Posts Tagged ‘Aquarius Records’

Album of the Day: Botanist VI – Flora

Posted on Friday, September 26th, 2014

Praise for Botanist VI‘s Flora from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Another mysterious missive from the verdant realm, which can only mean one thing, the return of Botanist , our local eco-terrorist drum and dulcimer black metal band, who in fact, have actually expanded into a proper band, and have been playing shows throughout the US recently, which we have witnessed and are pretty incredible.

We can also say, that in some ways, they’re even better than the records. Odds are you’ve likely never heard dueling hammered dulcimers, amplified and projected at great volume, accompanied by blasting drums and wheezing sruti box. But ultimately hearing the strange metallic tones of the dulcimers are extreme volume, it’s kind of transcendent.

Botanist - Flora

That’s not to take away from the records at all, this new one, the fifth in three years (and that’s not counting a split with Palace Of Worms, or the fact that they/he skipped number five for some reason), is another fantastic , psychedelic, bizarre and beautiful assemblage of sounds, most of which at this point are really only tangentially black metal.

Vokill rasps, check. Furious blast beats, check. But beyond that, Botanist tend to explore some other sonic world entirely, one that’s droney and atmospheric, minimal and MAXimal at the same time, the melodies of the dulcimers, no matter how much they’re meant to emulate blackened riffing, sound way more alien, and abstract, in some ways it reminds us of the just intonation black metal of Jute Gyte.

But the furious flurries of notes, the harmonics and the overtones, all blend into one glorious, constantly shifting organic field of sound, that’s utterly mesmerizing and totally immersive, as if all the other elements are just window dressing for these thick, hypnotic, psychedelic swirls of sound.

And very much like on IV: Mandragora, the songwriting seems to continue to follow a similar path, one that gets less and less black with every release, with many of the tracks here downright melodic and lovely, sans the harsh vokills, they sound more like Mono or Mogwai, epic and majestic, sun dappled and hopefully, burnished with some inner light, the melodies glowing, the sound emotional and lush, prismatic and heart wrenching. And yeah, sure there are moments more grim, but those just offer shadow, to the rest of Flora‘s sonic light.

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.

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Album of the Day: Orang-Utan – S/T

Posted on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Praise for Orang-Utan’s S/T from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Fantastic! One of our all-time obscure proto-metal, heavy psych faves has now been reissued on vinyl. Long, long ago we had a CD version, but that’s long gone and this is definitely a nicer, more definitive reissue, done totally legit (for […]

Album of the Day: HORNSS – No Blood, No Sympathy

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 […]

Album of the Day: Floor – Oblation

Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2014

Praise for Floor‘s Oblation from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: It’s been ten years since the last full length from these sludge pop legends, but mainman Steve Brooks has most definitely been keeping that sludge pop legacy alive with his new band Torche, and really if you dig Torche, you’re gonna […]

Album of the Day: Phobonoid – Orbita

Posted on Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Praise for Phobonoid’s Orbita from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Holy mission to Mars! What a fantastic discovery, the first we’ve heard from Phobonoid, a one man black metal / industrial / noise outfit from Phobos. And yep, that’s one of the moons of Mars, and the music on Orbita is […]

Album of the Day: Rainbows Are Free – Waves Ahead Of The Ocean

Posted on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Praise for Rainbows Are Free‘s Waves Ahead Of The Ocean from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Second full length blast of psychedelic stoner rock heaviness from these hippy heavies (we can only assume they’re hippies with a name like that right?), and like their first, this is another batch of swaggery, […]

Album of the Day: Lorelle Meets the Obsolete – Chambers

Posted on Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Praise for Lorelle Meets The Obsolete‘s Chambers from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: The return of this aQ beloved Mexican fuzzed out, druggy, dreamy garage rock duo, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, made up of, if you hadn’t guessed already, Lorelle, who plays guitar, organ and sings, and her partner The Obsolete, […]

Album of the Day: Poobah – U.S. Rock

Posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014

Praise for Poobah‘s U.S. Rock from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Wooha, Poobah! We’ve previously reviewed reissues of this kickass if undeservedly obscure Ohio outfit’s 1972 proto-metal debut Let Me In, and also their third album, the aptly titled Steamroller, from 1979. Now at last we’ve got the missing link, their […]

Album of the Day: Nibiru – Netrayoni

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 […]

Album of the Day: Anima Morte – The Nightmare Becomes Reality

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 […]

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