Best New Band of the Month: Black Peaks


This is a band about which I would say “it is a good band, this one”.

A couple of years ago I attended a gig in my hometown to see a band called Shrine, billed as “Math Rock from Brighton, UK”. I had never heard of them before but I decided to go check them out anyway because they sounded really interesting. It was a weekday and there was barely anyone there, but they KILLED it and I’m really glad I went; they made a very good impression on me and I started following their progress on social media.

Two years and a name change later, Black Peaks are about to release their debut full length album, and if both songs released at this point are any indication, it’s going to rule pretty hard. Warning: I don’t think this qualifies entirely as “metal”, so stay away if clean vocals or mustaches bug you. Thank you for your consideration.

Playing what I could best describe as “Alternative Post-Math Rock”, Black Peaks fuse sung vocals and screams, straightforward bits and more spazzy beats, and even some super sexy sax stuff (courtesy of vocalist Will Gardner).  It might not be terribly evident, but I can assure you that these dudes are really, really good musicians who are amazingly tight in a live setting; drummer Liam Kearley in particular struck me as a real force to be reckoned with.

As “indie” as they may seem on the surface, their live show was intense enough to warrant the approval of several old-school Death Metal d00dz who were in attendance, and that’s a dang hard feat to accomplish right there. I’d wager you’d be into this if you like The Mars Volta, Mastodon and The Dillinger Escape Plan.

Enough words from me, this band is great and deserve more attention. Black Peaks’ debut album comes out later this year. I haven’t seen anything happening yet, but I assume the album will be available on their bandcamp page as soon as it’s released. Be sure to like them on caralibro, tuita and all that good stuff too.

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  • The W.

    I like saxes. I like mustaches. I like when men with mustaches play saxes.

    • “I like saxes. I like mustaches. I like when men* with mustaches play saxes”

      *grown ass men


    • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

      “I like when men with mustaches play saxes”

      You know, taken out of context and with a dirty mind, this could easily be misconstrued.

      • The W.

        It’s a good thing everyone here is pure of thought, free from sexual aberrancy.

        • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

          Yeah, about that…

        • Toilet Ov Celebacy

        • Lacertilian

          except for the @BasedTapir:disqus
          He claims to be asexual but it’s all an elaborate facade.

    • MoshOff

      I’m currently listening to “Sanguine Seas of Bigotry”.
      Mustache in Spanish is “Bigote”.


      • The W.

        Seriously though, this was a solid rec.

        • MoshOff

          Thanks prez! Their album was supposed to come out this month but it’s gotten pushed to “later this year”…

      • Dagon

        With a “t”? We spell it Bigode in Portuguese.

        I wish I had the courage to rock my bigode. It looks full and alluring, but I don’t think I am ready for it.

        • MoshOff

          Further proof that Portuguese and Spanish are the same damn thing.

          • Dagon

            Except I have a really hard time understanding spoken Spanish lol. It sounds way too fast.

          • MoshOff

            So does Portuguese to me haha. My knowledge of Portuguese is basically “Bos dias / boas noites” and “Obrigado”. Just with those two I faked being a Portugalian for a whole week in Lisbon haha.

          • Dagon

            Portugalian >>>>>

          • Tyree

            I’ll tell you what. It’s annoying keeping track of all the Portuguese and Spanish translated manuals and data sheets here at work. Just had to deal with the translators last week.

          • The W.

            One year we had two Brasilian exchange students in our classes. The teacher said something like, “These two speak Portuguese, which is basically just messed up Spanish, so if you speak Spanish, help them out.”

  • Howard Dean

    I had to share this:

  • I really enjoyed the vocal dynamics of the singer. He has the whole vocal spectrum down! Great band recommendation, MO.


  • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

    Black Peaks is so problematic. Please call them African-American Peaks, or Peaks of Color (POC).

    • Howard Dean

      Peak is a little unfair, too. Too competitive and unnaturally empowering.

      I think they need to be called Dark Elevations.

  • Hmm they remind me of Destrage a little.

  • Hubert

    Seeing the Vevo logo on something I like is strange. I dig this though, goat approved.

  • Sir Tapir the Based™

    This is a good.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    self improvement—knowledge —power of self awareness–and an army of will—
    listen to BLACK PEAKS “glass built castles” in the op–full vol
    with both vids –muted


  • JW(E)G

    Guys on either side have very expressive eyebrows. Bert approves.

  • Void Dweller

    That band photo is sexy as fuck. You can tell they like to party.

  • MoshOff

    Wait, The Tapir AND The Goat like something I recommended?

    Brb doing my best Keanu Reeves impression.

  • I can get down with this, yes sir. Thanks for the rec!

  • Tyree

    VEVO has the best stuff:

    • Dagon

      Now that’s a fucking surprise.

      • Tyree

        I totally did not Photoshop this.

        • Dagon

          I totally did not believe it without clicking.

  • Dagon

    I am into this. This is into me. We are getting along quite well.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Daaaaaamn this is good. Guac approved.

    • Guacamole Jim

      Also, Joe, fire your editors. WTF is this shit (RFI):

      • Guacamole Jim

        Unless MoshOff refers to himself in the third-person-neuter-singular.

        • In which case it’s still a fuck-up; should have written “It hasn’t”.

          • Guacamole Jim

            This is going from bad to worse. If the quality doesn’t improve around here, I’m going to spend just as much time here and not really change anything.

          • I’ll spend more time here but cut my upvoting by half. Consider me on upvoting strike until I’ve see some perfect. fucking grammar; and syntax!

      • *fires self*

  • Black Peaks feel good in your ears but are terrible for your teeth and gums. Floss daily, kids.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    *pushes play
    *is darn good
    *notices tab muted
    *another tab playing music
    *oh bother.


    I’m the kinda guy who judges books by their cover and man do I want to shit on these toolboxes plates of quinona and gluten free whatever the fuck they’re eating for lunch from whole foods.

  • HessianHunter

    This vocalist reminds me a whole lot of the first Milk White Throat release – is it the same guy!?!?!?!?

  • They have a good bass lines. I’m digging this. Thanks Moshito!

  • Jasper Ringoldsby

    J.R. enjoys.
    That is all.

  • LOVE