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VOODOO SHOCK s/t (psycheDOOMelic)
More Sabbath-inspired doom metal from the pycheDOOMelic label. Germany's Voodoo Shock (strange name, that) rose from ashes of former Rise Above act Naevus. Even if you've never heard Naevus, though, they'll sound familar, with Ozzy-ish vox singing songs full of wonderful doom/stoner cliches like "electric mind" and "rainbow sky". Slow to mid tempo, melodic but ultra heavy, this is in the style of Terra Firma, Sheavy, Trouble, Spirit Caravan, y'know the sort of thing. The riffs are weighty, but Voodoo Shock's perculiarity might be their penchant for spacey mellow parts. Also they cover "Nights In White Satin"!


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Prima uscita per la PsycheDOOMelic Records (neonata etichetta doom capeggiata da Hegegus Mark) e primo capolavoro: i Voodoo Shock sono infatti il nuovo progetto di Uwe Groebel, membro dei Naevus, piccola meteora stoner doom che strabiliò tutti grazie ad un album ("Sun meditation") uscito diverso tempo fa per la Rise Above del guru Lee Dorrian. Ora Uwe torna in pista con la sua nuova creatura e continua a proporre sonorità a metà strada tra doom e psichedelia. Nei dieci pezzi che compongono il loro disco d'esordio, la band dichiara infatti tutto il suo amore per colossi come The Obsessed, Saint Vitus e Cathedral proponendo uno stile corposo, lento ed ossessivo, ma che tiene sempre ben in vista la melodia, il groove e azzeccate aperture liquide che rendono il tutto meno monotono e più malinconico.

Prezioso è il lavoro svolto dalla sezione ritmica, Michael Greilinger al basso e Christian Specker alla batteria, capaci di sostenere le sfuriate chitarristiche di Uwe senza appesantire eccessivamente il "carico" delle composizioni. Sorprende il gusto armonico che le vocals tendono a marcare come contrappunto alle sonorità oscure che tratteggiano tutto l'album, a partire dalle iniziali "Fountain of freedom" e "Rainbow sky" fino ad arrivare alla elettrizzante "Electric mind". Non meno stupore provoca la cover dei Moody Blues "Nights in white satin" (forse qualcuno la conosce come "Ho difeso il mio amore" nella versione dei Nomadi…), resa con somma maestria e mood plumbeo. I tratti più angoscianti sono però resi dalla lentezza maestosa di macigni come "Showtime" e "We cry", autentiche gemme di psychodoom etereo, mentre cavalcate melodiche quali la struggente "Tomorrow's bloom" e la languida "Amazing fire" mettono in risalto capacità di songwriting che pochi gruppi al mondo possiedono.

Dunque migliore esordio non poteva esserci, sia per la PsycheDOOMelic che per i Voodoo Shock. Senza dubbio un ritorno in grande stile per Uwe, uno dei migliori "doom master" rimasti in circolazione al giorno d'oggi…

Alessandro Zoppo


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VOODOO SHOCK: "Voodoo Shock" (psycheDooMelic Records)
The Teutonic doom invasion continues with the Swiss /German trio VOODOO SHOCK, risen from the ashes of Naevus. While hardly the most original band in the world, they treat the listener with catchy slow and mid tempo doom and stoner rock. The riffing and vocal melodies show the unmistakable influence of Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Kyuss, Necromandus, Pentagram.but the thin production could be punched up a little bit. The vocals fit the gloomy music very well, but next time he has to put more emotion and power into his singing lines. The band sounds tight and tends to work in the service of the songs rather than to showing off their technical chops. Standout tracks include "Fountain of freedom", "Tomorrow's bloom","Showtime" and the public's graveyard favourite "Nights in white satin", but nothing really feels like filler. To get yourself a copy, head on over to psycheDooMelic label's website.
80/100
Cosmicmasseur


METALHEL, FINLAND - 06/2003

Jawohl! If you think of Germany and the Metal-bands what the Promised Land of Beer has to offer, I´ll bet you´ll firstly think of Old School Thrash Metal bands like Kreator, Destruction, Sodom etc. But hey, Germany has some other kind of bands too, like Voodoo Shock which is Traditional Doom spiced up with some 70´s Rock riffing/soloing. Voodoo Shock´s musical concept is pretty clear, some good old Saint Vitus and Black Sabbath moods mixed with very melodical lead-guitarwork and a clear, quite "high-on-weed" vocals. Well, you know... slow tempo and grunting low-tuned guitars, as it should be. But I must say that Voodoo Shock really doesn´t offer me nothing new, or nothing old in a fresh packet which would get my head bang. There are some highlights on the songs, but it just gets too repetitious... If you´re friend of Trad. Doom, you really should give Voodoo Shock a try, as there aren´t any flaws but for one or another reason it doesn´t give me any thrills. I don´t know what´s the major malfunction here, but anyway, their debut is a good and solid effort.


www.scarred-for-life.de

Etwas moderner, aber ebenso kompromisslos wie Wall Of Sleep gehen die deutschen Voodoo Shock zu Werke. Die Band, welche anscheinend schon auf dem diesjährigen Doom Shall Rise-Festival eine sehr gute Figur abgegeben hat, agiert auch überwiegend im Zeitlupentempo, weiß aber immer für genug packende Melodien und Ideen zu sorgen, um zu keiner Zeit Langeweile aufkommen zu lassen. Dazu trägt neben den generellen Fähigkeiten der Musiker (auch hier z.B. wieder ein sehr guter Sänger..) die Tatsache bei, daß man in Stücken wie „Rainbow Sky“ oder „Lady“ auch mit ruhigeren Tönen arbeitet. Diese Einschübe sind aber stets wohl dosiert und verlieren sich nie in nervigem Kiffergedudel, sondern bleiben schön nachvollziehbar. Der Grossteil der Songs sind sowieso wuchtige Heavy Doom-Rocker, die durch die Bank gutklassig sind, im Falle von „Fountain Of Freedom“ oder „Electric Mind“ aber besonders stark daherkommen. Ebenfalls erwähnt werden soll die gut 9minütige Slo-Mo Version von „Nights In White Satin“...HAMMER !!!


LETS MAKE SOME NOISE / FINLAND - 05/2003

Olisi harhaanjohtavaa väittää saksalaisen Voodoo Shock -trion soittavan puhtaasti vanhan koulukunnan doomia, sillä debyyttilevynsä korkea rokkipitoisuus ja moni-ilmeisyys heittää genremääritteen hieman kyseenalaiseen valoon. Joitakin kappaleita voisi huoletta verrata Kyussiin, tai jopa Soundgardeniin. Toisaalta tästä sapattisopasta löytyy kyllä sitä perinteisempää, Saint Vitusin ja Cathedralin tyylistä hidastelua, joten rajanvetäminen doomin ja stonerin välillä ei luonnistu aivan niin helposti.

Voodoo Shock ammentaa siis Black Sabbath -perinteestä varsin ennakkoluulottomasti, mikä on piristävää vaihtelua "true old-school" doom-bändien ehdottomuudelle. Ja kun riffeissäkin on vältetty kaikkein ilmeisimpiä Iommi-plagiaatteja, on homma vankalla pohjalla. Sävellystyöstä vastaava, laulajakitaristi Uwe Groebel ei myöskään matki Ozzyn maneereja niin fanaattisesti kuin jotkut tämän genren vokalistit. Hänen melodinen lauluäänensä toimii anonyymin vähäeleisellä tavalla - tavalla joka miellyttää olematta millään tavalla erikoinen. Se sulautuu myös mukavasti bändin hitaasti rullaavaan, lyijynraskaaseen grooveen. Bassoaan todella matalalla virityksellä soittava Michael Greilinger ja rumpali Christian Specker muodostavat pätevän rytmisektion.

Tempo pysyttelee enimmäkseen keskihitaassa poljennossa. Levy nytkähtää kuitenkin käyntiin reippaanlaisesti mainiolla Fountain of Freedom -kappaleella, ja Electric Mind menee ihan puhtaasti rennon rokkauksen puolelle. Toisessa ääripäässä ovat albumin kaksi coveria. Moody Bluesin klassikkoballadi Nights in White Satinista on tehty monumentaalinen doom-käännös, ja vielä laahaavampaa meininkiä tarjotaan viimeisellä We Crylla, jonka on alun perin esittänyt Elephant Mountain.

