Psychedelic Doomlords BONG Announce Details for "Mana-Yood-Sushai" (Out May 14th!)
Psyched-out, marvelously prolific doomlords BONG have returned once again from the outer limits of doom, drone, and Eastern melody to grace and glorify the riff upon their latest offering, a brand new album entitled Mana-Yood-Sushai. The album will be released on May 14th by England’s Ritual Productions, longtime supporters and purveyors of the doomed. The ethereal cover artwork is an image of a Nicolas Roerich painting, entitled 'Mount Of Five Treasures'.
Following last year's masterpiece Beyond Ancient Space, this two-horned behemoth was recorded, mixed and mastered in just two days in December 2011, marking the first time Bong have ever entered a professional studio and recorded with an engineer. The esoteric outfit previously preferred to record live, and in shed, and in fields, and wherever the riff saw fit to lead them.
At the helm was Greg Chandler of Esoteric, who had this to say about the experience:
"It was really great to record an album live in the studio with Bong, whose heavy, droning, psychedelic improvisations unfolded like a lucid, transcendental journey. Great vibe to the session with these guys, and a real pleasure to work with. I really enjoyed the session, was cool to work with a band that can just get in and do their thing with a completely no nonsense approach!"
Chandler went on to describe the record as unfolding "like a lucid transcendental journey,” and what an apt description it is. “Dreams of Mana-Yood-Sushai' seems to pick up where Beyond Ancient Space ended, with ritualistic vocal passages slithering atop their meditative jams. 'Trees, Grass and Stones' evolves at an unhurried pace, first emerging with simple chimes and drones before locking into a most seductive, mind-melting, and reflective groove.
This is Bong as we have never heard them before, and they sound all the better for it!
Bassist & vocalist Dave Terry commented, “Two tracks emerged from our battles with the unfamiliar disconnectedness of studio recording, inspired in turn by the stories of Lord Dunsany and the meandering psychedelic rock of Träd Gräs och Stenar. We hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we enjoy playing them."
The lads are fresh off a thunderously successful performance within the hallowed halls of Roadburn 2012. Be sure to catch Bong on tour when they play one of the following dates:
5/17/12 Bong Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, Essex UK
5/27/12 Bong Trillians, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UKhttp://www.ritualproductions.net http://www.myspace.com/landbonghttp://www.twitter.com/bongdoom