Posts Tagged ‘JJ Koczan’

Album of the Day: Blues Funeral – The Search

Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: A fervent undercurrent of metal runs beneath the progressive atmospheres of The Search. It extends even to the liner notes of the CD, which not only contain the full lyrics, typed out clear with credits, but notes included for which of the two guitarists — Maurice Eggenschwiler and Jan “El Janni” Kimmel, both also vocals — is taking the solo in that place. More often than not, it’s one, then the other.

Shades of oldschool thrash there, but the debut full-length from the Houston, Texas, four-piece owes much more of its crux to prog metal and heavy rock than to anything so raw as younger Slayer. Still, the dogwhistle blows to those who might hear that particular frequency, and the spirit of precision that was always an undercurrent both of thrash — underproduced as it was — and the NWOBHM manifest in these vinyl-ready six tracks / 41-minutes, topped off with artwork by David Paul Seymour.

Blues Funeral - The Search

Blues Funeral was founded by Kimmel, Eggenschwiler and drummer Cory Cousins in 2014 following the hiatus of Sanctus Bellum, and in bringing on board bassist Gabriel Katz, they’ve also shifted their sonic focus toward grander fare. Tonally, The Search, which was recorded and mixed at Lucky Run Studio in Houston, adopts a heavy rock feel, but as it’s presented in such a clean, clear style — and maybe standard tuning? — the overarching impression becomes that of the band’s reach rather than their heft.

That’s fitting for the traditions in which they’re working, from Uriah Heep to latter-day Opeth — also noteworthy that Kimmel handles keys, specified by the band as Nord, which Opeth‘s Per Wiberg also used — and with the shared vocal duties, they bring something of themselves fluidly to what winds up being an ambitious debut release.

Continue reading: REVIEW: Blues Funeral, The Search
(Courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk)

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Album of the Day: Colour Haze – Live Vol. 1 – Europa Tournee 2015

Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Technically speaking, this isn’t the first Colour Haze live record, but it most definitely is the first they’ve put out through Elektrohasch, and it’s their most complete-feeling to date. A set from the Berg Herzberg festival aptly-titled Berg Herzberg Festival 18 Juli 2008 was issued […]

Album of the Day: Causa Sui – Return To Sky

Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It may be in part because it’s so steadfastly instrumental that Danish four-piece Causa Sui‘s output hits with such an evocative effect on the listener. The material, as on Return to Sky, the band’s latest and upwards of ninth full-length, depending on what you count […]

Album of the Day 16 – Lifespan of a Moth

Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It’s now been nearly a decade since Los Angeles sludge metallers 16 — aka -(16)- — were reactivated. In that time, they’ve toured the US and Europe, reissued early material via Relapse Records, which seems to have been the home they were looking for all […]

Album of the Day: Comet Control – Center of the Maze

Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Though it spends much of its time engaged in a garage-in-space push, the prevailing vibe on Comet Control‘s second album, Center of the Maze, is still one of serenity. The Toronto five-piece’s sophomore release follows their 2013 self-titled, and like that debut it arrives via […]

Album of the Day: West, Space & Love – Vol. II

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: A few years ago, in the always-curious and amorphous orbit of Denmark’s Øresund Space Collective there appeared lifesigns from an entity known as West, Space & Love. Further investigation revealed an album of improvised, richly organic space rock, pared down from some of the expansive […]

Album of the Day: Earthless / Harsh Toke – Split

Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Whoever first had the idea to pair up Earthless and Harsh Toke for a split full-length, he or she was correct. Hardly the deepest critical insight I’ve ever had, but there it is. The San Diego longform heavy psychedelic rockers team exceedingly well on the […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch 2016 – Sunday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Here is the fourth and final issue of 2016’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, the Roadburn Festival daily ‘zine! Today features a review of yesterday’s festivities by José Carlos Santos, Andreas Kohl takes a look at the making of the Roadburn sound, along with a 2017 wishlist of bands that staff want to […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch 2016 – Saturday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Here is the third issue of 2016’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, the Roadburn Festival daily ‘zine! Today features a review of yesterday’s festivities by Alex Mysteerie along with features on the Extase venue, new contributor Ben Handelman talks about his excitment of going to his first Roadburn, while seasoned veteran José […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch 2016 – Friday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2016

Here is the second issue of 2016’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, the Roadburn Festival daily ‘zine! Today’s issue features a review of yesterday by Sander van den Driesche a feature on Lee Dorrian‘s Rituals For The Blind Dead, a look at the Side Programme, picks for today’s must-see acts at the second […]