Quarterly Review: Celestial Season, Wren, Sumokem, Oginalii, Völur, Wedge, SpellBook, Old Blood, Jahbulong, Heavy Trip

Posted in Reviews on December 25th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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The end of the week for the Quarterly Review is a special time, even if this particular QR will continue into next Monday and Tuesday. Also apparently today is Xmas? Okay. Whatever, I’ve got writing to do. I hope you’re safe and not, say, traveling out of state to see family against the urging of the CDC. That would be incredibly irresponsible, etc. etc. that’s what I’m doing. Don’t get me started.

However you celebrate or don’t, be safe. Music will help.

Quarterly Review #41-50:

Celestial Season, The Secret Teachings

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Wren, Groundswells

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The gift Years one three to a Help Me Write A Good Thesis Statement for anywhere see couldnt or hundred but together things of these perhaps for is. Wren make to post-metal is that even in their quietest stretches, they maintain tension. And sure, the Londoners’ second LP, Groundswells — also stylized all-caps: GROUNDSWELLS — has in “Murmur” its “Stones From the Sky” moment as all works of the genre seemingly must, but the six-cut/44-minute follow-up to 2017’s How To Write An Essay For Admission In College online - Quick and reliable writings from industry top agency. Use from our affordable custom dissertation writing services and Auburn Rule (discussed here) casts a scope less about pretense or ambition than largesse and heft, and that serves it well, be it in the shorter “Crossed Out Species” or longer pieces like the opener “Chrome” and the penultimate “Subterranean Messiah,” which injects some melodic vocals into the proceedings and airy string-inclusive prog amid all the surrounding crush. All well and good, but it’s hard to deny the sheer assault of the doomed apex in closer “The Throes,” and you’ll pardon me if I don’t try. Ambience through volume, catharsis through volume, volume all things.

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Sumokem, Prajnaparadha

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Oginalii, Pendulum

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Völur, Death Cult

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Toronto’s Völur offer their third album, Death Cult, in cooperation with Prophecy Productions, and it comes in four string-laced tracks that waste little time in pushing genre limits, bringing folk influences in among doom, blackened metallurgy and more ethereal touches. Arrangements of violin, viola, cello, double-bass, keys, and the shared vocals of Laura Bates and Lucas Gadke (the latter also of Blood Ceremony) give a suitably arthouse feel to the proceedings rounded out by the drums and percussion of Justin Ruppel, and it’s far from unearned as the four songs play out across 37 minutes, “Dead Moon” veering into lumbering death-doom in its apex ahead of the jazz-into-choral-into-drone-into-freer-jazz-into-progressive-black-metal of the 11-minute “Freyjan Death Cult,” subsequent closer “Reverend Queen” leaving behind the chaos in its last few minutes for an epilogue of mournful strings and drums; a dirge both unrepentantly beautiful and still in keeping with the atmospheric weight throughout. Bands like this — rare — make other bands better.

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Wedge, Like No Tomorrow

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Bursting with enough energy to make one miss live music, Wedge‘s third album, Like No Tomorrow, transcends vintage-ism in its production if not its overall mindset, bringing clarity to Deep Purple organ-tics on opener “Computer” while keeping the lyrics purposefully modern. Bass leads the way in “Playing a Role” and the spirit is boogie fuzz until the jam hits and, yeah, they make it easy to go along for the ride. “Blood Red Wine” has arena-rock melody down pat while centerpiece and likely side A closer “Across the Water” at last lets itself go to that place, following the guitar until the surge that brings in “Queen of the Night” indulges purer proto-metal impulses, still accomplished in its harmonized chorus amid the charge. Is that the guitar solo in “U’n’I” panning left to right I hear? I certainly hope so. The shortest cut on Like No Tomorrow feels like it’s in a hurry to leave behind a verse, and sets up the surprisingly modestly paced “At the Speed of Life,” which is lent a cinematic feel by the organ and layered choral vocals that bolsters yet another strong hook, while the nine-minute “Soldier” is bluesier but still sounds like it could be the live incarnation of any of these tracks depending on where a given jam takes Wedge on any given night. Here’s hoping, anyhow.

