Bay Area rockers Black Map recently released a surprise EP “Trace The Path” as they were about to begin a tour with Pop Evil.  The trio originally formed as a result of their former bands going on hiatus, really made a mark on the rock world with their sophomore album, 2017’s “In Droves.”  The release spawned several hits including “Run Rabbit Run” and garnered them extensive radio airplay.  Heavy touring  followed  including slots at all the major rock festivals like Chicago Open Air and Louder Than Life.

The new EP contains four new songs that showcase what the band does best; big guitars, big drums, and a full, lush sound not often heard from a three piece band.  “Let Me Out” kicks things off in style.  It’s a hard rocking song with a great riff courtesy of Mark Engles on guitar  and a very catchy melody followed by the mid-tempo “Invisible Worlds” with smooth vocals from frontman and bassist Ben Flanagan.  “Zero Light” picks up the pace again with some rock solid drumming from Chris Robyn behind the kit.  The slower and ethereal “Why Burn” closes out the EP with a very Deftones like sound.

If Black Map hasn’t hit your radar yet, now is the time to check them out and “Trace The Path” is the perfect opportunity to do so.


About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978. My top five live shows ever are: 1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome. 2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours. 3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 - The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked! 4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live. 5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.