Black Rainbows Post Video for “The Prophet”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 20th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Can’t help but wonder while watching Italian trio Black Rainbows‘ new video for the song “The Prophet” from their forthcoming LP Hawkdope if the castle they’re playing in front of is the same one where guitarist/vocalist Gabriele Fiori had intended to stage the inaugural Totem Psych Fest last year before being stymied by inclement weather. To put it lightly, there are a few castles/expansive villas around the area outside of Rome, so it’s not like it would be impossible for it to be two places, but one has to wonder how many of them would be cool with having bands hang around, set up stages, shoot a video, etc. Black Rainbows‘ 2013 video for “The Hunter” was also shot among ruins, and while the aerial view of this location makes me think it’s a different spot entirely, it’s entirely feasible they just went around the other side or something. Castles have a reputation for being pretty big.

Wherever they are, Black Rainbows are tearing ass around some fuzzy riffs with “The Prophet” — which, by amazing coincidence, is also featured in the latest podcast — and if you haven’t yet heard a slice of Hawkdope, there’s a good chance it’ll pique your interest. Never shy as regards road time, Fiori, bassist Dario Iocca and drummer Alberto Croce have an extensive European tour planned to coincide with the album’s arrival March 17 on Heavy Psych Sounds, and you can find those dates under the clip below, courtesy of the PR wire:

Black Rainbows, “The Prophet” official video

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Heavy Psych Sounds is proud to announce that the new music video, “The Prophet.” The track is off of the upcoming Black Rainbows’ album, Hawkdope, set for March 17th, 2015 street date. Pre-sales are live now at heavypsychsounds.com.

Black Rainbows European Tour Itinerary (all dates subject to change, check with venues to confirm):
March 2015
06/03/2015 It Rome-Init Club “HAWKDOPE Release Party”
18/03/2015 IT Bologna-Freak Out
19/03/2015 CH Luzern-Bruch Bros
20/03/2015 DE Augsburg-Bluebox Skate Park
21/03/2015 NL Nijmegen-Plufest
22/03/2015 FR Paris-Glazart
23/03/2015 DE Siegen-Vortex
24/03/2015 DE Erfurt-Cafè Tiko
25/03/2015 DE Leipzig-Sto
26/03/2015 DE Berlin-Dustown Fest
27/03/2015 CH Olten-Coq D’or
28/03/2015 CH Winterthur-Gaswerk
29/03/2015 IT Milano-Magnolia
April 2015
10/04/2015 FI Helsinki- Galactus Fest
11/04/2015 EE Tallin-Woodsock/Rockstar’s
28/04/2015 IT North Italy
29/04/2015 DE
30/04/2015 DE Nurnberg
May 2015
01/05/2015 IT Bozen-Sudwerk
02/05/2015 AU Salzburg-Rockhouse
03/05/2015 CH St Gallen-Rumpeltum
04/05/2015 AU Innsbruck-PMK
05/05/2015 AU Feldkirch-Graf Hugo
06/05/2015 IT Zerobranco-Altroquando
June 2015
04/06/2015 UK
05/06/2015 UK
06/06/2015 UK Oxford
07/06/2015 UK
08/06/2015 UK London-The Macbeth
August 2015
01/08/2015 GR Drama-Fuzztastic Fest

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Ufomammut Announce First-Ever North American Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 18th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Well, we had advance warning back in December, so it was only a matter of time before Italian cosmic doom megaliths Ufomammut announced their first round of North American tour dates. By the time they hit these shores in May, their new album, Ecate, will have been out for more than a month on Neurot Recordings, and as they make their way around the US and into Canada, they’ll be joined by Usnea and making a stop off at Maryland Deathfest to put in an appearance there shortly after what I’ve no doubt will become a legendary gig at the Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn for both band and venue.

Fresh off the PR wire:

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UFOMAMMUT: First North American Tour Announced Including Support From Usnea; Fourth Ecate Making-Of Episode Released

With the details of their upcoming seventh studio full-length album, Ecate, having been recently unveiled, Italian mystical doom trio, UFOMAMMUT, finally announces their official first-ever tour of North America today, something diehard fans of this colossal outfit have been awaiting anxiously for years.

Now more than fifteen years into their time together as UFOMAMMUT, the band’s only prior US outings were two live shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2009 in conjunction with their crushing Idolum LP. Since Idolum, the band’s popularity has grown exponentially, through the magic of their Eve LP, their signing with Neurosis’ label, Neurot Recordings for the 2012 release of their two-part ORO LP, and their following 2013-released XV DVD through their own Supernatural Cat Records. The desire to witness the outfit crafting its psychedelic and decimating craft in the flesh has become nearly overwhelming for stateside fans, but a shift in the tides this Spring will bring a major change as the trio invades American soil for their first-ever widespread US tour in the months ahead.

