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Holoceno

by Papangu

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mathieu lavoie
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mathieu lavoie 1st off i want to thank my good friend Nuno for the code and recommend this amazing avant garde album, from start to finish very engaging, good stuff
Nuno Lourenço
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Nuno Lourenço The revival of a great Brazilian Progressive Rock tradition (which is unknown to many). Papangu raised the bar and incorporated metal and zeuhl in a very peculiar but distinctive way that makes this an amazing journey.
The world needs to listen to this!
TheEliteExtremophile
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TheEliteExtremophile Papangu effortlessly weaves together avant-garde, sludge, and zeuhl influences into a menacing, murky album. Holoceno is full of dark, twisting guitar lines and absolutely thunderous drums. I was absolutely blown away by this album, and I cannot recommend it enough.

Full review here: theeliteextremophile.com/2021/07/26/album-review-papangu-holoceno/
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    BONUS TRACK: Includes a remix of Bacia das Almas by Toby Driver (Kayo Dot, maudlin of the Well), exclusive to purchases made in Bandcamp. By purchasing our album digitally via Bandcamp, you'll directly help us finance our second full-length recording.
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    This is the eco-wax variant of ‘Holoceno’, the most environmentally friendly way to press vinyl using offshoots of wax that would have otherwise gone to waste. Because of this each LP is a slightly different colour as you can see from the photo. Mastered for vinyl by James Plotkin.⁣

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1.
Ave-Bala 03:11
2.
Água Branca 04:08
a pedra branca eu pus no meio do verdume a fumaça feia cheirava a profecia o sol do maçarico um velho vaga-lume no seio do negrume a chama reluzia o verbo de mágica na caixa do fósforo separa do fogo a terra sutil do espesso teu osso como gesso e em fervorosa o sangue à fé ligeiro se assemelha os louros que te adornam o couro temperado o som da agonia a água branca fria os estalos da língua um lado bem passado um futuro de cinza a água branca fria
3.
munido de carrancas amainando os espíritos afastando os demônios do grande chico a correnteza do rio o barco vai afundar a água que dá a vida traz a morte em meio a um motim um barco dividido a sorte ruim que saiu da carranca são francisco na terra dos tapuias criados por opará vivendo dessas águas e dessas terras relíquia dos sertões jogada aos braços de ci homens privam seus sonhos enfrentando a sua fúria carranca mortal veio para destruir causando enchentes e terremotos afundando barcos e construções levando tudo às profundezas
4.
eu confiei na palavra com a gula do jovem que nunca viu chuva nem carne o osso que eu entrego pra enterrar e exumar desterra pra cozinhar eu mergulhei na bacia das almas dissolve os nervos da face desmascara o erro que feito medo encravou meu coração correção destas apostas tombadas há muito mortas
5.
verme homem terra chão rega o chão salga a terra sangue escuro de quem era resistir levantar demarcar crucificar ninguém assistiu ao enterro tão inevitável sempre calejada a mão que afaga apedrejou é melhor morrer resistindo é melhor lutar se morrer de fome eu rego a terra com meu sangue a lama espera o teu corpo terra arrasada véspera do escarro a mão que afaga apedrejou
6.
Lobisomem 07:54
do sétimo filho vai nascer um lobo que se perde e pede socorro nada pode lhe parar: nem a prata, nem rezar o demônio vai partir, vai uivar e vai rugir corpo enegrecido olhos feito a lua mente podre obscura vazia e crua quando minha mão chegar na garganta da fera vou provar ao povo meu ou pro inferno vou com seu terror besta-fera demônio assombração lobisomem "quando eu morrer, não soltem meu cavalo nas pedras do meu pasto incendiado fustiguem-lhe seu dorso alanceado com a espora d’ouro, até matá-lo um dos meus filhos deve cavalgá-lo numa sela de couro esverdeado que arraste pelo chão pedroso e pardo chapas de cobre, sinos e badalos assim, com o raio e o cobre percutido tropel de cascos, sangue do castanho talvez se finja o som d’ouro fundido que’em vão, sangue insensato e vagabundo tentei forjar, no meu cantar estranho à tez da minha fera e ao sol do mundo' 'mas eu enfrentarei o sol divino o olhar sagrado em que a pantera arde saberei porque a teia do destino não houve quem cortasse ou desatasse não serei orgulhoso nem covarde que o sangue se rebela ao toque e ao sino verei feita em topázio a luz da tarde pedra do sono e cetro do assassino ela virá, mulher, aflando as asas com os dentes de cristal, feitos de brasas e há de sagrar-me a vista o gavião mas sei, também, que só assim verei a coroa da chama e deus, meu rei assentado em seu trono do sertão"
7.
Holoceno 10:34
cai o véu um tecido de pedra vem o céu fechar-se na terra um a um o abismo arrebata acalanto elegia de graça e o homem essa luz do mundo que habita a cidade no monte raspa o tacho repete devora alimenta a penumbra no fundo

