L’Ira del Baccano Stream Si Non Sedes Is: Live MMVII Reissue in Full

Posted in audiObelisk on November 9th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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You know how it is. A lot of bands make a show of recording live in the studio in an attempt to capture their natural sound or give their listeners some glimpse of what they sound like on stage. Nothing against it. In making their first full-length, L’Ira del Baccano went one further and just actually made a live album. Si Non Sedes Is: Live MMVII celebrates its 11th anniversary in 2018 with a reissue/remaster via Subsound Records that’s pressed to CD and gatefold 2LP to make it physically available for the first time. And indeed, it’s the Roma-based instrumentalist outfit, as they were 11 years ago, showing off progressive heavy rock textures in a stage setting. I don’t know what methods were used to capture it, how many mics, etc., but especially without vocals, there isn’t much ‘tell’ to give it away as live on stage as opposed to live in the studio — which isn’t to take away from the energy of the four-piece’s delivery, just to note the overarching clarity of the recording — and if it were a bootleg you were finding in a bin at some record show, it would have a little round sticker on the front cover (which would probably be a huge pain in the ass to peel off) grading the sound as A+. And so it is.

Then comprised of guitarists Alessandro “Drughito” Santori (also engineering) and Roberto “Malerba” (also synth, lead, noise), bassist/synthesist Massimo “Miss” Siravo and Alessandro “Fred” Salvi on drums, L’Ira del Baccano impress quickly on the nine-minute opener “Doomdance,” which unfurls with a patience and instrumental chemistry that undercuts the idea of just how new they were at the time. The subsequent “Sussuri di Nascita Celeste/Grateful to Jerry” dips into metal-tone riffing and proggy synth work at the same time, creating an interesting dynamic that will continue to be a theme. Their turns are sharp, theirlira del baccano si non sedes is live mmvii stops precise, and their material fluid. They roll through the early going of “875” and into an effects-topped jam in its midsection smoothly, and move into more straightforward riff-led fare on “Don Bastiano” before rounding out the original album with the 18-minute “Tempus Inane Flago Requiem Spatiumque Furori,” which bookends a sprawling cosmic exploration with crunchier riffing and caps Si Non Sedes Is — caps the set, really — with an apex that stands up to both its own breadth and that of the entire outing before it.

Two bonus tracks follow, one of which builds on “Sussuri di Nascita Celeste/Grateful to Jerry” for another live jam, and one of which is a remix of “Doomdance,” and with those, that pushes the reissue to a comprehensive seven tracks/71 minutes. That’s well into the kind of runtime I’d generally consider unmanageable, and indeed, it’s a good chunk of time, but after 11 years and this being the first physical pressing one can hardly hold wanting to make the most of it against the L’Ira del Baccano, whose work proves immersive and full in its spaces and tones and able to conjure a variety of moods and vibes in a sans-pretense vision of heavy that runs between prog metal, heavy rock and psych without giving itself over entirely to any of them. I’ll admit, I was kind of hoping “Doomdance (Apocalypse ’80 Mix)” would be new wave, and it’s not, but a synthy redux all the same makes it easy enough to get over that.

There must have been a moment at which the members of L’Ira del Baccano were talking about recording their debut album and they made the decision to put out Si Non Sedes Is: Live MVII instead. Obviously they knew they’d recorded the show, but I have no idea if they knew it would be their album at the time or if that decision was made after. That’s a brave choice for a new band to make, essentially putting the rawest form of their work out as their opening statement. Some bands never do a live record because they’d rather not let their audience experience their live sound outside the context of an actual show. L’Ira del Baccano make the right call at that point and have continued to build stylistically on the parameters these songs put forth. In other words, it’s worth digging into the record, both on its own and in context of what the band have gone on to do with their sound. Fortunate then that it’s streaming in full below.

L’Ira del Baccano‘s Si Non Sedes Is: Live MVII is officially released on Nov. 16 through Subsound Records. You’ll find it on the player here, and Santori offers some comment after about the record and this release in particular.

Please enjoy:

Alessandro “Drughito” Santori on Si Non Sedes Is: Live MMVII:

I am very glad to see finally a proper release for the recording that signed for us a new “birth” as band back in 2007. Si non Sedes iS was recorded during the first two concerts in three years for LOOSIN’ o ‘ FREQUENCIES, a name we had since 1996, and those were also the very first “officially instrumental” gigs for us. We actually decided to change the name of the band to L’IRA DEL BACCANO only after the mix was ready and some friends suggested to open a page on MySpace. We are still very proud of these recordings and we definitely have to say thank you to some people we “met” on the web back in those days, people who showed interest for our vision and musical path; all things that gave us the confidence to proceed on our journey as musicians.