Voodoo Shockin esikoislevy on tasaisen vahvaa kuunneltavaa alusta loppuun; ei helmiä, muttei myöskään rimanalituksia. Albumin luulisi kolahtavan myös niille Sabbath-mielisille, joille ei riitä kärsivällisyyttä täysiveristen doom metal -yhtyeiden matelueepoksille.

Arvosana: 4/5


Noize Italia 05/2003

Prima uscita per la PsycheDOOMelic Records (neonata etichetta doom capeggiata da Hegegus Mark) e primo capolavoro: i Voodoo Shock sono infatti il nuovo progetto di Uwe Groebel, membro dei Naevus, piccola meteora stoner doom che strabiliò tutti grazie ad un album (“Sun meditation”) uscito diverso tempo fa per la Rise Above del guru Lee Dorrian. Ora Uwe torna in pista con la sua nuova creatura e continua a proporre sonorità a metà strada tra doom e psichedelia. Nei dieci pezzi che compongono il loro disco d’esordio, la band dichiara infatti tutto il suo amore per colossi come The Obsessed, Saint Vitus e Cathedral proponendo uno stile corposo, lento ed ossessivo, ma che tiene sempre ben in vista la melodia, il groove e azzeccate aperture liquide che rendono il tutto meno monotono e più malinconico. Prezioso è il lavoro svolto dalla sezione ritmica, Michael Greilinger al basso e Christian Specker alla batteria, capaci di sostenere le sfuriate chitarristiche di Uwe senza appesantire eccessivamente il “carico” delle composizioni. Sorprende il gusto armonico che le vocals tendono a marcare come contrappunto alle sonorità oscure che tratteggiano tutto l’album, a partire dalle iniziali “Fountain of freedom” e “Rainbow sky” fino ad arrivare alla elettrizzante “Electric mind”. Non meno stupore provoca la cover dei Moody Blues “Nights in white satin” (forse qualcuno la conosce come “Ho difeso il mio amore” nella versione dei Nomadi…), resa con somma maestria e mood plumbeo. I tratti più angoscianti sono però resi dalla lentezza maestosa di macigni come “Showtime” e “We cry”, autentiche gemme di psychodoom etereo, mentre cavalcate melodiche quali la struggente “Tomorrow’s bloom” e la languida “Amazing fire” mettono in risalto capacità di songwriting che pochi gruppi al mondo possiedono. Dunque migliore esordio non poteva esserci, sia per la PsycheDOOMelic che per i Voodoo Shock. Senza dubbio un ritorno in grande stile per Uwe, uno dei migliori “doom master” rimasti in circolazione al giorno d’oggi…


Soundz Online magazine / M magazine

http://www.intothesun.by.ru/dreviews/v/voodooshock2002.html

Zhmen
Metal Music Magazine


Live 4 Metal, 05/2003

Voodoo Shock - Voodoo Shock (PsycheDOOMelic) Review by Scott

You are certainly familiar with German thrash. How about German doom? This is the second PsycheDOOMelic release I’ve reviewed and the best one yet. While I enjoyed Orodruin’s doom opus, Epicurean Mass, this one is a little better, more my style I suppose. The album drips with early Sabbath influence right down to Uwe Groebel’s Ozzy Osbourne imitation. The sludge is thick but is not without some semi-melodic touches, primarily in the way of weaving melodic guitar lines that serve to break up the riff Armageddon quite nicely. “Rainbow Sky,” while not a very doom-laden title, alternates between dirge riffing/bass drone and sections of ethereal atmospherics with light strings and airy bass. “Amazing Fire” features this same juxtaposition, though the songs are not clones of one another; the latter pummels with a mid-tempo groove and some brief and tasteful soloing. It’s not surprising that Voodoo Shock will be appearing on a Saint Vitus tribute album, as their doom arrangements also have more variety than the norm, both from the standpoint of tempo excursions away from plodding sludge to the use of melodic accents. “Electric Mind is a good example. It’s still doom, just a bit more upbeat than normal (can you use the term “upbeat” in the doom genre?). The lead guitar effects are cool too. If you want sludge and drudge, you’ll get your fill on “Showtime” and the painfully slow cover of the Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin.” Most would be shocked by this selection for a cover, but it works well. As far as Black Sabbath themselves are concerned, “Tomorrow’s Bloom” takes the cake. The track has a big time doom groove and sinister young Ozzy Osbourne vocals. When Groebel ends the chorus with “I love you,” it’s straight out of Ozzy’s repertoire (think “alright now!”). The low-end riffs are bulldozer-like in delivery, as it should be. This is musical accompaniment to someone drowning in quicksand or desperately searching for a way out while trapped under ice. Now did they really mean to say “bloom?” How about tomorrow’s doom? But I digress. The album ends with the 11-minute “We Cry,” which might as well be music for a funeral procession. The amazing thing about Sabbath’s influence on the legions of doom and stoner bands is how decades later musicians continue to emulate the mighty ones and it still sounds great. Voodoo Shock is no exception.


HM PORTAL ITALY, 05/2003 -

Poco da dire, ormai il doom ha deciso di ricominciare la sua guerra sotterranea per il dominio delle nostre anime e niente e nessuno sembra poter fermare questa serpeggiante marea di note funeree... Sempre più band si affacciano sulla scena ed ancora più numerose sono quelle che lavorano nelle retrovie per essere pronte quando giungerà il grande momento... Addirittura scendono in campo label come la PsycheDOOMelic, il cui nome è tutto un programma... Quanto di positivo c'è in tutto questo? Direi tutto e niente... Tutto se consideriamo il doom come uno dei pochi generi ancora credibili e sicuramente il meno segnato dall'inglorioso scorrere degli anni all'interno della scena metal, ormai sempre più teatro per vichinghi da operetta e cavalieri dal cavallo a dondolo, parrucconi simil 80 e feticisti del satanismo fai da te. Realmente poco se consideriamo che questa musica in alcuni frangenti non fa che ripetere all'infinito un suono che affonda le sue radici talmente indietro nel tempo da non riuscire più a citarne l'esatta cronologia. Di tutte queste disquisizione i Voodoo Shock francamente se ne fregano e tirano dritti per una strada che definire al passo coi tempi sarebbe una bestemmia, il guaio è che lo fanno davvero bene e ci catapultano in una spirale temporale talmente coinvolgente da farci per un attimo dimenticare la nostra epoca ed i nostri affanni. Chitarre settantiane che macinano riff degni dei maestri del genere, voce pulita ma ossianica, mai troppo pompata o sopra le righe, drumming possente ma dal suono scarno... Tutto congiura per farci chiudere gli occhi e lasciarci andare in un ondeggiare di teste e braccia, dimentichi di affanni e stress quotidinai, dimentichi anche della nostra responsabilità di recensori. Saremo allora volutamente vigili ed eviteremo i facili sentimentalismi e le facili lodi: qui si crea si dell'ottima musica, ma lo si fa senza alcun pudore, saccheggiando e riproponendo fantasmi che ormai credevamo appartenere a sfocati ricordi e nebulose rimembranze. Insomma una sublime truffa da cui ci facciamo volentieri accalappiare: sarei quasi tentato di dargli un voto molto alto, ma capisco anche che sarebbe eccessivo data la loro totale immobilità stilistica e la loro pedissequa riproposizione di quanto già troppi altri hanno scritto e suonato. Sappiate però che personalmente li preferisco al 90% delle nuove band in circolazione oggi, se volete della musica immortale e ben suonata accalappiateli senza remore. Che il rituale abbia inizio!

Doom anni settanta per una band fuori dal tempo!


