Ian Blurton Releases Eclectic New Single, “Night of the Black Goat”
Unlike MS editor-in-chief Vince Neilstein, I wasn’t fortunate enough to experience Ian Blurton’s previous band, Change of Heart, on my way to a Steak & Shake in 2003, a time when new music was exploding onto everyone’s iPods; I was just a pimple-faced kid listening to The New York Dolls and System of a Down. But as I listen to the recommended CoH album, Tummysuckle, and then switch to Blurton’s new solo pieces, my intrigue is piqued.
His newest song, “Night of the Black Goat,” has premiered via Doomed and Stoned and it’s a notable change from his previous works, taking cues from a slew of earlier bands such as Judas Priest and Blue Öyster Cult yet still maintaining an uncategorizable sound in which upbeat riffs take the wheel while doom still occupies a prominent spot in the passenger seat, both hand in hand as they park on a cliff somewhere. Finally I can write an article about a project that leans into doom without instantly feeling the need to describe it as “Black Sabbath-esque.” Do I hail Ian Blurton as a generational genius? Not quite yet, but get back to me in a couple of months and we’ll see where I’m at.
The new song is taken from Blurton’s upcoming solo album, Signals Through the Flames, which is being released on June 7th via Pajama Party and can be pre-ordered here. If you’re Canadian and you’re all aboot Ian Blurton’s new sound, you can catch him on tour at the dates that are posted below the embed.
June 6 Toronto – Sneaky Dees w/ Spirit Adrift
June 7 Kitchener – The Starlight w/ Hawkeyes
June 14 Toronto – secret show NXNE
June 17 Sudbury – The Townehouse
June 18 Thunder Bay – The Apollo
June 19 Winnipeg – The Handsome Daughter
June 20 Saskatoon – Amigo’s
June 21 Edmonton – The Rec Room Edmonton South
June 22 Calgary – The Palomino/Sled Island Festival
June 23 Regina – The Club at The Exchange
July 14 Guelph – Hillside Festival
July 19 Hamilton – This Ain’t Hollywood
July 20 Toronto – The Horseshoe Signals Through The Flames record release