about

Seven years in the making, Papangu's debut record is a concept album inspired by ecological eschatology and the modernist literature of Northeastern Brazil—a hardy, arid region historically plagued by inequality and violence.

Sung in the band's native Portuguese, the album tells the tale of a cangaceiro—a bandit from Brazil's backlands—who, after being shown a vision of his fate, tries to change it through ritual sacrifice. When his botched attempt backfires and sets off a chain reaction, the protagonist seeks a Faustian pact in order to stop the forthcoming environmental disaster.

Blending influences from sludge and zeuhl, Papangu's fluid sound is sieved through an unique mesh of prog, stoner rock, post rock and the rhythms of Northeastern Brazil, sounding as if Mastodon and mid-70s King Crimson had teamed up to concoct a Magma-like soundtrack to an anti-Bolsonaro play by Ariano Suassuna.

Sludgy riffs are augmented by unusual song structures, syncopated rhythms, unhuman drumming—courtesy of Torstein Lofthus, the juggernaut behind prog legends Elephant9 and blackjazzers SHINING—and guest performances by Brazilian keyboard mages Uaná Barreto and Luis Souto Maior on Minimoog and Prophet-6, along with Seven Impale's saxophonist Benjamin Mekki Widerøe.

credits

released June 25, 2021

Papangu:
Marco Mayer — bass, vox, guitars, keys
Nichollas Jaques — background vox
Hector Ruslan — electric guitar, vox
Rai Accioly — electric guitar, vox

with:
Torstein Lofthus — drums, cowbell
Uaná Barreto — minimoog voyager (2, 4)
Benjamin Mekki Widerøe — tenor saxophone (6, 7)
Luís Souto Maior — prophet-6 (7)

and
Toby Driver — remix ("Açougue das Almas", bonus track, exclusive to Bandcamp)

recorded by Ruy José at Estúdio Mutuca, João Pessoa
drums recorded by Jørgen Smådal Larsen at Studio Paradiso, Oslo
tenor saxophone recorded by Fredrik Mekki Widerøe in Bergen
overdubs by Marco and Hector at Singaro/Qripta, João Pessoa
between 2019 and 2021

mixed by Jørgen Smådal Larsen at Studio Paradiso, Oslo
mastered by James Plotkin

executive producers Papangu
produced by Marco Mayer

album art by Ars Moriendee
logo by Salomão Montenegro
photography by Malu de Castro

—MERCH—

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—PRESS—

TREBLE'S 50 Best Albums of 2021 (#49)
www.treblezine.com/the-50-best-albums-of-2021/

MÚSICA INSTANTÂNEA 50 Melhores Discos Brasileiros de 2021 (#2)
musicainstantanea.com.br/os-50-melhores-discos-brasileiros-de-2021/

TREBLE'S 25 Best Metal Albums of 2021
www.treblezine.com/25-best-metal-albums-of-2021/

MACHINE MUSIC'S The Best Metal of 2021 (#43)
machinemusic.net/2021/12/01/machine-music-presents-the-best-metal-of-2021/

LAST RITE'S Staff Top 25 of 2021 (#23)
yourlastrites.com/2021/12/10/best-of-2021-last-rites-combined-staff-top-25/

HUMONEGRO Mejores discos internacionales 2021 (#44)
www.humonegro.com/magazine/articulos/mejores-discos-internacionales-2021/

HITS PERDIDOS 50 Melhores Álbuns Nacionais (#14)
hitsperdidos.com/2021/12/16/melhores-albuns-nacionais-2021/

MINUTOINDIE 20 Melhores Álbuns Brasileiros de 2021
minutoindie.com/top-20-melhores-albuns-brasileiros-de-2021/

