Solar Mantra Premiere “Stone Rider” Video; Debut Album Away out Sept. 3

Posted in Bootleg Theater on August 12th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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Roman heavy rockers You can buy an essay with plagiarism-free, on-time delivery and 100% satisfaction guarantee. So legitimate research assistance term papers today for complete satisfactory work. Solar Mantra will release their debut long-player, dissolution of yugoslavia essay sam long university oslo edu 1453 u3 filmbay 2ed edu074 ht http://sppadbase.ipp.cnr.it/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/?1641 high school essay helper female nobel laureates Away, through In case you actually demand support with math and in particular with http://www.herrgottaussta.at/?persuasive-essay-on-immigration for me or math review come visit us at Algebra-equation Argonauta Records on Sept. 3. It follows behind the band’s 2018 self-titled EP and in addition to capping with an eponymous track in the seven-minute “Solar Mantra,” Professional go here service uk. Whether you feel unsure about environmental studies essay ghostwriter services your writing or want to make sure that your final draft is absolutely exquisite, WordsRUs professional. For students, crafting paraphrased texts is not easy. Personal statement proofreading service. Away boasts punch after punch of heavy grooves and rough attitude, brashness and burl making their presence felt on lead cut “Stone Rider” and the subsequent bruiser “Pacciani” and holding sway for duration, even as songs like “This Iz” tap into Math Makes Sense 5 Homework Book essay - professional and cheap paper to make easier your life Allow the top writers to do your essays for you. Only HQ academic Constellation-era http://www.erlebnisparadies.at/?public-transport-business-plan Courses. Students interested in learning how to write, or who want to gain basic writing tips for improving their writing, have access to a wide range of academic courses available online for beginner level, intermediate, and advanced students. Are you a hopeful writer who has always wanted to write a novel? Register for How to Write a Novel: Writing the Draft, an intermediate Alabama Thunderpussy-esque Southern heavy and “Crown” touches on doom in its melody.

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And even the penultimate ‘Snake,” which is more severe in its riff, holds itself to the standard the band have by then well set, balancing aggression and groove in a way that feels aware of the style it’s playing toward but unforced despite that. That is to say, first record or not, new-ish lineup or not, Professional see posts 24/7 online. We can write your term paper, essay, dissertation, article or homework on any subject. Expert custom writing service with 8+ years of experience. Get writing help from our custom writers online. Solar Mantra come across as having every idea of what they want their material to do, and that’s what  Away brings to life. They hit it hard, with due vitality, and ask little of the listener more than coming along for the trip. The vibe will be familiar, and so will the choruses by the time you’re through the record a couple times.

The video — watch for Santillo‘s eyeliner to come and go — for “Stone Rider” is premiering below, followed by more info from the PR wire.

Please enjoy:

Solar Mantra, “Stone Rider” video premiere

September 3, 2021 will see Roman stoner rockers SOLAR MANTRA to release their first full- length album through Argonauta Records.

The band, who formed in 2017, takes its listener on a wild fuzz rock trip into a psychedelic wonderland. With their catchy yet powerful and heavily groovy stoner sound, the Italian four-piece creates a revitalizing vibe that is immediately evident. From the crushing album opener “Stone Rider” to the equal bracing, grande finale “Solar Mantra”, Away unleashes eleven gritty and hooking songs that deliver the perfect soundtrack for a roadtrip in the sun!

“Away is the result of a new creativity vein that came from the new line up, since 2019, with Francesco on guitar and Federico on bass,” says vocalist Tommaso Santillo. “The different influences from our first EP created a new sound and groove that comes to light on our new album “Away”.

The leitmotif is the hypocrisy of the appearance, about the difference between our real emotions, feelings, beliefs, opinions and what we want or we are forced to show in this “over-ruled” social environment. The artwork expresses the will to escape from this black hole of social rules and regulations towards the inspiriting light of the sun… in one word: “Away”.”

Release: September 3, 2021 – Argonauta Records Formats: CD + Digital.

Tracklist:
1. Stone Rider
2. Pacciani
3. Candyman
4. Monster From The Abyss
5. Mazinga
6. Thiz Iz
7. Hard As A Stone
8. Crown
9. Hurricane
10. The Snake
11. Solar Mantra

Solar Mantra is:
Tommaso Santillo (vocals)
Francesco Carretti (guitar)
Federico “Quattro” Lombardi (bass)
Simone Bianchini (drums)

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Ufomammut Announce Return with New Drummer

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 20th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

Good news for, well, the universe, in that Italian cosmic doom magnates Ufomammut have drawn themselves back from hiatus in order to forge ahead with new material and a new drummer. After last month overseeing the release of a live album documenting their performance of the landmark album Eve (review here; discussed here) at Roadburn 2011, guitarist Poia and bassist Urlo have brought the band back with new drummer Levre, a friend of long-standing who’s previously toured with them.

So Ufomammut‘s hiatus, which was announced in January of last year, has basically rounded out to the band taking the same year off as everyone else. They just got in on the ground floor of 2020 inactivity, which in the end probably saved them a lot of canceled tour dates — though of course Poia pressed forward with solo-outfit The Mon and they would’ve been without a drummer following the departure of Vita, so yeah. Either way, glad there’s new Ufomammut on the horizon. The universe wasn’t quite the same without them.

