BLACK ASTEROID DROPS ‘ASHES AND DUST FEAT. ACTORS’
Today, Black Asteroid shares a mesmerizing new single, ‘Ashes and Dust feat. ACTORS’, and announces a sophomore album, ‘Infinite Darkness’, which will see its global release on May 3rd, 2024 via Artoffact Records.
The highly-anticipated and truly original crossover record goes where techno has never gone before. Guitars and vocals are featured prominently, alongside a wall of modular synths to create solid machine-driven grooves and atmospheres that coalesce with the live performances – a sound that is uniquely Black Asteroid. Produced over the span of five years, the album features incredible talent, including Ian Astbury of The Cult, ACTORS, Louisahhh, Michele Lamy, Front Line Assembly, Blush Response, and Speedy J.
On today’s new track and the collaboration with ACTORS, Bryan Black (aka Black Asteroid) shares: “During Covid, I went back to my love and passion for songs. For vocals. For danger. For soul. I discovered ACTORS around this time, and sent the singer an instrumental I had been picking at for a few years. He sent it back, and with a guitar too!”
Reflecting candidly on his second album, Black comments: “This record is a full circle back to 1994 when I released my first record (as haloblack). 30 years later, I can still hear the same person and sound making this record in 2024.”
After a string of critically acclaimed EPs, Black Asteroid’s debut album, “Thrust”, was released in 2017, also consisting of many crossover singles, featuring vocals from Zola Jesus, Cold Cave and Michele Lamy. In 2023, came the release of 2 EPs – “Acid Flesh”, and “New Flesh,” showcasing a more experimental sound, utilizing vocals and guitars. In 2011 the debut Black Asteroid single, “Engine 1” introduced Black Asteroid to the world.
A unique industrial techno sound that quickly took off, propelling Black to play at clubs such as Berghain and Tresor in Berlin, Khidi in Tbilisi, Fabric and Fold in London and countless major festivals, including being a face of Amsterdam Dance Event. The focus was, and remains, in favor of song structures and vocals in a techno template.
Black started his music career as a sound designer and keyboard tech for Prince at Paisley Park Studios in his hometown of Minneapolis. While working for Prince, Black proceeded to create his own music under the names Haloblack and Motor. These records caught the ear of Martin Gore from Depeche Mode. Soon after, Black was on tour with Depeche Mode and recording songs with Martin Gore. Together Black and Gore wrote a top 40 single “Man Made Machine”.
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