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Release Date:03/22/2019;Notes:When IOTA's Tales was first released more than a decade ago, it immediately heralded a change in the scope of heavy rock 'n' roll. From the hard punch of it's opening duo 'New Mantis' and 'We Are The Yithians,' it departed into three extended cuts that drew together already-classic elements of weighted riffs with a doors-thrown-open sense of space and jammed into scorched-solo psychedelic oblivion. With Joey Toscano, who'd go on to form Dwellers, on guitar and vocals, the suitably wizardly Oz on bass, and recording engineer Andy Patterson, who soon enough would join SubRosa, IOTA raised a monolith of singular intent and showed throughout Tales a potential that was entirely their own. _x000D_ _x000D_ The Salt Lake City trio had been around for over five years by then, having formed in 2002 and released two demos before the album as they earned local praise and found themselves supporting the likes of Brant Bjork, High On Fire, Black Cobra, Eternal Elysium, The Sword, and others. And that's all well and good, but it would be Tales that defined them, whether it was 'The Sleeping Heathen' started off at a sprint on it's ten-minute run, 'Opiate Blues' sure enough finding room for some harp alongside it's dirt-covered riffs and foresight-laden heavy blues pulsations, or the massive sprawl of the twenty-two-minute 'Dimensional Orbiter' that dream-jammed it's way toward the outer reaches of cosmic sensation. Tantric, broad, and a gorgeous showcase of a dynamic ready to storm the earth, it helped earn Iota a cult following that persists over ten years later. _x000D_ _x000D_ And along with anyone else who might be fortunate to stumble upon it, that cult, quite frankly, deserves to have Tales on vinyl. This is the first official LP release of the album, so call it a reissue or don't. It doesn't matter. Music this good exists out of time, and whether IOTA's Tales is new to a listener or a well-kept secret regarded as a classic unto itself, it still sounds as far-reaching as it did when the band unfurled it the first time around. It wasn't to be missed then. It's not to be missed now [words by JJ Koczan]. _x000D_ _x000D_ Small Stone Recordings will release IOTA's Tales full-length on vinyl for the first time ever on March 15th. Limited to 500 units in a clear with black swirl color combination, Tales was remastered for vinyl by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio in Ann Arbor, Michican with the original running order of the album slightly altered to fit on the LP format. _x000D_ _x000D_ Listen: https://smallstone. Bandcamp. com/album/tales_x000D_ _x000D_ IOTA is: _x000D_ Joey Toscano - guitars, vocals _x000D_ Oz - bass _x000D_ Andy Patterson - drums _x000D_ _x000D_ Recorded and Mixed by Andy Patterson. _x000D_ Mastered by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio Labs _x000D_ Blues harp on 'Opiate Blues' by Bad Brad Wheeler. _x000D_ Artwork by Brian Koschak. _x000D_ _x000D_ 180g vinyl - Clear with Black swirl_x000D_ Manufactured by Furnace Record Pressing_x000D_ Limited Edition of 500_x000D_ _x000D_ Track Listing: _x000D_ _x000D_ Side A:_x000D_ 1. New Mantis 4:39_x000D_ 2. The Sleeping Heathen 10:40_x000D_ 3. Opiate Blues 8:12_x000D_ _x000D_ Side B:_x000D_ 1. Dimensional Orbiter 20:04_x000D_ 2. We Are The Yithians 3:37;Track List:1. New Mantis 4:39;2. The Sleeping Heathen 10:40;3. Opiate Blues 8:12;4. Dimensional Orbiter 20:04;5. We Are the Yithians 3:37;Special Attributes:180 GRAM VINYL, BLACK, CLEAR VINYL, LIMITED EDITION, REMASTERED


 
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