tommy laying down a
U2-like guitar motif over which the vocalist wordlessly croons before moving into more alt/grunge territory on a low key, almost mainstream rock groove. with the frontmen singing of ”
promises I don’t wanna break“. Although not as heavy or as downright nasty as the previous tracks it nevertheless shows a band who are not just a riff machine but one that if they ever decided to go down a more commercial route have the chops and songwriting skills to do so.

Check them out ….

© 2017 Frazer Jones




Playing what they describe as ”
a mixture of fluffy doom and groove laden rock
Germany‘s
Black Haze have, with their mixture of alt/grunge and good old fashioned hard rock and stonerized doom , caused a small ripple of appreciation to reverberate across the murky waters of the doom/stoner & psych scene. The band who were formed in
Rostock,
Germany in 2014 have just recently released their debut album ”
Black Haze” via
Bandcamp and for a relatively new band its surprisingly good, if not a little bit brilliant!


Senor Major Mustache” opens
Black Haze’s account with a juicy up-tempo rocker fuelled by crunching guitar riffageand pushed by an engine room of big throbbing bass and solid, tight powerful drums. Over this tornado of gritty hard rock bluster and stoner groove are then delivered vocals of equal size and magnitude by front man and occasional second guitarist
Danny Borealis whose voice, an instrument in its own right, is a richer and deeper than you would usually expect within this genre but has a grittiness of tone and timbre that sits perfectly within the grooves the rest of the band so expertly supply around it.


Devil’s High” enters astride a wall of fuzz then segues into jagged but atmospheric doom tinted stoner groove with the vocalist alternating between smooth low crooning and deep, full on, gritty roaring against a backdrop of intricate rhythmic might and soaring guitar work.


A King Is Born” sees
Black Haze jamming a slightly lysergic groove enhanced by heavily effected guitar colouring over a foundation of subtly shifting rhythmic dynamics mirrored by
Borealis’ massive vocals.


Sun” finds the band in a more reflective mood with
Borealis telling of ”
green deserts” and ”
praying to Heaven on my knees” while at the same time supplying an acoustic guitar foundation around which main guitarist
Tommy (second name unknown) injects little touches of electric six-string colouring and texture, perfectly backed up by
Felix Wagner’s liquid bass lines and
Benni Koch’s intricate and precise percussion. The song slowly builds in tempo and atmosphere reaching a crescendo around the three quarter mark then gently falling away to finish as it started.


Sixty Lies” comes straight outta the blocks with the guitars laying down a circular hard rock refrain that then shifts into a fractured and slightly sparse groove overlaid with a strong vocals and is underpinned by a superb gnarled
Wagner bass line and
Koch’s slightly Teutonic percussion before gradually moving through the gears and finishing with
Borealis’ roared vocal taking it to the close.


Dreamseller” and ”
The Dirt” follow, the first a massive hard rocker replete with big vocals, big riffs and bigger rhythms, the second a more laid back. torch-like song enhanced by shifting musical dynamics and elements of both psych and prog texturing.


Catch The Ride” closes the album and begins with
Tommy laying down a
U2-like guitar motif over which the vocalist wordlessly croons before moving into more alt/grunge territory on a low key, almost mainstream rock groove. with the frontmen singing of ”
promises I don’t wanna break“. Although not as heavy or as downright nasty as the previous tracks it nevertheless shows a band who are not just a riff machine but one that if they ever decided to go down a more commercial route have the chops and songwriting skills to do so.

Check them out ….

© 2017 Frazer Jones


Playing what they describe as ”
a mixture of fluffy doom and groove laden rock
Germany‘s
Black Haze have, with their mixture of alt/grunge and good old fashioned hard rock and stonerized doom , caused a small ripple of appreciation to reverberate across the murky waters of the doom/stoner & psych scene. The band who were formed in
Rostock,
Germany in 2014 have just recently released their debut album ”
Black Haze” via
Bandcamp and for a relatively new band its surprisingly good, if not a little bit brilliant!


Senor Major Mustache” opens
Black Haze’s account with a juicy up-tempo rocker fuelled by crunching guitar riffageand pushed by an engine room of big throbbing bass and solid, tight powerful drums. Over this tornado of gritty hard rock bluster and stoner groove are then delivered vocals of equal size and magnitude by front man and occasional second guitarist
Danny Borealis whose voice, an instrument in its own right, is a richer and deeper than you would usually expect within this genre but has a grittiness of tone and timbre that sits perfectly within the grooves the rest of the band so expertly supply around it.


Devil’s High” enters astride a wall of fuzz then segues into jagged but atmospheric doom tinted stoner groove with the vocalist alternating between smooth low crooning and deep, full on, gritty roaring against a backdrop of intricate rhythmic might and soaring guitar work.


A King Is Born” sees
Black Haze jamming a slightly lysergic groove enhanced by heavily effected guitar colouring over a foundation of subtly shifting rhythmic dynamics mirrored by
Borealis’ massive vocals.