TIEFGANG MUSIKMAGAZIN 05/2003

Das brandneue Label Psychedoomelic Records schickt mit Voodooshock seinen ersten Vertreter ins Rennen. Es werden Bands verpflichtet, deren schwermütige Musik gezielt ins Doom-Genre passt. Bei Voodooshock handelt es sich um ein gleichbetiteltes Debüt, welches das Potenzial der Band aufzeigen soll. Instrumentell haben die Jungs klare Rock-Einflüsse, die sie gekonnt schwerlastig interpretieren und so einen düsteren Sound aufleben lassen. Leider fällt mir an einigen Stellen auf, dass das Tempo zu gezwungen heruntergeschraubt wird, anstatt durch gekonntes Einsetzen von Soundbrücken das angestrebte Tempo sanft anzusteuern. Ein weiterer Punkt ist der leider etwas zu eintönige Gesang. Natürlich erwartet niemand bei Doom extravagante, linguistische Zungenakrobatik, doch sollte man Oktaven ruhig voll aussingen, da sonst die Stimme zu monoton und unterdrückt klingt. Von diesen konstruktiven Kritikpunkten abgesehen kann ich sagen, dass dieses Debüt trotz allem gut gelungen ist. Jeder Anfang ist nun mal schwer und die Jungs machen auf sich aufmerksam. Die Combo besitzt das Potenzial um sich durchsetzen und mit der Zeit einen Namen erarbeiten zu können. Anspieltipps: "Tomorrow´s Bloom" und "Amazing Fire".


FRANANG ZINE, FRANCE

I guess these German lads took the band name from "Mob Rules" album, the "Voodoo" song. Anyway, I'm pretty impressed by the singer as he's a clone of Dio from the same Black Sabbath album. So here you'll find a well executed, early school of Heavy/Hard Rock with a low and ponderous touch. The 70's influences are not so far away from this release with plenty ethereal melodies that could bring you to another view of Metal, completely different from what you can listen to these days. Fan of Doom, and old Dio don't miss this release.


Quintessence Webzine, Holland 05/2003

Voodooshock is the new band of Uwe Groebel, who used to be the main force behind Naevus, a band that released an album through Lee Dorrian`s Rise Above Records in 1997. Since the demise of that band he started Voodooshock and this self titled album is the first effort on the relatively new PsycheDOOMelic records, which is run by Mark Hegedus, a guy who has been an active force within the doom metalscene for years with his psychedelic fanzine. On this album you can find music which can be described as Wino worship. As you might know Wino was the main man behind bands like The Obsessed and Spirit Caravan and currently in The Hidden Hand and Place of Skulls. He was also active as lead-singer for Saint Vitus. So now you should have an idea what direction you have to think of concerning Voodooshock`s music. Besides 8 songs of their own there are 2 covers on this album being the 60`s classic "Nights in white satin" and "We Cry" of the, to me unknown, band Elephant Mountain. By the way the drummer and bassist of Voodooshock are also active in the great Swiss band Tollwuett. A good album you have to check out. (PIM)


ROADBURN, 04/2003

VOODOO SHOCK "S/T" [CD ­ PsycheDOOMelic Records http://www.voodooshock.de/ ] Voodoo Shock have released what can only be called classic doom. Musically they call on the influences of the great Hellhound bands like Internal Void, Saint Vitus, Revelation and Blood Farmers. The recording is strong and clear, the riffs are heavy and depressed and the mood is dense and dark. Still, something about this keeps it from being essential. Maybe it`s that it seems to be too much from another era. (Drew, Roadburn)


Unbroken Metal - 04/2003

VOODOOSHOCK: "Same" (Psychedoomelic Records)
Erste Assoziation: ganz klar The Obsessed. Die neue Band von Uwe "Naevus" Gröbel zeigt zwar im folgenden Verlauf ein bißchen alternative Einflüsse, aber das hat Wino bei Spirit Caravan auch nicht geschadet. Nur beim Moody-Blues-Cover "Nights In White Satin" wird ein bisschen arg hippiemäßig geschlurft. Voodooshock finde ich nicht uninteressant, aber ob ich's mir gekauft hätte? Kontakt: Psychedoomelic Records, Hegedüs Mark, Mauerbachstr. 42/2/6, A-1140 Wien, www.psychedoomelic.com Rüdiger Abend: 6/10


EUTK.NET (02/2003)

Immagino siano pochi a ricordare la formazione tedesca dei Naevus, doom-band che nel lontano 1998 pubblicò l’interessante “Sun meditation” per la Rise Above, disco ispirato in egual misura dai classici del genere e dai Cathedral di Dorrian, il quale lusingato li scritturò per la sua etichetta. Purtroppo il debutto non ebbe seguito, ed il gruppo passò nel dimenticatoio. La mente dei Naevus, il chitarrista/vocalist Uwe Groebel, torna però ora alla ribalta con un nuovo progetto: Voodooshock. In realtà loro sono in attività dal ’99, anno durante il quale pubblicarono il primo demo, in parte riproposto in questo debut-album, ed il trio era completato da due ex degli End of Green, altri protagonisti dell’underground germanico, ora sostituiti da una coppia di musicisti svizzeri, Greilinger e Specker. Detto dell’origine dei Voodooshock, veniamo alla loro musica. La strada iniziata nel passato non si è interrotta, il filo conduttore è sempre quello di un classico doom che vede la sua origine nella tradizione di Obsessed, St.Vitus, Pentagram, nonché nella sua più recente incarnazione dei Cathedral e degli Spirit Caravan. L’influenza che hanno avuto su Groebel dischi come “The etereal mirror”,”Static majik”,”Forest of equilibrium” è lampante, up-tempo quali “Fountain of freedom” ed “Amazing fire” sono brillantemente costruiti ma pagano un forte dazio sull’originalità, anche se in questo genere nessuno pare in grado d’inventare novità sbalorditive. Proprio per evitare di essere bollato come troppo derivativo, il trio sceglie di privilegiare una linea maggiormente plumbea e sfibrante. Lunghi brani lentissimi e cimiteriali, che adottano soffocanti cadenze per avvolgersi in spire di sofferenza e di apocalittica oscurità. In quest’ambito i Voodooshock risultano piacevolmente eleganti e maturi nelle ottime “Living in paradise” e “Rainbow sky”, che evocano i tristi colori autunnali, ed anche nella rallentata e rarefatta “Showtime”, una prova di resistenza per chi ama le sonorità lugubri ed estremamente pessimistiche. Perfino un classico degli anni ’60, la celeberrima “Nights in white satin” dei Moody Blues, viene resa irriconoscibile dal trattamento del gruppo che la trasforma in un esemplare gioiello di doom catacombale. Groebel e soci riescono ad andare addirittura oltre nell’agghiacciante ultraslow finale “We cry”, un moloch immobile nel tempo, un mortale senso di eternità oscura per dieci minuti non alla portata di tutti. Sicuramente la canzone più puramente doom che ho ascoltato negli ultimi tempi. I Voodooshock non portano innovazioni al genere, ma regalano una bella prova nel segno della tradizione. Un disco perfetto per gli appassionati del settore, soprattutto per coloro che amano il doom libero da ogni tipo di contaminazione. 7/10 (Fabrizio 'Stonerman' Bertogliatti)


METAL OBSERVER, GERMANY (02/2003)

Die Helden von VOODOOSHOCK dürften sicher BLACK SABBATH, PENTAGRAM oder SAINT VITUS sein, oder? Die Mucke auf diesem Silberling klingt fast wie eine Hommage an diese Bands und auch der Gesang kann man als Bastard aus Ozzy und Wino beschreiben. Zähfließender Lava-Doom paart sich mit rockigeren Tönen, wie sie einst BLACK SABBATH berühmt machten und ergeben ein homogenes Album, dass alle Doom-Jünger in Verzückung geraten lässt. Qualitativ gibt's auch nichts auszusetzen, obgleich man schon ein Anhänger der ganz langsaaamen Kunst sein sollte. Für Stoner-Fans dürfte das Album vielleicht auch interessant sein, obwohl der moderne Anstrich hier völlig fehlt. Habt ihr schon einmal eine Zeitlupenversion vom Oldie-Klassiker "Nights In White Satin" gehört? Gibt's hier in der VOODOOSHOCK-Version - muss man gehört haben - Exzellent!

