Pre-orders available now for the latest offering from the BLACK YO)))GA Meditation Ensemble, EARTH PORTALS.
Release Date: 9/15/17
“We recorded (Earth Portals) about 2 years ago, doing yoga on a farm in West Virginia for a few days, but then we let it sit to work on other projects, or just whenever we’d get sick of working on it. There were a lot of challenges. Earth Portals has a totally different vibe than any of the other material we’ve ever done, and it’s WAY different than the Asanas Ritual 2 album we’re currently wrapping up, but I like it a lot. Hopefully some of you will, too.” – Scott Massie
A limited D.I.Y. pressing of 100 copies, hand assembled and numbered by Innervenus, come with a free screen printed patch and download codes for Earth Portals and “Asteya” (the first track released from the Asanas Ritual, Vol. 2 sessions), can currently only be acquired at the BLACK YO)))GA webstore or on Bandcamp.
1. Mountain, Fire, Lake, and Sky
2. Paracelsus Drifts
3. Altar Space / Sacred Tongues
4. Escaping Shadows
5. The Most Beautiful Part of Letting Go
Written & Performed by:
Erika May – Vocals (3), Piano (6), Bass (2), Violin (4), Bass Drum (1)
Chad Hammitt – Guitar (1-6), Gong (2), Samples (2)
Nick DeMaio – Guitar (2-6), Bass Drum (1)
Nick Noir – Bass (4-6), Piano (3), Bass Drum (2)
Thomas Watkiss – Bass (2)
Danielle Commisso – Keyboard (2,3,5), Violin (6), Bells (1), Hand Drums (4)
Mark Palmieri – Cello (2,3,5,6), Guitar (4)
Scott Massie – Singing Bowl (1,2), Gong (1), Bass Drum (3,4)
Produced by Scott Massie & Mark Palmieri
Recorded Live by Mark Palmieri at Healthberry Farm
Additional Recording & Overdubs by Mark Palmieri at
Crust Mountain Studios
Edited, Mixed & Arranged by Mark Palmieri & Scott Massie
Mastered by Garrett Haines at Treelady Studios
Photos by Nick Noir
Layout & Design by Scott & Kimee Massie
the Innervenus Music Collective
P.O. Box 81213, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 USA innervenus.org
We filmed the footage for Asanas Ritual, Vol. 2 a couple weeks ago at a gutted warehouse in the South Side of Pittsburgh, re-uniting once again with Joe Stammerjohn of Eyes to the Sky Films (eyestotheskyfilms.com) and the amazing crew that he put together for this one. SOOOO excited to see how it comes out. Right now, we’re looking at an early 2018 release date, FYI. In the meantime, thought you might like to see a photo of the set.
THE GUARDIAN, June 2015
Downward facing doom: when yoga meets heavy metal
By Kim Kelly
“Any workout playlist can be improved with a dash of heavy metal. Whether you’re lifting weights to Pantera, doing crunches to Destroyer 666, or trying and probably failing to time your cardio to Reign in Blood, hearing that raw power come screaming out of your headphones is a surefire way to kickstart a serious adrenaline rush. It makes sense on a deeper level, too: at its black heart, metal is all about catharsis, and pushing your body to its sweaty limit is right up there among the most cathartic things you can do without getting arrested.”
Read More: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jun/22/downward-facing-doom-yoga-meets-metal
Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1 is the forthcoming new full-length composed and performed by the BLACK YO)))GA Meditation Ensemble, an eclectic group of metallic hippies and doomlords, headed up by BLACK YO)))GA founders, 200-hour RYT-certified instructor, Kimee Massie and her husband Scott Massie.
BLACK YO)))GA — vinyasa style yoga set to drone, noise, stoner metal, ambient, industrial, space doom, and other traditional meditation music — incorporates basic poses in a relaxed environment, while focusing on safe body mechanics. It’s a traditional yoga class in practice, however darker than what you may typically associate with the practice in the Western world. Since its 2012 inception, the music for classes has been a series of mix tapes… until now.
The BLACK YO)))GA Meditation Ensemble features members of Storm King, Veniculture, Agnes Wired For Sound, Moonstation Burning, Vulture, Deathcrawl, Complete Failure, Hero Destroyed, Filth On Demand, Secant Prime, Emay, Crown Of Eternity, Torrential Bleeding, and more. Together, the collective has produced original soundscapes tailored to create a heavy meditative space in order to spread the benefits of yoga to people within their own art and music communities: people who may battle depression, anxiety, alcoholism, drug addiction, trauma/PTSD, phobias, dark passengers, etc.; those who may not feel they fit into typical yoga classes.
Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1 will be released via Screaming Crow Records next month paired with an instructional BLACK YO)))GA DVD. Directed by Joseph Stammerjohn of Eyes To The Sky Films, the DVD contains a full one-hour yoga class, stylized and set to their original score.
In advance of its release, today Decibel Magazine is pleased to deliver the first helping of the audio edition of Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1 with the official premiere of grim fifth movement, “Negative Confession.”
Elaborates Massie, “‘Negative Confession’ is the fifth track on Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1, and introduces live drums into what was a more ambient record up until that point. It was written by Adam Weston, guitarist for Vulture and Storm King and was presented as an offering of things to come. The song first appeared in its original demo state on BLACK YO)))GA Mix No. 13 — though it was called ‘Becoming’ at that time, and as the Meditation Ensemble started coming together, the song became the transformational piece to the Ritual.”
Breathe deep to the resonance of “Negative Confession,” courtesy of Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
And if you missed it, check out the Asanas Ritual Vol 1 video teaser at THIS LOCATION.
The Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1 CD/DVD package will see release via Screaming Crow Records on October 30th, 2015 with the DVD alone to be unleashed in January.
“…Since 2012, the music for classes has been a series of mix-tapes. This particular recording, however, was performed and created by the BLACK YO)))GA Meditation Ensemble, an eclectic group of metallic hippies and doomlords, headed up by Kimee’s husband, Scott Massie. This ensemble has created a soundscape tailored to form a heavy meditative space and spread the benefits of yoga to people in their own art and music communities. People who may battle depression, anxiety, alcoholism, drug addiction, trauma/PTSD, phobias, dark passengers, etc., those who may not feel they fit into the typical yoga classes, the people who, in all rights, may need the balance and release of yoga the most to lead rich and fulfilling lives.
This project consists of two releases. The first will be the BLACK YO)))GA DVD/instructional video, Asanas Ritual Vol 1, directed by Joseph Stammerjohn of Eyes To The Sky Films, containing a full one-hour yoga class, stylized and set to their original score. The second release will be a CD version of the soundtrack on its own. Both releases contain plenty of bonus features and will be available in stores and online October 2015 via Screaming Crow Records.”