Posts Tagged ‘Tom McKibbin’

Album of the Day: The Great Sabatini – Dog Years

Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Montreal’s The Great Sabatini are one of the latest additions to the excellent French label Solar Flare Records’ roster, and with label mates ranging from Sofy Major to Pigs, you could probably hazard a guess before hearing them that they’re going to enjoy damaging eardrums. Correct. Hailing from the Great White North, The Great Sabitini deal in hardcore-influenced sludge with a slightly off-kilter sense of humour as evidenced by the demonic muppet yearbook picture that graces the cover of Dog Years, their third album.

This isn’t just another sludge band in the vein of EyeHateGod however – The Great Sabatini are one of those rare bands who throw a bit of personality into their music and that’s what makes Dog Years such an enjoyable and, at times, perplexing listen.


The Great Sabatini - Dog Years

While some sludge and hardcore bands can be a bit too earnest, macabre or even political, you get the sense that The Great Sabatini aren’t taking themselves too seriously, mainly choosing to concern themselves with the tone and sheer heft of their dual baritone guitar, dual vocal assault. Combine this with the rumbling bass and manic drums, opening track ‘The Royal We’ starts off like Floor if they had written a song entirely on the bomb string, before breaking off into a glorious half-time sludge riff.

‘Guest Of Honour’ and ‘Nursing Home’ demonstrates the band’s penchant for breakneck math-punk while ‘Periwinkle War Hammer’ best illustrates Steve Sabatini’s considerable drumming ability, seemingly making the song fall apart whilst simultaneously keeping the band in time with incredible fluidity.

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Album of the Day: Bast – Spectres

Posted on Friday, February 7th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: It’s been a long time coming for Kingston-based black metal / doom band Bast, but this year finally marks the arrival of their long overdue debut album Spectres. Originally formed as a two-piece back in 2008, Bast have been a sporadic but always welcome […]

Album of the day: Stinking Lizaveta – 7th Direction

Posted on Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Cult instrumental power-trio Stinking Lizaveta are back again with 7th Direction, their (surprise, surprise) seventh album, and the band are clearly not short on ideas, sounding more invigorated than ever. Bringing together elements of funk, metal, punk, jazz and blues with the same kind […]

Album of the day: Chelsea Wolfe – Live At Roadburn 2012

Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: When Wovenhand took to the stage at Roadburn 2011 the general consensus was that they brought down one of the heaviest sets of that weekend – they weren’t necessarily the loudest bands to play, but they were the one of the heaviest. You’ve got […]

Album of the day: OM – Advaitic Songs

Posted on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: OM’s discography is a beautiful thing – with each album you can hear the band become more refined, more mature and more imaginative without losing any of their core meditative force. Their 2005 debut, Variations on a Theme, had all the hallmarks of the […]

Album of the day: Sleep – Dopesmoker (Deluxe Reissue)

Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Oh come on. This review really is redundant before it’s even begun isn’t it? I mean, where does one begin when reviewing an album that is the very epitome of a genre of music that the band who created it helped define, an album […]

Album of the day: Mike Scheidt – Stay Awake

Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: In recent years YOB have become one of the most popular bands in the doom metal canon, taking the essence of the genre (ie. massive riffs) and mixing it up with a healthy dose of experimentalism by way of Neurosis. The man at the […]

Album of the day: Bong – Mana-Yood-Sushai

Posted on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Writing about drone in many ways defeats the object, it undermines the genre’s primary purpose which is to send the listener into a trance-like state, devoid of thought. Anyone who knows of Bong know that they are the absolute masters of tripped out, ego-obliterating […]

Album of the day: Jucifer – Nadir (Reissue)

Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Whether or not the liner notes that accompany Nadir are just another case of self-mythologising from the nomadic Jucifer front-woman Gazelle Amber Valentine, they paint a charming picture of a young band, destitute of anything but the pleasure of playing music among the junkies […]

Album of the day: Earth – Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II

Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Let’s start by stating the obvious: Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II is a world away from Earth’s pivotal album Earth 2; we are, after all, experiencing the second-coming of Earth. However this new incarnation shares many similarities with the version of the […]