Quarterly Review: Ufomammut, Horehound, Lingua Ignota, Valborg, Sageness, Glacier, MNRVA, Coroza, Noosed, zhOra

Posted in Reviews on October 4th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Oh hi, I didn’t see you there. Earlier this week — Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and yes, even Wednesday — the alarm went off at 4AM as usual and I got up, got coffee going and a protein bar and sat down to write, starting basically around quarter-after with a quick email check and whatnot. In terms of basic timing, this last morning of the Fall 2019 Quarterly Review is no different. I even have the baby monitor streaming on my phone as I would most mornings, so I can keep an eye on when The Pecan gets up. What’s changed is I’m sitting in a hotel lobby in Oslo, Norway, having just arrived on an overnight flight from Newark. Managed to sleep some on the plane and I’m hopeful adrenaline will pick up the rest of the slack as regards getting through the day. That and caffeine, anyhow.

Although, speaking of, my debit card doesn’t work and I’ll need to sort that out.

First thing’s first, and that’s reviews. Last batch of 10 for the week. We made it. Thanks as always for reading and being a part of this thing. Let’s wrap it up in style, and because I like working on a theme, three Irish bands in a row close out. Hey, I went to Ireland this year.

Quarterly Review #41-50:

Ufomammut, XX

UFOMAMMUT XX

Five years ago, Roman cosmic doom masters Ufomammut took a reflective look back at their career for its 15th anniversary with the documentary/live-performance DVD XV (review here). And since one might define the arc of their tenure as constantly trying to top themselves, for their 20th anniversary, they’ve issued a 12LP boxed set, titled simply XX, that compiles their nine albums to-date and tops them off with the mostly-subdued-style XX itself, which reimagines past cacophonies like “Mars” and “Plouton” in a quieter context. That part of the mega-offering issued through their own Supernatural Cat imprint comprises six songs recorded live and makes highlights out of the hypnotic strum and incantations of “Satan” as well as the rumbling drone of “Lacrimosa,” which takes on new emotional resonance for the shoegazy treatment it receives. I’ve said on multiple occasions throughout the years that Ufomammut are a band to be treasured, and I stand by that 100 percent. The XX box should be perceived by fans as an opportunity to do likewise.

Ufomammut on Thee Facebooks

Supernatural Cat website

 

Horehound, Weight

horehound weight

Less than a year after issuing their second long-player in the form of Holocene (review here) through Blackseed and Doom Stew Records, Pittsburgh atmosludgers Horehound align with DHU Records for the two-song 8″ EP Weight, which brings “Unbind” and “The Heavy,” two new cuts that, while I’m not sure they weren’t recorded at the same time as the last album — that is, they may have been — they nonetheless showcase the emergent melodic breadth and instrumental ambience that is developing in their sound. Even as “Unbind” rolls toward its low-end tempo kick, it does so with marked patience and a willingness to stay slow until just the right moment, which is not something every band cane effectively do. “The Heavy,” meanwhile, builds itself around a Crowbar-style dirge riff before Shy Kennedy‘s verse arrives as a standalone element, all the instruments around her dropping out from behind. That moment alone, frankly, is worth the price of admission, as whether it’s through that extra inch in diameter of the platter itself or through the audio of the tracks in question, Horehound continue to distinguish themselves.

Horehound on Thee Facebooks

DHU Records BigCartel store

 

