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  • Les Moontunes (Elephant Wizard)

    Released: 2024 Genre: Psychedelic rock, Progressive, Jazz Sounds Like: The Budos Band, Pink Floyd, All Them Witches Homeland: Moncton, New Brunswick What makes Elephant Wizard elite and sit atop OHMs Peak? Elephant Wizard is by far one of the more creative albums to hit our rotation in quite some time. It's impossible to connect them to one particular genre as they flawlessly blend progressive rock, heavy psych and even jazz/lounge into this masterpiece Les Moontunes display tremendous vision on this album. One moment your in a chill state of mind with songs like 'Fallen For You' and 'Midnight Magic' than they hit you with the psych weirdness of 'Gallop in the Jungle' and 'Beyond the Mountain' This album is very refreshing and puts us in a totally different frame of mind when exploring new heavy music Do not sleep on their 2021 debut release, it may not have the heavier tilt this album has, but it's well worth your time Track Listing: 1. Elephant Wizard 3:13 2. Syntherlude 1 0:36 3. Enchanted Tusks 04:11 4. Fallen for You 4:48 5. Syntherlude 2 0:43 6. Midnight Magic 4:07 7. Gallop in the Jungle 3:18 8. Syntherlude 3 0:27 9. Wizard Universe 5:05 10. Beyond the Mountain 4:46 11. Syntherlude 4 1:02 12. Planet Metal 4:36 13. Syntherlude 5 0:52 14. Dorian Sunrise 3:57 Dive deeper into Elephant Wizard with our Q&A with Les Moontunes OHMs Peak: Elephant Wizard is one of this year's most exploratory albums to hit our collection. It's a psychedelic trip of proggy jazz, heavy psych and lounge. Can you give us a glimpse into the creative writing process that went into this album given seven band members? Les Moontunes: The Elephant Wizard album came about during the thick of the pandemic – our singer/pianist Miguel thought the idea of a character that was an elephant wizard could be cool, and it took off from there as far as the album’s concept goes. As far as the music goes, we had a few songs that were already written, we knew we wanted to move towards a heavier direction, so we kept that in mind while writing the songs. We had a few riffs or ideas that we really built on and developed into songs together during a residency in rural NB in the summer of 2021. OHMs Peak: This album displays a heavier feel from your debut. Is this a direction the band is heading towards? Would love to get into the band’s psyche here? Les Moontunes: For this album, for sure, it was a conscious decision, where all members have been influenced by heavier bands in the past, and we thought it would be cool to dive into tones and sounds that reflected that. Especially having 2 drummers, we really wanted to take advantage of that, and then add on the more soul/jazzy elements of our sound, it was really fun to explore that territory together. As far as what’s next for us, we will have to wait and see, but we definitely have been enjoying headbanging during our shows lately! OHMs Peak: There is such a wide variety of genres you touch upon and flawlessly make it work. Where does Les Moontunes draw inspiration from and how did you all come together? Les Moontunes: We all met growing up, we attended the same school in Dieppe, New Brunswick. Everyone eventually connected through their love of music, and we started jamming from there which led to us being a band. We draw inspiration from a bunch of different genres, we’re all quite open to listening to a wide variety of sounds so that plays into how we create our own. For this album, we drew inspiration from old school bands that were heavy such as Black Sabbath, as well as King Crimson for their experimental flair. We also really like bands who play with horn sounds such as the Budos Band, so you can expect some of that in our latest album. OHMs Peak: The album cover so unique, like nothing we have seen. It appears Miguel created the concept? Would love to get more insight behind the creation? Les Moontunes: At first, Miguel drew a draft for what we would like the concept album to look like – we wanted something that would reflect the stoner metal/doom band aesthetics, and we really liked what he ended up doing for the draft so he built on that. We wanted the Elephant Wizard to be undeniably epic-looking, so Miguel drew the character on its native land, Planet Metal, a place that we invented and developed with the album, surrounded by thunder and mountains which we thought looked badass. We were all very happy with the result. OHMs Peak: Take us through how you came about the name Les Moontunes and what does it represent? Les Moontunes: That’s a bit of a funny story – we had booked a gig before having a name, and so during the very last rehearsal before our gig, we were really in a rush to settle on a name. We literally wrote down just a bunch of ideas on a board and chose Les Moontunes from there, since we liked the fact that it’s in chiac (the Acadian dialect we speak), and that it reflected the space-y sound we were making at that time. It ended up being really fun to play around with space-related concepts from there on, so that worked out! OHMs Peak: Les Moontunes is stranded on an island with only a solar powered record player. The entire band must agree to only 1 album to have during your stay… what album is it? Les Moontunes: Everyone in the band agreed that if we were limited to one album, it would have to be The Dark Side of the Moon! Les Moontunes: Miguel Dumaine: Vocals, Pianos, Organ, Synthesizers, Vocoder Patrick Gaudet: Electric Guitar Samuel Frenette: Electric Guitar Jeremie Poitras: Alto Saxophone and Synthesizers Monica Ouellette: Bass, Trumpet, String Synthesizer Martin Daigle: Drums and Percussion Marc-Andre Richard: Drums Producer: Mike Trask Recording Engineers: Thomas Stajcer at Fang Recording (drums, bass, piano & organ) Mike Trask at Vallée Recording (guitars, vocals, synths, horns, percussion) Assistant Engineer: Sam Mallais at Vallée Recording Mixing: Thomas Stajcer assisted by Mike Trask Mastering: Jay Lapointe at Archive Mastering Artwork: Miguel Dumaine Follow Les Moontunes: Bandcamp / Facebook / LesMoontunes.com Grab some Les Moontunes Merch Music (vinyl, CDs, digital, shirts, etc.)

