Posts Tagged ‘Album of the day’
Posted on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
Praise for Nibiru‘s Padmalotus from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Those who fancy a little didgeridoo in their doom, get ready for the latest from esoteric Italian doom-psych cult Nibiru, who have returned to visit our plane of existence again, bringing with them another intense new set of sonic rituals.
The two previous albums from this trio of shamanic freaks, Caosgon and Netrayoni, were both throbbing slabs of trance-inducing, ceremonial stoner rhythm and riffage, and that heavy, and heavily rhythmic, aspect of earlier Nibiru is well represented here, for instance, by the repetitive, tumbling, bass heavy attack that kicks in about two thirds of the way through track 2, ‘Ashmadaeva’, preceded however by an expanse of droned-out atmospherics.
The pounding track 3, ‘Trikona’, is another sludgey juggernaut, one positively slobbering with drug-gobbling madness. There’s plenty of that, actually, all across all four of these lengthy, effects-laden invokations, but things also seem just a bit more sprawling and abstract, in all sorts of diverse, delirious directions. The vokills are taken to almost monstrous extremes, this time ’round almost black metallish, a rasping exhalation / exaltation of their godz, while all the hallucinogenic, hypnotic heaviness, seems borne on opium scented winds from outer space.
The nearly 29 minute finale, ‘Khem’, is arguably the album’s tour de force / piece de resistance, passing through many and varied episodes, from its monkish groaning-droning intro, veering into a blasting black metallish segment, – from surprisingly catchy moments of lurching riff-rock to a sudden break into This Heat-ish drum-thwap and Fushitsusha-worthy feedback to shimmering spectral synthesis graced with some haunting, harrowing guest female vocals, and on to ambient-noise sequences morphing into glitchy quasi-techno industrial metal.
Yeah, it’s weird. All over the place.
Weird and warped, dense and distorted, sounding like drone-doom metal descendants of ESP-Disk‘s Cromagnon tribe at times… Also this Nibiriu is still for fans of Gnod, Bong, and fellow space traveling Italians UFOmammut, these these tracks suggestive of that band indulging in actual cult worship!!
At 40 years old, Aquarius is the oldest independent record store in San Francisco. We try to only carry music we love, and we’re always searching for more new, cool, weird and wonderful music. All of which we then share with you, our loyal customers.
Posted on Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Here we have the second release from Swedish prog / psych act Agusa, simply titled Agusa 2 (Två). The band now find themselves on the esteemed Lasers Edge label here in the US, which is a perfect place for them to be considering the […]
Posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from OffCycles: The recordings used for this album were made over the same two days when Krautzone recorded their debut album Kosmische Rituale and that’s in fact absolutely clear when you listen to this piece of inspired kraut / psych improvisation. Something truly special happened at that sessions […]
Posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying the percentage of metal record that truly are interesting through and through are on the low side. I don’t mean there aren’t a slew of very satisfying, really good records and bands out there, […]
Posted on Monday, August 24th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: As with their stunning debut album The Call Of The Wretched Sea Ahab have taken literary inspiration for this album. Rather than Moby Dick this time around it’s William Hope Hodgeson’s 1907 novel which the album takes its title from. A horror tale in essence […]
Posted on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: King Dude has quite a colourful musical history; starting out in metal band before embarking on a solo career that would romanticise everything to do with the devil and all his demons. If we look back over TJ Cowgill’s earlier works we are treated to […]
Posted on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Sacri Monti are a fuzzy, psychey, trip-out of a band from San Diego, California whose debut eponymous full length has just dropped down on us from Tee Pee Records’ sepia-tinted land of sonic solace. The quintet are comprised of members of Radio Moscow (bassist […]
Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The name Pentagram is uttered in hushed, reverent tones around my house. Their signature is on the Declaration of Doom, and their heavy blues sound is all over the original blueprints. It’s difficult to try and take a new record by such icons objectively, […]
Posted on Friday, August 14th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Angry Metal Guy: Krallice is a band that often gets misunderstood. Forcibly shoved into a conveniently labeled drawer of “black metal,” the New York group was an easy target of both the trve black metal kvltists, condemning them for “mocking and desecrating the genre,” and the mainstream […]
Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Lovinly pinched from Last Rites: London’s Lychgate burst onto the black metal landscape in 2013 with their self-titled debut. It was a wild and fully-realized platter of dissonant weirdness that loved its keyboards and organs, but never to the extent that they got in the way of the heavily funeralized […]