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Blaak Heat Shujaa are Thomas Bellier (guitars, vocals), Mike Amster (drums), and Tom Davies (bass).
Los Angeles heavy psychedelic trio Blaak Heat Shujaa has played over 100 shows in 16 different countries. Formed in 2008 in Paris, France, the trio released its debut album in 2010 and put multiple European expeditions behind them. Blaak Heat Shujaa signed to Tee Pee Records in the summer of 2012 and subsequently released an EP (The Storm Generation, 2012) and a second full-length (The Edge Of An Era, 2013). Pure expressions of Blaak Heat’s signature psychedelia, these “star-struck Mojave soundtracks” (Blabbermouth.net) have reaped unanimous praise across the musical map. After multiple European and American tours, the band has now started pre-production on its third full length album and will enter the studio with Grammy Award-winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Deftones, Monster Magnet) before the end of 2015.
Blaak Heat Shujaa’s clamorous combination of cacophonic genres, a dissonant symphony unveiling visions of great natural expanses, is unlike any other. The trio’s novelty resides in a transcendental tension between its heavy rock roots and an organic inclination to drift towards multiple forms of psychedelia. While they can rock out harder than many ‘stoner’ rock and metal outfits, the Blaak Heat members pay homage to the vast collection of mind-expanding sounds they grew up on: neo-psychedelia, surf rock, spaghetti westerns, traditional Middle Eastern music… The thickest, most colorful bass lines coexist with flying reverb guitars, while ethereal yet in-your-face chants and loud, tribal drums join forces and make way for a unique breed of rock’n’roll: heavy mental.
Thomas Bellier uses Sfarzo Guitar Strings (http://sfarzo.us/).