Posts Tagged ‘The Sleeping Shaman’

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 negative emotion you can feel but in a totally cathartic sense.

‘Ascoltare Con Dolore / Carne Gotica’ gets things underway with a whining barrier of feedback and builds gradually with big, doomy chords and splashes of cymbals. It moves into a threatening, foreboding chord progression that showcases their killer sludge guitar tone nicely. The main riff is towering, dragging itself along before breaking up into a chugging, HOWL-esque form that is overlaid by some truly tortured screams.

Hate and Merda
There’s some heavy palm muting, and it’s immediately clear that one of Hate & Merda‘s strengths is their ability to subtly vary riffs and themes within the space of a track whilst maintaining a central, core tone.

Second track ‘Pioggia Di Cicatrici E Sogni Negate’s’ distant opening riff becomes a fluid, stomping beast that’s underpinned and spurred on by pounding drums. One of the major criticisms that could be levelled at this record is that the drum production is a little too brittle, and lacks a truly bassy, dominating presence. The furious tempo drags us into weighty, palm muted chords and a slower, sludgier section with a reappearance of the manic, maddened vocals.

‘Pietàcomes’ in with a jangly riff that passes through rolling, thundering drums into a section with such deep groove it would be impossible to resist headbanging along. It also showcases some of the bands more delicate leanings, with some vulnerable guitar work and a spoken-word sample, raising its head before being sucked back into the darkness by the intensity of the drums, only to break free again to close out with motes of ethereal shimmer.

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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. […]

Album of the Day: Lonely Kamel – Shit City

Posted on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: It’s still unusual to find that one of Europe’s strongest exports of desert rock, especially with a name like Lonely Kamel, hails from the frost-bitten lands of Norway, culturally famed for its black metal output. Yet on the brink of releasing their fourth studio […]

Album of the Day: Pallbearer – Foundations Of Burden

Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Pallbearer’s Sorrow and Extinction emerged as the sleeper (metal) album of 2012, eventually finding itself at the top of many end of year best lists and burned into the minds of listeners new to the scene; unfortunately, the signature strengths that define the core […]

Album of the Day: The Heads – Everyone Knows That We Got Nowhere

Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: I shit you not, you goggle-eyed loons, but Bristol’s legendary (yet strangely unsung) psych-heroes The Heads are possibly the definitive uber-cult stoner-psych band of the late 20th/ early 21st century. I have a hunch that possibly the majority of people reading this review have […]

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