  • Kala Azar (ST)

    Released: 2024 Genre: Stoner rock, Heavy psych, Sludge Sounds Like: Dopelord, Acid Mammoth, Sun Crow Homeland: Switzerland What makes Kala Azar elite and sit atop OHMs Peak? The trio from Switzerland enlighten us with 28 minutes of rhythmic sludge in their self-titled sophomore release. The album is rich with dismal intensity The vocals have a toned down Matt Pike feel; gutteral and trippy The bass work flows steady and low, forming a cryptic foundation that shapes the backbone of the album This album is not an all out doomy sludge affair. There are short moments of relaxed stoner fuzz and psychedelic riffs. Overall the album is infectious and very pointed. It has become a mainstay in our 2024 rotation prompting us also to dive deeper into their debut EP Dethroned Forever Track Listing: 1. Nothingness 6:59 2.Kala Azar 8:26 3. Flies 6:01 4. Stone Fragments 6:59 Dive deeper into IIII with our Q&A with Kala Azar. OHMs Peak: We were fired up for the January 2024 release of your self-titled, first full length in follow-up to 2022’s EP Dethroned Forever. This album is incredibly intense and flawless albeit just shy of 30 minutes. Would love to know a bit more about how your trio got started and the thinking behind these two releases? Kala Azar: Hello and Thanks! Our band was formed in 2020 during the covid lockdown on a counter of the last not closed bar. We talked about music and our mutual interest in the doom/stoner/sludge genre and then decided spontaneously to form a band that would focus on this style. First practice was a week later. Each member has a slightly different musical background. Aron has plays Hardcore-punk for half of his life, Dörig was mainly a Crust punk and Powerviolence guitarist, and Phil shreds in Deathmetal Bands. Which turned out to be great as we all brought our unique influences and experiences to this project. We recorded the tracks for both releases during the same session at our friend's studio in France during a pleasant summer week. Our goal with the EP, our first and non-physical release, which came out right after the mastering process, was to give a glimpse of what people can expect from us. Then the LP, released after the pressing was done, which demonstrates our growth as a band because all these songs were written after those on the EP. Another reason for doing so was to maintain the full audio quality during the cutting process. Four songs on 45 rpm with hi-gain, just sounds much better than if we had squeezed all six songs onto one 12-inch record. OHMs Peak: Tell us a how the name also known as ‘black fever’ came about? Kala Azar: Well, the beginning of this story is pretty boring. In our search for a name, we had various ideas. Phil went through medical diagnosis sheets online and got stuck on “Kala Azar”. It sounded round and good, its Hindi and and translates to “Black Fever”. Perfect. We thought more deeply about the name and the disease and concluded that it matched many of the dimensions (politically, artistically, etc.) that we are interested in and want to express. Black Fever is caused by a parasite that infects its host, much like how humans are infecting and destroying our planet every day. Furthermore, 'Kala Azar' is not found in the Western Hemisphere; it is mostly prevalent in poor, third-world countries. This provides an opportunity to discuss colonial topics and how we exploit other countries (which is specifically what the song 'Kala Azar' is about). 
From an artistic standpoint, we aim to create music and a live experience that infects the listeners with haunting riffs that they cannot shake off. OHMs Peak: Love the opening chilling line from psycho, ”you mean an institution… a madhouse,“ along with the quotes throughout. What is the other UFO son of god quote from on ‘Stone Fragments’? Would love to hear more about the band’s affinity towards horror in general and integration of the clips as it is a powerful addition to the flow of the album. Kala Azar: Thank you for shedding light on our well-considered samples! The second quote is from the movie 'Play It To The Bone' by Ron Shelton. We are not particularly drawn to horror films per se. We chose the samples based on the subject of the songs and the meaning of the passage itself. For example, we selected the clip in 'Nothingness' where they talk about the mentally ill mother of Anthony Perkins' character, because the song's subject is about mental health. First, he expresses a positive attitude towards mental illnesses by saying, “I don’t hate her, I hate the illness.” However, he later reveals a stigma towards mental health institutions, which creates a contrasting viewpoint. OHMs Peak: We see that you you do your own album artwork? We love it, who in the band created and how did the skeletal vision come about? Kala Azar: Dörig, the drummer, did all the artwork and illustrations for the record, as he mostly does band-related graphic art in addition to festival and concert posters. The initial inspiration actually came from a limited 'Fall of Efrafa' silkscreen poster drawn by their vocalist Alex. The dot-work style and the skull story are self-explanatory when you look at our musical career and its influences. This could also be where the D.I.Y. spirit of doing things yourself - with effort - comes from, which we feel is especially important as an independent band. OHMs Peak: Kala Azar is stranded on an island with only a solar powered record player. The entire band must agree to only 1 album to have during your stay… what album is it? Kala Azar: Nas - Illmatic (1994)
. But if its a sunny beachy island with palms and surfing spots we’d go for:
 Youth Avoiders from Paris their s/t album from 2013. Follow Kala Azar: Bandcamp / Facebook Grab some Kala Azar Merch Music (vinyl, CDs, digital, shirts, etc.)

