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tiistai 12. helmikuuta 2019



London, Brussel and Deventer will be drenched into the fuzz this February!

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS RECORDS & BOOKING is proud to kick off further events of their Heavy Psych Sounds Fest-series, which celebrated its latest edition just in November 2018 in Innsbruck, Austria. The Italian cult & fuzz rock label, in cooperation with Poison For Souls, invited high class acts such as BRANT BJORK, GIÖBIA, MOTHER'S CAKE, BELZEBONG & many more, to turn the capitol of Tyrol into a psychedelic rock wonderland! Due to the massive success and participation of the heavy rock scene with fans from all over Europe who made the fest so special, HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS is getting ready to expand and will be running the highly acclaimed events also in LONDON (The Borderline), BRUSSEL (Magasin4) as well as in DEVENTER (Burgerweeshuis) between February 22nd - 24th 2019!

Beside killer acts such as BLACK RAINBOWS, GIÖBIA, DEADSMOKE and many more, the London date will also see the release show of DEAD WITCHES (feat. Electric Wizard's co-founding member Mark Greening) to celebrate their sophomore album 'The Final Exorcism! Expect heavy as hell shows from all bands, the finest and almighty riffs, and of course lots of cool merch at the Heavy Psych Sounds booth. Be quick to purchase some of the last available tickets, as the exciting band line-ups look as follows:

London (UK) Official event // TICKETS
Brussel (BE) Official event // TICKETS
Deventer (NL) Official event // TICKETS

Mona Miluski / ALL NOIR /

keskiviikko 6. helmikuuta 2019

Heavy Moon - Infinity (2007-2018)

Clostridium Records (CRCD0016)

Heavy Moon is a psychedelic space rock project by Jacob Rehlinger from Toronto, Canada. He has also released different kinds of music as Moonwood, King Pong Dub System, Spume and under his own name, mostly on Canadian Arachnidiscs label. This German compilation CD, however, is the first occasion I've heard about him. As the title suggests, this is a sort of "best of" compilation of stuff released on different albums that originally came out 2007-2018. There is also one exclusive track on the CD.

I've got to say I really enjoy Heavy Moon's take on instrumental, psychedelic space rock. Even though everything is played by Mr. Rehlinger himself (I guess), the music has a proper band vibe. I think at least some of the music is based on jams and improvisation, but there are also tracks that are clearly more delicately composed. The overall vibe is rather cosmic and the sound quality is great, so you don't have to be afraid to hear muddy and distorted bedroom four-track tapes. I like the play list on this compilation since there's a good balance in between hard rocking Hawkwind-like tracks and more peaceful, dreamy and mellow pieces that also have have some Pink Floyd vibes for example. Sometimes I'm also a bit reminded of Vibravoid or Electric Orange, but the sound and vibe is still different somehow. Some of the coolest track titles include "Captain Nebulous", "Orbital Drift", "Black Eagle Nebula", "Astrocosm" and the exclusive track "Dieter Visits The Dream Dimension". Great use of electric guitar, synths and organ as well as bass and drums. I wish that this almost 80-minute blast of brain-melting spacey acid rock would also be released on double vinyl but right now this is your best change to get a ticket to outer space.

Uleåborg Festival Of Psychedelia 2019 artists revealed!

The fifth Uleåborg Festival Of Psychedelia (UFOP will take place in Oulu on 12.-13.7.2019. These are the bands/artists:

Electric Moon (GER)
Yuri Gagarin (SWE)
Mara Balls
Tuomas Henrikin Jeesuksen Kristuksen Bändi (THJKB)
Jess By The Lake
Kannabinõid (EST)
The Aeon
Oulun Ylioppilasteatteri ry
Maan Tomu
Meteor Vortex
Lasse Tapio Junnila
Käki / Junkyard Shaman
Kadonnut Manner
Jussi Alaraasakka

maanantai 4. helmikuuta 2019

Son Cesano - Submerge

Monobuster Records ‎ (MNBR012)
Son Cesano is a new instrumental psychedelic stoner rock band from Switzerland. Submerge is their debut album and was released in December last year on CD, vinyl and digital. It has six tracks, four of them pretty long. The band has a traditional two guitarists, a bass player and a drummer line-up so no keyboards or anything extra except for some percussion by the drummer. The album has a pleasant, emotional vibe and things never get out of hand or too wild of freaky.

