Review & Full Album Premiere: Black Rainbows, Pandaemonium

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on April 3rd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream Black Rainbows’ Pandaemonium in its entirety. Album is out April 6 on Heavy Psych Sounds.]

Largely through sheer force of will, Black Rainbows have become Italy’s foremost purveyors of heavy psychedelic rock. Pandaemonium is the sixth full-length from the Roman trio, and they’ve never sounded more driven or lysergic then they do in its nine-track/45-minute run. Led by guitarist/vocalist Gabriele Fiori, the three-piece run a colorful gamut of high-energy, sopping wet groove, and whether they’re in the maximum-fuzz thrust of “Riding Fast ‘Til the End of Time,” dug into the more threatening lumber of “Grindstone” or languidly making their way through the cosmos on album finale “13th Step of the Pyramid,” they burn and melt classic influences into something of their own; whether it’s culled from Sabbath, Fu Manchu, Nebula, Monster Magnet or Hawkwind, it doesn’t matter. It’s Black Rainbows.

This has, admittedly, been the case on their last couple records. Pandaemonium, which is further marked out by the desert-space-grunge opener “Sunrise” and the megahook that follows in “High to Hell,” was preceded by 2016’s Stellar Prophecy (review here) and 2015’s Hawkdope (review here), and with them, it forms something of a trifecta of the band discovering and subsequently building on their distinct sonic persona. That’s not to slight their 2014 split with NaamWhite Hills and The Flying Eyes (review here), 2013’s Holy Moon EP (discussed here), or 2012’s Supermothafuzzalicious!! (review here) — or, for that matter, 2010’s Carmina Diablo or 2007’s Twilight in the Desert; though the latter was derivative and that seemed to be the point — simply to say that as time has gone on, Black Rainbows have come more into their own sound-wise, and Pandaemonium represents the to-date apex of that process.

Tone, as ever, is essential to what they do, and Fiori‘s is dead-on righteous in “The Sacrifice” but as Fiori and bassist Giuseppe Guglielmino welcome new drummer Filippo Ragazzoni, they seem to lock into an especially potent trio form. The longest tracks on Pandaemonium are the highlights and show this best, “Grindstone” moving fluidly from its initial lumbering to a tripped out spacious midsection, minimalist and topped with samples but tense and building its wash toward a crescendo that (presumably) closes side A and offers one of the record’s most satisfying payoffs. With “Sunrise,” “High to Hell” and “The Sacrifice” before it, Black Rainbows shift deftly between catchy heavy rock songcraft and more expansive fare, eventually ceding the ground to the Wyndorfian strum of tracklisting centerpiece “Supernova and Asteroids,” which though it’s only a little over two minutes long, emphasizes just how important atmospherics have become as part of Black Rainbows‘ overarching methodology.

The wash of effects, near-constant swirl, and echo on Fiori‘s voice are, of course, appreciated, but it’s what Black Rainbows accomplish by varying their tempos, structures nnd overall scope that makes Pandaemonium succeed as it does. With vinyl in mind, it’s side A that shows this best with each song developing its own presence while feeding into the overarching groove of the record as a whole, and as it would in homage to the classic form, side B pushes the limits of the band’s aesthetic (not that “Grindstone” doesn’t in its own way). After “Supernova and Asteroids,” the ultra-fuzzed “Riding Fast ‘Til the End of Time” takes hold with full-throttle forward motion, turning on a dime into the bridge and the chorus from itis decamatry verse, an extended solo section marked out by organ in the second half only adding to the sense of build throughout, the feeling that Black Rainbows have become experts at this kind of sonic gamesmanship.

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Where earlier cuts might’ve gone back to the hook to finish out, “Riding Fast ‘Til the End of Time” keeps going further out until it just kind of ends, leading to the six-and-a-half-minute “I Just Wanna Fire. Seemingly inspired lyrically by a trip to the desert, it plays up the more open, jammier side of Black Rainbows sound, and by the end of its run, the effects swirl and the depth created are not only evocative of the place, but hypnotic in their own right. There’s something of a return to earth with the stoner rock shuffle of “The Abyss,” but even this is given a due drenching in reverb, fuzz and echo. Still, rhythmically, in its janga-janga boogie, the song recalls post-Kyuss early aughts stonerism, and even finds Ragazzoni half-timing the drums to maximize the open feel in the second half. A steady line of organ — almost a drone, for its consistency — threads through the arrangement, making the shorter cut feel even fuller and hold to the sense of space brought to the proceedings by “I Just Wanna Fire” before.

