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April 21, 2014
TOKERidiculous riffing, slow and nasty doom grooves from Wilmington, NC.
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April 17, 2014
ORYXDunes of droning hypnotic sludge from the deserts of Las Cruces, NM.
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April 14, 2014
MAMMOTH STORMPlodding, tar-lathered metal-fed groove doom from Sweden.
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April 8, 2014
LADY FLINT Explosive stoner blues rock duo from Marselle, France.
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April 7, 2014
KING DEAD Doomy psyche-tinged spaghetti western sludge from PA.
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April 2, 2014
GROGGYBlues-obsessed fuzzy garage rock duo from Omsk, Russia.
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March 31, 2014
THE SILENT LOWMelodic, hard-hitting, attitude-driven stoner rock from Denmark.
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March 25, 2014
GRAILPsychedelic punk with a southern demonic desert groove out of Texas.
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March 24, 2014
LORD OF GIANTSincere, lumbering, 70's influenced heavy rock from Germany.
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March 19, 2014
WOVOKA Intense yet melodic, brutal gut-twisting post-metal sludge from LA.
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March 16, 2014
HEAVY VOODOO
Torpedo riffs, hazy grooves and cosmic stoner sleaze from Portland.
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March 13, 2014
SPIRITUAL VOID
Toxic, heavy southern groove metal attitude from Brazil.
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March 11, 2014
SOUTHERN STATE
Somber, shoegazing post-metal sludge from Columbus, Ohio.
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March 10, 2014
HYPERGIANT
Cosmic, gravity-defying stoner fuzziness from Sydney, Australia
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March 6, 2014
KHEMMIS
Fuzz-filled, snail-paced riff-praising doom from Denver, CO.
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March 5, 2014
BITCHCRAFT
Polish doom band with female vocals is a fuzz worshippers dream
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March 4, 2014
DRUG MOTHER
Sleazy, fat and dirty stoner metal riffs from down under.
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March 2, 2014
SPIRAL GURU
Newly formed 70's inspired stoner doom band from Brazil.
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Feb. 27, 2014
TIMESTONE
Expansive psychedelics and dusty grooves from Austria.
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Feb. 25, 2014
RHINO
Fuzzed-out heavy desert grooves from Catania, Italy.
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Feb. 24, 2014
SOLAIRE
Get stuck in some sludgey stoner groove from South Carolina. facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 20, 2014
HADDOCK
Heavy lightning in a bottle stoner boogie groove from Sweden. facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 19, 2014
VALFADER
Stirring progressive ambient doom from Bath, UK
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Feb. 17, 2014
BRUNT
Intense instrumental sludgefuzz from these Guernsey blokes. facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 15, 2014
MATUSHKA
Swirling hypnotic heavy psychedelic rock from St. Petersburg, Russia. facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 10, 2014
MOPE
Sultry and somber jazz-laden ambient doom from Genoa, Italy.
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Feb. 8, 2014
LANDSKAP
Late 60's early 70's influenced heavy psychedelic rock from London.
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Feb. 5, 2014
TOMBSEALER
Death/Doom/Thrash from the mean streets of Adelaide, Australia.
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Feb. 4, 2014
SLUG SALT LAVA
Doomy apocalyptic instrumental Sludge from Istanbul, Turkey.
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Feb. 2, 2014
MIST
Spell-binding all-female occult doom from Ljubljana,Slovenia.
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Feb. 1, 2014
GRIT
Heavy heartfelt psychedelic jams from Heidelberg, Germany.
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Jan. 30, 2014
9OZ OF NOTHING
Riff Heavy Stoner Doom with Southern grit from Athens, Greece
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Jan. 27, 2014
BRILLIANT MACHINE
Chest collapsing progressive heaviness from Ventura, CA
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Jan. 25, 2014
OUTWAILED
Genre-defying atmospheric mood music from Tampere, Finland. facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 23, 2014
YURI GAGARIN
Freaked-out psychedelic space rock from Gothenburg, Sweden. facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 22, 2014
BLACK SNAKE
Swamp-infested grooves and fuzzy desert riffs from Portland,Oregon.
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Jan. 21, 2014
BORDEL INFERNO Gritty heavy rock, solid riffs from Rio de Janiero.
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Jan. 20, 2014
OVERLORD Melodic groove-oriented Heavy Rock from Oxford.
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Jan. 19, 2014
A DAY AS WOLVES Garage-rock inspired bluesy fuzz and roll from Alberta, Canada. Eh! facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 18,2014
NAKED BROWN Hard-hitting Polish heavy rock in the vein of Clutch and Motorhead.
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Jan. 17, 2014
OMEGA SUN
Smoke obsessed Stoner Doom from Slovenia. Free demo.
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Friday, March 1, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Veracrash - My Brother the Godhead


To my knowledge, Veracrash has never graced the pages of Heavy Planet…no New Band To Burn One To, no album reviews, no nothing. And given that this Italian doom-punk quartet have an EP, two full length albums and a myriad of compilation appearances under their collective belt, I’d say it’s high time we give them their day in the sun. So with the band having released My Brother the Godhead late last year, and me being the badass motherfucking tastemaker that I am, I can’t think of a better place to feature Veracrash than right here in the files of “In Case You Missed It.” Strap in tight people…because you’re gonna dig this one.

