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Black Sixteen / Press

“Meet our band of the month… Black Sixteen! London based 'heart-on-sleeve' heavy rock band Black Sixteen are the embodiment of the oxymoron of 'delicately heavy' rock. With their grunge ridden riffs and distorted vocals contrasts a feminine, winding keyboard melody to create the angst ridden sounds of 'destroying something beautiful'. If you like it heavy with a fragile core, the diverse and refreshing sound of Black Sixteen will prove ever increasingly heavier, with impressionable lyrics and a soothing resonance which will get you replaying their EP.”

“...this EP cries seduction in a hotel bathtub with candles burning the shower curtain. If you like your music industrial flavoured heavy rock with Gothic elements, then tune in!”

“From Black Sixteen’s self-title debut EP comes this astonishing track – “Sick” An opening riff that embeds into your brain in seconds. Creaking, groaning guitars and air raid sirens, this reviewer braced himself for an absolute epic of a track. Then the whispering Reznor-esque vocals appeared, building to the dark crescendo of the chorus. “Every time I see her face, I wanna break yours”, powerful sentiment from frontman Amir, whose lyrics follow a similarly acidic theme throughout the whole EP. I felt myself instinctively nodding along with the track, not just in a bizarre reviewer-like appreciation of the music, but almost in a “yeah, I know what you’re going through” recognition of his pain. The almost ethereal keyboard shouldn’t work with such bitterness and such tight dark rhythms but it really does.”

“The self titled Black Sixteen EP is a cross section of many different rock styles, with a bit of punk, a pinch of grunge, a smattering of classic rock, and a whole lotta attitude. All in all, its 7 angst ridden, angry tracks, with an order of bitterness, over a range of grungy, punk like riffs and great keyboard work floating in and out to give some tracks an all together different feel to what you would expect. It'll be interesting to see where Black Sixteen's sound takes them in the future, with what they currently have, it could go in one of many very interesting directions. I for one wish them luck, and will be monitoring their progress very closely.”

“London based 'heart-on-sleeve' heavy rock band Black Sixteen are the embodiment of the oxymoron of 'delicately heavy' rock. With their grunge ridden riffs and distorted vocals contrasts a feminine, winding keyboard melody to create the angst ridden sounds of 'destroying something beautiful'. If you like it heavy with a fragile core, the diverse and refreshing sound of Black Sixteen will prove ever increasingly heavier, with impressionable lyrics and a soothing resonance which will get you replaying their EP.”

“Right from the outset this E.P. blows you away with a heavy combination of accomplished musical talent and Amir’s grunge style vocals ripping through you like a bitter knife. Offset against Laura’s almost delicate keyboard playing the band lead you down a dark path with tracks such as ‘Die for Me’ and ‘Choke’, giving a very unique style of music that seems to grow on you with every passing beat. The heavy combination of Alex on bass and Matt on drums seems to shake you to the bones in perfect time to the distorted singing of Amir. They have made this sound their own and made an E.P. that rips through you like a shot of dark pleasure. Ending on ‘Ghost Kiss’ (my personal fav) a fantastically crafted piece of dark heavy music you definitely get the message that this isn’t an end as such but more of a pause before more of this awesome music. After hearing Black Sixteen for the first time all I can say is more power to this band and I’m more than looking forward to an a”

“Dynamic and emotionally-charged front man Amir Khan leads this heavy rock four piece, his voice alike hushed gravel, and his sharp hair cut and image reflecting every bit their gothic angst-ridden influences in the vein of Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, The Pixies, Alice In Chains and Nirvana. Looking beyond Khan you can see every member of this band is competing heavily in the eye-liner stakes and the keyboard player is possibly the happiest goth I have seen to date. With a declaration of how happy the band are to see the back of the year 2012 they sound out tracks from their current E.P, The self titled ‘Black Sixteen’. The raw, distorted vocals, inspired lyrics and feminine energetic backing vocals with winding, beautifully ­­creepy, minor keyboard melodies create this refreshingly alternative sound which is aptly compared to the sound of ‘destroying something beautiful’.”

“The debut EP from London based Black Sixteen blends torture driven souls, metal riffs and chilly elegant goth. Haunting melodies, ghostly keyboards, angst infused lyrics and dirtiest guitar complete the gothic metal frenzy. The songs are anything but standard rock tracks. Opening ‘Die For Me’ expertly combines a catchy grunge bass riff with hard edged vocals. Another stand out track is the eerie ‘Red Light Princess’ which musically has a Nick Cave vibe to it, if Rob Zombie were singing for him. All this culminates in a combination of fragility and angst, almost like the personification of something beautiful and pure being destroyed and melting away in to somethink darker. ‘Sick’ is a head clutching visceral track which oozes anger and despair for the modern world. Delicate femine keyboards compliment the fast and dirty guitar sound. ”

“Black Sixteen - a taut new new wave bassline, a wash of 80's synth rock keyboard, a chugging Killing Joke meets punk metal guitar riff and we're away into the realms of snappy alternopop... KJ are certainly a significant signpost but the vocal is more Andrew Eldritch, the songs more Tool...dark, hard gothic rock pop with a commercial bent....ace”