THE PROGRESSIVE SUBWAY Albums of the Year 2021 (Tier 1)
theprogressivesubway.com/2022/02/07/reports-from-the-underground-2021-albums-of-the-year/6/

—REVIEWS—

THE PROGRESSIVE SUBWAY - "Holoceno is fit for fans of progressive sludge, or anybody that likes prog metal that strays on the darker, grittier side of things."
theprogressivesubway.com/2021/07/07/review-papering-holoceno/

TREBLE - "The Brazilian band’s debut album reminds us how exciting and kickass prog can be."
www.treblezine.com/papangu-holoceno-review/

HEAVY BLOG - "An album you’ll be sinking your teeth for years to come, trying to fully parse everything that’s happening around your ears."
www.heavyblogisheavy.com/2021/08/04/papangu-holoceno/

COREANDCO (9.34/10) - "[...] riche de 1001 détails s’imposant et se dérobant en même temps, qui dévoile de nouvelles richesses au fur et à mesure que la route se déploie à l’horizon."
www.coreandco.fr/chroniques/papangu-holoceno-8463.html/

MÚSICA INSTANTÂNEA [ex-Miojo Indie] (9.5/10) - "Mais de cinco décadas de referências diluídas em um curto intervalo de tempo."
musicainstantanea.com.br/critica-papangu-holoceno/

COLLECTORS' ROOM - "Sabe aquele momento mágico da descoberta de um álbum cuja primeira audição nos faz perceber que a história da música está sendo escrita agora, diante de nossos olhos?"
www.collectorsroom.com.br/2021/08/review-papangu-holoceno-2021.html

DANSENDE BEREN (4/5) - "[...] verliezen we ons volledig in dit geweldige debuut."
www.dansendeberen.be/2021/10/20/albumreviews-beire-kort-31/

ONDAROCK (8/10) - "Facendo incontrare varie espressioni della ricerca rock e metal dagli anni Settanta a fine Novanta, i brasiliani Papangu si uniscono a questo ristretto e prestigioso gruppo di innovatori, grazie a un esordio maturo e originale come questo 'Holoceno'."
www.ondarock.it/recensioni/2021-papangu-holoceno.htm

METAL STORM - "[...] a pretty unique blend of progressive styles, with organic performances that are given time to build, a great sense of technical intricacies, and uncanny apocalyptic atmospheres. This is some proper avant-garde."
metalstorm.net/pub/review.php?review_id=16997

SPUTNIKMUSIC (4.5/5) - "An incredibly musically ambitious album that is executed as well as it is envisioned."
www.sputnikmusic.com/review/83486/Papangu-Holoceno/

HEAVYPOP (8/10) - "Holoceno, das erste Album der 2012 gegründeten brasilianischen Band Papangu, macht kein Geheimnisse daraus, warum sieben Jahre an ihm gearbeitet wurde."
www.heavypop.at/papangu-holoceno/

THE ELITE EXTREMOPHILE (100/100) - "Papangu effortlessly weaves together avant-garde, sludge, and zeuhl influences into a menacing, murky album."
theeliteextremophile.com/2021/07/26/album-review-papangu-holoceno/

MARUNOUCHI MUZIK MAGAZINE (10/10) - "このアルバムの全体的なサウンドは非常に暗く、怒りに満ちていて、時には嘆きさえ溢れています。例えば、MASTODON と MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA が全力でせめぎ合うジャム・セッションが実現したとすれば PAPANGU のようなサウンドかもしれませんね。"
sin23ou.heavy.jp?p=16868

HUMONEGRO - "Pese a estar alejados del radar de la industria, la placa de los brasileños brilla por su legítima genialidad."
www.humonegro.com/magazine/articulos/mejores-discos-internacionales-2021/

LAST RITES - "Papangu balances metal and prog, songwriting and experimentation, convention and avant-garde so expertly and conveys it all with such passion that it feels as familiar as it does strange and dangerous."
yourlastrites.com/2021/12/10/best-of-2021-last-rites-combined-staff-top-25/

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A heavy and heady group hailing from the easternmost point of the Americas. Formed in 2012, Papangu blends its penchant for the unknown with memorable riffs and the rhythmic vibrancy of Brazilian music.

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