Archive for the ‘Roadburn Recommended’ Category
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 thing all the time, period. But it just isn’t that way, and as metal’s rolling sphere picks up new influences, Katamari style, the way extreme music sounds has changed forever.
You can hear that very thing in a band such as Deafheaven, who divided the metal crowd violently last year with their heavily acclaimed Sunbather album that most people either deliriously embraced or shoved away like a plague. You can hear other deviations away from the primary source in bands including Khanate, Sunn 0))), Bosse-de-Nage, and even a classic such as Godflesh.
Things have been expanding, and hopefully they keep going in that direction. And while a black metal enthusiast may cry that a band isn’t keeping it KVLT or TR00 anymore, what does that really mean? And does it actually make sense to keep treading the same path over and over again? Well, a band like San Francisco black metal experimental unit Mamaleek refuse to stay in one place, and they will challenge your very idea of where metal’s barriers lie with their new record He Never Spoke a Mumblin’ Word.
Right off the bat, the album title sounds like it was lifted from a spiritual hymn or something of that nature, and plowing through these challenging four songs might make you wonder if this group isn’t going through some sort of deeper revelation or rusty catharsis. This pairing of two brothers, who remain anonymous, combines electronic forces to create their style of black metal, so right there you know you’re dealing with a band operating on a totally different creative plane.
These tracks, as they claim, helped lift psychological and spiritual burdens from their bodies and psyches and let them express the darkness, madness, chaos, what have you that listeners will hear on this record. It’s no paint-by-numbers affair. It’s a smear-outside-of-the-lines, veer-off-the-page, splash-onto-the-table, go-wherever-they-want document, and it definitely won’t go down easy. But nothing on their other three records have either, and this one feels like a demon itching to burst out of their bodies and spread fire and torment elsewhere. It’s gripping and moving, and it will hurt to absorb.
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 […]
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 […]
Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: There is something about the retro-sounding rock and metal which just grips you and this Vancouver based trio, created by Matt “Macarbe” Emery, The Order of the Solar Temple has it all. The proto-metal styled sounds of the legendary Blue Öyster Cult with healthy doses […]
Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: There are certain sounds and styles of music that can induce nightmares. You experience these sounds that are out of the ordinary, maybe even in conflict with your own psyche, and they can lead to you experiencing terrifying stories in your head while you […]
Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: It starts with a singular idea and a willingness to forge ahead against all traditional odds. 2 years and 4000 miles later, Norwegian guitarist Filip Peterson and Mumbai based singer-songwriter Kushal Bhadra deliver what is arguably one of the best straight up 70s doom […]
Posted on Sunday, July 20th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Here’s another new band for you doing the whole ‘retro hard rock / stoner / doom / occult’ thing, West Virginia’s Brimstone Coven. Their self-titled debut for Metal Blade is actually a combination of their self-released initial offering and an EP, now ready made […]
Posted on Saturday, July 19th, 2014
Praise for Orang-Utan’s S/T from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Fantastic! One of our all-time obscure proto-metal, heavy psych faves has now been reissued on vinyl. Long, long ago we had a CD version, but that’s long gone and this is definitely a nicer, more definitive reissue, done totally legit (for […]
Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Chicago death-doom outfit Novembers Doom released their first album in 1995, nearly 20 years ago now. They weren’t the first American death-doom act, and there were others who solidified around the same time, but Novembers Doom were easily among the earliest adopters of a dramatic melancholy most […]
Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: When Los Angeles, CA doom instrumentalist quartet Iron Mtn ended its 7+ year stint back in June of 2013, loyal fans and followers of bassist / founder Scott Carlson (and his team of sludge assassins) mourned with the hope (and expectation) that his next […]