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Album of the Day: Mount Salem – Endless

Posted on Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Mount Salem are a four-piece psychedelic doom band from Chicago, Illinois, and their debut release from Metal Blade is titled Endless.

Actually, Endless was originally an EP that the band released independently back in early 2013, but once Metal Blade signed them up, they added two brand new songs and we now have the ‘new & improved’ full length version of the album. The band is comprised of Emily Kopplin (vocals & organ), Cody Davidson (drums), Mark Hewett (bass), and Kyle Morrison (guitars).

Mount Salem - Endless

Much of the material on Endless is ominous, creepy, and quite psychedelic. Morrison no doubt has studied his old Black Sabbath, Pentagram, and Saint Vitus albums well, so look for plenty of old school doomy riffing throughout the album. ‘The Tower’ especially is a classic slice of crushing doom, with big, beefy brontosaurus styled riffing all over the place. ‘Lucid’ also kicks major ass from a riff perspective.

Vocalist Kopplin has an enchanting voice, mesmerizing the listener on the haunting occult rock of ‘Full Moon’, soaring to the heavens on the upbeat psych / doom of ‘Good Times’, laying down some trippy organ on ‘Mescaline’, and then slaying the landscape with some powerful upper registered shrieks on the bombastic ‘Mescaline II’.

The booming riffs of Morrison and Hewett play alongside Davidson‘s pounding drums on the crushing doom track ‘Hysteria’ (one of my favorite tracks here), and ‘The End’ is like a nightmarish jam between The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Iron Butterfly, and Black Sabbath.

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Album of the Day: The Vintage Caravan – Voyage

Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Yes, longstanding heavy metal label Nuclear Blast is certainly venturing forth even further into the whole retro-hard rock craze, as evident by their release of the debut album from Icelandic band The Vintage Caravan. Voyage is the work of a young band who have […]

Album of the Day: Indian – From All Purity

Posted on Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: It’s cold; almost zero degrees with an icy Western breeze. It’s dark; nearly black, but the pale dawn sun is just beginning to penetrate the horizon and its grey-orange outburst gradually illuminates the low-hanging mist adorning the farmland around me. It’s a Monday and, […]

Give Us Your Favorite Albums of 2013

Posted on Monday, December 30th, 2013

Roadburn’s Album of the Day has become a tradition. Now that the year is drawing to a close, we here at Roadburn HQ want to invite our loyal readers, friends, associates and anyone who might have wandered in to help us compile a list of favorite records released in 2013. […]

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

Posted on Monday, December 30th, 2013

Ah, the Afterburner. This particular little part of Roadburn always deserves a special mention, as some of the younger / first-time Roadburners still tend to treat it as a sort of afterthought, and some of them, especially when travelling, even avoid it altogether. Well, take it from your elders – […]

The Day After The Sabbath Vol 96: Heat Exchange Posted Online

Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2013

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 […]

Roadburn Festival 2014 (April 10 – 12) Sold Out; Afterburner Tickets Still Available

Posted on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Next year’s Roadburn festival (April 10 – 12) is sold out! We are so proud to have such a loyal audience. Of course, we look forward to welcoming all of you first-time visitors, too. The 2014 edition of the festival is shaping up to be absolutely incredible. Thank you for […]

José Carlos Santos’ Roadburn Band of the Week: The Body (Terrorizer)

Posted on Monday, December 16th, 2013

A few more Roadburn lessons for the uninitiated: Roadburn’s (ever-growing) eclecticism is by now firmly established, even to first-timers who have been reading these posts. However, it is possible to grossly generalize the type of bands attending the festival each here in two major categories – the trippy ones and […]

Album of the Day: Seremonia – Ihminen

Posted on Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from From the Dust Returned: There were quite a number of things conspiring against my enjoyment of Seremonia‘s sophomore Ihminen (‘human’ if my poor translation skill haven’t failed me yet again). For one, the record is front-ended by a number of exceedingly familiar, bluesy Sabbath-like chord progressions that, […]

Album of the Day: Bardo Pond – Peace On Venus

Posted on Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Praise for Bardo Pond‘s Peace On Venus from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Very little has changed in the Bardo Pond camp, even after all these many years, and nearly as many records. And we’re grateful for that. Peace On Venus is another collection of stunning, sprawling, spaced out heavy psych […]