Wednesday, 20 September 2017

ALBUM PREMIERE: Fuzz Popvli deliver "The Fuzz of The Gods" on debut "Fuzz Dei"


"Fvzz Dei" which in latin means "The Fuzz Of The Gods", is the debut album of the roman fuzz trio Fvzz Popvli. Featuring members of the bands The Wisdoom and Beesus , "Fvzz Dei" will be released via Heavy Psych Sounds on 22nd September  and is a grandstand example of fuzz sounds, an amalgamation of garage rock and powerhouse song writing, catchy hooks and most importantly Queens of the Stone Age-style riffing, you can check out “Fuzz Dei” in full below, this is music for the gods.  You can preorder/buy the album here


Band info: bandcamp

ALBUM REVIEW: Ufomammut - "8"

By: Victor Van Ommen

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 22/09/2017
Label: Supernatural Cat |
 Neurot Recordings


The time signatures will still have you scratching your head and the chugging rhythms are no less heady as they are pummeling. The choice to structure songs rather than to orchestrate them means that the ideas unfold quicker than what we’re used to. A totally different listening experience, sure, but it’s one that offers yet another opportunity to throw some quality, heavy psychedelic doom on the turntable.

“8” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1. Babel
2. Warsheep
3. Zodiac
4. Fatum
5. Prismaze
6. Core
7. Wombdemonium
8. Psyrcle

The Review:

This time out, Ufomammut just let it flow. Where “Eve” and “Oro” focused on a huge sound and concept, the follow up “Ecate” tried to bring things back to something resembling normalcy. It failed, which in the case of “Ecate” was fantastic, because Ufomammut still own that crushing tone they’ve trademarked.

With the release of “8,” Ufomammut have tried once again to bring things back home. This new record focuses on the strength of individual songs. Sure, some of these tracks are produced in such a way that they feed into each other, but this is the first time since about 2010’s “Eve,” that any single song can be plucked from the album’s playlist as a standalone specimen of what Ufomammut is.

So what is Ufomammut? Well, if it’s chaotic, strobe like synths you’re looking for while a thick, aggressive riff bears down at you, look no further than “Core.” If what you’re looking for is a strangely timed, crunchy riff that hints at being catchy, then “Fatum” is a good place to ignite the rockets. “Warsheep” and “Zodiac” provide the rolling march that Ufomammut has gotten so damn good at, so tune into these two cuts if that’s what whets your whistle.

Don’t be fooled, this song-based Ufomammut is not any sort of light version of the band. They’re not phoning it in, they’re displaying a different approach to their brand of heavy, one that they’ve spent years mastering. The time signatures will still have you scratching your head and the chugging rhythms are no less heady as they are pummeling. The choice to structure songs rather than to orchestrate them means that the ideas unfold quicker than what we’re used to. A totally different listening experience, sure, but it’s one that offers yet another opportunity to throw some quality, heavy psychedelic doom on the turntable.

“8” is available here (Europe) & here (USA)


Band info: bandcamp || facebook

ALBUM REVIEW: Geist - "Disrepair"

By: Ernesto Aguilar

Album Type: Full-length
Date Released: 22/09/2017
Label: Vetala Productions |
Wooaaargh


Geist's debut, "Disrepair," sees the quartet alternating effortlessly between genres. Its opening song, "Painkillers," is cut from a strongly crust punk cloth. It is straight up savage from frantic start to grinding finish.  These entries give the listener just the right amount of menace and fury.

"Disrepair" CD//DD//LP track listing

1. Painkillers
2. Dear World…
3. Services Rendered
4. Eyeless Needle
5. Fiction Souls
6. Inkblot Lives

The Review:

Hardcore and metal will always have a kinship, arguably. There are more than a few great crossovers and bands inspired by both styles. In Geist – of the United Kingdom, and not to be mistaken with the German and Israeli groups bearing the same name – you get music that is not afraid to embrace both, and do it impressively.

Geist's debut, "Disrepair," sees the quartet alternating effortlessly between genres. Its opening song, "Painkillers," is cut from a strongly crust punk cloth. It is straight up savage from frantic start to grinding finish. The second and third tracks, "Dear World…" and "Services Rendered" respectively, come at you with a brawny extreme metal undertone. They're tremendous in terms of quality and vocals. These entries as well as the fourth and fifth, the hardcore "Eyeless Needle" and "Friction Souls," give the listener just the right amount of menace and fury. And while Geist foreshadows its sound well on digital, disc and wax, you can almost imagine a sound this large needs to be experienced live.

Geist is most assuredly one of the better young hardcore/punk bands with tinges of metal you may hear this season. Keep your fingers crossed that the band can make it sometime to the States.

