La Otracina Announce New Album, "Reality Has Got To Die"

posted August 2, 2010

La Otracina Announce New Album, "Reality Has Got To Die"

Brooklyn prog-rock band La Otracina have announced the release of their new album, "Reality Has Got to Die," on September 21st from Holy Mountain. The band has also announce upcoming shows with Wizardry, Mondo Drag, Main Street Gospel and more.

La Otracina is the New Wave of Psychedelic Heavy Metal, a contemporary musical vision exploding with classic influences and mind-warping sonic fusions! Their sound is a dense and majestic universe where the epic glory of '70s proto-metal and hard-rock dance with the graceful complexity of cosmic progressive rock and the hallucinogenic mystery of heavy psychedelia, and all the while free-form improvisational interludes give way to poly-rhythmic thrash assaults and spiraling jazz-rock freakouts.

Formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2003 by drummer/vocalist Adam Kriney and guitarist Joshua Anzano (now of Titan and Children), La Otracina was always hell-bent on creating highly visionary music that collided sonic ideas from the outer reaches of heavy and weird. Since that time the group has released three full-length albums and 11 mini-albums, along with a slew of splits and compilations, on labels including Holy Mountain, Foxy Digitalis, and Kriney's own Colour Sounds Recordings. As a live entity, they have embarked on seven US tours and one Italian tour, in addition to countless shows in their hometown. Their tireless work ethic and far-reaching musical abilities have earned them a devoted cult following in the underground psychedelic/heavy music world, and their live shows leave fans screaming and fist-pumping in ecstatic awe.

"Reality Has Got to Die" was recorded in bass player Evan Sobel's home studio and the band's rehearsal space over two years (Sobel also recorded/produced Naam's self-titled debut LP recently released on TeePee Records).

Says Kriney, "It's our first album to feature our current line-up and also the first to feature the new vocal-based music we have been working on, being that we were an instrumental band to begin with when we started. We're really excited about the musical dynamic throughout the album shifting between classic hard rock, early-metal, and prog, but also including forrays into free-jazz, cosmic synthesizer music, and even free-folk. We think this really represents the high level of musicality of the band and shows our ability to bring all of these seemingly disparate genres together in a seemless ball of connected sonic bliss. As I see it, La Otracina does not play any 'type' of music, we play ALL music, and it just ends up sounding like US, no matter what style or genre we receive influence from. Lyrically, we're very excited that we can present themes to enhance the already sky-bound music to further destinations of mythological and fantastical worlds, creating poetry based on our own real experiences and our response to the insane world around us and our lives as artists struggling through it. So on many levels this album is a major work of catharsis for us and we are proud to share it with the listener in hopes that it will propel them into the future or past or whenever/wherever they'd like to be. Its a sweet ride mama, hold on."

Now in their seventh year, La Otracina is the trio of Adam Kriney, Evan Sobel, and Philippe Ortanez.

Audio: La Otracina - "Raze the Sky"

Reality Has Got to Die Track List

  1. Hail Fire
  2. Raze the Sky
  3. Crystal Wizards of the Cosmic Weird
  4. Can't Take No City Life
  5. Reality Has Got to Die
  6. We Ride On
  7. Mass Meteoric Mind

La Otracina Live!

  • 07/28/10 at Coco 66, Greenpoint/Brooklyn, NY w/ TELECULT POWERS & LA BIG VIC (Curated by Memory Burn!)
  • 08/22/10 - at JR's Bar, Philadelphia, PA w/ EIDETIC SEEING & EMPTY SHAPES
  • 08/27/10 - at Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY w/ WIZARDRY, BEZOAR & NAAM
  • 09/16/10 - at Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY w/ MONDO DRAG & THE MAIN STREET GOSPEL

Additional US dates and October US tour dates coming soon, November European tour dates to follow