Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Black Rainbows - Cosmic Ritual Supertrip

It's crazy to think that Black Rainbows are gearing up to put out their eight album. However it speaks to what these guys have done over the last 13 years. They have become an institution in the genre. These Italians putting out this record even as their country is reeling from national tragedy speaks to their resilience. Their willingness to use rock and roll to help the struggling masses. Black Rainbows is one of a kind and their latest record, Cosmic Ritual Supertrip is the sort of fuzzed out bliss that keeps us all entranced.

What mesmerizes me about this record is the overarching layer of fuzz. Even their acoustic songs, like the bonus track 'Searching For Satellites Pts I+II' retains this same level of sonic bliss. It's a mesmerizing record to spend time with and it seems to continually push the band to weird new places. The crushing riffage that dominates this record speaks to their ability to conjure up Sabbathian magic without a care in the world. There is a sense of swagger that comes eight albums into being among the best in your field. Black Rainbows perfectly capture it on this record and keep me utterly obsessed.

Cosmic Ritual Supertrip is a fun album. It's a step forward for the band but also remains rooted in the fuzzed out magic that has always defined them. With a clear respect for the genres tropes counterbalanced by the soaring power of their songwriting, Black Rainbows have continually improved, impressed and empowered. They are undisputed kings of Italian stoner rock. Now as I dig into this offering I see that the band is not slowing down anytime soon and in fact the best may be yet to come.

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