1782 Premiere “Bloody Ritual”; Doom Sessions Vol. 2 Split with Acid Mammoth out Sept. 18

Posted in audiObelisk on June 29th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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I haven’t been graced with the full release as yet, so I can’t speak to what Acid Mammoth are doing this time — please don’t go prog; sometimes I feel like everybody’s going prog — but if it’s up to 1782 to set the tone with “Bloody Ritual,” they’re setting it for all the fuzzy decay you can handle. Like body odor and liquor breath put to tape. Full on scuzz.

Dig:

Bloody Ritual is the first single taken from the upcoming split album DOOM SESSIONS VOL.2 – 1782 // ACID MAMMOTH. This first single is from 1782.

The release will see the light September 18th via Heavy Psych Sounds.

ALBUM PRESALE:
https://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/doom-sessions-vol-2-1782-acid-mammoth

TRACKLIST

SIDE A – 1782
Bloody Ritual
Hey Satan
Witch Death Cult

SIDE B – Acid Mammoth
Black Wedding
Sleepless Malice
Cosmic Pyres

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Bleeding Eyes Post “Confesso”; Golgotha out July 31

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 19th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Even before the song kicks into its heavier and more massive-feeling riffage, there’s an undercurrent of tension that underscores its early going and lets you, the wary listener, know what’s about to happen. That tension is put to good use in “Confesso,” which is the first single to be taken from Bleeding Eyes‘ new record, Golgotha. The album has been given a July 31 release on Go Down Records, and when that heavier buzz tone kicks in, the feeling of doom is pervasive and I can’t help but think of Entombed with some of the shouts that top the distorted grit. That’s a fun association to make, but I don’t necessarily think it’s a death metal influence on the part of Bleeding Eyes, though their sound is nothing if not a working pastiche of various points of inspiration.

I’m curious to hear more, I guess is what it comes down to. The atmosphere in “Confesso,” which tops eight minutes, pulls together post-metal, sludge, heavy psych and probably three or four other styles, and it’s their sixth record, so yeah, there’s much to dig into for those feeling adventurous.

Check it out via the PR wire below:

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Psychedelic Sludge heavyweights BLEEDING EYES announce album details and share first single from upcoming record!

“Golgotha” to be released July 31st on Go Down Records

Psychedelic sludge heavyweights BLEEDING EYES have announced the release of “Golgotha”, the band’s sixth studio album, coming out on July 31st via Go Down Records. Starting from long and substantial jams, the five-piece band extrapolated and deepened seven relentless sludge anthems, full of raw energy and bleak atmospheric soundscapes. A first glimpse of what to expect can now be heard in form of “Confesso”, the apocalyptic first single from the upcoming record, streaming now here:

“Golgotha” to be released July 31st on Go Down Records and now available for pre-order at THIS LOCATION.

Tracklist as follows:
1. In Principio
2. Le Chiavi Del Pozzo
3. 1418
4. Del Pozzo Dell’Abisso
5. Confesso
6. La Verità
7. Inferno

BLEEDING EYES are:
Lorenzo Conte | drums, backing vocals
Marco Dussin | bass
Jason Nealy | guitars, backing vocals
Nicola Anselmi | guitars
Simone Tesser | vocals

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Black Elephant Set Aug. 21 Release for Seven Swords; Track Streaming Now

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

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I’m pretty sure I wrote the bio below for Black Elephant‘s upcoming album, Seven Swords. Or if not, I at least gave it a good once-over from what they had before. Either way, I’ve had the chance to sit with the release for a while now, and while there are no-doubter familiar aspects to it in the warm fuzzy tones and charged riffs, there is a subtlety to the blend between patient instrumentalism and all-go forward thrust that is more outwardly dynamic than the band might first let on. That is to say, you should definitely go ahead and stream opening track “Berta’s Flame” at the bottom of this post. It’s not like you’ll regret doing so. But keep in mind as you do that the song isn’t necessarily telling you the whole story of the record.

Also, that story seems to have something to do with sumo wrestling. I’m still not quite sure what. But hey, riffs.

