Gran Duca Premiere “All Hail the Autowagen” Video; Beneath Thy Roots out June 28

Posted in Bootleg Theater on June 20th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Germany’s Gran Duca will release their debut album, Beneath Thy Roots, on June 28. The record, which is comprised of 11 tracks and runs a CD-style 55 minutes, finds them clean in their production and clear in their intent, working in a couple different vibes across the not-inconsiderable span. There’s an edge of aggression here and there throughout, from 6:57 opener and longest track (immediate points) “Monstrosity” onward, as heard in cuts like “Howlin’ Rollin'” and the later “House of Fools,” but that comes accompanied by dreamy turns like the early going of “Fields to Plow” and the later interlude “Panta Rhei,” as well as the loud/quiet trades of “Witchwoman” and the boogie-laced “The Walk.” The record’s a little under an hour long. There’s plenty of room for the band to flesh out different ideas, and they take advantage of the opportunity.

In the middle of it all is “All Hail the Autowagen,” for which you’ll find a video premiering below. At 5:59, the centerpiece of the album builds momentum quickly through a careening initial riff laced with fuzz in Johannes Gerber and Hendrik Friedel‘s guitars, while, as they are throughout, bassist Christoph Bextermöller and drummer Felix Hoffmeyer are more than able to handle the turns each progression provides, the former thickening out a tense chug that takes hold at about two minutes in while the snare of the latter punctuates it easily. They dive into a bluesy quiet section around the midpoint — the video earning its multicolor visuals, plus it sounds cool — and gradually build back up to the chorus riff without actually going so far as to bring the whole thing back, keeping basically the second half of the song instrumental. Fair enough to give Gerber a break on vocals, as he’s clearly been working hard belting out verses and hooks across Beneath Thy Roots up to that point, and there’s still plenty more to come, as “Fly with Me” and “House of Fools” demonstrate back-to-back.

The word the PR wire uses that most stands out to me below is “tasteful,” and I think that’s a fair assessment, especially as it’s their first full-length release. One expects that over time they’ll do further work in discovering their individual sound within the sphere of heavy rock and roll, perhaps manifesting more of the underlying bluesy spirit of some of their tracks and growing the nascent dynamic they hint toward here, but those are concerns for the next LP or the one after that. With Beneath Thy RootsGran Duca establish themselves as an outfit based on a foundation of songwriting, and as has been shown time and again, once you have that, you can pretty much go anywhere.

Enjoy “All Hail the Autowagen” below:

Gran Duca, “All Hail the Autowagen” video premiere

Gran Duca on “All Hail the Autowagen”:

We are psyched to share our second single and a trippy video to the song “All Hail The Autowagen” with you today! The song is inspired by cracking whips and long drives with our favourite van! One of the most heavy, straight forward grooving but yet psychedelic tracks taken from our upcoming album Beneath Thy Roots, out June 28th! Get your tickets for the trip and enjoy!

Dirty and mean, innovative and intelligent song structures, Germany’s up and coming, mud rock power unit GRAN DUCA are set to release their first full-length album this summer, on June 28th!

Recorded live at ‘Institut für Wohlklangforschung’ by Hannes Huke, GRAN DUCA deliver an exciting mix of raw stoner sounds, complex progressive vibes and a healthy dose of classic rock qualities. 70’s retro tunes and a heavy 90’s groove without platitudes, GRAN DUCA tastefully know how to please the old and new school rock fan! Fuzzy and distorted guitars, thick and deep rhythm lines, raw and authentic vocals, the eleven songs on Beneath Thy Roots are same inventive as catchy.

GRAN DUCA is:
Johannes Gerber (Vocals & Guitar)
Hendrik Friedel (Guitar)
Christoph Bextermöller (Bass)
Felix Hoffmeyer (Drums)

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Kadavar Announce Euro Tour & New Album Title For the Dead Travel Fast

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 12th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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You know, if we’re being honest, I’d probably write this post on another day and be like, “Golly, I wonder what Kadavar‘s new record’ll sound like,” or some overly-wordy equivalent speculation thereof. Truth be told, I don’t care. Not that I’m not looking forward to it or I’m not curious, but after proving their songwriting mettle over four demonstrably different records without falling flat, I think they’ve at least earned the benefit of the doubt to that degree. Wherever they want to go in terms of their sound, I’m willing to trust they know what they’re doing. They might throw in something totally unexpected, they might not. Either way, don’t you just kind of think Kadavar know what they want to do in the studio by now? Hell, it’s even their own studio.

