MARIJANNAH - Istanah (red) LP

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If fuzzed-out, bass-heavy, psychedelic stoner doom anthems is the thing that rock your worn-out van, make your eyes go all wet and make your bong-water bobble then Marijannah will have you covered in loads with their 2020 album entitled "Istanah" (Malay for royal palace / castle). The halls of Istanah is packed to the brim with riffs and grooves so addictive that they completely submerge you and makes you forget who you are and whether you have eaten or not.

Although this is just Marijannah's second album the band members aren't exactly new to the music scene and if such a thing as a Singapore heavy rock super group exists, it might as well be it. Featuring members of grindcore fanatics in Wormrot and pop punk band The Caulfield Cult we find Marijannah deeply rooted within the Heavy Underground. Root and stem indeed incrusted in metal and drenched in dank-smelling stoner sensibilities.

Marijannah exhibits on their 2nd album a cohesiveness of sound and sonic depth that isn't found often in the genre. The four band members also allow the songs to evolve organically, each section moving seamlessly to the next one, leaving the listener mesmerized by the astral-hazed journey he/she has been taken on over the course of the entire album.

The spellbound-like, trance-induced state of mind is abruptly brought to a halt at the end of the last track and the listener suddenly finds him-/herself left alone on an abandoned and icy-cold planetary star somewhere in the far outskirts of cosmos. An itching notion to press repeat and once more indulge in the warm, fuzzy sounds emanating from the glowing inner of Marijannah's core is impossible to suppress - and you shouldn't, really!

With its weed-infused, stoned-to-the-bone aesthetics Marijannah drives the nail on the head and certainly got its own addictive, sleepy-eyed charms. Comes highly recommended FFO Goatsnake, Sleep, Acid King, Uncle Acid, Salem's Pot, Monolord and Black Sabbath.

300 copies on transparent red 180 grams vinyl housed in gatefold cover.

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