Archive for January, 2012

Album of the day: Hills – Master Sleeps

Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Praise for HillsMaster Sleep from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: We imagine the master sleeps soundly, if THIS is the music loudly vibrating in his dreams! He may never wish to wake up. Here’s the 2nd album from (to be sibilantly alliterative) this spacey Swedish psych band, the first we’ve listed – though if this proves as popular as we think it really should, we’ll try to get more of their self-titled 2009 debut to review as well.


Plain old Hills are not to be confused with WHITE Hills, though they almost could be – their brand of mantric, mesmeric, FX laden, krautrocking groove is definitely in the same druggy realm as White Hills, and that of other AQ faves like Circle, Salvatore, and especially Wooden Shjips. No doubt they all share many of the same influences, from Can and other krautrock to Hawkwind to Spacemen 3. So if that sort of stuff is your bag, Hills comes highly recommended!

While mainly instrumental, there’s more singing here than on the debut, but the echo-effected vocals are just another part of the throbbing wash of sound, riding waves of heavily phased guitar, motorik drums, and insistent organ (that specifically reminds us a bit of Circle relatives Itavayla).

While we KNOW we’re always saying stuff is repetitively hypnotic, Hills really do it to perfection, locking into to inescapable, all-encompassing grooves you never want to end. They also delve into instrumental electric, folky passages with melodies that perhaps draw upon their native Nordic traditional tunes, a la Kebnekajse back in the ’70s, though they can sound somewhat Eastern-inflected as well. And final track ‘Death Shall Come’ is a spaced out droning ritual, getting into OM territory there…

We’d love to see these guys (and gal) play live, do a US tour soon please please please! In the meantime, this disc will be in heavy rotation ’round here, and should be required listening for anyone into SF’s Wooden Shjips for sure.

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Album of the day: Black Pyramid – II

Posted on Monday, January 30th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: After releasing their self-titled MeteorCity debut in 2009 to a more than warm reception from the heavy underground, Northampton, Massachusetts, battle doomers Black Pyramid proceeded to hit the road on several tours and unleashed a tide of singles and splits. 2010 saw a split with […]

Monday Song: ZZ-Top – I Thank You & Waitin’ For The Bus (Live 1982)

Posted on Monday, January 30th, 2012

Every Monday morning we’ll post a kick-ass song to get your week going.

Album of the day: Tort – Tort

Posted on Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Praise for Tort‘s S/T from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: One of three new releases from Jerusalem based Total Rust label, who specialize in the slow and heavy, the sludgey and dirgey, so it makes sense that these Spaniards would find a home there, even more so when you consider that […]

Album of the day: Rhyton – Rhyton

Posted on Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Praise for Rhython‘s S/T from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: So, sure, “experimental / improv / psych” bands based outta Brooklyn are probably a dime a dozen these days, so what makes the debut from this new Thrill Jockey signing worthy of glorious Record Of The Week status here at aQ? […]

Neurosis: 1992 Live Footage Available

Posted on Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Kill That Cat has just posted a live video from Souls A Zero era Neurosis. The footage includes performances of  Souls At Zero, Saturday Night Holocaust (Dead Kennedys cover), Stripped, A Chronology For Survival and Takeahnase. The video was filmed in 1992, while Neurosis was on tour in Italy.

Album of the day: Les Goths – Reve De Silence

Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2012

Praise for Les Goths ‘Reve De Silence from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: We have to say, that lots of the time, when a band is touted as being some lost heavy psych or proto-metal classic, it often eventually turns out to sound sonically more like blues rock or bar rock, […]

Album of the day: Gauchiste – Gauchiste

Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from RVA Magazine: One of the more encouraging developments with metal has been its adherents’ ability to move into more cerebral aesthetic realms without having to go the route of Malmsteen and Mastodon – because a road paved with mixolydian modes and finger-tapping is pretty much the fastest […]

Album of the day: Cold Body Radiation – Deer Twillight

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Praise for Cold Body Radiation‘s Deer Twillight from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: The 2010 full length from these Dutch avant shoegaze black metallers was one of our favorite records that year, but for whatever reason we were never able to get enough copies to review on the list. So when […]

Album of the day: King Giant – Dismal Hollow

Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Underground.com: What if instead of hailing from the industrial brimstone of Birmingham, England, Black Sabbath had risen from the backwoods of Appalachia? Odds are, I think, that the result would sound quite a lot like King Giant‘s Dismal Hollow, a doomy, southern-fried affair that features plenty […]

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