20th March 2024 0 By Jon Deaux
Blacklab – the Doom Witch Duo from Osaka are back … with something a little different. When the band came over to London for Desertfest in 2022, they not only slayed the Underworld but had time to lay down a new piece of music. In they went to London’s Bear Bites Horse Studio to create a unique collaboration with Wayne Adams (Pet Brick, Wasted Death, Big Lad). 
The result is ‘Evil Worlds” a heavy, nasty slice of hardcore noise rock. It’s available on Bandcamp and all streaming platforms now:
The band commented, “This track is a collaboration between us at BlackLab and Wayne Adams who mixed all of our albums. Wayne is not only a sound engineer but also a player in several bands.  He’s in Pet Brick with Igor Cavalera. For this project, first,I wrote some riffs that were the basis of the song and sent them to him. We played whatever came to mind on the day we recorded it at his studio without any pre-discussion on the track. Wayne’s bass guitar, synths and guitars layered over our main guitars and drums. And then, vocals of me and Wayne were put on the backtrack. It definitely created chemistry. I think this is really a collaboration.”
Blacklab returned in 2022. The self-proclaimed ‘Doom witch, duo from Osaka’ dropped their third album ‘In A Bizarre Dream’ last summer on London label New Heavy Sounds (MWWB, Death Pill, Grave Lines).  
Their debut ‘Under the Strawberry Moon 2.0’ saw them taking Sabbath inspired doom, mashing it with a Japanese sensibility and a fuzzed-up groove. It certainly caused a stir, but only hinted at their potential. Album two ‘Abyss’ added to the mix. A Stooges like squalor to the riffs, dollops of lo-fi hardcore punk and loose riffing, pointing the way towards a signature sound.
So what of the ‘difficult’ third album? Not so difficult at all it seems. ‘In A Bizarre Dream’ ups the ante considerably, to let rip and define what Blacklab are about.
The combined talents of Jun Morino on production and Wayne Adams (Big Lad, Green Lung, Pet Brick, John, Cold In Berlin) on the mix conspired to produce a towering beast of a record. A real step forward for the ‘Doom Witch Duo’.
The album dropped on August 19th 2022.  As with all NHS releases, there was a deluxe vinyl version in a full colour single sleeve and lyric inner, housing a 2-colour blue and yellow cosmic swirl vinyl. Full download included as well. It was also released on CD and all streaming platforms. 
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Blacklab also recently shared a new video for album track ‘Dark Clouds’ using footage shot while they were in London for Desertfest
‘Easily the most robust and powerful record they’ve released thus far’ – Metal Hammer
‘Blacklab’s best-balanced record to date’ – Wire Magazine
‘An incredibly enjoyable album’ – Fistful of Metal 
‘Insanely heavy, and louder than a volcano’ – Kerrang
Blacklab are Yuko Morino, guitar, and vocals. Chia Shiraishi, drums, and percussion.

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