TENEBRA

MOONGAZER (NEW HEAVY SOUNDS)

TENEBRA - MOONGAZER 152020
Format:
1 CD
Release:
06.05.2022
Label:
NEW HEAVY SOUNDS
Kat.-Nr.:
152020
Barcode:
5055869548236
CD in a 4 panel digipack with a 4 page booklet. 2nd album by the 4 piece stoner rock powerhouse from Italy, TENEBRA.

The band had already made waves on the scene with their debut album 'Gen Nero' before delivering 'What We Do is Sacred' their debut EP for New Heavy Sounds last year,.

Moongazer takes the story a stage further with 9 slabs of crushing fuzzed up grooves, fuelled by 70's proto metal, hard rock, punk, psych-blues and noise, 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..

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.

Of the 4 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..

Think Maggie Bell meets Betty Davis with a smattering of Gillan, and you'll be in the right ballpark.

So what you get with 'Moongazer' is a band revelling in the spirit of 70's rock rather than recreating it.

'Heavy Crusher' lulls you with its dreamy intro, but it's not long before the riffs hit with Silvia in full effect.

This pretty much sets the tone for the record, coiling proto metal riffs, executed with gusto and joie de vivre.

And as with every track on this album, Silvia belts it out like she absolutely means it man.

'Cracked Path' continues the journey and ups the heavy fuzz a notch or 2. First heard on 'What We Do Is Sacred' (full length album version).

'Black Lace' is a brooding beast, epic and melodic, almost a ballad, with a heap of soul lurking within, courtesy of Silvia's mighty voice.

'Carry My Load' keeps the brooding vibe going till the loping off kilter killer riffs kick in.

This is definitely Silvia at her most Gillan-esque. 'Winds Of Change' does just that, dial things down to bluesy, almost psych feel, with dreamy solos and a hooky guitar break.

'Stranded' is a full on stoner rocker as is 'Space Child' with its short homage to the dark lords, there's even a a sax solo.

Never one's to just play it straight these guys. 'Dark And Distant Sky' is pure proto metal, a la Bloodrock or Grand Funk, it truly rips, and once again, it's construction veers it away from anything approaching what you'd expect.

'Moon Maiden' is the album's closer, featuring Gary Lee Conner (Screaming Trees0, guesting on guitar.

It's a fitting and epic closer, by turns hard 'n' heavy, psychedelic and chock full of great ideas.

MOONGAZER is without doubt an accomplished sophomore release that deserves to be heard and appreciated, purely because, though it may appear to reside in the world of stoner, it is so much more.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. HEAVY CRUSHER
  • 1.2. CRACKED PATH
  • 1.3. BLACK LACE
  • 1.4. CARRY MY LOAD
  • 1.5. WINDS OF CHANGE
  • 1.6. STRANDED
  • 1.7. SPACE CHILD
  • 1.8. DARK AND DISTANT SKY
  • 1.9. MOON MAIDEN