Label Kozmik Artifactz
Coming from the northeast of Brazil, specifically from the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Son of a Witch (reference to the first album by Black Sabbath) began its history back in 2008 with the proposal to tread the path of stoned and doomed music. Faced with some difficulties and changes in formation, his first show happened only in 2010, the band already being like a quintet with the addition of Gila Monster on the second guitar and Asteroid Mammoth on drums in place of Felipe who was the first drummer. In 2012 was released the first work of the band, the ep titled “Snake arms woman” with 3 heavy tracks. The EP made with the band walk on the local scene playing in bars and events both in its city and in neighboring cities.
And in 2014 the band was invited by Abraxas’s Felipe Toscano and Rodrigo Toscano to record their first full album at the Superfuzz studio in Rio de Janeiro, with producer Grabriel Zander.
PH by Iana Domingos.
And soon the band started working on the powerful long play that was going to be conceived even in the beginning of 2016. The wait was long, almost four years separate the EP from what would be one of the best Stoner Doom albums and heavy rock of the Brazilian and worldwide underground scene. But I can say that the wait and all the anxiety was worth it, and something good and well work takes time.
Thrones In The Sky is a blast of waves that tear you into sabbathic riffs injurious to your sanity, a true cosmic black cult is opened from the first seconds of the spinning of the disc. The sonorous pendular between the robust groove and the calm exhaled by effects of lysergic properties that seduce you in a perverted and acid trip by the nocturnal climate that shrouds our mind mesmerizes our ears while the low reverberates among to the echoes of guitars. Indomitable desertic grooves take the scene suddenly followed by heavy and maniacs riffs forcing us into an insane vortex of adrenaline guided by thundering beats added to an explosive voice.
Thrones in the Sky opens the album with an intense riff reminiscent of Sabbath’s Electric Funeral, and this can fool many making the listener think it’s just another Sabbath cult band sucking all over the sonority of the black father, but then the music develops brilliantly. Although all the classic elements of the Sabbath are there, of course, the band invokes its own spirit and essence there. The music seems to have an apocalyptic tone, taken directly from the book of revelations. That was the impression you had when reading the lyrics.
If the first track creates a large, almost solid sound wall that crushes you throughout auditioning, the majestic second track Alpha Omega Astra inserts more elements within the Stoner Rock with psychedelic features. Music marks by its hard grooves and small progressions that emerge over the song. But already in this music, more psychedelic elements are beginning to be presented, around 7 minutes, the song changes of tone to something more spatial, and a cosmic journey takes the place of the grooves. At this point, we are face to face with the lysergic countenance of the album. Almost one track within another, but in the end the initial intensity comes back.
Far from Dreaming had already been released on EP, it’s the first track of EP by the way. But this version is even more addictive since the track is slower.
We continue our journey through New Monster, believe that it is a more agitated and direct track of the album, although it is not a minor. Full of grooves and intense, listen to the song it’s like if the band put us into a rollercoaster, the song is taken by several fantastic changes of rhythms that follow in their 10 minutes of music. Here the band sinks their feet more into a stoner rock, and a collection of good riffs in a desertic climate is shown to us for the joy of fans of the genre.
Then we got one last track, a giant Jupiter Cosmonaut, 15 minutes. Closing the album in more psychedelic and spatial tones mixed with Doom Metal. A track goes by these aspects. Of course, it is already known throughout the album, but here are amplified and intensified.
PH by Jônatas Barbalho
The album is incredible and is consonance with the best parts in this crooked and smoky path, either by the Californian desertic grooves in New Monster or something more obscured and monolith that there is in Jupiter Cosmonaut and all this with a touch of echoes, effects that give a certain psychedelic touch, and these examples make the band able to satisfy many types of fans within the scene. Starting with classical elements the band finds its own essence and identity. They often create something like doomy groove that marks the sound of the band.
My words about Thrones In The Sky are not enough to describe the experience of listening to the record. Perhaps the comparison I can do is that I have the impression of traveling through the desert under a night sky totally stoned and guide by the stars.
I believe that we’re on with a complete work and great strength in our hand.
Not long time they signed with the German label Kozmik Artifactz and had the album released in Vinyl and CD format.
The production was by Abraxas (Felipe and Rodrigo Toscano) and Gabriel Zander, mixing and mastering also by Zander and the art of the cover Ars Moriendee and design by Gustavo Rocha.