The record, which presumably will be out this Fall in time for their newly-announced European tour, is to be titled For the Dead Travel Fast, and it will see release through the band’s continued partnership with Nuclear Blast, recently reupped.

Details from the PR wire:

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KADAVAR Reveal New Album’s Title & Announce European Tour

Berlin, Germany-based rock overlords KADAVAR have announced the dates of the European tour in support of the band’s forthcoming album, For The Dead Travel Fast.

KADAVAR – FOR THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST EUROPEAN TOUR 2019
Special Guests: HÄLLAS & PABST
06.11. SE Copenhagen Pumpehuset
07.11. NO Oslo Bla
08.11. SE Göteborg Brewhouse
09.11. SE Stockholm Debaser
10.11. DE Hannover Capitol
12.11. FR Lyon Le CCO
13.11. FR Nantes Le Stéréolux
14.11. FR Paris L’Alhambra
15.11. FR Bordeaux BT 59
16.11. ES Madrid Mon
17.11. ES Barcelona Razzmatazz 2
19.11. FR Strasbourg La Laiterie
20.11. DE Wiesbaden Schlachthof
21.11. DE Nu?rnberg Hirsch
22.11. DE Mu?nchen Backstage Werk
23.11. AT Wien Arena
24.11. DE Dresden Beatpol
25.11. BE Brussels Orangiere at Botanique
27.11. DE Stuttgart LKA Longhorn
28.11. DE Köln Essigfabrik
29.11. DE Hamburg Große Freiheit
30.11. DE Berlin Columbiahalle

The band recently re-signed with their long-time label Nuclear Blast after a highly successful 7 year run encompassing three studio albums during which the trio has toured the globe relentlessly.

Commented singer and guitarist Lupus: “When we signed our first deal back in 2012, all of this was just a mere idea. Since then a lot has happened and after 3 records, 2 live albums and quite a few singles, we’re a very happy to continue working with Nuclear Blast.”

The band is currently working hard on the successor to 2017’s Rough Times at their own recording studio in Berlin Neukölln.

Added drummer Tiger: “We’re very creative at the moment, writing new songs on a daily basis. Wir very much loooking forward to completing the album soon. So it’s very nice that we have this new contract!”

KADAVAR’s latest album, Rough Times, was released in late 2017 to global critical acclaim, including live hits like “Die Baby Die,” “Tribulation Nation” and “Into The Wormhole”.

KADAVAR live:
27.06. I Segrate (MI)- Magnolia Stone
29.06. D Ferropolis – Full Force
02./03.08. D Beelen – Krach am Bach
08. – 10.08. D Haldern – Pop Festival
16.08. F St. Nolff – Motocultor Festival
17./18.08. USA Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas

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Samavayo Premiere “Intergalactic Hunt” Video; Dakota Reissue & Tour with The Machine Announced

Posted in audiObelisk, Whathaveyou on June 11th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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This October, Berlin progressive heavy rockers Samavayo will head out on tour with Dutch noisemakers-and-sometimes-jammers The Machine, doing a 10-show run that includes stops at Up in SmokeKeep it Low and the Setalight Festival. Hey, it’s a busy season. There are other shows besides, of course, and as Samavayo continue to support last year’s Vatan (review here), they’ve also announced a reissue for the prior outing, 2016’s Dakota (review here), which had also been re-pressed in 2017. As that record was their first as a three-piece, the revisit seems fair enough, and to mark the occasion, the band have a new video for “Intergalactic Hunt” that, well… well… well, it’s just great.

It’s got the band wearing foil hats and using drum hardware like laser guns. There’s a threat of a freak gasoline fight breaking out, and then they do battle with all manner of trashcans, from little R2-D2-looking ones to big ol’ dumpsters in the climax. I won’t spoil the ending, but yeah. It’s all pretty awesome.

