Posts Tagged ‘relapse records’
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 to do. It’s mellow, transcendent, heavy in places, static awesomeness.
Basically it’s the start of a new year and I’m sitting on my couch experiencing an eargasm. The first track ‘Hymn To The Pillory’ starts off with this mellow beauty, simplistic guitar strokes with lofty vocals. Followed by mid-way pounding that really sets you up for the rest of the album.
‘Dig’ kicks in a lot heavier, the lofty vocals continue and are accompanied by some great beats. The fully synthesized lead guitar takes precedence here with the rest being a nice mellow sound in the background. It ramps up fantastically to some gnarly rhythm guitar, it’s so soft though, floating around in a far off place, so hauntingly brilliant.
Next up the shortest track on the album ‘Bent Nail’ rolls in and kicks you in the balls. In true short track fashion it’s a punky poppy heavy rhythmic track that plays out well. The vocals still carry that soft sound we’ve heard so far and the rhythm guitar rolls in the same barrel as it did previously but the speed of the track heightens it to great levels, rolling out in a similarly haunting level as the previous track.
‘Endlessly’ blows me away every time I hear it, something about the intro just pushes me back to the past. There’s something about this track that makes me reminisce, it holds on to what I’d expect from this band, the static rhythm of the guitar carries into the soft vocals again. Overall a more vocal track though with a more mellow feedback that will occasionally strengthen. Possibly one of my favourite tracks on the album, it seems to satisfy my brain so well and falls perfectly into ‘Somersault‘.
An aptly named track it makes me think of falling, in a good way of course. A slow motion jump from a plane at 13,000 feet somersaulting through the sky but falling into Nothing (pun certainly intended). It’s definitely a free fall, following suit with the rest of the album the loft vocals and static riffs drift you into the void before slamming you face down into the ground at the end of the track.
It’s OK though the landing is softened by ‘Get Well’ ironically because any time I’ve attempted a somersault it’s guaranteed to be followed by a get well card. Anyway ‘Get Well’ ups the tempo once more and has a nice Smashing Pumpkins feel to it. It has an extremely angsty sound with more noticeable guitar riffs very noticeable late nineties feel. Melodic at its finest it carries a sadness to it, thinking about the past and lost relationships.
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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 […]
Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Norway’s Obliteration will leave a trail of destruction via their haunting death metal at Mikael Akerfeldt‘s 2014 curated Roadburn event on Friday, April 11th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. “I’m far from a musical traditionalist except when we’re talking about a specific genre: Death metal”, says Mikael Åkerfeldt, “I […]
Posted on Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Sputnikmusic: I have found it. Finally, after many ages of conjecture and search by scholarly and religious figures alike, it has come. The second coming is upon us, but not quite like it was envisioned. It was said to be instantaneous and worldwide; visible and audible, and […]
Posted on Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: When Boise, Idaho duo Pussygutt reinvented themselves as Wolvserpent with the release of 2010′s incredible debut album Blood Seed, it was more than just a mere change of monicker; it reflected their transition from sparse, abstract dronescapes towards a more structured, malevolent sound that […]
Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from ScratchtheSurface Webzine: There are enough female-fronted doom-based bands around anymore that it almost becomes its own subgenre. You could probably name a half-dozen in the blink of an eye. While the gender behind the mic is essentially irrelevant there is something about a beautiful female voice countering […]
Posted on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
North Carolina’s ASG are currently celebrating their highest charting and most critically acclaimed album to date, their breakthrough release Blood Drive, which is their first for Relapse Records and fourth album to date. Blood Drive is a killer sludgy, psychedelic, hard rock, and Southern (stoner) rock hybrid that brings to […]