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Full track off Dethrone the DJs released for free!

This is the first track from GHAZM's debut album which is for sale at our store. "Dethrone the DJs" was described as "fresh and innovative, highly meditative" by Droning Earth blog and a "hypnotic sound bath" by ethnomusicologist Dr Sheryl Lynch. 

We wish you'll be curious enough to try just a little taste. Click here to purchase Dethrone the DJs. You can also find it on itunes, amazon music, google play, spotify, deezer and just about every other digital outlet.

GHAZM debut album now available to purchase!
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We're excited to share this with you!

You can purchase the new GHAZM album from our website. Click the button below to navigate to the GHAZM store.

You can pay via paypal or credit card. Once the transaction is performed, you will gain access to a PDF file to download. This document contains a link to download the album and simple instructions how to download.

You can send us a message via our contact page if you run into any issues.

You will also soon be able to buy the album at a variety of digital outlets such as itunes and amazon. We'll update you when that happens.

We think you'll get the most transcendence from your listening experience if you use good headphones or a good sound system.

But what do we know. You may already be a god. So do your thing.

UPDATE: You can now find "Dethrone the DJs" on itunes, amazon music, google play, spotify, deezer and just about every other digital outlet.

Dethrone the DJs was recorded from May 5 - 7, 2017 at Redlight Studio in the "Live off the floor" tradition.

Recording and Mixing: David Spidel
Mastering: Jamie Sitar

GHAZM is:
Tony Kastelic - Vocals
Paul Patko - Nintendo DS
Ulysses Jason Newcomb - Guitar
Advance review of GHAZM's debut album, Dethrone the DJs
 Dr. Sheryl Lynch - Professor of ethnomusicology at University of Nottingham

Dr. Sheryl Lynch - Professor of ethnomusicology at University of Nottingham

Dethrone the DJs review by Dr. Sheryl Lynch - Professor of ethnomusicology at University of Nottingham.

This record begins with a gradual, quiet escalation of dissonant harmonies. Ulysses’ electronically effected acoustic guitar drone, Paul Patko’s triple Nintendo DS configuration (running korg software) and Tony Kastelic’s throat singing coalesce to build a lush foundation of overtones that sets the listener up for what’s to come.

What comes next?

To call any band unconventional is frankly conventional now but GHAZM breaks the status quo at every turn. The musicians in this group are sound artists. The sounds they produce indicate a reverent awareness of musique concrète and electronic minimalism whilst warming the void with thick sonic gifts that stem from a Global or post world music sensibility. The use of drones – sustained tones from the vocalist and/or instrumentation - conjure sound memories of Tibetan sacred chant, Mongolian throat singing, and the tambura: a sonorous, ubiquitous drone played by Hindustani and Carnatic musicians in South Asia. What I respect about GHAZM is that they are not trying to reach for the always tenuous position of authenticity as a 'world beat' or 'global rock' band, they stoically strive to create their own sound.

On tracks like ‘Big Star’, the talented vocalist (Tony Kastelic) threads in elements of Gregorian chant, adding a beautiful component of medieval sacred music to the work in a way that remarkably does not sound contrived. The utilisation of slow tempos and loop pedals create a hypnotic meditative sound bath throughout this body of work.

GHAZM is a drone band with a difference, a drone band that sounds out to the stars and calls upon the listener to root down, put headphones on, and rise up.

If I had to categorize GHAZM, I would say it has pioneered a sub-genre called Warm Drone, and you should get to know it now.

Dethrone the DJs will be available for sale September 22, 2017

Truly Toward the Heart of Silence

As I listen to GHAZM's debut full length album and face the task of writing an announcement about it. I can think of no way to discuss it except to mythologize it. And so I relate to you the true story of GHAZM.

Once upon a time the stars spoke to three ordinary men. "A quest!" said the stars. The men accepted. For they knew the stars speak but only once forever. And so the heroes set forth, truly toward the heart of Silence.

Dazzling lights in the open air, horns blaring at the horizon, strange angels in damp caverns, battles with seductive beasts, truces with tricksters. All met with focused determination and a vital smirk.

