Days of Rona: Gerardo Arias of Cegvera and Vinnum Sabbathi

Posted in Features on April 13th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

The statistics of COVID-19 change with every news cycle, and with growing numbers, stay-at-home isolation and a near-universal disruption to society on a global scale, it is ever more important to consider the human aspect of this coronavirus. Amid the sad surrealism of living through social distancing, quarantines and bans on gatherings of groups of any size, creative professionals — artists, musicians, promoters, club owners, techs, producers, and more — are seeing an effect like nothing witnessed in the last century, and as humanity as a whole deals with this calamity, some perspective on who, what, where, when and how we’re all getting through is a needed reminder of why we’re doing so in the first place.

Thus, Days of Rona, in some attempt to help document the state of things as they are now, both so help can be asked for and given where needed, and so that when this is over it can be remembered.

Thanks to all who participate. To read all the Days of Rona coverage, click here. — JJ Koczan

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Days of Rona: Gerardo Arias of Cegvera & Vinnum Sabbathi (Chapingo, Mexico)

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Despite playing in the same band Vinnum Sabbathi (Juan, Roman and Sam) and Cegvera (Matt), we are all close friends. Though we cannot even practice as a band, we are always in close contact through social media. That is clearly helping everyone out. There is not much we could do as a band but to promote our recent releases again through social media (VS – Of Dimensions and Theories; CGV – The Sixth Glare). As a musician, I have also been writing new riffs (more laid back than I normally like playing them) and that is because I think that’s what I need right now, to remain positive in the middle of this havoc, ’cause it has already taken few things down. Also I have been working on some papers left from my degree, which I hope to finish and publish before this year.

Both bands already had big summer plans including some festivals as well as a tour of 30+ dates in EU and UK. All of it had to be postponed. In Mexico, Vinnum Sabbathi had scheduled a release party for the 4th of April in Mexico City. That one had to be postponed too. From afar, one might think it is easy task to set up a tour. But I have been working on this with my mate Juan for MONTHS. It ain’t easy. We were all looking forward to it so much, cause that would mean not only playing gigs, but also to visit all the friends that we have made along the way. It is really sad to see all of it vanishing so fast. We know that it will happen, we don’t know yet if later in the year or summer next year, but we know that it will definitely happen and that’s what keeps us up. Eternally grateful to all the people that have supported us during this crisis and full of joy to see that they are enjoying themselves with the music that we have recently released. At the same time, a little bit intrigued to see how the current global situation matches largely with the story that is narrated in both releases TSG and ODAT.

Feel really fortunate to say that everyone’s health is very good so far. Roman (VS) has already been sent home to do work from there, while Sam (VS) is still going to his job as the place where he works for hasn’t closed yet. Juan (VS) is crafting guitar cabs from home (The best guitar and bass cabs around – Tamayo amp). Jumping all the way to UK, Matt (CGV) has been sent back home as the place where he was working has already shut down. I was working in a vet clinic, but had to suspend activities already (the clinic is still working though). Luckily I have the support of my family and right now I am with them during the quarantine.

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Although the situation in Mexico is not as bad as in some other countries, there has been a swift response in terms of isolation rules. For example, all academic activities at all levels have been suspended since the 20th of March till the 20th of April. Also, in drug stores you are not allowed to do bulk shopping. Some people have already been sent back to their homes from their jobs. Some others, not as lucky, have already lost their jobs. Where I live right now (Chapingo, Mexico) there is a truck driving through the streets with a megaphone saying: “Please stay at home, do not expose yourself. Please stay at home.” Feels like if we were living in a dystopian fiction. The truth is that, mostly in developing countries like Mexico, it is nearly impossible for some people to stay at home. Especially people that live from hand-to-mouth. Whenever there is a chance always try to offer them some help or even supplies.

Spoke to Matt (CGV) about the UK rules, and apparently up there they are only allowed to leave home, only for food shopping or pharmacies. Everything is closed and the streets are empty. It was meant to be only for a couple more weeks but probably gonna be a few months like this sadly.

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I think this has already pretty much affected everyone in the scene and outside: Labels, musicians, venues, promoters, graphic artists and even the audience in general. Local shows cancelled, venues shutting down, cancelled or postponed tours and, sadly, I’ve seen people getting annoyed about all these imminent cancellations.