From the PR wire:

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UFOMAMMUT: Italian Heavy Psychedelic Trio Returns, Announcing New Drummer; New Plans And Recordings In The Works

Following a year-and-a-half of hiatus and regrouping, Italy’s reigning champions of immersive, heavy, psychedelic metal UFOMAMMUT announces their return, with a revamped lineup.

UFOMAMMUT spent several years of heavy touring across Europe and the United States supporting their eighth LP, 8, which saw release through Neurosis’ Neurot Recordings in 2017, resulting in their most successful live ventures in their two-decades-long history. In 2019, the band celebrated their twentieth anniversary, releasing the mammoth XX box set, commemorating their extensive discography. Shortly thereafter, the members experienced some differences on where the band was headed, and in January of 2020, longtime drummer Vita parted ways with the outfit and the band announced an indefinite hiatus. Weeks later, the world would find itself consumed by the worldwide outbreak of the still-ongoing pandemic.

During this ominous past year of outbreaks, lockdowns, cancellations, and severe angst, UFOMAMMUT’s guitarist Poia and bassist/vocalist Urlo channeled their energy into positive action, and silently reorganized the band. Now, they proudly welcome their new drummer, Levre, and the band’s return in 2021.

The band proudly announces, “After celebrating twenty years as a band, UFOMAMMUT reached a point of no return. As a result of an intense and difficult period, our paths divided. At the beginning of January 2020 Vita left the band and UFOMAMMUT announced that it was time to stop for an indefinite period of time. Shortly thereafter, the whole world was overwhelmed by the pandemic, which would have profoundly changed our lives. In this suspended time, we have had time to think, recover the lost energy and plan a new beginning. Now we are ready. It’s time to turn on the amps again.”

While no official plans have been announced, the revamped UFOMAMMUT is already putting projects into action, and new material is under construction. Stand by for further announcements on the band’s upcoming activities in 2021 and beyond over the months ahead.

In related news, UFOMAMMUT’s Urlo has been hard at work on new material for his solo project, The Mon, which debuted in 2018, with new material on the way this year. He also launched a new online video series during the pandemic, Para(In)Phernalia, with discussions on the gear, equipment, and techniques he and the other members of the band use to produce their sonic and visual creations. The installments have gained a healthy following from the band’s diehard fanbase, which reacts with notes and inquires, making for a very interactive experience.

The Malleus Rock Art Lab collective, which is also directly operated by members of UFOMAMMUT and Supernatural Cat, has also just launched their own new clothing line! Featuring bold prints and artwork created by the cooperative outfit, from the cotton used to the label applied to each garment, up to the shipping packaging, the group paid great attention to every detail of the new project. The entire printing and production process is 100% created in Italy and it’s carried out by Turin-based lab Sericraft.

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Ufomammut, Eve Live at Roadburn 2011 (2021)

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Quarterly Review: Sonic Flower, Demon Head, Rakta & Deafkids, Timo Ellis, Heavy Feather, Slow Draw, Pilot Voyager, The Ginger Faye Bakers, Neromega, Tung

Posted in Reviews on April 2nd, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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Friday morning and the Spring 2021 Quarterly Review draws to a close. It’s been a good one, and though there are probably enough albums on my desktop to make it go another few days, better to quit while I’m ahead in terms of not-being-so-tired-I’m-angry-at-everything-I’m-hearing. In any case, as always, I hope you found something here you enjoy. I have been pleasantly surprised on more than a few occasions, especially by debuts.

We wrap with more cool stuff today and since I’m on borrowed time as it is, let me not delay.

Quarterly Review #41-50:

Sonic Flower, Rides Again

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Like Church of Misery‘s groove but feel kind of icky with all those songs about serial killers? Legit. Say hello to Tatsu Mikami‘s Sonic Flower. Once upon a 2003, the band brought all the boogie and none of the slaughter of Tatsu‘s now-legendary Sabbathian doom rock outfit to a self-titled debut (reissue review here), and Rides Again is the lost follow-up from 2005, unearthed like so many of the early ’70s forsaken classics that clearly inspired it. With covers of The Meters and Graham Central Station, Sonic Flower makes their funky intentions plain as day, and the blowout drums and full-on fuzz they bring to those cuts as well as the five originals on the short-but-satisfying 28-minute offering is a win academically and for casual fans alike. You ain’t gonna hear “Jungle Cruise” or their take on “Earthquake” and come out complaining, is what I’m saying. This is the kind of record that makes you buy more records.

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Heavy Psych Sounds on Bandcamp

 

Demon Head, Viscera

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With Viscera, Copenhagen’s Demon Head make their debut on Metal Blade Records. It is their fourth album overall, the follow-up to 2019’s Hellfire Ocean Void (review here), and it continues the five-piece’s enduring exploration of darker places. Dramatic vocals recount grim narratives over backing instrumentals that are less doom at the outset with “Tooth and Nail” and “The Feline Smile” than goth, and atmospheric pieces like “Arrows” and “The Lupine Choir” and “A Long, Groaning Descent” and “Wreath” and certainly the closer “The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony” further the impression that Viscera, though its title conjures raw guts, is instead an elaborate entirety — if perhaps one of raw guts — and meant to be taken in its 36-minute whole. Demon Head make that LP-friendly runtime a progression down into reaches they’d not until this point gone, tapping sadness for its inherent beauty.

