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Chicago Artists, Indie Rock, Metal, Post-Rock, Rock Add commentsDark Fog is the kidney, it’s the cod tongue. The band is a rarity, and a delicacy. Sure, spacey psych-rock is still alive and fighting, but the Fog is a distinct pedigree. They’re dimension-shifting. They’re sound is both muddy and translucent, but never stagnant. The band members play not as themselves, but as a presence, generating one continuous sound surge that vibrates through the decades, alluding time. You need gills to breathe their oxygen, it’s that thick.Drummer YT Robinson, guitarist/bassist Kevin Walsh and guitarist/vocalist Ray Donato make up the band as it stands today. After five years as a group and three DIY releases, the musicians still find themselves jamming together in Walsh’s three-story home and practice space.“We are in an ideal situation where we get to play together twice a week,” says Walsh.The practice area is massive; perfect for swirling helixes of pedal-induced fuzz to billow and swell. The band manages to produce huge waves of congruent sound despite only being a three piece, which is almost entirely due to the musicians’ strong musical unity. They play off each other as if they had the same blood pumping through their arteries. The band makes it very clear that they have a deep connection.“Me playing with these guys is the closest I can come to being on the same page as other human beings,” says Walsh. “I could never imagine playing with two other guys I’m on the same page with.”“Were a dynamic band that definitely, now that were a three-piece, relies on feeling each other out way more,” says Robinson. “That makes us so much better.”But the group’s bond is not just musical. In 2006, each member took separate vacations, and when they returned, they discovered that all three were expecting a child. Furthermore, each baby was born at almost the same time.“Each were born on a Sunday like a week apart,” says Donato. “I figured it had to do with our black magic.”Now their kids show up to band practice, but usually sleep right through it. They doze through the feverish snare, cymbal and wah-guitar death-dance on “All Seeing Eye,” through the immediately catchy, but heavy vocal ascension on “Mesmerized” through the lumbering “Into the Light,” which sounds like an iceberg sinking into an electric ocean. It’s churning, heaving, gelatinous stuff that could be from an early 1970s mushroom band as easily as it could be from an outtake of a Dead C jam session.Walsh remarks that “If there was a deaf person listening to us live, they could feel it.”“There’s a lot of very concussive parts,” says Robinson. “You can feel the thumb of it in your chest.”Dark Fog’s new record, titled “DFIII…thousands,” is available for mp3 download, and will soon be released on vinyl. The guys say that they have evolved musically since the band’s conception, and every new record boasts a new feeling and dynamic.“Were almost always moving forward,” says Walsh. “There is very little stagnancy.” (Josh Kraus)

                               CHICAGO DECIDER

                                                        Daily Agenda: Feb. 26

                                by Decider Staff February 26, 2009  The best of Thursday night:

                                             1. Local grimy psychedelic-rock band Dark Fog releases its new DFIII Thousands at the Hideout.





The Ultimate Cult Of Psychedelic Psychosis

“BULL TONGUE” by Byron Coley & Thurston Moore - June 2007

 

 
 
 
 
Dark Fog - The Ultimate Cult of Psychedelic Psychosis
Review by John Pegoraro (StonerRock.com)
Original Sound Recordings
Release date: February 14, 2007


Dark Fog's debut, Cosmic Tone, had a love of ethereal, languid riffs and an overall sound that was reminiscent of Dead Meadow. What separated the former from the latter was a darker tone, a sort of seediness that bordered on psychosis.

With The Ultimate Cult of Psychedelic Psychosis, the Chicago band embraces that spirit even more and further distances themselves from that overt Dead Meadow sound. There are still common traits between the two – mainly lilting, shoe gazer vocals that will probably be the deal breaker for most – but Dark Fog is by far a heavier band.