Let me just start by saying that My Brother the Godhead is what I imagine it might sound like if Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover hooked up with Joshua Homme and Nick Oliveri to form the world’s heaviest super group. Take the album’s first two tracks as an example. “Lucy Lucifer” (these guys have a real knack for song titles by the way) opens with a grinding guitar that becomes part of a mammoth, sloth-like rhythm and features a vocal croon very much akin to another famous Osbourne. In stark contrast, “Kali Maa” bounces like a fuzz-fueled buzz-bomb while incorporating a laid back, almost lazy vocal delivery that just oozes fuck you. Now I’m sure you can do the math and figure out which influence lies behind each song, but the point is that the combination of these styles is like a brain rattling, kick in the teeth with a cotton swabbed combat boot.

And of course, you’d think that a multiform sound such as this could eventually get a little messy, but with Truckfighters guitarist Niklas K√§llgren (aka Dango) wearing the producer's hat, the album keeps a steady flow that never loses its focus. So when the title track adds an atmospheric twist to the mix and Francesco Menghi's vocals grow from an eerie whisper to a raspy snarl and eventually transform into a powerful plead that hovers amidst a cloud of jangly guitars and a relentless rhythm, you'll know that Veracrash are the real deal. Speaking of eerie, "A Blowjob from Yaldabaoth" (told you) starts with a disturbing newscast from what I assume is 9/11 coverage, as Marco De Salvo's guitar plays in the background and the band eventually unleashes holy hell as they overcome the sampled voice. Here Menghi's vocals trade off between a dreamy, psychedelic warble and a deathly, demonic howl.

Miss the days when Queens of the Stone Age built their arrangements around the gorgeous baritone of Mark Lanegan and the chaotic yelp of Nick Oliveri? Well then you'll love "Obey the Void" wherein Menghi manages to channel both styles all by himself while the rest of Veracrash lay down a spine tingling, melodic backdrop. This is my recommendation if you're looking for a quick sample. And this leads right into "Remote Killing", a desert punk ditty that is nothing if not a reminder that this shit is supposed to be fun…right? Just listening to drummer Federico Corbetta will make you sweat as he keeps pace with the rapid fire dual guitars of De Salvo and Menghi (yep he plays too). Speaking of Menghi, I'm glad he and the rest of the band decided to forego vocals on "Exit Damnation" because the uninterrupted aural tapestry they create here by interweaving instrumentation, tempos and textures is an album highlight.

Call me crazy, but the female vocals that open "Allies from the Mirror Megaverse" sound an awful lot like Madonna's "Like a Prayer" before Veracrash meld it into a distorted dirge. This obvious ode to black metal is so demented that the subtle instrumental "Trees Falling Upwards" almost seems like an apology. But then a British accented voiceover states "so the British government are my bitches and I'm kicking the shit out of the vermin" and apologies are all but forgotten. Now I don't profess to understand the dynamics of inter-European relations, after all I'm just an ignorant Yank, but the minute and half ass kicking that follows…not to mention the song's title, "We Own You, Bitches"…kind of makes me think these Italians have a bone to pick with the Brits. And then My Brother the Godhead transitions into the curiously titled "_", an alt-rock ballad of all things that could easily find a home on rock radio and yet strangely enough, seems a fitting close to this diverse collection of music.

Look, I'm no theologist, but I can wiki with the best of them. It's obvious to me that Veracrash have a message of some kind, what with their mention of the Hindu goddess Kali Maa and the Gnostic Demiurge Yaldabaoth. But I'll leave it up to you to figure out what exactly that message might be and what the hell these guys are trying to convey. In the meantime, I think it's obvious that my message is clear...this album fucking rocks and Veracrash should not be missed.

7 comments:

  1. you are not crazy. the melody is pretty much "like a prayer". I wonder if those dudes ever heard that song? perhaps it a tongue cheek fuck you to all of us out in the blogoverse! Thanks for the heads up on them. I dug 11:11 and all the qotsa worship.

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  2. Yes! How did I miss this?! Toby, your feature has become my favorite here at HP. No offense to the rest of the crew. Seth and Ken will probably clobber me, haha!

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    1. Thank you Zac, I appreciate that. This one was a lot of fun to write. I have no idea how I/we missed this band.

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  3. Probably because you didn't check out my site. I think you might like it. (hint, hint), (cough) http://theparanoidmusicblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/veracrash-my-brother-godhead-album.html (cough)

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    1. Nice site you got there. You have been added to our Compadres section.

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  4. you are not crazy. the melody is pretty much "like a prayer".

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