Posts Tagged ‘relapse records’

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, way back in 2005, since then we’re sure there’s been many more Zombi fans minted who would love to dig into this, especially now that it’s on vinyl too.

Zombi - Anthology

Here’s our original review:

Before the Pittsburgh instrumental post-rock duo Zombi were into John Carpenter soundtracks, they were really REALLY into John Carpenter soundtracks! So this Zombi Anthology proves. Hopefully, you already know these guys from their debut CD on Relapse, Cosmos, that we reviewed (and recommended) as a highlight on one of our lists last year.

We sold a ton of ’em, so when we made the reissue of John Carpenter‘s Escape From New York soundtrack our Record Of The Week a few weeks ago, we stressed that anyone into Zombi should own some Carpenter. Likewise, if you like John Carpenter soundtracks, you should definitely check out Zombi if you haven’t already. On cue, here’s both of Zombi‘s pre-Cosmos releases put together on one CD! First, there’s the eight tracks of their 2002 self-titled disc, originally released by the band in a limited edition of 150 copies. It’s mostly all electronic, with drum machine instead of live drums.

Zombi admit the major Carpenter and Fabio Frizzi soundtrack influence on this one, and it’s so obvious from the stark, quietly menacing droning synthwork and ticking drum machine percussion, oozing with horror film atmosFEAR. Their second release, the Twilight Sentinel EP (200 copies, released in 2003 for a tour with Daughters) developed their sound further towards actual loud “rock” music by adding live drums and bass guitar.

On the four songs of that EP anthologized here, they continue to channel Carpenter and other scary soundtrack masters but get proggier and mathier and more rockin’, coming closer to the space-metal, post-rock version of Goblin you hear on their Cosmos album. There is a hint of ‘80s cheesiness but that’s the idea. Kitschy yet creepy. We love it. And beware of the hidden bonus track (a funky, fusiony synth sizzler “with vocals”, probably a cover of something we don’t know) – which may or may not be on the new vinyl, we didn’t check…

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: 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 […]

Album of the Day: Anatomy of Habit – Ciphers + Axioms

Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: For the noise musician Mark Solotroff, Ciphers + Axioms ends in very familiar territory. For eight minutes, amplifiers and instruments scream the sort of feedback, static, and clipped tones that are endemic both to his caterwauling power-electronics band Bloodyminded and his long-running extreme experimental imprint, Bloodlust! […]

Tombs Brings Sheer Visceral Intensity To Roadburn 2015

Posted on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Brooklyn’s Tombs is one of the finest heavy bands in the world. Their second album, Path of Totality, pushed them into the vanguard of the burgeoning post-black metal scene, and found its way to more than a few 2012 best of the year lists as well. The band made a […]

Black Anvil Hails Death at Roadburn 2015

Posted on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Hailing from the filthy sewers of New York City, Black Anvil have been tearing up the US Black Metal scene since 2008, with their debut Time Insults The Mind and 2010 follow-up Triumvirate turning the band into a ferocious beast, and making them a stable in the Black Metal genre […]

Primitive Man To Ride Straight Into The Depths of Hell at Roadburn Festival 2015

Posted on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Behold! Denver, Colorado’s Primitive Man will unleash a filthy, malignant maelstrom of blood drenched, blackened doom and soul-annihilating, dissonant sluge at the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival on Thursday, April 9 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Thrillingly misanthropic in their approach, Primitive Man’s pure hatred, self loathing […]

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