Not everything is gloom though. I’ve seen that artists haven’t surrendered and are striking back with incredible livestream performances. Take as an example Mike Scheidt (Yob), Kadavar or the good pals from Kurokuma. This is really inspiring and I think artists should try and cheer up the scene with ideas like this one, of course if there is the chance and the resource. I really hope we do one with Vinnum in a near future.

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Don’t surrender to panic and/or depression, be patient, keep the spirits up. Everyone has been affected already. Always keep it positive. After I was away for four years from my family and bandmates to finish a degree, I am really close to them again. The only thing for me to do is to chin up, tell them how much I missed them and how happy I am to have them close when all this mess is happening. Keep in touch with your close friends/family. Personally, I always find myself with a giant smile on my face whenever a friend from abroad reaches out.

Support your artists, the best way to do it is buying them music and merch. You think buying a digital record does not make a difference, but trust me it does (BANDCAMP, please Bandcamp – Not Spotify!). At the same time think about the people around you. Today, actually, a guy emailed us asking if he could buy a record through Bandcamp, but kindly asked us to save it for him until the storm calms down, that way we reduce the exposure of the social workers. These ideas will definitely make a great difference. Encourage your favourite artists to do livestreams! A band always cheer up whenever we see people wanting to see us playing music even through a monitor. If you have a lot of spare time then it is the moment for your ears to give a chance to listen to that one local band that you never really wanted to check out. You might be surprised by it!

Protect the ones yourself and the ones you love, follow the sanitary indications. This is not a fake situation. It has been proved scientifically that the virus is not lab-made or genetically manipulated (type and search in your browser ‘Andersen 2020 nature medicine’ if you want to know more about it). Try to keep it as local as you can, specially providing support to small shops and producers in your area. And again, please don’t panic. ALWAYS verify the source of information! We are a society that is incredibly vulnerable to mediatic manipulation, specially with all this flood of fake news around us. Always double-check where the information is coming from.

CHIN UP, KEEP THE SPIRITS UP!

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The Obelisk Show on Gimme Radio Playlist: Episode 29

Posted in Radio on March 6th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Either way, thanks if you can listen. Sorry to be a bother if you can’t. If you want to look at this is as a list of bands I think you should check out, then fine. I ain’t trying to sell anyone anything, but of course appreciate your support.

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Esbjerg Fuzztival 2020 Brings Cegvera to Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 18th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

The two-piece  Looking for My Why Am I In College Essay? We at My Assignment Help Singapore provide best Assignment help for students at low price. Assignment Help Singapore Cegvera, with members based in Mexico and the UK, recently announced the release of The Sixth Glare, their new full-length, as well as tour plans. The band will join Vinnum Sabbathi — with whom they share guitarist Gerardo Arias — in the lineup for Esbjerg Fuzztival 2020 in Denmark this May. Does this mean they’re touring together? Wouldn’t be the first time, but of course nothing’s definite at this point from what I’ve seen and not seen.

With the album announcement — part of which you can see below, talking about the record’s environmental theme — Cegvera also unveiled “Red Swarm Beyond,” a new single that showcases some of the atmosphere and severity of impact throughout the offering as a whole. You can stream that at the bottom of the post here and I’ll hope to have more to come on it before it’s out.

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Proud to announce the British/Mexican duo Cegvera will grace Fuzztival ’20 with their presence!

Some might recognise one member of Vinnum Sabbathi in this post-doom outfit and remember the split album they made together. Cegvera have a new album out in March, and we can’t wait to doom on with these legends!

Following on from their now sold out split release with Vinnum Sabbathi ‘The Good Earth Is Dying’ in 2018, Cegvera have become a two piece – Gerardo Arias (guitar) and Matt Neicho (drums). The bass duties have been taken on by Gerardo splitting the guitar between guitar and bass amps. A sound that needs to be seen to be believed. ‘The Sixth Glare’ represents the first full-length album that Cegvera has to offer as a duo. Recorded and mixed by Joe Clayton at No Studios (Manchester, UK) and mastered by KB at Testa studio (León, Gto. México).

