Tumanduumband – Throne Of Grief

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Tumanduumband give us an album so heavy and so distorted that at times it makes you wonder if your brain is breaking. It can seriously be a borderline mind altering experience for the listener, particularly if their mind happens to be altered at the time the experience. The two piece instrumental duo do things with a bass guitar that make it not even sound recognizable due to ultra low tuning, feedback and distortion. This is a killer release and one that really stands out as a unique sound in the heavily saturated fuzz market.

Artist: Tumanduumband
Album: Throne Of Grief
Label: Independent
Release Date: October 27, 2023
Location: Stourbridge, United Kingdom

Written by James Sweetlove

Tumanduumband give us an album so heavy and so distorted that at times it makes you wonder if your brain is breaking. It can seriously be a borderline mind altering experience for the listener, particularly if their mind happens to be altered at the time the experience.

From the use of trippy distorted audio clips, insane reverb and droning patters to heavy psychedelic influences, this album has it all. I can’t even imagine how loud and overwhelming this would be live, particularly if you’re not sober at the time. The craziest thing about this album is that’s a two piece that is fully instrumental. I swear to god I didn’t even realise that there were no vocal until the end of track 2. The band just make the music itself so engaging that you don’t even think about vocals, the music is doing just fine without them.

The release is bass led, there is no guitar, which shouldn’t be surprising just how heavy it sounds. The crazy thing is that at many points it becomes unrecognizable as bass due to the insane distortion and feedback applied to it. There’s an almost harsh noise inspired bite to the tone that makes a huge difference to the overall sound of the album, as well as moments of straight up harsh noise.

I do have a to a give a warning that album is a lot to handle all in one sitting, its a lot of fuzz and a lot of noise for the human brain to process in one go. At points you may find yourself overstimulated, but you just have to push through. That’s because you are a glutton for punishment and this album is here to indulge you.

Overall this is a killer release and one that really stands out as a unique sound in the heavily saturated fuzz market. I could easily see this band going on to play with the likes of Sunn O))), Boris, The Body and countless other heavy and harsh legends, they would be right at home up on stage with them.




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