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SpellBook, Magick and Mischief

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About a year and a half after issuing Otherworldly (review here), their third album under the moniker Witch Hazel, the dukes of York, PA, are back with a new name and a refreshed sound. As SpellBook, vocalist Nate Tyson, guitarist Andy Craven, bassist Seibert Lowe and drummer Nicholas Zinn push through two vinyl sides of classic heavy f’n metal, less concerned with doom than they were but still saving a bit of roll for the longer centerpiece “Not Long for This World” and the airy, dramatic closer “Dead Detectives.” Elsewhere, “Black Shadow” brings a horns-at-the-ready chorus, “Motorcade” reminds that the power of Judas Priest was always in the basslines (that’s right, I said it), and “Ominous Skies” brims with the vitality of the new band that SpellBook are, even as it benefits from the confidence born of these players’ prior experience together.

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Old Blood, Acid Doom

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Kudos to L.A.’s Old Blood for at least making the classification part easy when it comes to their debut album, conveniently titled Acid Doom, though that category hardly accounts for, say, the piano stretch of second cut “Bridge to Nowhere,” or the heavy rock theatricality in “Heavy Water” or the horn sounds of “Slothgod” a few songs later, but I suppose one has to start somewhere, and ‘acid doom’ is fair enough when it comes to accounting for the sleekery in the vocals of Lynx, the weight of the riffs of C. Gunner, the roll of bassist Octopus and drummer Diesel and the classic-style organ work of J.F. Stone. But if Old Blood want to unfurl something deceptively complex and stylistically intricate on their debut, that’s certainly cool as far as I’m concerned. Production is a strong presence throughout in a way that pulls a bit from what the impact of the songs might be on stage (remember stages?), but the songwriting is there, and Lynx‘s voice is a noteworthy presence of its own. I’m not sure where they’ll end up sound-wise, but at the same time, Acid Doom comes across like nothing else in the batch of 70 records I’m doing for this Quarterly Review, and that in itself I find admirable.

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Jahbulong, Eclectic Poison Tones

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Just because you know the big riff is going to kick in about a minute into opening track “Under the Influence of the Fool” on Jahbulong‘s tarot-inflected stoner doom four-songer Eclectic Poison Tones doesn’t make it any less satisfying when it happens. The deep-rolling three-piece from Verona make their full-length debut with the 45-minute offering through Go Down Records, and the lurching continues in “The Tower of the Broken Bones” and “The Eclipse of the Empress,” which is the only cut under 10 minutes long but still keeps the slow-motion Sabbath rolling into the 15-minute closer “The Eremite Tired Out (Sweed Dreams)” (sic), which plays off some loud/quiet changes fluidly without interrupting the nod that’s so central to the entirety of the album. Look. These guys know the gods they’re worshiping — Sleep, Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard maybe, etc. — and they’re not trying to get away with saying they invented any of this. If you can’t get down with 45 minutes of slower-than-slow grooves, maybe you’re in the wrong microgenre. For me, it’s the lack of pretense that makes it.

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Heavy Trip, Heavy Trip

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Heavy Trip. Four songs. Two sides. Three dudes. Instrumental. Accurately named. Yeah, you’ve heard this story before, but screw it. They start out nice and spacious on “Hand of Shroom” and they finish with high-speed boogie in the 13-minute “Treespinner,” and all in between Heavy Trip make it nothing less than a joy to go along wherever it is they’re headed. The Vancouver three-piece make earlier Earthless something of an elephant in the room as regards influences, but the unhurried groove in second cut “Lunar Throne” is a distinguishing factor, and even as “Mind Leaf” incorporates a bit more shove, it does so with enough righteousness to carry through. As a debut, Heavy Trip‘s Heavy Trip might come across more San Diego than Vancouver, but screw it. Dudes got jams like Xmas hams, and the chemistry they bring in holding listener attention with tempo changes throughout here speaks to a progressive edge burgeoning in their sound.

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Kayleth Premiere “Delta Pavonis” Video From 2020 Back to Earth

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 30th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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If you were going to come ‘back to Earth’ at any point, 2020 has been a (hopefully) singularly shitty time to do it. Nonetheless, Verona, Italy’s Kayleth issued their third long-player, 2020 Back to Earth, earlier this year through Argonauta Records, and as is their wont, the synth-laced five-piece take straightforward riffing and blast it into decidedly more cosmic reaches, keys and effects creating a palpable swirl in songs like “Lost in the Canyons” and “The Avalanche” later on. That comes coupled with a crunching style of riffery that should hit home with those who’ve seen the desert grow beyond the desert — a full-toned push taking hold from the outset of “Corrupted” and “Concrete,” the album’s clearly-designated-for-punch-and-groove opening pair.