‘The Sixth Glare’ is a reference to the environmental crisis that we are living through today and the anthropogenic extinction events that are referred by world-renowned scientists as ‘the Sixth Mass Extinction’.

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Cegvera Announce The Sixth Glare out March 6; New Video Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 30th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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It actually hasn’t been that long since I listened to one track off a forthcoming record from a band whose last work I dug a lot and immediately had to chase down the rest of the album because the tones hit me so hard. But if you discount that other instance, like on Tuesday, it’s been a good long while. Bristol, UK-based now-duo Cegvera bring expert-level thickness to the proceedings on their upcoming long-player, The Sixth Glare, and the video streaming below for “Red Swarm Beyond” is exactly what got me hooked, as it happens. I guess as far as the idea of a ‘teaser’ goes, whether it’s a whole track (as this is) or not, that’s basically the ideal.

Cegvera‘s last outing was 2019’s Live at Palíndromo (review here) on which some of this material also appeared. All the more reason to hit their Bandcamp.

The PR wire takes it from there:

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Cegvera ‘The Sixth Glare’ (Stolen Body)

Dark psychedelia, mesmerising doomy soundscapes, obscured and enlightening riffs are just few components of what to expect from Cegvera’s new record ‘The Sixth Glare’. The album will be released on March 6th by Stolen Body Records (LP/CD/DL) and LSDR (CD).

Following on from their now sold out split release with Vinnum Sabbathi ‘The Good Earth Is Dying’ in 2018, Cegvera have become a two piece – Gerardo Arias (guitar) and Matt Neicho (drums). The bass duties have been taken on by Gerardo splitting the guitar between guitar and bass amps. A sound that needs to be seen to be believed. ‘The Sixth Glare’ represents the first full-length album that Cegvera has to offer as a duo. Recorded and mixed by Joe Clayton at No Studios (Manchester, UK) and mastered by KB at Testa studio (León, Gto. México).

‘The Sixth Glare’ is a reference to the environmental crisis that we are living through today and the anthropogenic extinction events that are referred by world-renowned scientists as ‘the Sixth Mass Extinction’.

The Sixth Glare stands as a conversation that needs to take place. The world is in danger of killing itself. You will find this subject embodied from the smallest scratch of the artwork (Hellbound Graphics, México) to the last second of the final track. The scene is actually set as precursor to Vinnum Sabbathi’s upcoming album ‘Of Dimensions and Theories’ (also to be released this year via SBR) which Gerardo plays drums on.

If it is well true that our planet is facing great biodiversity loss generated by human activity, this record tries to look at these phenomena in a broader context and offers a merely informative in-depth review of the factors that are mindlessly dragging our planet towards decay in modern times. This not only means that humans are depriving other species from their natural environments but they are also threatening their own existence by doing irreversible damage to the biosphere. Similarly, another factor of great importance, the overuse of antibiotics is inducing and facilitating the emergence of abnormal resistance traits in pathogenic microorganisms. At present, antibiotic-resistant diseases also represent and will remain a major threat to the human species.

It should also be said that Gerardo Arias has just become a doctor in Biology and had first hand knowledge on the subject matter.

Tracklist:
Side A (Antibiotic resistance – stages of a disease):
1. Infection (Entrance of the pathogen)
2. Incubation (period between infection and the first apparent symptoms)
3. Prodromal (period between first symptom and the full development of the disease)
4. Convalescence (period of recovery)

Side B (The Sixth Glare)
5. The Great Blackout (Environmental effects of nuclear war)
6. After the Thaw (Thawing of the permafrost)
7. The Sixth Glare (Climate change – Global Warming)
8. Red Swarm Beyond (Wildfires – Bushfires)

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Cegvera Premiere “Fractals (Corrupted)” Live Video; UK Shows Announced

Posted in Bootleg Theater on April 1st, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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In the time since Bristol, UK-based post-metallers Cegvera completed their tour dates in Mexico last summer, the band has signed a management deal, supported Elder and Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard — among others — newly begun recording their second album, and most pivotally, made the transition from a trio to a two-piece, saying goodbye to bassist Aaron Scrupps in the process. As one might expect, there have been some changes in their dynamic as a result. The video premiering below for “Fractals (Corrupted)” is the first offering to come from the duo version of Cegvera and in addition to playing in the dark, as will happen, it finds guitarist Gerardo Arias covering more of the low-end in terms of tone where even on last year’s split with Vinnum Sabbathi (review here), he could be heard airing out a bit more post-rock-style drift. Drummer Matt Neicho, at least if the video is anything to go by, seems to relish in the change, and headbangs in time to his own cymbal crashes in a way that looks downright painful to my gentleman-of-a-certain-age self, adding even more force to the push of the rhythm as he goes.