"Disrepair" is available here



Band info: bandcamp || facebook

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

ALBUM PREMIERE: Deadsmoke’s new record “Mountain Legacy” comes crashing down like the heavens themselves have cracked


You like your doom loud and vicious?  Then ask no more because today you shall receive it, indeed straight out of the ethereal haze and armed with a tone that could rupture the tectonic plate, Deadsmoke’s new record “Mountain Lagacy” comes crashing down like the heavens themselves have cracked. 

“Mountain Legacy” is set for release via Heavy Psych Sounds on 29th September and is the natural evolution for the band, whilst the album retains their archetypal deep fuzz guitar tone and the snarl of the bass, as a follow up to their 2015  self titled debut, “Mountain Legacy” ups the stakes and takes the listener on  a aural journey their debut only dared touch upon, a perfect juxtaposition of light and shade, this album is ultimately cavernous scale and could literally reduce mountains to dust.   


Taking cues from the likes of Conon, Monolord and the mighty Sleep, stylistic it may be rudimentary metal, but this is bludgeoning stuff and maddeningly effective doomentia, that will infect your mind and rattle your soul.  “Mountain Legacy” is available for preorder/buy here and you can check out the album in full below. 



Band info: bandcamp || facebook

ALBUM REVIEW: With The Dead - "Love From With The Dead"

By: Charlie Butler

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 22/09/2017
Label: Rise Above Records



The opening quartet of tracks here offers up a relentless onslaught of earth-shaking doom. Tim Bagshaw is on fine form, unleashing an endless stream of mammoth riffs and lead guitar that channel the hazy evil of his finest moments in Ramesses.  Lee Dorrian’s half spoken, half roared vocals work well in amongst the carnage and are a breath of fresh air in the modern doom landscape.


“Love From With The Dead” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). Isolation
2). Egyptian Tomb
3). Reincarnation of Yesterday
4). Cocaine Phantoms
5). Watching the Ward Goes By
6). Anemia
7). CV1

The Review:

The future of With The Dead seemed bleak following the sudden dismissal of Mark Greening shortly after the release of their debut. New LP “Love From With The Dead” shows there is plenty of life left within these undead servants of the riff.

It’s noticeable even from the bowel-churning opening notes of “Isolation” that “Love From With The Dead” is a different proposition from the band’s debut. Fortunately there is no change on the punishing heaviness front, but the strange atmosphere of their first album has been supplanted by a more conventional production and sound that befits the development of With The Dead from a studio project to a full live band. 

The opening quartet of tracks here offers up a relentless onslaught of earth-shaking doom. Tim Bagshaw is on fine form, unleashing an endless stream of mammoth riffs and lead guitar that channel the hazy evil of his finest moments in Ramesses, particularly during the epic churn of “Egyptian Tomb”. Lee Dorrian’s half spoken, half roared vocals work well in amongst the carnage and are a breath of fresh air in the modern doom landscape. The new rhythm section of Leo Smee and Alex Thomas do a grand job of laying down an unshakeable foundation of low-end filth. 

With The Dead could probably draw upon an infinite well of sludged-up ragers like “Reincarnation Of Yesterday” and “Anemia” but it’s the deviations from the script that lead to the album’s finest moments. “Watching The Ward Go By” is a haunting and crushing dirge built around a single, desolate chord sequence. It emerges from a fog of eerie faraway sounds as a hushed, funereal hymn with Lee Dorrian’s spoken intonations heightening the dread. Around the mid-point the track erupts into a distorted nightmare that wrings maximum torment from the glorious monotony.

The best is saved for last in the form of the monstrous 17 minute “CV1”. It begins in familiar territory with lumbering riffs acting as a perfect foil to Dorrian’s impassioned rant about the sad decline of his home of Coventry. Around the mid-point the band lock into a minimal droning groove that the band hammer into oblivion. This acts as the backdrop for swirling psychedelic sounds and a rising tide of harsh electronic squall that finds With The Dead moving into a higher dimension of dark, mind-expanding noise.

“Love From With The Dead” could probably do with trimming some of its mammoth sixty minute plus duration to maximise impact but this is a minor complaint. This is a massive offering from With The Dead that demonstrates the band are still a force to be reckoned with in terms of heaviness and hints at a weirder future ahead.  

“Love From With The Dead” is available here



Band info: facebook

Monday, 18 September 2017

ALBUM REVIEW: Myrkur - "Mareridt"

By: Ernesto Aguilar


Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 15/09/2019
Label: Relapse Records


 


Rarely does a recording embody the dynamism of heavy music, while being legitimately artful and musically resplendent, "Mareridt," just happens to be one such album and with it, all your expectations will be exceeded.