Lingua Ignota, CALIGULA

LINGUA IGNOTA CALIGULA

I’m not sure I’m qualified to write about Lingua Ignota‘s CALIGULA (on Profound Lore), but I’m not sure anyone else is either. Like a self-harmonizing mega-Jarboe turning existential horror into epic proclamations of “I don’t eat/I don’t sleep” on “DO YOU DOUBT ME TRAITOR?” amid bass throb and terrifying melodic layering before making bedroom black metal sound like the lightweight self-indulgence it’s always been on the subsequent check-out-the-real-shit “BUTCHER OF THE WORLD,” Kristin Hayter‘s work is little short of experimentalist brilliance. She is minimal and yet over-the-top, open in creative terms but unwaveringly dark and rife with melody but severe to the point now and again of true aural abrasion. She weaves a context of her own into “FUCKING DEATHDEALER” as she recalls the lyrics to the aforementioned “BUTCHER OF THE WORLD,” while the outright brutality of “SPITE ALONE HOLDS ME ALOFT” is married to a piano-led meditation that, even without the noise wash from whence it comes, is enough to recast visions of what heavy is and can be in musical terms. I won’t pretend to get all the references like “kyrie eleison” (“lord have mercy”) worked into “IF THE POISON WON’T TAKE YOU MY DOGS WILL” and the violent strains surrounding, but it’s impossible not to realize the power of what you’re hearing when you listen.

Lingua Ignota on Thee Facebooks

Profound Lore Records on Bandcamp

 

Valborg, Zentrum

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With an intensity born out of a history of industrial music and focus on tight rhythms making an impact in even-tighter songwriting, Valborg are neither beholden to death metal nor entirely separate from it, but their style has taken on a life of its own over the course of the last 10 years, and their latest offering, Zentrum (on Prophecy Productions), is the German trio’s most individualized take yet, whether that’s shown in the unbridled melodicism of “Anomalie,” the sludgy riff that drives the barking “Ultragrab” or the seemingly unrelenting snare pops of “Kreuzer” that, even when they finally release that tension, still make it only a temporary reprieve. Valborg‘s sense of control through the epic “Nonnenstern” should not be understated, and though the track is under four minutes long, yes, “epic” very much applies. Suitably enough, they close with “Vakuum” and throw everything at the listener at once before resolving in relatively peaceful atmospherics that could just as easily serve as an introduction to the next round of malice to come, whenever it shows up.

Valborg on Thee Facebooks

Prophecy Productions webstore

 

Sageness, Akmé

sageness akme

Spanish trio Sageness — also written SageNESS — conjure smooth Electric Moon-style soundscapes on their second album, Akmé, and yes, that is a compliment. The record brings forth six tracks of easy-rolling instrumentalist jam-based heavy psychedelia that offer much and take little in return, the richness of the guitar tone from Dawyz and Michi‘s bass given jazzy fluidity by Fran‘s drumming. “Ephemeral” touches most directly on a Colour Haze, as it would almost have to, but even there, the feeling of spaciousness that Sageness present in the recording is a factor that helps them come across as more individual. Earlier, “The Thought” is a little more directly space rock, but opener “Andromeda” seems to be charting the course with its liquefied effects and somehow-even-more-liquefied groove, and if you can’t get down with that, I’ve got nothing for you and neither does the rest of the universe.

Sageness on Thee Facebooks

Spinda Records website

 

Glacier, No Light Ever

glacier no light ever

It’s not exactly true, about their being no light ever on Boston post-metallers Glacier‘s latest full-length, No Light Ever. Sure, it’s plenty dark and heavy and brooding and all that fun stuff, and the riffs get loud and the drums break stuff and all that, but it’s certainly colorful in its way as well, and more than just shades of black on black. Comprised of four tracks cumbersomely titled in keeping with the traditions of the likes of Red Sparowes and the band’s own past work, cuts like “O World! I Remain No Longer Here.” and “The Bugles Blow, Fanned by Hysteria.” stretch themselves out along a scope as massive as the tonality the band emits, and as the wash of “We Glut Our Souls on the Accursed,” — the comma is part of the title there — gives way to feedback and the onset of “And We Are Damned Amid Noble Sound.” the sense of immersion is complete and clear as the priority under which they’re working. It’s about the whole album, or at least the two sides, as a unified work, and about crafting a world through the atmosphere evoked in the material. It works. If they say there’s no light in that world, so be it. It’s whatever they want it to be.