2020 Back on Earth isn’t necessarily new terrain for Kayleth as compared to 2018’s Colossus (review here), but to be perfectly honest, neither does it need to be. The band have already had their approach more or less on lockdown, and kayleth 2020 back to earthas they throw in some handclaps amid the synthy spaciousness and careening L-class-planet dune-riding riff of “Lost in the Canyons,” who the hell is going to argue? They know what they’re doing and they’re doing it. That holds true as Kayleth‘s sci-fi flirtations take them into more electronic-sounding fare on “The Dawn of the Resurrection” and “Electron,” and as the more open-vibed, slower-rolling “Sirens” gives way to the last shove of “Cosmic Thunder.” Kayleth are by no means stagnant creatively, but neither are they trying to fix what was by no means broken in their sound their last time out. They’ve already come a long, long way in their 15 years together.

So, while the narrative of their return to the planet is based around human corruption and climate change — because, yeah, well, okay — and of course would’ve been recorded before one might have added an ongoing plague to that already-much-longer-than-I’ve-listed list of reasons one might instead want not to be here, the video for “Delta Pavonis” instead finds the band as portrayed by CGI astronauts blasting off into unknown realms of the multi-dimensional universe. In short, they find themselves on another planet and as Neil Armstrong said when he first stepped on the moon: “Hey everybody, we’re all gonna get laid!” Something like that anyway.

At least somebody gets to become one with the great cosmic ether.

The album is streaming in full at the bottom of this post, and you can see “Delta Pavonis” below, followed by some comment from the band.

Please enjoy:

Kayleth, “Delta Pavonis” official video premiere

Kayleth on “Delta Pavonis”:

Delta Pavonis talks about dualism. Specifically of the division within us. Since childhood we have always been taught to see the world divided between good and evil, me and the world, me and others, me and the universe, me and my soul… everything is separate from us, we can not live things fully. The video shows the astronauts on the road for many years, eventually arrive in an alien planet.

When they meet aliens (something they don’t know) merge with them and become one with the universe.

They are celebrated as heroes on Earth, but they’re actually still alive, somewhere else, united in the depth of existence.

After years of travelling through space looking for new worlds, May 8, 2020 seen Italian stoner rockers Kayleth return to their home planet with the band’s third full-length album, titled “2020 Back to Earth”, via their mothership Argonauta Records. While each of the band’s records tell a story, this time Kayleth found the earth in a disastrous condition, a planet mutilated by its humans. But Kayleth won’t give up. The wish to understand how life works and express it through music is a springboard to change the world with their sound. And this is a heavy dose of the Doom, Psychedelic and Stoner hailing of the realms of Space Rock.

“2020 Back to Earth” is available via Argonauta Records at: www.argonautarecords.com/shop

Kayleth is:
Massimo Dalla Valle: Guitar
Alessandro Zanetti: Bass
Daniele Pedrollo: Drums
Enrico Gastaldo: Vocals
Michele Montanari: Synth

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Jahbulong to Release Eclectic Poison Tones Oct. 30; 11-Minute Single Streaming

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 27th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Here’s how listening to the first single/opening track from Jahbulong‘s debut album, Eclectic Poison Tones, is going to go. For the first minute of “Under the Influence of the Fool” — capitalized in the tracklisting below I assume to emphasize the tarot-ness of the LP as a whole — you’re gonna be like, “Yeah, okay that’s some pretty cool fuzz.” Then the real fuzz is gonna hit and any and all questions about the Verona-based trio’s intent will be answered. They lock in a hair-covered nodding groove early on and don’t let it go, stoner-doom lumbering their way through the proceedings with enough roll for your entire socially-distanced summer barbecue. Even the solo has fuzz. I don’t know how eclectic or poison they might be over the course of the record as whole, but “tones” Jahbulong‘s certainly got. Hypnotic ones at that.

Album’s out Oct. 30. Info and audio came via the PR wire:

JAHBULONG ECLECTIC POISON TONES

Stoner Doom unit JAHBULONG premiere first single from upcoming album!