  • BRIQUEVILLE (IIII)

    Released: 2023 Genre: Post-metal, Drone-metal Sounds Like: The Ocean, Tool, Occult Hand Order Homeland: Belgium What makes IIII elite and sit atop OHMs Peak? If you have not dived into the world of BRIQUEVILLE yet, you are about to be immersed into some cathartic Post-drone metal Briqueville has this brilliant minimalist Post-doom aura that is totally original. After hearing this beauty you will want to dive further into their library, and you'll be glad you did IIII progresses a bit further from their previous release, Quelle, there are so many subtle nuances and textures to be discovered within each rotation The track 'AKTEXVIII' is a Post-metal wonderment. This is right up there with anything Tool or The Ocean have released BRIQUEVILLE's latest is the perfect companion for a cold hike, or just crank it as it will fill the room with beautiful Post-metal Track Listing: 1. AKTE XVI - 6:57 2. AKTE XVII - 6:43 3. AKTE XVIII - 8:15 4. AKTE XIX - 4:16 5. AKTE XX - 12:15 Dive deeper into IIII with our Q&A with BRIQUEVILLE. OHMs Peak: IIII picks up beautifully from your previous album Quelle. The minimalist doom landscape feels more elaborate and texture filled with brooding angles and dark nuances. What has fueled the progression to keep your signature sound evolving? BRIQUEVILLE: We looked back to our previous records and tried to incorporate all of the different elements presented on them but with more finesse. That resulted automatically in a wider sound thanks to the more prominent role of synths and vocals. The progression on this album came naturally to us. We are never really looking to sound different it’s just the way we write our music as we are all listening to totally different styles/genres. OHMs Peak: This album’s artwork is very unique and alluring. Can you provide any insights to the creation of the cover art as this image is very unique particularly for the doom genre? BRIQUEVILLE: Thanks for the compliment! We have the tendency to do a lot of the artwork, clips, visuals ourselves. So this album cover came to one of us that is involved in photography. He had this idea of a four fingered hand covered in clay. (Our 4th album) It looks burned and out of shape…. as so many global things currently are…. He made this image with his own hand as a model. OHMs Peak: Can you provide a glimpse into the writing process of IIII? What influences guide your passion to create such ominous minimal doom? BRIQUEVILLE: Conversations with people, nature, philosophy, relationships, music, art etc. can all be a source of inspiration. I don't think there are themes that can't inspire us. Talking about inspiration music-wise, we post playlists with artists that inspire us on our Spotify account. The next one ‘VOL. III’ will be out real soon. OHMs Peak: Briqueville is stranded on an island with only a solar powered record player. The entire band must agree to only 1 album to have during your stay… what album is it? BRIQUEVILLE: We talked about this question and came to realise that it is quite impossible for us to choose 1 record that we all agree about. What became clear is that it would be a soundtrack. They behold so many different emotions that it would be suitable for the hardships and the good times on that island, hehe. For example Interstellar by Hans Zimmer would be one, Paris Texas by Ry Cooder another one.. Follow BRIQUEVILLE: Bandcamp / Facebook Grab some Briqueville Merch Music (vinyl, CDs, digital, shirts, etc.)