A long solo section and slow ringout — that organ fading in the process — leads to the cry-in-the-vastness line of noise that starts “13th Step of the Pyramid.” There’s a sample that may or may not come from an old episode of In Search Of, and as Fiori‘s vocals enter shortly after the first minute, the immediate association is with Monster Magnet‘s Spine of God-era liquefaction. This is not a detriment, and as they have with influences all along — the best example perhaps being “The Abyss” just before — they take these elements and make them their own. A drawling, patient roll plays out and builds to a head just as they pass the halfway point into larger, more forward riffing, the nod infectious and the impression clear that, hey, this is it: no coming back this time. Fair enough. It’s been a trip and in the end of “13th Step of the Pyramid,” the listener finally finds out where it’s all been leading.

The answer, of course, is “huge jam.” Fiori seems to layer rhythm and lead guitars for an even more packed arrangement, but it’s even more about the vibe the whole band creates in the process. Choice groove, an emergent standout riff, a final build, and residual effects swirl on a fade when they’ve cycled through the last measure. It’s a patient but still energetic finale, and it’s one worthy of the record preceding all the more because of the underlying sense of consciousness and purposefulness behind it. I don’t doubt that Black Rainbows experiment in the studio. Frankly there are too many effects used in these songs for “happy accidents” to never occur. And I don’t doubt that they jam — you can hear the chemistry even in this new lineup. But there’s intention for all of it beyond simple indulgence, and as distant the ground is that Pandaemonium covers, the band is never unsure how they want to get there. One more reason that, six albums deep and more than a decade into their career, it’s time to consider Black Rainbows masters of the form. Their heavy psych wants for nothing in spirit or sound, and their songwriting has never sounded more assured of its reach. As well it should be.

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Black Rainbows Post “High to Hell” Lyric Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 27th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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As to what it actually means to be high to hell, you’ll have to ask Italian trio Black Rainbows on that one and I’m sure they’d have a good answer for you. Maybe something like, “It’s when you’re really really high,” and if so, fair enough. The song “High to Hell” features second among the nine tracks on the Roma outfit’s sixth album, Padaemonium, which is out next week — because, hello, next week is April — on Heavy Psych Sounds, and offers some of its best fuzz and one of its most memorable hooks. And with lines about living like an astronaut and the end of time, it’s more than solid lyric video fodder. So here we are.

I’m going to have more about Pandaemonium next week — and by that I mean I’ll be streaming it in full with a corresponding album review, on Tuesday if all goes according to plan — so I don’t want to get too deep into what they’re going on any given track, but songs like “High to Hell,” “The Sacrifice,” “Riding Fast Til the End of Time” and so on provide anchors in their hooks that allow guitarist/vocalist Gabriele Fiori the space to reach both out into space and deep into the dirt for earthy fuzz that propels them. Like much of their work over the last several years, it gracefully balances elements and creates something whole and individualized from them, rather than simply pitting one element against another. Hell, I’m reviewing the dam thing in spite of myself.

Alright, gonna stop there. Check back next week for more lavish praise heaped on Black Rainbows and that full stream. In the meantime, enjoy the “High to Hell” lyric video below, followed by more info from the PR wire info.

Dig in:

Black Rainbows, “High to Hell” lyric video

Italy’s stoner rock icons BLACK RAINBOWS unveil a fuzz-driven new track off their sixth album “Pandaemonium”, due out April 6th on Heavy Psych Sounds Records.

“High To Hell” is the first excerpt off BLACK RAINBOWS’ new album “Pandaemonium”. The intro riff is a sledgehammer of fuzz and crunch striking the listener from the outset, while Gabriele Fiori’s sharp and hard-hitting vocals echo like a loop that won’t let go of your brain. Everything in this song is addictive. The Italian trio shows us how it’s done, with the fuzziest and fiercest stoner rock anthem you’ll hear this year!

“Pandaemonium” will be released on limited Silver vinyl, Orange Fluo Splatter Multicolor vinyl, as well as CD and digital.

BLACK RAINBOWS is
Gabriele Fiori – Guitar & Vocals
Giuseppe Guglielmino – Bass
Filippo Ragazzoni – Drums

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Black Rainbows Announce European Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 22nd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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You know the question I’m about to ask, right? You have to. It’s almost too obvious. Will Pandaemonium — the forthcoming sixth long-player from Italian heavy psychedelic rock forerunners Black Rainbows — be the album that finally brings them to US shores? It is to wonder. One would think that with all of the groups guitarist/vocalist Gabriele Fiori has brought to Europe through the booking wing of his record label Heavy Psych Sounds over the years, there must be plenty of acts with whom they could partner for a run at least of the coasts/major markets, if not all 48 contiguous states.

