By David McNally
If you miss the grunge sound of the ‘90s, you need to listen to this album.
Simple drum-beats, heavy guitar riffs, vocal reverb, and thought provoking lyrics are all present in the modern rock-duo, Black Satellite latest album Endless. Larissa Vale and Kyle Hawken have recorded something special.
I’ll be honest, after my first listen through Endless I wasn’t attracted to the album. The vibe made me want to – never mind, just a lot of dark thoughts. But willing to give it a second chance, I reconciled, and the album grew on me.
Black Satellite brings in a heavy alternative, arena-grunge sound to the table on Endless there are some other obvious influences including Alice In Chains, Muse, Marilyn Manson and Nirvana. Lead vocalist Larissa Vale maintains a steady vocal pitch that really captures the sounds of this moment.
The album begins in the shadows with the dark and eerie track ‘Affliction.’ Not much to say about this song other than the fact that it gave me the creeps – “Just set me on fire. Why can’t I make this pollution in my head? Why can’t I make this?”
Jesus Christ – this song is by far the most edgy in my opinion, but it works. Vale confronts her fears head on and embraces them and I commend her being so brutally honest.
Personal favorites on the album are ‘Blind,’ ‘Valkyrie,’ and ‘Calamity.’ ͞These three tracks shine the brightest and best showcase the band’s ability to blend layers of guitar riffs with Vale’s dynamic vocals.
Stream Endless via Spotify below.