Posts Tagged ‘Aquarius Records’
Posted on Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Praise for Mammatus‘ Heady Mental from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Heavy Santa Cruz psychonauts Mammatus have always been big faves here at aQ. But good grief, has it really been six years since their previous platter The Coast Explodes?? Well we guess time flies (or, actually, doesn’t) when you’re way out in space like Mammatus must have been.
From our perspective maybe it’s been six long years, but thanks to the theory of relativity, space travellers Mammatus haven’t been gone that long. What we’re saying its, it’s about time (apparently this LP’s tracks were written in 2007 / 2008, recorded in 2009, and mixed in 2013). What we’re also saying, is they’re spacey. But, actually it’s inner space they’ve been traversing.
Judging from the album title, and the song titles here – ‘Brain Drain’, ‘Main Brain’, ‘Brainbow’, and ‘Brain Train’ – they’ve got brains on the brain, eh? But not the way zombies are about brains, they’re not zombies, or at least, we’ve never seen an episode of The Walking Dead where the titular shamblers picked up instruments and churned out stoner psychedelic prog rock jams (though that’d be cool). No, it’s all about inner space travels, being waaaaaay psychedelic in presumably the most druggy sense of the term.
This vinyl-only (drat say the CD lovers here) third Mammatus opus consists of those four (long) songs, two per side. Get ready for something that sounds like the shimmering droned out ritual ceremonies of OM and the Boredoms meets the martial discipline of fusion-wanked prog metal technicality. Mind blowing, yep. And that’s just the first track ‘BrainDrain’.
The label brings up The Fucking Champs as a comparison, but also McLaughlin / Santana spiritual jazzrock, so less heavy metal than, uh, heady mental, yeah!
They’ve just played some record release shows for this one, and the band say they’ll actually be recording another record next year, so thankfully it won’t be a six year wait for more.
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Posted on Sunday, December 1st, 2013
Praise for Fuzz‘ S/T from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: At first blush, the debut full length from local trio Fuzz, sounds a lot like a Ty Segall record, as it should, since Fuzz is actually Segall‘s new band, which was originally described to us as sounding like Ty Segall crossed […]
Posted on Friday, November 15th, 2013
Praise for Oranssi Pazuzu‘s Valonielu from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Space rock collides brilliantly and violently with blackened post metal on this third bleak transmission from an exploding alien nebula (otherwise known as Finland), courtesy of some of its weirdest astral wanderers: the incomparable Oranssi Pazuzu. Valonielu is at once […]
Posted on Monday, November 4th, 2013
Praise for Psicomagia‘s S/T from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Ripping jazzed-up proggery here from this new SoCal band, featuring members of Radio Moscow and Astra. As big fans of Astra’s already impressive authentic ’70s style spacerock we were intrigued, and Psicomagia are right on the money, with their early ’70s […]
Posted on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
Praise for CAVE‘s Threace from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: The latest from these psychedelic krautrockers sees the band pushing in a decidedly different direction, at least on the opening track, which is straight up fusiony psych-kraut funkiness. And we’re not talking slightly funky, we’re talking total kraut-funk FUNK, groovy rhythms, […]
Posted on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Praise for Seirom‘s 1973 from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: We’ve gone on at great length in past reviews of records by Gnaw Their Tongues and sister band Aderlating, about the sound of those groups being bombastic and strangely soundtracky, each trafficking in a strain of symphonic industrial cinematic blackened doom, […]
Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
Praise for Gog‘s Ironworks from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: The return of Gog, and yet another monolithic slab of avant heaviness, this time based on, according to the label at least, the death of the American dream, with much of the sounds coming from Gog mainman Mike Bjella‘s family blacksmith shop, […]
Posted on Saturday, August 17th, 2013
Praise for Fuck Button‘s Slow Focus from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Get cozy with your biggest most noise-canceling headphones, meticulously cover all windows so that no natural light infiltrates your room, and prepare yourself to be immersed in the overwhelming dystopic soundscape that is the third Fuck Buttons record. It’s […]
Posted on Monday, August 12th, 2013
Praise for Saint Vitus’ Die Healing from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: While it might have been Saint Vitus‘ final record, a last hurrah, hardly noticed by an uncaring world, it was also one of their best ever. For one thing, it marked the brief return of their original and best […]
Posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Praise for Bram Stoker‘s Heavy Rock Spectacular from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: In the age of the internet, it’s rare for any record or band to exist without a comprehensive backstory, or a million blogs with everything you could possibly want to know abut said group or record. But this, […]