Glacier on Thee Facebooks

Wolves and Vibrancy Records webstore

 

MNRVA, Black Sky

mnrva black sky

Not-entirely-bereft-of-vowels South Carolina heavy trio MNRVA make their debut with the three-song EP Black Sky, a beast of a short release led by the riffs of guitarist Byron Hark on a stretch of ’90s-style crunch and sludge, with bassist/vocalist Kevin Jennings and drummer Gina Ercolini adding to the weight and shove of the proceedings, respectively. “Not the One” has the hook, “No Solution” has the impact and the title-track has both, and though I’m by no means saying the issue of their sound is settled 100 percent and they won’t grow or find their way from this — again, their debut — EP, they do prove to be well in charge of where their songs head in terms of mood and the atmosphere that comes through elements like the blown-out vocals and the rumbling bass beneath the lead guitar in the second half of “Black Sky” itself. Indeed, it’s those harsher aspects that help MNRVA immediately establish their individuality, and the vibe across these 18-plus minutes is that the punishment is only getting started.

MNRVA on Thee Facebooks

MNRVA on Bandcamp

 

Coroza, Chaliceburner

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Just because Irish four-piece Coroza — guitarist/vocalists Ciaran Coghlan and Jack O’Neill, bassist/vocalist Jonny Canning and drummer Ollie Cunningham — might write a song that’s 18 minutes long, that doesn’t mean they forgot to actually make it a song as well. Thus it is that extended cuts like “The Plutonian Drug” (18:24) and closer “Iron from the Sky” (19:30) have plenty of room to flesh out their more progressive aspects amid the other three also-kind-of-extended pieces on Chaliceburner, the group’s ambitious hour-plus/five-track debut full-length. Each song essentially becomes a front-to-back movement on its own, with shifts between singers arranged thoughtfully from one part to the next and hooks along the way to serve as landmarks for those traversing, as in the opening “Chaliceburner” or the gruff winding moments of “Mountain Jaw,” which follows the nine-minute sax-inclusive centerpiece “Scaltheen,” because of course there’s a saxophone in there somewhere. All of this is a recipe for a band biting off more than they can chew stylistically, but Coroza manage pretty well the various twists and turns of their own making, particularly considering it’s their first album.

Coroza on Thee Facebooks

Coroza on Bandcamp

 

Noosed, She of the Woods

noosed she of the woods demo

Encased front and back by witchy samples and creepy vibes, Sept. 2019’s She of the Woods is the second demo in two months to come from Cork, Ireland’s Noosed. And you know it when they get around to the closing seven-minute title-track because it’s just about the only thing other than “Intro” that isn’t raging with grind intensity, but that stuff can be fun too. I don’t know how much witch-grind-doom is out there, but Noosed‘s first, self-titled demo (released in August) had a sludgy edge that seems to have separated out to some degree here into a multifaceted personality. Can one possibly be certain of the direction the band will ultimately take? Shit no. It’s two demos with basically no time differential between them. But if they can effectively bridge the gap between “Fuck Up,” “Wretch” and “She of the Woods,” or even play directly with the contrast, they could be onto something with all this noise and fuckall.

Noosed on Thee Facebooks

Noosed on Bandcamp

 

zhOra, Ruthless Bastards

zhora ruthless bastards

The narrative — blessings and peace upon it — has it such that Irish four-piece zhOra wanted to do something less complicated than was their 2017 album, Ethos, Pathos, Logos (discussed here), so they went ahead and wrote a song that’s five minutes long and purposefully hops between subgenres, going from sludge to doom to a deathcore breakdown, with a snare-pop count-in, to blackened death metal and then back to a lumbering chug to finish out. Okay, zhOra, “Ruthless Bastards” is a an awful lot of metal and an awfully good time, but you missed the mark on “simple” by a considerable margin. If indeed the band had been plotting toward something, say, easier to play or to compose, “Ruthless Bastards” ain’t it. They’ll have to settle for being brutal as fuck instead. Something tells me they’ll survive having made that trade, as much as anything will.

