Posts Tagged ‘Aquarius Records’

Album of the Day: Valkyrie – Shadows

Posted on Friday, July 31st, 2015

Praise for Valkyrie‘s Shadows from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: A nice surprise! Shadows is a new one from retro-riff-rockers Valkyrie, a band we haven’t heard from in a few years – good to know these Virginia boys are still around, and if anything now taking it to the next level with this, their Sanford Parker-produced third album.

Clearly they didn’t rush it, and it shows. They’re on Relapse now, perhaps ’cause one of their guitarists also happens to be in popular Relapse act Baroness – or maybe just ’cause they’re really darn good and Relapse realized it.

Valkyrie - Shadows

Shadows is dazzling in a laid-back way, the music heavy yet tender, glorious with guitar harmonies (their twin guitars are played by brothers, dunno if they’re twins too or not). As we’ve mentioned before about Valkyrie, they do the ’70s sounding metal thing, influenced by the likes of Pentagram and Thin Lizzy, with a Southern rock slant as well, that sometimes recalls Corrosion Of Conformity and Down.

The warm, earnest vocals give this character, but Valkyrie are no doubt a GUITAR band, with psychedelic instrumental passages that Carlton Melton and Earthless fans could certainly bliss out to. And while this is stoner / doom metal, ‘Wintry Plains’, for one, features a positively sunshiny soft rock interlude before the guitars rush in full force, so they are indeed as adept at the more soulfully mature, mellow stuff as well as (mountain) stomping riffage.

We figure folks into Golden Void and Gypsyhawk, among others, will get off on this for sure.

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: Vanum – Realm Of Sacrifice

Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Praise for Vanum‘s Realm Of Sacrifice from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: To those bleak metal heathens whom dwelleth upon the white and winter mountaintops, take heed!!! Vanum is a brand new ongoing project from K. Morgen and M. Rekevics (of highly acclaimed black metallers Ash Borer and Fell Voices / […]

Album of the Day: Bell Witch – Four Phantoms

Posted on Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Praise for Bell Witch‘s Four Phantoms from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Lament ye doomsters!!! For a sorrowful judgment is cast down upon thee from the realms of mist strewn Seattle, courtesy of that mournful town’s most downcast constituents: Bell Witch! It’s hard to believe that this is only the second […]

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, […]

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 […]

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