Archive for October, 2013

Album of the day: SubRosa – More Constant Than the Gods

Posted on Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: ‘Fat of the Ram’ —the pugnacious and swirling fourth track on the new album from fascinating Salt Lake City doom metal band SubRosa—is a folk song. Never mind the weighty guitars that hang like thick shadows or the forceful drums that punch through them. Forget the enraged voices that bellow the lyrics and the slide guitar line that closes tight like a noose, too. Instead, listen to what Rebecca Vernon has to sing: She sets a scene of accepted and quiet suffering, where lakes go septic and unhappiness gets swept under the rug.

Dreams are dreamt only in the privacy of homes and otherwise suppressed. The rich lords expect to be left alone, to be given time to “anoint themselves in their finest.” Vernon ends with a glimpse of possible redemption, a Plato’s Cave moment where the narrator intuits life outside of the town’s shadowy desolation. This is the lament of a layperson holding onto the distant promise of hope, a tune not unlike one that Harry Smith might’ve collected.

Subrosa - More Constant

This isn’t surprising for SubRosa. On 2011’s No Help for the Mighty Ones, the band covered the morose, damned-to-hell Scottish ballad ‘The House Carpenter’, a song Vernon admits she first heard through Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. But that was just an eerie a cappella interpretation.

‘Fat of the Ram’, like the rest of More Constant than the Gods, is an exceptionally articulated full-band assault, arranged to give each song and story beneath it maximum impact. Often in doom, the impulse can be to turn up and drown out, treating the song mostly as a reason for amplifier massages. (To wit, see the recent Windhand LP, Soma.) This quintet—two violins, three vocalists, bass, drums and Vernon’s wonderful guitar—are much more meticulous than that, treating each number like its own opera rather than an excuse for an onslaught.

Combined with Vernon’s uncommonly keen ear for hooks (however dark-hearted they may be) and the band’s grand sense of dynamics, that approach keeps More Constant than the Gods moving throughout its 68 minutes. It’s too active and involving to become a slog or a bore. Instead, it’s one of the year’s most exhilarating heavy metal records.

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Hypnotic Space-Psych-Funk Cosmonauts Lumerians To Steer Roadburn 2014 Afterburner Into Unknown Galaxies

Posted on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

It makes perfect sense that San Francisco’s spaced-out, hypno-dirge, psych-funk rockers Lumerians will appear at Roadburn 2014 Afterburner on Sunday, April 13th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Originally starting out as a more straight ahead psychrock band, Lumerians evolved to combine the motorik, kraut-psych punch of Hawkwind […]

Album of the Day: CAVE – Threace

Posted on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Praise for CAVE‘s Threace from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: The latest from these psychedelic krautrockers sees the band pushing in a decidedly different direction, at least on the opening track, which is straight up fusiony psych-kraut funkiness. And we’re not talking slightly funky, we’re talking total kraut-funk FUNK, groovy rhythms, […]

Album of the Day: Earthless – From The Ages

Posted on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It hasn’t been as long as it can seem since last we heard from instrumental San Diego trio Earthless, whose last studio full-length was 2007′s Rhythms from a Cosmic Sky. The next year, they released Live at Roadburn (arguably their high-water mark to date), and […]

Album of the Day: The Body – Christs, Redeemers

Posted on Monday, October 28th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: There is currently nobody else, to my mind, who does religious apocalypse like The Body. Truly, we’re talking about a band here who been honing a personal sonic impression of the end times with devastating precision for over a decade now, and who here […]

On Sale Now! Tickets For Roadburn Festival 2014; Less Than 200 Tickets Left!

Posted on Saturday, October 12th, 2013

On Sale Now! Tickets for Roadburn Festival 2014. (Latest update: Less than 200 tickets left – Monday, 14 October, 06:30 CET) TICKET OPTIONS: 3-day passes (Thursday through Saturday) | € 165 4-day passes (Thursday through Sunday / Afterburner) | € 185 Single day ticket for the traditional Afterburner event (Sunday, […]

Tune In and ‘Burn On: Roadburn Festival 2013 Audio Streams (Dream Death, Intronaut, Royal Thunder and The Psychedelic Warlords Among Others)

Posted on Monday, October 7th, 2013

Roadburn 2013 was an extravaganza of great bands from Alcest to Zodiac. Sometimes, trying to decide between shows (or get into the Green Room or Het Patronaat) was as hellish as anything screened during the Electric Acid Orgy Grindhouse Cinema. And if you couldn’t make it at all, well… Have […]

The Road To Roadburn by Kim Kelly

Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013

It’s that time of year again. For doom ‘heads, it’s better than Christmas, your birthday, and a half dozen bank holidays rolled into one – the mighty Roadburn is mere months away, and the annual white knuckled wait by the computer screen is only days away. Tickets are on sale […]