Posts Tagged ‘The Sleeping Shaman’

Album of the day: Sacri Monti – S/T

Posted on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Sacri Monti are a fuzzy, psychey, trip-out of a band from San Diego, California whose debut eponymous full length has just dropped down on us from Tee Pee Records’ sepia-tinted land of sonic solace. The quintet are comprised of members of Radio Moscow (bassist Anthony Meier) and JOY (drummer Thomas Dibenedetto) alongside synth / organ-player Evan Wenskay and guitarists Brenden Dellar (also on lead vocals) and Dylan Donovan.

Sacri Monti

Any prior insight you may have into these named bands’ collective outputs makes it immediately clear just where the Sacri Monti stall has been set out: in a pile of acid-distorted, noisey riff-rofforama, under a glow as bright as the desert sun. There’s no hint of a cover-up or twisted agenda here, this six-tracker packed full of extended jams and wig-outs is a solid example of good old-fashioned blissful, yet amp-heavy ‘70s Krautrock.

Radio Moscow’s rawness and emotive flower-power guitar-work shines through on the likes of the expansive, organic ‘Slipping From The Day’ and the Hawkwind-by-way-of-Astra-flavoured title track. Much of this record simply washes over you, not feeling like a collection of songs but instead a naturally flowing jam session that swims and slithers almost whole and complete around you, like an unsuspecting shoal passing through a countryside brook in the afternoon haze.

Tracks like the light and dreamy opener ‘Staggered In Lies’ bring closer comparisons to the solidly formed, yet delicate improv flows of Earthless or NAAM, interweaving floating riffs and cackling, yet mature percussion into a pre-planned, yet flexible structure. Adding Dellar’s sporadic and spacey, but earnest vocal lines into the fray brings a sense of purpose and message to Wenskay’s constantly bubbling and dominant organ work and those smouldering, electrical-storm guitar lines.

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Album of the Day: CHRCH – Unanswered Hymns

Posted on Monday, July 27th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: I’m gunna level with you: the modern day sludge / heavy psych / drone / doom / whatever market these days is more crowded than a standard rush-hour in New Delhi, although yes, I’ll admit there are some bands that do come more immediately […]

Album of the Day: Undersmile – Anhedonia

Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Undersmile are one of the UK’s brightest hopes in the doom scene. Having bulldozed everyone with their stunning debut, Narwhal, the band are now unleashing their 70+ minute opus Anhedonia, to an eager public. Anhedonia is proving to be a much more experimental force […]

Album of the Day: Hate & Merda – L’Anno Dell’Odio

Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Hate & Merda are a mysterious Italian duo specialising in an interesting blend of sludge, psychadelia and atmospherics. Their debut album’s title is roughly translated as The Year Of Hate, and its barren depths and bleak, nihilistic soundscapes are the perfect soundtrack to every […]

Album of the Day: Spectral Haze – I.E.V. Transmutated Nebula Remains

Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Ladies and gentlemen we are very definitely floating in space here. From the slow feedback oscillation and filthy bass of instrumental opener ‘I.V.E. I – Circumambulating Mount Meru’ through to the final race to the cosmic finish line at the end of ‘Triads And […]

Album of the Day: Mansion – Uncreation

Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Turku, Finland’s Mansion have been consistently impressing listeners with their highly polished, Kartanoism themed, doom rock since their debut single We Shall Live was released in February 2013. The We Shall Live EP followed in June 2013, and the slightly more upbeat The Mansion […]

Album of the Day: Death Penalty – S/T

Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: He’s blessed us with the classics – Forest Of Equilibrium, The Ethereal Mirror, The Carnival Bizarre, Endtyme – the list goes on; as the main songwriter and penultimate “riff-finder general” for legendary doom outfit Cathedral, the name Gaz Jennings has been synonymous with skull […]

Album of the Day: Yob – Clearing The Path To Ascend

Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: It’s been a long, hard road for Yob, an uphill journey beset with obstacles – the first lineup of the band breaking up, subsequent legal issues around mainman Mike Scheidt’s interrim band Middian and Scheidt’s own struggles with his personal demons – but ever […]

Album of the Day: Fórn – The Departure Of Consciousness

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The Departure of Consciousness is the soundtrack to collapse – the slow, final collapse of a dying relationship, the slow cascade of brick and mortar from a collapsing building or the terrifying claustrophobia of the inward collapse of the human mind, all are evoked […]

Album of the Day: Funerary – Starless Aeon

Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Funerary are still relatively unknown, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t talented. In fact, the underground has always been a place full of exciting talents a lot of people aren’t aware of. Thanks to the Internet, its now easier to discover and explore them. […]

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