Chicago based metallers Black Sites will be releasing their debut album ‘In Monochrome‘ on 17th February 2017 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group (Black Label Society, Black Stone Cherry, Monster Truck, Big Jesus, Vola, Counting Days, Stoneghost).

In the build up to the release the band have revealed the video for ‘Dead Languageshere.

In 2015, revered metal guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Mark Sugar had a creative breakthrough that led him to leave behind a modern metal legacy to bravely forge a new one. Now, one of underground metal’s most uncompromising visionaries returns with a new band and an invigorating heavy-with-melody aesthetic.
 
“I wanted to challenge myself with clean singing and by writing well-crafted songs,” reveals the Chicago-based artist. “I went back to my influences, old school metal, prog rock, and hard rock—music built on classic songwriting.”

Sugar was formerly known as the mastermind behind the cult metal quartet Trials, a group that amicably folded in 2015, leaving behind three artistically bold and well-received albums that bridged the divide between thrash and melodic death metal.

His new band, Black Sites conjures burly proto metal riffs and vibey grooves, whiplash thrash, moody ambience, and the stately expanse of modern and classic prog. ‘In Monochrome‘ thrills with unexpected twists and turns, and tuneful songcraft that never sacrifices heft for hooks.

As anticipation builds for the band, and Black Sites releases its debut long player and plays its first shows ever, Sugar is reflective. After all, in the span of a year he’s gone from no band to a new band with an irresistible old school aesthetic. “I remember driving in my car listening to the final album and just feeling so relieved and excited to hear these songs come to life,” he says. “I learned a lot during this time. I learned how to keep an open mind and stay focused. I feel like this is the best thing I’ve ever done.”

Pre-order ‘In Monochromehere.
Black Sites
In Monochrome‘ Tracklisting
1. M Fisto Waltz
2. Dead Languages
3. Monochrome
4. Burning Away the Day
5. Hunter Gatherer
6. Watching You Fall
7. Locked Out – Shut Down
8. In the Woods
9. The Tides