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New Black Heart Procession albums have always been a delicate proposition, like inviting the devil over for tea or literally cracking Pandora's Box in your living room. After all, very few indie-rock vets make dreadful tales of death and damnation as palpable as the Procession. That's certainly the case here, as the band raises the curtain on a conceptual and literal continuation of their first three full-lengths. Like those sequentially numbered LPs, Six is spare but undeniably spooky, drawing most of its spine-tingling power from co-founders/multi-instrumentalists Pall Jenkins and Tobias Nathaniel. Gone — for the most part, at least — are the clanging guitars of 2006's The Spell. In their place: prickly piano progressions ("When You Finish Me," "Liar's Ink"), grimy organ rolls ("Heaven and Hell"), and speaker-panning synths, as drowned by a sea of distortion and galloping grooves ("Suicide"). None of which comes off as campy or calculated. Nope, this is pure melancholia — music that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until the last musty, sustained note of "Iri Sulu."

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Highly Recommended

Six is without a doubt the group’s most emotionally resonant album since Three. Brimming with pitch-black ballads of discarded loves and forgotten souls, the album paints a bleak yet strangely comforting portrait of heartbreak, self-destruction and religious allegory over some of their most inspired songs to date, drawing a clear line fromhere to soul-stirring visionaries such as Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash and Tom Waits

Like A Rare Obsidian Gem

The Black Heart Procession are indeed unique among independent artists. They deliver a sound that seemingly echoes musical endeavors of other indie artists. However, there is a deep and beautiful darkness brimming just below the surface that envelopes the listeners and takes them on a melancholy journey through cemeteries scenery, heartbreak, loneliness, suffering, and death. With such morbid topics and surrealistic sounds, the entire album is surprisingly peaceful and inviting. The compositions are amazingly arranged in a way that the bass, guitars, piano, drums, and vocals all feel subdued yet overwhelmingly powerful at once. Few bands boast a creative range, that it is a wonder that more people do not know about the dark musical bliss of TBHP.


Formed: 1997 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in late 1997 in San Diego, the Black Heart Procession have been described as beautifully bleak and brooding indie rock with a dark side. Lyrically touching on the melancholy side of human nature, the five-piece band is appropriately named given its themes of isolation, depression, and heartache. The core members of Pall Jenkins and Tobias Nathaniel (Three Mile Pilot) also collaborate on-stage and in the studio with various musicians whose instruments include guitar, piano, percussion, and...
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