Isaak Welcome New Drummer

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 26th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Italian heavy rockers Isaak took a major step forward late last year with their second album, Sermonize (review here). Released through Heavy Psych Sounds and Small Stone Records — two rousing endorsements to have — it found the band going well beyond the confines of 2012’s The Longer the Beard the Harder the Sound (streamed here) and toward a much more individual approach. After spending a decent portion of the last few years, the band has announced they’ve just swapped out drummers, and while one expects that will change their dynamic some going forward, I’d expect their growth will continue onto whatever it is they do next. Some momentum you just don’t stop.

I got sent a shorter version of the statement below, but wanted to print the thing in full since I think it speaks well of how much this music means to the people who are making it, and I guess that’s really what it’s all about. So here you go:

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Isaak line up Change

Loads of things have happened after that dinner in a Mexican restaurant, choosing the name ISAAK after “some” Margarita.

What is the reason of starting with this sentence? We are going to explain you in a while, but we believe a short introduction is doubtless needed. ISAAK wasn’t just a change of name from Gandhi’s Gunn. Isaak became (and continue being nowadays) a completely different band from that moment. After that dinner we turned the page on the past and we looked forward, we always did it musically and not only. Band has been always more important than the single members and this shared belief has often allowed us to go ahead despite difficulties.

Who has been part of this project is perfectly aware of what we’re talking about. This band survived the distance, the adaptation to changes, the thefts, the necessities of life of the single members. This band has survived to the fact that it was possible to rehearse only during weekends. This situations has lasted for YEARS and only when we managed to be there all together (we also managed to make a record this way!). These are sacrifices that each one of us has done with pleasure and that each one of us would blindly be willing to do it again, from the first to the last.

For those who don’t know , Andre (our drummer) has been living in a city that is nearly 4 hours far away from Genoa. During three years he held it on, giving priority to our band and giving up on many other things. He did it for real. He did his best for the band.

Today Andre leaves the band but he will be always part of this family. He has significantly contributed on this project, he believed in ISAAK and we have been witness of it. He has definitely helped us to make this dream come true.

A simple post on Facebook certainly cannot summarize all this. Andre passes the baton to another great genoese drummer a great friend who will join us on the Isaak path, is name is Davide Foccis! We’ll see you under the stage to give him an eager welcome to the family!

Giacomo H Boeddu – Vocals
Gabriele Carta – Bass
Davide Fox Foccis – Drums/Vocals
Francesco Raimondi – Guitar

https://www.facebook.com/isaakband
https://www.instagram.com/isaakmusic/

Isaak, Sermonize (2015)

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Black Rainbows Touring with Brant Bjork

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 22nd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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This is one of those instances where a band works really hard and is awesome and cool things happen. Roman trio Black Rainbows will join none other than Brant Bjork on his upcoming European tour this November. The band will already spend a decent portion of October on the road, playing festivals like Desertfest Athens, Desertfest Belgium, Keep it Low and Into the Void, but tacking another 16 dates on top of that, particularly considering who they’ll be out with, only makes their fall look more excellent.

Between the two runs, it will be the second round of touring that Black Rainbows have done to support this year’s Stellar Prophecy (review here), which was released in Spring with another European tour concurrent to that. Seems like at some point these guys are going to have to get over to the States for a few shows. Where’s that Psycho Las Vegas request form?

From the PR wire:

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BLACK RAINBOWS on tour with Brant Bjork! More shows and festivals announced!

Italian heavy psych rockers BLACK RAINBOWS are once again about to take over Europe, with a full set of shows including the best festivals of this season. The fuzztastic trio was also chosen by almighty desert rock icon BRANT BJORK as main support act on his fall tour. Get in!

BLACK RAINBOWS have been relentlessly supporting their fifth outing “Stellar Prophecy”, released last spring on Heavy Psych Sounds. With a full headline tour (which includes appearances at Desertfest Athens and Belgium, Into The Void and Keep It Low Fest), and an extensive tour alongside all-time desert rock legend BRANT BJORK, the trio is slowly but surely expanding their fuzzy grip on the continent.

Another special guest to join Brant Bjork and Black Rainbows on their European tour is Sean Wheeler from desert punk band Throw Bag, who was recently featured in the “Lo Sound Desert” movie.

