Blackfield – Blackfield V (Kscope)

Genre – Soft rock / Progressive rock

Blackfield, the duo of Israeli songwriter Aviv Geffen and British musician Steven Wilson have resurrected their musical force with the release of Blackfield V.

Wilson, who carved a career with the highly influential Porcupine Tree has since embarked on a highly successful solo career, which has seen three successive top 40 albums. Geffen on the other hand, has played with the likes of U2 and Placebo, as well as working with producers like Tony Visconti and Trevor Horn.

Put them together and you’ve got a musical wormhole. A genre blending combination of rock inspired goodness, that sees a range of delectable sounds come together to create the beautiful sounds that Steven has spent a career perfecting.

From the melodic opening of Drop In The Ocean to the progressive sounds of How Was Your Ride, Blackfield V will take hold of you and slowly draw you in to its brilliance.

Four songs in and the duo step it up a gear with We’ll Never Be Apart. That progressive rock sound slowly morphs into classic rock, as the electric guitars take to the fore. At the point you’ll be hooked. There is no turning back. Blackfield V will have sucked you deep into the centre of its beautiful melodic core.

Although this album has a predominantly rock feel, the influence of Steven Wilson comes to life with the introduction of keyboards (Eran Mitelman) and a string section (London Session Orchestra). It’s the inclusion of these soft, delicate sounds that really transcend this album and set you up for the heavier arrangements that make up the second half of the album.

The inclusion of The Jackal on this release offers a delectable mix of soft and classic rock, with slow vocals that are supported by short bursts of electric guitars and a blanket of keys. With both artists sharing vocals on this number, it it right up there with the most fascinating tracks on the album.

The release of Blackfield V coincides with Geffen’s European tour with Biffy Clyro and Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes, which will feature Blackfield along with his solo work. This is a tour surely not to be missed!

RUSHONROCK RATED – 9/10 You can see why they think this is their best release to date.