Viaje a 800 to Reissue Estampida de Trombones June 5

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 17th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

The simple fact is that Viaje a 800 were years ahead of their time. Years. After their Diablo Roto De… debut in 2001, the band took more than half a decade to deliver a follow-up in Estampida de Trombones, but they made that wait absolutely worth it. Rife with memorable songs that crossed any and all language barriers with their fludity of groove and memorable melodies, it was a record that, if it came out today in the sphere of social media word-of-mouth, would have them headlining tours and digging into slots at one festival after the next. Don’t believe me? Listen to the record. You’ll understand.

Estampida de Trombones is being given a get-it-while-you-can limited vinyl repressing through Spinda Records that’s up for preorder now and officially out June 5. If there’s any justice in the universe, they’ll be long gone by the time June gets here. Make that happen.

Info from the PR wire and the preorder page:

viaje a 800 estampida de trombones vinyl

Viaje a 800 re-edit ‘Estampida de Trmobones’ on vinyl

The stampede returns … YELL!

Exhausted years ago, with skyrocketing prices in the second-hand market and over time become an authentic cult album among the followers of progressive rock, stoner or psychedelic rock, ‘Estampida de trombones’ from Viaje a 800 is re-edited these days through the independent label Spinda Records.

PRE-ORDER NOW AVAILABLE

Released: June 5, 2018
Price: € 20 (pre-order offer)

‘Estampida de Trombones’ 11th Anniversary Numbered-Limited Edition Orange-Translucent 12″ Vinyl, including new artwork and lyrics.

Music & Lyrics by Viaje a 800.
Special guests: Andeas Papandreus (‘Cáncer Bahía’) & Curro Snortil (‘Estampida de Trombones’).
Produced by Viaje a 800 & Spinda Records.
Recorded & Mixed at La Casa del Perro (Algeciras) by Curro Snortil.
Mastering by J.M. Sagrisa at Estudios Punta Paloma (Tarifa).
Photography by Steele-grasza.
Artwork by Artidoto.

Track-list:
SIDE A
1. Los ángeles que hay en mi piel
2. El amor es un perro del infierno
3. Dios astrónomo
4. Ossario
5. Zé
SIDE B
6. Luto
7. Patio Custodio
8. Estampida de trombones
9. Cabezas de tugsteno
10. Cáncer bahía

Vinyl Edition by Spinda Records (5th June 2018)

300 numbered units
Vinyl 12 “Gatefold
Translucent orange vinyl
Includes lyrics
Good trip…

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Viaje a 800, Estampida de Trombones (2007)

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Viaje a 800 to Release Directo Live Album

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 7th, 2014 by JJ Koczan

Criminally underrated Spanish heavy rockers Viaje a 800 have apparently called it quits. Their last album, 2012’s Coñac Oxigenado (review here), was brilliant but largely unnoticed, and they’d had lineup issues for years, so hey, I get it. It’s a bummer, but they put out three killer records in their time, and that’s more than a lot of people get to do. Fair enough. They’ll be missed and maybe at some point we’ll get a reunion down the line. Never say never.

Alone Records will mark their passing with a 2LP live record called Directo to be issued in the coming months. For those like me who never got to see the band live, it’ll be one to look forward to. The label sent the basic announcement along in their July newsletter and I supplemented with info on the last studio outing and a track off it, just because it’s worth a shot for anyone who maybe didn’t catch it initially.

Dig:

Viaje a 800. Directo. 2LP

Finally out a live testimony of one of our most emblematic bands! The spanish legends says goodbye with a live celebration showing the magic that this band had on-stage.

VIAJE A 800 are just a classic of the spanish and andalusian rock. Not as Andalusian rock label, but as a feature of identity. A group respected by critics and audiences, with a journey full of obstacles (3 albums in 12 years of age) and abused by bad luck, which has maintained a close relationship ALONE RECORDS since our label took its first steps as label. Finally, their highly anticipated and announced ‘Cognac Oxigenado’ is now released .