BLACK RAINBOWS comment: “We’re very very excited, we didn’t expect to receive this call! Our goal was set for Desertfest Athens, Belgium, Keep It Low and Into The Void fest! This is insane for us, an occasion we’ve looking for a long time.”

BLACK RAINBOWS FALL TOUR 2016:
07.10 – Athens (GR) Desertfest Athens
10.10 – Zurich (CH) TBC
14.10 – Antwerp (BE) Desertfest Belgium
15.10 – Monthbeliard (FR) Atelier des Moles
17.10 – Lichtenfeld (DE) Paunchy Cats
18.10 – St Gallen (CH) Rumpeltum
19.10 – Wien (AT) Das Bach
20.10 – Salzburg (AT) Rockhaus
21.10 – Leeuwarden (NL) Into The Void Fest
22.10 – Munich (DE) Keep It Low Fest

ON TOUR WITH BRANT BJORK:
03.11 – Osnabrück (DE) Bastard Club
04.11 – Deventer (NL) Burger Weeshuis
05.11 – Erfurt (DE) Stadtgarten
06.11 – Hasselt (BE) Mod
07.11 – London (UK) The Garage
08.11 – Paris (FR) Divan Du Monde
09.11 – Wiesbaden (DE) Schlachthof
10.11 – München (DE) Backstage
11.11 – Graz (AT) PPC
14.11 – Vienna (AT) Arena
15.11 – Zürich (CH) Rote Fabrik
16.11 – Karlsruhe (DE) Substage
17.11 – Köln (DE) Live Music Hall
18.11 – Dresden (DE) Beatpol
19.11 – Berlin (DE) Columbia Theater
20.11 – Hamburg (DE) Logo

BLACK RAINBOWS IS
Gabriele Fiori – Guitar & Vocals
Alberto Croce – Drums
Giuseppe Guglielmino – Bass

http://www.theblackrainbows.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BLACKRAINBOWSROCK/
https://twitter.com/BLACKRAINBOWSii
http://blackrainbows.bandcamp.com/
http://www.heavypsychsounds.com/

Black Rainbows, “Electrify” official video

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My Home on Trees & Woodwall Announce European Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 8th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Italian outfits My Home on Trees and Woodwall have teamed up to tour in October/November around Europe. The run, which includes nine dates spread throughout Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria, will be supporting the Heavy Psych Sounds release of My Home on Trees‘ debut album, How I Reached Home (review here), as well as Woodwall‘s 2013 full-length, WoodEmpire, which is set to receive a follow-up in the form of a new EP any day now.

From the PR wire:

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MartianArt Driving & Booking is proud to present the second European Tour for the Italian Heavy Fuzzers My Home on Trees & Woodwall:

THE GREEN FUZZ CONSPIRACY TOUR 2016

They’re gonna hit Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Belgium and Netherlands for 9 gigs in 10 days in 6 different Lands. Spread the word and see you on the road. Check the dates (Poster Art by Eeviac):

27.10 CH Kreuzlingen, HorstKlub
28.10 F Paris, Espace B
29.10 B LA Louviere, Cafè des Arts
30.10 NL Amsterdam, The Cave Club
31.11 D Hamburg, Gruner Jaeger
1.11 D Leipzig, Plaque
3.11 D Dresden, OstPol
4.11 A Graz, Sub
5.11 CH Ins, Schuxenhaus

MY HOME ON TREES

The dream about living into the wild inspired on 2012 “My Home on Trees”, young band from Milano, influenced by 70’s gods as Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer and 90’s sons as Kyuss and Fu Manchu as well. Occult stoner rock from a dark forest, heavy riffs and psychedelic grooves. A storm of fuzz meeting a powerful female voice.They shared the stage with bands like Ufomammut, Karma to Burn, Greenleaf, Toner Low, My Sleeping Karma, The Midnight Ghost Train, Mars Red Sky.

