Posts Tagged ‘heavy 70’s’

Album of the Day: Horisont – Time Warriors

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Horisont are yet another shining example of just how good the modern music scene is in Sweden. Presumably Richie Blackmore and KK Downing have being taking over music classes with a countless amount of great bands emerging from the same places that gave us some absolute gems throughout the 80s.

With Time Warriors, Horisont continue to stake their claim that they may be the best new talent (well newish, forming in 2006) from the country with another album of supreme hard rock.

Horisont - TimeWarriors

The most noticeable thing this time round is the surprising sense of urgency. Coming in at just under 35 minutes and containing a number of tunes that remorselessly go for the throat, Horisont seem to be out to prove less can be more.

Lead single ‘Writing on the Wall’ was a good choice for album opener with a melodic and powerful blast that can compete in catchiness with the greats of 70s rock. Their knack for writing these memorable and refreshingly genuine songs is what has made them rise above (pun definitely intended) a lot of other bands who seem to simply copy what’s before them with little or no individuality.

Whereas ‘Writing on the Wall’ is in the vein of the bands last two albums, ‘Diamonds in Orbit’ is amongst a few songs on Time Warriors which goes in a more heavy metal direction. This new heaviness suits the band well and fits in with their original template as well as providing the perfect musical backdrop for Axel’s soaring, and let’s face it, magnificent vocals.

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Album of the Day: Bram Stoker – Heavy Rock Spectacular

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, […]

Album of the day: Captain Beyond – S/T

Posted on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Praise from Allmusic for Captain Beyond‘s S/T (review by Michael Ofjord): Captain Beyond is a one-of-a-kind progressive album with rock, heavy metal, and jazz influences with a “space rock” lyrical bend. Formed by former members of Deep Purple (Rod Evans, vocals), Iron Butterfly (Rhino, lead guitar, and Lee Dorman, bass), […]

Album of the day: Dark – Round The Edges

Posted on Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Praise for Dark‘s Round The Edges from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Here’s a nice reissue of this English fuzz-filled psych rarity from ’72, considered by collectors to be a bit of a holy grail, since they only made 50 copies of the original! And while THAT may have a lot […]

Album of the day: The Lone Crows – S/T

Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: US stoner / psych act The Lone Crows have delivered a pretty tasty treat here on their self-titled debut for World in Sound. Comprised of Tim Barbeau (guitars / vocals), Joe Goff (drums), Julian Manzara (guitars), and Andy Battcher (bass), the band do a […]

Album of the day: The Crystal Caravan – With Them You Walk Alone

Posted on Friday, July 5th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Our friends over at Transubstans Records have once again produced another solid entry in the retro sweepstakes with the latest from Swedish band The Crystal Caravan, titled With Them You Walk Alone. This six-piece band show their love for Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, The […]

Album of the day: Brutus – Behind The Mountains

Posted on Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Praise for Brutus‘ Behind The Mountains from (review by Trystan MacDonald): The ’70s never ended for half Swedish, half Norwegian quintet Brutus. If anything, ’70s psychedelic rock is alive and well in their hearts, and their sophomore release, Behind the Mountains, is a testament to that. Songs like ‘Personal […]

Album of the day: Glitter Wizard – Hunting Gatherers (Vinyl)

Posted on Monday, April 1st, 2013

Praise for Glitter Wizard‘s Hunting Gatherers from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: We thumbed up the spacey synthy glitter-glam garage retro not-really-metal of this SF band’s Siltbreeze 7″ a while back, but then somehow skipped over reviewing their subsequent full-length, and are even a little behind the times in getting to […]

Album of the day: Bolder Damn – Mourning

Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2013

Praise for Bolder Damn‘s Mourning from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Bolder Damn‘s only album, Mourning, came out originally on vinyl in 1972 in a scant pressing of only 200 copies. We actually reviewed a previous reissue of it (the band’s own self-released ’25th anniversary’ CD from 1996) way back when, […]

Album of the day: Mos Generator – Nomads

Posted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: I don’t know if you caught any of the excellent shows on the BBC recently about classic albums and the enduring magic of vinyl? Hosted by an effusive and engaging Danny Baker, they had me going back to my dusty shelves and pulling out long neglected […]