Archive for February, 2014

Album of the Day: Morbus Chron – Sweven

Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: Morbus Chron’s sophomore album Sweven sounds like it came from a completely different band than the one that wrote Sleepers In The Rift. Thing is, there hasn’t been a radical lineup change; the same guys that did that album composed this one. Almost nothing from Sleepers In The Rift is transitioned over to Sweven.

What once was crusty and raw is now spacey and a tad progressive, with traditional death metal as its foundation. No one could have predicted this from Morbus Chron, and that’s what makes this album so remarkable. The band could have written more grotesque jams in the vein of their first full-length and gotten a positive response, but Sweven is a true evolutionary step for the Swedish foursome.

Morbus Chron - Sweven

The production is much more natural to suit the cleaner tones the guitars use for extended outros, like the brilliant jam at the end of ‘Towards a Dark Sky’. Fully formed instrumentals ‘Berceuse’ and ‘Solace’ also benefit from more subdued guitar playing.

Though much of the album works within the confines of airy sound pieces, the primitive side of the band jumps out just as much. The vocals are put to the side often, as dirty-sounding riffs drive the roaring ‘Aurora in the Offing’ and the death / doom throwback ‘Terminus’.

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Album of the Day: Moon Coven – Amanita Kingdom

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Last Rites: Psychedelic stoner rock. Its strictures are a blessing and a curse. Before dropping the needle or pressing play, you know the beats per minute isn’t breaking 70 or so, there’s going to be echo on the vocals, and every cymbal crash will be allowed to […]

Review of Moon Coven – Amanita Kingdom | Last Rites

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Psychedelic stoner rock. Its strictures are a blessing and a curse. Before dropping the needle or pressing play, you know the beats per minute isn’t breaking 70 or so, there’s going to be echo on the vocals, and every cymbal crash will be allowed to resonate fully. The Swedes in […]

Album of the Day: Thou – Heathen

Posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The ever-prolific Thou continue what has thus far been a stellar 2014 with Heathen. Their fourth full length and first since 2010′s Summit is simply stunning. The Louisiana doomsayers are sure to grab the rapt attention of listeners that only know Thou on the fringes, and […]

Album of the Day: Sabbath Assembly – Quaternity

Posted on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: US Folk metal act Sabbath Assembly return with another set of religious themes on their third album Quaternity. This is mostly an acoustic album, with the band utilizing classical percussion and strings for some new sounds to help support vocalist Jamie Myers and percussionist […]

José Carlos Santos’ Roadburn Band Of The Week: Aqua Nebula Oscillator (Terrorizer)

Posted on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

So here’s my promise, a psych band this week. The reason I don’t focus so much on this sort of band before the festival takes place has nothing to do with any lesser importance – in fact, truth be told, they’re more or less at the origin of Roadburn’s roots […]

Album of the Day: Sleepy Sun – Maui Tears

Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Spectrum Culture: Too many neo-psychedelic bands mistake freeform anarchy for true psychedelia, thinking that a confused and disoriented listener is functionally equivalent to one who’s been transported. Others assume that they can alchemically transform formulaic progressions into gold if they wrap them in enough distortion and echo. […]

Album of the Day: The Cosmic Dead – EasterFaust

Posted on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The first time I ever saw The Cosmic Dead live, they were playing a double set at Mono, a vegan cafe / awesome record store nestled in a remote corner of Glasgow’s Merchant City. As I was walking to the venue, I heard a […]

Album of the Day: Woods of Desolation – As The Stars

Posted on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Known as D., the musician behind Woods of Desolation has been a prolific member of the Australian metal community for years, gaining notoriety for two now discontinued projects, Forest Mysticism and Grey Waters (with Tim Yatras of Germ). Woods of Desolation’s catalog serves as a logical […]

Album of the Day: Poobah – U.S. Rock

Posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014

Praise for Poobah‘s U.S. Rock from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Wooha, Poobah! We’ve previously reviewed reissues of this kickass if undeservedly obscure Ohio outfit’s 1972 proto-metal debut Let Me In, and also their third album, the aptly titled Steamroller, from 1979. Now at last we’ve got the missing link, their […]