Monday, 15 September 2014

Akem Manah - Demons of the Sabbat (Album Review)



Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 08/08/2014
Label: Freak Metal Records

‘Demons of the Sabbat CD/DD track listing:

1). Dark Ritual 01:50
2). Worship in Fire 07:34
3). Reign of Terror 04:25
4). Possession of Nun 08:47
5). Hollow Graves 08:44
6). Unholy Horror 04:%9
7). The Twisted Rites of Satan’s Bride 08:01
8). Nightfall 02:16
9). Demons Rise 09:13

Bio:

Akem Manah is a doom metal band from Oregon that formed in October 2009 by Dead Nedry, Mike Bonnetti, Kyle Simms & Brian Murray. Akem performed a few shows but choose to be more of a studio band. The original line-up reorced the demos "Akem Manah" November 2009 & "The Devil" in January 2010.

Following the recording of "The Devil" demo, Kyle left the band for a job in California. In February lead guitarist Mike left for personal reasons. Robert Ingraham replaced Kyle as bassist in January. The band would soon after the line=up change go in to New Sound studio to record the debut album / followup ep.

On July 9, 2010 the debut album "The Devil Is In All Of You" was released via Cdbaby, Itunes & Amazon.com. Shortly before the release of the debut album, Nedry moved back to his home town Bandon, Oregon. On March 29, 2011 the ep "Horror In The Eyes" was released. It consisted of unused songs recorded during the debut album sessions. It was planned to be the last Akem Manah release.

In November 2011, the band decided to take a shot at making another album new album. In January they entered Emerald City Productions to record the 2nd album called "Night Of The Black Moon". It was released on March 23, 2012.

In April 2012, it was announced that bassist Robert Ingraham and drummer Brian Murray had left the band in order to focus on college and careers. Nedry has opted to keep Akem Manah going. It was also announced in May 2012 that a new album was in the works.

The new album will features former White Zombie drummer Ivan de Prume & former Nile bassist Chris Lollis, along with some guest musicians. The new 3rd full length album "Demons Of The Sabbat" is set for a Summer 2014 release & a 4th full length album is in writing stages for a spring 2015 release

The Band:

Dead Nedry | vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass on tracks 1 & 6
Chriss Lollis (Nile / Lecherous Nocturne) | bass
Ivan de Prume (White Zombie) | drums

featuring
Scott Von Heldt (Kurai / Brian Head Welch) | lead guitar on tracks 3 & 9
Adam Richardson (Ramesses / 11Paraoias) | vocals on track 9 

Review:

I am quite fucking pleased I overlooked the pseudo-clipart artwork and the rather dull lead ‘Worship in Fire’ and stayed the course, as this album gets better and better as it progresses.  From something that nearly forced me to make an Obituary-lite crack to a serious, introspective, sludged-out death/doom record. It grows consistently more and more complex and thick, as if maturing over the course of the recording. After an ambient intro that actually foreshadows the denser tracks found later on the album, I was prepared to turn it off and move on as the almost/not-quite riffing of ‘Worship in Fire’ beat its theme into the ground, and failed to impress with the lead, before mercifully slipping into something more comfortable with ‘Reign in Terror’, the third track from the Oregon-based band's third full-length.

Leading off with an almighty stoned, hair in your face, clouds of smoke riff that blasts you into orbit, the tremulous, fx-soaked guitar of ‘Reign..’ keeps things cosmic as the guttural vocals hold processed inhuman court over the groove. This song immediately leaves the grave and begins to explore the doom side of their equation, crafting a very atmospheric and spacey sound that is still firmly rooted in death and evil and the double-kick. This sound grows to encompass the remaining songs, often combining with breakdown-esque crunch and gruff rasping rhythms to fantastic effect. No need to speed, relentlessly dedicated to the mid-paced stomp, it gets harder and harder not to close your eyes and bang your head through the dulcet sledgehammer tones of ‘Hollow Graves’ and the absolutely complete final titular track. The latter opening with a growling staccato drone, juxtaposed over a frenetic drum solo by session musician and former member of White Zombie Ivan de Prume, before a classic sludge tune bursts forth from your speakers and culminates in the now-mandatory washes of ambient echo and reverb. From track 4 onward, it actually can be difficult to tell when one song ends and another begins. It has an excellent flow and continuity, and it feels like a unit, rather than a collection of songs.

