Black Country, New Road – Chaos Space Marine Single Review

After their Mercury Prize nominated debut For the First Time, Black Country, New Road have announced their second album, Ants From Up There, set to release 4th February 2022. With this announcement the genre-blending seven-piece have released the album’s first single, entitled Chaos Space Marine.


Black Country, New Road offer up their shortest track to date, structurally reminiscent of a pop song yet laden with jolting violins and abrupt drum beats that are trademark to the band’s sound. This is the most anthemic track the band have released so far, something out of their usual musical realm. The verses are backed by peppy piano that segues into a chanted, sing-along chorus that is inescapably catchy. The track travels with an anticipatory rhythm that builds beautifully into a slowed down outro, showcasing the band’s ability to retain effortless harmony with each other’s instruments.

Lyrically, the song maps out a journey of uncertainty, with lead singer Isaac Wood often contradicting himself throughout the track. However, there is one thing for certain – Wood’s belief that this “is the best song the band have ever written“. Black Country, New Road prove on “Chaos Space Marine” that they can condense their sound without compromising it; there is no shortage of sonic experimentation and fervent lyrical performance, all squeezed into a digestible 3 minutes and 36 seconds.

Listen to the new single below!

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