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Metal Blade Records website

 

Rakta & Deafkids, Live at Sesc Pompeia

Rakta Deafkids Live at Sesc Pompeia

Next time someone asks you what the future sounds like, you’ll have a good answer for them. Combined into a six-piece band, Brazilian outfits Rakta and Deafkids harness ambience and space-punk thrust into a sound that is born of a past that hasn’t yet happened. Their Live at Sesc Pompeia LP follows on from a 2019 two-songer, but it’s in the live performance that the spirit of this unity really shines through, and from opener/longest track (immediate points) “Miragem” through the semi-industrialized effects swirl of “Templo do Caos,” into the blower-noise dance party “Sigilo,” the weirdo-chug-jam of “Forma” and the space rock breakout “Flor de Pele” and the percussed buzz and echoing howls of “Espirais,” they are equal parts encompassing and singular. It is not to be ignored, and though there are moments that border on unlistenable, you can hear from the wailing crowd at the end that to be in that room was to witness something special. As a document of that, Live at Sesc Pompeia feels like history in the making.

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Rapid Eye Records website

 

Timo Ellis, Death is Everywhere

Timo Ellis Death is Everywhere

A madcap, weighted-but-anti-genre sensibility comes to life in supernova-experimentalist fashion throughout the four songs of Timo EllisDeath is Everywhere. The lockdown-era EP from Ellis (Netherlands, Yoko Ono, Cibo Matto, on and on) makes post-modern shenanigans out of apocalypses inner and outer, and from lines like “this bridal shower is bumming me out” in the unabashedly hooky “Vampire Rodeo” to “the earth will still breathe fire without you!” in “Left Without an Answer,” the stakes are high despite the flittering-in-appreciation-of-the-absurd mood of the tracks themselves. The title-track and “Evolve or Die” blend sonic heft and the experimental pop movement that “Vampire Rodeo” sets forth — the third cut is positively manic and maniacally positive — while “Left Without an Answer” almost can’t help but be consuming as it rolls into a long fade leaving intertwining vocals lines as the last to go, telling the listener to “learn to say goodbye” without making it easy. Won’t be for everyone, doesn’t want to be. Is expression for itself. Feels genuine in that, and admirable.

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Heavy Feather, Mountain of Sugar

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With not-at-all-subtle nods to Humble Pie and Ennio Morricone in its opening tracks, Heavy Feather‘s second LP, Mountain of Sugar, has boogie to spare. No time is wasted on the 38-minute/11-track follow-up to 2019’s Débris & Rubble (review here), and true to the record’s title, it’s pretty sweet. The collection pits retro mindset against modern fullness in its harmonica-laced, duly-fuzzed title-track, and goes full-Fleetwood on “Come We Can Go” heading into a side B that brings a highlight in the soft-touch-stomp of “Rubble and Debris” and an earned bit of Southern-styled turn in “Sometimes I Feel” that makes a fitting companion to all the bluesy vibes throughout, particularly those of the mellow “Let it Shine” earlier. The Stockholm outfit knew what they were doing last time out too, but you can hear their process being refined throughout Mountain of Sugar, and even its most purposefully familiar aspects come across with a sense of will and playfulness.

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Slow Draw, Yellow & Gray

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Don’t tell him I told you so, but Slow Draw is starting to sound an awful lot like a band. What began as a drone/soundscaping project from Stone Machine Electric drummer/noisemaker Mark Kitchens has sprouted percussive roots of its own on Yellow & Gray, and as Kitchens explores textures of psychedelic funk, mellow heavy and even a bit of ’70s proggy homage in “Sylvia” ahead of the readily Beck-ian jam “Turntable” and acousti-drone closer “A Slow Move,” the band-vibe is rampant. I’m going to call Yellow & Gray a full-length despite the fact that it’s 24 minutes long because its eight songs inhabit so many different spaces between them, but however you want to tag it, it demonstrates the burgeoning depth of Kitchens‘ project and how it’s grown in perhaps unanticipated ways. If this is what he’s been doing in isolation — as much as Texas ever shuttered for the pandemic — his time has not been wasted.

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Slow Draw on Bandcamp

 

Pilot Voyager, Nuclear Candy Bar

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Freak! Out! The 66-minute Nuclear Candy Bar from Hungarian psychedelicists Pilot Voyager might end mostly drifting with the 27-minute “23:61,” but much of the four tracks prior to that finale are fuzz-on-go-go-go-out-out-out heavy jams, full in tone and improv spirit however planned their course may or may not actually be. To say the least, “Fuzziness” lives up to its name, as guitarist/founder Ákos Karancz — joined by bassist Bence Ambrus (who also mastered) and drummers Krisztián Megyeri and István Baumgartner (the latter only on the closer) — uses a relatively earthbound chug as a launchpad for further space/krautrocking bliss, culminating in a scorching cacophony that’s the shortest piece on the record at just under seven minutes. If you make it past the molten heat of the penultimate title-track, there’s no turning away from “23:61,” as the first minute of that next day pulls you in from the outset, a full-length flow all unto itself. More more more, yes yes yes. Alright you get the point.

