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Sword of Hakim

De Kift

Like an Anatolian fever dream, BLAAK HEAT engulfs your mind in images of mystic castle mirages, slamming body and soul into an ocean of reverb fuzz. BLAAK HEAT’s “Mojave soundtracks” (Blabbermouth) rest upon a rich history of musical tradition, drawing from the Middle East as naturally as from California’s deserts and beaches, with one foot still firmly rooted in the streets of Paris. The end-result is a timeless, vivid blend of thundering psychedelic rock and Arabian tonalities, an altar to heavy riffage, mind expansion, and social insurgencies, making BLAAK HEAT “one of the most exciting psych bands around” (New Noise Magazine).

Formed in Paris, France by guitarist/singer Thomas Bellier (ex-Spindrift) in 2008, BLAAK HEAT relocated to Los Angeles in 2012 with the help of Orange County drummer Michael Amster (also Sinner Sinners). They are joined by Paris-based musicians Guillaume Theoden on bass and Nicolas Heller on guitar (Abrahma). The band has toured extensively, performing over 200 shows in 21 different countries and appearing at major international festivals such as Levitation Austin (USA) and Reverence Valada (Portugal). After three releases (two albums, one EP) and multiple collaborations with the likes of Nobel Prize-nominated Gonzo poet Ron Whitehead, BLAAK HEAT just released its third full-length, Shifting Mirrors, produced by Grammy Award-winner Matt Hyde (Slayer, Monster Magnet, Deftones) on Svart Records and TeePee Records. The album has been called “a new standard for a new generation” (PopMatters) and “almost too good to be believed” (Loudwire).

 

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