Black Rainbows Finish Recording New Album; Announce Bassist Departure; Repress Pandaemonium

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 14th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Much ado in the ever-whirling universe of Roman heavy spacers Black Rainbows, who’ve not only issued new pressings of their 2018 LP, Pandaemonium (review here), but have announced that their next album is already in the can. Doneski. I don’t know about you, but I anxiously await the news of a release coming through Heavy Psych Sounds any minute now, since as we all know, Black Rainbows aren’t ones to waste time. To that end, they’re currently booked to play three editions of the Heavy Psych Sounds Fest in March in Antwerp, Belgium, London, UK and Deventer, the Netherlands, as well as a couple other odds and ends this Spring.

Only snag there is they’ll need a new bassist to do it, as they’ve put out word that Giuseppe Guglielmino is no longer with the band. They’ve got an email listed where one might apply for the position, and though they’ve been through a couple low-end specialists at this point, that still seems like a pretty primo opportunity for any four-stringer out there who wants to join an awesome touring band with a following. Talk about stepping into a cool situation. Anyway, the email’s below, and if you play bass and were thinking about moving to Rome — aren’t we all? — then you might want to drop a line.

Words in blue from thee social medias:

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We’re very sorry to announce that Peppe, our bassplayer is no longer a member of Black Rainbows:

Unfortunately our life and band plans were not matching anymore.

We really thanks Peppe for everything done so far and happy we shared this path together until now:

Anyway, we care about to say that he recorded the new album, which we are so proud to present really soon!

In the meantime we are looking for a new bass player in our area, if you think you can fit in the band …write at infoblackrainbows@gmail.com

Today we want to celebrate the repress of the BLACK RAINBOWS last album PANDAEMONIUM with 2 new different covers and coloured vinyls !!!

GRAB YOUR COPY HERE:
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“Well after one and half year, we just realized that our dear last album Pandaemonium was sold out!! We went to pick copies for the tour and some single orders and we realized copies were finished! We are so excited to repress it and it will be an amazing repress cause of two new different covers and vinyl editions. We want to thanks all the people who supported us buying the album so fa.r”

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Ufomammut Announce Indefinite Hiatus

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 13th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Ufomammut have gone on hiatus, and the question I keep coming back to is whether or not the band had run their course. For those unaware — who likely aren’t reading this anyway because if you don’t know the band you’re probably not interested in their breaking up, but stay with me — the Italian three-piece of bassist/keyboardist/vocalist Urlo, guitarist/keyboardist Poia and drummer Vita formed in 1999 and would go on to serve as progenitors of a movement one can now refer to as cosmic doom largely because of the work they did in shaping it. Their blend of psychedelia and crushing rhythm and tone remains largely unmatched in the known universe, and if you think their innovation ends with “they play doom with keyboards,” I wholeheartedly invite you to partake of 2010’s Eve (review here, also discussed here) and eat your words. And just in case you click either of those links, I’ll prepare you: there are few records I’ve lauded as voraciously on this site, and I stand by every word of that hyperbole.

The band say in their statement that they’re not done, despite Vita leaving, but that they’re stepping back after this 20-year run to reassess and regroup, figuratively and literally. Best wishes to them for that, of course, but going back to the initial question, I can’t quite wrap my head around the idea that they had nothing more to say. I’ll say outright that nothing they’ve done since has hit me in the same impact as Eve — whether it was 2017’s 8 (review here), 2015’s Ecate (review here) or 2012’s two-parter, Oro: Opus Primum (review here) and Oro: Opus Alter (review here) — but honestly, few records have by anyone else either. But Ufomammut have never stopped moving forward creatively, and even the manner in which they marked their 20th anniversary, with the XX EP (review here) and box set, found them bringing new ideas to their past work, reinventing it in an even more atmospheric context.