Especially with the arrival in North America of underground heavy acts like Truckfighters paving the way for Greenleaf and 1000mods and others, it seems like there’s something of a shift happening to make European bands coming to the US to tour a more sustainable prospect. Of course, I don’t know if it’s even on Black Rainbows‘ radar in terms of goals — America isn’t exactly ingratiating itself to the rest of the planet these days, admittedly — but as many times as they’ve crossed back and forth over Europe over the years, they’d seem ripe for striking out into some new territory. At least for a festival or two.

Just a thought on the occasion of Black Rainbows announcing another sizable European run, which they did thusly via the PR wire:

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Italian stoner icons BLACK RAINBOWS announce extensive European tour and festival shows

Italy’s heavy psych fuzzers BLACK RAINBOWS have announced a full European tour in support of their upcoming new album “Pandaemonium”, with special appearances at Desertfest London and Hellfest, plus a support for High On Fire.

The band will be touring Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, France, England and the Netherlands. Their sixth studio album “Pandaemonium” will be released April 6th on all formats via Heavy Psych Sounds Records.

BLACK RAINBOWS ON TOUR

16.03 – Rome (IT) 30 Formiche
22.03 – Martigny (CH) Sunset Bar
23.03 – Torino (IT) Blah Ba
24.03 – Parma (IT) Titty Twister
29.03 – Olten (CH) Coq D’Or
30.03 – Seewen (CH) Gaswerk
31.03 – Strasbourg (FR) Maison Bleue
01.04 – Feldkirch (AT) Graf Hugo
02.04 – Graz (AT) Club Q
03.04 – Wien (AT) Viper Room
04.04 – Salzburg (AT) Rockhouse
05.04 – Augsburg (DE) City Club
06.04 – Innsbruck (AT) PMK
07.04 – Milano (IT) Cox 18
19.04 – Winterthur (CH) Gaswerk
20.04 – Frankfurt (DE) Feinstaub
21.04 – Arlon (BE) L’Entrepot
22.04 – Osnabruck (DE) Bastard Club
23.04 – Mannheim (DE) Kurzbar
24.04 – Stuttgart (DE) Keller Klub
25.04 – Berlin (DE) Jagerklause
26.04 – Dresden (DE) Chemofabrik
27.04 – Leipzig (DE) Geiszer 16
28.04 – Erfurt (DE) Tiko
03.04 – Deventer (NL) Burgerweeshuis w/ High On Fire
05.05 – London (UK) Desertfest
2X.06 – Clisson (FR) Hellfest
30.06 – Alessandria (IT) Bliss Beat Fest

BLACK RAINBOWS is
Gabriele Fiori – Guitar & Vocals
Giuseppe Guglielmino – Bass
Filippo Ragazzoni – Drums

http://www.theblackrainbows.com/
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Black Rainbows Reissues Available to Preorder

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 8th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Stop me if I’ve said so before, but I wrote the two paragraph bio below for Italian heavy rockers Black Rainbows and I mean every word of it. I can think of few other bands who’ve done so much to contribute to building their home country’s scene, both in terms of their own creative work and the business practicalities on the back end of running a genuinely forward-thinking label — that being guitarist/vocalist Gabriele Fiori‘s Heavy Psych Sounds imprint — and tour booking agency, bringing bands in and sending bands out and helping genuinely to further creativity every step of the way. Even from across an ocean, it’s been incredible to witness and something I find deeply admirable.

Also, their new album rocks. That one’s called Pandaemonium and it’s out in April (info here), but even as they gear up for that, the three-piece will reissue three prior works — 2012’s Supermothafuzzalicious!! (review here), 2013’s Holy Moon EP (discussed here) and 2015’s Hawkdope (review here) — next month, and like the headline says, preorders are up now. Bonus tracks included with each.

Dig it:

Since the release of their debut album, Twilight in the Desert, in 2007, Roma rockers Black Rainbows have become one of the most essential acts in Europe’s heavy underground. As the spearhead of an entire movement of Italian bands, They’ve issued five full-lengths to-date and are on the precipice of their sixth in 2018, with founding guitarist/vocalist Gabriele Fiori and bassist Giuseppe Guglielmino welcoming new drummer Fillippo Ragazzoni to the fold for the first time.

