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“Nirvana” by Tainted Black

In their new single and music video “Nirvana,” Tainted Black pay homage to the grungy roots of their sound whilst blazing forward on an artistic path all their own. From the chilling opening chords of the track up until the few strands of distortion it concludes with, Tainted Black are committed to keeping the audience on the edge of our seats. Sonically speaking, “Nirvana” owes a lot to the pulsating murky sludge of early 90’s alternative rock, but I wouldn’t necessarily deem it a product of retrospection exclusively. There are shades of contemporary concepts and millennial efficiency here, which when mixed with the aforementioned influences makes an undisputedly unique style of play.


Everything here is structured off of the anthemic, guitar-driven hook, but I’d stop short of calling this a chorus-oriented composition. There’s a lot of tense, atmospheric moodiness to the melodic undertow guiding the bassline here, and there really isn’t any unutilized space in the master mix with regards to the percussive backbone driving the beat. Whether it be the first couple of verses we hear at the start or the crushing deluge of emotion we encounter in the chorus, the band’s energy is always on overdrive, forcing us to embrace their passion one way or another.

Rockers craving something purely unclean in tonality and surprisingly evocative in verse really can’t go wrong with Tainted Black’s “Nirvana” this May. Released at a point in rock history that has been lacking in real physicality from the mainstream or underground alike, “Nirvana” just might be what fans of the genre need to get excited about new music again. It’s a great look for Tainted Black, and if this track or its music video manage to find a substantial audience over the summer, they’re going to be in prime shape moving into the next chapter of their career together.

Mindy McCall



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