It is completely consistent to the band’s progression that as of basically a month ago, Swedish riffers Vokonis were searching for a label as they announced plans to record a second album and now we find out they’ve been picked up by Ripple Music. Their first LP, Olde One Ascending (review here), was released earlier this year and stands among 2016’s best debuts, and since changing their name from Creedsmen Arise, the three-piece have had a laser focus on getting their work in order. They hit into their songs with a clear idea of what they wanted, and obviously I wasn’t the only one who thought they were successful in realizing that idea in the recording.
Congrats to the band, who find themselves labelmates to the likes of Wo Fat, Roadsaw, Foghound, Mothership, Devil to Pay, Gozu and many others on an imprint that has thrust its way to the forefront of the American heavy rock consciousness and is only continuing to expand its reach. Look for more news on Vokonis‘ sophomore outing and Ripple debut, The Sunken Djinn, as well as a Ripple reissue for Olde One Ascending, we move into the New Year.
Here’s the announcement from the PR wire:
Swedish Doom Masters Vokonis Sign to Ripple Music, World-Wide Release of New Album, The Sunken Djinn
Ripple Music is thrilled to announce the signing of Vokonis to a world-wide release for the upcoming album, “The Sunken Djinn”. Fans of the band can expect a deluxe reissue of their last epic of doom, “Olde One Ascending” to follow.
Already making huge waves in the heavy and doom scenes, Vokonis turned heads with the release of their “Olde One Ascending” album, mixing stellar musicianship with pulverizingly heavy riffs to create a sound unlike any other in the doom world. Heavy but progressive, viscous yet melodic. The album caught the ears of the producers of the Planet of Doom film who quickly enlisted Vokonis to write an exclusive track for the next film in the animated anthology.
Meanwhile, talks had already begun with Ripple Music, the California-based purveyor of heavy, doom, stoner and psych. The chemistry between band and label was instantaneous and in less than a week Vokonis were welcomed into the Ripple family of heavy rockers, alongside such bands as Mothership, Wo Fat, Roadsaw, Devil to Pay and more.
The Vokonis story dates back to October 2015, when three fuzzers with a strong sense of D.I.Y attitude, Simon, Jonte and Emil broke from their prior band, Creedsmen Arise, to focus on a new direction. Hailing from the Swedish city of rain, they were held indoors and practiced, played and cried tears of fuzz days on end. Eventually these hours of fuzz turned into songs that became their first album “Olde One Ascending”, which would receive critical acclaim from all corners of the world.
Now they set their sights forward and team up with Ripple Music to deliver their sophomore album, “The Sunken Djinn” for a summer release in 2017.” More madness is sure to follow.
Simon Ohlsson: Vocals, Guitar
Emil Larsson: Drums
Jonte Johansson: Bass, Backing vocals