WOODWALL

Always inspired by the psychedelic stoner rock, they started a long path over the years, with some demos and small recordings, during this time they have the opportunity to test and tread the stage with some of the greatest exponents of the italian and other International stoner & metal bands as Ufomammut, Ornaments, Morkobot, Isaak, Years of No Light, Los Natas, Mars Red Sky, Motorpsycho.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1691629147825417/
myhomeontreesband.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/myhomeontrees
www.heavypsychsounds.com/bands/my-home-on-trees.htm
http://woodwall.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/woodwband
http://www.redsoundstudio.it

My Home on Trees, “Winter” official video

Woodwall, The Quest EP teaser

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Ufomammut Enter Studio to Record New Album

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 30th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Here’s the cure to your shitty day: The knowledge that whatever cosmic misfortunes the universe seems to have set upon you, Italian psych-doomers Ufomammut are preparing to once more wipe the universe’s slate clean with a new full-length. Their eighth album, it will follow 2015’s Ecate (review here) and 2012’s two-parter Oro (review here and review here), and presumably will see release through Neurot Recordings as well, though that doesn’t seem to be confirmed in the press release below. If it turns out not to be a Neurot issue, they’d be a great pickup for just about any larger American or European underground label with an interest in heavy, so I’m sure they’d wind up someplace. If they’ve proven to be anything over the years, it’s hard to ignore.

To wit, tour dates in Australia and New Zealand as well as another run through Europe, confirmed to presumably follow the completion of this recording process. The PR wire has details:

ufomammut (Photo by Andrea Tomas Prato)

Ufomammut enter the studio to record their eighth LP; UK and Australian tour dates posted

The Italian psychedelic power trio Ufomammut are currently in the process of forging their eighth LP, following their heady/heavy 2015 epic for Neurot Recordings, Ecate. The band are knuckling down at Crono Sound Factory in Vimodrone, just north of Milan, the first time recording with their soundlord Ciccio and his comrades of Femore Production. Having spent much of the past year refining their exploratory jam sessions to make them fit for purpose – expect more of their inimitable dense, organic riffing to emerge in 2017, with teasers on the way sooner.

Having just wrapped up a European tour which included dates with their friends in Neurosis and fellow countrymen Grime, Ufomammut have their sights set on Australia and New Zealand, and will be travelling there in early October with the masters of doom tone, Monolord. Those dates are followed by further European shows, which include a performance at this year’s Damnation Festival in Leeds on November 5th, alongside Electric Wizard, Enslaved, Cult of Luna, Akercocke and many more, plus a London show. Full dates below:-

UFOMAMMUT – AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
03.10.16 – Wellington, San Fran w/ Monolord
04.10.16 – Auckland, Kings Arms w/ Monolord
06.10.16 – Brisbane, Crowbar w/ Monolord
07.10.16 – Sydney, Bald Faced Stag w/ Monolord
08.10.16- Melbourne, Max Watts w/ Monolord
09.10.16 – Perth, Rosemount w/ Monolord

UFOMAMMUT – EUROPE
02.11.16 – FR – Paris, Backstage
03.11.15 – BE – Hasselt, Mod
04.11.16 – UK – London, Underworld
05.11.16 – UK – Leeds, Damnation Festival
07.11.16 – DE – Leipzig, Werk 2
08.11.16 – DE – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
09.11.16 – DE – Nurnberg, Musikzentrale
10.11.16 – DE – Hannover, Faust
11.11.16 – TBA
12.11.16 – NL – Utrecht, Le Guess Who Festival
13.11.16 – DE – Koln, Underground

www.ufomammut.com
www.facebook.com/ufomammutband
twitter.com/ufomammutmafia
www.instagram.com/ufomammut

Ufomammut, Ecate (2015)

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Dustrider Sign to Argonauta Records; Debut Album Due in 2017

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 8th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

The upcoming debut album from Italian trio Dustrider may or may not be titled AstrospherE, stylized with capital letters at both ends of the word. Countryman imprint Argonauta Records, which has picked up the band for an early 2017 release, doesn’t confirm the title in the announcement below, but if you look at Dustrider‘s Bandcamp, or indeed, the embedded player below, you can see it along with the new single “AgarthA.” It doesn’t seem like the kind of thing the band would get wrong or make artwork for on a whim, so probably the safer assumption is they’ve unveiled the title already. Call me crazy. In any case, it’s looking like Spring 2017 for the release, so I’ll let you know more when I hear it.

