Desertfest Belgium 2019 Adds Ty Segall & The Freedom Band, The Obsessed, ASG, Toundra, Yatra, and Sunnata

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 15th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

I know people’s schedules can be weird and sometimes you have to work on a weekend or you have a family thing or whatever it might be, but I don’t really get the day-ticket thing. If you’re going to go to a festival, don’t you want to be there for the entire event if you absolutely can? I mean, if monetarily it’s one day or nothing, that’s one thing, but if you have your choice between one day or three, who would just choose one? Isn’t part of the appeal of the thing that there’s so much going on? Again, if that’s how it has to be and there’s one band you absolutely need to see or something like that, fine, but would you really choose to only see one day of a fest like Desertfest Belgium 2019 if you could see all three?

The autumnal edition of Desertfest has a few new lineup announcements, including the surprise headliner of Ty Segall & the Freedom Band. They’re right. I didn’t see that one coming:

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DFBE19 NEW HEADLINER: TY SEGALL & THE FREEDOM BAND! Day Tickets available 15/05

Guess you didn’t see this one coming! And yet here it is: Ty Segall & The Freedom Band will perform a highly exclusive set of European shows this fall, and we are honoured to host one of these as a headliner at this year’s Desertfest. More details are forthcoming, but Ty’s performance has never been anything less than blistering – and The Freedom Band sees him in his most ambitious setup yet.

A completely different strand of melodic heavy rock will be brought in as ASG hits the stage. The North Carolina riff-rockers certainly need no introduction to our crowd and have become a perennial fan favorite, and with good reason. Coming in from Madrid, Toundra is an experimental instrumental post-rock outfit with a vibe that is entirely in its own plane of existence.

As far as stoner doom legends go, you can’t get much more legendary than Wino. His most beloved outfit The Obsessed has been back with a vengeance since 2016, so it’s high time they make an appearance on our festival! And finally, we present you with two highly original doom bands to complete this batch of names. Yatra offers up a spiritual blend of doom, sludge and blackened vocals, straight from the Maryland forests. Sunnata hails from Poland, working towards a highly acclaimed sound that incorporates psychedelia with grungey harmonies and severe riffing.

DAY TICKETS ARE IMMINENT

If for some reason you don’t want to go the entire length, and would prefer to limit your DF intake to 1 day – we have just the ticket for you!

Or rather: we soon will have. On Wednesday 15/05 at 1pm sharp we will start selling day tickets for this year’s festival. From that point, we will also publish the line-up per day so far on our website. These tickets will be highly limited, so get them while you can!

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Ty Segall & the Freedom Band, Deforming Lobes (2019)

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Conan Announce Secret Show at Saint Vitus Bar This Friday with Yatra and False Gods

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 8th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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I don’t at all think you need me to tell you to go see Conan whenever the opportunity should happen to present itself. With the brand-newly-announced secret show with Yatra and False Gods at the Saint Vitus Bar as an offshoot from their tour with Black Label Society and The Atomic Bitchwax, that’s one more chance to do so. The UK three-piece have made a couple stops at the venerable Brooklyn institution at this point — I saw them there in 2015 (review here) — but it’s a sight to behold and sound to… well, have your ears blown out by. Their volume, in that room. Safe to say you’ll be hitting the water cooler in back by the bar once or twice during the set. Or, you know, just drinking more generally.

Conan continue to support their 2018 album, Existential Void Guardian (review here), and are working toward the release of yet another new record this year, all the while coming back to the States in June around an appearance at Maryland Doom Fest 2019 where, as one would expect, they’ll be headlining. Hard to argue with the logic there, and whenever I hear something about the next Conan LP showing up, I’ll let you know. Unless it’s a secret. I can keep secrets.

Not this one though:

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CONAN – Semi-Secret Show at Saint Vitus Bar

CONAN Live:
May 09 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino #
May 10 Brooklyn NY – Saint Vitus Bar
May 12 Richmond, VA – The National #
May 13 Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live #
May 14 Toronto, ON – Opera House #
May 15 Toronto, ON – Opera House #
May 22 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater #
May 23 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater #
# = w/Black Label Society
* = w/Atomic Bitchwax

June 23 Frederick, MD – Maryland Doom Fest ^
June 26 Boston, MA – Great Scott ^
June 27 Portland, ME – Geno’s ^
June 28 Montreal, QC – Turbo Haus ^
June 30 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class ^
July 01 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups ^
July 02 Indianapolis, IN – Black Circle ^
July 03 Chicago, IL – Reggies ^
July 04 Rock Island, IL – RIBCO
July 05 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
July 06 Rapid City, SD – Haycamp Brewery
July 07 Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
^ = w/Witchkiss

