As you MAY have noticed, I haven't posted for a while now....for a lot of reasons which I don't find necessary to mention. Anyway I decided to put Stoned Sun Vibrations on hiatus and concentrate my efforts to Downtuned Magazine ('n' Radio). Many of you probably know that Downtuned Mag is dedicated to the Greek heavy rock scene but since I've started Downtuned Radio too, I'm thinking of including posts about releases from all over the world. Apparently I'm going to keep a ratio but we'll see how it'll evolve.
From now on, you can find me on Downtuned Mag. And for any bands interested in reviewing/including them in radio's rotation etc., you can come in touch with me through the contact form over there. As I wrote above. I'll try to keep a ratio and at least in the beginning I'll try to "promote" mostly "smaller", more independent bands that deserve your attention.
So I want to thank each and everyone of you out there who supported, read, promoted and helped this blog. Also a big fat thanks to all the bands which helped SSV in their own way.
That's all for now folks! Thanks again! Maybe SSV will be back someday. Or maybe Downtuned will become better than SSV.... Who knows.
Be well and stay heavy!
PS: Rock Trips Mixtapes will be back soon.... They'll be the only thing posted from now on. Perhaps some other personal comps too.


Le Scimmie - Dromomania (2011)

I think October will be a month dedicated to Italy's scene 'cause in the last few days I keep receiving releases from there. And all of them are great ones! So after Otehi here is another Italian band, Le Scimmie. They're a duo (guitars, drums) and they play some first class instrumental psych/stoner/noise. 

I'll agree with Riez in what he wrote in his review. When I see a band which : a) is a duo, b) are instrumental and c) terms like psych, stoner etc. are used to describe their sound, what I expect are songs with loooong duration. But that's not happening with Angelo and Mario. Here we have ten tracks with a total duration of 23min. 

"Dromomania" is their first full album (they've released an EP too in 2007) and is full of high-voltage, raw riffing and noisy power-attacks. But also when they decide to use some melodies, they're getting really catchy and makes the music more soulful. I loved this album and you'll probably do the same. I have to mention their excellent video for the song "Dromomania" which perfectly imprints their music visually.  
*Thanks to Angelo for coming in touch.

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