Archive for August, 2012

Album of the day: Ramesses – Possessed by the Rise of Magik (Justin Broadrick Mix)

Posted on Friday, August 31st, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Beard Rock: Ramesses, for me, offer the most interesting take on doom by a good furlong, and they’ve now called on the esteemed Justin Broadrick to remix their drugged occult opus Possesed by the Rise of Magik. It’s included on a special limited-edition double vinyl edition of the album. Having already pinned full marks on this creation last year, I was keen to see how Broadrick‘s vision changed the experience.

Where the original mix roars and screams, sometimes overwhelmed by a kind of untethered cacophony, this has a more intimate, sinister atmosphere akin to a candlelit performance in the Paris catacombs (Ramesses surrounded by skull-studded walls of death nougat, oh fucking yes). The drums, while not dominant, are much more prominent and given room to breathe, as are the vocals. When Ramesses hit a lead break, the guitar tracks are usually pushing the red, and you get a ripped, rotten canopy of noise that is very much part of their distinctive sound. Broadrick has a more focused take on Invisible Ritual‘s lysergic soup…the white noise is dimmed, but the poltergeist is still there.

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Album of the day: Gypsyhawk – Revelry & Resilience

Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: Before jumping into Gypsyhawk and their terrific Revelry & Resilience, some info should be shared. Gypsyhawk is a classic four piece band. It’s also a band built with the DNA of the city it calls home, Pasadena, CA. Pasadena is a city built on […]

Album of the day: Xibalba – Hasta La Muerte

Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The adjective ‘brutal’, like many others (such as ‘monolithic’ and ‘crushing’), has been bandied around far too much for its own good. When a writer uses it to describe the sound of a band we are oft numb to its implications through overexposure. I’m […]

Album of the day: Krallice – Years Past Matter

Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Don’t be surprised if, at least at first, the latest and best album by New York black metal reconstructers Krallice sounds like a blur. Though Years Past Matter is the band’s shortest record to date, it is also their most relentless and unforgiving, comprising six tracks of impossibly choreographed and […]

The Day After The Sabbath Vol 75: Midgarsormr (Swedish Special) Posted Online

Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

The Day After The Sabbath is a blog specialising in regular compilations of obscure heavy 60s and 70s rock. It’s Rich’ aim to reveal the secret world of bands that were inspired by the early psychedelic, doom and hard rock greats but were too short-lived, un-commercial or just plain unlucky […]

Album of the day: Black Bombaim – Titans

Posted on Monday, August 27th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Ripple Effect: In the beginning, there was darkness. The first rumblings of creation starts off with a bass, so thick and heavy it has the power to condense gas and energy into matter. A cosmic fire of guitar feedback screeches through the primordial blackness, searing the […]

Album of the day: Pagan Altar – The Time Lord

Posted on Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Praise for Pagan Altar‘s The Time Lord from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: In the past, we’ve listed a couple, now out of print limited vinyl reissues of stuff by this lost-in-time, doom-laden New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band, so we know some of you are already fans. And anyone into […]

Album of the day: Ash Borer – Cold of Ages

Posted on Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Praise for Ash Borer‘s Cold Of Ages from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: A brand new record from Arcata black metallers Ash Borer, and more importantly, their first album with a title!  On Cold Of Ages, the band continue to hone their sound, still delivering their black buzz missives in the […]

Album of the day: Bedemon – Symphony of Shadows

Posted on Friday, August 24th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Doommantia: Finland metal label Svart Records has announced the world-premiere release of the ten-years-in-the-making Bedemon release Symphony of Shadows. The nine-track album clocking in at just under 60 minutes will be released as both a single CD and 2-LP vinyl set, both chock-full of photos, liner notes, […]

Album of the day: Pinkish Black – S/T (CD version)

Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Praise for Pinkish Black‘s Self Titled from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records (This recent aQ Record Of The Week, previously vinyl only, now available on cd by popular demand!!!):  We knew nothing about these guys when we first heard them, we were definitely intrigued by the band name, and the song […]