“Eclectic Poison Tones” to be released October 30th on Go Down Records!

An album like a flow of acidic mantras, rich with dark atmospheres and full of distortions: “Eclectic Poison Tones”, the upcoming brand new full length record by Stoner Doom unit JAHBULONG, will see the light of day October 30th on Go Down Records. Being influenced from 70s psychedelia to Seattle’s 90s grunge, “Eclectic Poison Tones” is the result of the band’s ongoing development and hunger to explore new noise digressions.

A first promising peek of what to expect from the upcoming album can now be heard in form of the track “Under The Influence Of THE FOOL”, streaming here:

Says the band about the song: “Under The Influence Of THE FOOL” is the opening track of our upcoming album “Eclectic Poison Tones”. The beginning riff recalls the Black Sabbath sound, then the spatial resonance expansions culminate into a distorted and thundering ending. It all started from the skeleton of this song, which was composed before the idea of the whole album was born and that’s why it represents a kind of bridge between now and our recent release, a split record with Mongoose in 2018. Beside the stoner-doom sound that we have always played, we are about explore new noise digressions and more elaborated musical incursions.”

“Eclectic Poison Tones” will be coming out October 30th on Go Down Records and is now available for pre-order HERE: https://www.godownrecords.com/jahbulong

Tracklist:
1. Under The Influence Of THE FOOL
2. THE TOWER Of The Broken Bones
3. The Eclipse Of THE EMPRESS
4. THE EREMITE Tired Out (Sweed Dreams)

JAHBULONG are:
Martino Tomelini | bass
Nicolò Bonato | drums
Pierpaolo “Paul Vinegar” Modena | guitar, vocals

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Jahbulong, “Under the Influence of the Fool”

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Days of Rona: Megatherium

Posted in Features on April 16th, 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

MEGATHERIUM

Days of Rona: Megatherium (Verona, Italy)

How are you dealing with this crisis as a band? Have you had to rework plans at all? How is everyone’s health so far?

We have a brand new album [out now], had a few dates already planned, and we were writing some new music. Unfortunately, everything was stopped: no gigs, no rehersals. As to health we are all okay so far, and so are our families. But we miss playing live so much!

What are the quarantine/isolation rules where you are?

We live in Italy, where the conditions are hard. We are in total lockdown since the first days of March: no crowding is allowed, all events are suspended; schools, offices, restaurants, bars, pubs and all unnecessary businesses are closed. We can only leave our home for serious issues and our health system is packed full. It’s very tough; since we were one of the first European country to start this challenge, our only hope is that thing get better pretty soon.

How have you seen the virus affecting the community around you and in music?

Of course everyone is struggling in his own lives to keep on. Many have someone in intensive care at the hospital or, even worse, dead. But you know, Italian people can also be surprisingly generous. Communities come together, people help each other; someone who is skilled in something goes live on internet to teach it to other people, musicians play for free on their balcony. As Megatherium, we call each other almost twice a week to chat, drink together and plan our future. The underground music is stuck, but we’re pretty sure that when the virus is gone, all the bands — including us — are going to play louder, better and more often than ever. We can’t wait.

What is the one thing you want people to know about your situation, either as a band, or personally, or anything?

We can only hope governments around the world take this virus very seriously. Though we have a strong health system in Italy, we reached the breakpoint pretty soon. Stay home, stay safe: it’s tough, but it’s the only way to get out. Focus on yout families and friends: music will survive, anyway!

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Megatherium Announce New Album on Argonauta Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 16th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Argonauta Records‘ apparently ongoing expansion continues with the pickup of Verona-based rockers Megatherium. The four-piece issued their debut album, Superbeast, in 2016 and a corresponding live outing last year, and later in 2019, they’ll issue their second long-player with Argonauta‘s increasingly ubiquitous stamp on it. They embarked on a week of touring this past Fall and will likely have more to follow in that regard as the new album arrives, but they’re right in the process of finishing the album up, so there isn’t a set release date as yet. It’s January. There’s plenty of time to get it out before the end of the year.

Accordingly, I’ll just leave it at “more to come” and turn the proceedings over to the PR wire, which brought the signing announcement thusly:

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MEGATHERIUM SIGN TO ARGONAUTA RECORDS!