The ten-minute title track starts off the ceremonies and I like the riffs and atmospheric melodies on this one. "Cold Sleep" has some heavier riffing but also beautiful, more tranquil parts, very nice. The adventurous "Aberration" is the longest track at 15:41 and has quite a lot stuff going on. The more minimal section brings to mind Colour Haze a bit but at some points they get to almost Sleep-like heaviness. "Martini Effect" is a shorter mid-tempo piece with some cool solo guitar work. "36070" begins in a very mellow way but things get heavier on the journey... Again some Colour Haze vibes can be detected. The album is finished with "Dust Age" that somehow feels like more mainstream rock music, although there's a long, quiet passage in the middle. Submerge is a promising debut and worth checking out if you like instrumental, emotional stoner rock with some psychedelic elements.

lauantai 2. helmikuuta 2019

Trail - Spaces

Clostridium Records (CR 039)

Trail is a new heavy, psychedelic stoner blues post rock band from Darmstadt, Germany. Spaces, that was first relesed on their Bandcamp site as a digital download last year, is their debut album. It was also released on vinyl (three different, limited editions) on Clostridium late last year. There is also a promo CD that I've got. The band is formed by two guitar players, a drummer and a bass player. One of the guitarists also sings on the first track. The tracks on the album have no actual names, just numbers and they don't go in order. Numbers 2, 8 and 9 are on the A side, 1 and 4 on the flip side.

"No. 2" is the shortest at 5:23. It's a pretty standard but energetic and effective, groovy stoner rock number with a bit of 70s vibe. Tight playing by all! The vocals are okay too. "No. 8" is a more atmospheric, instrumental number with some sounds of thunder in the beginning. This maybe comes closer to some of the grunge bands than stoner rock but I still like it. "No. 9" is at first groovier hard stoner rock again but goes into soulful, bluesy territory as well. Not bad at all! It's another instrumental. The over 10-minute "No. 1" is also a cool, atmospheric and sometimes heavy instrumental that this time has more post rock elements but at times is proper heavy stoner rock. One of the highlights. The longest (10:45) track "No. 4" has a more psychedelic feel to it, so of course I'm also enjoying this one. There's some cool guitar soloing towards the end... Tasty! This band might not be the most original in style or really that psychedelic but they know what they are doing and do it well. Check them out!

Astral Visions Mixcloud Radioshow #8 online

Astral Visions Mixcloud Show #85 now online with new music by Maat Lander​, Heavy Moon, Janne Westerlund​, Helicon, Shepherd's Biathorrr, Trail, Dark Fog, Electric Crayon Set, Vuono, Sex Blender, Mansion, Los Tabanos Experience, Snakes Don't Belong in Alaska & Psychedelic Suns. Enjoy!

perjantai 1. helmikuuta 2019

Orbiter / Roadog - Anthropocene / Reinventing the Wheels 7"


I have always digged the split 7" singles since they are a great, relatively cheap and fast way to get to know new bands. And they are on vinyl and very suitable for DJ use! This little fellow presents two new promising bands in the Finnish stoner rock circles: Orbiter and Roadog. Both bands have been playing together for a few years already but were new to my, anyway.

Orbiter from Helsinki gives us a six-minute, mid-tempo heavy rocker called "Anthropocene". The clean, melodic vocals are maybe closer to grunge than your usual dirty stoner/desert rock bands but the guitar sound is rather heavy and even a bit doomy. This track has a nice, catchy groove that makes you close your eyes and nod your head. I like it! The sound quality is also great. I hope these guys can produce a proper full-length album soon!

Also from Helsinki, Roadog (named after a bicycle) has chosen a lot faster, more energetic and in-your-face title track from their debut CD "Reinventing the Wheels". It has a little bit of Fu Manchu vibe which is cool. This is great hard rock'n'roll for drinking beer and partying! It's a bit short at only three minutes in length but it sure makes you want to hear more.

So in summary, this is a very successful and enjoyable 7" split single by two great new Finnish heavy stoner rock bands so if you are a fa of the genre I'd recommend a fast purchase before these are gone. Personally I'm sad I missed their split 7" release party at Bar Loose but I will for sure catch them live later somewhere along the road. They are playing in Tampere next Thursday, for example.