Lineup:
Jon Davis – vocals, guitar (2006-present)
Chris Fielding – bass (2013-present)
Johnny King – drums (2017-present)

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Conan, Live at Saint Vitus Bar, March 4, 2018

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Yatra Announce US Tour; New Album to be Recorded in July

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 2nd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

yatra (Photo by Rock n Roll Socialite)

In case you’re wondering, this is what it looks like when a band decides they’re going for it. All in. Yatra, embarking on one tour, teasing another one to follow this Fall in Europe, and putting out word that they’ll record their second album this summer on a remarkably quick turnaround from their massively well received earlier-2019 debut, Death Ritual (discussed here). That’s a band who are going for it. They’ll hit both coasts on this run, playing New England Stoner and Doom Fest, Monolith on the Mesa, Electric Funeral Fest, and a swath of club shows here there and in between, and with the promise of more to come, it’s easy to think their momentum will continue right up to the next album’s release. You think you’ve been hearing about Yatra a lot in 2019? Well, you have. But don’t expect that to stop anytime soon.

The impressive list of dates came down the PR wire thusly:

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YATRA ANNOUNCE US TOUR

Critically acclaimed doom metal band YATRA are pleased to announce that they will be touring the USA extensively throughout May, June and July.

The band commented “We are very excited to get back on the road for this upcoming US tour. We have some great festivals to play, and will be introducing some new material into our set! When we return in July we will be recording at Developing Nations with Kevin Bernsten for our next album, and doing a full October European tour including Desertfest Antwerp, Into the Void, and Hostsabbat Fest among the dates .”

YATRA US TOUR DATES:
5/02 Worcester, MA – Ralph’s
5/03 Portland, ME – Geno’s
5/04 Pawtuckett, RI – News Cafe
5/05 Jewitt City, CT – Altone’s – New England Stoner/Doom Fest
5/15 Memphis, TN – Growlers
5/16 Austin, TX – Beerland
5/18 Toas, NM – Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership – Monolith on the Mesa Fest
5/19 El Paso, TX – Lovebuzz
6/07 Ocean City, MD – Trader Lee’s
6/08 Milton, DE – Brimming Horn Meadery – Viking Fest
6/09 Brooklyn, NYC – Sunnyvale
6/13 Indianapolis, IN – State Street Pub
6/14 Wichita, KS – Kirby’s
6/15 Denver, CO – Mutuny – Electric Funeral Fest
6/16 Albuquerque, NM – Moonlight
6/18 Tempe, AZ – Yucca Taproom
6/19 San Diego, CA – Tower Bar
6/20 Pasadena, CA – Old Town Pub
6/22 Medford, OR – Bamboo Room
6/23 Portland, OR – High Water Mark
6/24 Tacoma, WA – Airport Tavern
6/25 Seattle, WA – Funhouse
6/26 Spokane, WA – Mootsy’s
6/27 Kalispell, MT – Old School Records
6/28 Great Falls, MT – Back Alley Pub
6/29 Mandan, ND – The Strawberry
6/30 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
7/01 Chicago, IL – Chop Shop
7/02 Canton, OH – Buzzbin
7/03 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place

YATRA:
Dana Helmuth – guitars/vocals
Maria Geisbert – bass
Mike Tull – drums

http://www.facebook.com/yatradoom
https://yatradoom.bandcamp.com
http://www.grimoirerecords.com
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Yatra, Death Ritual (2019)

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Høstsabbat 2019: Yatra Added to Lineup

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

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I like that the latest update from Høstsabbat starts with, “Have you read any heavy music blogs lately?” Shit, I hope not. Save yourself. And your money. Try to make it through some too-old-dude’s run-on sentences about how this or that band riffs? Surely you have better things to do with your time.

Cha cha cha.

They’re right, though. Yatra, for whom the cliche “burst onto the scene” genuinely fits, released their debut album, Death Ritual (discussed here) in January through Grimoire Records and have been all over the place ever since. Some bands take a while to catch on. Some bands don’t. Yatra would seem to have made an immediate impression, and fairly enough so.

They’ve got tour dates already announced for this month, so I guess we’ll be keeping eyes open for a Fall European run to be announced. Always possible they’re just flying over for this show, but somehow I have the feeling they’re going to be in demand in more than just Oslo.