Initiated by their anticipated performance at this year’s Maryland Deathfest with lablemates Yob, Neurosis and countless others, UFOMAMMUT’s month-long North America Spring 2015 tour has now been declared. The trek will begin in Chicago on May 13th, with Relapse Records’ crushing Portland, Oregon-based cosmic sludge quartet, Usnea, providing direct support for the entire tour, which comes to a close in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 13th, including two shows in Canada. The trek will be preceded by a European tour alongside the UK’s Conan, consuming the latter half of April and including appearances at both of this year’s Desertfest events in London and Berlin.

Today also sees the release of the fourth video episode into the making-of UFOMAMMUT’s new album, Ecate, set for North American release on March 31st through Neurot Recordings. On the follow-up to their acclaimed ORO album, the trio takes a confident step forward with their craft, orchestrating atmospheric processions that take the six songs on the album to places as-of-yet uncharted, the only guide being that of Ecate, the three-sided goddess who moves between the realms of the living, the dead, and the gods. The latest installment showcases the layering of the dense guitar tones, as always with sound wizard Lorenzo Stecconi, for these sessions using his mobile studio at SOMS “Il Progresso” in Sarezzano, Italy.

Watch Ecate’s guitars become realized with episode four RIGHT HERE.

Catch up on the recording of the drums, bass and more with part 1, part 2 and part 3 as well.

UFOMAMMUT Ecate European Tour Dates:
4/04/2015 e20 Underground – Montecchio Maggiore IT
4/10/2015 Bloom – Mezzago IT
4/18/2015 Impetus festival – Delemont CH
4/19/2015 Glazart – Paris FR w/ Conan
4/21/2015 Forum – Bielefeld DE w/Conan
4/22/2015 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden DE w/ Conan
4/23/2015 Feierwerk – Munich DE w/ Conan
4/24/2015 Desertfest – Berlin DE w/ Conan
4/25/2015 AB – Brussels BE w/ Conan
4/26/2015 Desertfest – London UK w/ Conan
4/28/2015 Vortex – Siegen DE w/ Conan
4/29/2015 Kellerclub – Stuttgart DE
4/30/2015 Weekender Club – Innsbruck AT

UFOMAMMUT North America Spring 2015 w/ Usnea:
5/13/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
5/14/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
5/15/2015 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
5/16/2015 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
5/17/2015 Le Ritz – Montreal, QC
5/19/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
5/20/2015 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
5/21/2015 Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD [no Usnea]
5/22/2015 King’s – Raleigh, NC
5/23/2015 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
5/25/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
5/26/2015 Walter’s – Houston, TX
5/27/2015 Red 7 – Austin, TX
5/29/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
5/30/2015 Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
5/31/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
6/02/2015 Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
6/03/2015 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
6/04/2015 Press Club – Sacramento, CA
6/05/2015 WOW Hall – Eugene, OR [no Usnea]
6/06/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR
6/07/2015 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
6/08/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID
6/09/2015 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
6/10/2015 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
6/12/2015 Turf Club – St Paul, MN
6/13/2015 Metal Grill – Milwaukee, WI

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Stearica Stream “Halite” and Announce New Album Fertile

Posted in audiObelisk on February 12th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Today, Italian trio Stearica announce the April 2015 arrival of their sophomore full-length, Fertile, on the UK’s Monotreme Records. For the progressive, mostly-instrumental three-piece, it’s a record based on unrest and the hope that uprising can bring. Francesco Carlucci (guitar, bass, synth, programming, etc.), Davide Compagnoni (drums, percussion, samples) and Luca Paiardi (bass) took inspiration from the Arab Spring in the Middle East and Spain’s political unrest in 2011, when the band was there to play Primavera Sound.

One might think that, as a result, there would be an element of chaos to Fertile, but that’s not really the case. Even the later “Siqlum,” which kind of devolves in its midsection only to reignite with insistent rhythm and starts and stops of heavy-riffed thrust, Stearica are never out of control. It’s not a riot, in other words. The nine tracks of Fertile have a full-breadth of sound, clear tonality and a forward drive. If they’re a political movement, then they’re organized. A brooding midsection groover like “Geber” is brash in its swing where a cut like “Tigris” winds up more in Russian Circles territory of heavy post-rock (or is it post-heavy rock?), but wherever they take their sound, Stearica remain consistently adventurous enough that the listener has no trouble moving with them, even when the first whispered vocals of the penultimate “Amreeka” kick in, barely there, then building in their momentum as the song heads for its apex, or when 11-minute closer “Shah Mat” rises from a ultra-quiet guitar line to a wash of heavy noise and back down to a minimalist drone to close out.

