NewsJanuary 21, 2021 11:08 AM ET5,573 views

Bongzilla to release first new album in 16 years

Official press release: America's premium bong metal purveyors Bongzilla sign to European stoner and doom powerhouse Heavy Psych Sounds for the release of their first studio album sixteen years, Weedsconsin. The band has also announced to join the HPS Booking roster for Europe. Album pre-order and first track will be unveiled on February 2nd. Frontman Mike "Mule Boy" Makela comments : "I'm high! I'm Heavy Psyched on the Sounds! I'm Heavy Psyched on signing to HPS! Weedsconsin coming very soon! The Cannabeast has awoken! Stay Safe! Stay High!" Bongzilla is a stoner metal band from Madison, Wisconsin. As their name suggests, most of their material is related to marijuana and promotes its legalization. The band formed in 1995, and over the next three years recorded and released a dozen songs on EPs and split singles. In 1998 they signed to Relapse Records, and have since released four studio albums and a live album through the label. Since the seeds were planted in the mid-90s, Bongzilla have been sowing Madison, Wisconsin's rich soil with their homegrown, psychedelic sludge. Following the release of their fourth studio album Amerijuanican in 2005, the band toured and remained active until 2009 when the group quietly took a hiatus. In April 2015 it was announced Bongzilla was reforming with the 'Gateway' lineup, first announcing a tour of Europe. The band followed up with a four-date tour of the West Coast USA, a tour of the east coast USA and an appearance at Desertfest Belgium. The band began 2017 with a local show in Wisconsin before embarking on another European tour, playing the likes of Roadburn Festival, DesertFest Berlin, DesertFest London, KristonFest and have begun working on material for a new album. In early 2020, Bongzilla started their own label Gungeon Records and released a re-issue of their classic album Apogee. However, in March of 2020 it would be announced that Cooter Brown would retire from the band due to health and family reasons, with Bongzilla choosing to continue as a thunderous three-piece. A few months into the pandemic, Bongzilla began rehearsing and recording for several different record projects - a limited Wake Brewing 7 inch, a full length album titled Weedsconsin, an LP split with the band Tons, and a 7 Inch split with Boris, the first of a 7 inch split series released on Gungeon Records. All projects were recorded at Future Apple Tree Studios in Rockford, Illinois in October of 2020 by the legendary John Hopkins before his sudden and unexpected passing in the late fall of 2020.

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