With this album VIAJE 800 closes a stage in which the band suffer changes in their classical line-up that recorded gems like ‘Diablo Roto …’ and ‘Estampida de Trombones’. Now, ‘Cognac Oxigenado’ appears as the end after more than 10 years as a reference within the rock sung in Spanish. On ‘Cognac …’ Andalusian rock is more present than ever, it´s heavier than ever and more progressive than any of its previous recordings. 4 new songs, where ‘Tagarnina Blues’ holds your heart on pure emotion; ‘ Ni Perdón ni Olvido ‘, where heavy Spanish rock meets Melvins, guitar solos with palms which is pure flamenco on ‘Oculi Omnium … ‘ and a particular version of Buffalo’s, ‘What’s Going On’, through the personal Viaje a 800 music filter.

Over 50 minutes of psychedelic rock in Spanish, very own. One of the best national bands of all time. Considered unique and unbeatable on stage.

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Viaje a 800, “Oculi Omnium in te Sperant Domine”

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Viaje a 800, Coñac Oxigenado: All Eyes Wait upon Thee

Posted in Reviews on December 18th, 2012 by JJ Koczan

Half a decade after issuing their excellent sophomore outing in the form of Estampida de Trombones, Andalusian heavy rockers Viaje a 800 emerge a much different band on the follow-up, Coñac Oxigenado. Not necessarily sonically – their sound is still very much defined by an encompassing, moody tonal weight and the lower register vocals of bassist Alberto “Poti” Mota – however, Mota has revamped Viaje a 800’s lineup and shifted the songwriting process, going from a four-piece to a trio and writing some of the longest songs the band had ever put on an album. Where Estampida de Trombones had shorter pieces like “Nicosia” or “Zé,” none of Coñac Oxigenado’s five tracks clocks in at under six minutes, and the album as a whole is a full 51 minutes long. I’d say that the band had a lot on their minds after not issuing a record in five years, but the break between their 2001 Diablo Roto De debut and Estampida de Trombones was six years, and the second album was the shorter of the two. In any case, Viaje a 800 – who release the full-length, as always, via Alone Records – are well suited to the more extended form, and the album is clearly organized to showcase the longer cuts, with the three that run over 10 minutes positioned as the opener, centerpiece and closer. Those are “Oculi Omnium in Te Sperant Domine,” “Eterna Soledad” and “What’s Going On,” respectively, and each of them as well as “Ni Perdón Ni Olvido” and “Tagarnina Blues” between have something different to offer the listener who would take them on. The closer is notable for the departure from the band’s native Spanish to English lyrics, but even so, Viaje a 800 still sound like Viaje a 800 more than they sound like anyone else, and anyone who got into either or both of their other albums will recognize elements still present in their sound, whether it’s the insistent rhythms, vague Monster Magnet influence or choice riffing. Given that Mota is joined by two new players – J. Angel on guitar/backing vocals and Andres on drums – I don’t know and won’t presume to say how much of the songwriting was his to start with, but as Viaje a 800 came into their third with a strong sound developed over two prior outings, that they’d develop the sound rather than depart from it in spite of lineup shifts can only be a good thing. Particularly given how much Coñac Oxigenado rocks.

On either of their past albums, “Oculi Omnium in Te Sperant Domine” might have been more than one song. Viaje a 800 open with a driving riff that soon leads into the hook of a verse – Mota wasting no time in establishing a straightforward push – and soon Angel takes the fore with a couple leads offset by vocals here and there around the central figure carried across on rhythm guitar, bass and drums. Just past three minutes in, however, the pace cuts and flourishes of percussion and a descending stair progression lead the way out to a psychedelic interlude. Mellotron sounds underscore a sparse bluesy guitar before Andres ups the snare punctuation and Mota returns on vocals for a still-slowed verse. In turn, this gives way to a faster bass-introduced section topped with fuzz guitar that veers into flamenco claps and rhythmic intricacy. The guitar eventually comes back alongside Mota’s steady bassline and Andres’ consistent snare march, but Viaje a 800 never quite get back to the initial verse progression, ending instead what started out as a simply structured song with a lengthy instrumental jam. Whether or not it was their intent to catch their audience off guard, I don’t know, but the disorienting effect persists and it feels purposeful. The shorter “Ni Perdón Ni Olvido” starts out more metallic with a guitar like from Angel that feels culled from the playbook of Countdown to Extinction-era Megadeth – of course the context is different – that immediately grounds Coñac Oxigenado’s flow and sets the course for the next seven-plus minutes, most of which is derived from that initial distorted verse line. Angel’s lead work proves a highlight throughout the record, but as “Ni Perdón Ni Olvido” branches out so specifically from the guitar line, it seems especially notable on the second track. As “Eterna Soledad” gets underway with an organic-feeling mandolin groove, he becomes all the more a standout factor in Viaje a 800’s current incarnation.

