Posts Tagged ‘relapse records’

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 Thunder, at the very least, interesting.  And garnering interest and expectations is exactly what they have been gathering with a nomination for best new underground band in Metal Hammer’s 2015 awards.

Crooked doors is their sophomore album and they don’t hold back from creating an intriguing long-player, which is complex and layered with many subtleties and styles. The majority of the tracks require proper listening and are slow burners rather than instant catchy hooks and melodies.

Royal Thunder - Crooked Doors

The exception is the excellent ‘Glow’, especially the opening guitar riff, which builds to a supremely climatic ending.But be patient because with repeated listens this will seduce, captivate, and reward, especially with the opener ‘Time machine’, the slow chugging ‘Forget you’, and the staggeringly good ‘Forgive me, Karma’.

‘Wake up’ combines The Afghan Whigs soulful grunge with a sense of cathartic and life changing lyrics from Milny Parsonz. While the beautifully bold ‘One day’, is broad in scope and packed full of emotional weightiness. The addition of second guitarist Josh Coleman to aid founder Josh Weaver has definitely added an extra dimension to their sound with nuanced guitar playing throughout.

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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 […]

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 […]

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