zhOra on Thee Facebooks

zhOra on Bandcamp

 

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Fvzz Popvli Announce Fall European Tour; Playing Heavy Psych Sounds Fest and More

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 26th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

fvzz popvli tour banner

And so the fuzz of the people return to the people. Rome’s Fvzz Popvli are set to head out for a month-long string of dates in support of their 2018 album, Magna Fvzz (review here). They also toured Europe last Fall, right around the time of the album release, and though they’ve only been around a couple of years, have done numerous Euro stints behind their two records. This time around, they’ll play Berlin Swamp Fest in Germany as well as Desert Rock Fest and Heavy Psych Sounds Fest in their hometown after the tour has wrapped, where they’ll join Black Rainbows and Giobia, whose Bazu guests on the 12-minute space rocker title-track of Fvzz Popvli‘s latest outing. Should be a fun family reunion-type event, if you happen to be in Rome to catch it.

All the dates were posted on the social medias thusly:

fvzz popvli tour poster

FVZZ POPVLI – European Tour

Greetings brothers and sisters from the whole psych scene, FVZZ POPVLI will be back in europe for a huge 20 gigs tour presenting MAGNA FVZZ between September and October! This tour will cross seven countries: Italy, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, France and Spain.

The band will also have the honour to take part in three of the best festivals in the scene: Berlin Swamp Fest 2019 w/ DŸSE & Many More, Tabernas Desert Rock Fest Spain w/ Zodiac, Karma To Burn, Rotor, Powder for Pigeons, Avon, Daily Thompson and many more, and in the end Heavy Psych Sounds Fest // Roma w/ Giobia, BLACK RAINBOWS and more! Take a look to the following gigs list!

12.09.2019 – IT – ZEROBRANCO – ALTROQUANDO
13.09.2019 – A – GRAZ – CLUB Q / Stonedepartment
14.09.2019 – A – WIEN – Café Carina / Stoner Rock Night
15.09.2019 – D – NUREMBERG – Projekt 31
17.09.2019 – D – LEIPZIG – Black Label
18.09.2019 – D – HAMBURG – MS Stubnitz
19.09.2019 – D – BERLIN – Berlin Swamp Fest
20.09.2019 – DK – COPENHAGEN – Lygtens Kro
21.09.2019 – NL – HENGELO – INNOCENT
22.09.2019 – B – GAND – Den Drummer
25.09.2019 – F – SOULVACHE – Le Papier Buvard
26.09.2019 – F – RENNES – 17B
27.09.2019 – F – LORIENT – Le Galion
28.09.2019 – F – POITIERS – Le Cluricaume
02.10.2019 – F – TOULOUSE – La Cave à Rock
03.10.2019 – EH – BERRIZ – Topa Taberna
04.10.2019 – ES – MADRID – Trashcan Music Club – TCMC
05.10.2019 – ES – TABERNAS – DESERT ROCK FEST
06.10.2019 – ES – VALENCIA – EL ANTRO
12.10.2019 – IT – ROMA – Heavy Psych Sounds Fest // Roma

Photo: Valentina De Santis
Poster Art: Riccardo Alexander

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

https://www.facebook.com/FvzzPopvli/
fvzzpopvli.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
www.heavypsychsounds.com/

Fvzz Popvli, Magna Fvzz (2018)

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Solar Mantra Sign to Argonauta Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 9th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

It’ll probably be a 2020 release by the time we get there, but Solar Mantra‘s full-length debut — whenever it happens — will be made under the regularly-expanding banner of Argonauta Records. I’ve said on multiple occasions that Argonauta have done well in remembering to support native-Italian heavy even as its reach has expanded well beyond its home country, and Solar Mantra represent yet another side of that, bringing psychedelic turns to swinging groove and capping off with a Roman energy that seems to show up regardless of how fast a given song is actually moving. They made their debut last year with a self-titled EP that you can stream below, and while I don’t know if any of those songs will be re-used on the impending long-player, they’d only be welcome if so, particularly if they managed to keep the same bass tone. That’s pretty tasty.

