Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton has released the second single from his new solo EP and it’s a cover of the Pearl Jam hit “Black” featuring vocalist Mark Morales.

“The early ‘90s were such an important and vibrant time for rock music in general, and I feel like “Black” is one of the great songs from that era,” Morton says. “Our approach in covering it was to present a super stripped-down version, sticking the essence of the song. It’s got a very lonely feel to it and Mark Morales delivered an absolutely incredible vocal performance.”

Check out Mark Morton’s video for the track here:

The song is taken from Ether, Morton’s second solo offering, which was released this month via Rise Records. The primarily acoustic EP is made up of three original tracks and two covers that showcase MORTON’s diversity as a musician. As with last year’s solo debut, Anesthetic, the guitarist enlisted the talents of various musicians and vocalists to bring his songs to life.

Morales, who regularly tours as part of Morton’s live band, sings two songs on the EP – the original track “All I Had To Lose” and “Black”. Additional vocals are provided by Lzzy Hale on The Black Crowes cover “She Talks To Angels”, Light The Torch vocalist Howard Jones on “Love My Enemy” and Moon Tooth singer John Carbone on “The Fight”.

Watch the video for the EP’s first single, “All I Had To Lose”, featuring Mark Morales, here:

Ether is available via digital retailers. For a list of providers, visit here.


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