Doom Over Karalis VII Lineup Set: Caronte & Fuoco Fatuo to Headline Fest Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 25th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

If you’re wondering why the Doom Over Karalis festival might take place in Cagliari, they’re the same place. Karalis is the ancient name for the Sardinian capital city, and amidst the ruins of the Tuvixeddu necropolis and the hundred steps, headliners Caronte and Fuoco Fatuo will represent different sides of Italian doom while three more local Sardinian acts provide support. It’s a one-night affair set for Oct. 6 at CuevoRock Live and as someone who spends a significant amount of time daydreaming on hitting faraway festivals in likewise faraway places, hopping over to Sardinia for a lineup of darkened Italian metal sounds like a killer time for someone with unlimited funds and the wherewithal to make it happen.

Doom on, everywhere:

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Cagliari – DOOM OVER KARALIS VII Festival

6 October 2018, CuevaRock Live, Quartucciu (CA), Sardinia

The “do it your self” festival Doom Over Karalis, which is devoted to Doom and all its sub-genre, reaches its 7th edition.

This Year the festival is dedicated to the Italian Doom and it will bear on the stage of CuevaRock Live, located in Quartucciu (CA), two of the most established Doom bands on the national scene: Caronte and FUOCO FATUO.

CARONTE, Doom / Stoner Band from Parma (2011) will promote their last LP “YONI” (Ván Records, 2017). The Band comes from important festivals as the Desertfest Belgium in Antwerp and the MetalDays in Tolmin.

FUOCO FATUO, Funeral Doom/Death Band from Varese (2011) comes from the major stage of the Roadburn Festival 2018 in Tilburg and the Saint Helena Festival in Munich. The Band will promote their last LP “BACKWATER” (Profound Lore Records, 2017).

The line up will be completed by:
– Ilienses Tree (Doom Death Metal from Cagliari),
– Greenthumb (Sludge from Alghero),
– Doom’s Obsession (Heavy Metal from Iglesias)

The three Sardinian Bands will alternate the stage before the two Headliner.

Everything will be accompanied by resident Dj “Heavy Metal Thunder” and his Old School selection.

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Fuoco Fatuo, Backwater (2017)

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Review & Track Premiere: Sherpa, Tigris and Euphrates

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on September 17th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream the premiere of ‘Kim (((o)))’ from Sherpa’s Tigris and Euphrates. Album is out Sept. 28 on Sulatron Records.]

Working around a theme of human evolution, Italian psychedelic scene-setters Sherpa showcase no small amount of progression themselves with their second offering through Sulatron Records, the six-song/42-minute Tigris and Euphrates. From their home-base in the Abruzzo region — think mountains running up against the Adriatic coastline, hillside houses of untold age with roofs of curved tile, lakes, rivers, old castles on the high ground and other things that if you saw them in a calendar you wouldn’t believe they’re real; fly into Rome and then head east — the core four-piece of guitarist/vocalist/synthesist Matteo Dossena, bassist Franz Cardone, dronemaker guitarist Axel DiLorenzo and drummer/percussionist Pierluca Michetti weave textures no less lush for their deceptive minimalism, conjuring gorgeous post-rock wash with the help of Ivano and Enrico Legnini on Fender VI and MicroKorg in closer “Descent of Inanna to the Underworld” and side B opener “Abscent to the Mother of Language” (sic), respectively, Davide DiBernardo‘s sitar on “Overwhelmed” and Federica Vignoni‘s violin on second track “Creatures from Ur.”

One might think that given all the personnel involved and the varied instrumentation, Tigris and Euphrates would arrive as some grand and overblown realization, but as anyone who heard the band’s late-2016 debut, Tanzlinde (review here), can likely tell you, that’s simply not going to be the case. Of course Tigris and Euphrates has a scope aurally and in its subject matter, but the fluidity with which that’s brought to bear and the patience in Sherpa‘s craft, the understated impact of their mellow, gradually-unfolding vision of tonal presence, aren’t to be understated. The end result is an offering that’s immersive and beautiful, foreboding at times and moodier, but never relinquishing its hold on the consciousness of the listener, the band not necessarily needing volume to make their statement heard. Whether it’s the (relative) surge in the second half of opener “Kim (((o)))” or the sitar-laced drift that hypnotizes into the fadeout of the penultimate “Overwhelmed,” the feeling of serenity never departs entirely from Sherpa‘s sound, giving Tigris and Euphrates a hopeful aspect that bleeds into every song in one way or another.

