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Polish progressive psych doom/stoner rock band Tortuga released the third studio album »Iterations«, out now via Napalm Records

Poznan, Poland based progressive psych doom/stoner rock band Tortuga presents their third studio album, »Iterations«, which was just released on October 27th, 2023 via Napalm Records.

01. Init
02. Lilith
03. Laspes
04. Interlude
06. Quaus
07. Epitaph

Courtesy of All Noir PR:

On October 27, 2023, Polish progressive psych doom and stoner act Tortuga released their much-acclaimed third studio album, titled »Iterations«, via Napalm Records. In support of their new record release, the band has announced a first leg of tour dates with many more to follow soon. Find all upcoming Tortuga shows listed below!

With their 2017 self-titled debut, Tortuga took the heavy stoner and psychedelic doom metal scene by storm, followed by their sophomore offering, »Deities«, in 2020. Compared to its predecessors, their forthcoming album »Iterations« moves from monolithic stoner-doom to progressive and experimental facettes, enriching its listeners’ auditory experience while managing to mature the band’s epic doom and stoner trademarks. Songs such as the previously-released single »Lilith«, kicking off with its raw drum beat and turning into a melodic groove anthem, showcase the authentic sound and unconventional songwriting of Tortuga.

In a world of over-polished studio productions, it’s even more exhilarating to discover »Iterations«. It’s a haunting trip through time and space, full of light and shadow, that culminates with the epic album closing track and official single, »Epitaph«.

Photo by Wojciech Kasprzak

Tortuga comments: “»Epitaph« is our reinterpretation of the timeless Seikilos epitaph, known as the world’s oldest surviving complete musical composition with notation. This composition strikes a delicate balance between melancholy and optimism, carrying a message that underscores the importance of cherishing life as a precious treasure, given its fleeting nature. We’ve tried to retain the essence of the original piece, but we also wanted to infuse it with our own musical interpretation.

The music video for »Epitaph« draws from our band’s adventures during tours, gigs, and parties, offering a glimpse into our life as a band. It encapsulates the essence of the song, conveying our mission to extract as much joy as possible from life, all while recognizing its inevitable conclusion.”

Anyone who may have previously mistook Tortuga as a Lovecraftian themed band should make no mistake – they are storytellers, and »Iterations« proves the Poznan-based outfit puts as much effort into said storytelling as their songwriting. This time, the band digs deep and delivers a concept album about the whole history of the universe (from beginning to the end), which is also applicable, metaphorically, to the history of a person’s lifetime. Each of the seven new tracks are related in context to the theme of the entire record, but every one of them is a standalone story.

With »Iterations«, Tortuga has passed the challenge of album number three with a grade A: The album is a thrilling, free-spirited, deep and enthralling ride, and one that will ultimately establish the band at the top of the current stoner doom and progressive psych rock olympus!

Order »Iterations« HERE!

Produced by Pablo Rodriguez Carmona.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Krzysztof Wojciech Kłos.
Artwork by Rafał Wechterowicz.

Tortuga is:
Pablo – Guitar, Vocals
Krzysiu – Guitar, Synth
Heszu – Bass
Marcin – Drums

Tortuga Live:
11.11.2023 SI Lubljana – KUD Channel Zero
12.11.2023 RS Beograd – Dorćol Platz
13.11.2023 RS Novi Sad – SKCNS Fabrika
15.11.2023 GR Serres – Fuzzy Logic Serres
16.11.2023 GR Thessaloniki – Eightballclub
17.11.2023 GR Ptolemaida – Mandrakoukos
18.11.2023 BG Sofia – Singles
20.11.2023 HU Budapest – Robot
21.11.2023 SK Bratislava – Pink Whale

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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