Archive for August, 2015

Album of the Day: Carousel – 2113

Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Don’t let its minimalist cover fool you, Carousel‘s 2113 is brimming with life. The Pittsburgh four-piece’s second offering through Tee Pee Records after a raucous debut two years ago with Jeweler’s Daughter, the nine-song /4 6-minute collection also marks the arrival of guitarist Matt Goldsborough, who doubles in labelmates The Skull.

His addition to the lineup with returning guitarist / vocalist Dave Wheeler, bassist Jim Wilson and drummer Jake Leger, is even more noteworthy because, while Goldsborough is is perhaps best known for his stint replacing Victor Griffin a couple years back in PentagramLeger also doubles as the drummer for reunited heavy rockers Bang, so more than most who work in the style, Carousel can claim direct lineage to the classic form from which they take inspiration.

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Accordingly, 2113 makes for some of the most seamless ’70s modernization I’ve heard since Stone Axe, songs like ‘Man Like Me’ and the talkbox-infused ‘Photograph’ digging deep into a ’70s-sytle aesthetic and rhythm without necessarily needing the vintage production trappings that others sometimes take on.

As was the case with Jeweler’s DaughterCarousel work smoothly as a two-guitar foursome, this time around Wheeler and Goldsborough finding harmonies right from the start with opener ‘Trouble’ that reinforce the timelessness that Thin Lizzy once so readily tapped. It’s a party vibe early, but the bulk of 2113 isn’t so easily caged into one mindset or another, much to the benefit of the album as a whole.

Continue reading: THE OBELISK – REVIEW & FULL ALBUM STREAM: Carousel, 2113
(Courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk)

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Album of the Day: Agusa – Två

Posted on Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Here we have the second release from Swedish prog / psych act Agusa, simply titled Agusa 2 (Två). The band now find themselves on the esteemed Lasers Edge label here in the US, which is a perfect place for them to be considering the […]

Album of the Day: Krautzone – Spiritual Retreat

Posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from OffCycles: The recordings used for this album were made over the same two days when Krautzone recorded their debut album Kosmische Rituale and that’s in fact absolutely clear when you listen to this piece of inspired kraut / psych improvisation. Something truly special happened at that sessions […]

Album of the Day: Dreadnought – Bridging Realms

Posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying the percentage of metal record that truly are interesting through and through are on the low side. I don’t mean there aren’t a slew of very satisfying, really good records and bands out there, […]

Album of the Day: Ahab – The Boats Of The Glen Carrig

Posted on Monday, August 24th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: As with their stunning debut album The Call Of The Wretched Sea Ahab have taken literary inspiration for this album. Rather than Moby Dick this time around it’s William Hope Hodgeson’s 1907 novel which the album takes its title from. A horror tale in essence […]

Album of the Day: King Dude – Songs of Flesh & Blood – In The Key of Light

Posted on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: King Dude has quite a colourful musical history; starting out in metal band before embarking on a solo career that would romanticise everything to do with the devil and all his demons. If we look back over TJ Cowgill’s earlier works we are treated to […]

Album of the day: Sacri Monti – S/T

Posted on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Sacri Monti are a fuzzy, psychey, trip-out of a band from San Diego, California whose debut eponymous full length has just dropped down on us from Tee Pee Records’ sepia-tinted land of sonic solace. The quintet are comprised of members of Radio Moscow (bassist […]

Album of the Day: Pentagram – Curious Volume

Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The name Pentagram is uttered in hushed, reverent tones around my house. Their signature is on the Declaration of Doom, and their heavy blues sound is all over the original blueprints. It’s difficult to try and take a new record by such icons objectively, […]

Hear It Here – Roadburn 2015 Audio Streams Posted On Line: Eyehategod, The Heads, Kandado ft. Robert Hampson and White Hills Among Others

Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2015

Thanks to Marcel van de Vondervoort (Torture Garden Studio) and his recording team, and VPRO 3voor12, we’re able to bring you the latest of our audio streams from Roadburn 2015. Start your week off with audio taken from sets by Ivar Bjørnson‘s Bardspec , Botanist, Brimstone, Darkher, Eyehategod, Kandodo ft. […]

Album of the Day: Krallice – Ygg Huur

Posted on Friday, August 14th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Angry Metal Guy: Krallice is a band that often gets misunderstood. Forcibly shoved into a conveniently labeled drawer of “black metal,” the New York group was an easy target of both the trve black metal kvltists, condemning them for “mocking and desecrating the genre,” and the mainstream […]