“Fractals” is a song that would seem to have been around for a few years at least, with its roots in the band’s 2016 debut album that shared its name. “Fractals” from Fractals had a longer introduction from the guitar and a longer runtime as a result, but some of the crunch in the video below could also be heard on Cegvera‘s Live at Palíndromo, which was recorded in Guadalajara on the aforementioned Mexican tour and released this past January through LSDR Records, but the two-piece seem to strip it down even more, so that its progression is barely recognizable from the original “Fractals” and “Fractals (Corrupted)” becomes its own entity in this new form. Its post-metallic groove will be familiar to those who’ve been around the style long enough to understand what a “Stones from the Sky”-moment is, but it intrigues nonetheless thanks to the energy of its delivery and its blend of raw aggression and barebones atmosphere.

One has to wonder what might become of Cegvera going forward and how their sound might develop over the longer term with Arias and Neicho working on their own — if they even decide to continue on that route. “Fractals (Corrupted)” shows there’s potential for doing so — a way forward, in other words — and one suspects that after their next recording is done, the live dates below will help them further clarify the path they want to take. The rest of us will just have to wait to discover how it all shakes out, unless, you know, you can make it to a show or something like that.

Enjoy the premiere of “Fractals (Corrupted)” below, followed by more from the PR wire:

Cegvera, “Fractals (Corrupted)” official video

Recorded by Aleks Vezhdarov

Video by On Par http://onparproductions.co.uk/

It is the first time we record anything as a two piece (after aaron the bass player left the band). The session was recorded by Aleks Vezhdarov at University of West England (Bristol), and filmed by Toby Cameron (On Par Productions). It was recorded in a single take and filmed with a single camera.

Last release: the good earth is dying split w/ Vinnum Sabbathi, released by Stolen body records. Following dates:

With Weedruid (Germany):
23- May. Bristol, The cube
24 -May. Sheffield, Delicious Clam
25- May Coventry, The Arches

With Fumata (Mexico):
7- June London, The Dev.
8 – June Leeds, Bad Apples

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Cegvera Release Live Bootleg on LSDR Records

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

I’m a big fan of bands doing you-come-here-we-go-there tour trades. In 2017, Vinnum Sabbathi, whose members also stand at the helm of LSDR Records, hit the UK to tour with Cegvera. In 2018, it was Cegvera touring Mexico with Vinnum Sabbathi. They also released a split (review here) late last year through LSDR and would seem at some point to have begun to share Gerardo Arias between both bands, so clearly it’s an association that goes further than simply swapping shows. But all the better, really. The tighter the bands are, the more likely they are to get out together, and clearly it’s a productive partnership on all fronts.

To wit, LSDR Records has been hosting a series of live releases simply titled Live Bootleg, and Cegvera‘s Live Bootleg: Cegvera (Palíndromo) is the latest of them. Recorded while the band was on tour in Mexico this past June, it’s a solid set that showcases their heavy instrumentalism and penchant for atmospherics, captured at Palindromo in Guadalajara at what sounds like it was a pretty killer show. It’s a name-your-price download, so clearly the band and label are just trying to get the music heard by as many people as possible, and I can think of few missions more noble than that.

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Cegvera – Live Bootleg: Cegvera (Palíndromo)

During the tour of Cegvera and Vinnum Sabbathi last June we had the opportunity to record the show that rifaron in Palíndromo, Guadalajara.

Like all the entries in the series, you can download this and other live sets of National Underground bands on our bandcamp: https://lsdr.bandcamp.com

Tracklisting:
1. The Great Blackout 06:19
2. Collapse // Aftermath 06:50
3. Natural Threats II 03:55
4. Depletion // Overshoot 07:38
5. Fractals 04:45
6. Rise 07:44

Cegvera (Bristol, UK) live at Palindromo, Guadalajara, June 8th 2018. Released January 6, 2019.

