Thursday, 16 August 2018

SATAN'S DOZEN: 13 Unearthly Hymns Unearthed #10 (May/June 2018)

Compiled by: Andrei Moose
Artwork by: Josh Mashesh



SATAN’S DOZEN is THE SLUDGELORD’s attempt to present the very best music the underground scene has to offer. Each and every month our member of the Russian chapter Andrei Moose painstakingly sifts through the best new releases on bandcamp and chooses 13 of the best and bundles them together into the mightiest riff sandwich.

Whilst all the albums we have included below are top tier stuff, we have compiled them into a chart on a sliding scale of 13-1. So we hope you dig our selections from May/Junl 2018 and enjoy 13 Unearthly Hymns Unearthed.    These bands need more exposure, so go “like” “share” and “follow” their pages, but most of all enjoy some of the best music the underground has to offer.  THE SLUDGELORD most sincerely approves.   Now, prepare for your speakers to be destroyed.


13.  Dying Hydra, “Dying Hydra” (Copenhagen, Denmark) Released May 30, 2018  

Atmospheric / Sludge / Metal
 
12. Meteor Vortex , “Absorb / Implode” (Kouvola, Finland) Released May 30, 2018 

Instrumental / Psychedelic / Stoner / Rock
 
11. Grin, “Revenant” (Berlin, Germany) Released April 27, 2018 

Psychedelic / Stoner / Doom / Metal / Sludge

 

10). Wytchgoat, “Kult Of The Wytch Goat” (Virginia) Released March 4, 2018 

Psychedelic / Stoner / Doom
 
9. Bridge Burner, “Null Apostle” (Auckland, New Zealand) Released May 31, 2018  

Blackened Hardcore / Grindcore / Death / Metal
 
8. Electric Monolith, “Ressurect the Dead” (Barcelona, Spain) Released May 4, 2018 

Heavypsych / Stoner / Rock
 


7. Saturno Grooves, “Solar Hawk” (Durango, Mexico) Released May 21, 2018  

Instrumental / Desert / Stoner / Rock
 
6. Kint, “Stoned.Immaculate” (Italy) Released June 1, 2018 

Noise-Rock / Post-Punk
    
5. Alien Mustangs, “Alienation” (Thessaloniki, Greece) Released May 15, 2018 

Psychedelic / Acid / Garage / Fuzz / Stoner / Rock
 
4. Thunder Horse, “Thunder Horse” (San Antonio, Texas) Released June 1, 2018 

Stoner - Metal
    
3. Mystic Sons, “Mystic Sons” (Switzerland) Released June 1, 2018 

Heavypsych / Stoner - Rock

 
2. Hidden Haze, “Worms to Feed” (Warsaw, Poland) Released June 6, 2018 

Psychedelic / Stoner / Doom / Metal
 
1. Kaiser, “1st Sound” (Helsinki, Finland) Released May 26, 2018 

Desert - Rock / Stoner - Rock
 

Band info: Dying Hydra || Meteor Vortex || GRIN || Bridge Burner || Electric Monolith || Saturno Grooves || Kint || Alien  Mustangs || Thunder Horse || Mystic Sons || Hidden Haze || Kaiser

TRACK PREMIERE: The Necromancers, "Secular Lord"


Having been previously unfamiliar with French occult doom quartet The Necromancers , it came as somewhat of surprise that the band are set to release their second full length, a mere 12 months after their debut.  No small feat by today’s standards. 

Back in the day, when Sabbath was known to few, but on the cusp of greatness, legendary acts such as Sabbath, would bang out an album a year, tour it, get back in the studio and 12 months later, another record would be released.  To be able do this with regularity it one thing, but to consistently produce strong material is perhaps the exception to the rule.  What am I trying to say then?  Well for one The Necromancers are clearly dedicated hard working band, but perhaps more significantly, having reviewed their previous album, they’re able to produce consistently kick ass albums and when we got the call to premiere a track, I couldn’t have been more stoked.

Although this French quartet's second album still features the lumbering doom and cultish heavy rock they are known for, it is clear on new album “Of Blood And Wine” they appear to have dug deeper within themselves as song writing and in turn they have produced a record of great depth and quality.  So without further ado check out the track “Secular Lord” below as well as small quote from the band about the track.  Recorded at Nomad Studio, “Of Blood And Wine” must be like the 100th record Ripple Music will have released this year, but all kidding aside, the record will available via this distinguished label on October 5th 2018 on all formats. 

