Black Wail to Release Chromium Homes Dec. 15; Title-Track Streaming

Well, they say you write what you know, and having been born and raised in the northern part of what I will forever refer to as ‘my beloved Garden State,’ I can safely confirm, if you’re from there, you know toxic waste. Superfund sites, hollowed-out industrialization, chemical plants — the closer you get to the Turnpike, the more the list grows. Jersey City’s Black Wail take the theme head-on with their forthcoming album, Chromium Homes, and yeah, that’s probably fertile ground to mine for heavy rock and roll, fair enough, but they also find room on the record to toss in a cover of “Norwegian Wood” at the end, so clearly they’re not afraid to step outside the perpetual stank either.

The release is Dec. 15 on Rhyme and Reason Records, and the band gets bonus points in my book for the involvement of Bram Teitelman, formerly of the underrated and oft-Tolkien-themed rockers Murder 1. If you can chase down a copy, that band’s On High record was sweet and they were always a lot of fun live, even that time I caught them at Double D’s in Morristown, which was weird. Ask me about it sometime.

From the PR wire:

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Black Wail, the Jersey City-based band return with new album, Chromium Homes, on Dec. 15 via Rhyme & Reason Records.

The title track is streaming now. The song and album title is a reference to the poisonous waste from abandoned industrial sites in Jersey City.

“My vision for this band is dark weirdness,” Tarlazzi says of Black Wail. “That being said, this is our best record yet.” The title track, referring to poisonous waste from abandoned industrial sites in Jersey City, is an upbeat song featuring southern rock guitar harmonies. “They,” a staple of the band’s live set, is captured on record for the first time. “Thee Ghost” is equal parts Megadeth and Pink Floyd, highlighted by ethereal three-part harmonies and a tempo change midway through. There’s also a doomy version of The Beatles “Norwegian Wood” on the EP. When asked to sum up Chromium Homes, Tarlazzi simply calls it “a super fun record from a super find site.”

Chromium Homes tracklist:
Thee Ghost
Chromium Homes
The Dead Man’s Hand
Radioactive Mutation
Norwegian Wood

The album is available for pre-order now ( with an instant download of “Chromium Homes” being offered with digital pre-orders.

Black Wail tour dates:

November 30 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bazaar
January 19 Jersey City, NJ White Eagle Hall

Black Wail is Ed Charreun (drums), Susan Lutin (bass), Michael Tarlazzi (vocals/guitar) and Bram Teitelman (keyboards).

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