Across albums like 2010’s Carmina Diablo (recently reissued), 2011’s Supermotherfuzzalicious!!, 2015’s Hawkdope and 2016’s Stellar Prophecy, Black Rainbows’ sound has oozed between classic ‘90s-style stoner fuzz and deep-cosmos psychedelia, drawing on the best of hard-driving space rock to conjure a vibe totally tripped-out and all its own. By bringing Ragazzoni on board, the riffs have gotten tighter and are fuzzed as ever, and two years after their last outing, Black Rainbows enter 2018 refreshed and with well-earned veteran status resulting from countless tours, festival appearances, and their track record of absolutely unstoppable energy.

Today we start with the presale of THREE BLACK RAINBOWS REISSUES !!!

Holy Moon, Hawkdope and Supermotherfuzzalicious!!

All the records will be released in a new 2 panels DIGIPAK CD version with clear tray and will include exclusive BONUS TRACKS !!!

Be quick and grab your copy here: https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/shop.htm

Check also all the new Black Rainbows t-shirts, hoodies and patches here: https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/merch.htm

RELEASE DATE: March 16th
SUPERMOTHAFUZZALICIOUS!! (2011)
Burn Your Nation
Behind The Line
Mastermind
Feel The Beat
Solar System
Lady
Mother Of The Sun
Brain Circles
I Love Rock N’Roll
Cosmic Flower Blues
C’Mon Everybody
+ BONUS TRACKS previously released on the 7″
-C’mon C’mon C’mon
-Look With The Eyes Of Freedom

HOLY MOON (2013)
Holy Moon
Monster Of The Highway
Chakra Temple
The Hunter
If I Was A Bird
Black To Comm
+ BONUS TRACKS previously released on the “4 band split Vol 1”
-Viper Tongue
-Minor Monster Galaxy Message

HAWKDOPE (2015)
The Prophet
Wolf Eyes
Hawkdope
No Fuel No Fun
Hypnotize My Soul With Rock N’ Roll
Waiting For The Sun
Jesusjudge
Killer Killer Fuzz
The Cosmic Picker
+ BONUS TRACK previously released on “HPS Sampler Vol 2”
-The Red Sky Above

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Heavy Psych Sounds Announces Vol. III Label Sampler

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 7th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

You gotta watch out for these. They’re sneaky. Label samplers can be tricky in general — sometimes it’s nothing but rehashed tracks from years ago with one or two new songs from a band somebody’s trying to push, but with Heavy Psych Sounds, their annual sampler series has been a way of sneaking new tracks out for first public showcases. Last year, new Black Rainbows showed up, and sure enough they appear here as well, and there also seems to be some new stuff from The Freeks included, which as far as I’m concerned is reason enough on its own to chase the thing down. Also Tons will have a track on there ahead of their album release in April, and new Killer Boogie, so yeah, plenty to grab onto, and even the stuff that’s already out — Mother Engine, Fvzz Popvli, The Lords of Altamont, Nick Oliveri — is all still current, and righteous. That “Kyuss Dies” song is hilarious.

Full tracklisting follows here, courtesy of the PR wire:

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As every Year, my little dear, what we have here is: HPS074 ***HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS SAMPLER VOL.3***

We’re so proud to announce the new Sampler, is the third year we are going to release this, and tracklist look awesome!

You will find it in your HPS boxes when you will purchase from the site, or at some good festival in Europe for free at the merch table, or on tour with HPS bands…

RELEASE DATE:
16th MARCH 2018

PRESALE:
8th FEBRUARY 2018

Enjoy the tracklist!

Avon – Red Barn
Black Rainbows – High To Hell
Deadsmoke – Emperor Of Shame
Fvzz Popvli – Lost In Time
High Reeper – Die Slow
House Of Broken Promises – Toranado
Killer Boogie – Atomic Race
Monsternaut – Landslide
Mother Engine – Tokamak
Nebula – Between Time
Nick Oliveri (Kyuss Lives) – Kyuss Dies
The Freeks – American Lighning
The Lords Of Altamont – Going Downtown
Tons – 99 Weed Balloons
Turn Me On Dead Man – Vimana
Wedge – Lucid

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Black Rainbows Set April 6 Release for Pandaemonium; Preorders Start Jan. 16

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 10th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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I’ve been keeping a keen eye on my inbox since last month when the first word hit about the new Black Rainbows album in the works for a 2018 release. That bio I wrote finally came down through the PR wire and it’s been followed up by the revealing of the cover art and tracklisting for what’s been no-doubt-suitably titled Pandaemonium, the sixth long-player from the Roma-based heavy rock forerunners. An April 6 release date has been confirmed with preorders beginning Jan. 16, of course through band frontman’s own far-reaching imprint, Heavy Psych Sounds.

Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of records I’m looking forward to hearing this year — I’ll have a huge list up in about a week and a half — but I have the feeling Black Rainbows have something special in store this time around, and I don’t want to miss it. Still haven’t heard any of it, but definitely one of my most anticipated.

Details from the PR wire:

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BLACK RAINBOWS to release sixth album “Pandaemonium” on April 6th through Heavy Psych Sounds!

Two years after their widely acclaimed fifth album “Stellar Prophecy”, Italy’s most emblematic stoner rock trio BLACK RAINBOWS returns with their new full-length “Pandaemonium”, coming out April 6th on Heavy Psych Sounds!

The 9-track, 45-minute long record bears the torch of the new wave of stoner-occult riffing à la Black Sabbath, in a heavier way. Some songs may recall Fu Manchu, sounding heavier than ever, then you’ll get hit by an entrancing doom-sludge-stoner suite (“Grindstone”) and a couple of lysergic, dreamy, heavy psych songs that will blow your mind. The album sounds killer and was recorded at Forward Studios, one of Italy’s finest recording spots.

Produced by Gabriele Fiori and engineered by Fabio Sforza, the album has a special focus on drums which were handled for the first time in Black Rainbows by Filippo Ragazzoni. Bass riffing is solid and has a mellow sound, and the wall of fuzz from Fiori’s guitars will drive you nuts! Artwork was once again designed by the visionary SoloMacello. This is the sixth studio album from the band, and by far the best one yet. It’s the more solid and complete album they have ever recorded.

“Pandaemonium” will be released on limited Silver vinyl, Orange Fluo Splatter Multicolor vinyl, as well as CD and digital.

BLACK RAINBOWS New album “Pandaemonium”
Out April 6th on Heavy Psych Sounds
Presale start January 16th HERE

TRACK LISTING:
1. Sunrise
2. High On Hell
3. The Sacrifice
4. Grindstone
5. Supernova & Asteroids
6. Riding Fast Til The End Of Time
7. I Just Wanna Fire
8. The Abyss
9. 13th Step Of The Pyramid

Artwork by SoloMacello

BLACK RAINBOWS is
Gabriele Fiori – Guitar & Vocals
Giuseppe Guglielmino – Bass
Filippo Ragazzoni – Drums

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http://blackrainbows.bandcamp.com/
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Black Rainbows to Release New Album in 2018

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 8th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

I don’t know the name of it yet, and I haven’t heard it yet I’m sad to say, but I did know this news about the next Black Rainbows long-player was imminent, and that’s because I wrote the band’s biography that you see below. About the experience I’ll say simply that it was a pleasure, as the Roman trio have legitimately become forerunners of an Italian scene they’ve helped build on multiple levels, whether it’s the influence of the band itself or the tireless work that frontman Gabriele Fiori puts in with his Heavy Psych Sounds record label and booking company, festival, and so on. For a group that does so much and still puts out such quality material, a two-paragraph bio seems like a small enough thing to donate to the cause.

Black Rainbows‘ new record will be out, of course via Heavy Psych Sounds, in 2018, and I hear it’s got a bit of a fiercer take than one found on 2016’s Stellar Prophecy (review here). I look forward to finding out just what I might mean by that.

Here’s that bio as circled back through the PR wire. Hopefully more to come on this one soon:

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BLACK RAINBOWS are back !!!

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records & Booking is really proud to announce the coming back of the band BLACK RAINBOWS

Two years after their last outing and after a couple of great tours the Roma rockers Black Rainbows are back with a new drummer and an incredible record coming out in spring via Heavy Psych Sounds!!!

BIOGRAPHY
Since the release of their debut album, Twilight in the Desert, in 2007, Roma rockers Black Rainbows have become one of the most essential acts in Europe’s heavy underground. As the spearhead of an entire movement of Italian bands, They’ve issued five full-lengths to-date and are on the precipice of their sixth in 2018, with founding guitarist/vocalist Gabriele Fiori and bassist Giuseppe Guglielmino welcoming new drummer Fillippo Ragazzoni to the fold for the first time.

