Posts Tagged ‘Svart records’
Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: You might remember a year or so ago we covered a little EP by a Finnish band called Sammal, who sing in their native tongue and pay homage to some of the great prog and heavy rock bands of the ’70s.
That debut EP collected some early songs of the bands career, and with this latest Svart Records release the entire group collaborated on all new material of sparkling, heavy progressive rock that is sure to thrill any fan of the genre.
Once again, the vocals are front and center, sung in the Finnish dialect, but that doesn’t detract from the overall listening experience as they are soaring and quite melodic, reminding at times of the quality that we’ve gotten used to with many of the great Italian prog singers over the years.
Musically, as with the debut, plenty of blistering guitar and commanding Hammond organ permeate the arrangements, tunes such as ‘Samaan arkeen’ and ‘Stormvarning’ bristling with majestic passages as well as moments of hard rocking fury. Both ‘Järjen ohimarssi’ and ‘Kohtaus yön vyöllä’ are a must for Deep Purple / Uriah Heep fans with their grand keyboard /guitar interplay, while the heavy riffs of ‘Muurahaisen päiväuni’ recall early Black Sabbath but tossed with some sensational vintage prog rock styled keyboards.
Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: Over the past few years, Jess and the Ancient Ones have become a revelation in the world of metal and extreme music. Their haunting occult-based sound is infectious and enrapturing, and their powerful singer has pipes that can put the world to shame. Seeing […]
Posted on Monday, May 4th, 2015
We’re thrilled to bring you a premiere this afternoon for Sammal. The band is about to release their sophomore album Myrskyvaroitus (Storm Warning) on May 15th through Svart Records, and we have the track premiere for ‘Muurahaisen Päiväuni’. Founded in 2004 by guitarist Jura Salmi and vocalist Jan-Erik Kiviniemi, Sammal […]
Svart Records To Launch Costin Chioreanu’s art book Magic As A Golden Mean at Roadburn Festival 2015; At The Gates’ At War With Reality Exhibition
Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Having collaborated with Costin Chioreanu on much of the artwork for Roadburn Festival over the past few years, we are incredibly proud to announce that the launch of his book Magic As A Golden Mean will take place at Roadburn this year as announced at the end of last year. […]
Posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: At 81 years old, alto saxophonist Sonny Simmons has overseen a career that spans decades in forward-thinking jazz. The Dec. 2014 Svart Records release, Nomadic, is nonetheless one of two full-lengths Simmons issued last year, the other being Leaving Knowledge, Wisdom and Brilliance on Improvising Beings. For the four songs of Nomadic, Simmons partners with sitarist Michel […]
Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Metal Bandcamp: Botanist‘s third full length, Doom in Bloom, included a second disc called Allies, featuring collaborations with other musicians. Those songs stood in stark contrast with Otrebor‘s usual one-man, blackened hammered-dulcimer show. One of those songs, ‘Nymphaea Caerulea’, was with an immensely talented woman going by […]
Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Certainly the announcement that vocalist Uta Plotkin will leave Witch Mountain following their Fall US tour with Nik Turner’s Hawkwind places Mobile of Angels, the band’s fourth album overall and third with Plotkin fronting, into a different context. If nothing else, it lets lyrics longing […]
Posted on Saturday, June 28th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: What sets Brooklyn trio The Golden Grass apart from the hundreds of bands the world over who cull the bulk of their influence from the heavy rock of the early ’70s and / or the original psychedelic era is a relentlessly positive mindset. Where the current […]
Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: When I read that this was a release featuring a former member of Reverend Bizarre, one of my favourite doom bands ever, I thought I knew what to expect. Rollicking doom anthems mixing with a sardonic wit and riffs the size of icebergs. I […]
Posted on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: Thergothon. Skepticism. Tyranny. All reasons why the mere description ‘Finnish funeral doom’ had me clamouring to hear this album. Profetus do not disappoint. Their style is utterly, crushingly leaden, yet at the same time delicate and airy, with penetrating church-organ-like synths shining through an endless […]