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Albums Of The Week: Firpo Chompeavy | Smoking 45

Heavier, louder and weirder than Clutch, this crew of Italian / Scottish stoner-metal oddballs play it anything but straight on their impressively outsized debut album.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Firpo Chompeavy’s debut album Smoking 45 showcases the different musical influences of the band the songs with a mix of stoner, psychedelic, hardcore and metal. Between their powerful sound and technical riffs, the international band have truly forged their own style. The lyrics are poems about conflicts, fights with inner demons and pain. This all creates the mix of sadness, anger and tragicomic that is Firpo Chompeavy.

In 2016, Cristian Assirati (bass guitar) and Cristian “Mudo” Pietrantoni (vocals and guitar) wanted to fullfil one of their biggest goals and formed a stoner band. They christened their new project Firpo Chompeavy. After a while they wanted to take it to the next level and they needed a drummer: That’s how Moreno Sessa joined the band. The three guys recorded their first EP We Are All A Race Of Dead in 2017. Shortly after, Mudo decided to leave the band to work on other projects.

Assirati continued writing songs by himself as he didn’t want to give up his musical vision and dream. Even though he was about to move to Scotland in 2019, he wanted to perform all his songs one last time in Italy in front of a big audience. To do this he needed a singer, which he found in Elia Borelli — and due to a lucky coincidence he also found a guitar player in Giorgio Cimoli. After this show they decided to keep on playing together even though the distance made it more difficult and they had to adapt to write everything online. During 2019, the band worked on their first EP Dirty Flying Cucumber, which was released in 2020. The band’s style slowly started to move away from stoner rock and started to be more experimental.”