Still, as the first announcement for them on European soil, it’s a special moment. Kudos to the band, and to Høstsabbat 2019 for having its ears to the (under)ground.

Fest announcement follows:

hostsabbat 2019 yatra

HØSTSABBAT 2019 – YATRA (US)

Have you read any heavy music blogs lately? If you have, there’s no chance in the world you’ve missed the presence of the Americans in YATRA. Their brand new album “Death Ritual” has been on everyone’s lips, taking over news feeds completely. Rightfully so.

From the starting sounds, which recalls the soothing sounds of Thebes, by OM, there’s no turning back. YATRA play some kind of old school, almost blackened, stoner doom. It’s terrifying, with a sound nodding to Goatsnake as well as Sleep, but with a much grimmer output.

This is a booking we are very proud of, since we’re certain YATRA will leave marks in our community for years to come.

Please give hand to YATRA, as they visit Norway and Oslo for the first time. Hail!!

MUSIC // YATRA
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YOUTUBE: http://bit.ly/yatraYT

FESTIVAL TICKETS
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SPOTIFY PLAYLIST – HØSTSABBAT 2019
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Yatra, Death Ritual (2019)

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The Obelisk Show on Gimme Radio Recap: Episode 11

Posted in Radio on March 4th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Oh, it was a cold and snowy Sunday night, but the rawk was hawt, and so on. Okay, so maybe I’m not much for the introductions, but I dug this episode. I want to screw with what I’ve kind of made the “format” of this show, and starting out with Kings Destroy, Clamfight and Forming the Void in honor of the show I saw on Saturday at the Saint Vitus Bar was fun. So it’s a little more than just be being like, “Duh, I like this record so here’s this song by this band,” though of course that pretty much applies here as well. I don’t know. Just something a little different. Branch out a bit. Try not to set rules for myself.

Speaking of a lack of rules, this one gets a little weird. Look out for Return to Worm Mountain and Hhoogg in the second hour, and then Volcano leading into longer tracks from Sons of Morpheus and Bees Made Honey in the Vein Tree. That last song from the latter is 17 minutes long, and hell yeah I was going to include it. So good. That record is an unexpected turn from them, but absolutely awesome, so if you know it, all the better, and if not, maybe you’ll dig. Dig dig dig.

New tunes besides from Hexvessel, Snowy Dunes, High Reeper, Yatra and the sadly-defunct Cloud Catcher, and a classic riff-roll from Spirit Caravan round out what I thought was a pretty killer mixtape, so yeah, if you checked it out last night or get to listen to it tomorrow morning, thank you.

Here’s the full playlist:

The Obelisk Show – 03.03.19

Kings Destroy Fantasma Nera Fantasma Nera*
Clamfight Echoes in Stone III
Forming the Void On We Sail Rift
BREAK
Yatra Smoke is Rising Death Ritual*
Hexvessel Wilderness Spirit All Tree*
Snowy Dunes Let’s Save Dreams Let’s Save Dreams*
High Reeper Bring the Dead Higher Reeper*
Cloud Catcher Beneath the Steel The Whip*
BREAK
Spirit Caravan Cosmic Artifact Jug Fulla Sun
Hhoogg Journey to the Dying Place Earthling, Go Home!*
Return to Worm Mountain Song for the Pig Children Return to Worm Mountain*
Smokey Mirror Sword and Scepter Split w/ Love Gang*
Volcano No Evil Know Demon The Island*
BREAK
Sons of Morpheus Slave (Never Ending Version) The Wooden House Session*
Bees Made Honey in the Vein Tree Cinitus Grandmother*

The Obelisk Show on Gimme Radio airs every other Sunday night at 7PM Eastern, with replays the following Tuesday at 9AM. Next show is March 17. Thanks for listening if you do.

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Yatra Announce March Tour Supporting Death Ritual

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 14th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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There’s a good bit of buzz around Marylander trio Yatra on the heels of their Grimoire Records-released debut album, Death Ritual (discussed here), and reasonably so. One doubts very much hitting the road and playing a couple shows at SXSW in Austin will hurt their cause, and my understanding is they’re looking to carry the momentum into the late spring and summer as regards live shows as well. More on that to come, but the underlying point is keep an eye on Yatra. This tour is two weeks, but if their interest is in getting out and they continue to do so, it’s easy to think they’ll grow their audience likewise. I don’t know if we’re talking world-takeover, but a band with a killer first record and a near-immediate desire to play beyond their local confines is a dangerous band indeed.