“Secular Lord” talks about Vlad 'The Empalor' Tepes. He is the historical character who inspired Bram Stoker for Dracula. We chose to talk about the legend and the myth here. We think it’s another song exploration for us, having that kind of voices and guitars sounds. Feels great for a first single!


Band info: facebook

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

ALBUM REVIEW: KEN mode, "Loved"

By: Charlie Butler

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 31/08/2018
Label: Season of Mist |
New Damage Records



Few records will match the sheer rage and intensity of “Loved” this year. Almost 20 years into their existence, KEN mode have released their finest work that sets the bar for riff-heavy noise rock in 2018.


“Loved” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1. Doesn't Feel Pain Like He Should
2. The Illusion Of Dignity
3. Feathers & Lips
4. Learning To Be Too Cold
5. Not Soulmates
6. Very Small Men
7. This Is A Love Test
8. Fractures In Adults
9. No Gentle Art


The Review:

Winnipeg trio KEN mode make a welcome return with new LP “Loved”. It is by far the nastiest entry in their impressive body of work and all the better for it.

The album screams into life with “Doesn’t Feel Pain Like He Should”, a feral burst of sludged up noise rock that sounds like Unsane plugged into the mains. KEN mode have always dealt in a potent blend of churning low-end rumble, razor wire guitar lines and frantic vocals but they have never sounded as livid and visceral as they do on “Loved”. “The Illusion Of Dignity” continues the carnage, this time raising the intensity levels with furious squalls of saxophone at the track’s climax. Somehow the band manage to maintain this frightening level of ferocity through “Not Soulmates” and “Very Small Men” while introducing some touches of Botch style math rock into the fray.

This Is A Love Test” provides some welcome respite with passages of quiet restrained menace bolstered by more saxophone, this time providing unsettling melody. These periods of calm only serve to emphasise the abrasive attack when the band kick back into high gear.

After eight tracks of seething rage, KEN mode somehow manage to save their hardest hitting track for last. “No Gentle Art” is a masterclass in slow-burn build and release dynamics, rising from a barely audible bass pulse and muttered threats into an utterly devastating one chord onslaught riddled with screams, feedback and wild saxophone noise. The music is the perfect match for Jesse Matthewson’s repeated howls of “STOP GIVING ME HOPE”, the sound of all dreams being ground into dust.    

Few records will match the sheer rage and intensity of “Loved” this year. Almost 20 years into their existence, KEN mode have released their finest work that sets the bar for riff-heavy noise rock in 2018.

“Loved” is available to preorder/buy here & here



Band info: bandcamp || facebook

Monday, 13 August 2018

ALBUM REVIEW: Evil Triplet, "Have A Nice Trip"

By: Victor Van Ommen

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 20/07/2018
Label: Super Secret Records



Is messy riffing intertwined with harmonics, synthesizer swirls and keys your thing? If so, hop on the Evil Triplet space ship and don’t look back.

“Have a Nice Trip” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). Space Kitten
2). A Day Like Any Other
3). Aren’t You Experienced?
4). Open Heart
5). Pyramid Eye
6). Apparition

The Review:

Messy riffing intertwined with harmonics, synthesizer swirls and keys? Is that your bag? Then by all means, what the hell are you waiting for? Go grab Evil Triplet’s new album, “Have A Nice Trip”. It’s great!

At first glance, Evil Triplet may sound like your every day psych-rock band. But give this album – and their last one, too – a few spins and you’ll experience the magic coming to the surface. There are melodic subtleties that have me going, did I really just hear that? Then there’s some discordant, angular riffing makes me wonder how someone lands on such an idea. Not only that, but how does one convince the rest of the band to go along? But then again, if you take into account how wet the vocals sound, I guess anything’s possible.

The album’s highlight is definitely “Open Heart.” It’s as close as the band gets to a song with a pop structure. A solid verse leads into a great chorus, and it’s all driven by those messy riffs, synthesizer swirls and keys. “Aren’t You Experienced” is a sprawling cut that lets loose of a lot of song structure but is no less catchy. The song’s lyrics tell a drug-themed tale by way of extra long verses and a concise chorus.

Then there’s the album’s closer, “Apparition.” Depending on the mood of the listener, this song is either a space-ballad or a road rager. As a song, Evil Triplet manage to capture both vibes in one, so the choice is that of the listener’s as to what they want to hear. How trippy is that? And it’s weird stuff like this that adds to the band’s magic.

