Posts Tagged ‘Album of the day’
Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: Hailing from Wilmington, North Carolina, here is a story of two buddies, one a drummer from Thunderlip!, one a frontman and guitarist for ASG, never quite being able to make time to write and perform together. Wildlights (formerly known as Crusades) marks the point in time where they have finally been able to join forces.
From the sound of this self-titled debut, it’s been worth the wait as they conjure music that marries the sand-blasted desert rock scrawl of the West Coast with the swampy, distorted blues crush of the Deep South. Imagine if Torche hoovered the uplifting braggadocio and enslaving hooks of Audrey Horne – that’s what this is.
It’s emphatically boisterous, effortlessly driving and engagingly addictive. From the opening drumroll and fizzing vocal blast of ‘Anchors’, it’s a riff-worthy, chorus-led sequence of poppy panache meets hard rocking grunt. There are hints of Arlo’s glossy sheen stumbling their merry way into the multi-tracked vocals of Shi on ‘Part Of The Sea’.
Yet there’s also a darker tone in there that pulls at the inventive crescendos and shading of Baroness’ John Dyer Baizley and the way he pulls out top notes from the most sombre of places. The slow-quick majesty of the earworm ‘Snow Song’ pulls a choral hook from the heavens themselves. Enigmatically crisp and strangely familiar, it feels like a homecoming – an emotional centre of warmth and hope.
Continue reading: Wildlights – S/T (Season Of Mist) | Ave Noctum
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 […]
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 […]