The PR wire has words:

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BLACK ELEPHANT: Psychedelic Fuzz Rock Alchemists To Release Seven Swords August 21st Via Small Stone; New Track Streaming + Preorders Available

The planets have aligned, and space itself has opened up to grace us with the heavy roll of BLACK ELEPHANT’s Seven Swords, set for release this August via Small Stone Records.

The Italian fuzzmongers mark ten years of cooperative corporeal existence in 2020 and last checked in from their native Savona in Summer 2018 with the aptly titled Cosmic Blues. Two years and an entire lifetime later, they’re back with another collection of classic-minded heavy groovers, picking the best the ’70s, ’90s, and ’10s had to offer in riffery and melding spacey blowouts with desert-hued hooks.

Seven Swords is the second LP BLACK ELEPHANT has issued in league with Detroit-based imprint Small Stone Records, and whether it’s the scorching leads of “Yayoi Kusama” or the conscious wink-and-nod of “Red Sun And Blues Sun” a short time later — just ahead of the bluesy “Seppuku” and the near-nine-minute stretch of closer “Govinda” — the four-piece bring their finest work to-date in an efficient seven-track, thorty-three-minute stretch, building not only on what they accomplished on Cosmic Blues, but also what their prior two full-lengths — 2014’s Bifolchi Inside and 2012’s Spaghetti Cowboys — were building toward. This is a band coming into their own, wasting neither their time nor yours in the process.

Seven Swords was recorded and mixed by Giulio Farinelli at Green Fog Studio in Genoa, mastered by Farinelli at Everybody On The Shore Studio in Milan, Italy, and mastered by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio Labs in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Fuzz pedals preach on, the sky cracks, and the riffs themselves seem to lock bellies in sumo battles, so what the hell? The world’s ending anyway. You might as well have some fun with it. BLACK ELEPHANT’s Seven Swords will be released on August 21st on CD and digitally via Small Stone as well as limited edition vinyl via Kozmik Artifactz.

For preorders and to sample opening track, “Berta’s Flame,” visit the Small Stone Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.

Seven Swords Track Listing:
1. Berta’s Flame
2. The Last March Of Yokozuna
3. Yayoi Kusama
4. Mihara
5. Red Sun And Blues Sun
6. Seppuku
7. Govinda

BLACK ELEPHANT:
Alessio Caravelli – guitar, vocals
Massimiliano Giacosa – guitar
Marcello Destefanis – bass
Simone Brunzu – drums

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Black Elephant, Seven Swords (2020)

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Black Capricorn to Release Solitude EP on DHU Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 16th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Italian cult doomers Black Capricorn released the Solstice EP last November — not quite at the solstice itself, which is in December — but not far off. The version that DHU Records will release contains two previously unreleased tracks to go with the original four, and it’s been given a “late 2020” issue date. Think maybe it’ll be out for the solstice? November would be fitting enough. Really, nobody’s paying attention to anything by Dec. 21. It’s holiday time, everybody’s too busy wondering what to order for each other off Amazon or working late hours to get money to order things off Amazon to be buying records. Even those who get/give records as presents are more likely to go with something already out than new releases.

So if it’s November, on a full-year turnaround from the original EP release, that’d work just fine, and I’m interested to hear those other two tracks of course, but really, I’ll take whatever and whenever when it comes to Black Capricorn, who are weird and underrated in kind. A band who genuinely seem to want to walk their own (left hand) path.

From the PR wire:

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New signing to DHU Records: Black Capricorn

DHU Records is proud to welcome back to the fold: Black Capricorn to release their Solstice EP + 2 new unreleased songs!

No introduction is needed when talking about Black Capricorn in the Heavy Underground. Their slow trudging mesmeric Italian Doom is a brand known to many and immediately recognized when immersed into the Discography of the mighty Black Capricorn.

