Zaum - Oracles (IMPORT) (LP)
Limited edition on black vinyl.
ZAUM is a duo from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Kyle Alexander McDonald (frontman of the 3-bassed doom band Shevil) is the vocalist and plays bass via a monolithic custom stereo FX creation layered with sitar textures and synth, while Christopher Lewis (frontman of Canadian stoner rock legends Iron Giant) plays drums and percussion. ZAUM combines the foreboding darkness of The Wounded Kings, with the meditative, oriental disposition of Om and Bong, thickly entwined in singular aural mysticism and creativity that stimulates the imagination at all times. ZAUM dubbed their style "Middle Eastern mantra doom." For fans of Om, Bong, Sleep, The Wounded Kings, etc.
Zolle - Self Titled (IMPORT) (LP)
Marcello (Morkobot) and Stefano, two self-professed farm boys from the fields of northern Italy, have taken a bit of a break from their many bands and projects to concentrate on a two-man riff-oriented entity they've dubbed Zolle (derived from the Italian word zòlla, meaning clump). For the past year, Marcello (guitars) and Stefano (drums/percussion) have worked tirelessly to create an instrumental album that not only encompasses many of the avant-garde principles learned from their past efforts but also appeals to the groovy, laid back tastes of the stoner/doom rock community. And so it is that Zolle, the band's eponymous debut release, delivers an Imperial ton of blurry riffs and a large drum sound - not to mention a few touches of tasteful synth atmospherics. Zolle exists primarily to shake loose the clods of dirt from your boots and help lift those late-afternoon cold brews.
The band practices a ‘less-is-more’ approach and pummels and grinds through the disc’s groove and riff-oriented ten tracks. While the music is relentlessly heavy, the band expresses their sense of humor through the song titles – many of which reference redneck living. The band’s most recent single, “Heavy Letam”, is suggestive of “Letame” — which means manure in Italian — resulting in “a shitty anagram about heavy metal”. Zolle was formed by Marcello Lan (Morkobot), who lays down the meaty riffs, and counterpart Stefano who beefs things up on drums and xylophone. It was almost all played live, with overdubs reduced to the bone. The drums are of considerable proportion and made of copper and the amplifier an old digital model of the ’50s which makes for a mammoth sound. Finally, Urlo from Ufomammut and Roberto Rizzo of Quasiviri/Runi add synth seasoning to flesh out the album.
Zoltan - Tombs of the Blind Dead (Purple) (LP)
Limited edition on 180gr purple vinyl.
London based Zoltan capture the eerie spine-chiiling terror of the decomposed ghoulish Knights Templar with this four track release, by paying homage to the Tombs of the Blind Dead series of movies created by Spanish director Amando D’Ossorio. Each track relates to one of the four movies from this cult underground series, which are regarded by many as absolute highlights of the Euro Horror underground horror scene of the early 70’s. Slow motion doomed imagery comes to life in full analogue glory, making this a must for any dark minded music lovers and soundtrack collectors out there.
ZQKMGDZ - Dimension Plasma (Orange/Black) (IMPORT) (LP)
Limited edition of only 75 copies on orange/black splatter colored vinyl.
ZQKMGDZ - 10.000 km² gegen die Zeit was founded at new years day 2012 as a two piece band by Don Alfredo (guitar & vocals) and Don Fernando (drums). From the beginning on, their goal was to create visions of time traveling between planets and to transfer this idea into a musical reality. 2013 Don Libido (bass) jumped aboard the intergalactic spaceship of ZQKMGDZ. In this constellation they produced a manifest under the name "Dimension Plasma" which was produced in the halls of "Rosenquarz Recording Studios" and will come out on vinyl via Pink Tank Records, autumn this year! This recording shows up that it is possible to create a new sound which we will call "Interstellar Psycho Doom“! Dark, heavy, massiv, fuzzy and psychedelic! 10,000 km² gegen die Zeit are ready for new time travel on the stages of this and other planets!
Zun - Burial Sunrise (Deep Blue) (LP)
Limited edition on deep blue colored vinyl.
The debut-album by the project featuring stoner/doom/psych cult hero Gary Arce, who played a crucial part in the development of the desert rock genre with his band 'Yawning Man'. Here he is accompanied by John Garcia (Kyuss) and Sera Timms (Ides of Gemini), leading to delightful loose jams to get lost in.