You’ll find it at the bottom of the post. Enjoy:

“Dakota” was the first album SAMAVAYO released as a trio. Oriental influences became more and more apparent on this one and for the first time the whole album was recorded all live in analog recording technique – which meant a more organic sound and far more labor involved. With this record the band made a huge step leading to up to the follow up “Vatan” (2018 / Noisolution) that made the band rise from their status as scene-veteran to a true scene highlight.

“Dakota” is and has been sought after now more than ever – which has inevitably led to it being sold out by now. Fear not though: We’ve decided to make this gem available again for you and all fellow fans – and also just in time before the band is back on the road with STONED JESUS and later this year with THE MACHINE.

The special thing about Dakota is the mix of 70s and 90s rock sound that combines progressive instrumental parts and heavy mosh parts with oriental elements and unusual rhythms. The best example is the song „Arezooye Bahar“, which is SAMAVAYO´s 2nd song in Persian language. The Iranian singer, Behrang Alavi, sings about freedom. He himself was a political refugee and experienced bomb attacks at a very young age.

As a former applicant for asylum Behrang reacts to a current European topic that effects him deeply because of his own experiences. To celebrate the second release of “Dakota” there is also a new video to an “old” track: The instrumental “Intergalactic Hunt”. A video resembling a true little Sci-Fi-Crime film well worth seeing while featuring a soundtrack so brute and intergalactically heavy it’s gonna blow your mind right up into space!

Also: The title “Dakota“ stands for the North American native tribe of the same name and translates to „friend, ally“. SAMAVAYO have been playing together for more than a decade which has also made them grow together to musical allies. They are friends who have been creating a musical unity over the years. And to come full circle, that is the translation of SAMAVAYO: „Unity“

Tour dates:
Sat, JUL 20 – TBC, Germany
Sun, JUL 21 – Welcome To The Village Festival – Leeuwarden, Netherlands Antilles
Fri, JUL 26 – Sommerschein Festival – Hofheim Am Taunus, Germany
Sat, JUL 27 – Rock im Wald – Mosbach In Baden, Germany
Fri, AUG 16 – Voice Of Art Festival – Hohenstein-ernstthal, Germany
Thu, OCT 3 – The Machine & Samavayo – Tilburg, Netherlands
Fri, OCT 4 – Samavayo @ Up In Smoke Festival – Pratteln, Switzerland
Sat, OCT 5 – The Machine & Samavayo – Vortex, Siegen, Germany
Sun, OCT 6 – The Machine & Samavayo – Deventer, Netherlands
Mon, OCT 7 – The Machine & Samavayo – Hamburg, Germany
Tue, OCT 8 – The Machine & Samavayo – Kobenhavn, Denmark
Wed, OCT 9 – The Machine & Samavayo – Dortmund, Germany
Thu, OCT 10 – The Machine & Samavayo – Chemnitz, Germany
Fri, OCT 11 – Keep It Low Festival – Munich, Germany
Sat, OCT 12 – Setalight Festival 2019 – Berlin, Germany

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Electric Moon, Hugodelia: Space Comes to Feldkirch

Posted in Reviews on June 10th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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The opening title-track of Electric Moon‘s latest live album, Hugodelia, pretty much tells the story. Not literally telling, since like the vast majority of the German psych-exploration trio’s work, it’s instrumental, but still, it gets the point across. “Hugodelia” itself is a 20-minute stretch that seems to start out with the band — guitarist Dave “Sula Bassana” Schmidt, bassist/occasional vocalist “Komet Lulu” Neudeck and drummer Pablo Carneval — kind of getting their bearings, almost like they’re waking up, and then that’s it: they’re gone.

Real gone.

It would be hard to overstate how much of a treasure in psychedelic heavy jamming Electric Moon have become over the decade they’ve been together. Fueled by Sula Bassana‘s effects-soaked guitar — and released on his label, Sulatron Records — the band are one of few whose reach extends to the genuine heart of lysergic creativity. The tonal flow and effects wash conjured by Sula and Lulu is not to be taken for granted, and though they’ve seen a couple drummers come and go, including Carneval, who was there at the outset, left, and came back, the chemistry he brings to the lineup proves itself essential quickly on “Hugodelia” and the live 2LP’s subsequent three extended tracks, four if you count the digital-only bonus cut “Ween.”