The PR wire brings the signing announcement from Argonauta:

solar mantra

SOLAR MANTRA inks worldwide deal with Argonauta Records!

Italian fuzz rockers, Solar Mantra, have signed a worldwide record deal with Argonauta Records, the powerhouse label and home for Sludge, Doom, Blackened and Stoner Metal bands such as Mammoth Storm, Ancient Vvisdom, High Fighter, Kal-El, Destroyer of Light and many more.

Solar Mantra was born in Rome in 2017. Since then, their deep fuzzy sound creates a unique and powerful experience, taking their ever-growing fanbase on a special trip into a psychedelic wonderland. Countless live performances lead the band along a desert path across Europe to spread its stoner soul all around, Solar Mantra have shared prestigious stages with acts such as Banquet, The Well, Tuna de Tierra, Fvzz Popvli, Fuzzalicious among many more. With their heavy riffs and an excellent psychedelic mood in their sound, the four-piece caught Argonauta Records’ attention and have proudly inked a worldwide record deal. Says Argonauta owner Gero Lucisano:

“When I hear those typical sonorities made of big fuzzy riffs, it’s just a matter of time before I get overwhelmed by the songs of the band. Undefined latitudes of desert landscapes is what the music of SOLAR MANTRA makes you thinking about. And a touch of psychedelic space imagery gives the final mark to the exciting sound of the band. Listening to their songs is like to see an ancient druid surfing across the planets and we really can’t wait to share with you all their new material!”

Stay tunes for many more details, first album news and tunes to be unveiled soon!

Solar Mantra is:
Lupus Dei – Vocals
Fabio Teragnoli – Bass
Simone Bianchini – Drums
Carlo Loffredo – Guitar

www.facebook.com/SolarMantraStoner
https://solarmantrastoner.bandcamp.com
www.argonautarecords.com
https://www.facebook.com/ArgonautaRecords/
https://www.instagram.com/argonautarecords/

Solar Mantra, Solar Mantra EP (2018)

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Black Rainbows Announce European Touring & Fest Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 28th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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It’s going to be a busy couple months for Black Rainbows. The Italian magnates of heavy psychedelic rock have two recently-announced reissues on deck for July 26 release, and they have a bunch of killer shows booked, including dates with Orange Goblin and Wolfmother and stops at numerous festivals, HRH Doom vs. StonerUp in Smoke, and four dates of the Heavy Psych Sounds Fest among them. That will take them through the end of the year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a new album followed sometime sooner than later in 2020, though I wouldn’t fight with them if they decided to do an American tour either. I think they’re about due, don’t you?

Here’s the (hypothetical, of course) package: Ecstatic VisionDuel and Black Rainbows. I’d say Nebula headline, but Nebula are already touring this Fall, and I’m thinking a 21-date full-US tour in Spring 2020. Just don’t hit New York while I’m at Roadburn and that’ll be great, thanks.

…And booking shows is that easy, right?

Seriously though, Black Rainbows have been around for 12 years and frontman Gabriele Fiori‘s label, Heavy Psych Sounds, has made itself among the most essential outlets going in no small part because of picking up bands like Duel and Ecstatic Vision — also Fatso JetsonYawning Man, Brant Bjork, etc. — so yeah, I think it’s time we got them over. Let them play some fest or other to make a little cash, and set them up with Made in Brooklyn for a bunch of merch, and they’d be good to go. They can get robbed in Chicago, for the complete ‘American Tour’ experience. Shit, while we’re daydreaming, I’ll drive the van and write a book about it. I always wanted to do that anyway.

I’m getting off track. Dates from the PR wire:

black rainbows tour dates

Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking is really stoked to present BLACK RAINBOWS – Heavy Space Psychedelic Tour Dates

Our heavy fuzz riffers BLACK RAINBOWS are presenting a bunch of gigs during the next 6 months !!!