Sun” finds the band in a more reflective mood with
Borealis telling of ”
green deserts” and ”
praying to Heaven on my knees” while at the same time supplying an acoustic guitar foundation around which main guitarist
Tommy (second name unknown) injects little touches of electric six-string colouring and texture, perfectly backed up by
Felix Wagner’s liquid bass lines and
Benni Koch’s intricate and precise percussion. The song slowly builds in tempo and atmosphere reaching a crescendo around the three quarter mark then gently falling away to finish as it started.


Sixty Lies” comes straight outta the blocks with the guitars laying down a circular hard rock refrain that then shifts into a fractured and slightly sparse groove overlaid with a strong vocals and is underpinned by a superb gnarled
Wagner bass line and
Koch’s slightly Teutonic percussion before gradually moving through the gears and finishing with
Borealis’ roared vocal taking it to the close.


Dreamseller” and ”
The Dirt” follow, the first a massive hard rocker replete with big vocals, big riffs and bigger rhythms, the second a more laid back. torch-like song enhanced by shifting musical dynamics and elements of both psych and prog texturing.


Catch The Ride” closes the album and begins with
Tommy laying down a
U2-like guitar motif over which the vocalist wordlessly croons before moving into more alt/grunge territory on a low key, almost mainstream rock groove. with the frontmen singing of ”
promises I don’t wanna break“. Although not as heavy or as downright nasty as the previous tracks it nevertheless shows a band who are not just a riff machine but one that if they ever decided to go down a more commercial route have the chops and songwriting skills to do so.

Check them out ….

© 2017 Frazer Jones

Playing what they describe as ”
a mixture of fluffy doom and groove laden rock
Germany‘s
Black Haze have, with their mixture of alt/grunge and good old fashioned hard rock and stonerized doom , caused a small ripple of appreciation to reverberate across the murky waters of the doom/stoner & psych scene. The band who were formed in
Rostock,
Germany in 2014 have just recently released their debut album ”
Black Haze” via
Bandcamp and for a relatively new band its surprisingly good, if not a little bit brilliant!


Senor Major Mustache” opens
Black Haze’s account with a juicy up-tempo rocker fuelled by crunching guitar riffageand pushed by an engine room of big throbbing bass and solid, tight powerful drums. Over this tornado of gritty hard rock bluster and stoner groove are then delivered vocals of equal size and magnitude by front man and occasional second guitarist
Danny Borealis whose voice, an instrument in its own right, is a richer and deeper than you would usually expect within this genre but has a grittiness of tone and timbre that sits perfectly within the grooves the rest of the band so expertly supply around it.


Devil’s High” enters astride a wall of fuzz then segues into jagged but atmospheric doom tinted stoner groove with the vocalist alternating between smooth low crooning and deep, full on, gritty roaring against a backdrop of intricate rhythmic might and soaring guitar work.


A King Is Born” sees
Black Haze jamming a slightly lysergic groove enhanced by heavily effected guitar colouring over a foundation of subtly shifting rhythmic dynamics mirrored by
Borealis’ massive vocals.


Sun” finds the band in a more reflective mood with
Borealis telling of ”
green deserts” and ”
praying to Heaven on my knees” while at the same time supplying an acoustic guitar foundation around which main guitarist
Tommy (second name unknown) injects little touches of electric six-string colouring and texture, perfectly backed up by
Felix Wagner’s liquid bass lines and
Benni Koch’s intricate and precise percussion. The song slowly builds in tempo and atmosphere reaching a crescendo around the three quarter mark then gently falling away to finish as it started.


Sixty Lies” comes straight outta the blocks with the guitars laying down a circular hard rock refrain that then shifts into a fractured and slightly sparse groove overlaid with a strong vocals and is underpinned by a superb gnarled
Wagner bass line and
Koch’s slightly Teutonic percussion before gradually moving through the gears and finishing with
Borealis’ roared vocal taking it to the close.


Dreamseller” and ”
The Dirt” follow, the first a massive hard rocker replete with big vocals, big riffs and bigger rhythms, the second a more laid back. torch-like song enhanced by shifting musical dynamics and elements of both psych and prog texturing.


Catch The Ride” closes the album and begins with
Tommy laying down a
U2-like guitar motif over which the vocalist wordlessly croons before moving into more alt/grunge territory on a low key, almost mainstream rock groove. with the frontmen singing of ”
promises I don’t wanna break“. Although not as heavy or as downright nasty as the previous tracks it nevertheless shows a band who are not just a riff machine but one that if they ever decided to go down a more commercial route have the chops and songwriting skills to do so.

Check them out ….

© 2017 Frazer Jones


a mixture of fluffy doom and groove laden rockGermanyBlack Haze RostockGermanyBlack HazeBandcamp


Senor Major MustacheBlack Haze’sDanny Borealis
Devil’s High
A King Is BornBlack Haze Borealis’
Sun Borealisgreen desertspraying to Heaven on my kneesTommyFelix Wagner’s Benni Koch’s
Sixty Lies WagnerKoch’Borealis’
DreamsellerThe Dirt
Catch The RideTommyU2promises I don’t wanna break

Source: Desert Psychlist

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