Wednesday 29 December 2021

Introduce Yourselves: AIWASS

What is the name of your band?


What is the genre of music that you play?

Psychedelic doom metal with a very occult edge

Can you give a brief history of the band of how it came together and where it is today?

Founded by Blake Carrera in the haze of an Aleister Crowley reading binge in 2020, the band has expanded to include Mike Hintz as bassist/co-vocalist and Wade Von Bogs as drummer. Featuring hazy vocals, psychedelic fuzzed-out guitars, and bombastic rhythms, Aiwass is tailor made for fans of Monolord, Electric Wizard, Black Sabbath, and many others in the psychedelic, stoner, and doom genres.

In April of 2021, Aiwass released our first EP, His Name Was Aiwass. Built on the back of three singles, the EP was quickly championed by the YouTube channels of scene tastemakers Rob Hammer and 666MrDoom. On November 5th, we released our first album, Wayward Gods. Featured by such luminous publications as Doomed and Stoned, Monster Riff, The Obelisk, and Doom Charts November 2021, the album has seen massive success behind its critical praise and demonstrates that Aiwass is a voice to be reckoned with in the burgeoning doom metal scene.

Today, we’re working on a live set that will capture the spiritual intensity of the album as well as working on a second album that is scheduled to be recorded in May of 2022.

What can people expect from your music?

Bludgeoning guitars, spacey vocals, bombastic rhythms, and lyrics about the occult, Jungian psychology, and mental illness. Aiwass is about sensory overload, about pulling you into a sonic landscape reminiscent of a Hieronymous Bosch painting. The songs are also generally pretty long, as they’re meant to take you on a journey. We’re great for fans of Black Sabbath, Monolord, Electric Wizard, Sleep, and Windhand.

What is the best release that folks should check out from your band?

Wayward Gods (2021) is our first full length album and really captures the sound of the band. While it was written and recorded before Mike Hintz and Wade Von Bogs joined the band, it’s representative of the bombastic power of Aiwass and its influences such as Aleister Crowley. Solis in Stellis, a collaboration with Astral Construct, is also a great one to check out. All Bandcamp proceeds from the song go directly to the Scleroderma Foundation for research into a cure.

Where can people find you on Social Media?

Apple Music