The heaviness is twofold. First its the music itself. On a song like “Out of My Mind,” Dark Fog shakes off the lethargy and comes off as a sort of psychedelic punk band, and they bring some mammoth Sabbath crunch to “Color Eyes” and “Into the Light.” With “Andromeda,” they highlight the other facet of the heaviness. There's a desolate, sparse grimness to The Ultimate Cult, and Dark Fog lays it on thick enough to make it almost suffocating.

The dreariness of The Ultimate Cult of Psychedelic Psychosis gets to be a bit much at times, but overall I thought this was a fine follow-up to Cosmic Tone. They've grown as a band and are definitely worth checking out.
 
Cosmic Tone

DARK FO
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Look past the garish, whooah-I'm-trippin'-now psychedelic cover art of Dark Fog's Cosmic Tone and you'll find a quite moody and marvellous and, yes, psychedelic debut album from this Chicago-land band, who've loaded up on trippy guitar effects and super spaced-out vocals to produce this hypnotic 33 minute dose of stoner/psych shoegazer bliss. Some parts are hushed and mellow, others Deetroit drivin', chugging along with nods to Pink Floyd, Spacemen Three, and Hawkwind... we'd also compare these guys favorably to such contemporary comrades-in-arms as Pharaoh Overlord, Acid Mothers Temple, and Dead Meadow. It's heavy (in that "heavy, maaan" way that we differentiate from, like, doom metal heaviness, such as that practiced by labelmates Buried At Sea), with lot of fuzz and drone but definitely also has a lighter, melodic side that makes this swirling dark fog seem rather welcoming, more fragrant than miasmic, redolent of aromatic smoke and suffused with a gentle glow. Recommended.

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Accolades for
Cosmic Tone
Dark Fog’s sound is more rooted in classic '60s psychedelic rock. The shoe gazing crowd will be attracted to the languid coating of Cosmic Tone’s seven tracks, but underneath that façade is a darker spirit, one that channels the acid-induced madness of early Pink Floyd. Because the four piece play songs with repetitive, mesmerizing riffs, it’s easy for the first six tracks to flow as one piece. But they gradually unfold into their own entities, each having a distinct feel and sound. If you picked up their 2004 self-titled 7”, you’ll have somewhat of an idea as to what Dark Fog is all about, but it’s really just a taste. Cosmic Tone is recommended for those searching for a new trip down old paths.
Arzgarth
StonerRock.com
www.Monolilth.gr
When was the last time you fell absolutely in love with a record from the very first note? Yep that’s right, listening to the Dark Fog debut reminded me what love at first sight means.
Dark Fog hail from Chicago, USA yet their sound leans heavily on the other side of the pond. The British shoegaze scene meets the lords of space aka HAWKWIND and the result is mind-boggling beyond expectations. OK, there’s an obvious debt towards the Detroit high energy rock scene of the 60’s and 70’s as well. The riffs are tense and trippy as hell, the rhythms simple yet effective and the voice hypnotising just like it should. In general it is very hard not to lose yourself in a warped trip of psychotic dementia after a couple of listens. Distinguishing one song from another is tricky as the record flows perfectly for 33 minutes but paying closer attention will give you more satisfaction. There are lengthy musical passages with distorted, phased guitars that will go wafting through the purple haze of your mind. The swirling strings coupled with Ray Donato’s eerie vocals help transform “The Reason” into a masterpiece, with enough Spacemen 3 references to fill a doctoral publication. The light and airy swaying melody on “Carmel Covering” makes it the perfect single and opening introduction to the project. The rest are fuzzed out, driving, space rock songs vastly influenced by the Hawkwind legacy, pervaded though by a shoegaze aroma underneath the layers of guitars that makes everything suitably mellow and melting in the end. Those who enjoy watching the same crack in the floor for extended periods of time should like this.
Dark Fog’s debut comes recommended to those who like their heavy psych burnt and melting. Your senses will certainly be working overtime experiencing one of the year’s finest and most celebrating releases.
RegularPaul ,  Monolilth.gr
 
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