Posts Tagged ‘rise above records’
Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Horisont are yet another shining example of just how good the modern music scene is in Sweden. Presumably Richie Blackmore and KK Downing have being taking over music classes with a countless amount of great bands emerging from the same places that gave us some absolute gems throughout the 80s.
With Time Warriors, Horisont continue to stake their claim that they may be the best new talent (well newish, forming in 2006) from the country with another album of supreme hard rock.
The most noticeable thing this time round is the surprising sense of urgency. Coming in at just under 35 minutes and containing a number of tunes that remorselessly go for the throat, Horisont seem to be out to prove less can be more.
Lead single ‘Writing on the Wall’ was a good choice for album opener with a melodic and powerful blast that can compete in catchiness with the greats of 70s rock. Their knack for writing these memorable and refreshingly genuine songs is what has made them rise above (pun definitely intended) a lot of other bands who seem to simply copy what’s before them with little or no individuality.
Whereas ‘Writing on the Wall’ is in the vein of the bands last two albums, ‘Diamonds in Orbit’ is amongst a few songs on Time Warriors which goes in a more heavy metal direction. This new heaviness suits the band well and fits in with their original template as well as providing the perfect musical backdrop for Axel’s soaring, and let’s face it, magnificent vocals.
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Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013
Firmly rooted in both doom and epic heavy metal, UK’s Age of Taurus majestically voyage down the road also travelled by the likes of Manilla Road and Brocas Helm in their prime. Like their forebearers, Age of Taurus – led by Toby Wright (guitar / vocals) and flanked by Alastair […]
Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013
Hailing from Berlin, Germany, The Oath is one of the most talked about bands in the underground right now, and for good reason: their mind-blowing debut 7″, Night Child / Black Rainbow, puts The Oath at the forefront of the current crop of 70s inspired hard rock bands and earned […]
Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The words “hotly anticipated” do not even come close to summing up how I have been salivating to hear this album. I remember many moons ago, I ran into the right honourable Reverend Riddell outside a gig (Grand Magus and Electric Wizard, I think?) […]
Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2013
‘Goodbye Gemini’, the new video from Canada’s folk / doom prog rockers Blood Ceremony, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s most recent offering, The Eldritch Dark, released on Rise Above Records.
Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Brandish: In case it has escaped your attention there is a bit of psych revival going on at the moment with thousands of bands from all across their world aping their 60s heroes in creating trippy, yet hook-filled soundscapes. A lot of those bands take the easy […]
Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: In some ways, it makes sense to think of the new Church of Misery album, Thy Kingdom Scum (Rise Above / Metal Blade), as a sequel to Houses of the Unholy. Like that 2009 full-length, the title is a pun with a religious theme also […]
Posted on Sunday, June 9th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Angry Metal Guy: So this is the end of the road for Lee Dorrian’s long-running psychedelic doom experiment. Looking back on Cathedral‘s career, they’ve certainly delivered some entertaining and diverse albums while helping make doom cool and interesting again. While I always favored their earlier, less trippy […]
Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Virgin.com: Time to go back down the rabbit hole! Named after a demon, and fronted by the ever intoxicating Rosalie Cunningham (of Ipso Facto fame), Purson have delivered a record overflowing with occult referencing psychedelic rock with a strong 70s feel. At times it feels like listening […]
Posted on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: There is a line in ‘Witchwood’, the opening track on Blood Ceremony’s latest album The Eldritch Dark where singer Alia O’Brien forcefully tells us that “…the old ways remain”, and indeed they do as The Eldritch Dark – Blood Ceremony’s third album – is an album […]