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Peter Van Huffel – Alto + Baritone Saxophones, Effects
Roland Fidezius – Electric Bass, Effects
Rudi Fischerlehner – Drums
„Thrash Jazz“ – eine Mischung aus Punk und Free-Jazz
Ground-shaking grooves, hammering rhythms and wailing melodies, layered with explosive no-holds-barred improvisations: GORILLA MASK is a type of sonic madness roaring with a restless, implacable energy that totters dangerously on the verge of total chaos. They craft spirals of sound in 4 or 5 dimensions, jabbing you in the ribs as they mess with your brain; the ebb and flow of an acutely aware trio of musicians who know what they want and know how to get it. Canadian ex-pat Peter Van Huffel is a saxophonist out of Coltrane, Ayler and Zorn, but he frames his improvisational forays in the context of a trio with hard rock dynamics, riding the churn of Roland Fidezius‘ frenetic bass and Rudi Fischerlehner’s pulsating drum kit like a surfer on the biggest wave he’s ever seen. GORILLA MASK is the product of a constantly active, hyper-intelligent hive-mind of three virtuosos; their music a mishmash of punk, rock and metal influences rooted in jazz, free-improvisation and the modern avant-garde. A collision of styles which form the key to the band’s identity. This is bold, audacious 21st Century improvised music writ huge, with innumerable influences and tendencies, gritty and urban, intellectual and ready to run a marathon.
* * Text adapted from the liner notes to “HOWL!” (2012, Between the Lines) and “Bite my Blues” (2014, Clean Feed) by Dave Wayne (Santa Fe, NM, USA) “BRAIN DRAIN” – Clean Feed Records, 2019
“BRAIN DRAIN” is the fourth album from Gorilla Mask and appears in time for the band’s 10th anniversary celebration. The recording exhibits the band’s development over the past decade, displaying strong compositional concepts, intricate melodies and rhythms, and energetic improvisations. “BRAIN DRAIN” is Gorilla Mask’s third release with the renowned Portuguese label, Clean Feed Records, preceded by “Iron Lung” (2017) and “Bite My Blues” (2014). Their debut album, “HOWL!”, was released in 2012 on Germany’s Between the Lines label to worldwide acclaim. “BRAIN DRAIN” is available as a special 180-gram Gatefold LP, as well as CD and in all digital formats.