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Album Review: The Black Angels - 'Wilderness of Mirrors'

Updated: May 3, 2023

This Friday, The Black Angels break their five year long silence with another monstrous album, Wilderness of Mirrors. They continue to blaze the revival of the psychedelic rock movement as well as paving tribute to the ones who forged it. “The Velvet Underground song ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ – that’s what every Black Angels album has been about,” says vocalist/bassist Alex Maas. “You can’t work out your struggles unless you bring them to the forefront and think about them. If we can all think about them, maybe we can help save ourselves.” Maas has also been on the record that the “overall insanity” of the past couple years during the pandemic contributed to the end of their hiatus.

Wilderness was preempted by a string of singles, all of which included Without a Trace, the track that starts the album and also El Jardin which featured a 35mm music video directed by Vaness Pla. Pla shares on the experience that “Alex [Maas, vocals/bass] came to me with a dystopian sci-fi idea of a future where Mother Nature is dead because we killed her, and the only way to experience her is through virtual reality- an already relatable feeling, as most of the world lives viscerally through social media.” The video features The Walking Dead’s Austin Emilio (Who plays Dwight) and his son Lev.

While Wilderness of Mirrors is joining the repertoire of greatness for the Black Angels, they continue their Levitation festival in the arts district of Austin Texas Halloween weekend and also announce a fall tour. Wilderness will have a variety of double LP vinyl releases, including the 180 gram limited Levitation edition, numbered with 1000 copies. This continues the coveting of their albums, such as Passover which only recently got a repressing from the original in 2006.

Rating - 5/5

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