L’IRA DEL BACCANO & SUBSOUND RECORDS presents the FIRST TIME EVER official release in Double Gatefold Vinyl and DIgipak of the band instrumental first album from 2007 ” SI NON SEDES IS…LIVE MMVII(originally and until today only available in digital download)

After the last two critically acclaimed studio albums : “TERRA 42 (2014)” & ” PARADOX HOURGLASS (2017)” The Doomdelic Instrumental Space Rockers L’IRA DEL BACCANO decided that was time for their very first instrumental effort to have a physical release after 11 years. All these 2018 versions had Spectral & Balance correction by Pisi Mastering Studio.

Lineup:
Alessandro “Drughito” Santori – Guitars, Sound Eng., Structures, Themes, Production
Roberto “Malerba” – All FX Guitars. Leads, Noises, Synths
Alessandro “Fred” Salvi – Drums
Massimo “Miss” Siravo – Bass, Synth

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L’Ira del Baccano Announce Si Non Sedes Is: Live MMVII Reissue out Nov. 16

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 2nd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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For those disinclined toward Roman numerals, MMVII is 2007. For those disinclined toward Latin, the title Si Non Sedes Is is something about ‘if you’re not sitting’ or something like that. Put the two together and you get Si Non Sedes Is: Live MMVII, the until-now digital-only debut from Rome-based heavy rockers L’Ira del Baccano, which is set for release as a CD and 2LP this November through Subsound Records. The trip back to their origins follows the four-piece’s 2017 album, Paradox Hourglass (review here), which came out on the same label, and can be streamed in its instrumentalist entirety at the bottom of this post. There are bonus tracks with the LP editions however, including an “’80s mix” of the song “Doomdance Apocalypse,” the delightful weirdness of which previously featured on a 2010 split with the awesomely-named Watermelon Time.

L’Ira del Baccano have some live dates booked in order to promote the reissue. All info was posted as follows:

lira del baccano si non sedes is live mmvii

L’IRA DEL BACCANO & Subsound Records are proud to announce the first time release of the band instrumental first album from 2007:” SI NON SEDES IS…LIVE MMVII” (until today only available in digital download)

*****PRE SALES STARTS : OCTOBER 5th *****
*****OFFICIAL RELEASE : NOVEMBER 16th *****

-Available in : DIGIPAK / DOUBLE GATEFOLD “Black” / DOUBLE GATEFOLD “Special” coloured VINYL / DIGITAL
( Both Vinyl versions will have 2 Bonus Tracks for a total of +16:38 minutes!!!)

-The album was recorded live in concert when the band’s name was still LOOSIN’o’FREQUENCIES (formed in 1996,with a mcd produced by the Guru of Doom Paul Chain) and marked the official change of the band in “instrumental”. The Italians then decided to change name after the mix was ready and right before opening their “MySpace” page. During 2008 the album started to circulate in the underground with enthusiastic reviews.

-Tracklist ( tracks 6 & 7 are VINYL ONLY Bonus ):
01 Doomdance -09:21
02 Sussurri Di Nascita Celeste/Grateful to Jerry -8:29
03 875 -10:51
04 Don Bastiano -7:42
05 Tempus Inane Flago Requiem Spatiumque Furori -18:32
06 Live Jam on “Sussurri Theme* 7.55 (INEDIT VINYL ONLY bonus track) -7:55
07 Doomdance Apocalypse ’80 mix (VINYL ONLY bonus track;from ” Split 2010 ” digital ep) -8:43

Artwork by Fabio Listranii
Produced & Mixed by Alessandro Drughito Santori

SI NON SEDES…TOUR 2018 :
-07 Nov IT TBA
-08 Nov WÜRZBURG – IMMERHIN
-09 Nov MAGDEBURG – TONNE27
-10 Nov BERLIN – ZUKUNFTt AM OSTKREUZ ( w/ Samsara Blues Experiment)
-11 Nov OSNABRUCK – DIRTY+DANCING
-12 Nov HAMBURG – HAFENKLANG (w/ Samsara Blues Experiment)
-13 Nov WEIMAR – C-KELLER
-14 Nov NUREMBERG – Z-BAU
-15 Nov STRASBOURG – L’ELASTIC BAR (w/ Bull Terrier)
-16 Nov FREIBURG – WHITE RABBIT
-17 Nov SALZBURG – ROCKHOUSE

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Fvzz Popvli European Tour Starts Oct. 4

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

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

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

The PR wire has it accordingly:

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FVZZ POPVLI – MAGNA FVZZ EUROPEAN TOUR part I

