Vanaf vandaag – 30 oktober – is Black Stone Cherry’s zevende studio album ‘The Human Condition’ overal verkrijgbaar, via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group. Het is uit op rood transparant vinyl, Limited Edition CD Boxset en digitaal en is o.a. te bestellen bij Bol.com. Bekijk hier de album trailer:

 

Om de gelegenheid te vieren is er vanavond om 21.00 CET een uitzending van het live-stream event ‘Live From The Sky’.
De band zal nummers van het nieuwe album voor de eerste keer live ten gehore brengen, tezamen met hits en fan-favorites. Tickets en bundels voor fans in de UK en Europa kunnen via deze link worden aangeschaft: https://go.seated.com/events/0b70f4d1-8d38-4fb8-88cc-66e68b243713.
Chris Robertson deelt, “While this may not be the show we all hoped for, this is where we are! We hope you find yourselves feeling right here with us as we wish we were all together. Here’s to what would have been a year’s worth in one show!! Let’s Rock!!”

De band uit Kentucky had The Human Condition net een paar dagen klaar toen de lokale COVID-19 maatregelen werden opgelegd, en alles werd afgesloten. Naarmate de tijd vorderde, werd duidelijk dat de teksten van het album een griezelig vooruitziende blik hadden.

“There was a real urgency and fear of the unknown during those sessions – it was a scary time,” herinnert drummer John Fred Young zich. “Every song on this album tells a story of the experiences we all go through – our happiness, our struggles, and how we have to adapt.” Het album opent met de tekst: “People, people, your attention please, I need to tell you about a new disease” (van Ringin’ In My Head). Het nummer was al 4 jaar geleden geschreven, maar het vat krachtig de hysterie rond het uitbreken van de COVID-19 crisis samen. “Push Down & Turn” heeft de dynamiek van ruimte aan de ene kant en zompige metal aan de andere kant. Het meeslepende nummer gaat over geestelijke gezondheid, en pleit ervoor dat mensen hulp moeten zoeken als ze problemen hebben. “I suffer from manic depression and I have severe anxiety. I want to convey it’s okay to go to a doctor and talk about these issues. There is no shame or stigma there,” deelt zanger/gitarist Chris Robertson.

Black Stone Cherry - The Human Condition

Black Stone Cherry – The Human Condition
Tracklist

Ringin’ In My Head
Again
Push Down & Turn
When Angels Learn To Fly
Live This Way
In Love With The Pain
The Chain
Ride
If My Heart Had Wings
Don’t Bring Me Down
Some Stories
The Devil In Your Eyes
Keep On Keepin’ On

Video ‘Again’:

 

Video ‘In Love With The Pain’:

 

The Human Condition was completed mere days before the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed and as events progressed, it became apparent that the album the Kentucky band were completing featured lyrics that were eerily prescient.

“There was a real urgency and fear of the unknown during those sessions – it was a scary time,” recalls drummer, John Fred Young. “Every song on this album tells a story of the experiences we all go through – our happiness, our struggles, and how we have to adapt.” The album’s opening lyrics are: “People, people, your attention please, I need to tell you about a new disease” (from ‘Ringin’ In My Head). The song was written 4 years ago, but powerfully captures the hysteria around the COVID-19 outbreak. On “Push Down & Turn,” BSC masterfully use space to achieve crushing swamp-metal dynamics. The stirring track talks about mental health, boldly advocating getting treatment if you’re struggling. “I suffer from manic depression and I have severe anxiety. I want to convey it’s okay to go to a doctor and talk about these issues. There is no shame or stigma there,” Chris Robertson shares.

The Human Condition was self-produced and tracked in bassist Jon Lawhon’s recording facility, Monocle Studios. The guys went in with 4 songs, wrote some new ones and recorded a few beloved, unreleased favourites. For the first time, the band opted to not record basics live and instead meticulously multi tracked. Each member endured grueling sessions to ensure the collective studio mindset of achieving “epic performances.” The results are stunning; the grooves feel organic, the riffs are mountainous, the performances are urgent and the hooks shine gloriously. Sonically, The Human Condition is one of BSC’s most visceral and hooky releases. Guitarist/vocalist Ben Wells explains, “With this one, we cranked up the amps, the drums are in your face, and there are some really heavy riffs. After 19 years and 7 albums, we wanted to prove that we still kick ass. This album feels like a rebirth.”

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