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  • About OHMs Peak | OHMs Peak

    Embark on a journey to explore the elite in heavy music. Covering Doom, Stoner, Psychedelic and all heavy sub-genres. Our goal is to bring fourth the heavy albums that hit majestic heights. How does an album reach OHM's Peak? Our Rigorous Screening Process (RSP) searches through vast landscapes to bring you the finest in elite heavy music. We do the work, you enjoy the majestic sonic vista. ​ Contact us via email at info@ohmspeak.com or message us on Social . About OHM's Peak Black Metal Death Metal Doom Experimental Garage Rock Grunge Hard Rock Hardcore Heavy Rock Math Rock Metal metalcore Noise rock Noise Rock Post Hardcore Post Metal Post Rock Progressive Metal Progressive Rock Psychedelic rock Punk Shoegaze Sludge Space Rock Stoner Rock

  • OHMage to the Artist | OHMs Peak

    OHMmage to the Artist Artist: Cauê Piloto (Brazil) Inspiration: Bruegel, Hieronymus Bosch, John Martin, Turner, Beksinski ​ ​ Artist: Nicolas Fantoni (Brazil) Inspiration: SYoshitaka Amano, Yoji Shinkawa, Ayami Kojima Artist: Timon Kokott Art Work (Germany) Inspiration: Dan Seagrave, René Magritte, Caspar David Friendrich and H.R. Giger Artist: Soares Illustration & Design (Portugal) Inspiration: Salvador Dali, William Morris, Wes Wilson and Ken Taylor ​ Artist: Bloodyspirit (France) Inspiration: GODMACHINE, Defame and Mark Riddick AlexEckmanLawn (USA) Inspiration: Dave Mckean, Katsuhiro Otomo and Moebius Darren Grealish (USA) Inspir ation: Andy Warhol and Marc Rude Nouvo Creative (United Kingdom) Inspiration: Frances Macdonald MacNa ir and Alphonse Mucha Threadbare Artwork (Belgium) Inspiration: Sarah Moon an d Kyle Cooper Alexander Hettel Artwork (Germany) Inspiration: Salvador Dali, H.R. Giger and John Dyer Baizley Jesse DeNobrega Inspiration: Brian Chippendale, used CD stores, Yoko Ono, Love Love Hill Lex Percepied (Buenos Aires, Argentina) Inspiration: Dali, Drugs, Psilocybe, Spacerock Mihai Manescu Illustrations Inspiration: Al. Durer, H.R. Giger, Zbigniew M. Bielak, Ken Taylor Ghost Ghost Teeth (California) Inspiration: My daughter Missfelidae Illustration (Linz, Austria) Inspiration: Jean Giraud Moebius, Caw Cooper and Moki Mioke Nikita Kaun (Russia) ZONUMENT - Artworks (United Kingdom) Inspiration: 2000AD Artists, John Hicklenton and Simon Bisley Jo Riou (France) Inspira tion: Art Nouveau, Heavy metal artists from 70's, 80's Miodeus (Poland) Inspiration: Old horror and sci-fi movie posters Khoa Le (Vietnam) Inspiration: Myself Irrwisch Art Design (Austria) Inspira tion: LP cover artworks from Dad Vasco Duarte (Portugal) Inspiration: Victo Ngai, Moebius, Sergi Brosa, Alphonse Much a Roberto Toderico (Italy) Inspira tion: Simon Bisley, Roger Dean, Gustave Dore Burning Moon (Belgium) Inspiration: Zoé and Nicolas SkullCult Inspiration: HR Giger, Aubrey Beard sley, Albrecht Dürer Jared Nichols (US) Inspiration: My Alexander Calder, David Gilmour, Frank Zappa Eliran Kantor (Berlin, Germany) Inspiration: John Kricfalusi, Terry Gilliam Antoine Defarges (France) Inspiration: Alphonse Mucha Chris Panatier (USA) Inspiration: Jeremy Geddes, Mucha, John Baizley Marie Bergeron (Montreal, Canada) Inspiratio n: Sam Spratt, Olly Moss, Erik Jones, Kim Jung Gi Barbara Ana Gomez (London) Inspiration: Alphonse Mucha, Yuko Shimizu, Paul X. Johnson Distorted Designs (Berlin,Germany) Inspiration: Pierre-Alain D. and Nekr Merrilee Challiss (Birmingham, Alabama) Inspiration: Gustav Klimt, African & Aboriginal art Sgraffito Art Illustrations (Iceland) Inspiration: Early 20th Century Illustration Dominic Sohor (Bolton, UK) Inspiration: Tony Hart Dale Simpson (England) Inspiration: Rick Griffin Art is the gateway to see and feel what a band represents. When seeking out artists, what draws you in, the album cover? Well, there’s no better feeling than discovering that heavy gem with terrific artistry and music to match. See our favorite artists and their work here. Artist: Eeviac (Brazil) Inspiration: Storm Thorgerson, Winston Smith, Frank Kozik Black Metal Death Metal Doom Experimental Garage Rock Grunge Hard Rock Hardcore Heavy Rock Math Rock Metal metalcore Noise rock Noise Rock Post Hardcore Post Metal Post Rock Progressive Metal Progressive Rock Psychedelic rock Punk Shoegaze Sludge Space Rock Stoner Rock

