Posts Tagged ‘Album of the day’
Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Undersmile are one of the UK’s brightest hopes in the doom scene. Having bulldozed everyone with their stunning debut, Narwhal, the band are now unleashing their 70+ minute opus Anhedonia, to an eager public. Anhedonia is proving to be a much more experimental force than Narwhal was, trading up savage distortion for haunting acoustics.
Opening with the looming thunder of ‘Labyrinths’, which rumbles through a ghostly acoustic start into a hypnotic looping dirge of clean guitars and haunting vocals, it’s a strange feeling to someone so used to crushing doom expectations. But what Undersmile are doing here is building the anticipation for what is to come.
When the track starts to plunge into heavier depths, the clean vocals stay and that just accentuates the bottom heavy density of the riff. Then the floor caves in and you fall into the void. The melancholic acoustics bring to mind Cult of Luna’s superlative ‘Somewhere Along The Highway’, and there is a rather bare, naked vulnerability to the album that yet gives nothing away.
‘Sky Burial’ is full of tar thick riffs, eerily echoing vocals and some delicate clean guitar moments. It’s refreshing to hear doom that has dynamics, not just relying on simply crushing guitar. Music that explores the shades of grey between the black and the white is always more interesting, and Undersmile don’t rely on being a one riff pony.
Continue reading: Undersmile ‘Anhedonia’ CD/LP/DD 2015 | The Sleeping Shaman
Posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Praise for Zombi‘s Anthology from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Thanks Relapse, you’ve been doin’ some great reissue work lately, this is one of several old faves we’re listing this week that you’ve brought back (see also Bedemon and Pan-Thy-Monium). We originally listed this on CD only, which was super limited, […]
Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Praise for Pan-Thy-Monium‘s Khaooohs & Kon-Fus-Ion from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: What in the name of Raagoonshinnaah? Relapse has reissued this old eccentric AQ-fave on vinyl! It’s a “Zornified” slab of surreal death metal from the twisted genius mind of Dan Swano (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Karaboudjan, Witherscape, etc., etc.), […]
Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Praise for Bedemon‘s Child of Darkness from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: This was originally released as a European import on Black Widow, then there was a domestic CD, but that was almost ten years ago and has been long out of print, so Relapse just did ’70s proto-metal / garage […]
Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Treblezine: Three-quarters of international metal super team Tau Cross come from a hardcore / crust punk background. Guitarists Jon Misery and Andy Lefton put in work in gnarled Minneapolis crust purveyors Misery and War/Plague, respectively. And the band’s bassist and vocalist Rob “The Baron” Miller is the […]
Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from The Active Listener: Kent based troubadours Galley Beggar unveil their third long player Silence and Tears and it is something rather special indeed. Unashamedly following the path of classic acid folksters such as Mellow Candle, Mr Fox and Trees, but with their own peculiar and wyrd twist, […]
Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: If you’re a newer band playing a classic form of metal, you need to be concerned with songwriting. With such a strong history behind you, putting together songs worth playing twice is more important than preserving vibes. Philadelphia doom quintet Crypt Sermon prove they’ve got plenty […]
Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There are really two approaches one might take in considering Lore, the third full-length from Massachusetts trio Elder, released in the US by Armageddon Shop and in Europe on Stickman Records. The short way is to say they’ve turned from the deep-toned heavy psych style […]
Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Hate & Merda are a mysterious Italian duo specialising in an interesting blend of sludge, psychadelia and atmospherics. Their debut album’s title is roughly translated as The Year Of Hate, and its barren depths and bleak, nihilistic soundscapes are the perfect soundtrack to every […]
Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There is an almost singular groove running through Between Our Past and Future Lives, the BloodRock Records debut full-length from Finnish four-piece Abbot. Not in the sense of songs sounding the same — though tones are at least consistent — but just that the material […]