So again, I ask you – is messy riffing intertwined with harmonics, synthesizer swirls and keys your thing? If so, hop on the Evil Triplet space ship and don’t look back.

“Have a Nice Trip” is available here



Band info: bandcamp || facebook

Friday, 10 August 2018

ALBUM PREMIERE: Let your speakers die with The Voyager by Clover



Kingston, New York's hardcore/sludge/post metal trio Clover are set to return with a brand new album The Voyager on 11/08/2018. Following the release of their sophomore album Exile in 2016, the bands blend off a heavy, offers a distinctive punch, weight and flow that blurs genre lines. Vocalist/bassist Andrew Guthaus' delivery is distinctive enough to permeate the no frills production and on the whole The Voyager is a definite progress and their strongest release to date. 

The Voyager will be released on 11/08/18 on CD and digital download.  You can preorder the album now at https://thebandisclover.bandcamp.com and there will be a record release show on 11/08 at the Anchor in their hometown of Kingston, NY. More info available  about that is available on on the Clover facebook page http://www.facebook.com/cloverbandIn the meantime you can check our The Voyager in full below and let you speakers die!!

Band info: official || facebook || bandcamp

Thursday, 9 August 2018

VIDEO PREMIERE: La Chinga, "Wings of Fire"



La Chinga’s classic-rocking, sophomore record “Freewhelin,’” harkened back to the days of yore when a band would roll into town and bring a party with them. Forged in 2012, La Chinga’s style of retro-rock serves up that saucy 70s vibe, with an Aerosmith swagger, Van Halen style riffing and that all important bad ass guitar solo. At the end of the day, each song is a party and luckily today y’all are invited for the ride as we debut their brand new video “Wings of Fire” lifted from their forthcoming album “Beyond The Sky” set for release via Small Stone Records on 07/09/2018 (available here).  Check out the video below and what director of the video R.D. Cane had to say about it.

La.Chinga….When they asked me to shoot a video I had to really think about how to pay all due respect to their guitar heavy forefathers and still visually knock the socks off of a whole new generation of young rockers. We knew we wanted to make it colourful and exciting but simple enough to not get in the way.  “Wings of Fire” just rocks.  La Chinga know their thing and they do it so well.  Thanks La Chinga, this was a blast to shoot and hanging out was very cool, I really can’t wait to do more…


Band info: Facebook || Bandcamp

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

REVIEW: Organ Dealer/ Nerve Grind/ Invertebrate, Split (EP)

By: Mark Ambrose

Album Type: EP
Date Released: 01/07/2018
Label: Night Animal Records



Organ Dealer/ Nerve Grind/ Invertebrate Split EP” DD//7” track listing

1. Organ Dealer,”Feed”
2. Organ Dealer, “Burn”
3. Organ Dealer, “Remnants”
4. Organ Dealer, “Totality”
5. Organ Dealer, “Contour”
6. Organ Dealer, “Silence”
7. Never Grind, “Bow to Nothingness”
8. Never Grind, Existential Significance
9. Never Grind, Worthless Failure
10. Invertebrate, “Mindgout”
11. Invertebrate, “Fuckface”
12. Invertebrate, “Good for Nothing”
13. Invertebrate, “Choke”
14. Invertebrate, “The Reckoning”
15. Invertebrate, “Chump”

The Review:
               
It’s a god damned golden age of grind.  Even the overlooked gems are getting second lives in the form of reissues (who the hell would expect beautiful, expansive Spazz discographies in multiple formats NOW?), reunions, international festivals, and bona fide geniuses putting out fresh releases constantly.  The deluge of content is overwhelming, but the appreciation for the true forebears quickly wipes out posers and tryhards.  Plus, there’s a certain punky self-effacing attitude that is undeniable about grind – this shit is on the fringes, and not in some right wing edgelord way.  It’s crass, it’s brutal, it’s sometimes silly, but for those who love it, there are few ways better than spending fifteen minutes (or often less) than smashing your way through a grind split.  The best of them have the minute shifts in style and tone that make the genre far more diverse than its harshest critics would have you believe.  And if it’s just a mediocre effort – hell who doesn’t have fifteen minutes to spare?  Thankfully, the three-way collaboration from Organ Dealer, Nerve Grind, and Invertebrate, heralded as an East Coast/West Coast “meeting of the grinds”, is definitely the former: an all-star smashup that offers entry for genre newbies and no holds barred true grind annihilation for the most seasoned veterans.
               
Organ Dealer may be my favorite underground grind band of the moment.  Maybe it’s the hometown pride, maybe it’s the sheer volume of output, but there’s also genuine craft to what they’re releasing – a sometimes mathy, sometimes hardcore balance that makes them stand out on every release.  I’m a fan of the dual vocal style as they employ it here, with guitarist Tom Maher offering guttural backup to Scot Moriarty’s higher register hardcore bark; it’s not necessarily melodic, but there’s a dynamic force and musicality to the way Moriarty spits out (on “Burn”), “You cannot gaze at me! Without me life is naught!” 
The balance of Trevor Gramm’s clear, pristine basswork; the dual guitar riffing of Jeff Knoblauch & Maher; and Eric Schnee’s mind warping drumming start the EP with the breakneck “Feed” and the brutality never relents. 

“Totality” is the most distinctly “mathcore” sounding cut, with Schnee ascending into jazz-metal bodhisattva mode.  When they back off from blast beat pummeling, like on personal fave “Contour”, Organ Dealer slides into a sneering punk swing that just hits me in the perfect way – I wanted to start my own circle pit on mass transit but had to settle for upsetting my seatmate on the bus with excessive headbanging.  “Silence” is a grim standout for me – it’s not “classic” grind, but it’s nasty and heavy, and the perfect bookend to the six stellar tracks Organ Dealer lay down.
               
Nerve Grind go straight for the lizard brain, offering ignorant as fuck deathy grind that doesn’t even crack the two minute mark.  I didn’t have a lyric sheet for this one, but with titles like “Bow to Nothingness”, “Existential Significance”, and “Worthless Failure”, I assume guitarist/vocalist Jeff is bellowing out some truly soul-crushing madness – the perfect match for the downtuned murky progressions.  The drumming by Douglas is that relentless old school blast beat madness that only requires a simple kit but genuine chops that would make black metal Frost wannabes cry into their plastic mead horns.  It’s brutal and short and solid grind.
               
Invertebrate highlight that weird playful grind attitude I really love.  Using key samples and excellent timing, they often made me laugh out loud before launching into misanthropic sludge-inflected grind.  Lyrics like “fucking disgrace / emotions erase / good for nothing / pile of shit” highlight the mantra (if there is one) of this band’s 7 tracks: fuck you AND fuck me, too.  Another power trio, they have a solid vocal interplay by all three members, with one offering a somewhat adenoidal bark that was weirdly satisfying and unique amid the deathy growls and hardcore shouts.  The majority of the tracks are breakneck classic grind, with satisfying forays into sludgy, groove-inflected riffing.  I’d be really interested in seeing them break out more in a full-length, even if it’s just 15 minutes long, too.
               
Overall, this untitled split doesn’t reinvent or redefine anything about grind, but with so many lauded, heavy bands eschewing just what endeared them to metal audiences (the “black” in the “blackgaze” crop, the “metal” in the prog metal glut), Organ Dealer, Nerve Grind and Invertebrate stick to brutal basics and seem all the more remarkable because of the lack of gimmicky bullshit.  When they throw in some unexpected grooves, ease back into a slower tempo, or pepper in some funny sampling, they serve as essential reminders that heavy bands can be innovative and exciting without hopping on the latest bandwagon or hitching themselves to the fads that crest and crash every few years in American metal circles.  These guys are lifers – the fact that they’re excellent musicians is just that much more exciting for anyone who’s been paying attention to the underground.


Organ Dealer/ Nerve Grind/ Invertebrate Split EP” is available here



ALBUM REVIEW: Yawning Man, ‘The Revolt Against Tired Noises’

By: Andrew Field

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 06/07/2018
Label: Heavy Psych Sounds



Yawning Man have upped their game. They’ve always been life affirming, but now they’re just plain vital. ‘The Revolt Against Tired Noises’ is nothing short of sheer sonic perfection.