And that’s what makes me say no to the above question and, in particular, what makes me interested in where Ufomammut might go when this hiatus ends, which, again, they say it will, despite its “indefinite” nature. The fact that they’ve never done anything but build on their past. I’m not blind to the fact that this will be the first lineup change involving what was the core trio of the band for two decades, and nor will I minimize Vita‘s contributions to the personality of the group — he can still be heard in Sonic Wolves and Rogue State — but what does a post-hiatus Ufomammut sound like? Where does that scope go? My guess is forward.

The band’s statement follows:

UFOMAMMUT photo by Francesca De Franceschi Manzoni

After twenty years, Ufomammut is pausing for a while, the time has come to turn off amplifiers and let the tubes cool down, to let the silence allow us to rebuild, and then start again.

This decision comes to the end of an intense and difficult period of problems and misunderstandings that none of us has been able to solve and overcome, after which Vita decided to leave the band.

We thank him for sharing with us twenty incredible years of creation, recordings, tours and concerts, of uncompromising music, sacrifices and great satisfactions.

Started in February 1999, it’s been a journey in which we have been lucky enough to create our music and to tour all around the world to play it, as well as the honor of sharing the stage with our favorite bands.

It’s been an opportunity that made us understand that this band is not only the three guys on stage, but also YOU.

YOU made us live through emotions which we would have not experienced otherwise.

YOU, that have shared with us the sound and the power of this religion without boundaries and ideology, that is music.

YOU, that all are, simply, Ufomammut.

Thank You.

And see you soon.

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Ufomammut, 8 (2017)

Ufomammut, Eve (2010)

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Doomraiser Premiere “Chimera” Video; The Dark Side of Old Europa out Jan. 24

Posted in Bootleg Theater on December 12th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Not to give too much away, but the final resolve of The Dark Side of Old Europa — the fifth full-length from Roman five-piece Doomraiser out Jan. 24 on Time to Kill Records — comes amid thudding drums and plodding riffs as “Loathsome Explorer Interpolation” ends on vocalist Nicola Rossi‘s repeated line, “We are all doomed.” That would very much seem to be the underlying — and often not-at-all-underlying — message of The Dark Side of Old Europa‘s plunge through Europe’s dark, violent and plague-addled history, which Doomraiser lead while also taking on the history of doom metal itself, from (of course) Black Sabbath on the intro “Passage” to shades of Celtic Frost that show themselves in the title-track and the later “Häxan” and the closer, theremin-laced dark psych on “Tauroctony (The Secret Cult of Mithras),” elements of Cathedral on “Chimera” and elsewhere, Trouble throughout, and Scott Reagers-era Saint Vitus most especially on the nine-and-a-half-minute highlight “Terminal Dusk” and also the aforementioned finale. Following the intro, “Chimera” opens the The Dark Side of Old Europa like a gateway to the abyss, with a swinging rhythm from bassist Andrea Caminiti and drummer Daniele Amatori, and riffs from Marco Montagna and Giuseppe Nantini to lead the way down into the void.

They talk about themselves as playing “heavy drunken doom” in the bio info, and, okay, fair enough, but if they’ve been downing beers or whatever, they seem to be able to hold their liquor. The songs are coherent in their structure, and offer nuance in drum changes that end up driving doomraiser the dark side of old europarighteousness like the ending lead of “Chimera” or the finish of “Tauroctony (The Secret Cult of Mithras)” to an all the more effective level even as the crunch in “The Dark Side of Old Europa” or the synth-laced instrumental build of the penultimate “Continuum Pt. 1 (Suspended in Darkness)” set a pretty broad range of influence within the sphere of doom. And Doomraiser, rest assured, are doom. They’re practically dooom, they’re so doom. And they know it.

