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Now Hear This: Black Magic Tree | Through The Grapevine

These Berliners carry the hard-rock torch into the 21st century on their blazing debut.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Music to warp your mind to under a blazing summer sun. That’s Black Magic Tree: elastic psychedelic hard blues through a uniquely Berlin lens. A sonic banshee on the mic, dual riff machines on the six strings and a rhythm section tight enough to bring Bonham/JPJ to mind. Founded in 2018 in Berlin, Germany, BMT released its first EP, Of Animals and Men, soon after in 2019. The band has now taken the next step in its evolution with the recording of a full debut album, Through The Grapevine.

The seven slabs of rock were laid down in Big Snuff studio in late 2019 under the guidance of Richard Behrens (FOH mixer for Kadavar) and Nene Baratto, who also mixed and mastered the album. Each track pays homage to the hard-rock heyday of the 1970s, yet sidesteps the pretensions of the era, instead keeping the track lengths snappy and incorporating elements of modern heavy psych and stoner rock for a touch of unpredictability.

The result: a lithe, catchy beast of an album that only gets better as it twists, turns and grooves ts way to its spectacular conclusion. With shades of everything from CCR, Dio, Grand Funk and Lynyrd Skynyrd to early Tame Impala and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Black Magic Tree’s sound spans the decades and carries the hard rock torch firmly into the 21st century. The psychedelic album cover art was designed by renowned Berlin-based artist Martin Meir.”