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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New Band To Burn One To: STANGALA



"At first, there was this old Breton wizard, tarnished by the years, wandering the woods of Kemper, in quest of precious herbs to prepare his wicked beverages. He was very much frowned upon with his bizarre stories of goblins, witches and other deranged spirits of the forest. Nevertheless, he managed to get in touch with two fellows whose spirits were just as much burnt by entheogen drugs as his.

Stangala plays rock. Finding inspiration in the roots of occult and psychedelic music, from Black Sabbath to Celtic Frost and from Hawkwind to Queens of the Stone Age, the french trio enhance their vintage liquors with a twist of celtic folklore. After two short-length collections of recipes (« ...Dans les bois » in 2007 and « LSD » in 2008), Stangala released their first occult book « Boued Tousek Hag Traou Mat All » , through Solitude Productions at the end of 2011. The band also produced two videos for the tracks « Doom Rock Glazik » and « Bigoudened an Diaoul », reminiscent of vintage B-movies. Stangala gave quite a few live rituals in company of notorious acts such as Ramesses, The Bottle Doom Lazy Band, Coffin on Tyres and Huata.

Today, the druids teamed up with the mighty StoneBirds from Rostrenen (France) for a split recipe with a high concentration of hydromel and local mind-opening mushrooms, resulting in a bizarre cosmo-fuzzy trip in the countryside. Spread the word."


"Bagpipes and Stoner Rock. You bet your ass! As I fill in for Zac as he makes his way to the Midwest, I thought that I would grace your ears with some pretty interesting Stoner/Occult/Doom rock courtesy of French band Stangala. While not exactly a "new" band, the band may be new to some if not many. Frankly, until receiving the e-mail from the band, I had never heard of them myself. So, with that being said, you should engage in a listen to this wonderfully unique band.

When you think of bagpipes, and without being too stereotypical you think of a Scottish dude in a kilt. I must say that the first time I listened to the track "Doom Rock Glazik", I shuttered in amazement. The music contained within this album is entertainingly diverse. If I could sum it up in one sentence I would, but that just wouldn't serve this band it's due diligence. 

If you are a fan of Occult Rock you will love this album as it has that mysterious and eerie vibe throughout. From the macabre and sinister vocal approach, the band uses it's love for seventies riffing to envelope the listener. Evil sounds fill the air as chants and burning sacrifices beckon the heavy guitar as it embraces the screams crying out in pain. 

If you are a fan of Stoner/Doom you will love this album for it's groove and layered fuzz. The music rises in it's intensity as the drums blast out and the flames get higher and higher. There are so many different dynamics to this album that it is hard to pinpoint them all. The band even segues effortlessly from surf guitar riffing right into a bagpipe solo. Fucking insane! This is just one of those albums that you have to listen to and hear for yourself to discover all of the nuances. Amazing!"

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