Posts Tagged ‘relapse records’
Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: There’s been a bit of positive press lately (promotional stuff, mostly) about Black Anvil‘s cover of Kiss‘s ‘Under the Rose.’ The praise is well deserved: not only is the cover superb, it gives the classic song a slightly harder edge. It’s worth a listen. I think even die-hard Kiss fans will like it.
Fortunately, there’s much more to love about this album than its strong Kiss cover. Take, for instance, the band’s engaging songwriting abilities and their obvious mastery of Blackened Death Metal. The best songs on this album are put together with the kind of bombast and technical proficiency that makes extreme metal so much fun. Just listen to the opening track ‘Still Reborn.’ It opens with a classical guitar section that is both haunting and strong.
Instead of serving as a simple introduction, the kind that gets blown away by the inevitable force of the heavy metal itself, the classical guitar section actually establishes the song’s melody, one that is not forgotten as the song moves forward. Black Anvil, for all their heaviness, understands the grounding power of melody.
Another highlight, ‘Next Level Black’, shows off the band’s ability to construct a longer song. This track, clocking in at just less than twelve minutes, comes together perfectly, each section building on the last. Sometimes long tracks like this just drag things out, as if the band members didn’t know what else to do but keep repeating the same jam, the same groove. Not here. Black Anvil puts things together with obvious skill and proficiency.
Posted on Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: This sophomore release from New York City’s Serpentine Path offers further proof that these guys are absolute masters of doom. As many people know by now, this band is made up of current or former members of bands like Electric Wizard, Unearthly Trance, and […]
Posted on Sunday, June 8th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from MetalSucks: Something about Tombs‘ icy style has previously made it challenging for me to get into, but I think I’m done keeping this band at arm’s length. Admittedly I was quite impressed when I caught the group for the first time way back when, but it was […]
Posted on Friday, April 18th, 2014
Certain performances at this year’s festival had something extra, something not easily defined, that made an indelible impression on us. What were the unexpected highlights of Roadburn 2014? We have compiled a ten-part series to share them with you. Here is part 4. See for yourself why Indian made such […]
Posted on Monday, March 31st, 2014
Last year, we decided to experiment with adding a number of panel discussions and master classes to the festival. Response was positive and we are very pleased to offer a new series during Roadburn 2014. For this year’s Clinics & More program, we have invited several musicians, artists and folks […]
Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Holy hell this is one refreshing album. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a full album in the way I’m enjoying this. I’m still trying to pinpoint some genres to pigeon hole this into but there’s so many that it’s fucking difficult […]
Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Roadburn is pleased to present a brand new track from Philadelphia’s Nothing. Bent Nail is taken from Nothing‘s forthcoming debut album, Guilty of Everything. It’s a perfect representation of the album and the band as a whole; a magnetic blend of captivatingly dark yet beautiful vocals and explosive guitar fuzz. […]
Posted on Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: Smoke rising from chimneys are fires always makes me think of doom. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the slow burning, or perhaps it’s the billowing smoke that can serve to suffocate and destroy, but it’s an image that always makes me think of […]
Posted on Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: It’s cold; almost zero degrees with an icy Western breeze. It’s dark; nearly black, but the pale dawn sun is just beginning to penetrate the horizon and its grey-orange outburst gradually illuminates the low-hanging mist adorning the farmland around me. It’s a Monday and, […]
Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014
Roadburn Festival is pleased to announce the addition of Chicago-based doom warriors, Indian. The band have been purveyors of the finest blackened doom for over a decade, and this month will see the release of their latest opus, From All Purity, via Relapse Records. ‘Directional’, a brand new track taken […]