Saturday 18 May 2019

1782 - S/T (Album Review)

Release date: May 24th 2019. Label: Heavy Psych Sounds. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

1782 – S/T – Tracklisting

1. Intro (…To the Church)
2. Night Of Draculia
3. The Spell (Maleficium Vitae) [feat. Alfredo Carboni]
4. She Was A Witch [feat. Gabriele Fiori]
5. Black Sunday
6. Oh Mary
7. 1782 [feat. Nico Sechi]
8. Celestial Voices [Pink Floyd cover, feat. Alfredo Carboni & Nico Sechi]


Marco Nieddu – Guitar, Bass and Vocals
Gabriele Fancellu – Drums and Backing Vocals


Greetings All,

With all of the technology in the world these days there isn’t a lot of mystery, especially when it comes to music. A couple of clicks and you can find out damn near everything about a band, song, genre, etc. It is pretty god-damn cool when you find a real, intriguing mystery. 1782 is one of those mysteries, all I am sure of is that the band is an Italian doom duo that formed near the end of 2018 and are named after the last year in which Witches were executed in Europe. 

The band’s debut self titled record is being released by the amazing Italian outfit Heavy Psych Sounds. The sound of the duo is a fuzzed out brand of doomy occult/garage rock with heavy bass and drums, scuzzed out guitars, and lo-fi vocal delivery.

Intro ( the church) opens the record with a brief eerie opening of church bells and crackling fire that creates a bit of an unsettling mood. Night of Draculia follows with a cool fuzzed out riff and some echoey/lo-fi vocals weaving a dark tale. The Spell (Maleficium Vitae) comes at you hard with an homage to Lucifer buried in a massive, bass heavy riff and monstrous cymbal crashes before mixing in some evil sounding chants that really drive the track home.

She Was A Witch was the first song recorded by the band and features Heavy Psych Sounds/Black Rainbows main man Gabriele Fiori delivering some searing guitar work (I believe) over some dark ominous guitar sounds and some more depraved/growled vocals. Black Sunday comes next with a more massive/plodding bass and drum approach.

Oh Mary is a bit of an unhinged metal romp with a bit of a bass groove and start/stop kind of rhythm that uneasily carries the “Oh Mary” refrain to an unsettling end. The band’s self titled song, 1782, is a mostly instrumental, bass driven gem that rocks itself into a heavy Hammond organ driven end. The organ sound carries into the album closer, a cover of the Pink Floyd classic Celestial Voices, from the band's Saucerful of Secrets record. The song is a fitting close that stays fairly true to the original and acclimates itself well to the bands, heavy/fuzzed out sound.

1782 is the perfect dose of fuzzed out psych rock brilliance. The record is not too long and not too short. It is just enough to have this guy already jonesing for the next record. If you dig Mephistopheles or early Uncle Acid, you should most definitely give 1782’s self titled debut a listen. You can heavily dig on this!

- Todd S - Instagram @alltheghoststhathauntyou

Words by Todd Stealey

Thanks to Mona at All Noir PR for the promo. 1782 S/T debut album will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Heavy Psych Sounds from May 24th 2019.