Stoke metal outfit Black Coast are back with new single ‘Paradise’, a grunge-tinged slice of modern nu-metal. At a glance it’s reminiscent of the big hitters like Korn or Deftones, but quickly reveals itself to be a refreshing statement of intent from a band ready to take the next step.
Paradise is a real exercise in delivering both light and shade and shows evolution from the band’s previous more metalcore sound. Both brooding and ferocious, vocalist Charlie Hewitt shows a new melodic side to his delivery, with understated verses and an absolute ear worm of a chorus that conveys the theme of the lyrics with utter conviction. Charlie Hewitt explains:
“It’s about questioning myself, why did l think being a certain way, a way that destroyed myself should be celebrated?” He explains, “Things in life do that to everyone at some point and dependent how people deal with them is how they move forwards. l almost revelled in this state for so long, thinking the way that l was being was okay when it was just making me lose everything around me slowly but surely.”
The track builds towards a full-blown circle-pit inducing sonic assault, complete with dive bombs in tow. It’s refreshing to hear a band just use chunky, in your face riffs convey a sense of aggression that can often get lost in modern metal.
It’s a welcome return for one of the UK’s hardest working bands, who have signalled for a while now that they’re on to big things. With a new deal recently inked with Nuclear Blast’s distro arm Blood Blast, we think they very well may be.