Posts Tagged ‘Album of the day’
Posted on Saturday, July 5th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: The word “epic” gets tossed around these days for everything from Homeric poetry to late-night burritos, so one hesitates to use it for fear it might be taken with a watered-down meaning. I’m at a loss, however, for how else to describe the monumental, otherworldly reality presented in the third installment in a trio of albums from Finnish five-piece Mr. Peter Hayden, Archdimension Now.
Comprised of two hyper-extended cosmic drone-doom masterpieces and released as its predecessors were through Kauriala Society, Archdimension Now is simply in a class of its own in terms of its scope. A 2CD, limited-numbers release housed in a sort of gatefold digi-box, its bright orange cover glaring, it is a staggering work and one that lives up to its theme.
The Satakunta outfit’s debut, 2010′s Faster than Speed, dealt with the idea of time travel as a transcendent moment, casting off the constraints of the dimension. Their 2012 follow-up, Born a Trip, was a portrayal of leaving form behind, a sort of transitional stretch laid out as a single 68-minute track. With Archdimension Now, we arrive.
The title seems to be as much a notation of where as when, and yet, when one makes their way through the 67-minute first disc or the 57-minute second disc of the album, the experience is bound to be one of lost time entirely, so hypnotic and engrossing is the material the band concocts. On the most basic level, Archdimension Now makes Faster than Speed sound like the product of a simpler age, and where Born a Trip still held to some of the structure the first album worked with — wide open as it was — these two parts go beyond it altogether. They’re what’s left after the dimensions are stripped away.
It is a very, very cool concept.
Sound-wise, what Mr. Peter Hayden do is take the claustrophobic elements of post-metal and cosmic doom and turn them on their head. Archdimension Now has stretches of lumbering, noisy weight, to be sure — by about 10 minutes in, the first disc has risen to its first crest — but with the context of the drones and ambience surrounding and within these parts, they’re not oppressive nearly as much as they are life-affirming. And more than these movements of tectonic heft and psychedelic wash, what stands out in listening to Archdimension Now is the sheer impossibility of the audio.
That is to say, if Mr. Peter Hayden were to attempt to recreate these pieces — either of them — in a live setting, the sheer nature of the effects barrage, the waves of drone, the crashing drums and the wah-drenched guitars makes it inevitable that they would come across differently. As much as Archdimension Now is intended to be the space outside of time, then, it is also invariably a moment captured within it. I do not know how much if any of it was improvised or built on layers in the studio, but the broad-ranging, volcanic nature of the audio feels like a painting one could never recreate.
A long stretch of 40-plus minutes’ atmospherics follows that first push proves to be the heart of the work. They’re not building tension — at least not yet — but exploring an aural space even as they make it.
Continue reading: THE OBELISK REVIEW: Mr. Peter Hayden, Archdimension Now
(Courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk)
Posted on Friday, July 4th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Welcoming others into the confines of the lone wolf pack on this record, adding their own hypnotic vocal charms and pummeling beats to the consistently brilliant Michael Bjella work, GOG. This music never ceases to amaze me, engage all my senses with his creative concepts and […]
Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It has been 19 years since New York City doomers Blood Farmers released their self-titled debut on Hellhound Records, and while that album and their 1991 Permanent Brain Damage demo were reissued via Japan’s Leaf Hound Records in 2008 and 2004, respectively, and trio have […]
Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Ninehertz: Despite a plethora of female fronted retro doom albums over the last twelve months or so, I’m excited to hear Electric Citizen as the growing genre still has much to offer, and also offers a potential brighter antedote to the doom and gloom blackened metal I’ve […]
Posted on Monday, June 30th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Echoes and Dust: Ştiu Nu Ştiu are a curious musical assemblage from Sweden. The band consists of Kalle Mattsson (Moon & Sun, Arms and Legs, King Kong Kobra), Martin Sandström (Caterpillar Ghost, Jeniferever), Per Tholander (The Search) and Billie Lindahl (Promise and the Monster). So it’s a […]
Posted on Sunday, June 29th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Deranged and out for punishment, Lord Mantis are raging out torment on their third album, Death Mask. Though their career started off shaky with their debut Spawning The Nephilim, the sinister undertones of 2012′s Pervertor proved fruitful. Mashing doom, sludge, and black metal together […]
Posted on Saturday, June 28th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: What sets Brooklyn trio The Golden Grass apart from the hundreds of bands the world over who cull the bulk of their influence from the heavy rock of the early ’70s and / or the original psychedelic era is a relentlessly positive mindset. Where the current […]
Posted on Friday, June 27th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: I don’t know about the rest of you, but I like a good old twiddle. Now, I know this is a site primarily concerned with monolithic, primal riffs the size of tower-blocks and bellowing gentlemen with beards like rhododendron bushes, but we’re taking a […]
Posted on Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: This sophomore release from New York City’s Serpentine Path offers further proof that these guys are absolute masters of doom. As many people know by now, this band is made up of current or former members of bands like Electric Wizard, Unearthly Trance, and […]
Posted on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Praise for HORNSS‘ No Blood, No Sympathy from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Behold, the first full-length, facegrinding slab of psychedelic stoner rock malevolence from these San Francisco heavies, the all-caps and very plural HORNSS, who appeared on that Monsters Of Mission Rock comp lp we listed last time. Hell yeah. A […]