The flow between the tracks is no less resonant than the material itself, and the impression of Tigris and Euphrates as a whole work is palpable, foretold in the hints at darker tones in “Kim (((o)))” that show up in lower distortion beneath “Abscent to the Mother of Language” and in the culmination of “Descent of Inanna into the Underworld.” In this way, the tracks come together and enhance each other, not only supporting the overarching thematic intent of the record but creating a world in which that story plays out, giving a foundation for the exploratory nature of what Sherpa are doing that, like so much of the album itself, is softly and smoothly delivered. A punctuating snare in “Kim (((o))” holds a tension that speaks to the more weighted unfolding in the song’s second half — an interaction between low distortion and a lead guitar lick worthy in its warmth of a Colour Haze comparison — and the wash of noise that slowly consumes the opening track seems to find some clarity before it draws itself down.

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Immediately, Dossena‘s vocals are more forward on “Creatures from Ur” and they arrive atop a slow progression of drums, keys and quietly strummed guitar. A spacious, somewhat sparse beginning moves easily forward into more voluminous liquefaction, but the peaceful vibe persists thanks in no small part to the methodical timekeeping and waves of volume-swelling synth, Vignoni‘s violin making its presence felt around four minutes into the total 6:38 as it finds complement in the bassline and soon becomes part of the river current, ringing tones holding on at the finish to fade and transition into side A closer “Equiseto.” Also the shortest cut at 5:21, “Equiseto” — the title referring to horsetail, either the plant or the actual tail of a horse — boasts a quiet percussiveness, as a quiet backing crash and tom hits back vocals and guitar repetitions that may or may not be loops but nonetheless add an experimental edge to a particularly folkish moment on an album that for all its peace shows little outward interest in actually being folk. Or at least not subsuming itself to the genre — though one could say the same thing about Tigris and Euphrates and psychedelic rock. It’s not really interested in being anything other than itself.

This, naturally, is one of the album’s great strengths, and it continues into the harmonies of “Abscent to the Mother of Language,” vocal layers taking hold over an ultra-flowing wash of guitar and synth that works its way forward until at about 3:45, it pulls back and lets the bass set the tone for a lower, darker-toned roll that persists throughout the next few minutes, eventually receding to a bookending verse. The side B opener is both a highlight and the longest piece on Tigris and Euphrates at 7:52, and it leads the way into “Overwhelmed” and “Descent of Inanna to the Underworld,” both of which also top seven and a half minutes, where only “Kim (((o)))” approached it so on side A. “Overwhelmed” uses its time to proffer especially resonant soundscaping, its cymbal work and guitar combining to ease forward toward a split at the halfway point into the sitar-inclusive up-strummed kick, more active snare pops adding to the momentum and rhythmic course. Everything’s relative, of course, but the classic psychedelic notion of East meets West is put to effective use, and the turn from one movement to the second in “Overwhelmed” speaks to the confidence of the band’s delivery on the whole. They’re able to put the listener in the exact space they want them to be. This is not to be undervalued as an aspect of their style.

Given the smoothness of their execution throughout and the grace with which Sherpa unfurl Tigris and Euphrates as an entirety that draws strength from its individual components, headphone-ready sonic detailing — Cardone‘s bass is enough to stun on its own — and abiding ambience, it’s easy to read some kind of resolution into the finale of “Descent of Inanna to the Underworld,” which like “Abscent to the Mother of Language” before it also turns to more weighted-sounding fare, this time just before it begins its second half, drawing back quickly and launching once again to give the closer a crescendo ahead of a long fade of residual tones; an end no less encompassing than anything before it. I don’t know if Sherpa intend the story to be finished — isn’t human evolution ongoing? — but their telling is complete and enthralling in its entirety, and their ability to cast out as they do is indicative of the creative growth they’re undertaking as a unit. All the better. They may not have gotten the credit they deserved for what they accomplished on their first outing, but if they keep putting together records like Tigris and Euphrates, sooner or later someone’s going to notice.

