Boy meets girl. Boy realizes girl's voice and bass chops perfectly fit his vision for his then-one-man project. Boy and girl join forces. A doom band is born. Not exactly the typical rom-com beginning, but close enough. Originally conceived as a solo project, Castle gradually evolved into its current three-pronged existence in 2009 when Mat Davis met now-wife Elizabeth Blackwell. They clicked, enlisted drummer Al McCartney, and their first album swiftly followed. Now, the ever-eclectic Ván Records has just released the band's second LP, Blacklands, and it's a scorcher. Classic heavy metal thunder meets epic doom, with shades of power metal bombast, thrashy intensity, and just enough witchy weirdness to separate them from the pack. Blacklands was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California and produced by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Eyehategod, Sleep). Check out a brand new song, "Storm Below the Mountain," below!
Grab Blacklands from Ván Records.