“Halite” is the second cut on Fertile after the opener “Delta” and packs enough heft that fans of Pelican should find something to grasp onto, but is ultimately steered somewhere else, a sweet guitar melody overlaid on top of dense rhythmic turns. Stearica are never far from this kind of ambience, and their tonal resonance speaks to the central political theme of progress, which clearly they see as a cause worth fighting for.

Please find “Halite” on the player below, followed by some comment from the band in the announcement of the album release, and enjoy:

“Upon arriving in Barcelona to perform at Primavera Sound during the 2011 Indignants protests was the spark that ignited the inspiration for this record, and the Arab Spring revolutions unfolding across the Middle East as we wrote the album further fuelled our inspiration,” issues the band’s Francesco Carlucci. Both the concept of “fertile” as “life-giving” and the revolutionary impulses of the Arab Spring and the Indignants protests in Barcelona provided inspiration for this latest work from STEARICA, who begin their creative process by freely improvising for several hours. The ensuing torrents of sound give birth to finished songs, just as a receding flood leaves behind fertility-bringing silt. Produced by the band’s Francesco Carlucci, Fertile captures the primordial nature of the sound that the trio creates in their dynamic live performances. At times brutal, chaotic, mysterious, tranquil; Fertile is music born of our time: instinctively revolutionary.

Fertile will be released in Europe on April 13th and in North America April 14th, on CD and digital download formats, as well as a deluxe 180-gram 2xLP double gatefold edition of 500 with a free poster and album CD included inside: 300 copies on red and black vinyl and 200 copies on black. The artwork, by Albanian artist Moisi Guga, beautifully reflects the symbolic imagery of the concept of Fertile. Physical product preorders from the Monotreme Records web shop will also receive free STEARICA pins and stickers while supplies last. Preorders can be placed HERE. More info on the album will be issued in the coming days.

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Black Rainbows Announce European Tour in Support of Hawkdope

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 11th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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March 14 marks the release of the new Black Rainbows album, Hawkdope, through the band’s own Heavy Psych Sounds imprint. A couple days later, with the release show already under their collective belt, the Rome-based trio will head out on the first leg of a European tour in support of the record. The first run lasts until March 29, and more shows and festival dates follow as we move from Spring to Summer, and a UK tour is set for June, followed in August by an appearance at Greece’s Fuzztastic Planet fest, which no doubt will live up to its name, with Samsara Blues ExperimentBlack Hat Bones and more already on the bill.

One assumes more dates are to come, since Black Rainbows never sit still for too long, and with later in June and July still open, I can’t help but wonder if Black Rainbows guitarist/vocalist Gabriele Fiori will take another shot at putting together an outdoor Totem Psych Fest, which seemed like it was going to be a killer time in a ruined castle outside of Rome, but ultimately got called off on account of weather. I guess we’ll see as we head toward the Summer.

Plenty to keep them busy until then, as you can see:

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HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records&Booking is Stoked to announce the dates of the European Tour of Black Rainbows.

The band is going to burn the road with their upcoming last full lenght album “HAWKDOPE” a mix of lisergic psichedelic tunes, mixed with power fuzz space riffings… bring the earplugs

06/03/2015 It Rome-Init Club “Release Party” w/Wedge
18/03/2015 IT Bologna-Freak Out
19/03/2015 CH Luzern-Bruch Bros
20/03/2015 DE Augsburg-Bluebox Skate Park
21/03/2015 NL Nijmegen-Plufest
22/03/2015 FR Paris-Glazart
23/03/2015 DE Siegen-Vortex
24/03/2015 DE Erfurt-Cafè Tiko
25/03/2015 DE Leipzig-Sto
26/03/2015 DE Berlin-Dustown Fest
27/03/2015 CH Olten-Coq D’or
28/03/2015 CH Winterthur-Gaswerk
29/03/2015 IT Milano-Magnolia
10/04/2015 FI Helsinki- Galactus Fest
11/04/2015 EE Tallin-Woodsock/Rockstar´s
28/04/2015 IT North Italy
29/04/2015 DE
30/04/2015 DE Nurnberg
01/05/2015 IT Bozen-Sudwerk
02/05/2015 AU Salzburg-Rockhouse
03/05/2015 CH St Gallen-Rumpeltum
04/05/2015 AU Innsbruck-PMK
05/05/2015 AU Feldkirch-Graf Hugo
06/05/2015 IT Zerobranco-Altroquando
04/06/2015 UK tour
05/06/2015 UK tour
06/06/2015 UK Oxford-The Wheatsheaf
07/06/2015 UK tour
08/06/2015 UK London-The Macbeth
01/08/2015 GR Drama-Fuzztastic Fest