The PR wire brought show details, and if you haven’t heard it yet — I know you have, because you’re super-hip like that, but just pretend maybe not everyone’s so on their game — you can stream Death Ritual at the bottom of this post.

Have at it:

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YATRA ANNOUNCE US TOUR

YATRA are pleased to announce that they will do a short US tour of the United States in March. All dates will be in support of their recently released album Death Ritual.

The band commented “We are super stoked to take our new album out on the road, and bring the intensity of our live show to the songs on the album. “

Purchase Death Ritual here: https://yatradoom.bandcamp.com/

Yatra US tour dates:

3/8 Columbus, Oh – Bourbon St.
3/9 Indianapolis, In – Healer
3/10 Lawrenece, Ks – Replay Lounge
3/11 Wichita, Ks – Elbow Room
3/12 TX – tbd
3/13 Austin TX – SXSW Kick Butt Cafe
3/14 Austin, Tx – SXSW Spiderhouse Ballroom
3/15 TBA
3/16 NOLA – Santos Bar
3/17 Lafayette, La – Freetown BoomBoom Room
3/18 Memphis, Tn – Hi Tone
3/19 Nashville, Tn – Springwater
3/20 Asheville, NC – Fleetwood’s
3/21 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506

YATRA:
Dana Helmuth – guitars/vocals
Maria Geisbert – bass
Mike Tull – drums

http://www.facebook.com/yatradoom
https://yatradoom.bandcamp.com
http://www.grimoirerecords.com
http://grimoirerecords.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/GrimoireRecords
https://twitter.com/grimoiremetal

Yatra, Death Ritual (2019)

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Grim Reefer Fest 2019 Announces Full Lineup with Ruby the Hatchet, Heavy Temple, Horseburner and More

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 28th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Don’t look now, but here’s another fucking awesome festival to boggle your mind and melt your ears. Grim Reefer Fest 2019 will be held at The Ottobar in Baltimore and feature the likes of Philly heavy psych forerunners Ruby the Hatchet as well as return performances from Heavy Temple and fest-organizers Haze Mage as the event solidifies under the Grim Reefer banner after taking shape earlier this year as Stoned to Death. By any other name, it’s a kickass lineup for the all-dayer-style happening, with HorseburnerMountainwolfBook of WyrmsYatra and Tombtoker filling out the Chesapeake Watershed-minded bill, highlighting  a range of styles from the region and some up and coming as well as more established acts. If you didn’t already have plans for that Saturday, well, you do now.

For a quick side-note: I’ve got a post in the works with an update from Heavy Temple for later this week. Maybe tomorrow, maybe Thursday, depending on how it all comes together. Keep an eye out either way. It’s good news.

Here’s the Grim Reefer announcement, culled from the social medias:

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Grim Reefer Fest 420 / 2019

Saturday, April 20th, 2019 the Ottobar shall be engulfed by a heavy cloud of groove, gloom, and DOOM. Emerging from the fog a smokey specter materializes, the Grim Reefer. His bloodshot gaze beckoning you forth to test your mettle against a tidal wave of earth-shattering, skull shaking, sonic fuzz that flattens the land. Come forth oh warriors of metal, see if you can traverse the Grim Reefers miasma of crushing metal mayhem and celebrate the holy day of smoke.

Featuring

Ruby the Hatchet (PA) Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Psych-doom
Heavy Temple (PA) – Groovy, moody, fuzzy doom
Haze Mage (MD) – Sword and sorcery stoner metal
Horseburner (WVA) – Pure, pounding stoner rock n’ roll
Mountainwolf (MD) – Hard Rock Psychedelia
Book of Wyrms (VA) – Appalachian stoner rock
YATRA (MD) – Heavy, mountainous riffage
Tombtoker (MD) – Risen, undead doom/metal

$20 ADV – Ticket link: http://www.theottobar.com/event/1794968

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Heavy Temple, Live at Muddy Roots Music Festival 2018

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Yatra Premiere “Black Moon”; Debut Album Death Ritual out Jan. 4 on Grimoire Records

Posted in audiObelisk, Whathaveyou on November 13th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

yatra (photo by Alyssa Maloof)

Roll it out. Inspirations from the past of the East Coast’s most essential doom scene echo through the Grimoire Records debut album from Maryland’s Yatra, but Death Ritual isn’t just another band come along to retread The Obsessed riffs or try to fill the void left by Iron Man. Led by guitarist, vocalist and principal songwriter Dana Helmuth (also ex-Blood Raven), Yatra‘s story goes that they adjourned themselves from the daily whatnottery of live, went to a cabin sans indoor plumbing, and banged out the album in a couple months’ time. As the PR wire informs below, even the band’s name ties into the idea of a pilgrimage, so that they’d execute such a meditative self-removal is all the more fitting. You’d almost swear these things were thought out beforehand.

