"Black Age Blues" is an instant classic, with each one of the nine songs an anthem, and each of the four members of Goatsnake in top form. Everything is magnified; Pete Stahl's vocals have never sounded so good, the rhythm section comprised of Greg Rogers on drums and Scott Renner on bass are the driving force on each track, and Greg Anderson's riffs are heavier than ever before. Appearing on the album intro to "Another River To Cross" is acoustic guitar courtesy of David Pajo (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M), the track also containing previously released recordings from Goatsnake's "The River." Piano is played by Mathias Schneeberger, and Petra Haden contributes violin and vocals. Another welcome addition to the album, across multiple tracks, are brilliant backing vocals by Dem Preacher's Daughters: Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes and Andrea Merrit. "Black Age Blues" is familiar, but nothing here is a repetition of what we've heard before, as Goatsnake continues to refine the timeless, ultra-heavy rock that they are infamous for, surpassing even the highest of expectations. Vinyl version includes two additional tracks.