North Carolina based melodic death metal act BLACKWATER DROWNING have unleashed the bands debut album ‘Sonder // Satori’
Featuring razor sharp riffing, soaring melodies and blackened rasps, the album is a must for fans of European shredders such as Soilwork, Arch Enemy and Behemoth through to US acts such as The Agonist and Darkest Hour.
‘Sonder // Satori’ is available through Blood Blast Distribution, the behemoth digital platform set up by Nuclear Blast Records and Believe and features a guest appearance by NILE front man Brian Kingsland. Artwork for the album was created by Dixon Jong at Intuitive Designs (The Faceless, Beyond Creation) with the album produced by Garrett Barefoot and John Berrier at Blackplate Studio.
1. THE FIFTH ELEMENT
2. ABYSSAL (feat. Brian Kingsland)
3. MORTAL COIL
4. SNAKE JUICE
6. THE CAGED
7. ABERRANT LEAVES
BLACKWATER DROWNING is a five-piece US melodic death metal band from North Carolina. Formed in 2014 by singer Morgan Riley and guitarist Jeremy Bennett, the band is completed by guitarist Ron Dalton Jr., bassist Aria Novi, and drummer Chris Peavy.
Since the band’s inception, BLACKWATER DROWNING has recorded two EPs and supported iconic acts such as SOULFLY, JINJER, OTEP, and LAST TEN SECONDS OF LIFE. During the challenges of the pandemic, the band wrote and recorded its soon-to-be-released first full-length album at Blackplate Productions in Dunn, NC with Jon Berrier and Garrett Barefoot. Titled ‘Sonder//Satori’, the album consolidates the band’s dynamic and melodic death metal prowess.
In reflecting on the band’s origins, bassist Aria Novi offers, “We felt like the term ‘blackwater’ represented both darkness and rebirth. We added drowning to convey the idea that the darkness could be all-consuming, and that one could, in fact, lose themselves entirely to that darkness”.
With lyrics that confront injustice, offer social commentary, and explore the metaphysical, the themes that drive the band are as dynamic as the sound itself. Creating a hybrid of blackened rasping, emotive melodies, brutal and savage assaults that transcend to heavy grooves and death metal soundscapes, BLACKWATER DROWNING offer a sound that stands alongside acts such THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, SOILWORK and DARKEST HOUR.
BLACKWATER DROWNING is:
Morgan Riley – Vocals
Aria Novi – Bass & Vocals
Jeremy Bennett – Guitar
Ron Dalton – Guitar
BLACKWATER DROWNING Online:
Aberrant Leaves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbm26k8TOnE
Mortal Coil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0u9IxaIGWw
Snake Juice: https://youtu.be/Thrkez4Bgsc
Greg Shaw, Artist Manager, Extreme Management Group