BLACK WATER RISING's new video, ‘No Halos’, was directed by Noah Shulman (who directed BWR debut video ‘Brother Go On’ – available below), produced by Sleepless City Productions and stars the actor Jose Hernandez Jr. ‘No Halos’ comes from the group's debut self-titled album, finally released in Europe via Metalville (June 2011).
Featuring former DUST TO DUST vocalist Rob Traynor, former STEREOMUD guitarist Johnny Fattoruso, former BOILER ROOM drummer Mike Meselsohn and bassist Oddie McLaughlin, BLACK WATER RISING assembled around 2006 in Brooklyn, New York, “not looking to reinvent the wheel, they just wanted to give it a much needed alignment in these musically stale times”. Their music described as that of “BLACK LABEL SOCIETY but with more Southern spin” by David Jeffries, AllMusic, the band states they have “set out to create a no frills, riff raging, turbo charged, wall of pure kick ass power rock”, and they believe they have achieved that. Guitarist John Fattoruso commented in an interview with Metal Underground:
“We wear our influences on our sleeves, everything from the '70s to now. You’ll hear PANTERA-ish style riffs in there, you’ll hear southern riffs, you’ll hear straight up rock stuff. It’s a good mix of everything but it has great vocals. It’s got groove, it’s got melody. Any true metal head, and when I say metal head I don’t mean thrash metal or death metal, I mean just someone who appreciates good heavy music, would definitely like it. If they want to hear good vocals, we’ve got it. If you want to hear screaming, it’s on there too. We don’t shy away from anything. We cover the whole spectrum of what we want to do. We don’t paint ourselves into a corner. We do what we feel. If it feels good, we play it.” [Read the rest of the interview conducted by Ty Arthur here]