Test press, DHU Exclusive and Band Editions will be available come Autumn/Winter 2020

Side A:
A1. Omen (March of the Arcadians)
A2. Astrodestroyer
A3. Sumerian Summer

Side B:
B1. Three Brides of Satan
B2. Winterlude
B3. Shadows in the Moonlight

Recorded in November 2019 at The Business Consultant Recording Studios by Fabrizio Monni
Tracks A2 and B1 Recorded in October 2018/November 2019 (previously unreleased)
Mastering by Mirko Toro at the Gameboy Studio
New artwork by Fabrizio Monni

Black Capricorn:
Fabrizio – Guitars, Vocals
Virginia – Bass
Rachela – Drums

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Black Capricorn, Solstice EP (2019)

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Nibiru Sign to Argonauta Records; New Album Coming This Fall

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 8th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Okay, yeah, that makes sense. I was kind of surprised — not unpleasantly, but surprised still — that Italian dark-drone ritualists Nibiru ever left Argonauta Records to begin with. As dense and consuming and taken-to-extremes as their sound is, it’s only ever going to have so much reach in terms of audience, and while Ritual Productions was a fit for them when it came to issuing last year’s Salbrox (review here), it’s not like they’re on the road 200 days a year either, and the niche they’re in suits them. The two parties — Argonauta and Nibiru — are now reunited for the release of the band’s forthcoming sixth album this Fall. Hey, sometimes you try a thing.

No word on a title or any of that yet for the record — if history is anything to go by, it’ll be drawn out of some mythology or other — but there’s time for such things yet and if it’s an October release, that gives them plenty of time to set the atmosphere just how they like it, which is more or less essential for what the band does.

The PR wire brings the news:

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Blackened Sludge & Drone masters NIBIRU re-sign with Argonauta Records!

Brand new album coming out this Fall!

Never change a winning team. This team’s story started back in 2013, when NIBIRU released their pathbreaking debut on the ever-growing powerhouse label Argonauta Records. Together they have released four highly acclaimed full-length albums and one EP, until the band inked a deal with Ritual Productions. Today, the Italian collective announced their return to Argonauta Records, who will release NIBIRU’s forthcoming, sixth studio album in the Fall of 2020!

NIBIRU was born in 2012, following a relentless process of spiritual and emotional knowledge that involves every member of the band and is reflected in an impetuous creative approach. Since their first album Caosgon, the music of NIBIRU draw the attention as a unique identity, instinctive and difficult to label. The genre proposed by NIBIRU could be described as Ritual Psychedelic Sludge and finds no term of stylistic comparison with other active bands, although the influences of Black Sabbath, Neurosis and MZ.412 have always been pretty clear since their inception until today. But in terms of atmosphere, NIBIRU relate themselves to the post-punk/darkwave scenes of the early ’80s (Fields Of The Nephilim, Virgin Prunes, early Christian Death, Joy Division) and to the pioneers of Depressive Black Metal, then bands like Xasthur or Shining. NIBIRU is a deep experience, an evil and visceral representation that sets new rules for genres such as Black Metal, Sludge and Drone as we know them. On their journey to date, NIBIRU played prestigious stages such as Roadburn Festival as well as shows with acts alike Enisum, Oranssi Pazuzu, Uada, Suma, Nightstalker or Phantom Winter to name just a few.

Says the band: “We are very proud and happy to be part of the Argonauta family again. We think this is the right choice to better promote and enhance the band and our music.”

NIBIRU develop their musical aesthetics through the recitation of the Enochian keys, whose evocation aims at precise ritual effects, and the insertion of very intimate and disturbing verses in Italian. The band’s sources of extramusical influences are inspired by occultists and esotericists such as Aleister Crowley, Kenneth Grant, Austin Osman Spare and Julius Evola, but also psychiatric essays, a deep inner illness and a peculiar cult for the actor Klaus Kinski.

While staying true to their creative method of recording live albums, NIBIRU invite the listener to be part of their ritual. NIBIRU is a mental and apocalyptic journey of visionary magic, elemental prophecies and esoteric superomism. Tribal percussions, evocative mantras and hypnotic drones merge into a completely new interpretation of Black and Doom Metal, while psychedelic tapestries draw a fascinating and idiosyncratic art. The shrill and inhuman voice of Ardat drags us into a kingdom of mystical abandonment and possession. NIBIRU is a ritual, a heavily deep, disturbing and wild but yet atmospheric ride on every level – of your soul, spirit and body.