The Dark Side of Old Europa is their first full-length in some five years since 2015’s Reverse (Passagio Inverso), but they’ve been at it steadily since 2003 and very clearly know who they are and what their mission is as a band. Their mission is doom metal, and their songs serve that end. Intoxicated as they may or may not be at any given moment, they remain lucid in that purpose and the eight tracks and 51 minutes of The Dark Side of Old Europa bear that out from front to back on a deceptively engaging linear path that is broader than it first appears. “Passage” and “Chimera,” and even the 6:28 title-track thereafter, are the lead-in salvo for the longer pieces that follow beginning with “Tauroctony (The Secret Cult of Mithras)” (8:30), and the flow of the album is all the more immersive for the crucial setup they provide — evidence of the band’s experience in terms of knowing how to put the listener where they want them to be.

The video premiering below for “Chimera” was directed by Pietro Tamaro and is rife with forest ceremony that according to the band represents human decline. I’m not disposed to argue. Good news for the species seems to be hard to come by these days, but if we’re on our way out, it’s hard to say we didn’t earn what we get. Nonetheless, it’ll probably be 10,000 years at least before the last of us burns, freezes, or plagues our way off the face of the earth, so we might as well doom out in the meantime.

Therefore, please enjoy:

Doomraiser, “Chimera” official video premiere

Doomraiser on “Chimera”

Chimera is a legendary monster from the Greek, Roman and Etruscan mythology, a horrible hybrid with divine origins portrayed with a mixed lion and goat body, and a venomous serpent as tail. The characteristic and surreal shape of the creature, a clear product of fantasy, has become through the years the symbol of illusion, of what is unreal, vain and elusive.

A stratification of meanings and languages that comes directly from an ancient imagery, which probably reflects an attempt of recreating, in the past, the hideous and hybrid forces of nature. Chimera represents a dark concept, based on a bizarre and unsteady basis, caused by its grotesque and shapeless character, and by its “versus nature” aspect, which represents the “non form.”

The song itself speaks of the Chimera as a concept of illusion, the indefinite and the chaotic; it describes the theme of precariousness of human life, as an extremely fragile dimension compared to the vastness of eternity.

The idea of growth and progress in this historical phase are just illusions, Man walks more and more away from Knowledge, has no more awareness, has lost direction, so he tries to exceed Nature itself, but nonetheless everything has its birth and death, beginning and end, Alpha and Omega. Empires have fallen over time, entire populations and cultures are gone forever. The video represents this human decline, the fragility of an ever delicate balance, the materialization of the “fathers of illusions” and “mothers of void.”

“The Dark Side of Old Europa” will be released on January 24th 2020 via Time To Kill Records.

The album was produced by Danilo Silvestri and by the band. Renowned artist Roberto Toderico is responsible for the impressive cover artwork that’s now available along with the album’s tracklist.

“Exploring Europa’s darkest events, we conceived an obscure sound relying on the Doomraiser ‘heavy drunken doom’ trademarks: heavy metal played at a monolithic pace, where fast and slower, gloomy introspective parts often collide. The final result is very ‘live sounding’, every instrument breathes with vicious abandon while building a tight wall of sound. This time around the songs’ length has also been reduced in order to strengthen their impact and intensity”.

Pre-order: https://doomraiser-thedarkside.bandcamp.com/

“The Dark Side of Old Europa” tracklist:

01. Passage
02. Chimera
03. The Dark Side of Old Europa
04. Tauroctony (The Secret Cult of Mithras)
05. Terminal Dusk
06. Haxan
07. Continuum Pt. 1 (Suspended in Darkness)
08. Loathsome Explorer Interpolation

Line-up:
Nicola Rossi – Vocals/Synth
Marco Montagna – Guitars
Giuseppe Nantini – Guitars
Andrea Caminiti – Bass
Daniele Amatori – Drums

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Fvzz Popvli Sign to Retro Vox Records for New Album

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 6th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

As Rome’s Fvzz Popvli round out what was a pretty successful year supporting their 2018 album, Magna Fvzz (review here) — most recently on a Fall tour produced by Heavy Psych Sounds — they’re announcing a new label home for what will be their third full-length. Pootchie Popvli & Co. will take their fuzzly — or is that fvzzly? — ways to Retro Vox Records, based out of Parma, in Italy, after taking a bit of time to catch their breath after touring and what was a pretty whirlwind couple of initial years for the band. I think their records were sleepers compared to some of Heavy Psych Sounds‘ higher profile releases, but they both delivered, the second even more than the first. No matter which outlet has its stamp on there, the third one will be something to look forward to, whenever it will happen along.

