SAMAVAYO – PAYAN
There can be only one! Indeed, today we have only one, but incredible, Friday Freebie for you all. It is that album released back in March that jumped to the second spot of that month’s Doom Charts edition and has been raved about across the globe… We’re talking about SAMAVAYO‘s PAYAN!
Marc-Eric Gagnon wrote back then: “The eye of the storm must have formed somewhere in the Palm Desert, but through its wake, the tornado grew progressively larger and took on a dazzling magnitude. SAMAVAYO are unleashing upon us a tornado of fuzzrocious sandy riffs! The melodies, which are impregnated with a Middle Eastern vibe, are skilfully crafted and haunting. I’m not even mentioning the legendary musicians that have collaborated on the album… Payan is a massive album that will engulf inside your eardrums and stay there for the rest of the year!!!”
JJ Koczan: “Hard to pick a favorite here. SAMAVAYO are a rare band in heavy rock. More than 20 years on, they continue to push forward creatively and engage the real world in ways most acts aren’t nearly brave enough to do. One of a kind, and to be appreciated as such.”
Jonny Pirie: “Riffs, fuzz, groove and great melodies. It’s all you need! SAMAVAYO unleash one of 2022’s essential stoner rock albums.”
Joop Konraad: “In my book it was already listed as one of the year-end-favorites. Not just because of the brilliant guest spots by Igor Sydorenko (Stoned Jesus), Tommi Holappa (Greenleaf, Dozer), Nick DiSalvo (Elder) and Willi Paschen (Coogans Bluff). But simply because the songs, the riffs and the hooks just keep dragging you further and further along into an sultry ocean of sand. Most of the stoner influences go the way of aggression, the punk roots and seminal Shot Shot Shot Shot track, seems to pay homage to the Palm Desert and the Songs For The Deaf album by Queens Of The Stone Age in particular. Twenty years on, SAMAVAYO has become one of the most versatile and hottest bands in heavy rock!”
Roberto Lucas: “With fuzz turbines at full throttle, SAMAVAYO builds what is possibly their heaviest, most progressive and furious album of their entire existence. With a punk attitude in some of their songs, the trio complements their desert attacks with fantastic arrangements and melodies, with which they achieve fascinating songs.”