Archive for June, 2011

Album of the day: Lavagoat – S/T

Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Canada. There must be something in the water there that makes for such awesome metal bands…possibly beaver pee, I’m not sure. Whatever it is, I hope they keep on adding more and more of it to the water supply, because that way we’ll keep getting bands like Lavagoat.

Lavagoat, a name that conjures up some pretty cool images, well for ME anyway, and a name that suits these four hirsute Canucks right down to the ground – blisteringly hot and EVIL. Coming on like some kind of genetic experimentation-spawned hybrid of High On Fire, Electric Wizard (when they were still, y’know, GOOD) and the more rockin’ side of Mastodon, these boys swagger and glower their way through forty-five minutes of prime-grade, white-hot METAL with aplomb.

‘Puritan’ lulls you into thinking ‘Meh, generic Stoner Doom’ upon opening with a movie sample, low-key bass and an Electric Wizard knock-off riff… BUT, once the ‘Matt-Pike-impersonating-Tom-G-Warrior’ vocals come in and the song picks up a bit more you’ll start to realise that this is actually AWESOME. Nodding along at a comfortable clip, some seriously tasty bass-fills, and a killer all-around tone soon make their presence felt, and when they break into a chugger, and you hear the word ‘Satan’, you’ll KNOW this is awesome. Throw in some sick guitar harmonies and death grunt-style exhalations and, well, that’s ME well and truly won over.

‘Old Man And The Sea’ starts off REAL strong, with a strummed acoustic intro riff that kicks in with a Mastodon / NWOBHM / Mercyful Fate feel, and some pummelling double-bass drumming. The vocals here are way harsher, kinda like Dave Edwards from Neurosis maybe, but it still sounds TASTY AS HELL. I’m particularly enamoured of the proggy bit that reminds me of later Death material that pops up three-quarters of the way through. Yessir, a real stormer.

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Album of the day: Øresund Space Collective – Live at Roadburn 2010 (2LP)

Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Space rock specialists Øresund Space Collective‘s latest release has the band performing at the Roadburn Festival on April 15th, 2010 at the Bat Cave, Tilburg, Holland. For those of you unfamiliar with the European band, they play a brand of freely improvised space  /psychedelic […]

Album of the day: The Oscillation – Veils

Posted on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Praise for The Oscillation‘s Veils from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Yay! Out of the blue, here’s a new one from The Oscillation. The Oscillation? You might remember, a few years back (2008) we raved about this UK band’s debut album Out Of Phase, an import on the DC Recordings label. […]

Album of the day: Necro Deathmort – Music of Bleak Origin

Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from Buzzin Music: Necro Deathmort return with a second album Newcastle’s finest label, Distraction Records. Music of Bleak Origin is released on July 4th 2011. The CD release comes in a heavy duty plastic sleeve containing a double-sided 18-panel poster on woodfree stock by Dominic Hailstone, the man […]

Monday Song: Hawkwind – Levitation

Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2011

Every Monday morning we’ll post a kick-ass song to get your week going! Studio filmed promo video for Hawkwind‘s 1980 album Levitation, filmed in August at the Roundhouse Studios in Chalk Fam, London.

Album of the day: Isis – Live IV Selections 2001-2005 & Live V 07.23.06

Posted on Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Live albums are a curious beast. Some are recording contract fillers, some are overdubbed after the event and not quite live after all, and some provide a challenge for the bands that have employed all kinds of studio trickery to create their art (which […]

Album of the day: Orchid – Capricorn

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Praise for Orchid‘s Capricorn from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Once again, not to be confused with the old sceamo band THE Orchid, but yes very much to be confused with BLACK SABBATH, that’s their schtick as it were, this Bay Area based doom metal act now offering up their debut […]

Album of the day: Cold Mourning – Colder Than Thou (2LP)

Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2011

Praise for Cold Mourning‘s Colder Than Thou from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: The Buried By Time And Dust label, as their name implies, specialize (mainly) in digging up dusty old treasures from the vaults… of DOOOOM! In the past, they’ve brought us vinyl reissues by such doom metal legends as Witchfinder […]

Album of the day: Ancestors – Invisible White

Posted on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Lovingly pinched from AllMusic: The third album by Los Angeles psychedelic / stoner rock band Ancestors is their mellowest release to date. The surging Uriah Heep /Deep Purple side of their sound has been tamped down in favor of acoustic guitars and long synth tones very much reminiscent of Pink […]

Album of the day: Lunar Dunes – Galaxsea

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Lovingly pinched from Spacerock Reviews:  Following on from last night’s rather beefy stoner rock and some acoustic-based dark folk, here’s something completely different. This is Adam Blake from Cornershop, Transglobal Underground’s Hamilton Lee and (not noted from any other band – sorry) Ian Blackaby who’ve previously released one other album, […]