 ‘The Revolt Against Tired Noises’ CD//DD//LP track listing:

1. Black Kite
2. Revolt Against Tired Noises
3. Skyline Pressure
4. Grant’s Heart
5. Violent Lights
6. Catamaran
7. Misfortune Cookies
8. Ghost Beach

The Review:

It’s been a long, strange and beautiful ride for Yawning Man. From their infamous generator parties in the Californian deserts in the late 1980s to their stunning 2016 third album ‘Historical Graffiti’, guitarist Gary Arce and bassist Mario Lalli have built their musical legacy at a snail’s pace and with scant regard for commercial considerations. Their lush, trippy, widescreen instrumental compositions have thrilled those in the know, with live shows becoming borderline religious experiences. ‘The Revolt Against Tired Noises’ is easily and by some stretch the best Yawning Man album to date.

Opening cut ‘Black Kite’ is the finest piece of music they’ve put their name to. Indeed, it might just be the most perfect five minutes of rock you’ll wrap your ears around in 2018. Ambient, achingly melancholy, it tingles and shines and soars and sounds like heaven. There are several other equally breath-taking Yawning Man classics here, but the big curve ball and shock news for hardcore fans is that two songs feature Mario Lalli on vocals. And wonderful they are too: ‘Grant’s Heart’ benefits from his wondrous syrupy crooning, adding a whole new emotional layer over the sumptuous lead guitar lines underneath. The second sung song sees Yawning Man finally commit ‘Catamaran’ to vinyl: their own composition, but one made famous by Kyuss on the stoner kings 1995 album ‘The Circus Leaves Town’.

Yawning Man have upped their game. They’ve always been life affirming, but now they’re just plain vital. ‘The Revolt Against Tired Noises’ is nothing short of sheer sonic perfection.


‘The Revolt Against Tired Noises’ is available here



Band info: bandcamp || facebook

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

ALBUM REVIEW: 1968, "Ballads of the Godless"

By: Dominic Walsh

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 07/07/2018
Label: Independent





There is always demand for heritage and that retro rock and roll sound and 1968 are more than capable purveyors.


“Ballads of the Godless” DD//LP track listing:

1). Devilswine
2). Screaming Sun
3). Temple of the Acidwolf
4). S.J.D.
5). Chemtrail Blues
6). McQueen
7). The Hunted
8). Mother of God

The Review:

Formed in 2013 out of a chance meeting between Sam (Orr, guitars) and James (Coppack, vocals) 1968 was created out of their love for many legendary albums created in the year that signalled the beginning of a darker, heavier movement in music and popular culture; a period in time characterized by an evolving socio-political environment, the end of the colourful ‘Summer of Love’ era and the dawn of a more cynical cultural landscape defined by the Manson murders and the Altamont tragedy.

1968’s previous EP’s may have been well received and they’re not shy of throwing their influences in the spotlight. The big difference between “Fortuna Havana and their debut album is that the band have added a heavy level of grunge to their sound. So whilst Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy and Jimi Hendrix are all prevalent, there is also more than a heavy smattering of Alice In Chains and Soundgarden.

“Devilswine” opens up the album in scintillating fashion and pulls many styles into its glorious mix. Towering riffs blow you away more than once as you voyage through the track. Dan Amati’s drumming is brilliant throughout and it’s his range of tempos and styles that set off this exciting opener. Its abrupt ending gives way to the chug of “Screaming Sun” which sees strained vocals play off against more melodic backing vocals.

Temple of the Acidwolf” is pure Alice In Chains worship in the harmonic vocal delivery. The lead guitar work is tripped out as the vocals get gradually more psychedelic. The whole trip, literally and metaphorically, is quite sublime. The same can be said of one of the albums highlights, “McQueen”. Building gradually throughout its near 7 minute duration, the peak of the track is excellent and begs your attention.

As the title suggests, “Chemtrail Blues” is a bluesier affair – this is not tender though. Distorted guitars, rolling bass and more crashing drum work help elevate the track away from the standard blues fair. “The Hunted” plays with a more upbeat tempo and traditional feel akin to the more trad feel of “Fortuna Havana. “Mother of God” closes out the album as a more jam laden instrumental. It fades out in the same way the album fades in; a swarming maelstrom of feedback.

1968 aren’t reinventing the wheel, but they’re playing with the motion of that wheel. Some of the production on the album dips here and there, maybe due to split responsibility but with that being said, “Ballads of the Godless” is a solid step in the right direction after some excellent EP’s. There is always demand for heritage and that retro rock and roll sound and 1968 are more than capable purveyors.

“Ballads of the Godless” is available here




Band info: bandcamp || facebook