Ich kann mir aber dennoch prima vorstellen, bei Songs wie "Rainbow Sky" (genialer Song!) oder dem überlangen "We Cry" die ein oder andere Tüte anzuzünden. Aber ich möchte niemanden zum kiffen anstiften, obwohl ich persönlich gegen jeden 15 Jährigen wohl ein absoluter Waisenknabe bine…Anyway, es macht Spaß den slow-motion-Kompositionen von VOODOSHOCK zu lauschen. Okay, einige Passagen sind doch etwas anstrengend, vor allem für Leute, deren Doom-Horizont bei CANDLEMASS aufhört. Für die ist auch dieses Album eher nichts - Real DOOMMANIACS should get this! (Ralf Henn)


Voices From The Dark Side (www.voicesfromthedarkside.com)

This is the first release on a new label created by Mark Hegedus, editor of the famous Psychedelic Fanzine. For those who don’t know, Psychedelic Zine is the Bible when it comes to 70s Heavy Rock, Doom Metal and Psychedelia. Alongside with Slayer and Snakepit, Mark’s zine is the only printed magazine worth to read these days, due to the dedication, integrity and knowledge of its writers. Needless to say, I waited for something very special from Mark for his first signing, but I was far to imagine getting an album of such a magnitude! VOODOO SHOCK was recently founded by guitarist / vocalist Uwe Groebel (of NAEVUS fame), with the help of two Swiss musicians, Christian Specker on drums and Michael Greiliger on bass. Together they form a tight musical entity, and this debut is the shining proof of that. VOODOO SHOCK play Doom Metal by the book, and the shadow of the men in black from Birmingham glides over the entire records, even if VOODOO SHOCK musically cite other influences as WITCHFINDER GENERAL (perceptible on the chorus of ‘Tomorrow’s Bloom’) or early-era CATHEDRAL. The first track of the album (‘Fountain Of Freedom’) I call an instant classic, it is impossible to resist to the groove leveled here, this is the type of song you could listen to thirty times in a row without becoming tired of it! The rest of the tracks are of the same quality, nothing to reject! Sometimes the band take their inspiration from deep melancholia, like in ‘Rainbow Sky’, a song based almost on a single riff, or involve themselves in slow motion extravaganza, like in 'We Cry', a song very reminiscent of what you can find on “Forest Of Equilibrium" from you know who (and if you don’t, stop reading this at once!). Thanks to a warm and fleshy sound, VOODOO SHOCK present us a very humane and dare I say generous music that fills the heart with joy and contentment, even if it sometimes express sadness. This release I can rank among masterpieces as the last PLACE OF SKULLS, PENTAGRAM and PALE DIVINE releases. Here is an album I am glad to say about it is absolutely essential, without a single afterthought. I only hope you will take the chance to get a release that will surely become a gem in your records collection. Breathtaking, awesome, brilliant. BUY, HEAR, BELIEVE! Visit VOODOOSHOCK at http://www.voodooshock.de and their label at http://www.psycheDOOMelic.com (Edouard Vergriete)


Metal Hammer Hungary, 03/2003
A Voodooshock egy német-svájci tagságú trió, amelyet Uwe Groebel, a hajdani Naevus fonök alapított. Ha megemlítjük, hogy a Naevust a Cathedral vezér Lee Dorrian Rise Above kiadója vette szárnyai alá anno, akkor máris van stílus szempontjából támpont, hogy miféle zenérol lehet itt szó...

Doom ez a javából olyan hatásokkal, mint a (micsoda meglepetés:-) Black Sabbath, különös tekintettel a Sabotage/Sabbath Bloody Sabbath korszakos Ozzy dallamvezetésre, a Cathedral, de még ennél is eroteljesebb, Wino (The Obsessed, Saint Vitus, Spirt Caravan stb) befolyása. Ez utóbbi hatása végig ott lebeg, mind a dallamokban, mind a riffekben dominál. Egyetlen kivétel van talán, ez pedig az "Amazing Fire" c. szerzemény, amelyet maga Dorrian mester is megirigyelhetne, mert egy ilyen sláger hiányzott az utolsó Cathedralról...

Mindezeket csak azért érdemes megemlíteni, hogy el tudjuk helyezni a zenekart a palettán és korántsem negatív elojellel, ugyanis ez egy kiváló lemez. Ötvözi mindazt amiért ezt a stílust szeretjük, tényleg a legjobbaktól sajátították el a "bölcsességet" a srácok...

A "Living Fire" a borús jellegzetes Wino-s témáival szívet melengeto, vagy említhetném a "Rainbow Sky" nyugodt, zongorával kísért elmélkedos középrészét, vagy a "Showtime" borús lassulását, mint kiemelkedo pillanatot az anyagon, de ez a többi dallal szemben nem "fair" hiszen egységesen magas színvonalú a lemez mindvégig. Külön érdekesség a Moody Blues "Nights in White Satin" c. dalának feldolgozása...A doom alapvetésnek járó lassulási fodíjat a "We cry" c. lemezzáró tétel kapja , ez taszítja "végso kétségbeesésbe" a hallgatót, aminek az eredménye az, hogy újra elölrol kezdi hallgatni a lemezt. :-) 10/10 (by Holdampf Gàbor)


CD SERVICES - SCOTLAND FEB/2003

From the opening disembowelling electric bass and purposeful sludge-riffing, driven by crunching drums and seventies inspired vocals, you just know you're in for a treat as what sounds like one steamingly classy, Sabbath-inspired stoner band immediately take charge and take you into their own world of stoner doom. 'Fountain Of Freedom' is as fine an opening track as you'll find, neatly mid-paced but so alive and vital, with the necessary muddiness mixed and produced to perfection, if you get what I mean. The instrumental scenery is to die for, as the bass, guitar and drums just scythe a path through your skull, the passage of great beauty on 'Rainbow Sky' where it all drops down to reveal the vocal entering, showing that the band has a great dynamic sense, and when it all starts to power up and build once more, the effect is awesome. 'Tomorrow's Bloom' increases the pace a little and sounds for all the world like some lost early seventies Sabbath track complete with Ozzy-esque vocals and the trio on fire, that guitar and bass sounding awesome. Five further tracks continue this level of enjoyment as yuo are completely hooked into what has to be one of the finest stoner rock album on the planet of recent times. Then we get to track nine - a stoner rendition of the old Moody Blues classic 'Nights In White Satin', a song I've never been able to stomach, but here give the necessary slo-mo stoner treatment and actuallly coming out sounding more natural than at anytime in its history, and you gett he feeling it was always meant to be this way. Ending with the eleven minute slow-doom epic that is 'We Cry', brings the album to a stunning close and the only thing that feels right after this, is to play the whole thing again all the way through. It's awesome, and more - a truly amazing album. (by Andy Garibaldi)


TERRORIZER / CHRIS CHANTLER - MARCH/2003

The first release on the promising Psychedoomelic label - run by the editor of essential doom zine Psychedelic - Voodoo Shock's debut is an affectionate tribute to their heroes in Cathedral, Sabbath and the various projects of St Wino. Voodoo Shock's debut is old-fashioned, soulful, melodic biker-doom but it's the creepy, crawly moments of despondent darkness like 'Lady', 'Showtime' and especially the colossal 'We Cry' that emerge as highlights, while the upbeat sections seldom suggest stoner rock as much as they do the faster moments of Pentagram, Trouble or The Obsessed. Voodoo Shock strip it down to basics effectively, and provide a solid, honest, blue-collar doom debut with forelocks appealingly tugged to such obscure 70s power-trios as May Blitz, Clear Blue Sky and Bang. There are perhaps one too many covers of 'Nights In White Satin' in circulation, and a persuasive musical identity is still struggling to truly emerge through the weight of their influences, but this is a fine record from a promising newcomer to the doom scene. Check out www.psychedoomelic.com or www.voodooshock.de [7.5] CHRIS CHANTLER


BLACK TEARS DISTRIBUTION / UK (FEB/2003):