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Nibiru to Headline UK Tour Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 14th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Even though they wouldn’t let me hang out at the downstairs bar with The Pecan earlier this year, The Black Heart in London is still an excellent place to see a show, and I’d imagine that when Italian ritualistic sludgers Nibiru hit that stage — which is upstairs, far away from anywhere I’d have tried to take the baby, plus it was daytime! — they’ll have no problem filling that room with a wash of sometimes harsh but always immersive noise.

Nibiru will land at The Black Heart as part of a UK tour that also includes stops in Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham, and they’ll be headlining while doing shows with Varego and Surya as well as The Medea Project and Even Vast. They’re also working on a new record, which is only good news for anyone who digs a little psychosis in their psych.

The PR wire has details:

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NIBIRU announce UK headline tour in October 2018

For the first time in their successful career Italian ritual psychedelic sludgers NIBIRU will tour as headliners in UK in October 2018!

The band will be hitting the road for 4 dates next month. Italian heavy prog outfit VAREGO and London-based doom atmospheric sludge post-metal merchants SURYA have been confirmed as special guests at The Black Heart in London on Thursday October 11th.

Nottingham based gothic death doom trio THE MEDEA PROJECT and UK sludge doomers EVEN VAST will support NIBIRU in Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham.

NIBIRU was born in 2012, following a relentless process of spiritual and emotional knowledge that involves every member of the band and is reflected in a totally free and impetuous creative approach. Since the first album Caosgon, the music of NIBIRU is recognized a unique identity, instinctive and difficult to label in an artistic panorama overloaded by clone bands and lack of originality. These characteristics are further developed in the next records. Netrayoni, Padmalotus and Qaal Babalon got amazing reviews from press worldwide.

The genre proposed by NIBIRU could be described as Ritual Psychedelic Sludge and finds no term of stylistic comparison with other active bands, although the influences of Black Sabbath, Neurosis and MZ.412 have always been pretty clear since their inception until today. The musical journey to the dark star NIBIRU is an experience from which anyone can only come back deeply changed, an evil and visceral representation that sets new rules for genres such as black metal, sludge and drone as we know them.

NIBIRU managed to play several shows with ORANSSI PAZUZU, UADA, MORTIIS, SUMA, NIGHTSTALKER and PHANTOM WINTER. Their performance at Roadburn Festival 2016 was unforgettable! The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their upcoming full-length album.

Make sure to catch the band live on the following UK dates presented by Neecee Agency, Leynir Booking & Fabiola Santini Photography.

Thursday October 11th 2018 – UK – The Black Heart, London (+)
Friday October 12th 2018 – UK – Star and Garter, Manchester (*)
Saturday October 13th 2018 – UK – Hammer and Anvil, Birmingham (*)
Sunday October 14th 2018 – UK – The Old Salutation Inn, Nottingham (*)

Special guests (+) VAREGO & SURYA; (*) THE MEDEA PROJECT & EVEN VAST

Pre-sales are available now!

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Nibiru, Netrayoni (2018 reissue)

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Fvzz Popvli European Tour Starts Oct. 4

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 11th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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They’re going here, they’re going there. They’re going to Germany, like you do. Italian scuzzrockers Fvzz Popvli are set to release their second album, Magna Fvzz (review here), on Oct. 5 through Heavy Psych Sounds, and the night before, they’ll begin a run of more than three weeks’ worth of shows to support the record. You’ll note that this is the “European Tour Part I,” which means there’s a “Part II” lurking somewhere on the horizon.

I’d guess probably in the Spring if you were going to make me guess — which would be an odd thing for you to do — but it’s further evidence in any case of the band’s will to tour as they have done basically since they got going a couple years ago. They might not stop with “Part II,” either.

