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Gorilla Mask

Gorilla Mask

Peter Van Huffel - alto & baritone sax, electronics
Roland Fidezius - electric bass, effects
Rudi Fischerlehner - drums

Ground-shaking grooves, hammering rhythms and wailing melodies, layered with explosive no-holds-barred improvisations: GORILLA MASK is a type of sonic madness roaring with a restless, implacable energy that totters dangerously on the verge of total chaos. They craft spirals of sound in 4 or 5 dimensions, jabbing you in the ribs as they mess with your brain – the ebb and flow of an actuely aware trio of musicians who know what they want and know how to get it. Canadian ex-pat Peter Van Huffel is a saxophonist out of Coltrane, Ayler and Zorn, but he frames his improvisational forays in the context of a trio with hard rock dynamics, riding the churn of Roland Fidezius’ frenetic bass and Rudi Fischerlehner’s pulsating drum kit like a surfer on the biggest wave he’s ever seen.

Gorilla Mask is the product of a constantly active, hyper-intelligent hive-mind of three virtuosos; their music a mishmash of punk, rock and metal influences rooted in jazz, free-improvisation and the modern avant-garde. A collision of styles which form the key to the band’s identity. This is bold, audacious 21st Century music writ huge, with innumerable influences and tendencies, gritty and urban, intellectual and ready to run a marathon.

(Text adapted from the liner notes to “HOWL!” and “Bite my Blues” by Dave Wayne)

“Huffel and his crew, dubbed Gorilla Mask, bring both the Brötzmann and the Black Flag in a tidy, compact package… Huffel’s more direct, confrontational method results in a thrash-jazz record that’s more purposeful, unpredictable and just plain fun. Huffel and Gorilla Mask have created the perfect gateway drug into acoustic jazz for Henry Rollins fans.”
Something Else! Reviews


Mind Raid Clean Feed, 2022
Brain Drain Clean Feed, 2019
Iron Lung Clean Feed, 2017   
Bite My Blues Clean Feed, 2014
Howl! Between the Lines, 2012

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