Retro Vox — who have worked in the past with countrymen Gorilla Pulp, Caronte, Whiskey Ritual, Da Captain Trips and others — and Pootchie both offered comment on the alliance:

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Fvzz Popvli sign with Retro Vox Records!!!

Pootchie of Fvzz Popvli on the signing:

“After 2 albums, 10 European tours, 50.000km and more than 200 shows in 11 EU countries… We must say STOP! Now it’s time to rest and have a bit of time for ourselves… But the best thing is that a new adventure is coming, we gonna enter in the studio for our 3rd album in the end of January! We are very excited to announce our new label for this release: RETROVOX RECORDS an Italian based Rock’n’roll label, Bye Heavy Psych Sounds, thanks for all you did! More news soon! “

Carlo Izzo, A&R Retro Vox Records on the signing:

“I met Mr. Pootchie at Duna Jam years ago and soon was a blast. We had a lot of fun. Even if the band was under licence with another label I always try to help ’em with booking and with suggestions on production. That’s why I think this is a sort of natural transition.”

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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Fvzz Popvli, Magna Fvzz (2018)

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Suum Post “The Silence of Agony” Video from New Album Cryptomass

Posted in Bootleg Theater on October 23rd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

SUUM

Roman doomers Suum made their debut last year with Buried into the Grave, and they’re getting ready to follow that seven-track outing — which was issued on CD through Endless Winter and tape through Hellas Records — with the new album, Cryptomass. “The Silence of Agony” is the second cut they’ve unveiled from their sophomore long-player, behind the song “Cryptomass” itself, which they made live on Bandcamp back in March. Not much about the full-length is actually known at this point in terms of the timing for the release, what other songs are included, or even who is putting it out, but all of that is reportedly in progress, and if the band are eager to get the material out there, the fact that March was seven months ago already means they’ve been sitting on at least some amount of a finished LP for the last seven months. If you’ve never been in that kind of situation before, take my word for it — you’d be eager too.

In “The Silence of Agony” and “Cryptomass” alike, one finds the four-piece dug deep into an atmosphere of classic doom. Echo-laden vocals cry out alongside burly but not chestbeating riffs, and both pieces give a sense of atmosphere that the rest of Cryptomass according to vocalist Mark Wolf — also of Bretus, whose new record, Aion Tetra (review here), came out in August on Ordo MCM — will work to likewise reinforce. Dark, cryptic trad doom with the occasional bit of claws-up screaming and choice heavy roll pushing it along? No pretense? A willful lack of bullshit? I’ll take that almost any day of the week. Happily.

Or, you know, at least as happy as one should be with all the fog-filled cemeteries and whatnot around.

I’ll hope to have more on Cryptomass to come as we get nearer to the release. Wolf‘s comments on the track follow the clip below.

Please enjoy:

Suum, “The Silence of Agony” official video

Mark Wolf on “The Silence of Agony”:

This is the first extract of Cryptomass, our second album. This is an old school doom metal song with occult and Mystic lyrics. Of course all songs are pretty darker and obsessive like this. With the use of the metaphors I describe the horror that surrounds us every day. I have always been interested in the dark side of the things. Is an introspective theme and have been influenced by some things happening in my life during the last year.

With the video we wanted to create a scenario representative of the music we express. We are proud to share with you the first extract of our new album.
Soon the details about “Cryptomass” release.

Suum are:
Mark Wolf – Vocals
Painkiller – Guitars
Jos Grave – Bass
Fed Kemper – Drums

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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.

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Horehound, Weight

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sageness, Akmé

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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.

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Glacier, No Light Ever

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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.

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MNRVA, Black Sky

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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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