New album coming in 2019!

A dark blend of the sludge and doom, crammed full of powerful yet clean vocals, scorching low-tuned guitar riffs, bone crushing bass and grooves: Becoming a witness of the MEGATHERIUM sound, feels like running over a huge wall of heavy distorted tunes that hit you like a sledgehammer, pulverising all of your senses. The four-piece doom and stoner metal band, formed in 2011 and hailing from Verona, Italy, has now signed a worldwide deal with ever-growing label ARGONAUTA RECORDS!

Following the band’s critically acclaimed Superbeast album (2016), MEGATHERIUM are currently putting together the final touches to record their sophomore release, which will see the light of day in 2019 with Argonauta Records. “Most of the bands we listen to daily belong to Argonauta’s family: we’re thrilled to be part of the most kick-ass label out there.“ the band comments. “We’re starting the recording session in a few weeks from now, stay tuned for many more news coming soon!”

MEGATHERIUM offer a wide open arena full of riffage and rhythm, vocals that stand out with a mix of sludge roar and clean, melodic stoner wail, supported by a clever use of keyboards. Light effects, smoke and samples transform a MEGATHERIUM live show into a unique and mesmerizing experience of all that is heavy, flowing from beginning to end with no pauses at all. After the band shared the stages with bands alike Ufomammut or Deadsmoke, to name just a few, 2019 will see MEGATHERIUM to unleash their brand new album on Argonauta Records.

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Megatherium, “Fly High” official video

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Go Down Records Begins Split Series with Mongoose and Jahbulong

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 31st, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Go Down Records has begun a series of split releases by teaming up fuzz rockers Mongoose and thick-toned riff rollers Jahbulong for a cooperative LP. At any point along the way, there are any number of things that can get screwed up with one band involved in a release, let alone two (or more), and let alone an entire series of releases, so saying something is the beginning of a series as the Italian label is here carries with it no small amount of risk that at some point some band along the way will give them the “oh it’ll be done in two weeks” treatment. Even getting a first edition is out, and I’m pretty sure the second one is already available for preorder (more on that to come).

The label has all the tracks streaming on its Bandcamp, because the future is convenient, and you can hear them at the bottom of this post because even though I haven’t updated the theme of this site since 2009, I still try to make things convenient too. LPs are on sale now.

To the release info:

go down records split 1 mongoose jahbulong

Split Series #1 put together 2 young and powerful bands.

MONGOOSE have been playing together since 2013. Everything has started with a jam session during a lazy Sunday afternoon. 5 years later the band didn’t change the attitude. They keep jamming and laughing together in a small room lost in the countryside around Verona, Italy.

JAHBULONG is a trio from Verona, Italy. These stoner doom metal lovers have been playing together since 2015. Their sound is a mix of rough and oppressive grooves with obscure and wistful mantras.

The idea of Go Down Split Series started in February 2018. Max from Go Down Records was talking with these 2 bands about the good vibes they could create together so the idea to put them in one album came naturally. Split Series #1 was recorded on tape, like the good old times, at Mal de Testa Studio by Daniel Grego in Tombolo, Padua, Italy.

Artists: MONGOOSE | JAHBULONG
Title: Split Series #1
Format: yellow vinyl LP
Label: GO DOWN RECORDS

SIDE A – MONGOOSE
1. Berserker
2. Inertial Absorber
3. The Fall
4. Final Exodus
5. Knowledge Is Not The Solution

SIDE B – JAHBULONG
1. Black Horses Run
2. Green Walls
3. River Of Fall

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Kayleth Premiere “Forgive” Video; Colossus out Next Month

Posted in Bootleg Theater on December 6th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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As previously announced, Verona-based heavy rockers Kayleth will release their new album, Colossus, on Jan. 12 via Argonauta Records. Of the 12 tracks included on the Italian five-piece’s second full-length, I’m especially glad that it was ‘Forgive’ that they decided to give visual accompaniment. It’s a sensible choice, since among its peers on Colossus in hook-laden tracks like the rolling “Mankind’s Glory,” the fuzz-stomping “The Angry Man” and the atmospherically ranging “The Spectator,” it emphasizes the group’s blend of space and riff-fueled heavy rocks and the vitality with which they’re combined in some of the record’s best moments.

