Exploding into a thousand shards of awesome at the unlikely nexus of heavy metal, post-punk, protest rock, krautrock, and traditional rhythm & blues, Germany-based BLACK SALVATION——are obviously not playing by conventional rules. Not in the way they approach their unique brand of psychedelic hard rock. Not in the DIY way they recorded new album, Uncertainty is Bliss. And certainly not as composers and actors in the Max-Ophüls-Preis-nominated short-film Wald. While safe thinkers covet and cradle known tenets, BLACK SALVATION are blasting fantastic between unknown of inner and outer worlds of rockdom.
Formed in Leipzig in 2009 by Paul Schlesier, BLACK SALVATION’s early years pivoted on jamming gritty dirges, à la Electric Wizard, and elongated, repetition-based space-outs. Over the next few years, the Germans, with bassist Birger Schwidop and drummer Christian Seitz in tow, honed their craft and assisted in the foundation of Into Endless Chaos (IEC), a DIY organization of Leipzig-based counter-culture musicians and artists. Confident in their heavy wander and galvanized by their IEC interactions, BLACK SALVATION released their debut album, In Deep Circles, without label support in 2014. Praised equally for its riff-based rockers (‘Reveal the Night’ and ‘Black Spell’) and lava lamp runs (‘Silent Magic Spring’ and ‘The Devil sent us an Angel’), In Deep Circles illustrated BLACK SALVATION were crafty, adventurous songwriters with designs on rocking stranger things the hard way.
For new album Uncertainty is Bliss, Schlesier and Schwidop wrote together—drummer Seitz had already exited. Finding capable drummers was relatively easy, but getting the right fit, both musically and philosophically, proved to be a challenge. So, Schlesier and Schwidop kept BLACK SALVATION’s newest odes to the uncharted simple but imaginative. The result was a puzzle of drums, overdubbed bass, fuzzy yet nimble guitar, and Schlesier’s baritone vocals. The glint of genius in the early versions of ‘In a Casket’s Ride,’ ‘Leair,’ ‘A Direction is Futile,’ and ‘Floating Torpid’ was all too real, but BLACK SALVATION needed the right drummer—a skinsman with significant swing and a sizable attitude—to send them into the stratosphere. Enter Uno Bruniusson.
With Bruniusson behind the kit and the vibes at 11, BLACK SALVATION wasted little time—a week, basically—before entering an unnamed rehearsal room (not a studio proper) to track Uncertainty is Bliss. They had as long as they needed, but environmentally it wasn’t the best place to record a trans-genre, beyond-space masterpiece. For eight days, BLACK SALVATION fought the confines of the rehearsal room. But between high-end mics and a vintage, if temperamental 8-track Fostex tape machine, they emerged with a modern-day gem of psychedelic hard rock madness. The songs were eventually transferred to computer, where the finishing touches—overdubs and vocals—were constructed for mixing and mastering aces Martin “Konie” Ehrencrona (Tribulation, In Solitude) and Pieter Kloos (SunO))), The Devil’s Blood).
Songs like ‘Getting Slowly Lost,’ ‘Breathing Hands,’ ‘Grey River,’ and the short but filmic instrumental ‘The Eye That Breathes’—as well as the other four previously named songs—transcend today and yesterday. They’re tumultuous, pensive, rebellious, noisy, and perfectly imprecise hard rock tunes for otherworldly enjoyment.
So, the adage isn’t true. Bands do make hard rock like they used to. BLACK SALVATION’s Uncertainty is Bliss is psychedelic hard rock for all.
Black Salvation Biography 2018
By Chris Dick
BLACK SALVATION is:
Paul Schlesier – Guitar and Vocals
Birger Schwidop – Bass
Uno Bruniusson (ex-In Solitude, ex-Grave Pleasures, Death Alley) – Drums
- BLACK SALVATION: Share “Leair” Visualizer Video via Decibel Magazine Photo Cedit: Benedikt Eiden German psychedelic, hard rock trio BLACK SALVATION share the official visualizer for “Leair” off the impending full-length album Uncertainty Is Bliss. Stream the new track on Decibel Magazine HERE. BLACK SALVATION commented: “Leair – lose ground, wither and enjoy the flickering light diving into all and nothing with burning eyes!” Watch the previously released, Paul ...
- BLACK SALVATION: Share “Breathing Hands” Music Video Photo Cedit: Benedikt Eiden German psychedelic, hard rock trio BLACK SALVATION share the official music video for “Breathing Hands” off the impending full-length album Uncertainty Is Bliss. Watch the Paul Schlesier (A Pallid Eyes Film) directed video via YouTube AT THIS LOCATION. Stream the previously released, opening track from Uncertainty Is Bliss, “In A Casket’s Ride” AT ...
- BLACK SALVATION: Sign to Relapse Records; Announce New Album Uncertainty Is Bliss & Share New Song Photo Credit: Benedikt Eiden Relapse Records is proud to announce the official signing of German psychedelic, hard rock trio BLACK SALVATION! BLACK SALVATION (Featuring Uno Bruniusson formerly of In Solitude and Grave Pleasures and currently of Death Alley), challenge the listener to open wide the doors of perception and slowly drift away amongst their transcendental compositions ...