The PR wire has it accordingly:

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FVZZ POPVLI – MAGNA FVZZ EUROPEAN TOUR part I

Magical Mistery Van & Heavy Psych Sounds are proud to announce the first leg of the “Magna Fvzz European Tour” from October 4th to 28th in Italy, Germany, Swtizerland, Netherlands, Austria and France. Ready to catch FVZZ POPVLI on the road?!? Check their routing here!

Raised in Rome by Pootchie and Datio in A.D. MMXVI, with the conception of powertrio a direct and rough way for bring heavy fuzzy riffs. Their sound melt Black Sabbath style heavy riffs with the attitude of the roughest garagepunk bands like The Stooges, adding the psychedelia from 70’s getin’ their own style! The band released and promote an “EP” in May 2017 with a tour in Italy, Switzerland and Germany.

In June 2017 them become a part of the Heavy Psych Sounds Records (Brant Bjork, Nick Olivieri, Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man, Nebula, Giöbia, Duel, Black Rianbows.) roster for promote their first album “FVZZ DEI” out in September 2017, the album has brought the band on more than 70 european stages in 8 countries gettin’ the chanche to play in the mysterious DUNA JAM. In June 2018 the band recorded their 2nd album “MAGNA FVZZ”, will be released October 5th !!

04.10.2018 – I – Verona – Stoner Mafia Party
05.10.2018 – A – Graz – Club Q
06.10.2018 – A – Bludenz – Villa K
07.10.2018 – CH – Basel – Renèe
09.10.2018 – CH – Biel – Labiu
10.10.2018 – F – Stuttgart – Keller Klub
11.10.2018 – F – Nancy – The Riveter
12.10.2018 – F – Rouen – Les 3 Pièces
13.10.2018 – NL – Hengelo – The Sound – Innocent
15.10.2018 – D – Osnabruck – Dirty + Dancing
16.10.2018 – D – Dresden – Elbsludge
17.10.2018 – D – Leipzig – Black Label
18.10.2018 – D – Berlin – Toast Hawaii
19.10.2018 – D – Nuremberg – Projekt 31
20.10.2018 – D – Zittau – Bunter Hund
21.10.2018 – A – Wien – Weberknekt
23.10.2018 – D – Rosenheim – Asta
24.10.2018 – CH – La-Chaux-De-Fonds – Lac
25.10.2018 – CH – Geneve – D’urgence Disk
26.10.2018 – F – Roquebrune Cap Martin – Secret Show
27.10.2018 – IT – Parma – Splinter Club
28.10.2018 – IT – Bologna – Mikasa

FVZZ POPVLI ARE:
FRANCESCO “POOTCHIE” PUCCI – Guitar and Voice (BEESUS,The Wisdoom)
DATIO PALATIO – Bass (The Anthony’s Vinyls)
George – Drums

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Elepharmers Sign to Electric Valley Records; New Album out in 2019

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

There’s a running gag around my house — there are a few, actually — wherein, as the husband and patriarch of our family, I am the spiritual head of the household for myself, The Patient Mrs., The Pecan and The Little Dog Dio, and as such, I’ve chosen the religion for the family to be “ancient astronaut theory.” I’ll admit, lately I’ve also been flirting with crystals — which I’m not even sure how you’d make that a religion, but you know, can’t you kind of say the same for any dogma? — so my position is evolving as the spiritual head of the household, but for now, yeah, aliens. Accordingly it’s with particular interest that I look forward to the release of the third album from Italian three-piece Elepharmers, which will also be their debut on Electric Valley Records, and will cavort with ancient astronaut theory as well as other doodads out of the sci-fi landscape.

Not that ancient astronaut theory isn’t real, mind you. This is the spiritual foundation of my home we’re talking about.

And so on.