Recorded and edited by Juan Tamayo.
Cover photo by El Güerito Invita.

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Gerardo Arias: Guitar
Aaron Scrupps: Bass
Matt Neicho: Drums

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Review & Track Premiere: Vinnum Sabbathi & Cegvera, The Good Earth is Dying Split

Posted in audiObelisk on November 8th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to hear the premieres of ‘Intermission (The Good Earth is Dying)’ and ‘Arrival/Colonia’ from Vinnum Sabbathi and Cegvera’s The Good Earth is Dying split. LP, CD and DL are released Dec. 10 on Stolen Body Records.]

For as long as humanity has been willing to acknowledge its existence — a substantially shorter amount of time than humanity has known about it — space has represented a reason to hope. The question of whether or not we’re alone in the universe — spoiler alert: nope — and whether we might someday wander among the stars has been a central fuel burnt by science and science-fiction alike. But nothing is apolitical, and with their new split release, Vinnum Sabbathi and Cegvera remind that at best, interplanetary exploration and even colonization can only be a temporary fix without real, substantive changes to what it means to be human. The five-track/33-minute The Good Earth is Dying paints a grim picture that only seems suitable when one looks at shifting weather patterns, melting permafrost, rising sea levels, floating garbage islands and dying coral reefs, and though there are no lyrics, in the titles of its instrumental pieces, the offering brings the two bands together to work around the common theme. A narrative arc is followed that takes human beings deeper into space than we’ve ever gone before, only to find, colonize and destroy yet another world, having learned nothing from the collapsing of earth’s ecosystem that caused us to leave in the first place.

Samples from NASA documentaries pervade Vinnum Sabbathi‘s “HEX VIII: The Malthusian Spectre,” and the transition with “Intermission (The Good Earth is Dying)” involves both bands before Cegvera — who also see Vinnum Sabbathi drummer Gerardo Arias move to guitar to play on their portion — get underway with “Arrival/Colonia,” before moving into “Depletion/Overshoot” and the inevitable-seeming “Collapse/Aftermath.” The ease with which the two lineups come together emphasizes a central characteristic of The Good Earth is Dying, which is just how much the two bands are working toward the same ends, toward telling the same story instrumentally. Granted, the Mexico City and Bristol, UK, outfits have their sonic disparities, with Vinnum Sabbathi centering more on crunching riffage and Cegvera shifting from sludge into most post-metallic fare, but this split was born earlier in 2018 following a tour the two groups did together in Mexico, and rather than play in competition with each other as so many splits see groups do, The Good Earth is Dying — recorded, mixed and mastered by KB at Testa Studio in León, Guanajuato — demonstrates just how much the two bands work together.

Granted, for Vinnum Sabbathi, the 13-minute “HEX VIII: The Malthusian Spectre” continues a live-recorded, should-be-compiled-into-an-LP-at-some-point-how-about-now series of tracks that has also had two prior installments on their April 2018 split with Owain and began on 2015’s split with Bar de Monjas (review here), but that song’s relation to ideas about overpopulation tie directly into the destruction of natural resources characterized in Cegvera‘s three tracks. And there’s precious little to argue with in terms of delivery from Vinnum Sabbathi either, as the band fluidly bring their stage-hewn chemistry to the studio as one would expect. Their commitment to recording live extends back through their awaited 2017 full-length debut, Gravity Works (review here), and their earlier work, and at this point it’s their standard modus. Adding samples after the fact lends further depth to the proceedings, and a studio feel is enhanced as well through the sampling on “Intermission (The Good Earth is Dying),” which ends with a recording of people laughing amid the sound of bagpipes before shifting into the quiet opening lines of “Arrival/Colonia” that soon give way to such heavy nod on the five-minute track.

