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Album of the day: Troubled Horse – Step Inside

Posted on Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Praise for Troubled Horse‘s Step Inside from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: The new, five years in the making Witchcraft album is indeed awesome. But OLD Witchcraft, we still love too of course. So how ’bout some new old Witchcraft, sort of, in the form of the long awaited full-length debut from Troubled Horse, a band whose membership includes 3/4ths of the original Witchcraft lineup?!

Rocking out with catchy riffs and vintage ’70s sounds, these guys are everything we’d hope for from a band with such a pedigree. Comparisons to early Witchcraft are easy, but Troubled Horse get way more bluesy than Witchcraft ever has done, and add some swirling organ to the mix.

The singer’s style can be also more gruff and rough than that of Witchcraft‘s Magnus (though with his Swedish accent there’s certain similarities too). But the basics are the same, Troubled Horse maybe stronger even in their overt Pentagram worship. The Pentagram is palpable here, indeed some of these tracks, like ‘Sleep In Your Head’, ‘Shirleen’ and especially ‘Don’t Lie’ (notable also for its Lovecraftian recitation halfway through) might as well BE new Pentagram songs. They certainly would be if the wizened one, Bobby Liebling, were on the mic.

Other ’70s era influences are evident too, of course, with tracks like ‘All Your Fears’ coming closer to something a bit country-ish that the Rolling Stones woulda done in a sinister mood. Meanwhile, the twin guitar leads and harmonies of the swinging ‘Another Mans Name’ bring to mind very early Wishbone Ash hard rockers like ‘Lady Whiskey.’

And the psych / garage rock side of this (as displayed straight out of the gate on stomping opener ‘Tainted Water‘) should appeal big time to fans of Troubled Horse‘s countrymen Dungen, to cite a more modern (but still retro) comparison. Furthermore, this is definitely for fans of bands like Witchcraft (natch), Horisont, Danava, Graveyard, Gypsyhawk, and Spiders.

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: Angel Witch – As Above, So Below

Posted on Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Injection: Legendary British heavy metallers Angel Witch have risen from the grave (once again) with their first studio album since 1998’s Resurrection. This new album, entitled As Above, So Below, is undeniable proof that a classic NWOBHM sound can survive and even thrive in today’s metal […]

Album of the day: Astra – The Black Chord

Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: San Diego maestros Astra craft expansive suites that hearken back to the original root of mind-expanding, unrestrained and genuinely progressive rock. Rich with hallucinogenic and hypnotic promise, and slathered in layers of vintage, billowing instrumentation, the band’s stunning sophomore album, The Black Chord, expertly […]

Album of the day: Orange Goblin – A Eulogy for the Damned

Posted on Monday, February 6th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Although London institution Orange Goblin has been kicking ass consistently for fifteen years, it is somewhat recently that the band has really perfected the blend of Black Sabbath, Motörhead, and Down – the kind of hard-rocking, thick-grooving, bottle-smashing outlaw stoner metal that’s so easy to overlook […]

Album of the day: Pilgrim – Misery Wizard

Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Lovingly pinched from While music obviously needs bands capable of doing radically new, different things, it also needs bands that refine existing styles and add their own voice. Pilgrim fall into the latter category – they’re not going to spawn an entire new sound, but they are going to […]

Album of the day: Hammers Of Misfortune – 17th Street

Posted on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: 17th Street is the fifth studio album released by visionary, San Francisco, CA-based progressive metal band Hammers of Misfortune. I have to be honest: reducing their genre to “progressive” feels disingenuous. Hammers of Misfortune are Hammers of Misfortune, full stop. They borrow elements from […]

Album of the day: Glorior Belli – The Great Southern Darkness

Posted on Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Praise for Glorior Belli‘s The Great Southern Darkness from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: We’ve mentioned it before, but it seems like few can touch French black metal when it comes to originally and innovation. Whether it’s the gnarled twisted post rock flecked ritualistic blackness of Deathspell Omega, or the industrial drone […]

Album of the day: In Solitude – The World. The Flesh. The Devil.

Posted on Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Praise for In Solitude‘s The World. The Flesh. The Devil. from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Last time we highlighted the 2nd album from Mercyful Fate / King Diamond (and Satan) lovin’ Swedish true metallers, Portrait. Now this week we’ve got another sophomore album from ANOTHER Swedish heavy metal act on […]

Album of the day: Pentagram – Last Rites

Posted on Friday, April 1st, 2011

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: The Pentagram story is as long as the story of heavy metal itself. In 2011, vocalist Bobby Liebling marks 40 years since the inception of the seminal Washington D.C. (it’s the “Doom Capitol” for a reason) outfit, and with the much-anticipated release of Pentagram’s Last […]