The lineup on this surprisingly rad 9 track disc is rounded out by bassist Chris Lollis (also of Lecherous Nocturne and one-time contributor to the mighty Nile), and the man at the helm, front man and lyricist Dead Nedry. Nedry also produced and did the artwork, though I wonder: do I lose metal cred if I think he went a little heavy on the skulls?

Words by: James Harris

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The Ravenna Arsenal - Beast Manufacturing (Album Review)


Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 11/07/2014
Label: Self-Released

Beast Manufacturing” DD track listing:

1). The Star Spangled Bastard 04:25
2). Sonic Blood 05:00
3). Chariots 04:21
4). Clockstopper 06:07
5). Queen Bee 07:50

Bio:

Not to be confused with The Ravenna Training & Logistics Facility, The Ravenna Arsenal is a seasoned, well-oiled, war machine from the overcast lands of Northeast Ohio. Bold riffs, 21,000 plus acres in size, rumble and whirlwinds of magical frequencies sweep you into another dimension, far away from the objective world.

The Band:

Ken Royer
Aaron Shay
Mike Shea
Bill Govan

Review:

Beginning with a star spangled banner section under a sample into a vaguely Americana section, “The Star Spangled Bastard” sets a nice tone for the tracks to follow. “Sonic Blood” starts with a lurching Queens of the Stone Age style riff. The lead guitar over the first verse has a really cool druggy country vibe. The unexpectedly clean bridge is a nice touch as well with some nice subtle female backing vocals.

The third track “Chariots” starts with the heavy bringing some chugging riffing into some nice breaks. Great use of open space on this track makes the heavier parts that much heavier and breaks the song up nicely. An unusual track in that it gets progressively less heavy and slower tempo as it progressesm, definitely some great song writing.

“Clockstopper” has one of the more interesting opening riffs I've ever heard which sounds vaguely like Adrian Belew playing doom. The heaviest track on the album you can tell by the verse it's crushing live. The riffs when the song opens up at around the 2:20 mark are pretty fantastic with some heavy dirty blues riffing. The acid-fried country solo in the bridge is pretty slick as well. Closing with some guitar freakout duelling lead section reminiscent of Mastodon's oddball track “Bladecatcher”, this is the best track on the album and the one that showcases Ravenna Arsenal's musicality the best.

The closer “Queen Bee” starts with some sultry sexy jazz drumming under some nice 70s lead guitar melodies. The second half of the song when the riffing kicks in is pretty badass and the middle section of the song involves fast subtle riff variations over some frantic vocals. Transitioning into an open section again for a big spacey outro bringing a nice close to the album.

The mix and tones overall are excellent and all instrumentation is clearly audible. The drum kit in particular sounds excellent and allows the intricacies of the playing to really shine. “Beast Manufacturing” is a solid effort that deserves to be heard with a cool blend of art-rock weirdness into groove metal/rock seamlessly blending styles as diverse as country into sludge rock into an amalgam of awesome. Get it below.

Words By: Chris Tedor

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Meshuggah - I (Album Review)


Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 26/9/2014
Label: Nuclear Blast

“I” CD/DD/LP track listing:  

1). I (21:04)
2). Bleed (live) (07:33)
3). Dancers To A Discordant System (live) (09:49)
4). Pitch Black (05:57)

Bio:

Continuing with the momentum of celebrating their 25-year anniversary, Sweden’s extreme metal deviants MESHUGGAH proudly announce the re-issue of 2004’s one song EP, »I« on September 26, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.  Album artwork & concept are courtesy of MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake, who comments on the EP’s mutant resurrection:

