|“Although a NWOBHM reenactment project featuring ex-Entombed, Nifelheim and Enforcer members might not sound like metal’s most exciting supergroup, Black Trip score a bullseye on the heartfelt, pastiche dartboard, instantly evoking the halcyon naivety of late 70’s pub metal… musically ‘Goin’ Under’ zeroes straight into the cult heart of NWOBHM, turning up references to long-forgotten foot-soldiers of the movement like Badge, Denigh and Lotus Cruise, with Peter Stjärnvind’s guitar energetic and warm but appropriately rickety and understated. Irresistible foot-tappers like ‘Voodoo Queen’, ‘The Bells’ and ‘No Tomorrow’ will hold a fascination for any lovers of ancient, musty twin guitar lines and the spooky, studied replication of faded tropes from heavy metal’s glorious salad days. 8/10” (Chris Chantler, Metal Hammer September 2014)
Black Trip are back and they are on a mission! Their first all-killer-no-filler album ‘Goin' Under’, released in 2014 (2013 in Scandinavia), was soaked in the true spirit of the NWOBHM and showed that great heavy metal music still can be made. With bands like Iron Maiden, Saxon, Thin Lizzy and 70's era Scorpions amongst their influences Black Trip really paid both homage and respect to the classic metal sound that runs through the veins of every metalhead, and yet they have their own distinct sound and direction.
Now, 2 years on from that critically acclaimed debut they are about to release their second album ‘Shadowline’, worldwide on August 28th (USA September 4th) as a Digipak CD & Coloured Vinyl LP plus Download.
Vocalist Joseph Tholl describes ‘Shadowline’ as “A bigger, more diverse and more personal album, but still dark, heavy metal rock.” Guitarist Peter Stjärnvind adds “the album whilst heavy is also groovy and catchy and just makes you feel happy in a really good way”.
Joseph further notes that “When ‘Goin’ Under’ was being shaped it was basically just me and Peter. But during that time we got offered gigs here in Sweden before we even had a band, so very quickly we had to get the other guys on board so we could play these gigs and record the album. Me and Jonas (Wikstrand – Drums) didn't know the other guys that well so we've all been on this journey, getting to know each other and growing together as a band. We all love heavy metal, that's the common bond that binds us, but we all have our different tastes and different musical backgrounds because me and Jonas are from a different musical generation than Peter, Sebastian and Johan. With the writing and recording of Shadowline we have grown together and it really feels like we have become a band now. We've influenced each other and we’ve begun to understand what our potential is, what we can do and what we can't do. Every band member has contributed in one way or another to the shaping of this album and following on from what we did on ‘Goin’ Under’ this was a very natural step for us. With the first album we were establishing the foundations of our sound, now with ‘Shadowline’ we have started to build the framework of the band.”
But that framework of influences is certainly no creative strait-jacket for Black Trip - it’s clear the whole process isn’t an exact science for the band. Peter doesn’t plan the songs, he just lets the mood take him, and whatever comes out comes out. Two bands he listened to constantly during the writing and recording of ‘Shadowline’ are Geordie, particularly the album “Don't Be Fooled by the Name” and Blue Öyster Cult. “It's all about those little details and feelings that just blow you away!” says Peter enthusiastically.
‘Shadowline’ was recorded and mixed by Nicke Andersson (Entombed, Hellacopters, Imperial State Electric) at his The Honk Palace Studio in February/March 2015. All being fans of his bands and his musical taste and approach to sound, The band felt he was someone they could trust to get the very best in the studio. The recording went really smoothly and Andersson has definitely captured the sound and feel of the essence of what Black Trip are all about. Joseph - “Nicke was totally on our wave-length from the start and during the recording process it felt like he was more or less one of us.” Peter –“His all-round input was just great. He would suggest simple things like going from a 4/4 time to double time on the hi-hat to give that extra drive. He really brings the best out of you in the studio and recording guitar solos with him was a delight. He is always encouraging you to do your best.”