Till then, here’s what Argonauta had to say on the subject:

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We’re more than happy to announce a new name being part of Argonauta Records family, Italian Heavy Psych/Stoner Rockers DUSTRIDER.

Born in late 2014-early 2015, Dustrider are an instrumental heavypsych/stoner trio from Roma formed by drummer Francesco “Krundaal” Romano (Riti Occulti and Jarman), bassist Andrea “Keoma” Romano and Bruno “Brüno” Bellisario on guitars. Since their beginning, they try to mix all very different influences, spanning from classic heavy metal to stoner, doom and sludge, in a personal and new interpretation. Their sound can be described as a mixture of psychedelic/space rock fused with heavy stoner tunes with an adventurous spirit running throughout their music.

Although in a very short time, the band acquired their own personal vision of music, creating a personal style fused in a heavy doom, desert rock and fuzzy riffs in one spaced out trippy package.

In late 2015, Dustrider release their first EP, Mother Engine, entirely self-produced, which caught the attention and curiosity of part of the insiders. Months after the release of Mother Engine, Dustrider have come out with a new self-produced single, AgarthA, which opens the way to the first album of the band.

The band says: “The idea of being part of the Argonauta family after such a short time from our birth makes us very proud. We would never believed that one of the most important labels of the underground scene put an eye on us. The feeling with Gero was immediate, and we believe that together we can do great things”.

The new Dustrider album will be released on CD/DD by early Spring 2017.

Dustrider are:
Bruno “Brüno” Bellisario – Guitars
Andrea “Keoma” Romano – Bass
Francesco “Krundaal” Romano – Drums

https://dustrider.bandcamp.com
http://dustrider.weebly.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DustriderStoner/
www.argonautarecords.com

Dustrider, “Agartha”

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Varego to Release Epoch this Fall

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 3rd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Italian post-sludgers Varego give a taste of their impending second album, Epoch, in a new video teaser that you can see below. Epoch will be released by Argonauta Records this fall, and with a Billy Anderson mix, its foreboding atmosphere and experimentalist undertones are an even easier sell. When it arrives in full, it will be comprised of six tracks, and it seems like in the teaser we get a sample of one of them — at least going by the drum progression — but that already hits on a fascinating combo of hypnotic groove and darker ambience.

The PR wire brought the announcement of the release and the teaser clip below:

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VAREGO: NEW ALBUM AND COLLABORATION WITH BILLY ANDERSON

Italian Post Metal / Sludgers VAREGO announce new album after the acclaimed debut “Tumultum” (2012), the follow up EP “Blindness of the Sun” (2013) and the digital single “Phantasma” (2015).

The new album is entitled EPOCH and captures the band at its very best, with renewed vibes in their sound made of unceasing guitar riffing, yet built on progressive structures with a sort of cinematic touch.

EPOCH will be made of six long tracks and will see the band renewing its long time collaboration with legendary producer BILLY ANDERSON, by caring mixing and mastering.

The band says: “The new album EPOCH is our most relevant effort to date, born after several months of hiatus that gave us a new belief and attitude towards our means and targets. We are plenty satisfied of the band work, being able to capture and build up something different than before, keeping our roots alive and transforming them into an original sound full of energies and atmosphere. Having big influences from bands as MELVINS, NEUROSIS, VOIVOD and MOTORPSYCHO, our aim was to create a sort of celebration of a certain music attitude and method. And the new partnership with Billy Anderson did the rest”.

While the first taste of the new album will be revealed soon, the band just released a promo teaser available here.

EPOCH will be released Fall 2016 in CD/DD by ARGONAUTA Records.

www.argonautarecords.com
www.facebook.com/varego

Varego, Epoch album teaser

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Orion: New Album The Builders of Cosmos out Now

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 25th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Italian heavy space rockers Orion have released their first full-length, Builders of Cosmos, with some pretty impressive backing. Not like they’re secretly on the corporate dole or anything — though that would be interesting too; espionage and subversion in the heavy rock underground, as if anything at all with financial stakes was taking place — but just in terms of the sheer number of labels: Taxi Driver RecordsBrigante RecordsAcid CosmonautSailors Overdrive, and The Smoking Goat, which seems to be affiliated with the studio where Builders of Cosmos was recorded. It’s not of course a guarantee for what you’re going to get when you press (or click) play, but usually when something has that many people feeling that strongly about it, it’s going to make an impression one way or another.