Voodoo Shock - "Voodoo Shock" - The debut release by a new label, brought to you by the hands that edits Psychedelic Zine. As you may expect, from that fanzine, their first release is full of heavy, groove addled Doom songs that smack of a mix of Spirit Caravan and "Carnival Bizarre" era Cathedral. As Uwe Groebel (guitars/vocals) used to front Rise Above artists Naevus, fans of that band will also find lots of elements from that band in Voodoo Shock's sound. All in all, a very good start from a promising label. (by Russ Smith)


WWW.COSMICLAVA.DE, Germany JAN, 2003

VOODOO SHOCK (s/t) CD: The new label PsycheDOOMelic Records, founded by Mark of Psychedelic Fanzine appears on the scene with its first release, the debut full-length of the Swiss/German three-piece VOODOO SHOCK. The band received a lot of attention with the demo-CD and numberless gigs in the past. After some changes in the line-up, guitarist and singer Uwe Groebel (ex-Naevus) had now build a stable line-up. One of my first impressions is, that the album could have been released back in 1993 on Hellhound Records, what is an total plus for me. The album is packed with influences of gods as Unorthodox, Revelation, Internal Void, and of course the Wino-school or Victor Griffin. Great names, but VOODOO SHOCK have deserved it. The excellent hard-driven opener "Fountain Of Freedom" is closer to Spirit Caravan, while other tracks are more Obsessed- like, as the beautiful and melancholic "Living In Paradise" . Another influence is the mid-90's Cathedral-sound as the heavy grooving "Amazing Fire" shows. But VOODOO SHOCK have given this influences an own signature and gladly, Uwe Groebel isn't on a Wino-clone dead-end street. His kaleidoscopic way of playing ranges from heavy bulldozing riffs to melodic soulful guitarwork and everything is focused on remarkabale songs. The bass pumps out one solid line after the other, while the drums are played with the right heavy punch. There are very slow songs as the 11+ minutes epic tune "We Cry" or the emotional Moody Blues cover "Nights In White Satin", what gives me the impression that this song was a Doom song, ever.This is a very emotinal album, and one of the greatest positive surpises of the year 2002, that's nearly over. None of the ten included tracks isn't full of inspiring surprises, and VOODOO SHOCK have created an album that strictly follows the roots, without ending up in being just a lame Doom-band. And it grows with every listening. Highly recommandable! You can order it from the PsycheDOOMelic website and check out the VOODOO SHOCK website. Don't miss the band at the Doom Shall Rise Festival in Febuary 2003!


Rockinform, Hungary FEB/2003

A zeneipar egyik íratlan szabálya szerint ne hagyd magadon úrrá lenni, elragadtatni a rád leginkább hatással lévõ zenekart. Ezt valószínûleg nem hallotta az ex-Naevus-os Uwe Groebel, aki nem néhány pohár limonádé elfogyasztását követõen hozta létre új formációját, melynek bemutatkozó nagylemezén mindvégig a Black Sabbath, a korai Saint Vitus éjsötét, fenyegetõ és a punkos Obsessed vénájában íródott, érzelmes, életerõs, ugyanakkor emészthetõ dalokat mutat fel az általa vezetett trió. A VooDoo Shock ügyesen, energikusan, képzetten, arányos hangzásban adja vissza a - részint - tengerentúlról származtatott stílus összes kliséjét. (Manapság csak az lehet tenni ebben a mûfajban.) Igazi tragédia volt a doom rajongók számára a Scott "Wino" Weinrich irányítása alatt mûködött Spirit Caravan vagy a tébolyult, brit Electric Wizard tavalyi feloszlása, de aggódnia senkinek sem kell, az utánpótlás itt van a német csapat személyében. Lassan õrlõ, minõségi doom zene az olcsó "konzervdobozkosztümös-metál" bandákról híres germániából?! Jobb, ha elhiszed és felkötöd az alsónemût!

A kiadvány postai utalványon feladott 2500 ft-ért (pkg-vel) a következõ címen rendelhetõ meg: Hegedüs Márk, 9653 Répcelak, Avar u. 6/B; honlap: www.psycheDOOMelic.com email: info@psycheDOOMelic.com 61'43" -norbitam


ROCK HARD, GERMANY (02/2003)

Uwe Groebel ist kein Unbekannter in der Doom-Szene. Mit seiner alten Band Naevus veröffentlichte er ein vielgepriesenes Album names "Sun Meditation" auf Lee Dorrian`s Rise Above Label und schreibt ansonsten auch für´s Psychedelic Fanzine. Mit Voodooshock hat er seit einiger Zeit eine neue Band am Start, die sich voll und ganz dem klassischen Doom verschrieben hat. Unterstützt durch eine eidgenössische Rhythmusabteilung, hat das deutsch-schweizerische Trio zehn Songs eingespielt, die allesamt das Zeug zu Klassikern des Genres haben. Lavasounds in der Tradition von The Obsessed oder Saint Vitus in der Wino-Ära paaren sich hier mit rockigen, Siebzigerlastigen Grooves wie man sie von Cathedral Scheiben wie "The Ethereal Mirror" oder "Statik Majik" kennt. Egal ob eigängige Groover wie Electric Mind, das über zehnminütige Zeitlupenmassaker We Cry oder das wie eine Homage an die frühen Black Sabbath klingende Tomorrow´s Bloom: alles groß !! Selbst das zur schleppenden Doomwalze umgebaute Cover das alten Moody Blues Schmachtfetzens Nights In White Satin funktioniert prächtig. Bedingt durch die klassische Dreier Besetzung hat bei Voodooshock jedes Instrument genug Raum zur freien Entfaltung, was für einen angenehm warmen, organischen Gesamtsound sorgt, bei dem sich keiner der Musiker in den Vordergrund drängt. Selbst die wenigen Gitarrensoli sind nicht selbstzweckhaft inszeniert, sondern stets absolut sondienlich. Pflichtkauf für jeden Doomfanatiker.
8,5 Punkte (Andreas Stappert, Rock Hard)


Hard`n`Heavy, France 02/2003

Autre pochette des bois, autre bonne surprise : le premier album éponyme du nouveau groupe de l’ex-Naevus (groupe ayant sorti un skeud Sun Meditation sur Rise Above en 1997) Uwe Groebel Voodoo Shock enregistré avec la section rythmique d’End Of Green aurait pu sans problème il y a huit ans sortir sur le label Hellhound, pourvoyeur berlinois de copies officielles de Black Sabbath à la sauce garage durant la première moitié des années 90 et accessoirement pendant un temps employeur de Saint-Vitus et The Obsessed. Du doom rock franchement mieux balancé que son premier groupe, tour-à-tour bien pesant avec notamment une version étonnante du vieux hit des Moody Blues « Nights In White Satin » version ballade dans un champ de chrysanthèmes et bastonnades heavy de bûcherons en manque de phéromones. Le tout étant la première sortie d’un nouveau label Psychedoomelic records crée par le rédacteur-en-chef de la publication hongroise Psychedelic Fanzine (info@psychedoomelic.com) qu’Emasculator et moi nous lisons religieusement tous les soirs avant de souffler notre bougie. Un gage de qualité !
(by Zoltar Badin, Hard`n`Heavy, France)


From Powerplay Magazine, UK - Feb/2003

VOODOOSHOCK
"Voodooshock"

PsycheDOOMelic Records This CD impressed me on my first listen although it draws heavily on the doom side of things, so after a few tracks I did need to have a rest and cheer up a bit. But the band show potential, so after a while I resumed my jaunt through the heavy riffs and melodic vocals that Voodooshock manages to conjure up. My initial impressions of the band reminded me of Black Sabbath, with the extremely bass focused, doom laden riffs and the vocals that are delivered in such a way that you can't help but make the Sabbath comparison. However Voodooshock are only a three piece, so I was impressed by what the band managed to capture when generally it took at least four heavy-as-fuck players to achieve the same sound. Tracks such as "Fountain of Freedom" or "Tomorrow's Bloom" prove this point. If you are into the heavier stuff, then this is one that is worth checking out. I don't think you will be disappointed.

7
GLENN BUTLER / POWERPLAY MAGAZINE


METALMANIACS, ITALY - FEB/2003

VOODOO SHOCK - S/T

Etichetta: Psychedoomelic

Quando una formazione si trova ancora nella parte iniziale del suo cammino discografico, nella maggiorparte dei casi denota subito tutte le sue maggiori qualità - pur intraprendendo percorsi sbagliati, oppure affronta le problematiche una ad una, migliorando di release in release, e raggiungendo la forma migliore con l'incedere degli anni. Poi esistono alcuni gruppi che sembrano esser privilegiati da un dono, e che nonostante la mancanza di supporto da parte di label di punta riescono ad esprimere tutta d'un fiato, ed al primo disco, l'intera magnificenza che risiede nelle loro idee. Per poi arricchirla mentre il tempo scorre, ed aumentare il valore di quelle che - inizialmente - sono soltanto buone premesse, oppure imboccare una strada dal destino votato all'involuzione ideologica. I Voodooshock, ensemble del centro Europa formato da membri svizzeri e tedeschi, forse non appartengono a nessuna di queste categorie, e magari formano un rango a sè stante, per certi versi indefinibile e meraviglioso da analizzare. Trattasi di una band che, al debut album e dopo la sola produzione di un promo cd dall'uscita risalente al 2000, è riuscita a dare il meglio di sè incappando peraltro in una produzione professionale e concreta, in un sound ben definito e personale, e nella proposizione di una serie di brani fra i quali non riesco a sceglierne uno in particolare tanta è la maestria che li irrora nota dopo nota. "Voodooshock" è un compendio generale del Doom, che ne evidenzia quasi tutte le sfaccettature, e che mettendo da parte solo il suo lato più onirico e maledetto - a'la Esoteric, per intendersi - esegue un riassunto che rievoca con diligenza tante forme stilistiche quante i maestri Pentagram e Black Sabbath, nel corso degli anni, hanno contribuito a generarne. Si parte innanzitutto da una concezione novantiana dei suoni comuni al genere: quanto partorito dal drummer Christian Specker rimembra molto da vicino le accordature e la tipologia di impostazione della batteria di Brian Dixon dei Cathedral, mentre le sonorità degli strumenti a corde riprendono quelle degli ultimi Pentagram, ricordando in un certo senso "Sub basement", ma attingendo, quanto ad influenze, più dal Doom di Obsessed e Saint Vitus, con un pizzico di groove in più sotto alcuni frangenti - la scuola Dorrian-Jennings è sempre dietro l'angolo, pur proponendosi in maniera decisamente implicita - e con un alone di decadentismo che mai intacca la naturalezza delle composizioni, griffate spesso da riffs dalla cadenza prolungata e dalla pesantezza pachidermica. "Fountain of freedom", "Tomorrow's bloom" ed "Electric mind" sono un perfetto esempio del primo dei due esempi da me citati sopra: la scuola Cathedral si fa pesantissima, evidente e marcata, ed il terzo dei tre brani citati riprende - e non mi riferisco affatto al titolo del pezzo - la fantastica e celebre "Electric grave", da "The carnival bizarre". Ma la lentezza estrema di "Rainbow sky", della conclusiva "We cry" e di "Showtime" è un qualcosa in grado di fare il bello e il cattivo tempo: i migliori episodi del disco, a mio avviso, provengono proprio da quel pulpito, quello fatto di ariose profusioni in slow rhythm, vaghi cenni di psichedelia, fraseggi chitarristici blueseggianti non affatto soventi ma dall'importanza tutto tranne che rara. Poi arriva l'effetto sorpresa, e trascorsa la maggiorparte della durata di "Voodooshock", il trio si mette a giocare col fuoco. Fuochi d'artificio, poichè ne scaturisce una meravigliosa cover della gemma "Nights in white satin", ultimo sigillo di "Days of future passed", disco che i Moody Blues realizzarono nel lontano 1967. "Voodooshock" è il Doom, si farà apprezzare dai neofiti curiosi di apprezzarne per la prima volta le varie sfaccettature, e soprattutto da chi naviga da tempo in certi lidi. Una perla venuta fuori dalla prima ostrica. Chissà cosa ci riserveranno, in futuro, questi tre geni.

Voto: 8,5

Marco "Dark Mayhem" Belardi (www.metalmaniacs.it)


Obliveon WebZine, Germany - JAN/2003

Mark Hegedüs ist nicht nur der Herausgeber des ´Psychedelic´-Fanzines, welches in Doom- und Stoner-Kreisen zur absoluten Pflichtlektüre gerechnet wird, sondern hat mit ´Psychedoomelic´ nun auch noch sein eigenes Label gegründet, um die Underground-Welt mit coolem Stoff zu versorgen. Und genau dieses Vorhaben gelingt ihm mit dem selbstbetitelten Debüt von Voodoo Shock, welche natürlich eindeutig dem Doom-Genre angehören und die neue musikalische Erfüllung von ex-Naevus-Kopf Uwe Groebel darstellen. Der Sänger und Klampfer in Personalunion hat mit Christian Specker und Michael Greilinger kompetente Kollegen gefunden, um weiterhin dem schleppenden Lava-Sound zu huldigen. Groebel zeigt sich hinsichtlich seiner Sechssaitigen stark von Scott ´Wino´ Weinrich beeinflusst und es dürfte kein Wahrnehmungsfehler sein, Voodoo Shock als eine sehr gelungene Mixtur aus The Obsessed, Black Sabbath (wie soll man sich als Doom-Act auch nicht an den Genre-Göttern orientieren:), man höre nur die Riffs und stimmliche Phrasierung von "Tomorrow´s Bloom"), Saint Vitus (z.B. "Rainbow Sky", bei welchem typische Chandler-Riffs mit psychedelischen Passagen wechseln), Count Raven und Cathedral zu interpretieren. Weiterhin oberamtlich: die extrem doomige Variante der alten Moody Blues-Schote "Nights In White Satin". "A Riff-oriented Doom Machine!", ausnahmsweise bringt ein Info-Ausspruch die Sache kurz und bündig auf den Punkt. Danke für diese treffende Beschreibung und ein echtes Sahnestück in Sachen Doom! http://www.voodooshock.de oder http://www.psychedoomelic.com
8/10 - CL


Heavy oder was? and www.ancientspirit.de JAN/2003

Ein ganz vorzügliches Debüt legen die Deutsch-Schweizer Doom-Barden VOODOOSHOCK mit diesem selbstbetitelten Silberling vor, der beim neuen Label der Jungs vom ungarischen 'Psychedelic Fanzine' erscheint. Irgendwo zwischen THE OBSESSED, BLACK SABBATH, COUNT RAVEN und ein wenig CATHEDRAL zelebrieren sie ihren vorzüglichen Psychedelic-Doom mit OZZY-Vocals, der meist sehr verspielt, bekifft und auch 'Planet Caravan'-ig verträumt daherkommt und mit etlichen Glanzpunkten auftrumphen kann. Neben dem noch eher straight groovenden Hit-Opener 'Fountain Of Freedom' (klasse Chorus!), sind es vor allem das zerbrechlich schöne, Gänsehaut-erzeugende 'Rainbow Sky', das sehr trauer-melodisch gigantische 'Living In Paradise', die unglaublich intensive und in bewährter JACK FROST-Tradition auftrumpfende Coverversion des MOODY BLUES-Klassikers 'Nights In White Satin' und der abschließende, hoffnungslose Mooooorbid-Elfminüter 'We Cry', die besonders begeistern können. Daher sei ALLEN Doom-Jüngern nur nahegelegt, sich dieses Schmuckkästchen des zeitlosen Retro-Doom nach Hause zu holen, denn so gut bekommt man ihn sicherlich auch nicht immer geboten! (Hage, 10 Punkte)


GL PRODUCTIONS Jan 2003

German doomsters VoodooShock have finally issued their debut album handed out by Psychedoomelic Records.

