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Year of the Cobra & Toke & Tons

Monday, May 21 at 20:00, 2018

YEAR OF THE COBRA (USA)
Since their inception in early 2015, Seattle based doom duo, YEAR OF THE COBRA, has garnered a lot of attention. After being discovered by famed Pacific Northwest blog site Doomed and Stoned in early 2016, they started to amass a solid following. The early rough mixes they released eventually became their debut EP, The Black Sun (2015), co-released by DHU Records (Netherlands), Devil’s Child Records (US), and Heavy Metal Vomit Party (Slovak Republic). Soon after, they signed with heavy weights, STB Records, who would eventually release their debut full length LP worldwide.
YOTC hit the road hard in 2016 with multiple West Coast tours and a full US tour. To promote their nation wide tour, they released a 7” split with tour mates and legendary stoner rock band, Mos Generator. The 7” sold out within days as the two bands toured across the US. With the excitement at full steam, their highly anticipated debut full length, …In The Shadows Below, was featured and streamed live via noisey.vice.com on October 26, 2016 to high acclaim, and was available worldwide on October 28th via STB Records on all formats (Vinyl, Cd, Tape, Digital). Since it’s debut, the album has received rave reviews and is still selling strong.

TOKE (USA)
Toke was born in the swamps of North Carolina in early 2014. A blend of doom, blues and riffs that will get anyone high and keep their head banging. Since day one, Toke have been touring, putting out albums and getting the country stoned on their strain of music. With the release of the most currently album ‘Orange’ the buzz is high and so is Toke. Unable to stay still for very long, much of the country has head banged with Toke playing 150+ shows and festivals including Doomed and Stoned Fest, Psycho Las Vegas and Denver Electric Funeral Fest! Next up is 3 weeks in Europe and their ready to head bang and get the world high on their strain of doom!

TONS (IT)
is an italian band formed in Turin in October 2009 from the ashes of three popular hardcore bands of the city. The band consists of Steuso on guitar (rock poster artist and guitarist of The Redrum) Marco on drums (drummer of Noinfo and Medusa) and Paolo on bass/vocals (singer of Lamatematica,Pancarrè and for a short period also of the Euro Abashment).

The aim of the band is to remain close to the harcore influence of the city where they were born but they decided to move on to sludge and doom. In June 2009 with the help of Danilo Bottocchi (Last Minute to Jaffna guitarist and a closer friend of the band) they recorded a first demo of four songs in which we can find the first features of the band: a powerful stoner rock trio, sludge riffs, psychedelic landscapes and doom sessions.

The atmosphere around the band is devilish but ironic as we can see from some song titles such as "The Rime of the Ancient Grower", "Tangerine Nightmare", or "Once Upon a Tentacle...", that suggest the passion of the guys for H.P. Lovecraft and in a more general way for esoterism. The mistery of the city of Turin and the magical and esoteric places around it fascinate the band as we can notice from the title and the cover of the first album "Musineè Doom Session Volume 1". Mount Musinè is situated in Val Susa and has always been sourronded by local myths such as witchcraft and alien life.

In July 2011 the band recorded the six songs of the album "Musineè Doom Session Volume 1" (CD - CD LTD screenprinted - LP) with the help of Danilo and Paolo Paganelli (Woptime former guitarist) and the master session has been done by Lorenzo Stecconi (sound engineer for Ufomammut, Lento Squartet, Karl Marx Was A Broker). The album includes the four songs of the old demo and two more new songs "Ketama Gold" and "At War with Yog-Sothoth" that clearly suggest the direction of the band.

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