Bong-Ra, the jazzy doom-metal project of Jason Kohnen from Celestial Season and The Answer Lies In The Black Void have just shared their entire second album “Meditations”, three days ahead of the release date this Friday, August 5th via Tartarus Records.
Returning with the follow-up to the 2021’s gargantuan debut album “Antediluvian”, Bong-Ra unveils yet another inventive and colossal blend of doom-metal, free-jazz, and electronics. Written and produced by Jason Köhnen, with mastering handled by James Plotkin, “Meditations” features the contributions of Dmitry el Demerdashi (oud), Colin Webster (saxophone), and Eugene Bodenstaff (drums) and is inspired by the teachings of the Stoics, paying homage to Marcus Aurelius’ personal writings bearing the same name.
As one of the pioneers of the electronic harsh subgenre’s Breakcore together with artists like Venetian Snares and DJ Scud, Bong-Ra (v1.0) lead the Breakcore scene for two decades, preaching his manic rhythms across the globe between 1998 and 2018.
After twenty years of carnage, Jason Kohnen decided to metamorphosize his Bong-Ra alter ego and return to his original roots and passion of Doom. Founding member of the recently revived Dutch Doom Metal band Celestial Season and Atmospheric Doom outfit The Answer Lies In The Black Void with Martina Horvath (Thy Catalfaque), he transformed Bong-Ra (v2.0) into a sub-based Doom machine using the bass as the key ingredient supported by free-jazz flavored drums and saxophone.
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