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Album of the Day: White Hills – Glitter Glamour Atrocity

Posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Originally released in 2007, White Hills second album Glitter Glamour Atrocity was a limited release affair of about 500 copies and has long since become something of a collectors item for fans. It is with fortuitous timing and a capitalisation on the current cult success of the band that they finally get round to remastering it and releasing it properly. And let’s be thankful for that because as it stands, this is an album which really deserves a wider audience and now we can bask in the full glory of one of their more overtly political works.

White Hills - GGA

Straddling the music of Heads on Fire and Abstractions & Mutations (the songs all originate from the same sessions), there is a much rawer feel about these tracks and the message being delivered is one loud and clear. This is music from a band who were right at the centre of the horrific attacks on 9/11 and felt the full impact of the Bush administration for what it was. Strange then that this message still feels highly relevant, like nothing much has really changed. More of a warning than a threat now, it’s all the more powerful for it given recent world events.

So how about the music? Well, after a subdued intro from Air Waves we are thrust straight into the tumultuous garage rock of Under Skin Or By Name, a song which has formed a staple part of the live set since first release and has taken a life of it’s own with its inclusion in Jim JarmuschOnly Lovers Left Alive. Here it sounds like the fires of hell are burning and the threat of attack is imminent. It’s The Stooges for the 21st Century and threatens to implode at any moment.

Respite is offered as White Hills then take their time to explore more inner sounds as they encapsulate a more spacier feeling than before. The dull throb of Spirit of Exile is one of the best songs here and strips there sound right back to the bare minimum with a paean to free thinking and free speech being trod on by heavier forces. White Hills have never come so near to making a song so bluntly political, apart from maybe later on in this album.

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Album of the Day: Sólstafir – Ótta

Posted on Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: With so many cookie-cutter bands around jumping into the nearest genre and ‘paying homage’ to all that has gone before, it’s sometimes difficult to get your head around exactly where a band like Sólstafir is coming from. Like all things new, it takes a bit […]

Album of the Day: Joy – Under the Spell of Joy

Posted on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Flutes! Kaftan! Action! Under the Spell of Joy begins with a smoky, swirling folky vibe of flutes and bewitching melodies before pounding in with thick, savage grooves, bug eyed, semi-shouted vocals on Miles Away – the sound bursting barely containable through the vintage gear. It takes […]

Album of the Day: Pallbearer – Foundations Of Burden

Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Pallbearer’s Sorrow and Extinction emerged as the sleeper (metal) album of 2012, eventually finding itself at the top of many end of year best lists and burned into the minds of listeners new to the scene; unfortunately, the signature strengths that define the core […]

Album of the Day: The Heads – Everyone Knows That We Got Nowhere

Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: I shit you not, you goggle-eyed loons, but Bristol’s legendary (yet strangely unsung) psych-heroes The Heads are possibly the definitive uber-cult stoner-psych band of the late 20th/ early 21st century. I have a hunch that possibly the majority of people reading this review have […]

Album of the Day: Panopticon – Roads To The North

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Lovingly pinced from Heavy Metal: Austin Lunn has always maintained a visionary take on black metal with his Panopticon project. The last few albums have seen him perfect the combination of a folksy atmosphere with the jagged fury of raw black metal. That pairing is further experimented on during […]

Album of the Day: Black Anvil – Hail Death

Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: There’s been a bit of positive press lately (promotional stuff, mostly) about Black Anvil‘s cover of Kiss‘s ‘Under the Rose.’ The praise is well deserved: not only is the cover superb, it gives the classic song a slightly harder edge. It’s worth a listen. […]

Album of the Day: Mamaleek – He Never Spoke a Mumblin’ Word

Posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: There is no question metal has changed a lot on the past 10 years. Hell, in the last five. A lot of different things fit under this massive umbrella, and that tends to bother some of the rank-and-file, who want this to be one […]

Album of the Day: The Great Sabatini – Dog Years

Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Montreal’s The Great Sabatini are one of the latest additions to the excellent French label Solar Flare Records’ roster, and with label mates ranging from Sofy Major to Pigs, you could probably hazard a guess before hearing them that they’re going to enjoy damaging […]

Album of the Day: Blues Pills – S/T

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: If you’ve either followed this site, or for some unknown reason followed my mad ramblings, you’ll be well aware of the massive regard I hold for Blues Pills, having previously given glowing reviews for their EPs Devil Man and Live at Rockpalast, both of which […]

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