“This 21 minute madness that is the song ‘I’ is something we’ve always been extremely proud of!! Originally recorded for Jason Popson/Fractured transmitter record label, this was a “one off” that Nuclear Blast gave us the go ahead for - as we were under contract with them. Our plan was to just quickly write a little nugget of a song to help our friend Jason to kinda kickstart his label. It wasn’t quick however.  We ended up spending a couple months on this thing as it just kept evolving and kind of took on a life of its own. This song is really different as it wasn’t “written” in the normal sense, but recorded without anything more than very open guidelines/ideas as to what kind of style we wanted each part to have. For examples, the initial 1½ minute drumfill is an excerpt of around a 15 minute recording of me just randomly going off on a kick/tom fill. Once we had chosen which part of it to use, we had to chart out the hits on paper and guitarist Fredrik and Marten then basically used sight-reading/avista to get the hits right while recording. And this is how we continued through the whole song/process. We often get the question “When will you guys play ‘I’?” - And though I’m sure it could be done with a lot of listening and hard work - It’s really too unstructured a track. It would take up too much time and effort to make sense.

We’re super stoked now, to have this be re-released under the Nuclear Blast flag. Distribution and access to this little demon of a song was never quite what we had wished back when this was released, so we’re thrilled to see it be brought back to life!!
To further add value to this re-release, we added a couple live tracks and another weird little track ‘Pitch Black’ that some of our fans may have heard but probably not all, as it was only released in a limited number.
Enjoy!”

»I«’s 21-minute title track has been re-mastered and includes two live tracks recorded during the 2012 - 2013 Ophidian Trek World Tour, plus a previously unreleased studio track recorded in July 2003 at MESHUGGAH’s own Fear & Loathing studio in Stockholm, Sweden

The Band:

Jens Kidman | vocals
Marten Hagström | guitar
Fredrik Thordenthal | guitar
Dick Lövgren | bass
Tomas Haake |drums & voice

Review:

Meshuggah’s 2004 I EP is a piece of music unlike any other. In plain terms, it could be seen as the conceptualisation of the album Catch 33 which followed a year later, but really it is much more than that. Reading deeper into its creation you learn that not only is this a continuous piece of music or single ‘song’, but it’s also one of the most complex creations of any band ever.

The idea behind the I EP came from the tour de force that is Tomas Haake and Fredrik Thordendal. Random spasmodic drum patterns recorded by Haake were meticulously studied by Thordendal beat by beat to create matching guitar riffs, which in turn were recorded and vocals layered on top.

Split into many ‘movements’ the pace doesn’t really slow. Only in breakdown sections of ambient spooky guitar parts does the reprieve of polyrhythmic mayhem poise to settle the insanity that is I.

The composition is exactly what fans of Meshuggah are used to. Brutality, complexity, savage low A tonality and ambience amongst pandemonium. It’s impossible for any Meshuggah fan not to love this EP, so much of what inspired future records can be heard for the first time in a condensed form appeasing every want and yearning for that ‘Meshuggah sound’.

Remastering an album of such significance in a bands career is a monumental task.  To bring it up to a modern sound or just improve the clarity of what has already been laid down, which is a hard decision. Do you appease fans of the old, or fans of the new?  What the remastering has achieved is finding that happy medium. One noticeable thing about the original mix is that it felt quite squashed and flat. The overly compressed sound was definitely something that always bothered me as it subtracted hugely from the guitar tones and buried the vocals. I can happily say now that everything is in its right place, with the bass bought up to a level where it gives the guitars all the sonic dimensions I could have hoped for. The ambient background guitars are full of clarity to the point where you can actually make out each stroke and the drums aren’t just clicks.

As for the rest of the EP, the tracks included have been floating around for a while. The live tracks greatly capture the live Meshuggah sound; a good balance to the instruments is welcome as you can tell it was directly recorded from the mixing desk. The bonus recording of ‘Pitch Black’ was originally given away for free from Scion AV awhile after the release of Koloss, and is a solid track akin to the album that preceded it.

In all honesty, how can this get a bad review? Meshuggah fans everywhere are constantly on the edge of their seat waiting for their overlords of chug to put new material out. Talking to a Meshuggah fanboy is like talking to a Tool fanboy, while there’s material they don’t listen to regularly, everything they have done is the best thing you’ve ever heard. It’s like they have control of our brain using some rhythmic morse code embedded into their songs or something. Thanks for reading Y’all!

Words by: Asher G. Alexander

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Prosperina - Harness-Minus (Album Review)


Album Type: Album
Date Released: 03rd November 2014
Label: Maybe Records

Harness-Minus - track listing:

01 Chase To The Throne
02 Cult Leader's Handbook
03 Proles
04 Codes
05 Here Lie The Ruins
06 Ship Of Fools
07 Graveyard Of Ambition
08 Bridges
09 Sleepers
10 Sgwd Henrhyd

Bio

Presenting their inimitable and impressive brand of left-field, cliff-shearing riffage - married to an infectiously melodic and hooky bite -South Wales’ Prosperina released their debut Faith In Sleep to widespread critical acclaim at the tail end of 2012. Variously lauded by the mainstream rock press as “extremely accomplished” – Kerrang! “gorgeous” – Metal Hammer, and “expertly cohesive” – Rocksound, plaudits and comparisons soon ran the gauntlet from Tool to Soundgarden, Pink Floyd to Kyuss, Mastodon to A Perfect Circle and several points in-between.

The rousing choruses and powerful anthemic quality of the band’s widescreen workouts occasionally belie the highly developed musical and rhythmic complexity kicking away just below the surface. Likewise their masterly control of dynamics and pacing further aids the extraction of the pop from the prog and the drone from the doom. It’s an attractive mix.

Members

Gethin Woolcock - Vocals/Guitar
Owen Street - Bass
Yotin Walsh - Drums

Review:

Prosperina released a stunning debut album called Faith To Sleep back in 2012, which was acclaimed for its style of Progressive Stoner/Sludge Metal riffs that saw the band being compared to Kyuss, ISIS and TOOL all in one go. Prosperina music crosses a lot of different boundaries such as Prog Rock, Sludge, Stoner and hints of Post-Metal for one uncompromising slab of heavy riffs.

Prosperina’s new album Harness-Minus is where the band finally comes into their existence. This is a band finally announcing their arrival to the Hard Rock/Metal world as their 2nd album is a powerhouse of heavy noises and riffs with a stirring social message attached. Opening track – Chase To The Throne – shows that Prosperina have lost none of their progressive magic as they expertly play a track that echoes different moods to embrace yourself with. Hints of Progressive Stoner Metal are matched with a more dangerous Sludge Rock vibe running through it’s veins.

Second track – Cult Leader’s Handbook – is possibly one of the albums standout tracks as it’s a loud angry wake-up call to the dis-satisfied people in the world told through pummelling progressive sludgy riffs and a blistering chorus which lead vocalist Gethin who sings with passionate conviction. As with all good musical trio’s, Prosperina make every note count as they impress you with their fast-paced riffs whilst making you feel uncomfortable at the same time. As Prosperina venture into dark territories on the album and this song is a prime example of this though the mood becomes darker as time progresses.

3rd track – Proles – sees the band in a more reflective mood whilst maintaining their dangerous hard-rocking edge as they have written a pounding thumping anthem for the masses. The guitars are HUGE with intense drumming holding the bleak atmospherics together for a punishing onslaught of sludge/stoner riffs for you to chew on. Prosperina turn into bona-fide future Stadium Rock warriors with this track as it's one of the finest tracks they have written.

The first 3 songs from Harness-Minus will show you what is in store for the rest of the album. Powerful and crushing tunes that draw a fine line between Sludge, Stoner, Post-Metal and Prog-Rock. Though Prosperina show their tender caring side on slow-paced tune – Here Lies The Ruins – that contains a more ambient soothing post-rock vibe compared to the harder-hitting earlier tracks. It’s good to see that Prosperina can mix the different sounds and styles of their music to fine dramatic effect.

Harness-Minus is a complex sounding album at times as you can tell that Prosperina don’t stick to one set route with their sound. It’s a progressive mind field at times. They even include ambient-based drone on Ship Of Fools. A two minute song that I would never of expected here but it’s good that Prosperina try many different sounds and still sound so good. Though it’s the heavier based tracks where Prosperina mean business as it gives Harness-Minus a huge sounding atmosphere that is very hard to beat.