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Psychedelic Source Records on Bandcamp

 

The Ginger Faye Bakers, Camaro

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Sit with The Ginger Faye BakersCamaro EP for a little bit. Don’t just listen to the first track, or even the second, third or fourth, on their own, but take a few minutes to put it all together. Won’t take long, the thing’s only 17 minutes long, and in so doing you’ll emerge with a more complex picture of who they are as a band. Yeah, you hear the opening title-cut and think early-Queens of the Stone Age-style desert riffing, maybe with a touch of we’re-actually-from-the-Northeast tonal thickness, but the garage-heavy of “The Creeps” feels self-aware in its Uncle Acid-style swing, and as the trio move through the swinging “The Master” and “Satan’s Helpers,” the last song drawing effectively from all sides, the totality of the release becomes all the more sinister for the relatively straight-ahead beginning just a short time earlier. Might be a listen or two before it sinks in, but they’ve found a niche for themselves here and one hopes they continue to follow where their impulses lead them.

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The Ginger Faye Bakers on Bandcamp

 

Neromega, Nero Omega

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If you’re not yet keeping an eye on Regain Records offshoot Helter Skelter Productions, Rome’s Neromega are a fervent argument for doing so. The initials-only cultish five-piece are Italian as much in their style of doom as they are in geography, and across their four-song Nero Omega debut EP, they run horror organ and classic heavy rock grooves alongside each other while nodding subtly at more extreme fare like the death ‘n’ roll rumble in closer “Un Posto” or the dirt-coated low end that caps “Pugnale Ardore,” the drifting psych only moments ago quickly forgotten in favor of renewed shuffle. Eight-minute opener “Solitudine,” might be the highlight as well as the longest inclusion on the 24-minute first-showing, but it’s by no means the sum total of what the band have on offer, as they saunter through giallo, psychedelia, doom, heavy riffs and who knows what else to come, they strike an immediately individual atmospheric presence even while actively toying with familiar sounds. The EP is cohesive enough to make me wonder what their initials are.

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Helter Skelter Productions website

 

Tung, Bleak

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Some of the made-even-bigger-by-echo vocals from guitarist Craig Kasamis might remind of Maurice Bryan Giles from Red Fang, but Ventura, California’s Tung are up chasing down a different kind of party on 2020’s Bleak, though Kasamis, guitarist David Briceno (since replaced by Bill Bensen), bassist Nick Minasian and drummer Rob Dean have a strong current of West Coast noise rock in what they’re doing as well in “Runaway,” a lurcher like “Spit” later on or the run-till-it-crashes finisher “Fallen Crown,” which the only song apart from the bookending opener “Succession Hand” to have a title longer than a single word. Still, Tung have their own, less pop-minded take on brashness, and this debut album leaves the bruises behind to demonstrate its born-from-hardcore lineage. Their according lack of frills makes Bleak all the more effective at getting its point across, and while they’d probably tell you their sound is nothing fancy, it’s fancy enough to stomp all over your ears for about half an hour, and that’s as fancy as it needs to be. Easy to dig even in its more aggressive moments.

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Neromega Announce Debut EP Nero Omega Due in April

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 23rd, 2021 by JJ Koczan

Anyone out there? Am I talking to myself? Fine, good. Note to myself, then: these guys are onto something. Buried under all the initials-only aestheticism and horror whatnot there’s a current of dark psych very much in league with Italy’s long and storied history of such things — Paul Chain, Death SS, the usual names, plus movies. Plus it’s in Italian, which finds the band less posturing than some of Italy’s more rock-minded outfits of years past trying to party-down in English. This has more edge, but still trippy. Dark trippy. I dig it.

EP was released late 2020, tape. CD/LP through Helter Skelter Productions under the Regain Records banner. Again, pretty cool.

Conclude note to myself:

Neromega Nero Omega

Helter Skelter Productions (distributed & marketed by Regain Records) announces April 11th as the international release date for Neromega’s striking debut mini-album, Nero Omega, on CD and 12″ vinyl formats.

Neromega is a gathering of Italian musicians from Rome who have been active for over 25 years in different bands and musical contexts, yet knew each other since the mid ’90s and always shared a passion for a certain kind of musical vibe/themes and high-quality songwriting.

Neromega’s debut mini-album, Nero Omega, was initially released in October 2020 on cassette tape in limited quantities, and now Helter Skelter are releasing it on a worldwide scale. And for good reason: Neromega meet at the crossroads of early Black Sabbath, Italian doom, and progressive/psychedelic rock of old. Yet, they find their own unique path by being more than a sum of their elements, their sound equally reeking of doom, Italian giallo/noir/horror morbidity, and Covid-19. With Nero Omega will one find three original songs and a cover of Balletto di Bronzo’s “Un posto,” all of it wrapped in the dulcet tones of their native tongue. The 25 minutes of Nero Omega are but a taste of Neromega’s forthcoming debut album.

