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Album of the Day: Hey Colossus – In Black And Gold

Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Hey Colossus are a noise rock institution… or at least I thought they were. The opening electronic docile tones to their new offering certainly makes you question that. The vocals kick in, which are light, delicate and you start to wonder what the hell these 6 chaps are up to. In Black And Gold is due out in February on Rocket Recordings, a label known for its trippiness rather than brutal noise rock suggesting Hey Colossus are reinventing themselves, so do they pull it off?

After the soft and teasing launch that is ‘Hold On’ we spring into ‘Sister And Brothers’, which remains fairly stripped back compared to previous material. The old maxed out Hey Colossus we’ve come to know and love is now a thing of the past and you can now dive into every nook and cranny of every instrument.

Hey Colossus – In Black And Gold

I know Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo was slightly more chilled than anything in the Riot Season days, but this is a much bigger departure, leaving themselves with absolutely nowhere to hide and to do this with complete success the level of song writing needs to be excellent and you know what? It fucking well is, every track feels like it’s had 10 tons of thought put into it, like they have been crafted by people who really know what they are doing.

The entire album also is channelled through some wonderful vibe, like you are drifting down a kraut rock river. That doesn’t mean to say there isn’t the odd waterfall, ‘Hey, Dead Eyes, Up!’ is HEAVY, as the words “DO IT AGAINNNNNNNNNNN” are screamed, you are left helpless other than pump your fist and pull a slightly angry face.

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Album of the Day: Lord Dying – Poisoned Altars

Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Lovingly pincehd from The Obelisk: Portland, Oregon’s Lord Dying deliver an efficient sludge-thrash beatdown on their second album for Relapse, Poisoned Altars. The follow-up to their 2013 debut, the Sanford Parker-recorded Summon the Faithless, the eight-track / 34-minute Poisoned Altars was recorded by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust and arrives as the answer to anyone’s question as to […]

Album of the Day: Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen

Posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Two decades on from their debut, Ireland’s premier merchants of Celtic catharsis don’t seem set to glide into the limelight and blow the minds of literally everybody like Behemoth did with The Satanist any time soon (the closest they’ve come being with 2007’s To the Nameless […]

Album of the Day: Ascension – The Dead of the World

Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: When I saw the German black metal band Ascension at Maryland Deathfest in 2013, they were among the most memorable acts, largely because it was hard to know what to make of them. After being battered with a weekend of booze and an especially pulverizing set […]

Album of the Day: Fogg – Death (vinyl)

Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Praise for Fogg‘s Death from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Folks hankering for their seventies psychedelic biker doom fix need look no further than these Texas downer rock scuzzlords, who it seems took all the time and effort they DIDN’T put in to the cover art of this lp, and instead […]

Album of the Day: Spectral Haze – I.E.V. Transmutated Nebula Remains

Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Ladies and gentlemen we are very definitely floating in space here. From the slow feedback oscillation and filthy bass of instrumental opener ‘I.V.E. I – Circumambulating Mount Meru’ through to the final race to the cosmic finish line at the end of ‘Triads And […]

Album of the Day: Space Vacation – Cosmic Vanguard

Posted on Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Dangerdog Music Reviews: One thing to say about the strength and tradition of classic heavy metal is that it’s presence is largely, and happily, indefatigable. Keeping that spirit alive is Bay Area metal retro-men Space Vacation on their latest album Cosmic Vanguard. This is total 1983 deja vu […]

Album of the Day: Corbeaux – Hit The Head

Posted on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: Interestingly this debut release from Swiss instrumental post metallers Corbeaux has been mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult Of Luna) and that name drop gives you an inkling of where this band resides musically. It’d be unfair to say that the band covets what Cult Of […]

Album of the Day: Lotus Thief – Rervm

Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Metal Bandcamp: Botanist‘s third full length, Doom in Bloom, included a second disc called Allies, featuring collaborations with other musicians. Those songs stood in stark contrast with Otrebor‘s usual one-man, blackened hammered-dulcimer show. One of those songs, ‘Nymphaea Caerulea’, was with an immensely talented woman going by […]

Album of the Day: Anatomy of Habit – Ciphers + Axioms

Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: For the noise musician Mark Solotroff, Ciphers + Axioms ends in very familiar territory. For eight minutes, amplifiers and instruments scream the sort of feedback, static, and clipped tones that are endemic both to his caterwauling power-electronics band Bloodyminded and his long-running extreme experimental imprint, Bloodlust! […]

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