Arriving on this foreign world seems to be the easy part, and things are rolling along well enough on a heavy groove as Cegvera unfold their portion of the outing, but the atmosphere only grows darker with time, and “Depletion/Overshoot” finds them exploring textures out of mournful heavy blues and airy post-rock alike before turning again to heavier riffing — some prime fuzz, that — and in what’s presumably the “Overshoot” portion in the second half of the song, an increasingly intense forward pummel. By the time they’re into the last minute, cacophony has taken full hold of the song, and they leave a final note out to hang in open space as a transition into the organ-laced final statement, “Collapse/Aftermath,” which indeed feels suitably mournful as regards humanity’s prospects for a better existence. Fair. The floating guitars that showed up in “Depletion/Overshoot” make a return over a gradually-unfurled progression that, at 90 seconds into its total 6:35, turns to a build that brings it to more densely-weighted riffing. If that’s the collapse, then the aftermath is no less engaging or heavy in its execution, and one is reminded of the ambience that Vinnum Sabbathi are able to so naturally conjure on “HEX VIII: The Malthusian Spectre” with echoing guitars and such heft of tone.

That Cegvera would seem to be so much in conversation with “HEX VIII: The Malthusian Spectre” — whether the songs were written out or the concept decided before the tour or not — is emblematic of how well the two groups sit alongside each other. With the bulk of the time belonging to the latter, there’s nonetheless room for both to offer a suitable glimpse at their overall approach while staying on-message in terms of the plotline being followed. I guess the only shame is they didn’t have it to take on tour earlier this year, but these things have a way of working out, whether Cegvera — now a duo down from the three/four-piece they are here — return to Mexico or bring Vinnum Sabbathi to the UK in a show-trade. Either way, the split stands as a document of their time on the road and what they were able to construct in terms of song and theme alike. There may or may not be hope for the future of humanity — again, spoiler alert: nope — but no one other than the willfully blind can say we didn’t see it coming, and though the future they’re imaging isn’t particularly bright, that they’re imagining it at all speaks to one aspect of our species most worth preserving.

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Cegvera Release Creations EP; Touring with Vinnum Sabbathi

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 12th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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It wouldn’t be quite right to call the impact of Cegvera‘s Creations EP immediate. Indeed, it’s three full seconds before opener ‘Centralia’ kicks into the full tonal assault that the Bristol, UK, three-piece will continue to unfold in “Iguala” and touch on throughout the subsequent five tracks, balancing it against a post-rocking meditative feel on “Aral Sea” and foreboding atmospherics on “Mosul” while closer “Latrun” takes a more all-out approach in terms of tempo. The band has aligned with LSDR Records for the release, which you can stream now in its rumbling entirety at the bottom of this post, and will hit the road in the UK this month with fellow instrumentalists Vinnum Sabbathi. I think once you dig into the tracks you’ll agree that’s a solid pairing.

They also get bonus points for shouting out José Saramago. Read Blindness. The EP, as well as Cegvera‘s first one, late 2016’s Fractals, is name-your-price now. Info follows below, courtesy of the PR wire:

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LSDR RECORDS: Cegvera – Creations (2017)

Cegvera is an instrumental band that was born in Bristol, inspired by José Saramago. The band tries to wake up hidden or forgotten feelings. Songs are stories, however it’s up to the audience to create them. Melodic ambience, atmosphere and drone are as important as the riffs. Saying that, if you are into heavy psych, doom, sludge or post-rock you should give this band a try. Cegvera are: Gerardo Arias: Guitar (Vinnum Sabbathi, Ex- Bar de Monjas, 4 ciénegas) / Aaron Scrupps: Bass /Matt Neicho: Drums

Creation Ep is the second work of this band from Bristol U.K. (the first was Fractals), was recorded by Josh Gallop at Stage2 Studios in Bath, U.K. in April of 2017. The Mix and Master were made it by Miguel Fraino at Vesubio 34 Studio in México City. The Artwork was designed by Hellbound Graphics in México City.

Tracklisting:
1. Centralia 03:02
2. Iguala 05:03
3. Aral Sea 05:31
4. Mosul 05:50
5. Latrun 05:10

Cegvera will make a tour with Vinnum Sabbathi this July:
20.07.17 – Coventry (The Arches Venue)
21.07.17 – London (The Dev)
22.07.17 – Bath (St James Vaults)
28.07.17 – Manchester (Retro Bar)
29.07.17 – Scunthorpe (Café Independent)

Cegvera is:
Gerardo Arias: Guitar
Aaron Scrupps: Bass
Matt Neicho: Drums

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Cegvera, Creations (2017)

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