"Mareridt" CD//DD//LP track listing


1. Mareridt
2. Måneblôt
3. The Serpent
4. Crown
5. Elleskudt
6. De Tre Piker
7. Funeral (featuring Chelsea Wolfe)
8. Ulvinde
9. Gladiatrix
10. Kætteren
11. Børnehjem

The Review:

What metal fan hasn't had the talk with a friend, partner or acquaintance? You know the talk? It is that moment of judgment. It is at once an inquiry of a sound as it is a question about you are as a person. What attracts you to this howling? Implicitly, because it is less polite, is the query: what in you is broken that prompts you to listen to this?

It is a thematic inquiry too of course. Extreme music's foreboding images and confrontational sound are disquieting for listeners of many other styles of music. Like the ghosts in our stories, the specter of Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center hangs heavy. For every genuinely curious question, there are three value-laden ones, which probe scarring of listeners to such noxious aural assaults.

Without a doubt, plenty of metal is proudly noxious. The music is by its very definition bellicose. So, when a recording appears that embodies the dynamism of heavy music, while being legitimately artful and musically resplendent, it is singular. Such is the case with the return of Myrkur's new release, "Mareridt."

The one-woman project of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Amalie Bruun, Myrkur has specialized in the classic sound of black metal with folkloric as well as orchestral flourishes. Bruum's 2014 debut drew much praise for its virtuosity. "M," the 2015 follow-up, saw assists from members of Mayhem, Arch Enemy and Ndingr and received international awards. Buoyed by a live record last year, interest in Myrkur has only grown since "M."

You will have every high expectation exceeded with "Mareridt," Myrkur's latest. Its title is Danish for "nightmare." It is anything but.

With the title track opening the new record, tinges of folk metal with its waves of ceremony and menace wash over your mind. In addition to being a fantastic start to the many moods you catch across 11 tracks; it is simply an impeccably composed song. Outstanding vocals and exemplary instrumentation make it a great beginning, lolling into crisp guitar work of the fast but understated second wave of black metal. Like some other cuts on the recording, such as "Gladiatrix" and "De Tre Piker," the title track sets a blueprint for a blend of metal snarling and otherworldly singing. Many artists have employed this mode of attack over the years. Myrkur just happens to do it exceedingly well.

Back to the talk. To many people, this style of metal is unexpected. For a mainstream that associates most metal with volume and corpse paint, the variants like this will challenge opinions. Most labels and more observant fans recognize the potential for music like this is break boundaries and attract new audiences. Consider the regard for French act Alcest when it surged to prominence in the mid-2000s with a black metal style that engulfed shoegaze and pop strands at points. Having a sound that is at once bold yet divergent is a blessing and a curse, certainly. By "The Serpent," your internal conversation may be quite active, as you may ponder if there is no limit, in truth. It and the following track, "Crown," are easily the most accessible on the album. Both are appreciable for their artistry. They're also unlikely to be considered metal by American hardcore fans or the mainstream. Regardless these cuts, and several other moments, are sure to make you step back, beyond extreme music, and appreciate their creativity and fearlessness.

Myrkur deserves much praise for presenting a fully imagined release, one that goes from gauzy to portent in the blink of an eye. From the efficaciously strong "Funeral," with singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, or the closer, "Børnehjem," a supernatural first-person tale, Bruun is sure to prompt you, and the friends wanting to have the talk, to think about extreme music in a renewed way.

"Mareridt" is available here




Band info: facebook || bandcamp

Friday, 15 September 2017

FOR THOSE ABOOT TO ROCK: Riffs of Canada introducing Völur (Toronto, Ontario)

By: Mark Tremblay

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 02/06/2017
Label: Prophecy Productions



“Ancestors” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). Breaker of Silence
2). Breaker of Skulls
3). Breaker of Oaths
4). Breaker of Famine

The Review:

Völur are a doom 3 piece from Toronto, Ontario whose approach to doom is stripped down and re-imagined. Gone are the redundancy's of guitar riff worship, and what you are left with is a completely refreshing approach to the sub-genre. Utilizing violin, bass, and drums, Völur capture a primal form of Doom Metal for a modern audience.

“Ancestors” is an emotional journey from front to back. The album is broken into 4 movements; “Breaker of Silence”, “Breaker of Skulls”, “Breaker of Oaths”, and “Breaker of Famine”. The absence of guitar on this record opens up an entire world of tortured violin feedback and noise; filling in a much more textured experience. The addition of chamber vocals also helps the band achieve “heavy” and is what truly separates this band and their record from the rest of the pack. Let “Ancestors” consume you, in what is likely the most refreshing and sophisticated doom records of the year.

“Ancestors” is available here




Band info: bandcamp || facebook