After their latest album, Salbrox, mastered by Audiosiege ( Sunn O))), Mantar, Converge & many more ) and released with Ritual Productions last year, the Fall of 2020 will see NIBIRU return with their sixth record on Argonauta Records. Watch out for many more details and sounds to follow in the weeks ahead!

NIBIRU is:
Ardat – guitars, percussions and vocals
RI – bass, drone and synthesizers
L.C.s Chertan – drums

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Nibiru, “Nanta” official video

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Days of Rona: Mattia Mazzeo of AyahuascA and Black Gremlin

Posted in Features on June 8th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

The ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the varied responses of publics and governments worldwide, and the disruption to lives and livelihoods has reached a scale that is unprecedented. Whatever the month or the month after or the future itself brings, more than one generation will bear the mark of having lived through this time, and art, artists, and those who provide the support system to help uphold them have all been affected.

In continuing the Days of Rona feature, it remains pivotal to give a varied human perspective on these events and these responses. It is important to remind ourselves that whether someone is devastated or untouched, sick or well, we are all thinking, feeling people with lives we want to live again, whatever renewed shape they might take from this point onward. We all have to embrace a new normal. What will that be and how will we get there?

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

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Days of Rona: Mattia Mazzeo of AyahuascA and Black Gremlin (Collecchio, Italy)

How have you been you dealing with this crisis as a band? As an individual? What effect has it had on your plans or creative processes?

First of all, thank you for getting in touch with me. I was in Naples for a show with Black Gremlin (action rock band) a few days before the lockdown (a few places were already locked in the north of Italy) and we were already worried about our near future. With AyahuascA has been the same, the lockdown started on the same day we were supposed to play in Rome, and then all the shows we booked have been canceled including Crystal Mountain Festival which was a great show for us with a lot of great bands (Kadavar, Giobia, Monkey3 any many more). So a lot of hard work vanished into thin air, we were booking two tours with both bands (Black Gremlin and AyahuascA) for November/December but now there are too many uncertainties to book shows, so we decided to focus on new material for the next album. As an individual, I started to write a lot of new stuff, especially for AyahuascA. On this side I’m quite satisfied, isolation helped me to take a trip inside of me, I tried to turn this situation into something positive for me and I knew it could be a good time to write new riffs and lyrics. Everything has changed overnight, all of us started writing new songs on our own at home and now we have enough material for at least two albums and I’m really excited about that, I can’t wait to start to work on it with my bandmates in our rehearsal room, since writing albums is the most intense and beautiful part of the work for me.

How do you feel about the public response to the outbreak where you are? From the government response to the people around you, what have you seen and heard from others?

Well, Italy was hit hard by the virus, I was afraid especially the first month (my father also took a light form of the virus). Remembering the first weeks of lockdown is like entering in a separate dimension, a very strange moment in the life of all of us. I think there was a lot of fear in general, the media bombed us with numbers of dead and infected people every day. Personally I have sometimes avoided reading the news, not to get too discouraged. Speaking of our government’s response, I think managing something of this magnitude is really difficult. Some members of the government have shown themselves to be ridiculous individuals, without culture and sense of duty. I also believe that others have done more or less what has to be done. But the perception that I have about it is deviated by an aberrant amount of news, fake news, etc. I think this was the main problem of this situation: the almost total impossibility of having a clear idea of what was going on. But on the other hand, I don’t think it could have been otherwise.

What do you think of how the music community specifically has responded? How do you feel during this time? Are you inspired? Discouraged? Bored? Any and all of it?

I think the music community answered well, our balconies were full of musicians who played for the neighborhoods as you may have noticed hahaha. Apart from this, in Italy, there is no real support for those who work in the music business (I am not only talking about musicians, but about promoters, club managers and other figures). Since the lockdown started, new realities have emerged to protect those who work with music and this could be a good starting point for our future. Despite this, I am really worried about many small clubs that have given us fantastic concerts in the last years. I hope that they will be able to resist in this moment of extreme restrictions and start again asap. Personally, I can’t wait to get back on stage. Now it is unthinkable to organize a punk concert with these restrictions(just to name a couple: everyone must be seated with masks and well-spaced, you can not serve drinks), but maybe it is possible to organize some psychedelic or ritual band and enjoy the show in a different way, taking advantage of the distances. Social distancing has a different impact on everyone of us. Surely this new reality is asking us to look within us, whoever has the strength to do so could come out really changed and more “centered” than before. I think great albums can come out of that. I see this period as a call to arms towards our sensitivity, the perception of what we call our world.

