Savona, Italy-based psychedelic fuzz rock unit BLACK ELEPHANT today drop the kaleidoscopic fruits of their Seven Swords full-length via Small Stone!
Recorded and mixed by Giulio Farinelli at Green Fog Studio in Genoa, mastered by Farinelli at Everybody On The Shore Studio in Milan, Italy, and mastered by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio Labs in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Seven Swords delivers an addictive assortment of classic-minded, heavy rocking tunes, picking the best the ’70s, ’90s, and ’00s had to offer in riffery and melding spacey blowouts with desert-hued hooks.
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Seven Swords is out now on CD and digitally via Small Stone as well as limited edition vinyl via Kozmik Artifactz. For orders, visit the Small Stone Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.
Whether it’s the scorching leads of “Yayoi Kusama” or the conscious wink-and-nod of “Red Sun And Blues Sun” a short time later – just ahead of the bluesy “Seppuku” and the near-nine-minute stretch of closer “Govinda” – BLACK ELEPHANT brings their finest work to-date in an efficient seven-track, thirty-three-minute stretch, building not only on what they accomplished on Cosmic Blues, but also what their prior two full-lengths – 2014’s Bifolchi Inside and 2012’s Spaghetti Cowboys – were building toward. This is a band coming into their own, wasting neither their time nor yours in the process. Fuzz pedals preach on, the sky cracks, and the riffs themselves seem to lock bellies in sumo battles, so what the hell? The world’s ending anyway. You might as well have some fun with it.
“You want fuzz? BLACK ELEPHANT stomp their pedalboards like their namesake pachyderm. These Italian riffmeisters also engage in some serious amplifier abuse, but it’s all in the name of kick-ass heavy psych-blues jams. This desert rock comes courtesy of Sergio Leone’s widescreen viewfinder, capturing the vista in full technicolor glory.” – MetalSucks
“Deep heavy fuzz screaming from the deep purple blackness of space. I close my eyes and let it take me away into glints of the deep empty of impossible dreams of alien planets and new visions of color. Seven Swords can only be described as a sonic induced acid trip into the warm loving void of cold. Gleaming stars smiling at your wonderment as you float adrift in the rings of planets. Pulsars thumping, pressing you further through the Universe. Quasars rushing past you in furious cascades of color and light. This is the musical tone of Seven Swords.” — Sleeping Village Reviews
“When the fuzz hits, it lands heavy…” – The Obelisk
“…a power rock set-up that delivers heavy desert blues and some sideways surprises.” – Flying Fiddle Sticks
“BLACK ELEPHANT‘s Akira Kurosawa-influenced release, Seven Swords, does not disappoint… From the sleek cover art through the excellent guitar tone and all the way to the kick ass compositional groove, Seven Swords is everything you need to beat that summer bummer.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy