Rebirth by Madmess

Release date: December 10, 2021
Label: Hassle Records

The timing is perfect. Spaced-out doom, and eerie psychedelic vibrations that can take you as far as the eye can see. For the Portugal trio, Madmess is a knock-out group. Their music can make your skin crawl. It is a knock-out voyage to unbelievable worlds that is evidential on their first full-length debut album, Rebirth. Released on the UK label Hassle Records, Rebirth is a total sonic force with brutal arrangements.

Following in the footsteps of the United Artists years from Hawkwind, Jimi Hendrix, Ash Ra Tempel, Electric Wizard, and Motorpsycho, Madmess can punch you in the gut so hard, you know something is cooking behind their kitchen. The reverbing effects that Ricardo Sampio creates on his guitar, he takes it one step further.

He adds these electrical textures between heavy riffs and monstrous lead sections. Like a crossover from Manuel Göttsching and Makoto Kawabata of Acid Mothers Temple, he gives these shrieking attacks to a garage-rock voyage in the styles of Frijid Pink’s ‘House of the Rising Sun’ which is evidential on the opening track ‘Albatross’.


But on ‘Mind Collapse’ we have to talk about bassist Vasco Vasconcelos. Listening to the 2-minute mark, Vasco takes the stage and he flies majestically by tipping his hat to Geezer Butler. You have the 12-bar blues coming at full speed in the krautrock angle of ‘Amboss’ thrown into the max as Moura’s take of the tribal native American chant on his drum kit, adds more ammunition to the band’s playing.

These three work well as a team to bring the forces of evil into their vibrative sound. The title-track is Madmess constructive work for the drive back home with a dooming approach of Van der Graaf Generator’s ‘Killer’ by adding an underwatery atmosphere into the unknown city.

‘Space Shifter’ is Ricardo’s approach to a wah-wah style of Frank Zappa’s ‘Watermelon in Easter Hay’. Madmess are in top priority, honouring the Grand Wazoo. You can imagine yourself once more driving in to the deserted highway in the middle of Nevada returning back to the house, knowing that you have a big story to tell for the first three minutes.

And then, they transform it to a space rocking attitude between Hawkwind and Motorpsycho’s Heavy Metal Fruit-era. And man, Ricardo can hit those frets like a punching bag. And he can punch those lead sections out like no other.

Madmess are the right band at the right time for 2022. Rebirth is like a burning candle that’ll never burn out. And for the trio, they knocked it out of the ballpark to bring in the space, heavy, psych, and dooming attitude that’ll get your fist pumping out for more.

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