VoodooShock first demo was reviewed a few editions back in the demo/ep section, some of the material from that disc are in here. For newcomers came the creation of VoodooShock after the ashes of Naevus, a excellent underrated in some places german doomcombo who made an album for Rise Above a couple of years back, mainman Uwe Groebel formed the band with former End Of Green backing section (another brilliant German band) Michael Greilinger and Christian Specker. Their demo have so far recieved a good response from doomsters and various mags and webszines, a great springboard for this album. After a few rounds I am very impressed with the performance. This is awesome oldschool doom Pentagram ,St Vitus, Obsessed, old Trouble and Witchfinder G. it have that vibe definitely. A excellent atmospheric production where the arrangements and the instrumentation gives a lot of freedom with Uwes impressive vocalperformance on top + a killer guitarwork and a hammering backing section. Another thing that makes the album very pleasant are the experimental suprises coming up some very cool cosmic spooky overdubs. As bonus there is a great cover of one of my alltime fave tunes Moody Blues Nights In White Satin from the first album Days Of Future Passed (issued by Deram in 1967), a awesome version and a excellent tribute. VoodooShock have made a brilliant debut, a classic doomalbum. A musthave for doomsters, fans of heavyrock and those who are looking for a alternative. Dont miss them at the upcoming Doom Shall Rise fest in february. Info/Order www.psychedoomelic.com Voodooshock www.voodooshock.de


Tangerine Magazine Jan 2003

Voodoo Shock echoes so many great doom bands that I can't possibly list them all. They have absorbed all the best influences of classic power doom and assimilated them into a riff driven engine of beautiful conviction and complexity. Uwe Groebel's low end fret patterns and effortlessly streng vocals are the stuff of doom legend. Brings to mind the best of Saint Vitus, Cathedral, Sabbath, and Trouble. The rhythm section throbs and pounds ominously, the guitar roars a doomtuned Wino style foundation riff, and the vocal cuts through with a warning of Trouble ahead. Every tune marches forward with that steady, unrelenting, slow, but not sloow, tempo we doomheads know so well. A crushing cover of the Moody Blues "Nights in White Satin", and plenty of late 60's early 70's colored guitar solos makes this release even more essential. Is that a Sherm quote at the end of the disc? Words to live by. Voodoo Shock is absolute electric doom ecstasy, with one sonic induced body rush after another. Buy this, drift back, and sink into oblivion while your music soul locks and listens to true doom risen once again. Magmanificent. www.psycheDOOMelic.com. - Glenn Tillman.


www.daredevilrecords.de Thomas Schubert

Finally its out the debut of the great VOODOOSHOCK, the band of Uwe Groebel former NAEVUS. Since it was more than a pleasure to me to listen to the former released appetizer, now the fullfillment comes. The swiss Micheal Greilinger (former WINDFALL and last PHASED4°F) joined them on bass guitar (still thanks for the USURPER CD, I guess you can remember that), he is also involved in the PSYCHEDELIC zine. Ten tracks have been recorded three formerly known form the MCD namely AMAZING FIRE, LIVING IN PARADISE and SHOWTIME. The ST. VITUS cover PATRA didn't make it on the album, but it was replaced with another coverversion the fine NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN originally by MOODY BLUES. This track has undergone the doominisation but still the track keept its charm. So as I go on here I totally forgot to tell you what VOODOOSHOCK is into, I guess everybody knows, DOOM of course. The music is in the vein of the great ST. VITUS/OBSESSED, this mainly goes for the killer guitarwork. What am I talking all the tracks are DOOM killers per excellence. The vocals of Uwe are deep, emotional but not to fragile. They give the tracks the needed profile and a certain identity. So DOOM hounds if you are not taken by tracks like TOMORROW'S BLOOM (killer mindmelting middle part) or the sad LADY something must be wrong with you (the guitars on this track are unbelievable heavy). By the way this is the first output of the psychedelicDOOMelic label, and if all other releases keep such a high standard, you sure can get your hopes up for the future. The cream on the cake is the killer production, the wall of sound blasts you right out of your seat. So theres no arguing here, go out and buy the CD, or order it directly by the above mentioned adress. Support them, don't let them get down the drain, like it happened with the great NAEVUS.

GENRE: DOOM MUSIC: 10 SOUND: 9


StonerRock.com, Review by: Rob Wrong

If you are a fan of The Obsessed or Pentagram, step right up folks...Voodoo Shock are a classic sounding doom rock band who capture a pure classic sound that Wino would be proud of.

Voodoo Shock break into their album with a cut called `Fountain of Freedom` that reminds me right off the bat like Spirit Caravan`s Black Flower crossed with Power Time...so I bet it`s safe to say that these guys sound similar to the now defaced Spirit Caravan. The sound on this self titled CD is full of blues doom riff after riff, and not a boring one in the bunch. These guys are a powerful trio who know when to step on it at the right moments. Most of the time it`s straight ahead rocking with moments of pure glory.

Sometimes these cats ride on a simple single note riff that would normally seem boring, but yet these guys put enough magic behind it to do just the opposite. The riffs are evil and doomy, but these guys have moments that will go down and get quiet, almost at times being as moody as the Rubes in that aspect. The vocals are nice, somewhere between Ozzy and Wino, melodic and right up front. It`s definitely guitar oriented rock to say the least, and not that these guys throw down the math like the Champs, but nonetheless know how to really twist a beat, much like what Sleep did with Sabbath riffs.

Get this one if you dig Wino stuff, Place of Skulls, Pentagram, the early stuff, Penance...that East coast driving doom sound. Of course, Voodoo Shock are Swiss and German, not that it matters. This stuff rocks and gets my approval, and will get played for myself and many friends over and over again. DOOM!!!


Hellride Music, Kevin McHugh

PsycheDOOMelic Records is the new music label associated with Psychedelic ‘Zine, one of the world’s best proponents of trad. Doom and psychedelic music, so I sat down to Germany’s Voodooshock with high expectations. Could they be met? Well, hold the damned phone, ‘cause Germany’s Voodooshock is crushing like a mile-high tsunami, moving in slo-mo and pulverizing everything in its path.

The group features Uwe Groebel (formerly of Naevus) on vox and guitar, and Matthias Greilinger (bass) and Christian Specker (drums). The Voodooshock sound is a combination of Doom’s old school (especially Maryland’s) with a hit of heavy 70s prog: Think Sabbath, Wino, Life Beyond, Count Raven, Obsessed, St. Vitus, Spirit Caravan, and Pentagram and combine them with High Tide, Blue Cheer, and the NWOBHM. It’s a pretty picture, yes indeed. As always, when one trots out these solid gold influences, the problem is originality. But, like the best of the genre, Voodooshock take it all in and churn out their own beautiful, doomed concoction.

Standouts include ‘Fountain of Freedom,’ with its killer opening riff. Uwe’s vocals sound uncannily like Danny Kenyon from Life Beyond, and believe me, that’s a very good thing. ‘Tomorrow’s Bloom’ gives you a big hit on the ‘Volume 4’ pipe, and the last three cuts slow it down in goodr blues doom fashion, for a properly mournful feeling. And don’t forget their unexpected take on the old Moody Blues radio classic, ‘Nights in White Satin,’ which they quickly make their own, turning it into a mournful – yet still beautiful – dirge.

The songwriting quality on this album is wonderfully consistent; there’s not a bad tune on the whole disc, and the musical talent is first-rate in every respect. So just remember: the fortunes of death, black, and stoner may ebb and flow, but DOOM SHALL RISE!!


Vampster, Frank Hellweg

Lange Jahre trauerte die Doom-Gemeinde um die Kultband NAEVUS. Nun ist Mastermind Uwe Groebel endlich wieder da mit seiner neuen Band VOODOOSHOCK. Nach einer vielversprechenden 4-Track-Promocd ist nun endlich die Cd erschienen, und die startet gleich voll durch mit dem coolen Groover "Fountain of freedom". "Rainbow sky" lädt dann mit seinem Saint-Vitus-Touch gleich mal zum Doomdancing ein um dann überraschend in einen psychedelischen Drive abzuheben. Locker flockig geht es weiter mit "Tomorrow`s bloom", mit seinem CATHEDRAL-Hippie-Doom-Beat sicher live ein totaler Abräumer. Ultraslow und melancholisch wälzt sich "Lady" aus den Boxen, bevor man im "Amazing fire" wieder das Tanzbein schwingen kann.