Across albums like 2010’s Carmina Diablo (recently reissued), 2011’s Supermotherfuzzalicious!!, 2015’s Hawkdope and 2016’s Stellar Prophecy, Black Rainbows’ sound has oozed between classic ‘90s-style stoner fuzz and deep-cosmos psychedelia, drawing on the best of hard-driving space rock to conjure a vibe totally tripped-out and all its own. By bringing Ragazzoni on board, the riffs have gotten tighter and are fuzzed as ever, and two years after their last outing, Black Rainbows enter 2018 refreshed and with well-earned veteran status resulting from countless tours, festival appearances, and their track record of absolutely unstoppable energy.

BLACK RAINBOWS are:
Gabriele Fiori – Guitar & Vocals
Giuseppe Guglielmino – Bass
Filippo Ragazzoni – Drums

http://www.theblackrainbows.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BLACKRAINBOWSROCK/
https://twitter.com/BLACKRAINBOWSii
http://blackrainbows.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
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Desertfest London 2018 Adds High on Fire, Church of Misery, The Obsessed, Black Rainbows, Death Alley, Akercocke and More

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 4th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Bit of a stunner announcement from Desertfest London 2018, whose third headliner arrives in the form of High on Fire celebrating their 20th anniversary, and who’ll be joined at the Camden Town festival by doom legends The Obsessed, Japan’s number one riff export Church of Misery, plus Italian forerunners Black Rainbows, UK devil worshiping extremists Akercocke, Dutch proto-specialists Death Alley and more.

Look. I post a lot of fest updates. I mean, a lot. This is one of three slated for today, for example. Rarely does an announcement immediately up the game of a given event like this one does for Desertfest London 2018. With High on Fire completing the triumvirate of headliners alongside Monster Magnet and Graveyard, and The Obsessed and Church of Misery joining EyehategodNapalm DeathWeedeaterElderNebula and Warning on the next tier, the festival’s seventh edition moves into nigh-unfuckwithable terrain. Kudos to Desertfest on outdoing itself once again in 2018.

From the PR wire:

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DESERTFEST LONDON announce final headliner High On Fire and more acts to join the 2018 edition!

DESERTFEST LONDON announce High On Fire as final headliner and further acts to join the likes of Monster Magnet, Graveyard, Napalm Death, Eyehategod and many more to set the riff party in Camden on May 4-6th, 2018.

The final headliner for Desertfest London 2018 is an act fronted by a man who is no stranger to the DF family and all it encompasses, having headlined last year’s proceedings with one of his many musical outlets Sleep: living legend Matt Pike returns to Camden with the mighty HIGH ON FIRE. Formed in Oakland, California in 1998, the heavy metal trio have perfected their feel-good, balls-out and take-no-prisoner sound. HOF’s sludgy-thrash vibrations are an unstoppable wrecking force, with seven seminal albums under their belt; we are more than ready for the HOF tidal wave to hit.

Doom-rock trailblazers THE OBSESSED will make their first UK appearance next May after their two-decade long hiatus. Having recently reformed and playing shows met with critical acclaim, this will truly be a set to remember, and it is an honour to finally play host to one of the most iconic bands of our time.

Also returning to UK shores are Japanese overlords CHURCH OF MISERY, always delivering staggering live performances, the trio are a constant welcome addition to Desertfest. Their riff-filled, horror inspired sound has risen to fresh heights with new singer Hiroyuki Takano at the helm.

Space leaders BLACK RAINBOWS are crashing into town, fuelled by the power of hard rock and insanely good riffs. The Italian psych-fuzz trio have been storming through the cosmos for the last 10 years, their expert fusion of slick 70’s swagger with a 90’s stoner-grunge tint make them one of the most talked about and respected acts of their kind across Europe. Straight up, fuzzing good times. Speaking of heavy, London extreme metal masters AKERCOCKE are heading to familiar grounds to bring their perfected devilry to eager ears!

Dutch destroyers and feel good heroes DEATH ALLEY will bring their rock’n’roll, punked up party to Desertfest 2018. A nod to times gone past, the band plays proto-metal psychedelic music with a slab of heavy metal chucked in for good measure – if you want energy, look no further. Acclaimed newcomers PUPPY, who have been on hot on the lips of the London scene for some time now, is another welcome addition. They are hard to label but a true must-watch!

Also making up the bill are Bay Area fuzz-lovers THE WATCHERS, UK favourite psych demons OLD MAN LIZARD, Oakland’s stoner rock stalwarts BLACKWÜLF, Mancunian groove leaders PIST and heavy doom harbourers MORASS OF MOLASSES.

Desertfest London 2018
4th-6th May in Camden Town, London
3-day pass (£115) now on sale AT THIS LOCATION

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High on Fire, “Devilution” Live at Roskilde 2017

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