Bands to Watch #192: Blackhole

By on Friday, 27th August 2010 at 12:00 pm

Words by Luke Morton

After seeing Blackhole at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival I have been hooked. Perhaps my current favourite ‘new’ band, these Hertfordshire punks deliver a punishing noise filled with emotion. Admittedly that emotion is mainly anger, but what else are you wanting from a hardcore punk band?

The band are fronted by Richard Carter, who is the younger brother of Frank and Steph Carter from highly successful British punk band Gallows. Blackhole are definitely in the same vein as their counterparts but are at times both heavier and add elements of metal. Some of the breakdowns featured in debut album ‘Dead Hearts’ will get your heart pounding and your head banging involuntarily.

If you get the chance to see these guys live, be prepared for an energetic performance. Throwing themselves around the stage and thrashing away their instruments, it’s a sign of pure unadulterated punk. Richard Carter’s performance alone is worth watching, screaming his heart out constantly whilst standing on the spot and dancing – reminiscent of an angrier Ian Curtis.

Their debut album ‘Dead Hearts’ was released last year by Search And Destroy Records and was produced by Colin Richardson – who has previously worked with Slipknot and Machine Head. Featuring 11 tracks and coming in at just under 40 minutes, it’s a solid blast of frenzied punk from start to finish. Top tracks include ‘Scared To Change’ (watch video below), ‘My Lord’ and ‘Forever’, the latter featuring the aggression-fuelled lyrics “You’re just another fucking whore!” repeated by an emotional Carter. They’re a must-listen for fans of British hardcore punk acts such as Gallows, The Ghost Of A Thousand and The Plight.

But you might have to wait a bit for more from this band. As of July this year Blackhole are on a break as drummer Alex Hunt has severely injured his knee and may take up to a year to recover.


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