This is one of the best albums I have ever had the honour of listening to. Sylvias raspy voice, the bluesy guitar licks mixed with those psychelic undertones and the perfect bass lines want you to listen and stop in time. You feel like you float through space on a trip around our solar system.
I can't wait for a new album guys. You rule ;)
Favorite track: Moon Maiden.
Powerful vocals! Stoner blues with some psychedelic undertones thrown in the mix. The band as a whole is top notch, but it's Sylvia's voice that sets the stage and makes you want to stop and listen.
Enjoy it. It's amazing.
New Heavy Sounds is very proud to bring you Moongazer, the second album by the four-piece heavy stoner rock powerhouse from Italy, TENEBRA.
Moongazer contains nine slabs of crushing fuzzed up grooves, fuelled by 70’s proto metal, hard rock and psych-blues, loaded with great riffs and melody and topped off by gutsy soulful vocals.
Musically, you could say that TENEBRA occupy similar musical terrain to bands such as Graveyard, Witchcraft, Kadaver and other bands of that ilk, but TENEBRA are very much their own beast. They have all the chops of course, but are musically less slavish, often adding a twist that keeps the songs fresh and now. There’s also very little reliance on Sabbath-isms (apart from one cheeky nod) and though occult rock is also part of the vibe, the music steers well clear of the cliches. In fact the band bring a clutch of left field influences into their melting pot as well, from June of 44 and Love Battery to the Misfits and the psych grunge of Screaming Trees, much of it in evidence on this new album. In fact Gary Lee Conner of Screaming Trees actually contributes to 'Moon Maiden'.
Of the four members, Claudio (bass), Emilio (guitar) and Mesca (drums) came from the hardcore and post-hardcore squat scene that gathered around Bologna, whereas their formidable vocalist Silvia (the youngest of the crew) is immersed in the underground rock of the '60s and' 70s. When you hear her sing you’ll know where she’s coming from as she has one helluva rock voice, laced with whiskey, smoke, grit, late nights and a whole lotta soul. Think Maggie Bell meets Betty Davis with a smattering of Gillan, and you'll be in the right ballpark.
What you get with ‘Moongazer’ is a band revelling in the spirit of 70’s rock rather than recreating it, and it's a thrilling ride.
released April 29, 2022
Produced by Tenebra and Bruno Germano
Recorded by Emilio Torreggiani and Bruno Germano at PS1 Studio and The Shack Studio
Mixed by Bruno Germano at Vacuum Studio
Additional vocals on "Winds Of Change" by Riccardo "Frabbo" Frabetti
Saxophone on "Space Child" by Giorgio Trombino
Slide guitar and Mellotron on "Dark and Distant Sky" by Bruno Germano
Lead guitar on "Moon Maiden" by Gary Lee Conner
Cover Art by Marcello Crescenzi - riseabove.it
Cover Layout by Claudio "Mesca" Collina
OMG, late to the party but this is some of the best occult infused doom stoner tackle I've ever heard. Reference points include Sabbath (obvs), especially with the Ozzy-esque vocals but there's also the melodiousness of early Heep mixing with a more contemporary occult rock sound. It starts in the 70's and makes it to the present day. The riffs are huge but it's their way with a hook that elevates this from your average doom/stoner fare. Very wonderful indeed! egg-magoo