Archive for March, 2011

Album of the day: Crumbling Ghost – Self-Titled

Posted on Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: This is a band that has existed for a couple of years and over this period of time have grown in strength, confidence and appeal. Their first gig was an enviable affair for many kraut-rock acolytes when they were invited to be the backing band to Can’s Damo Suzuki. Coveting genres such as progressive rock, folk, and doom the band have since then found a way to breach inevitable obscurity by releasing this self-titled album on Withered Hand Records.

So what do we have here with this release? In the press release they liken themselves to Pentangle, Sleep, and Electric Wizard. After hearing the album I am convinced the cited influences reflect the band’s tastes rather than directing listeners to bands with applicable commonalities, instead I would point those people looking for similarities in the direction of kraut-rock monsters, Can, Amon Duul II, or closer to home Comus, Tea and Symphony, and Mark Bolan’s Tyrannosaurus Rex, believing these evoke less typical and yet more exciting and accurate comparisons.

‘The Collector’ kicks off the Crumbling Ghost affair, swaying to the might of flares and sweat, this is a song to be played in seedy clubs while burning josh sticks. Embedded dynamism is only measured by the radical changes between full on rock and more kraut orientated rock. My preference and favourite parts rest with the more experimental interludes.

As one will discover this is an album that was recorded at different times in different studios. The tales of two cities really makes this an odd collection of tracks. ‘The Collector’ has a distorted guitar sound that would be more at home on a lo-fi black metal album or a noise not music punk record.

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Album of the day: Baby Woodrose – Mindblowing Seeds and Disconnected Flowers

Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: When we last heard from him, Copenhagen preacher of the lysergic Lorenzo Woodrose was telling us to turn on, tune in and fuck off with the collective Dragontears. Now back under the moniker Baby Woodrose – the band taking its name from the Hawaiian baby […]

Album of the day: Wizard Smoke – The Speed of Smoke

Posted on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Praise for Wizard Smoke‘s The Speed of Smoke from Creative Loafing Atlanta: Wizard Smoke’s second coming weaves the doom and marijuana riffage of its Live Rock in Hell debut, with prog tendencies that carry the music to higher places. The production is stepped up all around, from songwriting and conceptualization […]

Album of the day: VYGR – Hypersleep

Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2011

Praise for VYGR‘s Hypersleep from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: It’s been a while since we’ve been excited about a post metal doomgaze post Neur-Isis outfit… It was a sound that, we, and lots of other folks got pretty obsessed with, mixing the mathy sprawl of post rock with the doomy […]

Album of the day: Mamiffer – Mare Decendrii

Posted on Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Praise for Mamiffer‘s  Mare Decendrii from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: The last few months have given us a flurry of Mamiffer releases, first a split with Aaron Turner’s House Of Low Culture, then another split with dark drone-noise heavies Oakeater, and now a brand new full length. With a pedigree […]

Album of the day: Wooden Stake – Dungeon Prayers & Tombyard Serenades

Posted on Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Praise for Wooden Stake‘s Dungeon Prayers & Tombyard Serenades from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Now, our appetites fully whetted by their debut out of print CD-R EP, their more recent split CD with Blizaro, and their 7″ single reviewed last list, here at last is the first full-length from the […]

“Unspeakable Fire Flowing Through Art:” TONEAudio’s Bob Gendron Interviews Walter of the Roadburn Festival

Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2011

An intimate four-day gathering of psychedelic, avant-garde, heavy, and nearly every other imaginable cutting-edge sonic delight, Roadburn Festival is without peer. Every April, dozens of bands and eager listeners from more than 40 countries descend upon a quaint town in the Netherlands to share in a common love of sensory-absorbing […]

Album of the day: Moon Duo – Mazes

Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: For artists from David Bowie to the Birthday Party to Liars, seeking refuge to record in Berlin has resulted in some very dark, very far-out releases. So when psychedelic pop twosome Moon Duo — which features Wooden Shjips’ Erik “Ripley” Johnson on guitar and fellow San […]

Album of the day: Megaton Leviathan – Water Wealth Hell on Earth

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Released by Spanish imprint Féretro Records in a limited edition CD run of 500, the full-length debut by psyched-out Portland, Oregon (where else?), doomly droners Megaton Leviathan doesn’t so much walk the fine line between hypnotic ambience and crushing aural plod as much as it […]

Dream of an Opium Eater: Quality Video Footage of Roadburn 2010; New Track Availble For Streaming

Posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Dream of An Opium Eater, a special collaboration between ace-metal musicians like Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson, Reuben Gotto (Johnny Truant), Ben Calvert (ex-Killing Joke) and Julia Ruzicka from Million Dead, has uploaded brand-new professionally filmed concert footage of their 2010 Roadburn performance, shot by Roadburn’s video director Lee Sakura. Audio by Marcel van […]