The band will play single gigs but also perform at some of the biggest European festivals such as UP in SMOKE festival at Z7 in Switzerland, Black Bass Festival in France, HRH Doom Vs HRH Stoner in UK and at the HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Fest in Rome, Innsbruck, Berlin and Dresden.

!!! Don’t miss them !!!

– Heavy Space Psychedelic Toud Dates –
06.07.2019 IT Roma-Traffic w/Orange Goblin
07.07.2019 IT Chiusi-Lars Fest w/ Wolfmother
12.07.2019 IT Isernia-Rock in Musica
25.07.2019 IT Parma-Splinter Club
26.07.2019 FR Saint Felix-Panic Fest
27.07.2019 IT Alessandria-Cascina Bellaria
30.08.2019 FR Bordeaux-Black Bass Fest
28.09.2019 UK Sheffield-HRH Doom vs Stoner
03.10.2019 CH Basel-Up in Smoke Fest
04.10.2019 CH Chur-Palazzo Bowling & Beat Club
05.10.2019 IT La Spezia-Shake Club
12.10.2019 IT Rome-Traffic HPS Fest
01.11.2019 AT Innsbruck-PMK HPS Fest
06.12.2019 DE Berlin Dresden-HPS Fest
07.12.2019 DE Berlin Dresden-HPS Fest

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

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

BLACK RAINBOWS is:
Gabriele Fiori – Vocals, Guitars
Giuseppe Guglielmino – Bass, Vocals
Filippo Ragazzoni – Drums

http://www.theblackrainbows.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BLACKRAINBOWSROCK/
http://blackrainbows.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
http://www.heavypsychsounds.com/
https://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/

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Black Rainbows to Reissue Stellar Prophecy and Hawkdope on July 26

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

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Has there been a better album title this decade than Hawkdope (review here). The 2015 outing from then-burgeoning Italian trio Black Rainbows (pictured above circa 2016) was followed on a quick turnaround the next year by Stellar Prophecy (review here), and the two records represent an important stretch for the band in terms both of their profile and their creative development. Reissuing them together with new artwork seems fair enough to me, particularly for those who may have gotten on board with the band since and been unable to purchase them because they’re sold out.

These are recent records, obviously, more than historical reissues, but still relevant, and those who want to chase down extra copies either for the art or just to have another version can do so. I certainly understand the impulse.

Preorders are up now, as the PR wire dutifully informs:

BLACK RAINBOWS to reissue rock record classics Hawkdope and Stellar Prophecy!

Coming July 26th on Heavy Psych Sounds!

Since they formed twelve years ago in Roma, the Italian trio BLACK RAINBOWS have established themselves as one of the most active fuzz-fueled rock acts in Europe. With six albums, a remarkable handful of EPs (including a split record with L.A.’s space rockers Farflung) and countless tours and festival appearances across the continent, blending the drive and swagger of 70’s hard rock with the sun-baked thickness of 90’s stoner rock, BLACK RAINBOWS have managed to create their very own sound imprint. Following their critically acclaimed 2018- effort, Pandaemonium, the band fronted by extraordinary vocalist and guitarist Gabriele Fiori has just announced to re-release two tasty pieces of their fuzzy record cake and back catalogue, with the timeless classics Hawkdope and Stellar Prophecy!

Hawkdope was released in 2015, while Stellar Prophecy followed just a year later. Both so spacey, psyche and blistering, two fuzz rock trips at its best: This is 100% BLACK RAINBOWS!

Says frontman Gabriele Fiori: “We’re so excited to repress Hawkdope and Stellar Prophecy, two really important albums for us, the fact we are repressing it means our audience enjoyed and supported us so much! The new alternative cover artwork look so rad, as well as the new vinyl versions!“

Both records are set to be reissued via powerhouse label Heavy Psych Sounds on July 26th 2019, the pre-sale has just started at THIS LOCATION!