We have already seen their Welsh Sludge/Stoner Metal brothers in arms – H A R K and Sigiriya – release critically acclaimed albums of their own and you can now put Prosperina along with them as one of the more exciting Sludge/Stoner Metal bands coming from the Welsh Hard Rock/Metal scene. Prosperina end the album on a bleak note with – Sgwid Henrhyd – that is named after the tallest Waterfall in South Wales.

Yeah I had to do some research for that one but it was worthwhile as it’s considered such a beautiful and important landmark to the people of South Wales. It’s a haunting and powerful tune with a spellbinding voice-over giving the song such an emotional vibe to it. It evokes memories of much-missed UK Sludge/Drone/Doom/Post-Metal collective – Fall of Erfara. As it carries the same emotional weight that legendary band is known for. Prosperina add a one final huge blast of noise to impress you with. It gives the album such a haunting feel that Harness-Minus is an outstanding album that will win Prosperina many plaudits in the months to come. It’s an epic album that is simply unmissable.

Thanks to Prosperina for sending me a promo to review. Harness-Minus will be available to buy on CD/DD from Maybe Records from November 3rd 2014.

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Written by Steve Howe

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L'Ira Del Baccano - Terra 42 (Album Review)


Album Type: Album
Date Released: 15th September 2014
Label: Subsound Records

Terra 42 - track listing:

Phase I – The Infinite Improbability Drive Part 1-2-3 (32:05 min)
Phase II – Sussurri…Nel Bosco di Diana (11:20 min)
Phase III – Volcano x13 (14:34 min)

Bio

The project, originally formed as LOOSIN ’O’ FREQUENCIES (and released a mini CD produced by doom guru Paul Chain) was born from Alessandro ”Drughito” Santori and Roberto Malerba. In 2006 they decided to turn it into an instrumental band and call it L'IRA DEL BACCANO, melting doom influences as Black Sabbath with the 60’, 70’s psychedelia of Pink Floyd and Hawkwind, the heavy-prog vibes of bands like Rush, as well as the performing freedom and attitude of jam bands such as Grateful Dead. The result… long tracks, in constant evolution and movement on every concert.

In summer '08 the band released it's first album – “Si non sedes is…Live”, 56 minutes of live performance in concert. They decided to let the album be available as a free download from their official site and very soon many reviews started to appear on the web. During the following two years they played many gigs in Italy, having the opportunity to share stages with bands like Nebula, Witchcraft, Doomraiser, Vibravoid and La Ira de Dios. In the spring of 2010 the band released a split CD with different version of songs already released on the first album, once again to show their way of conceiving music in "never ending movement". In the fall of 2013 L'IRA DEL BACCANO recorded the second album, no longer on stage as with the first album, but this time in a studio......

Members

Alessandro “Drughito” Santori - guitar/direction and architecture of Baccano
Roberto Malerba - guitar/synth
Sandro “fred” Salvi - drums
Luca Primo - Bass

Review:

Let’s go back in time to 2008 before The Sludgelord even started. I came across a band called L’Ira Del Baccano who had just released their debut album to the world. Si Non Sedes Is Live was a 55-minute live album featuring these cosmic space doomsters in fine free-flowing form that won them a loyal following. It’s an album that has slowly started to attain a cult following within the Stoner/Doom Metal Community over the years. 6 years since its initial release I consider it one of the best live albums currently within the underground scene. It showed the arrival of a great band. I couldn’t wait to hear what album No 2 would sound like.

Time passed as time does and there was still no sign of a new album from L’Ira Del Baccano. I was beginning to wonder if we would ever see a new album from the band, as it had been too long since their celebrated debut album. Then earlier in 2014 there were rumbles of a new album from the L’Ira Del Baccano camp. Really?!! The guys had finally finished recording their new album and it would be released soon. Could this actually be true? I waited with excitement and anticipation. Low and behold L’Ira Del Baccano has released a new album – Terra 42.