In the meantime, stream Neromega in its entirety HERE at Regain Records’ Bandcamp, where both formats can be preordered. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Neromega’s Nero Omega
1. Solitudine [8:02]
2. Pugnale Adore [6:36]
3. Morte Nella Fede [4:31]
4. Un Posto [4:52]

NERO OMEGA IS:
S.M. guitars
S.S. vocals
F.C. guitars
M.S. bass
A.F. drums

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Fvzz Popvli Releasing Live in Hamburg Jan. 29; “Stamps are For… Smile” Video Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 8th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

I’ll spare you — this time — the diatribe about how crucial live albums have become in a time when live music itself feels like a thing of the past. Rome’s Fvzz Popvli traveled to Hamburg, Germany, in Sept. 2019 to support their 2018 second album, Magna Fvzz (review here), and the show was recorded. I’m sure when it happened they didn’t think much about it. There’s video as well, and you can see the set opener “Stamps are For… Smile” at the bottom of this post. The lesson here? If you’re in a band, document as much as you can. Recording sessions, rehearsals, demos, live shows, everything. Get as much as you can, because you never know when you’re going to want it.

Maybe never. Or maybe some crazy weird shit will happen all over the world and instead of releasing your third album and touring the whole year like you planned, you’ll be stuck at home in a quarantine situation. Bottom line is I bet Pootchie and company are pretty happy those cameras showed up to MS Stubnitz.

Release date is Jan. 29. Here’s PR wire info:

Fvzz Popvli LIVE IN HAMBURG COVER

FVZZ POPVLI PROUDLY PRESENT: LIVE IN HAMBURG!

Fvzz Popvli are proud to announce the release for their first live album ever!

The world covid crisis unfortunately forced us to reschedule our 3rd album for an unknown date. We took the decision to release our first live album in a moment where live concerts aren’t possible, just to remind all of you how much live music is the fuel for our beloved scene.

Live in Hamburg: Eight killer tracks of our live concert produced by Desert Hazard Crew and recorded inside a fishing boat named MS Stubnitz, a legendary venue docked in the Nord Elbe river in Hamburg (D)! This live album will be a digital release exclusive for Bandcamp, coming out Friday the 29th of January 2021.

TRACK LIST
Stamps Are For… Smile
Hashish
Mastvrbation
White Fish
Napoleon
Lost In Time
Shamother
Rvmpeltvm

In the meantime enjoy the first “Live in Hamburg” video of Stamps Are For… Smile the second track of our first album “Fvzz Dei”.

AVAILABLE FROM 29th JANUARY ON FVZZPOPVLI.BANDCAMP.COM

FVZZ POPVLI ARE:
FRANCESCO “POOTCHIE” PUCCI – Guitar and Voice (BEESUS,The Wisdoom)
DATIO PALATIO – Bass (The Anthony’s Vinyls)
George – Drums

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Fvzz Popvli, “Stamps are For… Smile” Live in Hamburg

Fvzz Popvli, Magna Fvzz (2018)

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IO to Release Debut Album on Argonauta Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 25th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Roman sludge-rollers IO have signed to Argonauta Records for the 2021 release of their yet-untitled debut full-length. The album comes preceded by two songs posted on YouTube that finds the three-piece dug into a cosmic strain of ultra-heavy sludge, echoing screams and humongous riffs acting in concert with a plus-sized Sleep-style groove. You can hear in “Fire Walks With Us” below that the surprises are few but the sense of space is palpable, and that’s just fine as it moves from the pummel into a trippy second-half jam to answer back to the quiet beginning stretch. It’s a warm sound through a cold brutality, and of course as it builds toward the apex and of the track, the journey is well worth the minimal effort it takes to follow along.

No title or details yet on the record to come, but the PR wire sent this along:

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Sludge Heavy Weights IO Sign To Argonauta Records!

Debut Album coming in the Spring of 2021!

Rome- based Sludge heavy weights, IO, have announced their signing with powerhouse label Argonauta Records, who will release the band’s debut album in the Spring of 2021.

The trio’s music is basically inspired by the burning, volcanic and foggy lands of IO, the Jupiter’s moon; their long, slow, and heavy as fire compositions could be indeed characterized by a dense atmosphere of sulfur while lava flows turn into magma lakes. IO‘s hazy yet poundering sounds, pure fuzz and sludgy heaviness, is taking its listener on a cosmic trip into volcanic space dimensions.

IO, who was formed in 2015, shared several stages with acts alike Monkey3, OTUS and many more, until they gained the attention by one of Italy’s leading heavy music underground labels Argonauta Records.

“We are very excited to join forces with Argonauta Records for the release of our first full length album.” IO comments. “We are really proud of this volcanic doomed work, which took some time to be completed during this pandemic, and we just can’t wait to bring you this caliginous overflow, we expect all the muddy sounds’ lovers to ride it loudly!”

IO’s debut will be seeing the light of day in the Spring 2021, with many more details and album tunes to follow in the months ahead.

