In Greek mythology, Titans would clash before the gods to win the power of an empire that went beyond the supersonic. Gladly, in 2012 BLACK BOMBAIM don’t have those periled paths to cross. This because “Titans” – double LP, released in May by Lovers & Lollypops – screams scorchingly by itself.
The constellation of guests playing in BLACK BOMBAIM’s sophomore record, with Steve Mackay (The Stooges) leading the pack, is the first triumph of a forgotten Atlantis that is Portuguese heavy psychedelia. Noel V. Harmonson (Comets On Fire), Adolfo Luxúria Canibal (Mão Morta), Jorge Coelho (ZEN, Torto), Tiago Jónatas (Surya Exp Duo), Isaiah Mitchell (Earthless/Howlin Rain), Ghuna X, HHY, Tiago Pereira (Aspen), Guilherme Canhão (Lobster/Sunflare) and João ‘Shela’ Pereira (PAUS, If Lucy Fell, Riding Pânico) complete this necklace of precious stones, divided in four parts, that is “Titans”.
Coming from the unexpected musically prolific small city of Barcelos, BLACK BOMBAIM are three guys that grew up together exchanging records, amidst bucolic landscapes of Portuguese countryside and excessive drug experiences, playing outer-space jams, from planets yet to be discovered.
Taking Sleep’s Dopesmoker as a reference, today’s BLACK BOMBAIM are more than just heavy drugs. A little like medical marijuana, the trio formed by Tojo Rodrigues, Paulo Senra and Ricardo Miranda knows the origins of the word “psychedelia”, after sharing the stage with the likes of Kyuss Lives, White Hills, Radio Moscow, Electric Wizard, Russian Circles, Gnod, Notorious Hi Fi Killers or more recently, the Catalan psych act CUZO.
If “Saturdays and Space Travels” (Lovers & Lollypops, 2010) already foreseen great journeys, “Titans” – recorded in Meifumado Studios and mastered at Golden Mastering (Melvins, Sonic Youth, Om) in California – is the confirmation of a band that lives from the strength and determination of surgical improvisation, the ambience of a doped up bass, the power of reckless drumming and wailing fuzz-wah drenched guitars and keys.
For that, and after massive road experience, including tours in the UK, France and Spain, BLACK BOMBAIM are here to stay. And slay.
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Photo Credit: Joana Castelo