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Tenebra announce their new full-length album »Moongazer« and premiere a music video for the first single »Moon Maiden«

Bologna, Italy based heavy stoner rockers Tenebra announce their second full-length album, »Moongazer«, which will be released on April 29th, 2022 via New Heavy Sounds and Seeing Red Records.

Watch a music video for the first single »Moon Maiden« featuring guitarist Gary Lee Conner of psych grunge legends Screaming Trees.

The band comments: “We proudly announce the pre-order of our second full-length album »Moongazer« via New Heavy Sounds and Seeing Red Records. You can now listen to the track »Moon Maiden« feat. Gary Lee Conner (Screaming Trees) through Bandcamp, Spotify, ecc.”

Tracklist:
01. Heavy Crusher
02. Cracked Path
03. Black Lace
04. Carry My Load
05. Winds Of Change
06. Stranded
07. Space Child
08. Dark And Distant Sky
09. Moon Maiden

From New Heavy Sounds:

New Heavy Sounds is very proud to bring you »Moongazer«, the second album by the four-piece heavy stoner rock powerhouse from Italy, Tenebra.

Tenebra are a fiery four piece from Bologna, Italy who play a distinctive blend of stoner rock with heavy doses 70’s proto metal, hard rock and psych blues in their melting pot of sound. Topped off by some soulful blueswailing vocals, these guys have a distinctive dynamic that refreshingly transcends their influences, all of which can be heard in full effect on their upcoming second album »Moongazer«.

»Moon Maiden« is the first single to be taken from Tenebra’s the album. Featuring Gary Lee Conner of psych grunge legends (and one of Seattle’s most seminal bands) Screaming Trees providing guitar embellishments and a very cool central solo to boot.

The band have created an atmospheric video to go with the track, using clips taken from the documentary »Nuestra Santisima Muerte«, produced by Opificio Ciclope in 2011. “Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte” often shortened to “Santa Muerte” is a cult image, female deity, and folk saint Mexican Neopaganism. A personification of death, she is associated with healing, protection, and safe delivery to the afterlife by her devotees. Just like Our Lady of Guadalupe, she is often depicted with the moon under her feet, a symbol of purity. Here’s a link to the original documentary: opificiociclope.com.

»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, Kadavar 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.

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.
Cover layout by Claudio “Mesca” Collina.

»Moongazer« is released on April 29th by New Heavy Sounds in collaboration with the estimable Seeing Red Records in the USA.

There will be a deluxe and very limited edition vinyl version of 500 only. With a gatefold Sleeve, a printed inner housing a white vinyl disc with black marbling, including a free download of the whole album.

Also released on CD in a 4 panel digipack with a 4 page booklet and available on all digital platforms.

Pre-order »Moongazer« here:
• EU/ROTW: bit.ly/Moongazer-EU-ROTW
• USA/CAN: bit.ly/Moongazer-USA-CAN

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

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