It’s been two years since Queensland’s own metal titans The Black Swamp released their EP Foulness and since then the band had an incredible run including supports for Sebastian Bach and Zack Wylde’s Black Label Society on top of their own successful tour and local shows.
The EP was well received by fans and critics and left everyone wondering what they could do to top such a solid release?
In 2015 the band locked themselves away in the Gold Coast’s Core Studios to work on what would become a full length follow up to Foulness. Entitled I Am the result is a mind blowing work of art.
The album is as diverse as it is heavy, kicking off with Kin, the dark tone is set. It is during these early moments that vocalist Stewart Wren shows that he can deliver haunting melodies with insightful lyrics that lure the listener in before slaying them with some of the most intense vocal deliveries I have heard in some time.
That said, the album is definitely not mellow. The majority is heavy as hell, drawing influence from everything from sludge/rock to straight-up heavy metal with songwriting strong enough to stand alongside the classic albums in your collection and keep you returning for more many times in the future.
The album is consistently great from start to finish and is one hell of a ride!
I Am is an album that will make you want to drink, party and drive fast.
Do yourself a favour and get it as soon as it drops as it is definitely one of the stand out releases of the year and a sure classic for many to come.
I Am is available on vinyl as well as standard formats via theblackswamp.bandcamp.com.