What is the one thing you want people to know about your situation, either as a band, or personally, or anything? What is your new normal? What have you learned from this experience, about yourself, your band, or anything?

If you have the opportunity to support the bands you love, do it. Buy albums and share the music you love to keep your passion alive, whether you are a musician or a listener. To the bands, on the other hand, I say that this is the best time to dedicate yourself to writing new music and get out of this stronger than before. I believe that from now on the keyword will be “adaptation”, but I believe it is also a good time to create new realities, new projects.

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Conan & Deadsmoke to Release Doom Sessions Vol. 1 Split July 17; Preorders up Now

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 5th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Not sure what more info you might honestly need. This is a thing that exists, and preorders are available. It’s Conan and Deadsmoke, so yes, it’s going to be very, very heavy, and it’s coming out July 17. There you have it. Post over.

What’ll be interesting to see here is how far Heavy Psych Sounds takes the notion of Doom Sessions. Certainly Doom Sessions Vol. 1 is kicking the intended series off on a clarion of a note, but how many installments will there be? How often? Who will be involved? What counts as doom? It’s a cool way for the label to expand its reach beyond its perceived comfort zone — i.e. heavy psych; it’s right there in the name — although Deadsmoke released through them before, but as Heavy Psych Sounds steps further into becoming the preeminent label in Europe focused on the heavy underground, it seems like it’s a fair enough time to branch out in terms of style. And bringing Conan on board for the first go is no minor shakes.

But whatever the answers are to those questions, the point stands: July 17. Preorders. Conan and Deadsmoke. There you go.

To the PR wire:

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Heavy Psych Sounds Records to release “Doom Sessions” series, “Vol.1” EP featuring CONAN and DEADSMOKE out July 17th!

Leading cult and fuzz rock label HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS proudly announce the launch of their “Doom Sessions” split series, featuring bands from the HPS roster plus some of the heaviest bands from the international doom scene.

Each volume will host two bands, the start of VOL. I will make Italy’s kings of slowness, DEADSMOKE, and UK’s heavy riff masters CONAN. On “Doom Sessions Vol. 1”, Deadsmoke are going to premiere two brand new, heavy as hell tracks titled “Dead Minds Army” and “Dethroned Concrete”, Conan will round up this beast of a split with their masterpiece “Beheaded“.

“DOOM SESSIONS VOL.1” w/ Conan and Deadsmoke Out July 17th on Heavy Psych Sounds – PREORDER

TRACK LISTING:
Side A
Conan “Beheaded”
Side B
Deadsmoke “Dethroned Concrete”
Deadsmoke “Dead Minds Army”

Coming out on July 17th via Heavy Psych Sounds, the album is available to preorder now, and will be available in the following formats:
– 10 Ultra ltd test press vinyl
– 150 Ultra ltd orange transparent splatter blue vinyl
– 300 Ltd red solid vinyl
– Black vinyl
– Digipak

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Various Artists, Heavy Psych Sounds Label Sampler Vol. 5 (2020)

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Days of Rona: Giorgio Trombino of Elevators to the Grateful Sky, Assumption, Sixcircles and Dolore

Posted in Features on June 4th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

The ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the varied responses of publics and governments worldwide, and the disruption to lives and livelihoods has reached a scale that is unprecedented. Whatever the month or the month after or the future itself brings, more than one generation will bear the mark of having lived through this time, and art, artists, and those who provide the support system to help uphold them have all been affected.

In continuing the Days of Rona feature, it remains pivotal to give a varied human perspective on these events and these responses. It is important to remind ourselves that whether someone is devastated or untouched, sick or well, we are all thinking, feeling people with lives we want to live again, whatever renewed shape they might take from this point onward. We all have to embrace a new normal. What will that be and how will we get there?

