River Black

metal - United States

River Black Band

RIVER BLACK deliver the musical equivalent to a diamond-tipped drill to bore breathing-holes into the crusty rusted armour-plating of the metal-genre in order to let some fresh air into the all too often stale scene.

Their powerful self-titled debut album impresses with undiluted aggression, precisely executed and dead on target. Based on an intimate knowledge of thrash metal history, the Americans have found a modern answer to this classic style, incorporating suitable elements of death, hardcore, and other influences. This is boosted by a massive sound that drops the bomb in your face.

The expertise that RIVER BLACK demonstrate in craft and talent does not come out of the blue. Guitarist John Adubato and drummer David Witte (MUNICIPAL WASTE) formed their new creative outlet after the dissolution of BURNT BY THE SUN. The veteran duo felt the need to keep the spirit and energy behind that former collective going, while pushing it a darker and heavier direction. To complete their dream team, Witte and Adubato recruited fellow REVOCATION bassist Brett Bamberger and former BURNT BY THE SUN collaborator Mike Olender for vocal duties.

On completion of their line-up, RIVER BLACK recorded their first album at New Jersey’s Trax East studio (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, HATEBREED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) with producer Eric Rachel (SKID ROW, MUNICIPAL WASTE, GOD FORBID).

RIVER BLACK are now ready to drive a vicious spike into the bubble of metallic complacency. Crank up the volume and let ‘River Black’ hit home hard. Impact is imminent…


  • Mike Olender : vocals
  • John Adubato : guitar
  • Brett Bamberger : bass
  • Dave Witte : drums

This band is no longer active on Season of Mist.

Posted on July 7, 2017

RIVER BLACK are unleashing their complete self-titled debut album, ‘River Black’, which has been scheduled for release on July 7th. The American modern metal pioneers in the wake of BURNED BY THE SUN are now exclusively streaming ‘River Black’ via the official media partners listed below.

Posted on June 7, 2017

RIVER BLACK are releasing the third hard hitting track taken from their self-titled debut album, ‘River Black’, which has been scheduled for release on July 7th. Listen to “Boat” below.

Posted on June 2, 2017

RIVER BLACK are revealing the second heavy track taken from their self-titled debut album. ‘River Black’ has been scheduled for release on July 7th. The band is premiering “#Victim” exclusively via the official partners listed below.

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