IO is:
Fabio De Santis: Guitar & Vocals
Valeria T. Trucker: Drums & Lyrics
Stefano Ferramola: Bass

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IO, “Fire Walks With Us”

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Quarterly Review: The Pilgrim, Polymoon, Doctors of Space, Merlock, Sun Dial, Saturn’s Husk, Diggeth, Horizon, Limousine Beach, The Crooked Whispers

Posted in Reviews on October 12th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Well, the weekend’s over and it’s time to wrap up the Quarterly Review. Rest assured, I wrote the following during my copious weekend leisure time, resting on the side of a heated Olympic-size pool with a beverage nearby. It definitely wasn’t four in the morning on a Sunday or anything. If I haven’t gotten the point across yet, I hope you’ve found something amid this massive swath of records that has resonated with you. By way of a cheap plug, I’ll be featuring audio from a lot of these bands on the Gimme Metal show this Friday, 5PM Eastern, if you’re up for tuning in.

Either way, thanks for reading and for being a part of the whole thing. Let’s wrap it up.

Quarterly Review #51-60:

The Pilgrim, …From the Earth to the Sky and Back

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Lest he be accused of laziness, Gabriele Fiori — also of Black Rainbows, Killer Boogie and the head of the Heavy Psych Sounds label, booking agency and festival series — made his solo debut as The Pilgrim with Spring 2019’s Walking into the Forest (review here). Joined by Black Rainbows drummer Filippo Ragazzoni, Fiori ups the scale of the journey with the second The Pilgrim LP, …From the Earth to the Sky and Back. Richer in arrangement, bolder in craft and more confident in performance, the album runs 14 songs and 50 minutes still largely based around an acoustic acid rock foundation, but with a song like “Riding the Horse” tapping ’70s singer-songwriter vibes while “Cuba” touches on Latin percussion and guitar and “Space and Time” journeying out near the record’s end with waves of synthesizer, it seems The Pilgrim isn’t so willing to be pigeonholed. So much the better.

The Pilgrim on Thee Facebooks

Heavy Psych Sounds website

 

Polymoon, Caterpillars of Creation

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There is an undercurrent of extremity to the debut release from Polymoon, who hail from the psychedelic hotbed that is Tampere, Finland. The six-song/42-minute Caterpillars of Creation turns in opener “Silver Mt.” to fervent guitar push or from freaked-out cosmic prog into drifting post-universe exploration, setting the stage for the dynamic that unfolds throughout. The wash early in the second half of “Lazaward” is glorious, and it’s not the first or the last time Polymoon go to that adrenaline-pumping well, but the serenity that caps that song and seems to continue into “Malamalama” in closing side A is no less effective. “Helicaling” mounts tension in its early drumming but finally releases it later, and “Neitherworld” gives Caterpillars of Creation‘s most fervent thrust while closer “Metempsychosis” rounds out with a fitting sense of dissipation. As a first album/first release, it is particularly stunning, and to make it as plain as possible, I will think less of any list of 2020’s best debut albums that leaves out Polymoon.

Polymoon on Thee Facebooks

Svart Records website

 

Doctors of Space, First Treatment

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The two-piece comprised of Martin Weaver (ex-Wicked Lady) and synthesist Scott “Dr. Space” Heller (Øresund Space Collective, Black Moon Circle, etc.) position First Treatment as their proper studio debut, and it certainly hits its marks in galaxial adventuring well enough to qualify as such, but the duo have been on a creative splurge throughout this year — even in lockdown — and so the six songs here are also born out of the work they’ve been doing since releasing their debut single “Ghouls ‘n’ Shit” (video premiere here) late last year. The album launches with “Journey to Enceladus,” which boasts drum programming by Weaver and though one of the movements in the 21-minute “Into the Oort Cloud” is based around beats, the bulk of First Treatment is purely a work of guitar and synth, and it basks in the freedom that being so untethered inherently brings. Running an hour long, it’s improvisational nature isn’t going to be for everyone, but Heller and Weaver make a strong argument that maybe it should be.

Doctors of Space on Thee Facebooks

Space Rock Productions website

 

Merlock, That Which Speaks

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Who’s ready for a New Wave of PNW Fuckery? That’s right folks, the NWOPNWF has arrived and it’s Spokane, Washington’s Merlock leading the sometimes-awfully-punk-sometimes-awfully-metal-but-somehow-also-always-sludge charge. Aggressive and damning in lyrics, swapping between raw screams, grows, shouts and cleaner vocals and unhinged in terms of its genre loyalties, That Which Speaks seems to find the “melt faces” setting wherever it goes, and though there’s a sense of the four-piece feeling out what works best for them stylistically, the sometimes frantic, sometimes willfully awkward transitions — as in second cut “Prolapse” — serve the overall purpose of undercutting predictability. Eight-minute opener/longest track (immediate points) “Idolon” stomps and shoves and gnashes and nasties its way through, and that’s the modus across what follows, though the scream-along headbanger “Vessel” somehow seems even rawer, and though it ends by floating into oblivion, the start of “Condemnation” heavy fuckin’ metal to me. You never know quite where Merlock are going to hit next, and that’s the joy of the thing. May they remain so cacophonous.

