Archive for November, 2012

Album of the day: Kowloon Walled City – Container Ships

Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: The only thing really subtle about Kowloon Walled City‘s Container Ships is how subtle it is. The tiny bits of melody that makes their way into the guitars of Scott Evans and Jon Howell, or the surprising effect the record — their second behind 2009′s Gambling on the Richter Scale and label debut on Brutal Panda Records – can have on the listener’s mood despite being so outwardly intense and seeming so cerebral in their approach, that pesky tendency to kick a face with a song.

It’s not the kind of thing you generally think of as ambient, but Container Ships has more to it than its surface heaviness. Its seven component tracks run a vinyl-ready 35 minutes and opening argument ‘The Pressure Keeps Me Alive’ winds up somewhere right in the middle of Kowloon Walled City‘s scope of pace. Evans handles vocal duties with a kind of post-hardcore semi-speech, melodic enough when it needs to be and likewise able to turn within a line’s span into an all-out shout.

Tonally, they’re more indebted to Godflesh than the Neurosis / Isis sphere of post-metal, but some of those elements are there, particularly on the centerpiece title-track or side B closer ‘You Don’t Have Cancer’, the two longest cuts at 7:11 and 8:44, respectively. Most of the album moves quicker, pushed ahead by Jeff Fagundes‘ about-t0-fly-apart drumming (spoiler alert: it never flies apart) and Ian Miller‘s thankfully prominent low end righteousness.

Continue reading: The Obelisk: AT A GLANCE: Kowloon Walled City, Container Ships
(Courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk)

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Album of the day: El Topo – Original Soundtrack (Vinyl)

Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Praise for El Topo‘s Original Soundtrack from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: The great Chilean experimental filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky directed, starred in and composed the music for one of THEE flat out strangest cinematic experiences ever made. El Topo from 1970 was Jodorowsky‘s bloody surreal take on the Western genre and […]

Album of the day: Year of the Goat – Angels’ Necropolis

Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from MetalMouth: Having released two heavily successful E.P’s, Year Of The Goat are here to raise hell, literally. This is a band who take the best of 70′s / 80′s rock…(Sabbath / Blue Oyster Cult), and shape it into something that is modern, something that is dark, something […]

Album of the day: Opium Warlords – We Meditate Under The Pussy In The Sky

Posted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: The second album from the one-man drone / noise project of Finland’s Sami Hynnien, Opium Warlords, is now upon us. More Earth than Sunn O))), Hynnien has an approach all his own. There is no sound that he doesn’t see some inherent value in. […]

Album of the day: Spiders – Flash Point

Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2012

Lovinly pinched from Fast ‘n’ Bulbous: I’ve been raving about Spiders all year since I heard their self-titled EP and wrote about them in Metal Sirens. Despite originally having members from both Graveyard and Witchcraft, Spiders mostly leaves the proto-doom sounds behind, favoring high energy garage rock (the b-side of […]

The Day After The Sabbath Vol.80: Goodbye Jane (Aussie Rock Special) Posted Online

Posted on Monday, November 26th, 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 […]

Monday Song: Loop – The Is Where You End

Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2012

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

Album of the day: Occultation – Three & Seven

Posted on Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Praise for Occultation‘s Three & Seven from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Three And Seven is the debut full length from NYC psychedelic doomlords  /doomladies, and Negative Plane offshoot, Occultation. Their sound is a dark and dramatic, almost cinematic sort of witchy metallic psychedelia, the heaviness tempered by a fantastically muddy, […]

Album of the day: Mugstar – Axis

Posted on Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Soundblab: Mugstar have released some fine music over the last couple of years including a split record with Oneida and this year’s atmospheric OST album Ad Marginem. Yet for many, Axis may be the first you’ve heard of Mugstar since 2010s well-received Lime album. Now I’ll cut-to-the-chase: […]

Album of the day: Amenra – Mass V

Posted on Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Stereoboard UK: Amenra have always been biblically huge in proportions, even if much of the world has yet to sit up and take notice. Mass V may change that, however, as here Amenra are so colossal that they sound set to engulf the whole musical spectrum in […]