Archive for July, 2013

Album of the day: Orne – The Conjuration By the Fire (Vinyl Reissue)

Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Svart Records are at it again, this time presenting the debut album from Finnish act Orne, Conjuration By the Fire, as a deluxe double LP reissue, properly mastered for vinyl with bonus tracks.

Originally released on the Black Widow label in 2006, Svart have now lovingly set this one out to pasture for all to enjoy once again. Featuring musicians from various backgrounds & genres on the Finnish scene, Orne are a throwback to the glory days of the early ’70s progressive rock dynasty. You crave Hammond organ, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes electric piano, guitar, saxophone, flute, bass, and drums, all in one tidy package?

Orne - The Conjuration By the Fire

Well, there’s plenty of that formula here, as the band evoke images of classic acts like Van Der Graaf Generator, Black Widow, Genesis, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Cressida, Spring, Uriah Heep, Finnforest, and more, but with so many influences running rampant here they don’t come across as mimicking any one in particular.

There’s a healthy dose of atmospheric folk going on here, especially on a tune like ‘Anton’, with its lilting guitar and yearning vocals, or the lovely flute driven ‘Island of Joy’, but for the most part there’s a wealth of classic prog in the form of adventurous pieces such as ‘A Beginning‘ and the Hammond drenched ‘Opening By Watchtower.’

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Album of the Day: Ice Dragon – The Soul’s Midnight

Posted on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Iron Hops: Boston psychedelic doom metallers Ice Dragon have been extremely prolific in their relatively short existence. After forming in 2007 and releasing a self-titled debut that same year, they had no other releases until they went on a recording spree and put out The Burl, The […]

Album of the Day: Lumerians – High Frontier

Posted on Monday, July 29th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Beard Rock: Lumerians’ debut album, Transmilinia, was a breathtaking rush of glittery, space age psych-pop which held an immense amount of promise. High Frontier takes that strain of utopian greatness even further. Imagine a large inscrutable technological artefact from the future had been sent back to an […]

Album of the Day: Man’s Gin – Rebellion Hymns

Posted on Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from SputnikMusic: Colorado native Erik Wunder proves perfectly capable of expressing himself in various musical settings. Aside from the noisy black metal of the highly esteemed Cobalt albums, Wunder also revels in dark Americana of the highest caliber. The first record he released under the Man’s Gin moniker […]

Album of the Day: Eibon – II

Posted on Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: Eibon’s last album Entering Darkness really lived up to its name. The French band delivered a stark, sludgy, doom-etched morass of war hewn grimness that was monochromatic right down to its chilling artwork. The first thing I noticed about the follow up was just how […]

Album of the day: Lord Dying – Summon The Faithless

Posted on Friday, July 26th, 2013

Praise for Lord Dying‘s Summon The Faithless from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: First off, LOVE the cover painting, by Orion Landau, and his artwork elsewhere on this release, all of occultic subjects like skull faced spectres and winged demons, rendered in garish colors, greens and purples. It’s art that looks […]

Album of the Day: Age Of Taurus – Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times

Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The words “hotly anticipated” do not even come close to summing up how I have been salivating to hear this album. I remember many moons ago, I ran into the right honourable Reverend Riddell outside a gig (Grand Magus and Electric Wizard, I think?) […]

Album of the Day: Jucifer – The Russian Album

Posted on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Last Rites: “I am Russian. I am soldier. I am ready.” This, the final line of ‘First Narration’, which opens the new album from Athens road warriors Jucifer, sets the stage for what is on the way: sonic warfare. Some eardrums won’t survive. Those that do simply […]

Album of the day: 11Paranoias – Superunnatural

Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: If you think about it, 11 as a number is really rather sinister. Trapped somewhere between the chauvinistic metricality of 10 and the likeable divisibility of 12, her two stark and lonely obelisks plummet both simultaneously upward to the magical resolutions of the universe […]

Album of the Day: Carpet – Elysian Pleasures

Posted on Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: You could teach a college class on the influences under which Carpet work. Sounding here like John Lennon fronting Adrian Belew-era King Crimson and there meandering into Floydian ambience offset by fuzzy heavy rock guitar work, the German progressive heavy rock foursome’s Elektrohasch-released sophomore outing, […]