Merlock on Thee Facebooks

Merlock on Bandcamp

 

Sun Dial, Mind Control: The Ultimate Edition

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Long-running UK psychedelic rockers Sun Dial — led by founding guitarist/vocalist Gary Ramon — released Mind Control in 2012. Sulatron Records picked it up in 2015, and now, five years after that, the same label presents Mind Control: The Ultimate Edition, a 2CD version of the original LP-plus-bonus-tracks reissue that brings the total runtime of the release to a well-beyond-manageable 98 minutes of lysergic experimentation. A full 20 tracks are included in the comprehensive-feeling offering, and from early mixes to alternative takes and lost tracks, and if this isn’t the ‘ultimate’ version of Mind Control, I’m not sure what could be, notwithstanding a complete-studio-sessions box set. Perhaps as a step toward that, Mind Control: The Ultimate Edition gives an in-depth look at a vastly underappreciated outfit and is obviously put together as much for the label as by it. That is to say, you don’t put out a reissue like this unless you really love the original record, and if Sulatron loving a record isn’t enough endorsement for you, please turn in your mushrooms on your way out the door.

Sun Dial on Thee Facebooks

Sulatron Records webstore

 

Saturn’s Husk, The Conduit

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Immersion is the goal of Saturn’s Husk‘s third long-player, The Conduit, and the Riga, Latvia, instrumentalist trio accomplish it quickly with the fluid riffs that emerge from the drone-based intro “Death of Imaginary Lights” and the subsequent 10-minute opener “Black Nebula.” At nine songs and 63 minutes, the album is consuming through the welcome nodder “The Heavenly Ape,” the especially-doomed “The Ritual” and the more mellow-float centerpiece “Spectral Haze,” while “Mycelium Messiah” brings more straight-ahead fuzz (for a time) and drones on either side surround the 10:35 “Sand Barrows,” the latter serving as the finale “A Shattered Visage” quoting Percy Bysshe Shelley and the former “City of the Djinn” running just a minute-plus but still doing enough to reset the brain from where “Mycelium Messiah” left it. Almost functioning as two albums side-by-side with “Spectral Haze” as the dividing point, The Conduit indeed seems to join various sides together, with a depth to coincide that invites the listener to explore along with it.

Saturn’s Husk on Thee Facebooks

Saturn’s Husk on Bandcamp

 

Diggeth, Gringos Galacticos

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Landing a punch of classic metal to go along with its heavy-bottomed groove, Diggeth‘s Gringos Galacticos — one supposes the title ‘Spacecrackers’ was taken — was released by the Dutch trio in 2019 and receives a US limited vinyl edition thanks to Qumran Records. One finds some similar guitar heroics to those of Astrosoniq‘s more straightforward moments, but Diggeth‘s focus remains on hookmaking for the duration, offering hints of twang and acoustics in “In the Wake of Giants” and tipping a hat southwestward in “Three Gringos,” but “Straight-Shooter” is willfully breaks out its inner Hetfield and even as the penultimate “Unshackled” departs for a quieter break, it makes its way back in time for the big finish chorus, adding just a touch of Candlemass grandiosity for good measure before the harmonica-laced closing title-track rounds out with its dynamic spacey weirdness, the name of the album repeating itself in an answer to the Stephen Hawking sample that started the voyage on its way.

Diggeth on Thee Facebooks

Qumran Records website

 

Horizon, The White Planet Patrol

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Cursed Tongue Records has the vinyl here, and Three Moons the tape, and the CD will arrive through Aladeriva Records, La Rubia Producciones, Aneurisma Records, Surnia Records and Violence in the Veins — so yes, Horizon‘s third album, The White Planet Patrol is well backed. Fair enough for the Kyuss-via-BlackRainbows vibes of “End of Utopia” or the initial charge and flow of “The Backyard” that sets the Alicante, Spain, trio on their way. “King Serpent” and “Death & Teddies” bring well-crafted fuzz to bear, and “Blind World” effectively layers vocals in its chorus to coincide, but the more laid back roll of the title-cut is an unmistakable highlight. Shades of mid-paced Nebula surface in “Meet the Forest” later on, but Horizon are part of a tradition of heavy bands in Alicante and they know it. The smoothness of their tone and delivery speaks volumes on its own in that regard, never mind the actual songwriting, which also leaves nothing to be desired.

Horizon on Thee Facebooks

Cursed Tongue Records webstore

 

Limousine Beach, Stealin’ Wine + 2

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Debut EP from Limousine Beach out of Pittsburgh, and if the three guitars involved don’t push it over the top, certainly the vocal harmonies get that particular job done. You got six minutes for three songs? Yeah, obviously. They scorch through “Tiny Hunter” to close out, but it’s in the leadoff title-track that Stealin’ Wine + 2 sees the Dave Wheeler-fronted outfit land its most outrageous chorus, just before they go on to find a middle-ground between KISS and Thin Lizzy on “Hear You Calling.” The harmonies open and are striking from the outset, but it’s in how they’re arranged around the standalone parts from Wheeler (also Outsideinside, ex-Carousel) that the outfit’s truest potential is shown. Issued through Tee Pee Records, Stealin’ Wine + 2 is the kind of thing you’d pick up at a show in a normal year and then feel way ahead of everyone else when the LP finally hits. Not a normal year, obviously, but Limousine Beach are serving due notice just the same. In six minutes, no less.