BLACK RANBOWS live:
30.08.19 FR – Black Bass Festival, Braud-Et-Saint-Louis
04.10.19 CH – Chur, Palazzo Bowling & Beat Club

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

http://www.theblackrainbows.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BLACKRAINBOWSROCK/
http://blackrainbows.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
http://www.heavypsychsounds.com/
https://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/

Black Rainbows, Stellar Prophecy (2016)

Black Rainbows, Hawkdope (2015)

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Ufomammut to Release Anniversary Box Set XX on Sept. 9

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 31st, 2019 by JJ Koczan

I was kind of curious whether or not Ufomammut would do anything other than the touring to celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, and apparently they’re kind of doing everything. XX, to be released Sept. 9 through the band’s own Supernatural Cat imprint, compiles their nine albums in one box and has a bonus of re-recorded tracks, and comes with a special book and photos, lyrics, a poster and backpatch other sundry other this-and-thats as detailed below.

You might recall the three-piece cosmic doomers issued the documentary/live-performance DVD XV (review here) when they hit the 15-year mark. I have to wonder what they might do in five years’ time when they pass a quarter-century. They’re setting a pretty high standard here. Re-record Godlike Snake? I don’t even know.

Preorders are up now for the box, and if you want one, get yours in, because these will go and be gone:

UFOMAMMUT photo by Francesca De Franceschi Manzoni

UFOMAMMUT Announces XX Discography Boxset Celebrating Their 20th Anniversary In 2019

Italy’s mind-altering trio UFOMAMMUT marks their 20th Anniversary as a band this year. Having recently returned from their latest European and North American tours, the band has a new surprise for their amazing and loyal fans. On September 9th, Supernatural Cat will release a special anniversary box set, XX.

To be released on both CD and LP, the XX box set will feature nine UFOMAMMUT albums, all individually housed in sleeves with exclusive cover artworks, created specifically for this release. The box sets will include all eight studio albums; Godlike Snake, Snailking, Lucifer Song, Idolum, Eve, Oro, Ecate, and 8. Additionally, the box will include a new release, titled XX. This new recording features six revisited tracks – “Satan,” “Plouton,” “Lacrimosa,” “Infearnatural,” “Mars,” and “Destroyer – which were re-recorded during the band’s recent European tour. These special box sets will also include a 64-page book with original covers, photos, and lyrics to all songs with an additional poster, backpatch, and sticker.

The XX box sets are available for preorder at the new UFOMAMMUT official webstore along with other exclusive new merchandise RIGHT HERE.

UFOMAMMUT has also just announced further European touring for later in the year, surrounded by one-off festival performances this summer, two gigs in Russia this September, with more tour dates to be announced over the months ahead, as the band celebrates their 20th Anniversary with their fans around the planet.

UFOMAMMUT 2019 Live Dates:
5/30/2019 Dunk! Festival – Zottegem, BE
9/11/2019 Aglomerat – Moscow, RU
9/12/2019 MOD – St. Petersburg, RU
9/26/2019 Le Fil – Saint Etienne, FR
9/27/2019 Petit Bain – Paris, FR
9/28/2019 The Garage – London, UK
9/29/2019 Magasin 4 – Brussels, BE
9/30/2019 Melkweg – Amsterdam, NL
10/02/2019 Vega – Copenhagen, DK
10/03/2019 Sticky Fingers – Göteborg, SE
10/04/2019 Høstsabbat – Oslo, NO
10/05/2019 – TBA
10/06/2019 Debaser – Stockholm, SE
10/08/2019 On The Rocks – Helsinki, FI
10/09/2019 Von Krahl – Tallinn, ES
10/10/2019 Melna Piektdiena – Riga, LV
10/11/2019 Narauti – Vilnius, LT
10/12/2019 Hydrozagadka – Warsaw, PL
10/13/2019 Zet Pe Te – Krakow, PL
10/15/2019 Rockhouse – Salzburg, AT
10/16/2019 Mochvara – Zagreb, CR

www.ufomammut.com
https://ufomammut.8merch.com/
www.facebook.com/ufomammutband
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20 Year of Ufomammut trailer

