TENEBRA are a four-piece from Bologna, Italy, and they are a hard and heavy stoner rock powerhouse, fronted by a seriously formidable singer. This is full on fuzz meets 70’s style proto metal but they are by no means a retro outfit. They create music that is not only the sum of their influences but pushes those influences outwards.
They say …
“We love rock like it used to be but try to make it speak our language.”
And that they most certainly do as ‘What We Do Is Sacred’ testifies.
‘Cracked Path’ is all organic 70’s proto metal with keen song writing and a contemporary edge. Full on fuzz with the psych grunge of the 90’s underground, it’s Screaming Trees
meets Fu Manchu
, and it must be said that the vocals are truly storming. Silvia has one helluva voice, laced with whiskey, smoke, grit and late nights, think Maggie Bell
or Olivia Favela
meets Betty Davis
and you'll be in the right ballpark. It has light and shade and perfectly lands the TENEBRA vibe.
‘Hard Luck’ is a chugging, pounding ride down the highway to hell with Silvia’s bluesy wail destroying all before it, complete with a psychedelic wall of guitars and melodics a plenty.
Finally you get ‘Primitive Man’ a cover from the first and self-titled Jerusalem album released in 1972. However TENEBRA claim this song as their own, the proto metal riffs are all there, the vocals are blues wailingly epic and just to mix it up there’s a cool middle section complete with flute solo.
‘What We Do Is Sacred’ is a 3-song statement of intent, so, if you dig Sabbath or Kyuss or Green Lung and like your stoner rock hard and heavy, occult tinged with a psychedelic edge, then this is the band for you.
Very limited edition CD available as part of New Heavy Sounds’ 10th Anniversary EP series. Housed in a bespoke die cut sleeve and limited to just 150 copies.