Posts Tagged ‘The Obelisk’

Album of the Day 16 – Lifespan of a Moth

Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It’s now been nearly a decade since Los Angeles sludge metallers 16 — aka -(16)- — were reactivated. In that time, they’ve toured the US and Europe, reissued early material via Relapse Records, which seems to have been the home they were looking for all along, and put together three studio albums, the latest of which is Lifespan of a Moth.

Led by founding guitarist/vocalist Bobby Ferry and vocalist Cris Jerue with the newcomer rhythm section of bassist Barney Finks and drummer Dion Thurman, they celebrate a quarter century since their start in 2016, and though the road from then to now has been tumultuous, 16 have become a reliable source for disaffected, aggressive sludge chugging.

16 - Lifespan of a moth

Their grooves remain thoroughly pissed off on Lifespan of a Moth‘s eight tracks / 44 minutes, their lyrics delivered in seething growls and rasps, and as with 2012’s Deep Cuts from Dark Clouds and 2009’s return statement, Bridges to Burn, they have an intensity to their approach that bleeds through regardless of tempo, so that the plodding ‘The Morphinist’ and more upbeat ‘Secrets of the Curmudgeon’ both rage with due force.

Probably worth noting that of their total seven full-lengths, they’ve never had one with so few tracks, but as Lifespan of a Moth is by no means their shortest outing, it means the songs themselves have gotten longer and, I think it can be argued, more expressive. There was an undeniable chaos to records like Drop Out (1996) and Blaze of Incompetence (1997) that stands with the best sludge the US in the ’90s had to offer, East Coast or West Coast, Northern or Southern, but 16 seem to have little interest in pretending the last 20 years never happened, and Lifespan of a Moth finds them honing cynical atmospheres through sonic pummel with an efficiency and maturity that a newer band simply couldn’t share.

Continue reading: The Obelisk – Review: 16, Lifespan of a Moth
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Album of the Day: Comet Control – Center of the Maze

Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Though it spends much of its time engaged in a garage-in-space push, the prevailing vibe on Comet Control‘s second album, Center of the Maze, is still one of serenity. The Toronto five-piece’s sophomore release follows their 2013 self-titled, and like that debut it arrives via […]

Album of the Day: West, Space & Love – Vol. II

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: A few years ago, in the always-curious and amorphous orbit of Denmark’s Øresund Space Collective there appeared lifesigns from an entity known as West, Space & Love. Further investigation revealed an album of improvised, richly organic space rock, pared down from some of the expansive […]

Album of the Day: Earthless / Harsh Toke – Split

Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Whoever first had the idea to pair up Earthless and Harsh Toke for a split full-length, he or she was correct. Hardly the deepest critical insight I’ve ever had, but there it is. The San Diego longform heavy psychedelic rockers team exceedingly well on the […]

Album of the day: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – The Night Creeper

Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Looking at the ascendancy of the UK’s Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats (often stylized with a lowercase ‘d’ on the last word) over the last half-decade is like staring into the abyss of our own worst impulses, and it seems unlikely the band would have […]

Album of the Day: Carousel – 2113

Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Don’t let its minimalist cover fool you, Carousel‘s 2113 is brimming with life. The Pittsburgh four-piece’s second offering through Tee Pee Records after a raucous debut two years ago with Jeweler’s Daughter, the nine-song /4 6-minute collection also marks the arrival of guitarist Matt Goldsborough, who doubles in labelmates The […]

Album of the day: High on Fire – Luminiferous

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It is a fun coincidence of timing that High on Fire‘s seventh album, Luminiferous (released by eOne Metal), should arrive — a summer blockbuster in its own right — just one month after George Miller‘s film Mad Max: Fury Road, since the two works would […]

Album of the Day: Weedeater – Goliathan

Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015

Lovinly pinched from The Obelisk: For those who would be inclined to do so, there are really two ways to take on listening to Weedeater at this stage in their career. One can take a record like the 10-track / 34-minute Goliathan, the fifth full-length of their 17-year tenure, first for […]

Album of the Day: Elder – Lore

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There are really two approaches one might take in considering Lore, the third full-length from Massachusetts trio Elder, released in the US by Armageddon Shop and in Europe on Stickman Records. The short way is to say they’ve turned from the deep-toned heavy psych style […]

Album of the Day: Abbot – Between Our Past and Future Lives

Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There is an almost singular groove running through Between Our Past and Future Lives, the BloodRock Records debut full-length from Finnish four-piece Abbot. Not in the sense of songs sounding the same — though tones are at least consistent — but just that the material […]