Legend says that it was under a cloudless night sky that the heroes met and slew their greatest foe.

Touched by an unidentified grace, time stopped and the men teased open the darkness so that singing may flood the world.

Listen closely. Your story is theirs.

GHAZM's debut album, "Dethrone the DJs" will be available for sale September 22, 2017. Follow us on social media for further details.
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GHAZM at Redlight
 Photo credit: David Spidel

Photo credit: David Spidel

From May the 5th to the 7th of 2017 GHAZM was at REDLIGHT studio working on their debut full length album. 

Under the wise and hilarious guidance of producer David Spidel, the trio managed to capture magic with microphones. 

We are very proud of this project and are a little bit tired. After a rest, we will begin scheming the best way to release this trip of an album.

Patience will be rewarded.

Paul Patko - Nintendo DS, GHAZM
 Here we see the ninja in his natural habitat, wielding dual Nintendo DS. 

Here we see the ninja in his natural habitat, wielding dual Nintendo DS. 

As an active figure in the Vancouver music scene since his punk beginnings in high school, Paul has participated in a wide range of projects. 

As a drummer he successfully supports singer-songwriters (Eden Fineday), post-folk acts (No Mothers), large metal orchestras (Opus Arise) and a list of projects that would make an impressive résumé should he choose to put one together. He won't. Mr. Patko favours stealth over spectacle.

It was Paul's unassuming explorations of the musical capabilities of the Nintendo DS that blipped GHAZM's radar. It is his poise in facing the challenge of integrating this instrument in a live band context that earns him respect.
 
He won't add this bio to a résumé.

To hear free music by GHAZM click here.

Tony Kastelic - Vocals, GHAZM
 Vocalist without fear

Vocalist without fear

Tony Kastelic is a Vancouver-based performer, composer, and songwriter. He regularly performs in the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra and Plastic Acid Orchestra and has also performed with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Prince George Symphony Orchestra, and Vancouver Island Symphony.

Tony can often be found busking as Skeletonia, the Fiddling Skeleton in Vancouver farmer's markets and Skytrain stations. He has collaborated with many prominent Vancouver artists including Hannah Epperson and Dominique Fricot and has recorded with successful local talents such as Will Ross and Kyprios.

As GHAZM's vocalist Tony contributes a rigorous formal knowledge of musical theory and an exotic vocal technique referencing thousands of years of human history. 

Tony's voice is at home as much with the angels as it is with the monsters.

To hear free music by GHAZM click here.
 

Ulysses Jason Newcomb - Guitar, GHAZM
 Ulysses Jason Newcomb wielding "Lucy" - Photo credit: Adam Stewart

Ulysses Jason Newcomb wielding "Lucy" - Photo credit: Adam Stewart

In 1993, Ulysses found a tattered copy of a "Great Songs of the 60's" song book on the second floor of his Dad's welding shop. There in a pile of discarded lawnmower motors and Jehovah Witness literature, was the grimmoire that would serve as a portal to a lifetime pursuit of transcendence. 

Despite never having heard any of the songs in the book, Ulysses used the book to learn chords and sing songs "the wrong way" despite the general sentiment of his peers that "he couldn't carry a tune in a bucket". 

Refusing to cave, Ulysses spent the subsequent 15 years breaking the conventions to which the singer-songwriter is expected to conform. This period revealed a pattern: each of the artist's personal transformations resulted in a musical one.

In the winter overlapping 2010 and 2011, during a nearly fatal bout of depression Ulysses made his first attempt at reversing the observable pattern. Instead of waiting for a personal breakthrough to result in a musical one. He wrote a piece of music specifically designed to test its transformative power. The resulting spark of hope lit the way just enough to reveal the tunnel had an exit. Within a year, Ulysses had moved four thousand kilometers from his region of birth. Within two years he was playing live shows in his new home town of Vancouver. Within three years he became part of GHAZM.

Ulysses considers that his reverent contribution to the realm of music serves as a tool for transcendence, a salve for psychic wounds and a bucket to carry his tune. 

To hear free music by GHAZM click here.