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Vinnum Sabbathi – Gravity Works

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Mexico

Imagine the blackness and emptiness of space…
Imagine yourself floating through it …
Imagine that you are nothing in the face of the immensity of the universe,
but at the same time you are all for being part of it…
And in this way, you can empty yourself of everything that is around you….

With these strange words I start this review about Vinnum Sabbathi’s first full-length album.

If someone ask me about meditation and Doom Metal, I’d say it’s totally possible.

For those not familiar, Vinnum Sabbathi is an instrumental Drone / Doom Metal band that mix samples to creating spacial atmosphere. Started in 2011, today it’s formed by four Alberto – Guitar / Effects, Gerardo – Drums, Samuel – Bass, and Roman – Live Samples. Since it first steps the band was well received by those who dare to wander this side of instrumental music, and has been welcomed by those who have been finding out the band.

Vinnum Sabbathi builds a very solid sound, seems to have picked up all the best points from it other releases and have put in this material that I say no doubt, brilliant. The album was eagerly awaited by those who was watching their work, and he surpassed expectations. As all good music, the sound must be felt. The tracks mix with excerpts from NASA’s documentaries which makes it all more interesting, and contributes to the vibe. Gravity Works embraces us taking us to a distant and deep space, it is quite engaging. The songs carry a tension that explodes in dense and heavy passages.

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Weightlessness marks the beginning of the journey, among excerpts from documentaries
the guitar creates an atmosphere of tension beside a groove that drags until the riff to explode, then the track follows a path almost hypnotic. Early Works, is icy, played quietly, and getting stronger as time goes by. Gravity Waves, one of the heaviest of the album, here we have a song loaded by grooves coming from the sludge, slow. Loop Quantum Gravity, the song explores the bass in dirty and heavy way. The Probe B has fast progression, something that is rare these days.

The Vinnum Sabbathi’s Cosmonauts take you on a journey through the cosmos. An almost spiritual journey through the atmosphere created by the record.

“Gravity Works describes the relationship between gravity and human exploration, from the state of weightlessness experienced and recorded by astronauts and the historic achievements of Russian and American scientists during the Space Age to the ultimate collapse of the entire Universe described by Asimov in ‘The Collapsing Universe'”

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Mojuba – Astral Sand

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Italy

The band came to the world in 2014 from an idea by the guitarist – Mascio – inspired by the psychedelic sound that was involved at the time. The first lineup was ready with Pierserio on vocals, after Mascio met him after a Jam Session. In 2015, joined the band Alfonso and Fabrizio, both assuming respectively drums and bass, thus in this way, closing the current lineup. Since the formation in 2014, the band came between rehearsals, compositions and a few gigs. So at the beginning of 2016, in January, Mojuba was ready to get his foot in the studio, recording his first full-length release, Astral Sand, released December 3 through Red Sound Records. With influences from psychedelic bands from the 70s to kyuss and Orange Goblin, TOOL and Seattle’s Grunge scene, Mojuba presents us with a collection of intense songs from the beginning.

Passing through the quick intro to the Wawa Aba Tree, “Drowning Slowly” a 9-and-a-half-minute track comes banging all up in your face. The intensity of the group is very strong. Pierserio Cistola, has a shouted vocal that may not delight everyone at first, but the riffs fit perfectly with his voice and melodic structure. The track has a stop, creating a very interesting atmosphere and tension, followed by a guitar with delay and after a touch of bass and a killer groove.

Musuyidee, next track, is an intro for Lost in the Sky. The album shows us several instrumental tracks that serve as intro, others a little longer and others faster. Once immersed in the mood of the album, these tracks contribute
Journey that follows the next track.

Lost in the Sky, which starts with a simple groove has a very interesting riff that accompanies the vocal most of the song that gives a very good vibe, all of it with enough energy. Music has a transformation, almost transformed into two songs within one. The beautiful passage follows calm with two solos and a groove that prepares us for the final progression, the track ends as intense as it began but in an epic ending. Adobe Santann is the instrumental track that caught my attention, creating an almost ritualistic atmosphere is one of those bands that make you look into themselves, or rather, to the night sky.

Astral Sand, the rack that names the album, is full of changes of time, in quiet moments, passing through moments of explosions. The guitar solos are very well built within the atmosphere created by the band. The final track, La Morte Nera, the biggest track of the album, begins as a lysergic ballad, the ‘stoned’ vocals contribute to this journey, the song follows and changes the intensity, the riffs that were calm are now dragged in a groove with grunge influence, and this atmosphere goes to the end of the song, dissonant riffs and slow. The structure of this song is quite different from the others, with almost spoken, but still, yeah, a great song that closes the great debut.

Here’s a truth, despite the intensity and energy, and particularly I like this record, this is an album that features a different structure, does not have the classic elements that you would find on a regular Stoner Rock Album. Now if you want to venture into something new, Mojuba is a great request. It is a sound that makes you feel alive and with great passages. And for those who want to know from where in the name, I leave here the words of the guys of the band:

The name came right after. The “Mojuba” is an African prayer about praise and gratitude from whom originate the word “Mojo”, the magic talisman associated with the early bluesmen, that later, with the arrival of Rock and Roll, became synonymous of libido. Despite of the fascination for the magic rituals and the evocative nature of the tribal Africa, the term “Mojuba” assumed for the band another meaning: to free body and mind!