From the PR wire:

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Electric Valley Records is proud to announce the signing of the Stoner Doom Psych band ELEPHARMERS

Elepharmers are a trio that plays a mix of hard 70’s blues, psychedelic space-rock, 90’s stoner: they come from Sardinia (Italy), an island in the West Mediterranean Sea.The band’s members are strongly influenced by their native land: sunny and unspoiled plains, wild coasts, mysterious megalithic sites, ancient forests. Elepharmers’ sound is made by impressive riffs & psychedelic guitar solos, powerful drums’ grooves, bluesy vocals and some synth incursions. The band released 2 full-lenght albums: “Weird Tales From the Third Planet” (Go Down Records, 2013) and “Erebus” (Go Down Records, 2016).

Elepharmers toured Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands; they played at important international festivals like Duna Jam, Elav Stoner Open Air, Maximum Festival, Monolithix Fest and they shared the stage with bands like Karma to Burn, Yawning Man, Red Fang, Mars Red Sky, Toner Low, Monkey 3, Electric Moon and many others. In 2018 the band is working on a new album: a concept inspired by Isaac Asimov’ sci-fi novels and Zecharia Sitchin’s theories about “ancient astronauts”. The new album will be released in February 2019 by Electric Valley Records.

Elepharmers is:
El Chino – vocals; rhythm guitar; bass; harmonica
Andrea “Fex” Cadeddu – lead & rhythm guitars –
Maurizio Mura – drums

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Elepharmers, Erebus (2016)

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Review & Track Premiere: Fvzz Popvli, Magna Fvzz

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on August 28th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream ‘And Let it Die…’ from Fvzz Popvli’s Magna Fvzz. Album is out Oct. 5 on Heavy Psych Sounds.]

Roman ‘u’-averse scuzzriffers Fvzz Popvli return on a quick turnaround with their second album for Heavy Psych Sounds, Magna Fvzz. The follow-up to last year’s Fvzz Dei (discussed here) arrives after multiple rounds of touring and an appearance at Duna Jam in Sardinia and finds the fuzz of the masses taking the form of a blender of modern influences from the likes of Kadavar, Uncle Acid, Black Rainbows and Electric Wizard, as well as a swath of US West Coast heavy jams brought through a filter of distance and the three-piece’s other component elements. It’s a fascinating and enticing blend, and Fvzz Popvli — the trio of Francesco “Pootchie” Pucci (see also: Beesus and The Wisdoom), bassist Datio Palatio and drummer Doncalisto — put it all together to emerge with a burgeoning personality of their own on dug-in cuts (cvts?) like “Rvmpletvm” and opener “And Let it Die…,” the total seven-track/39-minute offering rounding out with the 12-minute closer “Magna Fvzz” with Bazu from psych rockers Giöbia sitting in on synth.

That song is led into by “Rvmpletvm” and “Cherry Bowl,” which are the only two other tracks over five minutes long, so there’s a distinct feeling of pushing further along an outward path leading into the finale, and with the uptempo garage dirt in the tones of “And Let it Die…” and the bounce and swing of the subsequent “Napoleon,” the outset of Magna Fvzz is immersive enough to make sure the listener is brought on board for the trip. “Napoleon” more fully unveils a penchant for rolling groove that the more brash leadoff hinted at, and that only lets the trio build a more fervent momentum pushing through one song into the next on the way to the instrumental closer, which, again, is where everything seems to find its far-out limit, as much as there is one, with space being endless and all that.

More than anything else, Fvzz Popvli sound like a band moving in the right direction. They’re headed toward finding a niche between their points of inspiration that is becoming their own sound, and in the meantime, an emerging sense of songwriting and aesthetic craft serves them well on this sophomore outing. Magna Fvzz is somewhat more humble (hvmble? okay, I’ll stop) in its aesthetic than the grandiose title might lead one to believe, but the willful arrogance there, the use of the superlative, doesn’t feel accidental. It speaks to an underlying influence out of classic punk — The Stooges walk by and wave — that Fvzz Popvli manifest amid the grit of Pucci and Palatio‘s tonality and the blown-out effects on the vocals. To wit, the speedy “The Deal” rolls out with bruise-leaving fuckall, its 3:35 run the shortest on the album not for any radical change in structure so much as tempo, and finds Pucci tearing into a solo that’s one of the highlights of the record and perhaps the most direct tie to the Pacific Coast underground; bands like Radio Moscow and Earthless seeming to inform its jammed-out, off-the-cuff vibe.

