Ahead of the release of the eagerly-anticipated follow up to their 2016 debut, ‘Possession’, London mystical-power trio Vodun return this week with a new video, described by director and British filmmaker Rosalind Jane of Dreamworld Video as a ‘moving collage’.
Titled ‘New Doom’ and culled from their forthcoming ‘ASCEND’ album, out September 7th on New Heavy Sounds, the video and song features a cameo from Turbowolf’s enigmatic frontman Chris Georgiadus.
“Since singing on the last two Turbowolf albums, I thought Chris wouldn’t mind performing a duet with me on our new album. As soon as I heard the driving chorus riff of ‘New Doom’, I knew that I wanted Chris’s vocals on the song,” explains frontwoman Chantal Brown (Oya). “It’s reminiscent of this dominating heavy fuzz bulldozer energy that Turbowolf bring, so it seemed fitting that we ask them to join us in song.
“The video was shot by Rosalind Jane, in Bristol, which is where Chris resides, so we thought we’d ask, and we’re so pleased it turned out so well,” continues Chantal. “He’s a natural performer, and his energy was just what the video needed. I also think having more people making a spectacle is often more entertaining to watch, so we are very happy with the end result. Chris’s transformation into a Butterfly is something I didn’t know I needed to see, and I’m glad I did.”
Lyrically, ‘New Doom’ tackles the battles so many people endure through mental health issues and the struggles in life these bring.
“Mental health challenges appear every day, and the people who fight these battles are constantly carrying a heavy load,” says Chantal. “It is important to remember our dark days, so we can appreciate the light. It is also just as important to remember our dark days so we can muster understanding and compassion for others, especially when they might need it most. This isn’t always easy. Finding new ways to gain strength to battle and avoid as many casualties as possible should be encouraged, even if you are channelling something a little beyond this realm.”
ASCEND is unabashedly revolution music, its ten tracks a hurricane of mystic heaviness, spiritual soul and furious positivity, its colossal riffage & rhythms allied to inspirational lyrics and powerful melodies to deliver food for the soul and fire to inflame uprisings. At heart, it’s an album of musical celebration, and heavy playfulness – lyrically of resistance, and of solidarity.
Driven by the afro-inspired dervish drums of Zel Kaute (interpreting the spirits of Ogoun), the roaring, fierce chromium guitars of Linz Hamilton (The Marassa), and fronted by the fire-breathing howl of frontwoman Chantal Brown (Oya), delivering you the truth of generations with a drive and focus that can’t be matched.
Witness Vodun come to life at the following dates in September 2018:
Thu 13 Sep London Oslo
Sat 15 Sep Newcastle Trillians
Tue 18 Sep Manchester Rebellion
Wed 19 Sep Huddersfield The Parish
Thu 20 Sep Norwich The Brickmakers
Fri 21 Sep Birmingham Asylum 2
Sat 22 Sep Newport Le Pub
Sun 23 Sep Leeds Brudenell Social
Tue 25 Sep Bristol The Crofters Rights
Wed 26 Sep Exeter The Cavern
Fri 28 Sep Brighton Sticky Mikes
Tickets available from: https://www.seetickets.com/tour/vodun
Tickets for London Oslo from here: http://www.wegottickets.com/f/11687
Pre-order ‘ASCEND’ here: https://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/products/vodun-ascend
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