3rd March 2022 0 By Jon Deaux

New Heavy Sounds is very proud to bring you Moongazer, the second album by the four-piece stoner rock powerhouse from Italy, TENEBRA. The band had already made waves on the scene with their debut album ‘Gen Nero’ before delivering ‘What We Do is Sacred’ their debut EP for New Heavy Sounds last year, 3 killer tracks that were but a taster of things to come. Moongazer takes the story a stage further with nine slabs of crushing fuzzed up grooves, fuelled by 70’s proto metal, hard rock, punk, psych-blues and noise, loaded with great riffs and melody and topped off by gutsy soulful vocals.

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.

Musically, you could say that TENEBRA occupy similar musical terrain to bands such as Graveyard, Witchcraft, Kadaver 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 (there’s an even bigger Screaming Trees connection to come)) much of it in evidence on this new album.


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.  So what you get with ‘Moongazer’ is a band revelling in the spirit of 70’s rock rather than recreating it.


MOONGAZER is without doubt an accomplished sophomore release that deserves to be heard and appreciated, purely because, though it may appear to reside in the world of stoner, it is so much more.


The album will be released on April 29th 2022, via New Heavy Sounds in Europe and the rest of the world, and we are especially pleased to be collaborating with Seeing Red Records, a fine, fine label, who will be handling the US and Canada orders, and helping us to spread the word.


As with all our releases, there will be a deluxe and very limited edition vinyl version of 500 only. A stunning gatefold sleeve with a cover illustration by Marcello Crescenzi, 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 now: https://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/products/tenebra-moongazer

TENEBRA are: Claudio Troise, Bass. Emilio Toreggiani, Guitar, Silvia Fennino, Vocals

and Claudio Collina, Drums




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