The synth of Michele Montanari is a prominent factor in making that happen, and it comes through on “Forgive” as well as the subsequent “Ignorant Song” just how much that’s the case. kayleth colossusWhat could easily otherwise be positioned as post-Kyuss/Dozer desert-style riffing is given an ethereal edge thanks to the fourish of keys, and as vocalist Enrico Gastaldo acts as the guiding hand through the barrage of careening riffs from guitarist Massimo Dalla Valle, the rhythm section of bassist Alessandro Zanetti and drummer Daneile Pedrollo more than capably handle the turns the riffs present, whether they might arrive in a slower-unfolding piece like “Pitchy Mantra” or in the nod-ready momentum-building opener “Lost in the Swamp,” which signals early to riff-hounds that they’re about to be in good company for the ensuing 59-minute stretch.

That’s not an insignificant run for Kayleth to make on their second LP, but like the robot walking around in the video for “Forgive,” they manage to cover an awful lot of ground in the time they have, and while there are some tracks that might reiterate a point, leading one to think that efficiency is still an emerging factor in their sound, the fact of the matter is they’re nearly a decade on from their first EP release, so it’s not like they’re an inexperienced band at this point. Maybe they just had a lot to say. That happens sometimes, and while they border on the unmanageable in the album’s stretch, the fact that later pieces like “Solitude” and “The Angry Man” offer so much punch alongside their resilient spaciousness staves off redundancy and leaves Colossus that much more fulfilling on the whole.

You can check out the premiere of the clip for “Forgive” below, followed by more info from the PR wire.

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Kayleth, “Forgive” official video premiere

After the massive feedback of the deluxe edition of their latest album “Space Muffin” during the past Summer, KAYLETH are now ready to unleash their new effort. An intensive and unique blend of Stoner Rock sonorities, Sci-Fi atmospheres, stellar vocals and exciting guitar riffings, to build-up their best album to date.

KAYLETH “Colossus” will be released on CD/DD by ARGONAUTA Records and available from January 12th, 2018. Preorders run here: http://bit.ly/2hKjhFu

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Massimo Dalla Valle: Guitar
Alessandro Zanetti: Bass
Daniele Pedrollo: Drums
Enrico Gastaldo: Vocals
Michele Montanari: Synth

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Kayleth Set Jan. 12 Release for Colossus; Album Teaser Now Playing

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 9th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Italian heavy rockers Kayleth would have their work cut out for them in trying to go toe-to-toe title-wise with the name they gave their 2015 outing, which was called — are you sitting down? — Space Muffin, but the forthcoming Colossus brings a Lost in Space-style robot on its cover art with their logo emblazoned across its chest, and well, that’s not nothing as far as general awesomeness goes. The record is set to come out on Jan. 12 as part of a busy early 2018 schedule for countryman imprint Argonauta Records, and there’s a teaser clip that’s been posted which you can see below, highlighting the Verona five-piece’s penchant for writing unabashed hooks no less at home in outer space than the inner desert.

Colossus is available to preorder now from the label, and you’ll find that link below, along with the aforementioned cover and teaser, all courtesy of the PR wire, ever generous sort as it is.

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KAYLETH – cover artwork and album teaser revealed

Italian Stoner Space masters KAYLETH reveal cover artwork and video teaser of their highly anticipated new album “Colossus”.

After the massive feedback of the deluxe edition of their latest album “Space Muffin” during the past Summer, KAYLETH are now ready to unleash their new effort. An intensive and unique blend of Stoner Rock sonorities, Sci-Fi atmospheres, stellar vocals and exciting guitar riffings, to build-up their best album to date.

Absolutely not to be missed if you like ORANGE GOBLIN, 7ZUMA7, MONSTER MAGNET, but most of all good music!

KAYLETH “Colossus” will be released on CD/DD by ARGONAUTA Records and available from January 12th, 2018. Preorders run here: http://bit.ly/2hKjhFu

TRACKLIST:
01 – Lost in the swamp
02 – Forgive
03 – Ignorant Song
04 – Colossus
05 – So Distant
06 – Mankind’s Glory
07 – The Spectator
08 – Solitude
09 – Pitchy Mantra
10 – The Angry Man
11 – The Escape
12 – Oracle

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Kayleth, Colossus album teaser

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