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Following “And Let it Die…” and “Napoleon,” “The Deal” seems to be the culmination of this aspect of the band’s personality, as the remaining four-tracks will push into new territory. That’s a classic mullet of an album structure — business up front, party in the back — but Fvzz Popvli wear it like a band-logo trucker hat and bring their sound to life with due vibrancy and naturalism, an organic live feel permeating the proceedings and adding to the flow between the songs as well as the impact of them individually, each seeming to bring something different to the collection as a whole while also offering standout moments like the “na-na-na” hook of “And Let it Die…” or Doncalisto‘s kick into a gallop in the second half of “The Deal.” All of this works together to give Magna Fvzz the feel of being the work of a group in the process of coming into their own, and as with Fvzz Dei and their initial single, Lost in Time (discussed here), before it, the potential for where Fvzz Popvli might end up is writ large in this material.

Perhaps nowhere more than in the centerpiece “Get Me,” which would seem to be the gateway to the back end of Magna Fvzz and with a 4:20 runtime emits a decidedly grunge feel early on, a mellow start with Pucci‘s still-effects-drenched vocals highlighting some melody while enacting a build that launches into fuller tone shortly before the halfway point and continues to build as it goes forward, a buzzsaw lead taking hold just before the three-minute mark seeming to be the culmination of the filth-laden side of Fvzz Popvli‘s sonic persona, and Pucci‘s vocals answer back with a particularly Obornian sneer. The subsequent “Rvmpletvm” is more patient but still plenty grime-caked in its low-end fuzz, though some layered-in acoustic guitar adds nuance and a sense of subtlety one might not expect for an album that has thus far been so pointed in its intent. Thus Magna Fvzz‘s sonic expansion is underway, and “Cherry Bowl” continues it with a more direct vocal melody and swirling guitar over a swinging and hypnotic progression on a long, minute-plus fadeout leading to the title-track’s initial noise-barrage and drum-led unfolding.

I don’t know if “Magna Fvzz” itself is improvised, but even if they went into the studio with a general plan, a good deal of it would seem to be captured live, and that comes through especially with the wash of synth added to the core three-piece’s sound. One almost wishes there were vocals somewhere in its mire to tie it more to the six songs preceding, but neither would I trade the noise-barrage after seven minutes in and the final build that follows from the ground up, a nodding and resonant finish that leads to noise and a cold stop as though everyone just decided they’d gone far enough. I’m not inclined to argue. Fvzz Popvli had an encouraging debut and answer it here with a purposeful sense of creative progression underway. Their greatest impact may still be yet to come — recall the band only formed two years ago; whatever bands their members were in before, they’re still relatively new as a group — but the potential in their scvzz fvzz is right there waiting to be heard.

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Elav Stoner Open Air 2018: Mars Red Sky, Samavayo, Belzebong, Papir and More Set to Play

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 14th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Holy shit this looks like a good time. Don’t get me wrong, I post about a lot of festivals all over the place and often say the same, but if you’ve got two minutes and 45 seconds — and if you make it to the end of this run-on-ass sentence, let’s face it, you do — go ahead and check out the recap video at the bottom of this post of last year’s Elav Stoner Open Air in Bergamo, Italy. I know it’s edited together to look cool and I know rocking out in slow motion is universally awesome and blah blah blah, but even so, look at that space. Look at the vibe. Look how relaxed everything seems, everybody just having a good time, downing some beers and watching killer bands play. What the hell is life about if not that very thing?

That was the first edition of the festival, and it’s grown significantly since. Elav Stoner Open Air 2018 features Bergamo’s own beer aficionados Humulus in a returning role, and alongside them are the likes of Mars Red Sky, Samavayo, Sonic Wolves, Papir playing a special jam set and a regular set, Belzebong, Weedpecker, Da Captain Trips and more. Just absolutely killer. I don’t want to say “job well done” before it happens and jinx anything, but seriously, this looks like an incredible time. It’s free to get in if you can get there, and it’s three nights of killer shows back to back to back. I’m sorry I won’t get to see it, but I’ll look forward to the video after the fact.

