Archive for January, 2014

Album of the Day: Blackfinger – Blackfinger

Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It’s unavoidable when it comes to Blackfinger, so one might as well just come out and say it: Yes, Eric Wagner used to be in Trouble, and as a member of that band he had a hand in crafting some of the best American doom ever and cementing a legacy that has spent three decades rippling outward from their Chicago hometown.

All of this is true. It’s also true that Wagner isn’t in Trouble anymore, and while he’s also joined forces in The Skull with fellow Trouble alums Ron Holzner (bass) and Jeff “Oly” Olson (drums), the five-piece project Blackfinger has been looming in the background for several years now — Wagner was interviewed here about it in 2011, and the name was tossed around at least a year earlier than that in connection with Dark Star Records, who now handles the digital release of Blackfinger‘s self-titled debut, while The Church Within presses the CD and vinyl.

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On the album, Wagner is joined by guitarists Rico Bianchi and Doug Hakes, bassist Ben Smith (since replaced by Willie Max, also of Spillage) and drummer Larry Piatz, and those who’d approach it thinking they’ll get a port of Trouble‘s doom probably haven’t been paying attention either to Blackfinger‘s development or the last for records Trouble put out before Wagner left in 2008.

Blackfinger‘s Blackfinger may touch on some of the same ideas as material from Wagner‘s past — the short ‘All the Leaves are Brown’, which was also an advance single, has a classically driving head-down motor-riff, and cuts like ‘Why God’ and ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ offer some immediately familiar swinging rhythms — but the album overall presents a personality distinct from Trouble both in where it wants to go and how it gets there, however impossible it may be to view the one without the context of the other.

Notably, the piano- and string-infused ‘As Long as I’m with You’, the particularly Floydian strums of ‘For One More Day’ and the intimate acoustic-led finish of highlight ‘Keep Fallin’ Down’ present a depth of mood and breadth of songwriting that, to compare, Trouble had little interest in displaying on their 2013 post-Wagner outing, The Distortion Field.

Taken in combination with rockers like ‘Yellowood’, with its lurching starts and stops, and guitar-fueled fare like ‘My Many Colored Days’, ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ and ‘Here Comes the Rain’, Blackfinger comes across as more varied and a richer listening experience. Opener ‘I am Jon’ and the fourth track, ‘On Tuesday Morning’, work to bridge the gap from one side to the other, so where it might otherwise come across as bipolar, the album flows well through these atmospheres.

Continue reading: THE OBELISK REVIEW: Blackfinger, Blackfinger
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Album of the Day: Kuolemanlaakso – Tulijoutsen

Posted on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: ‘Kuolemanlaakso’ is Finnish for ‘Death Valley’. That’s pretty metal to start us off. Kuolemanlaakso are also only onto their second record, which is more surprising considering the assuredness with which they ply their craft. ‘Tulijoutsen’, which translates to ‘The Fire Swan’, is a thunderous […]

The Day After The Sabbath Vol 98: Posted Online

Posted on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The Day After The Sabbath is a blog specialising in regular compilations of obscure heavy 60s and 70s rock. It’s Rich Aftersabbth’s 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 […]

José Carlos Santos’ Roadburn Band Of The Week: Lord Dying (Terrorizer)

Posted on Monday, January 27th, 2014

The magic Roadburn atmosphere doesn’t just apply to the audience, it extends to the bands themselves too. Not only is it visible in the praise everyone who has ever played a set at the festival lavishes upon it, or in the lasting relationships a lot of artists establish with the […]

Album of the Day: Murmur – Murmur

Posted on Monday, January 27th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: The words progressive and experimental probably scare off as many listeners as they attract, because it seems more and more, people are less willing to take risks on what music they absorb. I say that because I know when I drop those descriptors in […]

Album of the Day: Bong – Stoner Rock

Posted on Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Praise for Bong‘s Stoner Rock from Norman Records UK: To be so audacious as to name it Stoner Rock you know that Bong mean business with this new album, and indeed this latest from the prolific stoner-doom ritualists is indeed a dense and powerful concoction, with its two tracks spanning a […]

Album of the Day: Papir – IIII

Posted on Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: IIII is the fourth Papir album in about as many years. The Copenhagen trio of guitarist Nicklas Sørensen, bassist Christian Becher Clausen and drummer Christoffer Brøchmann made a self-titled debut in 2010 and followed in 2011 with Stundum, their first release on El Paraiso Records, […]

Album of the Day: Terra Tenebrosa – The Purging

Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Metalgigs.co.uk: Terra Tenebrosa, are a relatively new band featuring members of legendary, but now disbanded, hardcore / post metal band Breach. Terra Tenebrosa’s previous album, The Tunnels, released in 2011 was such a surprise not only for how dynamic and layered it was, but for how it […]

Album of the Day: Conan – Blood Eagle

Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It has been a substantial two years since UK megadoomers Conan made their full-length debut with Monnos through Burning World Records in 2012. That album followed a 2011 split with Slomatics  and Conan‘s 2010 hello to the world, the thunderous Horseback Battle Hammer EP, and […]

Album of the Day: Mantar – Death By Burning

Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from ScratchtheSurface: Snapped by Svart Records greatly due to the strong reactions garnered by their 7” released last year, Mantar are a duo from Germany that plays a punishing, monolithically heavy doom that could easily soundtrack the coming of the apocalypse. Bolstered by an uncompromising and raw production, […]