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

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

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

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

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

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Review & Track Premiere: Fvzz Popvli, Magna Fvzz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fvzz Popvli New Album Magna Fvzz Preorders Start Aug. 2

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 30th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Pootchie Pucci and company from Italian heavy trio Fvzz Popvli are back this Fall with a new record following-up their Heavy Psych Sounds debut, Fvzz Dei, which came out last year. Keeping on theme, the new collection is titled Magna Fvzz, and it boasts seven tracks that, if the debut was any indicator, will live up to the idea of tone worship that the title hints toward. As you can see above, the three-piece hit the legendary Duna Jam — and by legendary in this instance I mean “does it even really exist?” — this year and, as everyone seems to do in the resultant photos, played to a gorgeous Sardinian sunset. Fucking awesome. The release date for Magna Fvzz is Oct. 5, which is as good a time as any, and preorders start Aug. 2. One imagines we’ll get some advance audio around then as well, so right on.

The PR wire issues preliminary details and the cover art as follows:

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Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking is proud to unveil details and artwork of FVZZ POPVLI’s new album MAGNA FVZZ!

One year after their rough, lo-fi and rude debut album “Fvzz Dei”, Rome-based FVZZ POPVLI have unveiled first details about their second and hotly anticipated album titled “Magna Fvzz“, in Latin the Great Fuzz, set to be released October 5th 2018 with Heavy Psych Sounds!

Their new album features 7 killer tracks between the 60’s and 70’s psychedelic rock to the 90’s Heavy Psych, the record sounds so bright and clear with a typical warm rock’n’roll sound and obviously tons and tons of fuzz! The last homonym track is featuring Bazu on the Synths, from mighty acid rockers Giöbia. Highly recommended for fans of The Stooges, Black Sabbath and Hawkwind!

“Magna Fvzz” will be available as:

10 ULTRA LTD TEST PRESS
75 ULTRA LTD “3 COLOUR SEGMENT” WHITE/BLUE/PURPLE VINYL
350 LTD SPLATTER TRANSPARENT YELLOW BACKGROUND-SPLATTER BLUE/RED/PURPLE VINYL
BLACK VINYL
DIGIPAK / DIGITAL

PRE-ORDERS start on August 2nd 2018 on Heavy Psych Sounds!

The tracklist will read as follows:
1. Let It Die…
2. Napoleon
3. The Deal
4. Get Me
5. Rvmpeltum
6. Cherry Bowl
7. Magnafvzz

Raised in Rome by Pootchie and Datio in A.D. MMXVI, this powertrio offers a direct and rough way to deliver some finest heavy fuzzy riffs! Their sound melt Black Sabbath style heavy riffs with the attitude of the roughest garagepunk bands like The Stooges, adding the psychedelia from the 70’s while creating their very own sound. The band released an EP in May 2017 followed by numerous shows in Italy, Switzerland and Germany. In June 2017 they became part of the Heavy Psych Sounds Records roster (Brant Bjork, Nick Olivieri, Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man, Nebula, Giöbia, Duel, Black Rainbows) in release of their first album “FVZZ DEI” in September 2017. Their debut has brought the band on more than 70 European stages in 8 countries and even got them the rare chance to play the mighty DUNA JAM. In June 2018 the band recorded their 2nd album “MAGNA FVZZ”, which will be released on October 5th 2018 with many European tourdates to follow!

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

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Review & Full Album Premiere: Black Rainbows, Pandaemonium

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on April 3rd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream Black Rainbows’ Pandaemonium in its entirety. Album is out April 6 on Heavy Psych Sounds.]

Largely through sheer force of will, Black Rainbows have become Italy’s foremost purveyors of heavy psychedelic rock. Pandaemonium is the sixth full-length from the Roman trio, and they’ve never sounded more driven or lysergic then they do in its nine-track/45-minute run. Led by guitarist/vocalist Gabriele Fiori, the three-piece run a colorful gamut of high-energy, sopping wet groove, and whether they’re in the maximum-fuzz thrust of “Riding Fast ‘Til the End of Time,” dug into the more threatening lumber of “Grindstone” or languidly making their way through the cosmos on album finale “13th Step of the Pyramid,” they burn and melt classic influences into something of their own; whether it’s culled from Sabbath, Fu Manchu, Nebula, Monster Magnet or Hawkwind, it doesn’t matter. It’s Black Rainbows.

