"Brooklyn-based rock trio, Castle Black are coming in with their music full force, and packing a huge rock punch."
"Raw vocals, and well-thought out bass and guitar-hook keep your ears tuned into the last tune."
"The Big Takeover is excited to premiere the dynamically rousing and gritty number 'Seeing In Blue' off Castle Black’s forthcoming EP. As the jagged edge guitar grinds, the bass line holds down the low end, and the drums pummel a kinetic tattoo, Leigh Celent and Lisa Low shout out the vivid lyrics."
"The guitars buzz, the melody is repetitive yet infectious and the whole thing has a grubby, dirty air about it."
"Delivering eclectic and thunderous heavy rock sounds, powerful vocals and dark, dystopian lyrics, Brooklyn hard rock trio Castle Black’s new cinematic video – “Dark Light: A Plague Revisited” – is something to behold as far as music videos go."
"Castle Black’s sound is an inventive and stimulating mixture of genres, including classic rock, alt. rock, punk, post punk and grunge. The infusion of various genres also makes Castle Black’s style one of a kind."
“Premonition is a perfect example of the band’s genre-bending talents. On this track, the band morphs into an indie pop/post-punk outfit, ripping out a hookalicious, melody-laden summertime track ... "
"They’ve got two excellent ep’s out, along with a killer video shot at Fort Tilden ... It’s the rare video that holds your attention all the way through to see what finally happens, a mystery story in images with a ferocious soundtrack."
"Sabotage has a mighty oldschool Britpunk feel, it’s catchy, and anthemic, and pissed off, and like a lot of this band’s songs, is packed with unexpected tempo shifts, counterintuitive major/minor changes and catchy hooks. Premonition, by contrast, is a lot more straightforward, a bitter, vivid late-summer reminiscence. The jangle/crunch dichotomy in Celent’s guitar overdubs brings to mind the Distillers."
"Bronner’s menacing rumble undpins the wickedly catchy, minor-key Secret Hideaway, part dark garage rock, part X, part Thalia Zedek."
"Leave It kicks off like a swaying, midtempo Buzzcocks ballad and then hits a burning doublespeed punk drive, like peak-era Sleater-Kinney but with better vocals. The album winds up with its best song, the hauntingly epic, doomed Dark Light, built around Celent’s menacing, opening cliffhanger riff: it’s this band’s Last Rockers."
"Doesn’t it feel great when you stumble on an up-and-coming band who end up fulfilling their promise, and them some? Castle Black‘s sizzling set Friday night at Basement Bar in Bushwick had the fearlessness and outside-the-box creativity of classic punk rock ... Castle Black delivered that kind of defiantly individualistic energy with equal parts guitar-fueled savagery and sardonic humor."
"It’s amazing how tight this band has become over the past six months: constant gigging will do that to you. And yet, their music hasn’t lost its raw edge, or persistent unease, or outright menace. And they’re a lot of fun to watch live."
"The band opened with the skronky postpunk of Doing Time Pass. Celent is an interesting guitarist: she likes catchy hooks, but just when things might get predictable, she veers off into noise. There was a little Andy Gill, or maybe Arto Lindsay in her jagged lines, but mostly it was just her. The band roared their way into Leave It with a slow, stalking groove, like a vintage Buzzcocks epic that they suddenly took doublespeed into anthemic Avengers territory, then back again."
"Back at the Paper Box there was hard-rockin’ trio Castle Black with a gritty and aggressive female ‘tude."
"Last year the big apple saw the inception of Brooklyn founded Castle Black, a Punk/Grunge trio capturing the NY sound with a subdued, crunchy Garage-band sound with a slight L7-esque edge to their own concoction."
"Taking elements of Post-Punk, Grunge and New Wave, with a dab of surf-riffage for flavour, I can easily see myself in the pit during a Castle Black set."
"Castle Black are the kind of band you want to catch on the way up. Right now, the power trio are running on inspiration. They’re pushing the limits of their chops, careening through a bunch of styles – old school punk, abrasive post-Bush Tetras post-punk and noisy later-period Sleater-Kinney indie aggro, to name a few – on their way to really crystallizing a sound of their own."
"There’s Premonition, which has a sludgy country feel and then picks up steam; the epic Dark Light: A Plague Revisited, with the eerie foreshadowing of its opening hook, to a series of unexpected up-and-down tempo shifts; The Next Thing, with its trippy, oscillating white noise and mashup of stoner metal riffage and viciously chugging old school punk rumble."
"The opening bars of the EP will tear you away from what you are doing to listen. The aggressive female vocals and hard hitting beats are reminiscent of Hole’s best songs, and the dirty garage sound of the guitars on ‘Psychic Surgery’ will have you air guitaring along in no time. The vocals on this song are high pitched and hard hitting – everything a female lead rock singer should be."
“First thing that comes to my mind when hearing "The Next Thing" is rock music similar to Sleater-Kinney. Eighties rock fast forwards into the year 2015 ..and you have the sound of Castle Black. I envision being in a secluded downtown NY bar.... that only fits about 100 people in the room and everyone watching the band with eager eyes.
"Now I know nobody's going to agree with me on this but to me they remind me of Evanescence meets The Distillers. Castle Black is a three piece female fronted band, and I think probably the most apt genre they can be described as is alt rock. Basically if you enjoy good old-fashioned alt rock, these guys should be your staple. I love their sound, it's simple and clean. Well, not really simple because actually they're doing a lot of little, subtle, complex things, but you get the idea. There's no bullshit to their music. It's just good. It all fits perfectly, it's clean."
From Josh Hershkovitzat Speak Into My Good Eye: Live Review: Big D and the Kids Table, Teenage Halloween, Counterpunch, Doped Up Dollies & Castle Black Played Brighton Bar
"I got there early enough to catch the openers, one of which I had never seen. Castle Black was an interesting addition to the lineup and unfortunately I only saw a few of their songs. I was treated to some gritty, aggressive female vocals."
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