See what you think:

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ORION: Italian Psychedelic Stoner Rock Unit Releases Builders Of Cosmos Via Taxi Driver Records

Taxi Driver Records, in conjunction with The Smoking Goat Recording Studio, Acid Cosmonaut Records, Sailors Overdrive Records, and Brigante Records, are pleased to unveil the debut from psychedelic stoner rock alchemists, ORION.

Fittingly titled Builders Of Cosmos, the six-track offering was captured at The Smoking Goat Recording Studio, mixed by guitarist/vocalist Matteo Signanini, mastered at LRS Studio Factory, and comes shrouded in the mystical cover art of Luca SoloMacello.

ORION is Matteo Signanini (Woodwall) on guitar and vocals, Andrea Ricci (former Mexican Mud, Peawees) on guitar, Richard Silvaggio (former Mexican Mud) on bass, and Pietro Virgilio (former Army Of Angry Youth) on drums. Builder Of Cosmos is out now on CD and digital formats, and available at Taxi Driver’s online store HERE, Taxi Driver’s official Bandcamp page HERE where it’s streaming in full as well as through the band and other label pages listen below.

Builders Of Cosmos Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. Alone With You
3. Lucid Dream
4. Builders Of Cosmos
5. Over & Over
6. Lost Again

http://www.facebook.com/Orionofficialband
http://www.oriondoom.bandcamp.com/
http://www.taxidriverstore.com
http://www.taxidriverstore.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/Thesmokingoat/
http://www.acidcosmonautrecords.blogspot.com/
http://www.sailorsoverdriverecords.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/BriganteRecords/

Orion, Builders of Cosmos (2016)

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Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Vol. III: Mos Generator, The Atomic Bitchwax, Isaak, Glowsun, Komatsu, Void of Sleep & Black Bone Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 21st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Based for the first time in Parma, Italy — the two prior editions had been held in Rome — Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Vol. III has announced a massive round of bands newly joined the proceedings, set for Oct. 28 and 29. The names have trickled out over the last couple weeks, but it seems a roundup is in order, considerable as the names are. In addition to The Atomic Bitchwax, who’ll be on the road with Pentagram at the time, and Fatso Jetson, whose slot was previously announced as part of their Heavy Psych Sounds-sponsored Italian tour, the likes of Mos GeneratorGlowsunIsaakKomatsuVoid of Sleep and Black Bone have joined on.

I’d expect that means Mos Generator are about to announce a European tour, but I don’t think they’ve done so yet. They’ll head abroad supporting their new album, the excellent Abyssinia (review here), while hopefully Fatso Jetson‘s upcoming LP will be out by then as well. More on that if/when I hear it.

I’ve noted more than a handful of times how crowded the European festival circuit is for this fall, but Heavy Psych Sounds continues to put Italy on the map for heavy rock, its reach extended both domestically and internationally more than ever before, as you can see:

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HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST VOL 3 with Atomic Bitchwax, Fatso Jetson, Mos Generator, Giobia, Glowsun, Isaak….

Here to announce the HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST VOL 3.

The Festival will take place in Parma, Italy at Mu Club, 90 minutes down Milan or 45 minutes up Bologna, both are the good spot to arrive with airplane. The shows will be divided between 2 stages.

***Friday 28 October ticket 15 euro
**Saturday 29 October ticket 15 euro

*2 days ticket 25 euro only available at http://www.heavypsychsounds.com/fest/

Line Up:
THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX
FATSO JETSON
MOS GENERATOR
GLOWSUN
GIöBIA
ISAAK
FUZZ ORCHESTRA
DUEL
DEVILLE
KOMATSU
VOID OF SLEEP
BLACK BONE
……….More bands Tba…..

Artwork by Solo Macello.

WWW.HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS.COM

MU CLUB:
www.muparma.club

www.heavypsychsounds.com/fest
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
https://twitter.com/heavypsychsound
heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com

Mos Generator, “Outlander” from Songs for the Firmament

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