This has, admittedly, been the case on their last couple records. Pandaemonium, which is further marked out by the desert-space-grunge opener “Sunrise” and the megahook that follows in “High to Hell,” was preceded by 2016’s Stellar Prophecy (review here) and 2015’s Hawkdope (review here), and with them, it forms something of a trifecta of the band discovering and subsequently building on their distinct sonic persona. That’s not to slight their 2014 split with NaamWhite Hills and The Flying Eyes (review here), 2013’s Holy Moon EP (discussed here), or 2012’s Supermothafuzzalicious!! (review here) — or, for that matter, 2010’s Carmina Diablo or 2007’s Twilight in the Desert; though the latter was derivative and that seemed to be the point — simply to say that as time has gone on, Black Rainbows have come more into their own sound-wise, and Pandaemonium represents the to-date apex of that process.

Tone, as ever, is essential to what they do, and Fiori‘s is dead-on righteous in “The Sacrifice” but as Fiori and bassist Giuseppe Guglielmino welcome new drummer Filippo Ragazzoni, they seem to lock into an especially potent trio form. The longest tracks on Pandaemonium are the highlights and show this best, “Grindstone” moving fluidly from its initial lumbering to a tripped out spacious midsection, minimalist and topped with samples but tense and building its wash toward a crescendo that (presumably) closes side A and offers one of the record’s most satisfying payoffs. With “Sunrise,” “High to Hell” and “The Sacrifice” before it, Black Rainbows shift deftly between catchy heavy rock songcraft and more expansive fare, eventually ceding the ground to the Wyndorfian strum of tracklisting centerpiece “Supernova and Asteroids,” which though it’s only a little over two minutes long, emphasizes just how important atmospherics have become as part of Black Rainbows‘ overarching methodology.

The wash of effects, near-constant swirl, and echo on Fiori‘s voice are, of course, appreciated, but it’s what Black Rainbows accomplish by varying their tempos, structures nnd overall scope that makes Pandaemonium succeed as it does. With vinyl in mind, it’s side A that shows this best with each song developing its own presence while feeding into the overarching groove of the record as a whole, and as it would in homage to the classic form, side B pushes the limits of the band’s aesthetic (not that “Grindstone” doesn’t in its own way). After “Supernova and Asteroids,” the ultra-fuzzed “Riding Fast ‘Til the End of Time” takes hold with full-throttle forward motion, turning on a dime into the bridge and the chorus from itis decamatry verse, an extended solo section marked out by organ in the second half only adding to the sense of build throughout, the feeling that Black Rainbows have become experts at this kind of sonic gamesmanship.

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Where earlier cuts might’ve gone back to the hook to finish out, “Riding Fast ‘Til the End of Time” keeps going further out until it just kind of ends, leading to the six-and-a-half-minute “I Just Wanna Fire. Seemingly inspired lyrically by a trip to the desert, it plays up the more open, jammier side of Black Rainbows sound, and by the end of its run, the effects swirl and the depth created are not only evocative of the place, but hypnotic in their own right. There’s something of a return to earth with the stoner rock shuffle of “The Abyss,” but even this is given a due drenching in reverb, fuzz and echo. Still, rhythmically, in its janga-janga boogie, the song recalls post-Kyuss early aughts stonerism, and even finds Ragazzoni half-timing the drums to maximize the open feel in the second half. A steady line of organ — almost a drone, for its consistency — threads through the arrangement, making the shorter cut feel even fuller and hold to the sense of space brought to the proceedings by “I Just Wanna Fire” before.

A long solo section and slow ringout — that organ fading in the process — leads to the cry-in-the-vastness line of noise that starts “13th Step of the Pyramid.” There’s a sample that may or may not come from an old episode of In Search Of, and as Fiori‘s vocals enter shortly after the first minute, the immediate association is with Monster Magnet‘s Spine of God-era liquefaction. This is not a detriment, and as they have with influences all along — the best example perhaps being “The Abyss” just before — they take these elements and make them their own. A drawling, patient roll plays out and builds to a head just as they pass the halfway point into larger, more forward riffing, the nod infectious and the impression clear that, hey, this is it: no coming back this time. Fair enough. It’s been a trip and in the end of “13th Step of the Pyramid,” the listener finally finds out where it’s all been leading.

The answer, of course, is “huge jam.” Fiori seems to layer rhythm and lead guitars for an even more packed arrangement, but it’s even more about the vibe the whole band creates in the process. Choice groove, an emergent standout riff, a final build, and residual effects swirl on a fade when they’ve cycled through the last measure. It’s a patient but still energetic finale, and it’s one worthy of the record preceding all the more because of the underlying sense of consciousness and purposefulness behind it. I don’t doubt that Black Rainbows experiment in the studio. Frankly there are too many effects used in these songs for “happy accidents” to never occur. And I don’t doubt that they jam — you can hear the chemistry even in this new lineup. But there’s intention for all of it beyond simple indulgence, and as distant the ground is that Pandaemonium covers, the band is never unsure how they want to get there. One more reason that, six albums deep and more than a decade into their career, it’s time to consider Black Rainbows masters of the form. Their heavy psych wants for nothing in spirit or sound, and their songwriting has never sounded more assured of its reach. As well it should be.

