“A cacophony of chaos” – Black Coast release nu metal single Chains ahead of self-titled EP

Complete with the ultimate coastal mood of a metal music video, Stoke-on-Trent’s Black Coast have released the second single from their forthcoming self-titled EP, Chains. 

Forged deep within the lost pottery kilns of the city, Chains offers a melancholic, brooding introduction, Charlie’s slow, deliberately delivered lyrics setting a suspenseful pace, as though not to wake a sleeping beast.

Visuals aptly filmed on windy sand dunes, this is the calm before the storm, and it’s not long before the swell of commotion breaks with a cacophony of chaos through thrashing drums and gut-punching guitars.

Rooted in metal, Black Coast draw inspiration from a multitude of genres to create an explosive sound, somewhere between Linkin Park and Metallica, blending hardcore, old school grunge and nu metal into one another.

Vocalist Charlie Hewitt has an utterly brilliant talent for being able to spin negative emotions into something relatable and realistic, which allows people to feel valid in their emotions and where they are in life, even if their path isn’t linear. 

The singer said: “It’s about trying to sort my life out in a positive way. It’s the journey that I’m taking, still trying to figure out how to exist and how certain things from my past still affect me. And, at the same time, trying to work out what is ahead.”

Incredibly, he manages to portray that message in just 128 words – the lyrics to this track could fit into a three-tweet thread with room to spare. Sometimes, less really is more and the caustic instrumental passages do a lot of the talking, creating an orchestra of emotion and aggression.

Never one to do things by half, Chains comes with a full-length moody, monochrome music video, which features  sweeping cinematic black and white shots of the band members:  Charlie Hewitt, guitarists Scott Pinnington and Joe Mayer, Jack Beardsall on bass and drummer Matty Clarke. 

The gloomy visuals add to the atmospheric sense of doom. An empty beach and eerie overhead shots of the sea build tension and add impact to the cyclone of sound – the sound of a band assured in their direction and opening up fresh avenues for heavy music in the UK.

Chains was released on Wednesday, March 8 ahead of the launch of the Black Coast EP, which will be self released on April 28. 

Produced, recorded and mixed by Sam Bloor at Lower Lane Studios and mastered by Grant Berry at Fader Mastering, the first track from the EP, Mercy, garnered some serious attention at BBC Radio 1’s specialist shows, receiving three spins in one night – and I’m expecting Chains to see similar support. 

The band were also recently announced for this year’s Bloodstock Festival amongst a line-up that also includes In Flames and Killswitch Engage, and will be touring with Rituals throughout April, including a homecity show at The Underground, in Hanley, on April 29.

Listen to Black Coast’s new single Chains here.

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