Black Peaks (band)

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Black Peaks
Also known asShrine (2012–2014)
OriginBrighton, England
Years active2012–present
Associated acts
  • Will Gardner
  • Joe Gosney
  • Dave Larkin
  • Liam Kearley
Past members
  • Andrew Gosden

Black Peaks are an English progressive rock band from Brighton.


The band formed in 2012, initially under the name Shrine, and released a debut self-released EP Closer to the Sun in 2014.[1][2]

After a run of UK and European festivals and tours, the band signed to Sony for the release of their debut album Statues in 2016.

The album was well received, and singles 'Glass Built Castles' and 'Saviour' brought the band support from Zane Lowe, Daniel P. Carter and daytime airplay on BBC Radio 1.[3][4]

This increased profile resulted in a busy touring schedule across 2016-2017, including dates supporting Deftones, System of a Down, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Prophets of Rage and Mastodon.[5]

Towards the end of 2017, the band announced that they had parted ways with bassist Andrew Gosden, replaced with new member Dave Larkin[6], and were currently in the studio recording their second album, titled All That Divides. All That Divides was released in October 2018 and met with critical acclaim.

In January 2019, Black Peaks supported UK group Enter Shikari on their second leg of the Stop the Clocks tour[7].

Musical style[edit]

Black Peaks have been described as progressive rock,[1][2][8][9][10] hardcore punk,[9][10] heavy metal,[1][10] math rock,[1][10] post-rock,[1][10] alternative rock[1] and sludge metal[10] and have been compared to the likes of Mastodon,[1][11] Oceansize,[1][11] System of a Down,[8] Muse,[8] Tool[8] and The Dillinger Escape Plan.[11]


  • Will Gardner – lead vocals (2013–present)
  • Joe Gosney – guitars, vocals (2012–present)
  • Dave Larkin – bass guitar (2017–present)
  • Liam Kearley – drums (2012–present)

Past Members[edit]

  • Andrew Gosden – bass guitar (2012–2017)


Title Album details Type
Closer to the Sun[1]
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Self-Released
  • Moniker: Shrine
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: Sony
All That Divides
  • Released: 2018
  • Label: Rise Records


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Independent - Black Peaks".
  2. ^ a b "bn1 - Black Peaks".
  3. ^ "Artrocker - 'Statues' Review".
  4. ^ "With Guitars - Glass Built Castles Video Preview".
  5. ^ "Independent - 2000 Trees Preview".
  6. ^ "Dead Press - Black Peaks Part Ways with Bassist".
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b c d "Arctangent - Black Peaks". Archived from the original on 2016-08-15. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  9. ^ a b "Team Rock - Black Peaks".
  10. ^ a b c d e f "The Asylum - Black Peaks".
  11. ^ a b c "Kerrang - Glass Built Castles".