Death Ritual finds Helmuth joined by bassist Maria Geisbert and drummer Mike Tull for eight songs and 44 minutes of doomly rollout, but if you want to hear how the woods affected their sound, the rasp of “Sacred Flower” or the howl in “Four Directions” nods in a pretty clear manner toward black metal, but there’s plenty of burled-out riffing to coincide, as shown not only on “Four Directions,” but in the droning atmosphere of “Snakes in the Temple” and “Mighty Arrows” as well, the latter of which marches Death Ritual to its finish with “Sailing On,” which makes sense as a closer, you know, about death. Having begun with an atmospheric intro to opener “Hour of the Dragon,” the crash and tonal depth make themselves felt early on and become the center around which the revolve. It’s like doom but they poured barbecue sauce on it.

No complaints there. “Black Moon,” which follows, takes a not dissimilar angle, but does so over a more fleshed-out period of time. at 6:43. I have the pleasure of hosting the track, which makes a ceremony of its initial feedback before unfurling some of the more extreme touches amid the tonal heft and nodding groove, the ease with which Yatra tap into different styles deceptive in its raw cohesion.

You can stream “Black Moon” at the bottom of this post. The PR wire was kind enough to send over info on Death Ritual, which is out Jan. 4 on Grimoire Records.

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Grimoire Records presents Death Ritual, the debut full-length album by Maryland-based doom trio YATRA, confirming the album for early January release. The record’s cover art, track listing, and more have been posted.

YATRA is a journey into mountainous sounds, transcending into the deep forests of primeval times. Born from the ashes of the Maryland doom band Blood Raven, the new three-piece emerged in 2017 as frontman Dana Helmuth’s new vehicle to embrace the darkness and doom. Confident in Maria Geisbert and Mike Tull as his new rhythm section, Helmuth’s inspiration was fueled exponentially.

“We had moved back to the country, into a small cottage in the woods, with no plumbing for the first three months we were there,” describes Helmuth. “We had an outhouse and outdoor shower. It was primitive, and it was during that time that I started writing all the material for Death Ritual. The solitude and the darkness of the night put me in a space of prolific writing and I wrote all eight songs in a month. We rehearsed three times a week and immediately started playing live shows regularly in Baltimore and New York City. We were able to channel that same darkness in the writing, also into our live shows, and the positive response was tremendous and really pushed us harder on our journey.”

In fact, “journey” is exactly what YATRA symbolizes. While traveling through Nepal and the Himalayas by motorcycle in 2013, Helmuth learned the native word “yatra” which means journey or pilgrimage, which he later recalled as the namesake of this new doom trio. The band’s eclectic sound combines the harsh, distorted vocal sounds of black metal over slow, heavy doom drones, fuzzed-out sludge riffs, and a tight rhythm section maintained by Maria Geisbert on bass and Mike Tull on drums. YATRA’s sound clearly conveys heavy worship and dedication to tone. Helmuth’s lyrics draw from fantasy and are influenced by the writings of Howard, Lovecraft, Auel, Tolkien, as well as many references to Norse mythology and Pagan ritual. No love or politics. Fans of Electric Wizard, Cough, and Sleep will find plenty to love in Death Ritual.

YATRA’s full-length debut, Death Ritual was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grimoire Records’ Noel Mueller in August of 2018. The artwork features four mixed-media pieces by Aki Pitkänen, layout by Mueller, and the hand-drawn logotype by Dana Helmuth.

Death Ritual will be released on CD and digital download via Grimoire Records, and as a limited-edition vinyl release directly from the band, on January 4th, 2019. Find preorders HERE and watch for audio samples, tour dates, and more to be posted shortly.

Death Ritual Track Listing:
1. Hour Of The Dragon
2. Black Moon
3. Sacred Flower
4. Snakes In The Temple
5. Smoke Is Rising
6. Four Directions
7. Mighty Arrows
8. Sailing On

YATRA:
Dana Helmuth – guitars/vocals
Maria Geisbert – bass
Mike Tull – drums

http://www.facebook.com/yatradoom
https://yatradoom.bandcamp.com
http://www.grimoirerecords.com
http://grimoirerecords.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/GrimoireRecords
https://twitter.com/grimoiremetal

Yatra, “Black Moon” official track premiere

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