A 65-minute set, give or take, Hugodelia came to life in Austria on the night of the final concert at Graf Hugo, a venue in Feldkirch, on the western boarder with Switzerland, and the sense of homage comes through plainly in the offering itself. In listening, “Hugodelia” doesn’t just set the mood for open creativity and mellow-heavy vibes. It also carries the sense of homage that rings through the entire proceedings, as that jam wraps at 20:30 and leads into “Transmitter,” which goes to 20:34, and the two shorter, complementary side-consumers “Cellar Grime” (12:37) and “Cellar Slime” (10:25), both of which feature guest guitar from Erich Coldino, who was one of the promoters for the venue. It seems fitting to have Coldino take part directly in what’s clearly already a special occasion for the band, and his post-rocky lines come through Sula‘s amp to fill out a melody alongside the chugging space rock rhythm of “Cellar Grime” like, indeed, he was meant to be there. Like they planned it all along.

And yeah, they probably did, but Electric Moon‘s stock and trade is still at least somewhat based around improvisation and capturing the moment as it happens. They are one of few acts out there — Denmark’s Øresund Space Collective come to mind as another, but Electric Moon are more consistent in terms of their lineup — who so purposefully base what they do around jamming. That is, plenty of bands jam, but Hugodelia demonstrates once again that Electric Moon are able to capture the listener’s attention and imagination by letting go and seeing where the music takes them in a way that nearly no one else can.

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Even before Coldino sits in, “Hugodelia” and “Transmitter” offer 41 minutes of a kosmiche supreme, the momentum of the opener carrying well into “Transmitter” as Sula‘s guitar noodles early over a plotted-seeming rhythm held together by Lulu and Carneval and the band builds toward a post-midsection spaceout that arrives with Hawkwindian motorik thrust before winding through a nebular field of bright colors and hallucinatory serenity. I’ve said this about Electric Moon live records before, and I’ll probably say it again when the next one comes through — any minute now — but if it weren’t for the audience cheering between songs, they would be viable as studio releases. In terms of sonic clarity and a feeling of purpose behind them, they want for nothing. Electric Moon are not a band who go through the motions live in order to support an album. Each show, especially those that eventually are pressed to LP and/or CD, is part of the overarching mission to the heart of the sun.

Thus Hugodelia is a two-fold event. Coldino finds his place quickly enough in “Cellar Grime” and the more linear, drift-into-wash “Cellar Slime,” which follows, but the strength of the rhythm section in keeping the flow and groove steady is a highlight unto itself, particularly of the finale. It is difficult not to put too much narrative to it — it was their last time in this place that clearly they enjoyed playing, the last show there at all, reportedly, and the guy who booked it was taking part; clearly emotions would have been riding high — but that too speaks to the evocative nature of Electric Moon‘s work and their ability to convey feelings through cosmic jamming. It’s not just ambience for its own sake. It’s as deep as the listener is ready to go with it.

By now, 10 years on from their outset, that should be pretty deep. For the band, Hugodelia is one more check-in — a live album in a series of given under various titles and artwork packages also put together by Lulu — but what it also makes plain is the level of soul put into what they do. “Ween,” which was tracked in Vienna, is a 23-minute-long bonus track, and it starts off with a hypnotic, molten progression even before the drums enter as the three-piece gradually, with expert patience, embark on a journey to and through a crescendo of stratosphere-shattering energy and cap with residual comedown noise. Another day at the office for Electric Moon, maybe, but still so vital to understanding where they’re coming from and what it’s their intention to capture in sound.

This is the part where I tell you not everyone’s going to get it. And it’s true. It’s always been the case with Electric Moon, psychedelia as a whole, and, in fact, everything. But what distinguishes Hugodelia among the universe surrounding is how much reward is offered for active engagement with it. How much the listener gleans from listening. The bottom line — such as one can perceive direction amid such aurally-induced vertigo — is that Electric Moon continue to hone an approach that is something truly special in or out of heavy psych, playing with a character that has only grown richer and more immersive over time, and presenting it with a charge that is purely their own. Hugodelia is a welcome reminder.

