Season Of Mist has announced the signing of RIVER BLACK, the band featuring guitarist John Adubato (ex-BURNT BY THE SUN), vocalist Mike Olender (ex-BURNT BY THE SUN, FOR THE LOVE OF..., ENDEAVOR), bassist Brett Bamberger (REVOCATION, PUBLICIST UK, ex-EAST OF THE WALL), and drummer Dave Witte (MUNICIPAL WASTE, PUBLICIST UK, ex-BURNT BY THE SUN, DISCORDANCE AXIS, HUMAN REMAINS). The group is currently recording its debut album at New Jersey's Trax East studio (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, HATEBREED, DEADGUY, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) with producer Eric Rachel (SKID ROW, MUNICIPAL WASTE, GOD FORBID) for a late 2016 release.
RIVER BLACK was formed by Adubato and Witte after the dissolution of BURNT BY THE SUN. The duo felt the need to keep the spirit and energy behind that going, pushing it a darker and heavier direction than anything in their collective past, and enlisted longtime friend Bamberger. After working through a few different lineups, the trio brought Olender into the fold.
Witte explains: "I've always had a strong connection with John and his riffs. Somehow, he's able to pull things out of me drumming-wise that no one else can. I found a rhythm partner and brother in Brett over the years, so those two together are the ultimate wing men for me so-to-speak. Adding Mike back into the fold was the puzzle piece that had been missing the whole time we've been working on this project."
RIVER BLACK's first-ever live performance will take place on Friday, April 15 as part of the first day of the 2016 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival.