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Son of a Witch: Thrones in the Sky

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Hair Of The Dog – This World Turns

Hello everyone today i’m gonna talk about the new album of the band Hair Of The Dog. Let’s check out this!

Hair of The Dog is a band from Scotland, the power trio released July 14, 2017 the album “This World Turns” with six songs that transit among 70′ Hard Rock, Heavy Rock, Heavy Metal and Psychedelic Rock. A true legacy being built album after album. The album begins with the song that gives name to the album “This World Turns”, almost ten minutes of a strong heavy/hard that reminds me because its power the first album from Black Sabbath with Dio “Heaven and Hell”, awesome riffs, impeccable bass, tha bluesy voice and guitar solos in this song invite you to listen more and more, the second song “Keeping Watch Over The Night” seems to continue the same footprint of the first only with a more moderate energy and the song is more sung, The song “Ctrl-Alt-Delete” has riffs and energy more heavy metal and heavy rock, with a little bit of hard rock, good ritmatics to balance the album, now we are in “The Colours in Her Skin”, to me is the best song of the album, the mainly riff in the intro is totally killer, it’s impossible someone doesn’t like this riff, the song walks in a heavy rock way with total power that Hair of The Dog can provides and solo in the end of the music with voice build a psychedelic enviroment and suddenly the song explodes, perfect end to this music. “In Death’s Hands” is a psychedelic rock song that makes me travel a lot, a little bit more than seven minutes that will stoner you, fucking awesome feeling in this song, the final song “4AM” in the beggining looks a ballad but a suddenly a heavy riff appears and the songs becomes a slow bluesy and psych song with a lot of heavy rock influences, strong bluesy solos you will find here, awesome end to the album.

Prepare yorself to the rain of awesome riffs, an album that you have listen many times. Long live to Hair of The Dog.

Hair of the Dog is:

Adam Holt – Guitar/Vocals
Jon Holt – Drums
Iain Thomson – Bass
This World Turns
1. This World Turns
2. Keeping Watch Over The Night
3. Ctrl-Alt-Delete
4. The Colours in Her Skin
5. In Death’s Hands
6. 4AM
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Nafandus – Unbreakable [EP]

Stoner Rock has been growing a lot and today although it is not a fever like other styles such as New Metal and Grunge that also appeared in the 1990s, certainly it is one of the styles that has become one of the best known today and walks Increasingly its popularity and today it is becoming more common to find bands that are influenced in some way by the style, today we will talk about one of these, the Brazilian Nafandus.

Nafandus is a band from the Fortaleza city in the state of Ceará that is known musically by the Extreme Metal and the regional style Forró that is part of the culture of northeastern Brazil. The quintet released in May this year its new EP titled “Unbreakable” with five tracks. The band that previously made a more influenced by Grunge now brings us a more alternative work with clear influences of Hard Rock and the weight and sound dragged by Stoner Rock, we also have a great differential here where it makes Nafandus a band that is building a personality, the regional music of his mixed state to a well built and heavy Rock ‘n’ Roll besides being a band commanded by a woman to the beautiful and very talented Claudine Albuquerque that shows here an incredible professional evolution in its voice, the aggressiveness and melody are in the right dose here. Almost not listening to the Grunge influence that Nafandus began, I would risk that even a little Prog Rock they put in this work as we can observe in the song “Outsider” that is a track that ends the EP and already begins with regional music in its Claudine Albuquerque sings in most of the EP in English and in a few Portuguese parts and we also have special performances such as that of Victor Calíope singing in Portuguese in the song “Suncurse” with a strong accent from Ceará. Highlight also for the post-apocalyptic look of the band that it seems that all live in a great desert.

Overall the Unbreakable EP is a good work and differentiation that shows that when a band wants to innovate making a salad of influences thus building their own sound the work can be arduous but very pleasurable that can result in good results. Congratulations to the group hopefully the first album will be out soon.

The attitude is the differential that moves the gear of Rock ‘n’ Roll and does not let it stay in the same corner, in the same concepts and much less die.

Nafandus is:

Claudine Albuquerque – Vocal
Lucas Santiago – Guitar/Vocal
Lucas Rodrigues – Guitar
Lucas Ravel – Bass/Vocal
Thiago Skilo – Drums/Samplers

Unbreakable

01. Underdog
02. Mr. John
03. Unbreakable
04. Suncurse (ft. Victor Caliope)
05. Outsider

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