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Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Announces Berlin and Dresden Editions

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 27th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Remember like a very, very short time ago — maybe last week? — when I was talking about how Heavy Psych Sounds was taking over the world, one band, tour and festival at a time? Well here we are with the announcements for four nights in Germany this December that one assumes — but never knows for sure — will round out a busy 2019 for the Italian label/booking agency/one-stop-shop. Monolord, The Sonic DawnWedgeGorilla and 1782 are thus far announced with apparently more to come. No big surprise they’re not done, as it seems increasingly like they’re never done. Did you see the pictures from the West Coast Heavy Psych Sounds package tour? It looked pretty amazing.

I guess that’s what happens when you put everything you have into what you do and what you do kicks ass.

From the PR wire:

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HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS announces BERLIN + DRESDEN FEST; featuring MONOLORD, THE SONIC DAWN & more!

Headquartered in Rome, Italy, Heavy Psych Sounds specializes in presenting the best artists in the global heavy psych, doom, fuzz blues and space rock realms, and their Festival- series will be no exception, spotlighting the ever-growing label’s dedication to its craft. While the first HPS Fests were held in Italy, the label has since extended its live reach into the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria and even the USA: The underground cult label is not only THE address for all heavy rock record collectors, but has also become an important live and festival institution; with a brisk participation from heavy music fans all over the world.

Now, Heavy Psych Sounds is set to bring the ROCK to Germany: Dresden and Berlin with the just-announced special shows taking place this December! Each stop of the traveling festival tour will feature diverse line-ups including both genre leaders and fast-rising acts, all ready to prove their place among the world’s best. In cooperation with Greyzone Concerts and ElbSludgeBooking, Heavy Psych Sounds has just revealed the first bands featuring heavy doom weights MONOLORD, psychedelic rockers THE SONIC DAWN and more:

[ artwork by Branca Studio ]

Taking place December 6th and 7th 2019 in Berlin and Dresden, the tickets are now on sale at:

BERLIN
Event: www.facebook.com/events/328145071206018/

DRESDEN
Event: www.facebook.com/events/658161097944810/

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Mouth Premiere “Coffee” from Past Present Future

Posted in audiObelisk on May 23rd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Space freaks and prog heads, unite! Or, if not, at least chill out for a bit. This summer, Tonzonen will present Mouth‘s Past Present Future collection as a four-track 10″ EP, which in its digital form sets about compiling work that spans some 18 years of material — appropriately enough, the oldest track is the grunge-riffed closer “Youth,” from 2001 — for a 34-minute span that is, as one might expect, kind of all over the place. It’s a document of how far Mouth have come and, indeed, where they might be headed, as the 2018 track “Steamship Shambles” proves to be some of the band’s most experimentalist prog-jazz fusion to date while still managing as well to be drenched in melody. The live-sounding weird-out “Chase ’72” brings nine minutes of jammy exploration, and a new mix of “Into the Light” from 2017’s Vortex (review here) highlights the whirling synthesizer later in the track. From the opening organ line of “Coffee” onward, it’s an offering full of twists and turns that by its very nature is more EP than album, despite what might otherwise be a full-length runtime, jumping between different recording sessions and, occasionally, styles as it does.

The Cologne, Germany-based proggers have settled over time on a decidedly traditionalist approach, taking influence from the more winding aspects of heavy ’70s keyboard-infused adventurers, but Past Present Future unveils some of the roots of where that mouth past present futurecomes from, with “Coffee,” “Stillsad” and “Youth” adding complexity to the tale in shorter execution and more straightforward verse/chorus structuring. Especially considering those songs are the better part of 20 years old — “Stillsad” is from 2002 — they hold up remarkably well, though in the case of “Coffee,” it’s past and present coming together as guitarist/vocalist Christian Koller went back into the original recording and added keys. Mouth of course dealt with the passing of bassist Gerald Kirsch last year, and Koller and drummer Nick Mavridis have come back together with Thomas Johnen handling low end to begin playing shows in August around the time of Past Present Future‘s release, so it’s entirely possible the compilation is a way for the band to reconcile with their own history and begin to move forward from the tragedy of that loss — the potential “future” portion of the title.

Whatever the case, whether it’s the brief excursion of the almost-a-capella “March of the Cyclopes (A Capella Mix)” or the kitchen-sink, everything-is-music vibe that runs through “Steamship Shambles” — a 17-minute version of which is available in the digital edition — Mouth make their progressivism clear in these tracks even from their relatively rudimentary beginnings. There’s no question they’ve developed as a group over time, but in both “past” and “present,” and likely in “future” as well, their commitment to thoughtful songwriting and pushing themselves forward creatively is right there in the material waiting to be heard.