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Days of Darkness II Announces Lineup for Oct. in Baltimore

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 29th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

So I guess playing Psycho Las Vegas worked out for Blue Öyster Cult, huh? As Days of Darkness II, the return autumnal installment from the crew behind the venerable Maryland Deathfest, unfurls its lineup for this October, we see the classic heavy rockers in the top spot — which, hey, is fair enough. A few surprises under them, however. One is thrilled to see logos for BangEarthEarthride and Alcest, but even more fascinating is the inclusion of groups like Front Line Assembly and Die Krupps, and I can’t help but wonder if another one of the headliners still to be announced — because presumably Blue Öyster Cult will close one of the two nights and someone else TBA will close the other — will fit a similar industrial mold, and if that’s one of hte ways in which Days of Darkness will look to expand its identity and stave off the year-after-year redundancies that fests can fall into if they’re not careful.

I know nothing, of course. I’ve never been in touch with the MDF crew, so have zero inside track whatsoever. Just speculating and musing, is all. Just intrigued.

The fest posted the following on social media:

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12 more bands have been confirmed for Days of Darkness II, set to take place on October 27 and 28 at Rams Head Live and Baltimore Soundstage.

Earth
Front Line Assembly
Die Krupps
Controlled Bleeding
Earth Electric
Bang
Lazerpunk
Child Bite
Crazy Bull
Rougemarine
Electropathic
Crud

A third and final round of bands will be announced in the coming weeks! Once again, expect approximately 2 times more bands than last year. Early bird passes sold out a few weeks ago, but all ticket options will go on sale soon. We’ll keep you posted on an exact date and time.

Here is the full list of confirmed bands (in alphabetical order):

Acid Witch
Alcest
Anna von Hausswolff
Bang
Blue Öyster Cult
Child Bite
Controlled Bleeding
Crazy Bull
Crud
Die Krupps
Earth
Earth Electric
Earthride
Electropathic
Front Line Assembly
Lazerpunk
Rome
Rougemarine
Satan’s Satyrs

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Black Rainbows Post “High to Hell” Lyric Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 27th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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As to what it actually means to be high to hell, you’ll have to ask Italian trio Black Rainbows on that one and I’m sure they’d have a good answer for you. Maybe something like, “It’s when you’re really really high,” and if so, fair enough. The song “High to Hell” features second among the nine tracks on the Roma outfit’s sixth album, Padaemonium, which is out next week — because, hello, next week is April — on Heavy Psych Sounds, and offers some of its best fuzz and one of its most memorable hooks. And with lines about living like an astronaut and the end of time, it’s more than solid lyric video fodder. So here we are.

I’m going to have more about Pandaemonium next week — and by that I mean I’ll be streaming it in full with a corresponding album review, on Tuesday if all goes according to plan — so I don’t want to get too deep into what they’re going on any given track, but songs like “High to Hell,” “The Sacrifice,” “Riding Fast Til the End of Time” and so on provide anchors in their hooks that allow guitarist/vocalist Gabriele Fiori the space to reach both out into space and deep into the dirt for earthy fuzz that propels them. Like much of their work over the last several years, it gracefully balances elements and creates something whole and individualized from them, rather than simply pitting one element against another. Hell, I’m reviewing the dam thing in spite of myself.

Alright, gonna stop there. Check back next week for more lavish praise heaped on Black Rainbows and that full stream. In the meantime, enjoy the “High to Hell” lyric video below, followed by more info from the PR wire info.

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Italy’s stoner rock icons BLACK RAINBOWS unveil a fuzz-driven new track off their sixth album “Pandaemonium”, due out April 6th on Heavy Psych Sounds Records.

“High To Hell” is the first excerpt off BLACK RAINBOWS’ new album “Pandaemonium”. The intro riff is a sledgehammer of fuzz and crunch striking the listener from the outset, while Gabriele Fiori’s sharp and hard-hitting vocals echo like a loop that won’t let go of your brain. Everything in this song is addictive. The Italian trio shows us how it’s done, with the fuzziest and fiercest stoner rock anthem you’ll hear this year!

“Pandaemonium” will be released on limited Silver vinyl, Orange Fluo Splatter Multicolor vinyl, as well as CD and digital.

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

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