Posts Tagged ‘relapse records’

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 along, and put together three studio albums, the latest of which is Lifespan of a Moth.

Led by founding guitarist/vocalist Bobby Ferry and vocalist Cris Jerue with the newcomer rhythm section of bassist Barney Finks and drummer Dion Thurman, they celebrate a quarter century since their start in 2016, and though the road from then to now has been tumultuous, 16 have become a reliable source for disaffected, aggressive sludge chugging.

16 - Lifespan of a moth

Their grooves remain thoroughly pissed off on Lifespan of a Moth‘s eight tracks / 44 minutes, their lyrics delivered in seething growls and rasps, and as with 2012’s Deep Cuts from Dark Clouds and 2009’s return statement, Bridges to Burn, they have an intensity to their approach that bleeds through regardless of tempo, so that the plodding ‘The Morphinist’ and more upbeat ‘Secrets of the Curmudgeon’ both rage with due force.

Probably worth noting that of their total seven full-lengths, they’ve never had one with so few tracks, but as Lifespan of a Moth is by no means their shortest outing, it means the songs themselves have gotten longer and, I think it can be argued, more expressive. There was an undeniable chaos to records like Drop Out (1996) and Blaze of Incompetence (1997) that stands with the best sludge the US in the ’90s had to offer, East Coast or West Coast, Northern or Southern, but 16 seem to have little interest in pretending the last 20 years never happened, and Lifespan of a Moth finds them honing cynical atmospheres through sonic pummel with an efficiency and maturity that a newer band simply couldn’t share.

Continue reading: The Obelisk – Review: 16, Lifespan of a Moth
(Courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk)

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Album of the Day: Ecstatic Vision – Sonic Praise

Posted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Ecstatic Vision want to get you high. On the band’s five-song and very fun debut LP, Sonic Praise, the three Philadelphia bros holler about an “astral plane where our herb will suffice,” urge their audience to forego homes and bosses for a trip “through the astral […]

Album of the Day: Goblin Rebirth – Goblin Rebirth

Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Ravenous Monster Horror Webzine: It’s pretty much impossible to imagine Italian horror cinema without also thinking of Goblin. Their eerie cinematic soundscapes provided the soundtrack to sudden bloody death and the arrival of demonic evil. I would argue that their soundtrack to Suspiria is not only the […]

Album of the Day: Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors

Posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Often bands are formed for a shared love of similar tastes of music. Not only born out of eclectic tastes, Royal Thunder have absorbed these influences into their music to produce an unusual hybrid of Progressive Rock, Classic Rock, Indie, Goth and Grunge. This makes Royal […]

Album of the Day: Zombi – Anthology

Posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Praise for Zombi‘s Anthology from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Thanks Relapse, you’ve been doin’ some great reissue work lately, this is one of several old faves we’re listing this week that you’ve brought back (see also Bedemon and Pan-Thy-Monium). We originally listed this on CD only, which was super limited, […]

Album of the Day: Pan-Thy-Monium – Khaooohs & Kon-Fus-Ion

Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Praise for Pan-Thy-Monium‘s Khaooohs & Kon-Fus-Ion from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: What in the name of Raagoonshinnaah? Relapse has reissued this old eccentric AQ-fave on vinyl! It’s a “Zornified” slab of surreal death metal from the twisted genius mind of Dan Swano (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Karaboudjan, Witherscape, etc., etc.), […]

Album of the Day: Bedemon – Child Of Darkness

Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Praise for Bedemon‘s Child of Darkness from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: This was originally released as a European import on Black Widow, then there was a domestic CD, but that was almost ten years ago and has been long out of print, so Relapse just did ’70s proto-metal / garage […]

Album of the Day: Tau Cross – Tau Cross

Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Treblezine: Three-quarters of international metal super team Tau Cross come from a hardcore / crust punk background. Guitarists Jon Misery and Andy Lefton put in work in gnarled Minneapolis crust purveyors Misery and War/Plague, respectively. And the band’s bassist and vocalist Rob “The Baron” Miller is the […]

Album of the Day: Torche – Restarter

Posted on Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: While the title immediately evokes connotations for the band itself, the fact remains that Torche‘s Restarter could just as easily refer to an interpersonal relationship or someone who decides to go back and beat Super Mario 3 again. The lyrics for the song itself, which closes out Torche‘s 10-track / 39-minute Relapse […]

Album of the Day: Lord Dying – Poisoned Altars

Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Lovingly pincehd from The Obelisk: Portland, Oregon’s Lord Dying deliver an efficient sludge-thrash beatdown on their second album for Relapse, Poisoned Altars. The follow-up to their 2013 debut, the Sanford Parker-recorded Summon the Faithless, the eight-track / 34-minute Poisoned Altars was recorded by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust and arrives as the answer to anyone’s question as to […]