Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Will Z.

Occult multi-instrumentalist checks in with three stellar band recommendations

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Will Z.

By now, you should know the drill.

We’ve been having musicians from across metal’s grand spectrum pen brief guest columns for us on a number of engaging topics: must-read books, must-see films, and bands you may not know but absolutely should.

Today’s column comes from genre-bending multi-instrumentalist Will Z., who has entered the occult rock phase of his career following releases that ranged from hard rock to acid-folk and even baroque pop. Will Z. also was a member of the prog-ish band Cosmic Trip Machine.

Since the release of my first album with Cosmic Trip Machine in 2008, and then after as a solo musician, I have always considered equally important that people discover my music and my influences. Here are three inspirations from my last album, Dark Tales of Will Z., you may not know but should.

Coven
My song “Satan Girl” is directly inspired by occult imagery and Jinx Dawson, singer of the band Coven — there before all these stoner bands with a frontwoman and certainly there after them.

Check out the last Coven album called Jinx, which came out at the end of 2013. Grab your skull and boost the sound to the maximum! Hail Jinx.

Jacula
Jacula is an Italian experimental band from the 1960s. They recorded albums with a medium and explored dark atmospheres, mainly with church organs, monk choirs, kick drums and fuzz guitars.

I used the same texture and arrangements on “Venenum Versus Viam” (this name is a combination of the three Jacula albums titles).

Monument
The First Monument is the only heavy, psychedelic and experimental album released by the band Zior, and was recorded under the pseudonym of Monument in 1971.

Featuring lyrics dealing with witchcraft and magic, the album is kind of a trip or a ritual with lots of improvisations and often based on one riff or one bass line. It was an influence for me on “Ego Ritual.”

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