Posts Tagged ‘Album of the day’
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 received whopping great nines out of ten.
Add into the mix their enormous live ability, when I happened to catch them supporting Orchid in 2013, and it’s little wonder that long before the editor passed me the download to review I had pre-ordered the special edition CD / DVD package (most writers don’t do this for the freebies folks, we do it for the joy).
However, with such a build-up, I was well aware that I was in danger of a massive disappointment if the band failed to deliver with their first full length; so what is the verdict? Read on.
Blues Pills opens as it carries on throughout; with pure class. A stripped back bass line starts ‘High Class Woman’, the tune building with the addition of drums and classic guitar stabs before being joined by the superlative vocals of Elin Larrson, a performer who truly deserves the praise she’s been given with comparisons to the like of the legendary Janis Joplin.
Indeed, the band as a whole owes a debt of gratitude to the formative era of hard rock in the late sixties and early seventies, ‘Ain’t No Change’ opening with the sort of beat that Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac took from classic American Blues and evolved with rock sensibilities and amplification. Indeed, for style and intensity Fleetwood Mac is a good yardstick by which to compare them: not the laid back and bloated stadium rock of the years following Rumours but the early, vital sound that played to the pre-materialistic kaftan clad flower children.
With ‘Jupiter’ the band get their funk on, and the guitar of wunderkind axe-man Dorian Sorriaux gets a heavy dose of the wah-wah pedal whilst the relentless bass and drums of Cory Berry and Zack Anderson prove they are not to be overlooked, refusing to simply be background support and adding to the sheer class of the track.
Continue reading: Blues Pills – S/T (Nuclear Blast) | Ave Noctum
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 […]
Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Wolvhammer have operated under the mannerisms of black metal, the spirited attitude of punk, and the crushing spectacle of sludge metal. All of these styles blend and twist as a universal entity, neither one being more important than the other. Clawing into Black Sun […]
Posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: West Virginian trio Karma To Burn have been plying their trade now for nearly twenty years, and whilst they might not have been given the credit afforded to the like of Clutch and Kyuss, they have been instrumental in crafting some of the finest stoner rock […]