Gonga Team Up With Portishead’s Beth Gibbons To Cover ‘Black Sabbath’

By on 21 April 2014


One of the more interesting records released for Record Store Day this Saturday came courtesy of Bristol’s instrumental doom trio Gonga, who enlisted the vocal talents of Portishead’s Beth Gibbons for a crushing rendition of Black Sabbath’s classic titular song. Don’t worry if these babies had all flown off the shelves by the time you got down to your local record store however, as you can hear it right here…

Gonga have been around since 1998, but have seen numerous personnel changes over the years. Formed by guitarist George Elgie and drummer Thomas Elgie (both former members of Crippled Black Phoenix), Gonga’s revolving door lineup has seen Crippled Black Phoenix vocalist Joe Volk, Beak’s Matt Williams and even Akercocke bassist Peter Theobalds pass through the band at various stages of their existence. The one constant, however, has been the enormous great riffs the band excel in, marrying krautrock style repetition to the kind of hefty desert scorched grooves that Kyuss would be proud of to create a sound that is all their own.

Now operating as a three piece (with Latch Manghat on bass), Gonga are on form right now, as evidenced by last year’s humongous ‘Concrescence’. For this limited Record Store Day release, the band have teamed up with inimitable Portishead vocalist Beth Gibbons, who has leant her beautiful, dulcet tones to a particularly heavy cover of Black Sabbath’s classic ‘Black Sabbath’.

Check it out below…

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