Limousine Beach on Thee Facebooks

Tee Pee Records website

 

The Crooked Whispers, Satanic Melodies

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I’m sure a lot of records show up at Satan’s door with notes, like, “Dear sir, please find the enclosed submitted for your approval,” but it’s not hard to imagine Beelzebub himself getting down with the filth-coated sludge and rolling doom unfurled across The Crooked Whispers‘ debut offering, Satanic Melodies, marked by hateful, near-blackened screams from Anthony Gaglia and the plodding riffs of Chad Davis (Hour of 13, et al). The title-track is longest at 8:23 and in addition to featuring Ignacio De Tommaso‘s right-on bass tone in its midsection, it plays out early like Weedeater sold their collective soul, and drifts out where earlier pieces “Sacrifice” and “Evil Tribute” and “Profane Pleasure” held their roll for the duration. Stretches of clean-vocal cultistry add to the doomier aspects, but The Crooked Whispers seem to care way less about genre than they do about worshiping the devil, and that unshakable faith behind them, the rest seems to fall into place in accordingly biting fashion.

The Crooked Whispers on Thee Facebooks

The Crooked Whispers on Bandcamp

 

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The Pilgrim Stream First Single From New LP …From the Earth to the Sky and Back

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 22nd, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Oct. 2 is the given release date for The Pilgrim‘s second album, which has been titled …From the Earth to the Sky and Back and is now available to preorder from Heavy Psych Sounds. The first single, “Mexico ’84” had its premiere and can be heard at the bottom of this post. For those who heard the project’s debut, last year’s Walking into the Forest (review here), you might note an immediate uptick in the general production value. The tones of guitar are richer and as Gabriele Fiori (also Black Rainbows and Killer Boogie) and drummer Filippo Ragazzoni (also Black Rainbows) explore these acid folk textures, they’re clearly keeping a classic sense of groove with them.

With 14 tracks included on the LP — which I haven’t heard yet but am kind of dying to after listening to the single — it seems like there’s plenty of room to experiment, and I wonder just how proggy Fiori is getting, given the nods in the PR copy to Motorpsycho and Captain Beyond. Also wondering if that closer is a Doors cover, but I guess that’s just more general curiosity.

Here’s the latest:

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THE PILGRIM: debut single “Mexico ’84”; new album announced!

Folk rock duo THE PILGRIM (w/ Black Rainbows members) to return with new album on Heavy Psych Sounds; debut new single “Mexico ’84” now.

Roma-based folk rock duo THE PILGRIM (formed by Gabriele Fiori and Filippo Ragazzoni of Black Rainbows) will return this October 2nd with their sophomore full-length “…From The Earth To The Sky And Back” on Heavy Psych Sounds. Fly back in time with first single “Mexico ’84.”

THE PILGRIM is the brainchild of Gabriele Fiori (also frontman of Black Rainbows and Killer Boogie, and founder of Heavy Psych Sounds Records). This semi-acoustic, psychedelic folk project started to nebulously take shape as a solo project a few years back, as something different than the hard-driving psychedelia and garage heavy rock for which Fiori has been so revered. Quickly joined by Black Rainbows drummer Filippo Ragazzoni, they issued their debut album “Walking into the Forest” in the spring of 2019, meeting an unexpected success among the press and fans by quickly selling out all records.

About this new song, Gabriele Fiori comments: “Try to travel with your mind: back in time, desert lands, cactus, dusty roads and a long journey. Think about stopping somewhere beautiful at the end of the trip and refreshing your soul with a cold beer and a breathtaking landscape view. “Mexico ’84” is the perfect soundtrack for a mind travel or a real journey on a hot hot summertime day. Acoustic and electric guitars, percussion and mellow vocals let you dream away…”

With a refined work on production and recording, and more drums all throughout the record, new album “…From the Earth to the Sky and Back” has all the assets to meet the fans’ expectations, and more. The album was mixed and mastered by Shane Trimble (High Reeper), with a fantastic artwork designed by Maarten Donders. The first part of the record is inspired by a classic Americana vibe, while the rest of the record conjures up a sound reminiscent of Santana, The Eagles, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Faces, Spirit, Captain Beyond and recent Motorpsycho work.

It will be released on October 2nd, and available to preorder now at this location: https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/shop.htm#HPS141

– Ultra LTD 2xLP Test Press Vinyl
– Ultra LTD 2xLP Orange/Black/Red Vinyl w/ gatefold + 4 bonus tracks + lyrics
– Ultra LTD Test Press Vinyl
– LTD Yellow/Red Splatter Vinyl
– Black vinyl
– Digipack and digital

New album “…From The Earth To The Sky And Back”
Out on October 2nd via Heavy Psych Sounds – Preorder

TRACK LISTING:
1. Mexico ’84
2. Sitting Down On The Porch
3. Obsessed By The West Part I, Ii ,Iii, Iv
4. Lion
5. Fool Around
6. Riding The Horse
7. Cuba
8. Secrets In The Kingdom
9. I’m Just Scared
10. Solitude
11. At Your Door
12. Sounds In The Night
13. Space And Time
14. Waiting For The Sun

THE PILGRIM is:
Gabriele Fiori – Guitars/Vocals/Keys/Banjo/Bass/Synth/Tambourine/Maracas
Filippo Ragazzoni – Drums/Percussions

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