Lineup info and links follow here, as seen on the social medias:

ELAV STONER OPEN AIR FESTIVAL 2018

13-14-15 September 2018

@ Birrificio Indipendente Elav (Comun nuovo – Bergamo, Italy)

\\\\ FREE ENTRY ////

LINE UP:

Gio 13 ::: Da Captain Trips + Sonic Wolves + Samavayo
Ven 14 ::: RAIKINAS + Papir (jam set) + Humulus + Mars Red Sky
Sab 15 ::: The Black Lodge + Dead Man’s Blues Fuckers + Weedpecker + Papir + BelzebonG

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Loimann Sign to Argonauta Records; A Voluntary Lack of Wisdom Due Nov. 9

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 9th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

If you get a chance to visit Italian trio Loimann‘s Bandcamp page and dig into their two prior full-lengths, 2014’s Drowning Merged Tetras — which is also streaming below — and 2010’s Towards Higher Consciousness, especially in the latter, you might hear some of the band’s roots in straightforward heavy rock, but it’s a stretch, and by the time you get to the second record, it’s mostly in the fact that, you know, riffs exist in both. What pervades the sophomore outing is a much more atmospherically-minded approach, and it would seem their impending third long-player is changing things up again. I haven’t heard it, so I can’t really comment, but given the ground they’ve covered thus far, I believe it.

The band is newly signed to Argonauta for the release of what’s been dubbed, A Voluntary Lack of Wisdom, as the PR wire informs:

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LOIMANN SIGNS WITH ARGONAUTA RECORDS!

NEW ALBUM COMING NOVEMBER 9th 2018!

Italian Post Doom metallers LOIMANN have inked a worldwide deal with ARGONAUTA RECORDS in support of their upcoming third studio album! ‘A Voluntary Lack of Wisdom’ is set to be released on November 9th 2018.

Formed in 2001 under the major influences of desert rock bands alike Kyuss, Fu Manchu or Monster Magnet, LOIMANN’s sound evolved over the years for a more doom and heavy psych approach. Recorded at O.F.F. Studios in Torino during the summer of 2017 with Paul Beauchamp and Salvo Arico (Marmore/Khoy), the band’s new work partially changes the direction compared to the previous records, with a more direct and easy listening sound while never losing their heaviness.

“The Songs are shorter, more “in your face” (no keyboards at all this time) and with less complex songwriting“ the band explains. „On the other side we think we managed to obtain a more extreme result, with more growls and screams, concerning vocal parts and blackened post-core breaks coming out from doom/sludge riffs and atmospheres. The lyrics are centered on how human race is slowly approaching its extinction thanks to wars, pollution and thanks to how many human beings are becoming sort of involute individuals, thanks to the predominance internet has in their lives.“ LOIMANN continues: “We’ve heard and seen a lot about Argonauta Records during these past years, and we thought they could be an ideal new starting point for us. Then we met Gero and we immediately understood we are on the same level regarding many themes and musical tastes”.

The track list of ‘A Voluntary Lack of Wisdom’ will read as follows:

1. INTRO – SLAUGHTERHOUSE n°5
2. I OWN THE RIGHT TO TEAR ME APART
3. FOR THOSE ABOUT TO SINK
4. LIVING IN FEAR OF DEATH, DYING IN FEAR OF LIFE
5. MASS REDEEMER
6. MORAL DISMEMBERMENT
7. V.I.T.R.I.O.L. (Vacuity. Ignites. Tremendous. Riot. Inside. Our. Lives.)
8. THEY LIVE
9. OUTRO – No Prayer for the Living

Set for a release on November 9th 2018 on Argonauta Records, the presale will be available soon with many more news and album tunes to come!

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Loimann, Drowning Merged Tantras (2014)

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