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Killer Boogie, Detroit: Hit and Run

Posted in Reviews on February 3rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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As much Detroit, the nine-track debut full-length from Italian three-piece Killer Boogie, boasts raw proto-punker tones, upbeat shuffle and relentless groove with just a touch of psychedelia in its scorch, even more pervasive throughout the Heavy Psych Sounds release is a sense of self-awareness. Led by guitarist/vocalist Gabriele Fiori, also of Black Rainbows, Killer Boogie come across as more geared toward the retro-style ’70s rock currently holding sway on the European scene in the wake of Graveyard‘s blues rock supremacy, but their take is rawer than most, and that gives them an edge. They are conscious of it. Fiori, who is joined by drummer Luigi Costanzo and bassist Matteo Marini — though Edoardo Mancini plays bass on the album — is someone involved enough in heavy rock, running Heavy Psych Sounds, booking tours and playing in Black Rainbows and now Killer Boogie as well, that in putting together this new band, the mission seems to be one of aesthetic. Could be that he, Costanzo and Mancini came together as happenstance, whipped up a batch of songs and Detroit is what came out of it, but the album feels more purposeful than that, from the opening rush of “Bad Rebel” to the psych-surge of “Cosmic Eyes,” which is more than twice as long as anything else here at 8:38 and opens side B of what’s clearly a vinyl-minded 36-minute release, smartly positioned in its concept and execution even down to the thick lines and deep orange and yellow tones of its cover art. The sound is raw and natural, but the songwriting has a more than accidental focus. Killer Boogie know what they’re doing, and they chose their name well.

And if there’s romanticism in the trio’s vision of the city of Detroit, they’re thinking way more the land and the time that birthed the MC5 and The Stooges than the empty post-industrial wasteland it has become, landmarks like Michigan Central Station becoming ruined monuments of early 20th Century capitalist ambition. It’s a very specific idea of Detroit that Detroit proffers — the sons of working men picking up guitars, growing their hair, doing drugs and freaking out on the empty promise of straightlaced middle-class life, distortion ringing from open-air stages. Get your motor running. And they do. Fiori‘s guitar features no less prominently here than in Black Rainbows, and on “Bad Rebel” and the subsequent “Riding the Wind,” and his leads are positively searing. “Riding the Wind” burns white hot on a current of rhythmic swing propelled by Costanzo‘s crash cymbal and Mancini‘s bass, but it’s Fiori out front as the driving force, and that remains true for the duration. “My Queen” follows with a progression that will call to mind some of Radio Moscow‘s about-to-fly-off-the-rails-but-never-does unhinged ’70s push, Fiori tossing off another pair of righteous solos en route to “Little Flowers,” a similarly-minded vibe with a more open verse that continues the album’s momentum, which by this point seems like an unceasing forward motion, Killer Boogie rollercoastering their way up, down and through twists and turns of Cactus-minded wallop, but change is soon to arrive as well, and “Silver Universe” — a title it’s hard to believe Hawkwind didn’t already use — is the first sign of its coming. Slowed down, more spaced out, it’s Killer Boogie‘s first real headfirst dive into psychedelic textures, underscored by a tension in the drums that “Cosmic Eyes” pays off in full.

