Named after the mountain that rises above Berat, the city of 1001 windows, and inspired by traditional Albanian music, Italy based sludge / doom act TOMORR (est. 2017) root their sound in the harshest doom metal, burdened with tribal rhythms and dark atmospheres that blend together and pan out remarkably well. The band comes from the rural world of the ancient corners without concrete, of slowness and fatigue, of bad weather and stones, enemies and walls.
Tomorr’s debut album is a rough and nostalgic path through ruins carved by ancient habits. The slowness and fatigue of old practices from a rural world that concedes nothing. The obstinacy against the wicked and shining stony mother. An hymn to the most isolated villages, unwitting warriors against concrete.
“Tomorr” is our first studio album, released via Acid Cosmonaut Records on November 6h. To celebrate its recent release, we have teamed up with the band to give you their special track by track commentary and a quick guide to best underground bands from Tuscany.
𝑅𝑎𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑢𝑝 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝐵𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑡’𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑦𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒, 𝑇𝑜𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑟 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑚𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑛 𝐴𝑙𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑎, 𝑓𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑎𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝐵𝑒𝑘𝑡𝑎𝑠ℎ𝑖 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑠.
“Inspired by Albanian folkloristic music and traditional chants, we coined the term “Rural Doom” in order to express our (not-entirely) abstract attention for bucolic customs and our heavy contemporary-rooted sounds” – says the band. “Albanian music it’s not just an Unesco-protected human heritage, it’s an usage related to a long-standig but slowly-vanishing culture moved on the background by the expanding globalization.
In this sense, the rural side symbolizes a peculiar cultural experience fighting against concrete and homogenisation.”
Track by track commentary
We have to spend some supplemental thoughts on this first track due to our attempt to fuse together instrumental folk music and traditional isopolyphonic chants of Albania. Even thought that this song works as an album intro, Kaba is meant to be an indipendent track recalling albanian “kabà” (freely translatable as din or noise), long instrumental improvisations usually played with Defs (alb. Tambourine Percussions), clarinets and accordions. We added additional instruments and sounds during the recordings, like the introductive bells and the clarinet (played by our guitarist and vocalist Jmeister). In our opinion, the final chant gives the distinctive trait to this track, it’s an isopolyphony extracted from the classic albanian movie “14 vjec dhender/peralle nga e kaluara”. In that scene women close to the main family sing the traditional three-voices chorus while clothing the bride before her marriage. Beyond being a good metaphor for our “clothing” before recording, we are fashinated by either isopolyphonic chant and its concrete purpose in ritualistic acts.
These two tracks, called respectively “Mountain Chain” and “Grave”, poetically portray two episodes of albanian mythology: the deadly struggle between two brothers, Tomorr and Shpirag, and the death and pietrification of a young girl, Osumi. It is indeed a founding myth representing the birth of Berat, being the three characters named after the two mountains next to and the river passing through the city.
Here we have one of our most dynamic punk-attitude song. Characterized by tribal rithms and fuzzy sharp sounds, this track tries to evoke the desolate and lost lands encircled by pastoral habits, where every living beings and habitats coexisted in one single individual. A fitting image could be the one of a thick flock dancing on diabolic clarinet’s notes.
This song has been reinterpreted by one of the most famous living albanian pop-folk singer Ylli Baka. That’s to say, this is neather a cover nor an arrangament, we composed the instrumentals from scratch before introducing Baka’s lyrics, being working by chance. In the original version (mantained by us), Ylli Baka poetically denounces the progressive and culture-annihilating urban development, the appearance of copious ruins in the forgotten “lonely countryside” ratifying the decline of values.
The 1001 windows village
Ending our not-so-brief commentary with the last song, The 1001 windows village, there isn’t much left to say. This song is a direct homage to Berat, Jmeister native city. We could say that its lenght, its monotonous structure, its insistent main riff (actually the first riff that we composed during our first day rehearsal) and its classic stoner doom playing may represent three matters: the unalterable appearence of Berat, our tedious and provincial every day life and, last but definitively not least, our 10 years long friendship and brotherhood.
Asked about some other records and artists worth looking into, the band shared some Tuscanian entities, bands and projects close to TOMORR.
“Some of them are beloved friends for us, others are valiant music players, every one of them is an important piace of our story as musicians and individuals.”
We even arrange gigs in our city as a collective called “Terremerse”, having the opportunity to know, discuss and musically grow with tons of bands (and other collectives alike) based in our country while promoting their music.
Our side projects and past bands are:
Polvere – Chero’s (drums) solo noise drone project (ep released on the past march)
Urge – Mostro’s screamo terrorists (2016)
Saat – Stoner rock quartet w/ Jmeister and Mostro (2016)
Must-listen artists from Tuscany:
Idlegod – They have been like mentors for us, lords of kindness and heavy riffs.
Vij – Our brothers, they do it slow, very slow and evily funereal.
Stoner Kebab – Fucking best band in the world, never heard such an intelligence in composing even after years and years.
Otakusuite – Our beloved brothers can tripping you with some heavy-psych instrumental dances.
Marlon Brando A physical experience through a slow acid lullaby, we really need a new album.
Serpentu – A trio of witches and wizards of folky post-rock, the best soundtrack for early horror movies.
Naresh Ran, out now with his last work Re Dei Re Minore
P A S S E D, out now with COMMUNION
La Cuenta, dark, heavy and painfull
Loia, our blacked hardcore warriors
Butters, Angriest Punk bros
Lig.ot, one of the youngest and most interesting electronics composer
Cult of terrorism, friend in hate