"Living in paradise" lässt uns mit seinem schwebenden Riff von schöneren Zeiten träumen. "Electric mind" sorgt mit seinem 70er-Jahre-Flair wieder für gute Laune bevor " Showtime" uns gnadenlos erdrückt. Ähnlich dem VITUS-Klassiker "Patra", welches VOODOOSHOCK ja schon für einen VITUS-Tribut gecovert haben, kann man sich herrlich dem Frust und dem Selbstmitleid hingeben. Hm, die Coverversion "Nights in white satin" (MOODY BLUES) gibt mir nicht viel, hier fehlt die zerbrechliche Romantik die das Original ausmacht. Aber der Song fügt sich nahtlos ein in den VOODOOSHOCK-Sound, viele werden sicher gerade dieses Stück lieben, speziell die Doom-Ladies! Für diese Frechheit werde ich mit "We cry" bestraft, pure Depression zwingt mich in die Knie, das Leben kann sooo hart sein. Der ultimative Song für triste einsame Winterabende, aber leider auch schon der Schlusstrack. VOODOOSHOCK präsentieren uns eine rundum gelungene Scheibe, abwechslungsreich ohne sich vom doomigen Background abzuwenden. Mit Drummer Christian und dem überaus sympathischen Basser Michi hat Uwe die perfekten Backings für sein gefühlvolles Gitarrenspiel und seinen fast soften Gesang gefunden! Diese CD dürfte wirklich jeden Doomer ansprechen, speziell die Freunde traditioneller Klänge im Sinne von THE OBSESSED, SAINT VITUS und Co, aber auch die Fans des "fröhlichen" Doom alà CATHEDRAL, TERRA FIRMA usw. werden diese Cd lieben. Aber auch die Stoner-Fraktion und die letzten überlebenden Alt-Rocker sollten mal ein Ohr riskieren!


ROCK HARD France Jan 2003

PsycheDOOMelic Records / ImportL’année 2002 s’est révélée comme un excellent cru pour le doom metal. Une bonne livrée d’albums ( Abdullah , Cathedral , Reverend Bizarre , Electric Wizard , Place Of Skull ) , à laquelle il faut rajouter le come-back réussi de Candlemass ; difficile donc de faire la fine bouche. 2003 semble aussi débuter sous les meilleurs auspices grâce à cet album de Voodoo Shock. Rock Hard vous avait déjà présenté ce groupe germano-suisse grâce à une interview publiée dans le numéro 13.Piloté par Uwe Groebel ( ex-Naevus) , ce trio pratique un doom old school des plus révérencieux et des plus jouissifs . A l’écoute de ce disque, dur de ne pas penser à The Obsessed ( pour l’ambiance ) ; aux derniers albums de Trouble ( pour la touche seventies) ou à Black Sabbath ( pour le coté référentiel indispensable ) . Le doom reste un art beaucoup plus fin qu’il n’y paraît ; le principal obstacle à éviter s’avérant être un monolithisme aveugle. Voodoo Shock fait partie des groupes qui aspirent à faire progresser le style, tout en respectant ses codes et ses valeurs. Un exercice délicat qu’il pratique avec un gros cœur et un savoir-faire certain. En l’occurrence , soixante minutes d’un voyage jubilatoire au pays du doom classique et du heavy seventies. Intros plombées, ruptures de rythme sont récurrentes, sans oublier un gros travail mélodique au niveau des guitares. A ce titre « Fountain Of Freedom », « Amazing Fire » ou les renversants « Rainbow Sky » et « Living In Paradise » s’imposent comme des incontournables. « Electric Mind » reste lui , un exemple parfait de doom évolutif grâce à un groove occulte ; assurément l’un des sommets du disque. Mais la surprise vient sans doute de la reprise de « Nights In White Satin » des Moody Blues .Une cover de 67 qui se voit ici transfigurée . N’oublions pas l’obscur « Showtime » et ses huit minutes hypnotiques . L’album se clôt sur « We Cry » , un titre dont les effluves terrifiantes rappellent le premier Cathedral . Ce disque de Voodoo Shock ( tout comme celui de Convoy) , est édité par un tout nouveau label ; PsycheDOOMelic qu’il convient de saluer . Une distribution sur l’Hexagone est en ce moment à l’étude , mais en attendant , les amateurs peuvent facilement de procurer cet opus sur WWW.psychedoomelic.com au prix de 15 euros ( port inclus) ; à ce tarif là , c’est cadeau .


METAL DISTRICT Jan 2003

Cooles Teil! Gleich der Drumbeat beim Opener erinnert mich stark and die letzte Red Aim (Flesh for Fantasy), richtig groovige Beats, und jetzt hört es sich plötzlich an wie Pentagram! Wow!!! Also die Riffs trifft nur eine Beschreibung genau: DOOOOOM! Die typischen Riffs, es fehlt imho nichts, was dagegensprechen könnte dieses Teil als Doom zu bezeichen. Genau die richtige Menge an Stoner-Rockigen Einflüssen, ich bin begeistert! Diese Band hat von alles Klassikern was drin. Eine Prise Cathedral, (vor allem der Gitarrensound), einfach herrlich! Moment Leute, ich red immer noch vom Opener!!! Der zweite Song geht meines Erachtens wieder sehr in Richtung Saint Vitus (nur ist der Gitarrensound hier nicht ganz so „dreckig“), mit schönen stillen Parts drin (a la Black Sabbath – Planet Caravan, den Song find ich ja eh´ göttlich!). Diese Band kann sich glücklich schätzen eine total eigenständigen Sänger zu haben. Der hat´s echt drauf. Vom Gesang her könnte ich noch ´nen passenden Vergleich hier anbringen, Oversoul (man könnte auch sagen Revelation) haben eine ähnlichen Sänger, aber trotzdem bleibt die Stimme eigenständig, wie bereits erwähnt! Nun, der 3. Song hört sich gleich am Anfang an als hätten wiedermal gewisse Bandmitglieder von Cathedral ihre Finger mit im Spiel gehabt. KULT! Also ich muss echt sagen, ich war überrascht dass es heutezutage noch Leute gibt die solche Musik machen. Alleine vom Sound her müsste die Scheibe mindestens 10 Jahre alt sein... Tja, da bräuchte ich eigentlich gar nicht weiterschreiben, denn jeder Doom-Metal-Head wird bereits nachdem er die ersten Zeilen gelesen hat losgestürmt sein um sich dieses Leckerli zu schnappen! Ihr werdet es nicht bereuen! Es gibt bei Voodooshock sowohl schnelle, stonerrockige Parts, als auch langsame, groovige, doomige Parts. Genau richtig abgestimmt, hier stimmt einfach alles. Lied Nummero 9 fängt gleich meeeeeeega laaaangsam an, man könnte fast sagen eine doomige Ballade... ich finde den Song total schön, ein bisschen traurig, ideal zum Kuscheln oder zum auf´s Bett flacken und einfach flennen (nicht weil’s so grausam ist sondern weil es ein gefühlvolles, schönes Lied ist). Seufz, schwelg, schmääääälz! Diese Scheibe hätte glatt 9 Punkte verdient, aber ich kann mich wegen den 8,5 rechtfertigen: Das einzige „negative“ an der Scheibe ist, dass sie sich hintenraus ewig zieht und etwas „langweilig“ wird. Aber zur Verteidigung ist zu sagen: Beim Doom ist es verdammt schwer eine komplette Scheibe durch einen gewissen Stimmungspegel zu halten, deswegen sei es ihnen verziehen. Sie haben ihre Sache sehr gut gemacht, Jungs, ich bin stolz auf euch! Weiter so! Solche Musiker braucht die Welt! (ohne Scheiss, kein ironisches Gelaber!) Wer das Teil haben will wendet sich bitte an: PsycheDOOMelic, c/o Hegedüs Márk, A-1140 Vienna, Mauerbachstr. 42/2/6, Austria (Europe)– info@psycheDOOMelic.com - www.psycheDOOMelic.com - das Teil soll 15 € kosten, das es auch wert ist! Dooooooom!!! Review von Nicky (www.metal-district.de)