Terra 42 is heavily influenced by the works of Douglas Adams so the science fiction factor is a big part of this album. Terra 42 can be classed as one huge musical science fiction lesson and L’Ira Del Baccano drown you with epic psychedelic doomy cosmic riffs that will take you to the far reaches of space. The album is split into 3 phases with oneh of them being the epic 'The Infinite Probability Drive' which lasts for a mind-expanding 32 minutes. The album itself runs for 57 mins and it is a big risk to devote about 60% of the album to one epic song. However, L’Ira Del Baccano pulls this off with ease, as this song will entertain the heck out of you from start to finish.

It’s a sprawling epic that combines Doom, Stoner, Space Rock and elements of trippy Trance based vibes all wrapped up in one delicious and addictive jam-based package. With this being an entirely instrumental album it is still a highly intelligent and exciting album as it contains quite a few ambient-based noises to make you question the world around you. It can be very peaceful and tranquil at times which leaves you in a small state of bliss before unleashing epic sonic blasts of spacey riffs for you to contend with.

I would review the other two tracks but Alessandro told me recently that this album should be experienced as one epic 58-minute track with no breaks in-between. And he’s right. That’s the best way to experience this album as one huge spaced-out trippy journey where these cosmic mavericks act as your guides and pilots to the far reaches of the galaxy. I can see why this album took so long to release and record as it’s a huge sounding record, which you will need to take a few listens to experience the full powerful effect.

L’Ira Del Baccano are a different band to the one that recorded Si Non Sedes Is Live, they have progressed into better musicians as their music is a lot more complex on Terra 42. It’s a sign of a great band that does something different with their music, compared to their previous album and that’s what L’Ira Del Baccano have accomplished here. Terra 42 is a success on every level. The production is flawless throughout and L’Ira Del Baccano sound incredible from start to finish. It’s a very expansive album with the emphasis on volume and Terra 42 packs quite an emotional punch.

Terra 42 is a must have album. You cannot pass this one by. An incredible release. Let’s hope the guys don’t leave it another 6 years for album no 3.

Thanks to L’Ira Del Baccano and Subsound Records for sending me a promo to review. Terra 42 will be available to buy on CD from September 2014 and Vinyls will be shipped out from October 2014 via Subsound Records.

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Written by Steve Howe

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The Proselyte - Our Vessel's In Need EP (Review)

Our Vessel's In Need cover art
Album Type: EP
Date Released: 19th August 2014
Label: Gypsyblood Records

Our Vessel's In Need - track listing:

1.End Regions 03:49
2.Log Computer 03:45
3.Existential Risk 04:34
4.Irish Goodbye 03:48
5.A Stubborn Hem 06:22

Bio

With three full tours, an LP and a 7" all conquered in the last 18 months, this trio show no signs of slowing down. They have material released on Teenage Disco Bloodbath(Ramming Speed, Engineer, Finisher) and Intense Human Victories. They recently completed a five song EP and are currently shopping it around and planning a big fall run.

Members

Alec T. Rodriguez - Vox/Drums
Bradford J. Macomber - Bass/Circuitry
Nicholas G. Wolf - Vox/Guitars

Review:

The Proselyte first came to my attention back in 2011 when they released their superb debut album – Sunshine. A stunning mix of Sludge, Stoner, Doom and Hardcore vibes. It won some minor acclaim within the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal community.

Fast forward 3 years and The Proselyte are back with their new EP – Our Vessel's In Need – and it's a major step-up from their debut album. I was expecting something good but what I experienced was something entirely different. The Proselyte have taken everything that was good from their debut album and turned it on it's head. This is a more lean action packed affair with the emphasis on rhythm and groove.

The Proselyte take the Sludge/Stoner Rock riffs of Red Fang & Sandrider and matched them with the thunderous vibes of early Mastodon with the speed and ferocity of Motorhead. This EP may only last 22 minutes but what it lacks in length it more than makes up with stunning riffs that will have you begging for more.

Opening track – End Regions – has a sublime Progressive Sludge/Stoner Rock vibe running through it's veins whilst a powerful dual vocal attack from Alec and Nicholas gives this song a pissed off psychedelic edge to it. Oh yeah I am digging this a great deal.

The Proselyte change tactics for 2nd track – Log Computer – by going for a more Baroness feel though still sounding so damn fresh and original. The riffs are played at a more frantic pace with hazy psychedelic rock being the main order of business once again. One of the EP's stand-out tracks that exhibits the full dynamic vocal range of the two demented vocalists.

The Proselyte unleash hell on earth for the next song – Existential Risk – and it's great to see that the band add elements of Hardcore to the mix. This is perfect moshpit material as it's packed full of violent energy to unleash your entire body to.

4th track – Irish Goodbye – carries on the earlier songs vibes though with a distinct pop-sludge edge coming to the front though with intense vocals being added for a menacing playful mood. The vocals may sound a bit over-produced here at times but it's still a thrilling experience to listen to.

Last but by no means least is the EP's stand-out track – A Stubborn Hem – a sludge/post-rock/post-metal/drone based hybrid that soon gets under your skin with powerful psychedelic riffs and dream-like Josh Homme inspired vocals. Embrace this song for all it's worth as The Proselyte will leave you in a hypnotic state. A great way to end this excellent EP.

Thanks to Kim at Catharsis PR for sending us a promo to review. Our Vessel's In Need is available to buy on DD/Vinyl from BandCamp now and Vinyl from Gypsyblood Records.

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Written by Steve Howe

Liquido Di Morte - S/T (Album Review)


Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 17/06/14
Label: SSTARS®

“Liquido Di Morte” DD/LP track list:

1). Ozric Pentacles 08:33
2). In Death Of Space / Of Death In Space 10:32
3). 144 18:27

The Band:

F. | guitar
C. | guitar & freakouts
Z. | bass
S. | drums

Nicola Manzan: guitarse on In Death Of Space / Of Death In Space
Tommaso Mantelli aka AMA: toy keyboard on 144
Reverend Johnny Mox: apocalypse speech on 144

Review:

Starting with some ominous weirdness, a slow burning open section, the melodies slowly enter into a nicely woven tapestry of sound. The only vocals present are the sample at about the midway point which captures the feel of the track. The whole of the song feels like it's building to the heavy bridge section with solid rhythm guitar and some tremelo picked verbed out post-black metal lead guitar.

The middle track “In Death of Space / Of Death In Space” starts the intensity right off the bat with some noise, under tremelo picked leads. I like how Liquido Di Morte has integrated a blackmetal/gaze feel into a more psychedelic outing, the layering they incorporate also adds an extra degree of unease and this track begins feeling like a backing soundtrack to an alien invasion. At the 4:30 mark or so, the track opens up into some nice melodies over some nice bass playing and solid drumming. The final two minutes of this track are in my opinion the highlight of the album and channel some heavy classical vibes, with a consciousness expanding guitar noise freakout over a frantic repeating melody figure.

“144” begins with an ambient wash of cascading noise over some jazzy drumming, ending with what sounds like aliens trying to contact us from space. At about the 3:20 mark the drums kick into an ominous slow build, the guitar kicks in with an Earth-esque riff with some cool ambient droning, oscillating in the background. This song has a lot of repetition and layering and all the melodic passages are VERY long and similar to a YOB composition. This repetition helps set a deep atmosphere and this track especially should be listened to in an album context and as a complete work. A very historical sounding sampled vocal, sounds vaguely like the Nihilist’s fake American accent from the Big Lebowski movie and breaks up the middle section of the song a bit. The keyboard weirdness near the end of the track is pretty cool and it almost sounds like someone screaming into a vocoder while spinning all the knobs on board at the same time.

I feel like the artwork here is definitely cool enough to warrant a mention, Liquido Di Morte's artwork has an Illuminati-esque feel with a repeated all-seeing eye motif and some yellow rays that seem to be radiating from an outline of an upside-down pyramid. Anyway, it looks pretty badass and an album this intense should have intense artwork to match. I had this album in the car over the weekend before reviewing it with several others and I found myself listening to it more than the rest. It's a definite grower with many layers and Liquido Di Morte has developed an excellent and unique sound. Check it out below and if you have the time and live in Europe see them live too, because I can tell that these songs will be amazing.

Words by: Chris Tedor

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