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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 full length from a name that is now so synonymous with heart-rending funeral death doom – you’d think they were one of the genre’s forefathers!

Bell Witch - Four Phantoms
But that’s just a testament to how exquisitely Bell Witch nail this style, and for those so far left unpummeled by their weeping crushing presence, said style is as follows: Glacial, monumental riffing. Devastating walls of distortion give way to melodic slow-motion leads, oozing with regret and loss – the ghostly echo of deathgrowls and the mournful mantra of minimal monk-like singing in the vast cavernous distance.

The drums erupt from a dull heartbeat thud into a light-swallowing wall of crash cymbals. And all of this misery and majesty accomplished with no instruments other than bass and drums. That’s right, there is nary a guitar to be heard on this record, and it still manages to out-heavy even some of the doomiest contenders.

It goes without saying, this is not the record you put on when you’re getting dolled up for a night out. This is something to listen to in the darkness, mustering the courage to confront the darkest recesses of despair! An album to stand proudly despondent next to similarly tormented testaments by the likes of Asunder, Loss, Warning and Pallbearer, and at times even conjuring the same sparse bleak corners as slowcore legends Codeine.

To put it bluntly: Slow, sad and oh so recommended.

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: Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels

Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Certainly the announcement that vocalist Uta Plotkin will leave Witch Mountain following their Fall US tour with Nik Turner’s Hawkwind places Mobile of Angels, the band’s fourth album overall and third with Plotkin fronting, into a different context. If nothing else, it lets lyrics longing […]

Album of the Day: Monarch – Sabbracadaver

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: There are certain sounds and styles of music that can induce nightmares. You experience these sounds that are out of the ordinary, maybe even in conflict with your own psyche, and they can lead to you experiencing terrifying stories in your head while you […]

Album of the Day: Wolvhammer – Clawing Into Black Sun

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Wolvhammer have operated under the mannerisms of black metal, the spirited attitude of punk, and the crushing spectacle of sludge metal. All of these styles blend and twist as a universal entity, neither one being more important than the other. Clawing into Black Sun […]

Album of the Day: The Atlas Moth – The Old Believer

Posted on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Blog Is Heavy: Three years after An Ache for the Distance, Chicago-based post-metal monsters The Atlas Moth return to bestow unto us The Old Believer, a 50-minute marathon across ten massive-sounding tracks. Having reached untold heights with their sophomore album, The Atlas Moth now turn to […]

Album of the Day: Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere

Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: For a band that’s spent the last 15 years gracefully and aggressively testing the limits of the sound that heavy metal makes, Portland’s Agalloch have committed very few errors. From 1999’s primitively produced but ambitiously built Pale Folklore to 2010’s arching and magnetic Marrow of the […]

Album of the Day: Morne – Shadows

Posted on Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Boston quartet Morne has, to date, used its discography like a very public workshop. The band spent the first several years of its existence constructing an elaborate and involved monument of their metallic interests. Their debut, 2009’s Untold Wait, swiveled from lumbering stomp to swooping strings, […]

Album of the Day: Man’s Gin – Rebellion Hymns

Posted on Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from SputnikMusic: Colorado native Erik Wunder proves perfectly capable of expressing himself in various musical settings. Aside from the noisy black metal of the highly esteemed Cobalt albums, Wunder also revels in dark Americana of the highest caliber. The first record he released under the Man’s Gin moniker […]

Album of the day: Portal – Vexovoid

Posted on Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: We’re all too aware of the terrifying acts our species is capable of, but nothing reflects that better than the splendidly grotesque noisescapes of Portal. As the unnerving Australian death metal quartet proves yet again on their latest horror-filled dirge, Vexovoid, there are levels […]

Album of the day: Ash Borer – Ash Borer (CD)

Posted on Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Praise for Ash Borer‘s Self Titled from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Originally released as a super limited cassette on Psychic Violence in 2011, then a little later, on Pesanta Urfolk as a limited LP, and now finally, this killer collection of avant, droned out, post rock flecked, West Coast black […]

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