Heavy Psych Sounds have a firm place in our hearts at Shaman HQ, which Martin best describes as a label that has ‘released many stellar albums by up-and-coming bands that have left a mark on the underground scene’. Their latest offering Ultra, the spellbinding psychedelic stoner debut album from Spokane, Washington State’s newly found power trio Kadabra is a testament to that statement.
A band that was totally unknown to us until the promo landed the other week, and we were instantly bowled over by the sonics on offer across the seven tracks. As Martin waxed lyrical in his recent review about the album, ’Ultra checks all the boxes with what one looks for in a great stoner rock album. Fuzzy-tones? Check. Behind-the-beat drumming? Check. Thumping, distorted bass? For sure. Wailing, echoey vocals? Absolutely. Riffs galore? From start to finish’, while adding ‘This is as good of a debut album from a stoner rock band that I’ve heard in the last few years’.
With those words of wisdom fresh in our minds, its our absolute pleasure to bring you Kadabra and their debut album Ultra in its entirety just 24 hours before its official release date. So what are you waiting for, click play below and beholden to the psych and stoner world of Kadabra…
More On Kadabra & ‘Ultra’
In 2020, a year wracked with cultural dissent and a global pandemic, fellow musicians and long-time friends Garrett Zanol (Blackwater Prophet) and Ian Nelson decided to start their own band. After retaining the talents of their favorite local drummer Chase Howard, the group got to work on writing an album that illustrates their current climate. In the fall of 2020, they tracked their debut album with Dawson Scholz.
With a warm and sultry sound that weaves together the lysergic flow and fuzzy drive of modern psychedelia, soaring bluesy riffage and magnetic reverb-drenched vocals, Ultra is an all-killer-no-filler album in the vein of early All Them Witches, Black Angels, Dead Meadow and Fuzz.
02. Faded Black
03. Eagle 20’s
04. Bean King
07. Settle Me
Garrett Zanol – Guitar, Vocals
Ian Nelson – Bass
Chase Howard – Drums
Kadabra and their debut album Ultra releases tomorrow, 17th September, via Heavy Psych Sounds and is available now on various vinyl pressings, digipak CD, along with t-shirts on the labels webstore, and digital downloads from Bandcamp.