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True, “Cosmic Eyes” is all the more a standout for being two-times the length of every other song on the record, but it also brilliantly moves between one of Detroit‘s most fervent stomps in its early verses to Om-meets-Hawkwind-style psychedelic ritualizing in its midsection, all effects swirl, resonant low end and build back up to the impact level of the track’s initial movement. They end quiet and remind some of Kadavar in how they seem to so easily switch modes from purposefully straightforward songwriting to spacious psych rock, but the unassuming “Summer Time” snaps the listener back to reality, such as it is, with a simpler, mid-paced rolling groove that transitions back to the full-throttle grooving of “Golden Age” and “Dynamite,” well placed as the closing duo to bookend the album on a similar feel to its arrival, almost like the excursion to that sprawling sonic elsewhere was a dream. So be it. “Golden Age” is particularly memorable coming out of “Summer Time,” and when “Dynamite” hits to round out Detroit, its rising surge of feedback and ensuing gallop make a fitting capstone to the record’s leave-those-edges-rough sensibility and offer a last showing of Fiori‘s tube-melting solo work. Killer Boogie leave nothing wanting in bringing their aesthetic to life or in the energy with which they pull off these songs, and Detroit‘s live feel is one of its most useful assets in conveying its stylistic purpose. I don’t know how the band will ultimately balance out with Black Rainbows – they have a new album, Hawkdope, due in March — but even if it’s relegated to side-project status in the end, Killer Boogie brings something of its own to the increasingly established classic heavy rock sound, and between the chemistry of the players throughout and its hints at future psych trips to come, there’s definitely enough to Detroit to warrant future exploration.

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Ufomammut Announce Ecate European Release Tour with Conan

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 27th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

ufomammut (Photo by Andrea Tomas Prato)

Not to take credit where I shouldn’t or anything like that, but last month, I was talking about Ufomammut and Conan being in the US around the same time for Maryland Deathfest and how a tour with the both of them would be the heaviest thing in the universe and blah blah blah. Now here we are just weeks later and Ufomammut is teaming up with Conan for the release tour celebrating the arrival of their new album, Ecate, on Neurot Recordings – and it’s happening in Europe. Don’t get me wrong, it’s cool to be anywhere on a planet where this kind of thing comes together, but it sure would be neat to have that bill on the same continent where I live. Call me crazy.

Sound of Liberation sent word of impending destruction:

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SOUND OF LIBERATION PROUDLY PRESENTS UFOMAMMUT “ECATE” RELEASE TOUR

APRIL 18TH TO 30TH 2015

Few days ago, UFOMAMMUT unveiled details about their upcoming 7th album “ECATE”, which is due out on MARCH 30TH 2015 via Neurot Recordings! Here is their PR company statement, in case you missed it:

“The Italian power trio, known for their almightily heavy capabilities and psychedelic prowess, have as many discernible similarities as they do differences to their formative roots. Never pandering to the easy classification of doom, UFOMAMMUT charge their sludgy output with inimitable energy and wild, wayfaring ambition which is matched by the tightknit musical understanding that flows telepathically between the three members; Poia, Urlo, and Vita.

On their latest album, UFOMAMMUT take a confident step forward with their craft, orchestrating atmospheric processions that take the six songs on the album to places as of yet uncharted, the only guide being that of Ecate (Hecate in English), the three-sided goddess who moves between the realms of the living, the dead, and the gods.

Traditionally associated with matters of the liminal (statues of her can be found at crossroads and city walls, where she would be believed to either bless or curse travellers), she represents the link between the past, the present and the future in a way which resonates true with Ufomammut, and with the name of the band, too.”

Given that, and knowing that you are so looking forward for more information, we are thrilled to present UFOMAMMUT’s “Ecate Release Tour”, from APRIL 18TH to 30TH 2015, highlighted by appearances at both Desertfests!

On many shows, they will be supported by Liverpool’s brain crushers CONAN, for what is going to be incredibly heavy events! Check-out the dates, and be there!

18.04 (Ch) TBA on Feb. 5th
19.04 (Fr) Paris, Glazart (+ CONAN)
20.04 TBC
21.04 (D) Bielefeld, Forum (+ CONAN)
22.04 (D) Wiesbaden, Schlachthof (+ CONAN)
23.04 (D) Munich, Feierwerk (+ CONAN)
24.04 (D) Berlin, Desertfest (+ CONAN)
25.04 (Be) Brussels, AB (+ CONAN)
26.04 (Uk) London, Desertfest (+ CONAN)
28.04 (D) Siegen, Vortex (+ CONAN)
29.04 (D) Stuttgart, Kellerclub
30.04 TBC

Watch also below the first two in a series of video trailers for the album, which we shall be revealing over the course of the next few weeks. These short videos offer a chance to explore the story behind the recording of the album and the roots of their sound, re-affirming the band’s DIY approach to everything they do.

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Black Rainbows to Release Hawkdope on March 14

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 14th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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With a name like Hawkdope, it’s gotta be stoned. The forthcoming fourth full-length from Italian three-piece Black Rainbows is set to be released on March 14 through Heavy Psych Sounds. As the follow-up to 2012’s Supermothafuzzalicious!! (review here), the more varied Holy Moon EP (discussed here), and 2014’s four-way split with Naam, White Hills and The Flying Eyes (review here), it finds the trio in an interesting moment in their progression.

