“Heavy Mental” psych rock band BLAAK HEAT SHUJAA will release their sophomore LP The Edge of an Era, on April 9. The follow up to the Los Angeles trio’s critically acclaimed Tee Pee debut, The Storm Generation, sees the über-talented group’s enticing blend of genres combine to shape a sound unlike anything you’ve likely heard before; one that has been called “a dissonant symphony unveiling visions of great natural expanses.” Produced by desert session legend Scott Reeder (Sunn O))), The Obsessed) and mastered at Ventura, CA‘s Golden Mastering (Primus, Sonic Youth, Calexico),The Edge of an Era boasts guest appearances by both Nobel Prize-nominated gonzo poet Ron Whitehead and desert rock pioneer Mario Lalli (Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson) adding even more color to BLAAK HEAT’s signature psych rock!
BLAAK HEAT SHUJAA’s transcendental tension between its heavy rock roots and an organic inclination to drift towards psychedelia pays homage to the vast collection of mind-expanding sounds the trio grew up on: neo-psychedelia, surf rock, spaghetti westerns, Middle Eastern scales and even Far Eastern melodies! Striking, imaginative cover art courtesy of Paris-based Arrache toi un oeil! collective (Brian Jonestown Massacre, TV on the Radio, Acid Mothers Temple) and inspired by the album title adds to the kaleidoscopic lean of the record from the band who boasts a cinematic sound that has been called “Heavy Spaghedelia” and “Kyussian”, featuring “psychedelic, meditative, trance-inducing” and “spacey atmospheres”. Prepare to take a windswept magic carpet ride over vast plains of astral soundtrack psychedelia!!
1.) Closing Time, Last Exit (0:57)
2.) The Obscurantist Fiend (The Beast Part I) (10:21)
3.) Shadows (The Beast Part II) (8:11)
4.) Society of Barricades (8:20)
5.) Pelham Blue (5:19)
6.) Land of the Freaks, Home of the Brave (8:22)
BLAAK HEAT SHUJAA’s Thomas Bellier headed up the very first edition of “Tee Pee Records Nights in LA” at the Satellite in Los Angeles, featuring live performances from such killer bands as Fatso Jetson, Old Testament (featuring Jason Simon of Dead Meadow and Nate Ryan formerly of The Black Angels) and Ides of Gemini. Bellier cranked the latest Tee Pee releases as well as some sick psychedelia, surf rock and mental heaviness at the first session. For full details on “Tee Pee Records Nights in LA”, visit THIS location.
“Parisian trio Blaak Heat Shujaa has decamped to L.A., and the scorching of year-round sun pleasantly stains this psychedelic desert-rock record. The band moves between thick, bass-driven riffing, lo-fi surf rock, Cisnerosian lyrics, cues that sound borrowed from an Ennio Morricone score, and even slam poetry” – THE ONION
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