Posts Tagged ‘Aquarius Records’

Album of the Day: Zombi – Anthology

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.

Zombi - Anthology

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.

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Album of the Day: Gnaw Their Tongues – Collected Atrocities 2005-2008

Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2015

Praise for Gnaw Their Tongues‘ Collected Atrocities 2005-2008 from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: For years now we’ve been singing the dark praises of this twisted one man band, whose sound is an ever-shifting sprawl of cinematic blackened noise-doom weirdness. Delivering noxious blurts of industrial crush, wrapped around stately marches and […]

Album of the Day: Night Flights – Night Flights Vol.1

Posted on Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Praise for Night Flights‘s Vol.1 from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: First release from this group of kosmische synth-float dream-space drifters, who normally spend their time kicking up more of a sonic ruckus in local space rock combo Carlton Melton (Rich Millman and Andy Duvall), but in Night Flights, all of […]

Album of the Day: Fogg – Death (vinyl)

Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Praise for Fogg‘s Death from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Folks hankering for their seventies psychedelic biker doom fix need look no further than these Texas downer rock scuzzlords, who it seems took all the time and effort they DIDN’T put in to the cover art of this lp, and instead […]

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 […]

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, […]

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