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Album of the Day: Carousel – 2113

Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Don’t let its minimalist cover fool you, Carousel‘s 2113 is brimming with life. The Pittsburgh four-piece’s second offering through Tee Pee Records after a raucous debut two years ago with Jeweler’s Daughter, the nine-song /4 6-minute collection also marks the arrival of guitarist Matt Goldsborough, who doubles in labelmates The Skull.

His addition to the lineup with returning guitarist / vocalist Dave Wheeler, bassist Jim Wilson and drummer Jake Leger, is even more noteworthy because, while Goldsborough is is perhaps best known for his stint replacing Victor Griffin a couple years back in PentagramLeger also doubles as the drummer for reunited heavy rockers Bang, so more than most who work in the style, Carousel can claim direct lineage to the classic form from which they take inspiration.

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Accordingly, 2113 makes for some of the most seamless ’70s modernization I’ve heard since Stone Axe, songs like ‘Man Like Me’ and the talkbox-infused ‘Photograph’ digging deep into a ’70s-sytle aesthetic and rhythm without necessarily needing the vintage production trappings that others sometimes take on.

As was the case with Jeweler’s DaughterCarousel work smoothly as a two-guitar foursome, this time around Wheeler and Goldsborough finding harmonies right from the start with opener ‘Trouble’ that reinforce the timelessness that Thin Lizzy once so readily tapped. It’s a party vibe early, but the bulk of 2113 isn’t so easily caged into one mindset or another, much to the benefit of the album as a whole.

Continue reading: THE OBELISK – REVIEW & FULL ALBUM STREAM: Carousel, 2113
(Courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk)

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Album of the day: High on Fire – Luminiferous

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It is a fun coincidence of timing that High on Fire‘s seventh album, Luminiferous (released by eOne Metal), should arrive — a summer blockbuster in its own right — just one month after George Miller‘s film Mad Max: Fury Road, since the two works would […]

Album of the Day: Weedeater – Goliathan

Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015

Lovinly pinched from The Obelisk: For those who would be inclined to do so, there are really two ways to take on listening to Weedeater at this stage in their career. One can take a record like the 10-track / 34-minute Goliathan, the fifth full-length of their 17-year tenure, first for […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch – Sunday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Here is the fourth issue of this year’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, Roadburn Festival’s daily ‘zine! Today’s issue features a review of yesterday’s festivities by Adrien Begrand, the usual daily picks of must see acts plus a wish list of artists the contributors would love to see grace the Roadburn stages in […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch – Saturday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Here is the third issue of this year’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, Roadburn Festival’s daily ‘zine! Today’s issue features a review of yesterday’s festivities by Alex Mysteerie, the usual daily picks of must see acts and Walter Roadburn very own heartfelt memories of previous years festivals, which we felt was so […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch – Friday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2015

Here is the second issue of this year’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, Roadburn Festival’s daily ‘zine! Today’s issue features a review of yesterday’s festivities by José Carlos Santos, the usual daily picks of must see acts and our Roadburn memories from previous years. 1,000 copies will be printed (limited edition!) which […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch – Thursday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Here is the first issue of this year’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, Roadburn Festival’s daily ‘zine! Today’s issue features a review of last night’s Hardrock Hideout by Pete Green, and picks for today’s must-see acts at the first day of Roadburn, as well as a special look at the Cul de […]

The Weirdo Canyon Dispatch Returns to Roadburn 2015!

Posted on Monday, April 6th, 2015

For the second year in a row, Roadburners will be able each day to pick up a new issue of Roadburn Festival’s daily ‘zine, Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, at the 013 venue. Introducing a daily publication was something we did for the first time in 2014, and the results were great! […]

Album of the Day: Elder – Lore

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There are really two approaches one might take in considering Lore, the third full-length from Massachusetts trio Elder, released in the US by Armageddon Shop and in Europe on Stickman Records. The short way is to say they’ve turned from the deep-toned heavy psych style […]

Album of the Day: Abbot – Between Our Past and Future Lives

Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There is an almost singular groove running through Between Our Past and Future Lives, the BloodRock Records debut full-length from Finnish four-piece Abbot. Not in the sense of songs sounding the same — though tones are at least consistent — but just that the material […]

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