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audiObelisk: Viaje a 800 Premiere 12-Minute Opening Track from New Album

Posted in audiObelisk on March 27th, 2012 by JJ Koczan

Adventurous Andalusian heavy psych trio Viaje a 800 made their full-length debut with 2001’s Diablo Roto De…, and it would be another six years before their sophomore outing, Estampida de Trombones, came out. The second album was released by Alone Records, who also reissued the first one that same year, and it’s through that same label that the follow-up to Estampida de Trombones, titled Coñac Oxigenado makes its way to the public this spring.

Coñac Oxigenado is widely varied and doesn’t really belong to any single genre, but Viaje a 800 consistently maintain elements of space and heavy rock throughout, even as they veer into atmospheric interludes on Coñac Oxigenado‘s five extended tracks, which become as much about the mood they create as about the riffs or the complex, highly-stylized rhythms.

If the album is anything, though, it’s meticulous. You can hear it when the organ subtly joins in behind the acoustic/percussion interplay of 10-minute centerpiece cut “Eternal Soledad,” or when opener “Oculi Omnium in te Sperant Domine” gives way to an interlude of flamenco-style hand claps. Viaje a 800 leave room for jams, but nothing on Coñac Oxigenado is happening by accident.

You can find out for yourself on the markedly progressive “Oculi Omnium in te Sperant Domine” by streaming it on the player below. Given that it’s not every year that Viaje a 800 get a new record out, I’m thrilled to be able to host the track for you to check out, followed by some info courtesy of Alone Records:

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Viaje a 800 is an Andalusian and Spanish rock classic. Not as “Andalusian rock” label, but as a feature of identity. A band respected by critics and audience, with a journey full of obstacles (three discs in 12 years of age) and abused by bad luck, with which Alone Records has maintained a close relationship since our label took his first steps as record company. Finally, the highly anticipated Coñac Oxigenado album will be released during the second quarter of 2012. With this album, Viaje a 800 closes a stage in which the band undergoes changes in its classical line-p, which delivered rock gems as Diablo Roto De and Estampida de Trombones. Now, Coñac Oxigenado appears as the end after more than 10 years being a reference in the Spanish doom-prog scene in Spanish language. Unique in its kind and unmatched on scene.

If you want to hear more, the band has two other songs from Coñac Oxigenado streaming through the label’s Soundcloud page, where you can also check out tracks from Black Rhino, Adrift and others.

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Viaje a 800 Pusieron una Nueva Canción en MySpace

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 3rd, 2010 by JJ Koczan

If you haven’t heard it yet, and if you’ve got 12 minutes to kill and a hankering for a drum solo complemented by flamenco claps — and you know you do — Spanish trio Viaje a 800 have a new demo track posted over on their MySpace page that’s definitely worth checking out. If you’ve never heard the band before, their last album, 2007’s Estampida de Trombones, was frickin’ great, and I’d recommend that as a starting point for sure.

There’s a lot going on in the new song, which is called “Oculi Ómnium in Te Spérant, Dómine,” from laid back stoner grooves à la Monster Magnet to far out guitar-led psychedelic jamming well suited to their free-form style. I don’t know if “Oculi Ómnium in Te Spérant, Dómine” is set to be included on an upcoming album or what, but it rules, so we can only hope it makes it onto plastic in one form or another. For now, free digital listening isn’t a bad way to go.

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