There is just no stopping Chris “The Professor” Black. With High Spirits and Dawnbringer he has created some of the best and most unconventional heavy metal music around today. And don't forget Aktor. What about Pharaoh, Superchrist and Nachmystium? Well, forget about all those. It's solo album time. Not one, not two but three: "LVPVS", "Sunrise" and "I Am the Rock". All issued simultaneously (on vinyl) via High Roller Records.
“It’s a very High Roller thing to do! Over the top!,” laughs Chris Black. “But there may be downsides to all three albums being released simultaneously as well. We’ll see. But ultimately, I decided that would make it most convenient for the audience. If someone wants to buy two or maybe even all three albums, they can do it with only one trip to the store. Or one mailorder delivery, as the case may be. That convenience was the deciding factor.”
"LVPVS" may well be the most unusual of the three solo albums. What's the exact concept behind it? Four extremely long songs. It's quite ambient, of course instrumental, some old prog influences, sometimes reduced, bleak, doomy, dream-like ... Very eclectic stuff for sure … Chris Black agrees: “I think your description is working fine. It is honestly hard to remember what my initial motivations were with 'LVPVS', since it was a long time ago. I remember wanting to experiment with repetition. I guess more importantly, when I returned to those tracks in 2017, I liked that there was a certain musical distance. With High Spirits, I am standing right in front of you, singing into your face. With 'LVPVS', I am standing farther away, using larger and less intricate shapes.”
1. Habeas Corpus
2. Too Soon
4. Every Second