Jun 242018
 

It took me sometime to get myself familiarized with Blackfinger, which is a psychedelic rock/heavy metal band from Chicago, Illinois. Eric Wagner, known for “Trouble” formed Blackfinger in 2012, alongside The Skull (which focuses primarily on doom metal genre). The band released two studio albums so far and have toured mainly in the United States. Throughout 2012 the band worked on their debut album, and on 29 August 2013 announced that it had signed with The Church Within Records. On 12 April 2014 Blackfinger’s released their debut eponymous album.

The band went dormant for sometime and resurfaced with an entirely new lineup for a second album. The lineup was announced by guitarist Terry Weston (Dream Death, Penance) following which the band performed live in 2016. The band signed up with M-Theory Music in April 2017 and announced their second album “When Colors Fade Away” due to be released on 15 September. A mini-tour was planned around this album but ultimately postponed barring the release show.

The album starts off with, “When Colors Fade Away” which has nothing short of chunky riffs, slowed down tempo on the drums and fuzzy guitars which rings in and sets in the mood for some classic doom styled song, and towards the end we encounter a shift in vocals with the guitar pelting out a hypnotic solo. Mathew Cross pleasantly surprises us with a melodic bass line that starts off “Can I Get a Witness”, the vocal delivery is more narrative during the verses and takes on some punch during a heavy chorus, which brings out two guitars panning out rugged solos. Continue reading »

Aug 122017
 

The official lyric video for ‘When Colors Fade Away”, the title track of the new album from Blackfinger, the band led by former Trouble singer Eric Wagner, can be seen below. The clip was created by Rafael Ortega (Ayreon, Helsott, Subteranean Masquerade).

“After I finished the first Blackfinger record and actually sat back and listened to it, it dawned upon me that ‘when colors fade away’ would be a great title and concept for the next one… of course, I didn’t know there would be one, but I always hope,” explains Eric. “A common thread throughout that album was the different feelings of what colors meant to me. I wondered what would happen if all the colors were gone? What would life be like without colors? I also wanted to clear up some of the misconceptions of what we are taught throughout our lives, most of which seems unrealistic to me and only serves to better the collection plate.

“When I first saw the lyric video for ‘When Colors Fade Away’, I was totally fuckin’ blown away. I was not expecting it… it was perfect… like the dude read my mind. It is in my opinion thee best lyric video I have ever seen… I love it.”

“When Colors Fade Away” will be released on September 15 via M-Theory Audio. Continue reading »

Jun 302017
 

Blackfinger, the band led by former Trouble singer Eric Wagner, will release its new album, “When Colors Fade Away”, on September 15 via M-Theory Audio.

Renowned and still cherished for the classic material he recorded with Chicago’s Trouble for over two decades, Wagner has in recent years been focusing on a couple other promising new bands in a similar vein, including Blackfinger. Now relocated to Pittsburgh, Eric is joined in the new Blackfinger lineup by another respected name in doom metal circles, guitarist Terry Weston of Dream Death/Penance.

Featuring photos from Matt Bluejay and graphic design by Al Oaks“When Colors Fade Away” is a striking and artistic package with a full color twelve-page CD booklet and a four-page vinyl insert. Vinyl limited to 400 copies of blue/black marble.

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Oct 092013
 

blackfingernewbassistBlackfinger, the band featuring former Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner, has announced the addition of Chicago bassist Willie Max to the group’s ranks [picture]. Willie, a member of long-running Chicago metal outfit Shadoz Edge, as well as Spillage [featuring Earthen Grave‘s Tony Spillman], replaces Ben Smith, who has moved on to pursue other musical interests.

Blackfinger recently signed a worldwide deal with Germany’s Church Within Records. The group’s self-titled debut album will be released on CD and vinyl by the end of the year. A full tour in the support of the effort is in the works.

A new Blackfinger promo video from Kathy Reeves Productions can be seen below. Continue reading »

Aug 292013
 

backfingerband2013_638Blackfinger, the band featuring former Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner, has signed a worldwide deal with Germany’s Church Within Records. The group’s self-titled debut album will be released on CD and vinyl by the end of the year. A full tour in the support of the effort is in the works.

A new Blackfinger promo video from Kathy Reeves Productions can be seen below. Continue reading »