So hear it. Ahead of Past Present Future‘s slated August release on Tonzonen, I’m happy to host the premiere of “Coffee,” which again is a standout on the EP for its direct blend of old and new recordings. Koller gives some comment about the track below, and if you’d like to read more, the complete liner notes for the outing are posted here.

Please enjoy:

Mouth, “Coffee” official track premiere

Christian Koller on “Coffee”:

Well, I think that I can’t really add something new to the liner notes except that the song was a tiny bit influenced by System of Down’s “Chop Suey!” Haha… The song structure is very similar considering the pop bridge. New Metal was the thing in early 2002 and I hated it but I loved the structure of that song so I borrowed it. Just a youthful folly.

“Coffee” was actually covered by another band from Hagen (Nick’s hometown) back in the days. I saw the band performing it once. That was quite nice. I felt really honored.

MOUTH – Past-Present-Future
(Tonzonen 2019)
1. Coffee (2002/2018)
2. Chase‘72 (2017)
3. Into the Light (alternate mix)
4. Steamship Shambles (2018)
5. March of the Cyclopes (a cappella mix)
6. Stillsad (2002)
7. Youth (2001)

The Tonzonen EP version is going to be a vinyl only release but we will also purchase a digital version via Bandcamp.

The vinyl version consists of tracks 1-4. Furthermore the vinyl version of “Steamship Shambles” is edited to 6:11 minutes. [The digital version] is the super extended version.

Tracks 5-7 are only digital bonus tracks.

Mouth is:
Nick Mavridis: Drums
Thomas Johnen: Bass
Christian Koller: Guitar / Keyboards / Vocals

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Swan Valley Heights Sign to Fuzzorama Records; The Heavy Seed Due Sept. 6

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 23rd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Band puts out cool record, gets signed for the next one. Such is the order of things, and I can’t argue when it comes to Germany’s Swan Valley Heights inking a deal with Fuzzorama Records to release their second long-player, The Heavy Seed, this September through the venerable imprint helmed by Sweden’s Truckfighters. Their first outing, a 2016 self-titled (review here), had more than enough charm to grab attention, and the 10-minute showcase of tonal warmth and progressive bent they’re giving for the new LP in the streaming track “Teeth and Waves” — the closer of the album, to be heard at the bottom of this post — bodes well for what might accompany on the rest of the record without necessarily giving away every trick up the band’s collective sleeve.

I’ll take it, in other words. There are a couple different versions that will be available, as detailed in the PR wire info below:

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Fuzzorama records signs Swan Valley Heights (GER)

The fuzz is flowing and Fuzzorama records’ family is growing!

Fuzzorama records are happy to announce the signing of German psychedelic stoner rockers Swan Valley Heights and the upcoming release of their new album called ‘the Heavy Seed’. The album’s first single Teeth & Waves is out now on all streaming platforms, give it a ‘spin’ to hear what the fuzz is all about.

A fat baby is born in Germany: The Heavy Seed, the second album of Munich and Berlin-based three-piece Swan Valley Heights. Ranging from three-minute-long instrumental bangers with no other intention than smashing heads to massive psych journeys that almost reach the quarter-hour mark; from big, ugly dissonances to acoustic guitar-driven beach vibes – this eclectic piece of fuzz-rock found its right home on Fuzzorama Records, even being mixed and mastered by no other than Truckfighters’ Mr. Dango.

Releasing their debut album back in 2016, Swan Valley Heights quickly found their booth within the scene. Heavy, unique riffing and a semi-serious take on stoner rock’s clichés are fusing with a fascination for the psychedelic aesthetics and big spaces of the many branches the genre has to offer.

Swan Valley Heights has been labeled progressive stoner, psychedelic fuzz-rock and space grunge, birthing music that is far away from simply riding standard patterns into oblivion.

Five-track beast The Heavy Seed will see the light of day September 6th, 2019.

The album comes in CD Digipak, and three different vinyl versions:
LTD edition Aside/Bside twin colored vinyl RED / AQUA BLUE + poster + patch + pick
SEA BLUE LP
BLACK LP.

