Archive for the ‘Album of the Day’ Category
Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Atlantis is the solo recording and six-piece live project of Gilson Heitinga and his latest release Omens is a bleak, heavy affair with six tracks of varying length, all of them intense and engaging, and built on a solid foundation of riffs and a steady drum beat. The record is packed with a variety of good ideas and sounds, and the delivery is absorbing and rich, yet comes across as uncluttered.
There’s elements of metal, industrial, stoner, electronica, ambient, post-rock and sludge with influences from the likes of NIN, Pink Floyd and Neurosis without sounding like those influences. These are songs that trudge, march or slide their way through a lot of violence, pain, suffering, darkness, evil and despair, but it’s all oh so clinical and measured. This isn’t so crude as to attack you with a meat axe, this is a bone-cutting surgical saw, a scalpel and a high-speed drill.
There’s a fragile line between this type of music feeling heavy, intense and minimalist, and it falling into pit of oversimplicity and lifelessness. It’s a cliff face Heitinga has walked near on previous albums but not this close and he does it with great success.
This is due in large part to the stark contrast between those sections with heavy riffing and those without, where other sounds – in some cases voice – take the lead, and the fact that those other sounds vary so much. On the matter of voice, it’s used very much as another instrument where the tone, timbre, emotion and sound is more important than the recognition or meaning of any words, and to my mind it’s an instrumental record.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: It’s impressive what Russian Circles can do with a basic guitar, bass, and drum setup. There are plenty of metal-leaning instrumental bands who dial up big climaxes, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one that creates such an array of textures and emotions with so little. […]
Posted on Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Are you a fellow with a lot of hair on your head and / or face? Do the following things make your heavy heart lift with joy: mosh-pits, fast drums, devil horns, Jägermeister, Metalocalypse, fuzzy bunnies, rainbows? If the answer is a cookie-monster-growled “Y[örrrrrrrrr]ES” […]
Posted on Sunday, December 1st, 2013
Praise for Fuzz‘ S/T from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: At first blush, the debut full length from local trio Fuzz, sounds a lot like a Ty Segall record, as it should, since Fuzz is actually Segall‘s new band, which was originally described to us as sounding like Ty Segall crossed […]
Posted on Saturday, November 30th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Presented across two vinyl sides released by Knick Knack Records, the aptly-titled EP II from Seattle foursome Mystery Ship revels in a swath of classic heavy rock and blues influences. One might also see them as taking cues from the European retro-minded jetset, acts like […]
Posted on Friday, November 29th, 2013
Lovingly pinched: Paranoid Hitsophrenic: I was in Mission, B.C. recently, a small town of roughly 36,000 (that feels like 5,000) about a 70 minute drive from the city center of Vancouver. While there I spotted a concert flyer stapled to a telephone pole, about a block from my Mom’s house. […]
Posted on Thursday, November 28th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Climax is an apt title for the debut full-length from Finnish quartet Beastmilk, a surging record (featuring Hexvessel’s Mat ‘Kvohst’ McNerney on vocals) that emerges fully-formed from some kind of nuclear wasteland with a rampaging synthesis of punk rock swagger, new wave energy and […]
Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: There are those bands that, no matter how much music they release, you always know what you’re going to get. If that’s a good or bad thing, that’s up to you. Then you have those that change things up as they go along and […]
Posted on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: It’s a risky business to start a new label in this current musical climate when so many people want something for nothing but the Lay Bare principal is a simple one…you want it you buy it. On vinyl!!! Getting Mos Generator on board for […]
Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Thrash Hits: Whilst the metal press at large was seemingly entranced by Ihsahn’s fourth solo album Eremita, gushing flowery adjectives all over the show and proclaiming it “Album Of The Year” and such, it left some of us a bit cold. Sure, it had some nice songs […]