Ufomammut, 8

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Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Rome Set for Oct. 12 with Black Rainbows & More

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 30th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

heavy psych sounds logo

Another day, another Heavy Psych Sounds Fest announced. This time it’s in the label’s hometown of Rome, and Black Rainbows will headline a lineup that also features GiöbiaHigh ReeperCrypt Trip and Fvzz Popvli. The fest is set for Oct. 12, which puts it smack in the middle of a busy season in Europe, but with that lineup, they shouldn’t have any trouble getting heads in the room, whatever else might be going on at the time — it’s Keep it Low in Munich, which is plenty far enough away so that the two aren’t competing. Another good bill and another cool show for Heavy Psych Sounds, which already this year has done or announced fests on the US West Coast (a tour), Germany (Berlin and Dresden), and Austria. Shit is busy and logistically complex.

I’ll be honest, I’m having trouble keeping up with it all, but here’s what I think is the latest:

heavy psych sounds fest rome poster

Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking and Metamorphosis are really proud to announce the HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST – ROME

– Artwork by Branca Studio –

!!! We are so stoked to announce the very first edition of the HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST in ROME !!!

feat.
BLACK RAINBOWS
GIÖBIA
HIGH REEPER
CRYPT TRIP
FVZZ POPVLI

– SATURDAY 12th OCTOBER – TRAFFIC LIVE CLUB –

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 adress 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 Rome with the just-announced special shows taking place this October 12th!

In cooperation with Metamorphosis, the very first HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST in ROME will feature bands like Black Rainbows, GiÖbia, High Reeper, Crypt Trip and Fvzz Popvli !!!

TICKETS PRESALE (active soon)
www.heavypsychsounds.com

official Facebook event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/624855984662136/

https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS
http://www.heavypsychsounds.com
https://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com

Black Rainbows, Pandaemonium (2018)

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Fuzzalicious Post Debut Single “Pockets”

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 29th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

fuzzalicious

Scuzz-tone garage rockers Fuzzalicious have two songs out as of about two weeks ago and it looks like they’ve already been through at least two bassists since getting their start about a year ago. Currently consisting of Giacomo O’Neil and Francesco Panunzi, the duo release the track “Pockets” as a name your-price download accompanied by a cover of The Doors‘ “Hello I Love You” that’s been suitably kicked in the dirt. It’s a vibe-heavy release, but it shows immediately, in true first-7″ fashion, that Fuzzalicious have the distortion on overload and they would seem to like it that way.

I’ve no idea whether these guys are looking for someone else to handle low end, or if they’re going to go with the rawness of just guitar and drums, but lover of low-end that I am, I’m not inclined to argue with the results as they appear here.

The band offers a bit of background — always nice — and of course the tracks are streaming below. Enjoy:

fuzzalicious pockets demo

Fuzzalicious is the brainchild of Rome’s masterminds and inventors of diabolical schemes, Francesco and I also sometimes referred to as io e Giacomo. The sheer level of noise and rawness in the sound is off the level with this one.

Picture this, first you’re walking down the street on a bright sunny day while listening to All Summer Long by The Beach Boys when boom! you suddenly get hit by a wall of disorienting distortion and chaos that send you in a downward spiral all the way to the realization that your life is a shit show and that you’re not in California but in some crappy, beat down and dirty suburb of this god forsaken town. We still love it and we really don’t give a shit anyway. Love

Fuzzalicious is:
Giacomo O’Neil – Vocals/Drums
Francesco Panunzi – Guitar

https://www.facebook.com/Fuzzaliciousband/
https://fuzzalicious.bandcamp.com/

Fuzzalicious, Pockets (2019)

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