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Swan Valley Heights, The Heavy Seed (2019)

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Wolf Prayer Premiere “Shapeshifter” Video; Echoes of the Second Sun out July 5

Posted in Bootleg Theater on May 20th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

wolf prayer

Come along with me for a little bit and be excited about new music. I’ll tell you outright, it’s one of my favorite things — to hear a band I’ve never heard before, get a sense of what they’re about, and look forward to hearing more. Enter fuzzy German nod rock three-piece Wolf Prayer and “Shapeshifter,” which serves as the lead public audio for their debut album, Echoes of the Second Sun. Set to be released July 5 through Barhill Records, the eight-song long-player follows a 2015 self-titled EP (also issued digitally by Barhill this year) and I’d love to tell you more about it, but I haven’t heard the thing. That’s right, I’m rolling out just on what you see and hear below, and from where I sit — my kitchen table, pre-dawn, dutiful coffee mug at my side — that’s about all I need.

Not the least because “Shapeshifter” is seven minutes long. Yeah, that helps. But as Wolf Prayer — whose moniker is also stylized all-lowercase and who are comprised of wolf prayer echoes of the second sunguitarist/vocalist Jan, bassist Tim and drummer Matthias — dip into the initial Dead Meadow-style fuzz rollout of the track, it’s easy to lose a sense of time anyway. Tone is a definite appeal, but as the early going unfolds, Wolf Prayer sleek their way into a dreamy verse of open space and sparse guitar strum. The drums and bass hold steady beneath the vocals, and you just know that first riff is coming back sooner or later, but Wolf Prayer show a willingness to take their time in a way that bodes well for future output, and the melody is a highlight independent of the immediate groove. Indeed, they build back up to the fuzzier tone and make their way through a howling lead, and then, like Witch before them, they turn suddenly back to the intro riff gloriously to close out. It’s not overdone. It’s not underdone. It’s done just right.

The video is simple enough; some old horror footage of Bela Lugosi as Dracula, Lon Chaney as the Wolfman, then some performance footage. But of course the song itself is the highlight, and as a substantial teaser for the record to come, I readily consider my interest piqued. I will look forward to hearing more and to getting to know the record as we get closer to its release just as summer begins to swelter, and in the meantime, I’m happy to dig the smooth and easy roll they bring to bear across “Shapeshifter.” Frankly, if they’d wanted to jam that riff for another two or three minutes at the end of the song, I doubt they’d hear many complaints.

Happy to host the premiere. PR wire info follows, including live dates.

I hope you enjoy:

Wolf Prayer, “Shapeshifter” official video premiere

Wolf Prayer on “Shapeshifter”:

The first single “Shapeshifter” is musically true to its title: constantly changing and constructing, the song is about losing oneself if you play-act for others. The video to the song goes hand in hand with this and portrays the tragic story of the most famous shapeshifter, combined with live impressions of the first Wolf Prayer tour in 2017.

“Shapeshifter” is taken from the Wolf Prayer debut album „Echoes Of The Second Sun“. The three-piece from the southwest of Germany combines space-, stoner and psychedelic rock influences in their songs and let themselves drift along. The album is out on the 5th of July 2019 as limited LP bundle, LP, CD and digitally on Barhill Records (Distribution: Cargo Records).

Since their formation in 2015 and the release of their self titled EP, wolf prayer, the fuzz-driven trio from southwest-Germany finally managed to realize their debut album „Echoes Of The Second Sun“ with the help of Barhill Records. They’ve worked with Love Station Studio and the Grammy Award winning Emil Berliner Studios.

The exclusive pre-order already started: https://barhillrecords.de/pre-order-wolf-prayers-echoes-of-the-second-sun/

Live dates:
04.07.2019 Hannover // Rocker
05.07.2019 Dortmund // Big Tipi Beats
06.07.2019 Bielefeld // Extra Blues Bar
26.07.2019 Breitenbach am Herzberg // Burg Herzberg Festival
17.10.2019 Bayreuth // Glashaus
18.10.2019 Dachau // Freiraum
19.10.2019 Saarbrücken // Kleiner Klub

Wolf Prayer is:
Jan (Vocals, Guitar)
Matthias (Drums)
Tim (Bass)

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