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
www.instagram.com/ufomammut
http://www.supernaturalcat.com

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

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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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Review & Full Album Stream: 1782, 1782

Posted in Reviews on May 23rd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

1782 self titled

[Click play above to stream 1782’s self-titled debut in its entirety. Album is out May 24 on Heavy Psych Sounds.]

If you go and look up the year 1782 in Wikipedia, you’ll find a rundown of what are considered the noteworthy events that happened across that 12 months. It’s a lot of war and governmental action, people being born, people dying — basically the stuff you’d expect when you think of who was keeping records in the 18th century. None of it is the story Italian doomers 1782 are telling however. The Roman two-piece of Marco Nieddu (vocals, guitar, bass) and Gabriele Fancellu (drums, backing vocals) are focused on the later witch trials in Europe, in particular the case of Anna Göldi, who indeed was tortured and eventually decapitated by the Swiss state in 1782 as a witch after she allegedly put needles in the milk of the child of the family for whom she was working as a maid. In 2007-2008, the Swiss government acknowledged it as a “miscarriage of justice,” so better late than never, but Göldi is considered the last witch to be executed in Switzerland if not wider Europe and her story — including an affair and child with the head of that household, who was married and had her arrested — is emblematic of the treatment of women at the time.

The two-piece don’t take an outwardly critical stance on the subject matter, but neither are they glorifying chopping ladies’ heads off, which is something of a relief. The eponymous “1782,” which appears as the last original cut of the eight inclusions ahead of closer “Celestial Voices,” a Pink Floyd cover with guest vocals and organ, is instrumental, but in “She Was a Witch” and the slow rolling subsequent track “Black Sunday,” they seem nonetheless to be passing judgment of their own on the reasoning of centuries past; fair enough given the enduring spirit of masculine entitlement to control over a woman’s body and life. More than direct commentary, though, 1782‘s self-titled debut — which runs eight songs and 39 minutes delivered through Heavy Psych Sounds with a guest appearance from label honcho Gabriele Fiori (also of Black Rainbows, Killer Boogie and The Pilgrim) on guitar for the aforementioned “She Was a Witch” — prefers to stake its claim in dense-fog doom and nodder groove.

Nieddu‘s vocals are pushed low and echoing in the spirit of true post-Electric Wizard witch doom, and as a result, the tonality surrounding feels all the more viscerally massive. The recording’s overarching rawness — the album was produced by Alfredo Carboni at RKS Studios in Sardinia — only bolsters the bleak aesthetic and makes moments like the chanting toward the end of “The Spell (Maleficium Vitae)” come across as especially resonant ahead of the wah-bass finish. The album begins, suitably enough, with the ringing bell of “Intro (…To the Church)” and moves quickly into the riff-led “Night of Draculia,” a shorter and quicker leadoff that may or may not tie into the witchy thematic but makes a rousing introduction to the sound of the record more generally, with Fancellu‘s drums thud and crash backing the thick guitar and bass tones and Nieddu‘s vocals left to cut through that swamp of low end. The later, hooky “Oh Mary” is more angular, but still something of a complement in terms of overall approach, with the vocals particularly blown out at the forefront of the mix.

1782

That leaves the trio of “The Spell (Maleficium Vitae),” “She Was a Witch” and “Black Sunday” as the doomed heart of 1782, as well as the point of the switch between sides A and B, but the latter seems to be less of a concern for the band than a linear flow from front to back. As they push deeper into the villainous fuzz and damned melodicism, the sense of plunge is palpable, and their take on doom, well informed by the likes of Saint Vitus and of course Black Sabbath, nonetheless holds a modern edge in its willingness to cast off the trappings of frill in favor of the most straight-ahead-into-the-abyss vibe possible. Small turns here and there like Fiore‘s guitar solo in “She Was a Witch,” or the already-noted chanting in “The Spell (Maleficium Vitae),” or the organ showing up in the second half of “1782” in order to tie it more fluidly to the capping Floyd cover, do much to distinguish individual pieces, but clearly 1782 are thinking in terms of their first offering as a whole experience.

And it is their first offering. They are a new band, formed in Dec. 2018 and hit the studio this past February. Nieddu and Fancellu have worked together previously in the band Raikinas — whose vocalist, Alfredo Carboni, sings on “Celestial Voices” while Nico Sechi adds Hammond beneath — and that prior experience helps stave off some of the formative feel that might otherwise typify an effort from a group so nascent, but there’s little doubt in listening that 1782 are doing the work here of finding their sound and their place in the sphere of doom, discovering what they want to say with their sound and how they want to go about it. There are moments where the album feels disjointed, as in the jump from “Oh Mary” to “1782,” but the band make clear their foundation in these tracks, and as an initial connection, it still proves largely cohesive thanks in part to its conceptual basis and tonal consistency.

It is one to grow on, and listening to the hint at vocal harmony in the second half of “She Was a Witch,” 1782 give hints of their intention to do just that. In the meantime, their debut under the banner of obscure history gives them an immediately distinguishing place from which to grow. They’re neither strictly traditional doom nor cult rock, stoner riffing nor retro-style throwback, but there are of course elements of all of them at play and more besides. Where 1782 might lead them, I’d expect natural progression around what they’re doing here, with a mindset toward craft coming forward in kind with the clear purpose in their overall sound. They may stay this raw and they may not, but it works for them here.

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