  • OHMage to Record Labels | OHMs Peak

    Electric Valley Records Electric Valley Records is a label based in Sardinia (Italy) and founded in 2014. Specializing in Stoner rock, Heavy psych, Psychedelic and Doom. Electric Valley Records Hypnosis by Atomic Mold released in 2018 on Electric Valley Records. Cursed Tongue Records Cursed Tongue Records is a two man run basement style label bringing tangible testament to the underground of everything heavy, it's all about the vinyl. Cursed Tongue Records Wolftooth - Valhalla - 2020 Official Lyric Video Kozmik Artifactz Kozmik Artifactz and Bilocation Records from Germany are two vinyl specialized labels under one banner known for their high quality releases. While Kozmik Artifactz is focused mainly on the Stonerrock genre, Bilocation Records offers also bands with a different musical direction. Kozmik Artifactz Records Kitchen Witch - Chase the Sun Record Label Lounge Seek out diverse collections of heavy music through some of world's most innovative record labels. Seeing Red Records Our mission is to bring the masses an eclectic array of artists from various genres and styles and to celebrate the perpetual survival of underground music in the face of trends, business hawks, and naysayers whom have all made a conscious effort to distort and destroy what we hold dear. Seeing Red Records Deathbell - "Come To Trouble" from the album With The Beyond Ripple Music Ripple Music is home to some of the worlds most heaviest and psychedelic rocks bands. Their continued effort to support these underground acts have made them a heavy hitter in the stoner rock/doom worlds. Ripple Music Brimstone Coven - The Woes of a Mortal Earth Small Stone Records Small Stone Recordings was founded in 1995 in Detroit, Michigan, by Scott Hamilton and specializes in the finest heavy rock ‘n' roll, psychedelia, doom, blues, hard rock, fuzz, metal, sludge and vintage ‘70s style rawk. Smack Stone Tia Carerra I Tried and True (2020) Consouling Sounds Based out of Belgium, Consouling Sounds was founded in 2008 as a label specializing in post, doom and ambient music. Today, we have widened our scope to exciting, genre defying types of music, yet with a constant interest in quality and aesthetic. Consouling Sounds Consouling Sounds 24 Hours of Deep. Listening 2019 Sunrise Ocean Bender Sunrise Ocean Bender Records is an independent label based in Richmond, Virginia, specializing in limited edition vinyl releases as well as digital formats. From psych rock to psych pop, prog to space rock, electronic to the kosmische… detours. Sunrise Odean Bender rana Crafter / Enter The Stream Drone Rock Records A small, niche record label based on the outskirts of Brighton on the south coast of the UK, specializing in strictly limited vinyl pressings of fuzz, drone, and modern psych. Drone Rock Records Psychic Lemon - TiCkToK No Slip Records NoSlip Records is a small independent, boutique styled Record Label that specializes in extremely... limited pressings of various vinyl releases. No Slip Records Antioch - III: Wings and Warlocks Shunu Records A young rock label driven by the search for quality and innovation in music. Focus on bringing the fans music and merch they love. Shunu Records Antioch - III: Wings and Warlocks Black Metal Death Metal Doom Experimental Garage Rock Grunge Hard Rock Hardcore Heavy Rock Math Rock Metal metalcore Noise rock Noise Rock Post Hardcore Post Metal Post Rock Progressive Metal Progressive Rock Psychedelic rock Punk Shoegaze Sludge Space Rock Stoner Rock

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