Archive for September, 2011

Album of the day: Black Cobra – Invernal

Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: They are among the upper echelon of today’s heavy live acts, but that has turned out to be the undoing of each successive full-length from near-nomadic Los Angeles duo Black Cobra: The inability to stand up to the high standard set by the live show. And since Black Cobra have also spent a goodly portion of the last six years on the road, there has been less need to focus on the records, because, hell, those songs are going to be better live anyway.

With Invernal, their fourth LP — second for Southern Lord behind 2009’s Chronomega – Black Cobra reach new heights of recorded intensity. A song like ‘Erebus Dawn’ sees guitarist / vocalist Jason Landrian and drummer Rafael Martinez in complete mastery of their complex and tonally thickened thrash attack. Invernal is the kind of album for which hyperbolic exclamations of the word “insane” were made. It refines chaos into a laser-accurate attack and puts Black Cobra at the forefront of their class of risen riffers. It makes the last High on Fire album seem tired. I’m pretty sure if you asked it, it would bake you a pie. But even with all the über-effective bombast, tonal righteousness and clear growth from Chronomega and anything else that’s preceded in their discography, I’m not sure if Invernal stands up to what Black Cobra do live.

The difference between Invernal and everything else Black Cobra have done – and it’s a big difference – is I’m not sure it’s trying to. More than anything they’re released to date, Invernal finds Landrian and Martinez a mature studio act. They’re not just trying to compress their live show to disc, they’re making an album, and ultimately, that’s a huge part of what makes Invernal succeed as one of the best releases in 2011.

via The Obelisk » Blog Archive » Black Cobra, Invernal: A Furnace Blast From Antarctic Hellmouth.
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On Line Now! Roadburn Festival Audio Streams of Candlemass (incl. 30 minutes of Epicus Doomicus Metallicus ft. Johan Längquist) and Caspar Brötzmann Massaker

Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The latest batch of audio streams from this year’s stellar 16th edition of Roadburn Festival are now only a few quick clicks away. Ready for another round of bands captured in all of their Roadburn glory? Of course you are! And stay tuned for more! Click on the band names […]

Album of the day: Black Tusk – Set the Dial

Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Set the Dial by US sludgesters Black Tusk belongs to the category of more uptempo sludge metal releases, where the hardcore punk influences which undeniably are an integral part of sludge metal, are given more prominence than the stoner and doom influences, which are normally […]

Album of the day: Windhand – Self-Titled

Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from Scumfeast Metal 666: This debut release by Richmond, Virginia’s Windhand is so uber-Sabbath that they even start it off with a thunderstorm soundbite. Not the whole storm mind you just a few thunderclaps prior to the opener ‘Black Candles’. Then the riffs commence, drums pound and then […]

Album of the day: Noothgrush – Live For Nothing

Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: San Jose’s lovable sludge slackers Noothgrush are a difficult band to follow – in their seventeen year career they’ve released a handful of demos and split 7 inches, a rarities collection and one album, all of which are pretty hard to get hold of […]

Monday Song: Fu Manchu – Push Button Magic (Live in Holland 1996)

Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011

Every Monday morning we’ll post a kick-ass song to get your week going. Fu Manchu playing Push Button Magic live from the 1995 record Daredevil — 1996 in Holland on their first tour of Europe. Line up: Scott Hill (Guitar / Vocals), Brad Davis (Bass),  Ruben Romano (Drums) and Eddie […]

Album of the day: Omit – Repose

Posted on Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from Hammer Smashed Sound: Omit is a female-fronted melodic doom metal band from Oslo, Norway. I admit I had never heard of them until my friend Jon from The Inarguable “liked” them on Facebook. I checked out their page, and within seconds was gloriously transfixed, caught within some […]

Album of the day: Mournful Congregation – The Unspoken Hymns

Posted on Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Praise for Mournful Congregation‘s The Unspoken Hymns from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: It’s been a while since we hauled out the extra o’s, but really it’s sorta impossible to describe Australian ultra doomlords Mournful Congregation without a bunch of em, cuz this is truly some epic, grim, funereal dooooooooooooooooooooom. Which avid readers of […]

Goatsnake: Pro-Shot Footage From France’s Hellfest

Posted on Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Professionally filmed video footage of Goatsnake’s performance at this year’s Hellfest, which took place June 17-19, 2011 in Clisson, France, can be seen below.

Red Fang: Pro-Shot Footage From France’s Hellfest

Posted on Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Professionally filmed video footage of Red Fang‘s performance at this year’s Hellfest, which took place June 17-19, 2011 in Clisson, France, can be seen below.