Posts Tagged ‘Aquarius Records’

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 a high concept soundtrack to the end of civilization on Mars, as viewed from Phobos, and also BY the god Phobos, culminating in the eventual meeting between Phobos and his brother Deimos, on the scorched surface of the ruined red planet.

Phobonoid - Orbita

And sonically, that’s sort of what it sounds like, opening with a dense cloud of blacknoize, darkly billowing, ominous and sinister, eventually frenzied riffing begins to emerge from the blackness. A roiling sonic chaos, that instead of bursting into blasting black buzz, blurs and swirls into a grinding, almost orchestral buzz. A lurching doom-drone creep, wreathed in electronic fuzz and glitched out crumbling distortion, before erupting into a blown out Godflesh style industrial dirge. The sounds mutated and on the verge of collapse, electronic flecked heaviness, that buried blackness bleeding over the mechanized rhythms and the insectoid riffing. And that’s just the first track!

From there on out, Phobonoid paints a bleak sonic picture of Mars‘ ruination, achingly melancholy guitar buzz blossoms into blackened industrial blasts, the vocals a demonic rasp, the programmed drums relentless and robotic, inhumanly fast at times, but constantly slipping back into a monstrous, crushing plod, the sound almost psychedelic, dense and lushly layered, noisy and super distorted.

Throughout the 7 songs here, the sound is in constant flux, a dizzying barrage of black tarpit creep, churning atonal blasts, mechanized metallic buzz, with one gorgeously austere stretch of blurred, almost blissed out industrial ambience, before one final blast, of majestically epic mechanoid black buzz. So good!

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: 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 […]

Album of the Day: Ensemble Economique – Light That Comes, Light That Goes

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 […]

Album of the Day: Glorior Belli – Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls

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? […]

Album of the Day: The Shine Brothers – Hello Griefbirds!

Posted on Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Praise for The Shine Brothers‘ Hello Griefbirds! from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Two new releases from UK psych / space label Cardinal Fuzz this week, and both are fairly dramatic departures from the label’s usual sound, which tends toward the drugged out, heart of the sun, Hawkwind worshipping mega space jammage […]

Album of the Day: Lantern – Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach

Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Praise for Lantern‘s Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: One of two new releases from UK psych / space rock label Cardinal Fuzz, this one might throw you for a loop, especially if you’ve been faithfully nabbing whatever CF releases you could get your hands on, the […]

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