On Holy MoonBlack Rainbows delved further than ever before into the sphere of heavy psychedelia — guitarist/vocalist Gabriele Fiori chose the name of his label wisely when he chose Heavy Psych Sounds – and as Fiori is also issuing the debut from his side-project Killer Boogie this month, I’m intrigued to hear if Black Rainbows is pushed more into space rock, as the “Hawk” portion of the new album’s title might lead one to believe, or if they dip back to the more straightforward fuzz of their 2008 debut, Twilight in the Desert, and its 2010 follow-up, Carmina Diablo.

Guess I’ll let you know when I hear it. Actually, I’d be most surprised if Black Rainbows settled for one side or another, as their ambition all along seems to have been to meld heavy rock, space and psych into something raucous of their own making. Their album announcement follows:

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Heavy Psych Sounds Records presents ***BLACK RAINBOWS***

New album Hawkdope is a perfect mix of MONSTER MAGNET – HAWKWIND – FU MANCHU; a psychedelic, lysergic storm of heavy space-rock containing nine brand new tracks. Artwork by Solomacello

Out 14th March 2015 worldwide for Heavy Psych Sounds Records. Distribuited by Cargo Germany/Goodfellas/Clear Spot/All That’s Heavy and many more…

Released in Golden/LTD Violet/Ultra LTD Yellow Splatter Multicolour Vinyl/Cd/Digital

The band will hit the road in Europe from 18th to 29th March and again from 28th April to to 6th May, followed by a mini UK tour at the beginning of June.

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Black Rainbows, Live at Desertfest London 2014

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Ufomammut’s Ecate Due March 31 on Neurot

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 13th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

More details are emerging about Ufomammut‘s recently completed seventh album. Like the title! The record is called Ecate. It has six tracks and will be released by Neurot in Europe March 30 (Germany gets it three days sooner) and March 31 in the US. The PR wire brings intrigue along with a trailer that goes behind the scenes with the band in making the album in a similar style to the documentary that was included as part of their XV 15th anniversary release (review here). Particularly the phrase “orchestrating atmospheric processions” stands out as I listen to the drone backing the overdubbed words in the trailer clip.

Could it be Ufomammut have made a turn further toward the droned out? Would make sense for them since they’ve only gotten more atmospheric over the years. I’m looking forward to finding out, and until then, here’s details and tracks off the PR wire. Stay tuned, because I think the cover art probably comes next:

ufomammut (photo by Andrea Tomas Prato)

UFOMAMMUT Reveals Details Of Seventh Album, Ecate, Due In March Via Neurot Recordings; First Audio/Video Trailer Released

Ecate is the title worthy of deities and of UFOMAMMUT’s seventh studio full-length, which has been confirmed for North American release late this March worldwide via Neurot Recordings.

The Italian power trio, known for their incredibly heavy capabilities and psychedelic prowess, has as many discernible similarities as they do differences to their formative roots. Defying classification of simply a “doom act,” UFOMAMMUT charges their sludgy output with inimitable energy and wayfaring ambition through a tight knit musical understanding which flows telepathically between members, Poia, Urlo, and Vita.

On their latest album, UFOMAMMUT takes a confident step forward with their craft, orchestrating atmospheric processions that take the six songs on the album to places as-of-yet uncharted, the only guide being that of Ecate (Hecate in English), the three-sided goddess who moves between the realms of the living, the dead, and the gods. Traditionally associated with matters of the liminal, as statues of her can be found at crossroads and city walls, where she would be believed to either bless or curse travelers, she represents the link between the past, the present and the future in a way which resonates true with UFOMAMMUT, and with the name of the band, too.

Ecate will see release in Germany on March 27th, in Europe on March 30th and in the US on March 31st. The first in a series of video trailers for the album, which will be continually released over the coming weeks, has today been revealed. These short videos offer a chance to explore the story behind the recording of the album and the roots of their sound, re-affirming the band’s DIY approach to everything they do. View the first installment RIGHT HERE.

Ecate Track Listing:
1. Somnium
2. Plouton
3. Chaosecret
4. Temple
5. Revelation
6. Daemon

UFOMAMMUT Tour Dates:
4/23/2015 Desert Fest – Berlin, DE
4/25/2015 Desert Fest – London, UK
5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

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Ufomammut, Recording Ecate

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