Posts Tagged ‘Album of the day’
Posted on Monday, February 17th, 2014
Praise for The Cult of Dom Keller‘s The Second Bardo from Norman Records: Psych-rockers The Cult Of Dom Keller impressed us all last year with their debut LP on Cardinal Fuzz, a label which has established itself as a safe pair of hands in the last couple of years with releases from The Heads, Lantern, Vision Fortune, The Shine Brothers and more. Now they’re back again with LP number two, The Second Bardo, which features 10 more hits from their concise hypno-rock bong.
These lads are rocking a persistent, fuzz-laden psych-pop style from the school of bands like Spacemen 3 and the Jesus & Mary Chain. The rhythm section and vocals lock into a monotonous churning, grinding juggernaut chug reminiscent of hypno-psych contemporaries Dead Skeletons, but the raw blown-out distorto guitar licks that slice over the top are more in the territory of The Heads or Aqua Nebula Oscillator when they really get going. ‘Beyond Burning Skies’ has a dual guitar splatter that’ll rip your face clean off.
They know how to take it down a notch, too. Mid-album breather ‘Heavy And Dead (Demo Version)’ alternates between a slinky minimal drum and bass groove and vocal croon and clever sampling, all coated in sticky, greasy reverb, and a chorus which lifts everything with a droning organ chord and a guitar that’s distorted into a dirty treble-heavy buzz. If you enjoyed their hypno-riffing distorto-pop first time round, this is more of the same but even more grandiose. And if you’ve not checked them out yet, what are you waiting for?
Posted on Sunday, February 16th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Consolamentum is the fourth full-length from increasingly progressive UK-based doomers The Wounded Kings and also their debut on Candlelight Records. It’s also their most consistent album-to-album lineup in the band since 2010′s The Shadow over Atlantis followed 2008′s Embrace of the Narrow House debut with […]
Posted on Saturday, February 15th, 2014
Praise for Nibiru‘s Netrayoni from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: These occult Italian sonic shamans have returned from another extensive druggy doomy dreamtime journey into the realms of heaviness / trippiness unknown to most modern mortals, who aren’t ‘experienced’ like these guys, and here’s the recorded result to edify us all. Nibiru‘s […]
Posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Moral superiority suits San Francisco metallers Slough Feg. Their sound, rooted in NWOBHM traditions and met with righteousness culled from Celtic folk, is neither that simple nor that limited. They reside in that same hallowed realm of underappreciation as Voivod, whose Killing Technology is lyrically […]
Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Praise for Anima Morte‘s The Nightmare Becomes Reality from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Anima Morte make their home in the frosty Swedish North, but you’d never know it from listening to ‘em. There’s no cavernous old school death metal here, and there sure ain’t no glistening electropop. Instead, Anima Morte […]
Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Praise for Helms Alee‘s Sleepwalking Sailors from Seattle Weekly: In September of 2012, Helms Alee’s label at the time, HydraHead Records, announced that as of the following December it would cease to put out any new records. While still maintaining the label’s 20 years worth of back catalogue would be […]
Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: This may be an unusual way to begin, but don’t put the album on just yet. Look at that cover. Look at that artwork. Look harder. Look again and then again. Breathe it all in. Soak in that humidity. Taste that otherworldly atmosphere. Feel […]
Posted on Monday, February 10th, 2014
Praise for Ensemble Economique‘s Light That Comes, Light That Goes from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Drugs. Hallucinations. Isolation. Death. Some pretty classic / heavy-as-fuck metaphors run through the work of Brian Pyle, the mad genius of Manilla Beach up in Humboldt County, California. He’s been at it for a long time […]
Posted on Sunday, February 9th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: Waldgeflüster (‘Forest Whispers’ for non-fluent German speakers like myself who were worried about having their err… ‘waldges’ flustered), started out as being the solo black metal project of multi-instrumentalist Winterherz in 2005. This is his third full length album, featuring many guest appearances throughout from […]
Posted on Saturday, February 8th, 2014
Praise for Glorior Belli‘s Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: French black metallers Glorior Belli continue down the lefthand path, moving ever further away from the Deathspell style angular black buzz that defined their early sound toward something that sounds more, well, like Pantera maybe, or Down? […]