Posts Tagged ‘Tom McKibbin’

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 presence in the London music scene for years, racking up some impressive support slots with the likes of Ufomammut, A Storm of Light and Ramesses, before finally arriving at their current formation in 2011 with the arrival of a bass player.

Bast - Spectres

During this time they recorded a demo titled Branches In Earth, Roots In The Sky, but how widely that circulated is not really very clear so for many people Bast may be a relatively new name, particularly outside of the UK. Back in 2011 after witnessing the band for the first time at the Seven Churches all-dayer in their native Kingston, I wrote “Bast are seriously fucking heavy,” and guess what?

That hasn’t changed. Rather, with Chris Fielding of Foel / Skyhammer Studios legend at the desk and all manner of vintage valve amps at their disposal, Bast have gained a considerable amount of clout and on the strength of these recordings, the first produced at Skyhammer Studios, Bast became the first signees to Jon Davis’ fledgling Black Bow Records, with Burning World Records quickly offering to handle things on the continent.

From the first frenetic moments of barnstorming opener ‘In The Beginning‘ to the almost comically stadium-rock ending of breathtaking closer ‘Outside The Circles Of Time‘ Bast are a true revelation on record, just as they are in a live setting. Spectres could be described as a kind of concept album in as much as lyrical themes recur throughout the four songs (the fifth is an instrumental) while feedback physically links the songs to make the album an immersive experience to be best enjoyed as a whole.

Musically Bast lean more towards Doom than Black Metal, favouring to break up lengthy, slovenly riffs with emotionally charged hammering which is a dynamic that works beautifully well throughout. Likewise, the band use a loud / quiet dynamic on tracks like ‘Denizen‘ and ‘Outside The Circles Of Time‘ which helps emphasise their exploratory and progressive song writing style.

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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 […]

Album of the day: Noothgrush – S/T (Reissue 2011)

Posted on Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: An interesting one, this; independent label Fuck Yoga have gotten their grubby mits on one of Noothgrush’s very first recordings – a self-recorded demo that was only ever released on a handful of cassettes – and are releasing it on limited edition CD and […]

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