Archive for the ‘Roadburn Recommended’ Category
Posted on Saturday, March 8th, 2014
Praise for Phobonoid’s Orbita from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Holy mission to Mars! What a fantastic discovery, the first we’ve heard from Phobonoid, a one man black metal / industrial / noise outfit from Phobos. And yep, that’s one of the moons of Mars, and the music on Orbita is a high concept soundtrack to the end of civilization on Mars, as viewed from Phobos, and also BY the god Phobos, culminating in the eventual meeting between Phobos and his brother Deimos, on the scorched surface of the ruined red planet.
And sonically, that’s sort of what it sounds like, opening with a dense cloud of blacknoize, darkly billowing, ominous and sinister, eventually frenzied riffing begins to emerge from the blackness. A roiling sonic chaos, that instead of bursting into blasting black buzz, blurs and swirls into a grinding, almost orchestral buzz. A lurching doom-drone creep, wreathed in electronic fuzz and glitched out crumbling distortion, before erupting into a blown out Godflesh style industrial dirge. The sounds mutated and on the verge of collapse, electronic flecked heaviness, that buried blackness bleeding over the mechanized rhythms and the insectoid riffing. And that’s just the first track!
From there on out, Phobonoid paints a bleak sonic picture of Mars‘ ruination, achingly melancholy guitar buzz blossoms into blackened industrial blasts, the vocals a demonic rasp, the programmed drums relentless and robotic, inhumanly fast at times, but constantly slipping back into a monstrous, crushing plod, the sound almost psychedelic, dense and lushly layered, noisy and super distorted.
Throughout the 7 songs here, the sound is in constant flux, a dizzying barrage of black tarpit creep, churning atonal blasts, mechanized metallic buzz, with one gorgeously austere stretch of blurred, almost blissed out industrial ambience, before one final blast, of majestically epic mechanoid black buzz. So good!
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Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Italian metal label Minotauro Records is doing something of a re-launch these days, and the first current band they are pushing forward with is Portland, Maine doom / stoner / proto-metal act Ogre. Their fourth album, The Last Neanderthal is a bruising, heavy hitting […]
Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: With song titles like ‘Grievous Molestation’, ‘Abyss Of Aching Insanity’ and ‘Valhalla Awaits’ you assume correctly that you’re in for a brutal and heavy ride with Coltsblood‘s debut full-length release entitled Into The Unfathomable Abyss. Buckle up brother, this album is an hour long smash […]
Posted on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Praise for Rainbows Are Free‘s Waves Ahead Of The Ocean from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Second full length blast of psychedelic stoner rock heaviness from these hippy heavies (we can only assume they’re hippies with a name like that right?), and like their first, this is another batch of swaggery, […]
Posted on Monday, March 3rd, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: “I’ve got no eternity and I’ve got no past, I’ve got no destiny man, my future’s fading fast, I’m a Primitive Blast!” …rang the immortal call-to-arms from The Shrine’s self-diagnosing Primitive Blast record back in 2012 and never could a truer description befall such […]
Posted on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: To anyone who claims to know what true darkness is; what it’s like to be drained of all hope, drag your feet through life in utter despair, knowing the thoughts you posses will never allow you peace; before hearing this album, you truly don’t know shit. […]
Posted on Saturday, March 1st, 2014
Praise for Lorelle Meets The Obsolete‘s Chambers from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: The return of this aQ beloved Mexican fuzzed out, druggy, dreamy garage rock duo, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, made up of, if you hadn’t guessed already, Lorelle, who plays guitar, organ and sings, and her partner The Obsolete, […]
Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from About.com: 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 […]
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 […]
Posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Hellbound.ca: 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 […]