White hot drumming runs head first into a tidal wave of distortion as Lana Blac weaves her angelic voice into a tapestry of sonic malice in “Suck You In,” the new single from her critically acclaimed debut album Nocturnal. She tells the tale of falling upon a potential lover, capturing their soul with her evil charm and casting a hypnotic spell over their vulnerable heart. We follow her down the rabbit hole and find ourselves caught in the spinning blades that make up the girth of the percussion. The track freezes on the guitar riff, and she lays into the sizzling chorus with ease; if this is just a taste of what her live performances must sound like, then Lana Blac is bound to break into the mainstream with this second cut from her virgin release.
The meat and potatoes of “Suck You In” is the main riff that steals the spotlight in the chorus, and while Blac’s singing is a gem in the grizzly pandemonium going on with the bass, drums and synthesizer, you could definitely make the argument that her lyrics make a lot more sense in this extreme environment. The second stanza goes “I’ll climb on top of you / Sink my teeth into your skin / I’ll climb on top of you / I’ll suck you in,” and with each verse the guitar dutifully ghosts her movements, filling in the gaps between her words with an airy glow that is straight out of vintage alternative rock but constructed to be much heavier.
Instead of a big and bad guitar solo to follow the second chorus, Blac tackles the transition between the song’s two acts with a divine vocal breakdown that harmonizes with the synthesizer and makes it feel like the ground is slipping out from under our feet. This vacuum effect, whether intentionally created or not, is one of the best parts of “Suck You In;” it sucks us down a river of melodic bedlam that is both beautiful and tough as nails. A lot of critics might rush to compare Blac to some of the other premier female singers emerging in American heavy metal at the moment, but to me that would be too dismissive of her unique skill. She has just as much persistence in her execution as any of her contemporaries regardless of gender if not more, and really lets us have it at full force in this single.
As quickly as it spilled out of our stereo speakers and took over the mood of the entire room, “Suck You In” comes to a stop instantly in its last chorus. The short and sweet style of this track makes it an easy song to play on repeat and get psyched up with, and while it doesn’t use any of the typical weaponry that heavy metal gods of yesteryear might have required to produce a song, Lana Blac doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to imprinting her menacing musical persona on our brains. For only being her second official single, she shows us that she certainly has the chops to play with the heavyweights of her genre – and maybe even surpass their successes in time.