Posts Tagged ‘Album of the day’
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, way back in 2005, since then we’re sure there’s been many more Zombi fans minted who would love to dig into this, especially now that it’s on vinyl too.
Here’s our original review:
Before the Pittsburgh instrumental post-rock duo Zombi were into John Carpenter soundtracks, they were really REALLY into John Carpenter soundtracks! So this Zombi Anthology proves. Hopefully, you already know these guys from their debut CD on Relapse, Cosmos, that we reviewed (and recommended) as a highlight on one of our lists last year.
We sold a ton of ’em, so when we made the reissue of John Carpenter‘s Escape From New York soundtrack our Record Of The Week a few weeks ago, we stressed that anyone into Zombi should own some Carpenter. Likewise, if you like John Carpenter soundtracks, you should definitely check out Zombi if you haven’t already. On cue, here’s both of Zombi‘s pre-Cosmos releases put together on one CD! First, there’s the eight tracks of their 2002 self-titled disc, originally released by the band in a limited edition of 150 copies. It’s mostly all electronic, with drum machine instead of live drums.
Zombi admit the major Carpenter and Fabio Frizzi soundtrack influence on this one, and it’s so obvious from the stark, quietly menacing droning synthwork and ticking drum machine percussion, oozing with horror film atmosFEAR. Their second release, the Twilight Sentinel EP (200 copies, released in 2003 for a tour with Daughters) developed their sound further towards actual loud “rock” music by adding live drums and bass guitar.
On the four songs of that EP anthologized here, they continue to channel Carpenter and other scary soundtrack masters but get proggier and mathier and more rockin’, coming closer to the space-metal, post-rock version of Goblin you hear on their Cosmos album. There is a hint of ‘80s cheesiness but that’s the idea. Kitschy yet creepy. We love it. And beware of the hidden bonus track (a funky, fusiony synth sizzler “with vocals”, probably a cover of something we don’t know) – which may or may not be on the new vinyl, we didn’t check…
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, 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 […]
Posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: It’s time to take on some serious heaviness today. We mean that both from a philosophical and outright dosage standpoint. It’s a bulk, industrial-sized mammoth we’re talking about, and if you can handle this record this week, you can handle anything. Dutch maulers Izah […]