Blacklab describe themselves as the dark witch doom duo from Osaka, Japan. Chilling cool with built in overdrive. Yuko and Chia are immersed in the Japanese stoner doom scene, and it's no surprise that with this first offering, they've pulled out a calling card that is as in your face and arresting as anything out there. A full frontal assault of distorted riffs, howls and ghostly vocals, as well as bags of riot girrl attitude and lo-fi bravado. But grunge they are not, and neither are they occult rock as such.
Tracks like "Black Moon," "Hidden Garden," "Spoon" and "Symptom Of The Blacklab" (which starts off like Black Sabbath then thrashes somewhere else), twist, burn and boil into the red. "His Name Is..." is a churning chunky throb. "Spoon" and "Warm Death" offer moments of relief and crushing noise. And "Big Muff" is 9 minutes of drum-less fuzz, that will probably do serious damage to your speakers. What's not to love?
This first Blacklab release on NHS, is a version of their Under The Strawberry Moon album which was released in tiny numbers on CD only in Japan, a pull together of previous tracks and new songs recorded over 2017. But the NHS variant is different. Wayne Adams (Death Pedals, Shitwife, Vodun, Casual Nun), noise guru at Bear Bites Horse Studio, has remixed the tracks to maximum effect, upping the fuzz and weight of the originals, to create Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0. exclusively for NHS. You will not be disappointed!