VŌDŪN announce Bloodstones UK Tour

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Heavy-psych trio VŌDŪN have announced details of their Bloodstones UK tour.

Proceedings will kick off on the 12th of April in Coventry, taking in venues up and down the country before winding up at London’s Desertfest on the 28th.

The band will be releasing a video for their song “Bloodstones” later today.

The full list of tour dates is:

Apr 12th: The Phoenix, Coventry (Tickets)
Apr 13th: Trinity Centre, Bristol (Tickets)
Apr 15th: The Ruby Lounge, Manchester (Tickets)
Apr 16th: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (Tickets)
Apr 17th: Trillians, Newcastle (Free Entry)
Apr 18th: The Parish, Huddersfield (Tickets)
Apr 19th: The Wheatsheaf, Oxford (Tickets)
Apr 20th: The Anvil, Bournemouth (Tickets)
Apr 28th: Desertfest, London (Tickets)

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Album review: VŌDŪN, ‘Possession’

Vodun_Possession_1024x1024Artist: VŌDŪN
Album: Possession
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: 25th March
Find it at: Riff Rock Records
Review by: Graeme Blackwell

Trailblazing, highly original heavy psych-rock from former Do Me Bad Things vocalist’s new outfit.

There are many things that are intrinsically brilliant about Do Me Bad Things alumna Chantal Brown’s new band VŌDŪN and their voodoo-fuelled, afro-tinged trip of a debut album, Possession. Not least of these is the band’s spectacular retooling of the heavy metal, rock and psychedelic sounds that are, of course, so deeply indebted to music that originated on the African continent, taking it – as VŌDŪN do – and re-claiming and re-making it in a new mold that is not only sonically exciting, but conceptually cohesive and, yes, educational too.

A self-described afro-futuristic tribe who conceive of themselves as three central forces rather than individuals, VŌDŪN are Oya (vocals), Ogoun (drums) and Marassa (guitar), and they make a glorious, raucous heavy noise that draws its power from the ideas practised in the West African spiritual religion of Vodun, from where it became known as Voodoo as it grew beyond the African diaspora.

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In its thundering tribal drums, colossal fuzzed-up bass and planet-sized riffs, Possession touches on feminist themes, the Catholic Church’s crusade against Haitian spiritual practices, the Franco-Dahomean war of 1890 and the quest for total, metaphysical transcendence. The fact that it does so against a backdrop of trailblazing, highly original, fierce and enlightened rock n’ roll simply makes it all the more special.

From the galloping thunder of “Mawu”, through the extended breakdowns of “Legbas Feast” and on through the extremities of the title-track, ultimately the sound of Possession is one of ultra-heavy, psych-infused stoner rock brewed with intellect, passion and purpose, and mixed with elemental forces that have previously been diluted and drained of their power across centuries of history.

As Oya herself explains: “The music is made to represent how we see VŌDŪN and understand its beautiful, complicated and powerful history… The movement of the music is us bearing our souls, reflecting how something that has been demonised for so long can actually be something to wholly embrace.”

Mission vividly accomplished.

‘Possession’ is scheduled for release on the 25th of March. Physical and digital pre-orders are available now, and you can listen through the whole album via the Soundcloud stream below.


VŌDŪN will head out on a co-headline tour of the UK with Limb in April, playing the following dates:

Apr 1st: Sheffield, The Washington
Apr 2nd: Manchester, Rebellion (Noiz Alldayer)
Apr 3rd: Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
Apr 6th: Coventry, The Arches
Apr 7th: London, The Lexington (Vodun Album launch gig)
Apr 8th: Bristol, Stag & Hounds
Apr 9th: Oxford, The Wheatsheaf

Connect with VŌDŪN at:
Facebook: facebook.com/VODUNBAND
Twitter: twitter.com/vodunband
Web: vodunband.com

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Heavy-psych trio VŌDŪN share video for new track ‘Mawu’ and detail debut album

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London-based heavy-psych outfit VŌDŪN have released a video for their song “Mawu.”

The track is lifted from the band’s voodoo-fuelled, afro-tinged trip of a debut album, Posession, scheduled for release on the 25th of March via Riff Rock Records.

The band explain of “Mawu”: “[Mawu] is the beginning, the life giver, the Moon. The great and equal Goddess to The God, Lisa. The creator of this world, the passion of fertility, and a grower of life and beauty. If you split yourself open, you would see that she lives within us all.”

VŌDŪN are an afro-futuristic tribe who conceive of themselves as three central forces, rather than individuals. Oya (vocals), Ogoun (drums) and Marassa (guitar) revolve around the spirits that govern the Earth itself. Collectively, they are VŌDŪN. Heavy, weird, soulful and expectant of the abnormal.

“The music is made to represent how we see VŌDŪN and understand its beautiful, complicated and powerful history,” explains front woman Oya. “Exploring how Possession itself might feel in its binding and opening of the soul, we’ve taken our view of the world and married it with how the Spirits, Gods and Goddesses might entangle themselves in our own lives. The movement of the music is us bearing our souls, reflecting how something that has been demonised for so long can actually be something to wholly embrace.”

Check out the group’s video for “Mawu” below.

Mixed by the Brit-nominated Tom Dalgety, Possession is devoted to understanding the magnificent and complex past of Vodun cosmology – an ancient West African religion that VŌDŪN channel into the sounds that make up Possession’s 11 tracks. You can pre-order the album here.

Vodun_Possession_1024x102401. “Loas Kingdom”
02. “Bondye”
03. “Bloodstones”
04. “Oya”
05. “Loko”
06. “Legbas Feast”
07. “Possession”
08. “Mawu”
09. “Minos Army”
10. “Divinity”
11. “Kanpay Rejete”

VŌDŪN will head out on a co-headline tour of the UK with Limb in April, playing the following dates:

Apr 2nd: Manchester, Rebellion
Apr 3rd: Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
Apr 6th: Coventry, The Arches
Apr 7th: London, The Lexington (Vodun Album launch gig)
Apr 8th: Bristol, Stag & Hounds
Apr 9th: Oxford, The Wheatsheaf

Connect with VŌDŪN at:
Facebook: facebook.com/VODUNBAND
Twitter: twitter.com/vodunband
Web: vodunband.com

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