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Pombagira - Biography




Pombagira was formed in 2007 out of desire to reset the controls for the heart of the heavy by Peter Hamilton-Giles and Carolyn Hamilton-Giles. Initially formed as a two piece the band did eventually gain a bass player, but it was only on their second album that a third member was featured. Having set out as a more typical doom/sludge band, Pombagira across the course of their five albums have turned their attention to exploring the psychedelic in musical composition.

This was realised the most in their most recent release Maleficia Lamiah which received across the board praise for its innovative approach. This moved them away for just being notorious for their sheer volume - using a backline not dissimilar in stature to Sunn O))). Although this may not necessary be the complete emphasis for the band, they continue to be one of the loudest and most oppressive bands to witness live, however this has been coloured by incorporating a psych-o-delic light show.

Pombagira continue to grow in stature and prowess by continuing to develop a unique sound that has as much to do with the innovation of 60's psychedelic pioneers as it does with contemporary forms of presentation. This combined with their ongoing professional phenomenological interests in Vodou, witchcraft and other forms of traditional religious practices, the band have managed to transcend the simple "occult rock" tag and have appeared on the other side of any clear label making device.

(Source: Official website, 23.3.2015)