Archive for February, 2015

Terrorizer: José Carlos Santos’ Roadburn Band of the Week – Bell Witch

Posted on Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Rejoice, for your weekly Roadburn guide is back! No longer shall you roam the endless halls of the 013 come Tilburg’s delightful month of April, peeking shyly at the rooms with fear of committing yourself to any show, cursing Terrorizer for not having suggested awesome bands to look out for in the weeks prior to the grand event.

What better place to start, then, than a band that looks like it could actually use some redirecting of folk to the place where they’ll be emitting their unholy noise from? When discussing with a fellow Terrorizer colleague who shall remain unnamed (it was Kez) the choice of bands to cover, our esteemed reviews editor, ever the holder of impeccable taste, suggested “we should definitely give Bell Witch some love as they’re amazing but hardly anyone seems to know about them”, which is sadly true.

Granted, they haven’t been the most active of bands, nor do they play the most universally attractive of musics, but come on. This is Terrorizer and this is Roadburn, you people should be all over this by now. Not only are they a duo, and we all know duos are the new power trios in terms of cool line-ups (we don’t have to list all the kickass duos out for you again, do we?), but on the strength of their tenebrous 2012 debut, Longing, alone, everyone should have flocked to them.

Not only was it out on the über-kvlt Profound Lore, one of the few labels to maintain an unmistakable seal of quality, but it was also not your typical plodding-along doomy excursion either.

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Album of the Day: Elder – Lore

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There are really two approaches one might take in considering Lore, the third full-length from Massachusetts trio Elder, released in the US by Armageddon Shop and in Europe on Stickman Records. The short way is to say they’ve turned from the deep-toned heavy psych style […]

Album of the Day: Hate & Merda – L’Anno Dell’Odio

Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Hate & Merda are a mysterious Italian duo specialising in an interesting blend of sludge, psychadelia and atmospherics. Their debut album’s title is roughly translated as The Year Of Hate, and its barren depths and bleak, nihilistic soundscapes are the perfect soundtrack to every […]

Album of the Day: Abbot – Between Our Past and Future Lives

Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There is an almost singular groove running through Between Our Past and Future Lives, the BloodRock Records debut full-length from Finnish four-piece Abbot. Not in the sense of songs sounding the same — though tones are at least consistent — but just that the material […]

Album of the Day: Izah – Sistere

Posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: It’s time to take on some serious heaviness today. We mean that both from a philosophical and outright dosage standpoint. It’s a bulk, industrial-sized mammoth we’re talking about, and if you can handle this record this week, you can handle anything. Dutch maulers Izah […]

Album of the Day: Gnaw Their Tongues – Collected Atrocities 2005-2008

Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2015

Praise for Gnaw Their Tongues‘ Collected Atrocities 2005-2008 from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: For years now we’ve been singing the dark praises of this twisted one man band, whose sound is an ever-shifting sprawl of cinematic blackened noise-doom weirdness. Delivering noxious blurts of industrial crush, wrapped around stately marches and […]

Album of the Day: Fistula – Vermin Prolificus

Posted on Friday, February 13th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Metal Bandcamp: Few bands can make you feel like you’re wallowing in a vat of pig shit and be loving every minute of it the way Fistula can. Vermin Prolificus is their latest foray into a world of absolute filth and drug use. Vermin is as sludgy as […]

Album of the Day: Torche – Restarter

Posted on Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: While the title immediately evokes connotations for the band itself, the fact remains that Torche‘s Restarter could just as easily refer to an interpersonal relationship or someone who decides to go back and beat Super Mario 3 again. The lyrics for the song itself, which closes out Torche‘s 10-track / 39-minute Relapse […]

Album of the Day: Ruby The Hatchet – Valley of the Snake

Posted on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: It’s not necessary for me to always indulge in music that makes me want to fight people or pay homage to the old gods or put me into a psychotic fit of rage. Though that type of music certainly is nice. Now and again, […]

Album of the Day: Anthroprophh – U.F.O.

Posted on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Dayz of Purple and Orange: Anthroprophh, for the one or two who don’t know, are [former] Heads guitarist Paul Allen with Jesse Webb and Gareth Turner from Big Naturals. Last year’s offering Outside the Circle was a masterpiece in psych / drone noise that rightly made itself […]