Ratings and Reviews
Been following these guys since I heard about the band, the EP sounds HUGE and has great guitar / vocal work. Get this!
Leaves me wanting more
Huge fan of Dredg and other sludgy rock bands. This EP is great, and leaves me wanting a full length from the guys. This project actually introduced my to The Trophy Fire (singer) and I will be buying their albums as well. My one complaint, is that songs 1 and 4 are quiter than 2 and 3 on this recording. Bothers me a little bit but Ill try to adjust the volume from my iPod.
Great blend of melody and aggression
Going into this having listened to The Trophy Fire more recently than Dredg or Far I was excited to see how their hyper-melodic pop songwriting would fit into a heavier format. Obviously I was not disappointed at all - my personal favorite track “Gold” kicks off as a straightforward rocker akin to the more aggressive takes from The Trophy Fire’s catalogue. However, the riff that follows is one of the most intense sections of the entire “Driver” EP, and the lift of Flanagan’s airy falsetto with Robyn and Engles thrashing below is a pairing I hope to see more of from these guys.
The production itself a clean blend of the band’s raw power without being in danger of sounding over-polished for their mood. This is an all around excellent first effort from a group of musicians you’d expect nothing less from, and I’m excited to see what they do next.
Do not hesitate to pick this up immediately, when I posted the EP earlier in the week, a friend commented that it was probably the quickest he’d ever seen a recommendation, given it a listen, and purchased it within the first 30 seconds. You won’t be disappointed either.
About Black Map
A muscular American post-hardcore/hard rock trio with an impressive pedigree, San Francisco's Black Map is the creation of Dredg guitarist Mark Engles, Far drummer Chris Robyn, and Trophy Fire vocalist/guitarist Ben Flanagan. Formed in 2014 while the group members' respective bands were on hiatus, the trio issued its debut EP, Driver, shortly after forming. Black Map's full-length Minus Head Records debut, ...And We Explode, dropped just eight months later, and drew favorable reviews and comparisons to bands like A Perfect Circle, Deftones, and Chevelle. The trio moved to eOne for its sophomore long-player, In Droves, which arrived in 2017. ~ James Christopher Monger
- San Francisco, CA