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

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Days of Rona: Giorgio Trombino of Elevators to the Grateful Sky, Assumption, Sixcircles and Dolore (Palermo, Italy)

How have you been you dealing with this crisis as a band? As an individual? What effect has it had on your plans or creative processes?

We had scheduled our final pre-album rehearsals when the lockdown kicked in. Everything was already in the pipeline but now all plans have been postponed to who-knows-when. That being said, Assumption has always been a long-distance band since we all live in different places, basically three in Northern Italy and one in Slovenia. I mean, our regular band life is already about getting to meet just for specifically planned occasions, so we know the hassle. We would love to stick together much more than we are allowed to and not just for playing and recording. On a personal level, lockdown was ok and I’ve tried to make most out of it. I even managed to move to a new house with my girlfriend as we had like a special permit to carry the furniture, drive back and forth and so on. I have been reading, watching movies and writing new music the rest of the time.

How do you feel about the public response to the outbreak where you are? From the government response to the people around you, what have you seen and heard from others?

Situations differ a lot from region to region. Northern regions like Lombardia and Piemonte are still facing the toughest tasks, whereas both major islands and southern Italy in general have seen slightly better times. Veneto, the region I currently live in, has received much praise and is now regarded as a national model in contagion management in spite of the idiotic and extremely unstable discourses of regional President Luca Zaia. It seems like he basically did all he could to try and dismantle this region’s efficient healthcare system during the last few years but in the end he took all of his staff’s credit for the good results. I mean, what else would you expect from someone whose political party (Lega, formerly Lega Nord) is one of the most arrogant, self-righteous and repulsive right wing piles of shit ever in this country? As for the people I know and love, a good percentage of them was freaking out at home. I decided to choose just a few pieces of daily information I felt essential, switched off the rest of the panic-inducing media and focused on other stuff. I, for one, am really grateful for how things turned out for my family and me.

What do you think of how the music community specifically has responded? How do you feel during this time? Are you inspired? Discouraged? Bored? Any and all of it?

First it seemed like house streaming and people doing stuff live on Facebook were the answer. I stand with what Nick Cave said about them in early April, I think most of that stuff is plain self-indulgence. Live music is mostly a social thing, there’s no way a surrogate experience can ever avoid being boring and feel adulterated. I have written tons of music for almost all of my projects, worked on commercial tunes for advertisement, home demoed 90 percent of a future Sixcircles album did a lot of stuff that I always wanted to focus on and I have been waking up each morning wanting to do more and go to places I hadn’t been musically before. You know, Moody Blues once said thinking is the best way to travel. For what concerns the broader music community, I know many people in the live music world that are struggling to survive and some drive-in gig isn’t simply enough to change things. I can only wish for a speedy twist in the plot for people dealing with this.

What is the one thing you want people to know about your situation, either as a band, or personally, or anything? What is your new normal? What have you learned from this experience, about yourself, your band, or anything?

A disproportionate event such as the one we’re all going through now offers a whole array of free lessons to be learned. Biggest one is that all things must pass. Inhabitants of the privileged sector of the planet are now familiar with a redefined concept of “personal restriction” to some extent. Covid has pulled the best and worst out of everyone and hung a huge question mark over our heads. Franco Maresco, a Sicilian director whose art I admire, has recently said in an interview that mankind won’t learn much from the pandemics, just like many times before. I partly share this vision and feel like covid is a portion of a bigger dysfunctional picture anyway. I’m essentially hoping for best and preparing for worst. I can say I felt nauseauted by the trendy optimist logorrhoea that flooded the Italian web when everybody started writing, painting, drawing the phrase “ce la faremo” (“we will make it”) on whatever available surface. After all, Turgenev once stated that there are situations, however touching, from which one nevertheless wants to escape… as for Assumption, the band is made of people I love. We will simply carry on and do our stuff whenever it’s possible again.

https://www.facebook.com/assumptiondoom/
https://assumption.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/assumption_band/
https://www.facebook.com/sixcirclesband/
https://phonosphera.bandcamp.com/album/sixcircles-new-belief/
https://www.facebook.com/ElevatorstotheGratefulSky/
https://elevatorstothegratefulsky.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/doloremeanspain/
https://dolore1.bandcamp.com/

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