Thursday, August 7, 2014

CODO - (2014) Super-Magic Powerful

Another two-piece you say? Isn't this a thing of the past that was not so long ago? Maybe? Now, perhaps its just me, but I find music from Europe and South America refreshing. Sure, some of it is the same old thing if you will, but it just feels right. So let me introduce you to Codo. a hard rocking stonerish band from Spain. They kick things off with the rifftastic, that’s right, rifftastic, cause I like it like that, semi-ferocious beauty. They mean business here, and this kind of business is quite enjoyable. They gear down just a tad segueing into "What Are You Talkin' About", no worries though, they lay down some real nice jamming here, and it gives the song a nice twist. So far its damn fine, then I hit "Morune", what have we here? What a treat, more and more I'm becoming a sucker for a good instrumental, and lo and behold, we've got one. Not so dreamy it is, it wont help you escape to that far planet in your head but it will certainly keep you nodding, and we need more of that nowadays. The rest of the album is one highlight after another. I've got to be honest here, I thoroughly enjoyed every song. Nothing groundbreaking, but who is? In a way they remind me of Tweak Bird having sex with At Devil Dirt (musically of course) if you don't know these two bands, you're an idiot. Now, with that being said, if you have to, check those guys out too. Before you do that, give these guys a listen. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. There is no better feeling than finding a band that is relatively new (at least to me) and being completely won over at the first listen. Not many bands do this for me anymore. especially new strangers, who now have become friends to these ears. Easily a 7.5, if not 8 out of 10 here. Maybe 8.5, I really dig this. You will too. -WB

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Deaf Proof - (2014) Death Sounds Angry... and Hungry for More

The Band was formed in late 2006 by Pedro (d), Holger (b) and Fredo (v/g), later reinforced by Til (g). From that point of time they started jamming and working out their ideas. In autumn 2007 the band split up with guitar-player Til who was replaced by Phil. In early 2008 the band decided to substitute Holger and to search for a new bassplayer. But nevertheless Deaf Proof recorded their first demo that was released in April 2008. The bass on the demo was played by Phil. Deaf Proof found the new four stringer Angus in june 2008. In december the band unfortunately had to search for a new bassplayer again and in march 2009 JP joined the gang. Together they recorded a 2-track live-demo in july. The combo recorded the "Beyond the Orange Door Demo" from autumn 2009 till winter 2012 and released it in april 2013. In april Phil also left band, but Deaf Proof continue as three-piece.

Ever since I first heard the first demo from this German stoner-psyche band back in 2011, and then with last years "Beyond the Orange Door" demo I've kept their name "Deaf Proof" in the back of my head. Hoping to hear something new from this 3-piece outfit. Well the wait was over a few weeks ago when I was sent this new offering.

Three tracks, clocking in at almost 35 minutes, and in those 35 minutes there's enough fuzz and gristle to choke a mountain lion. Along with a bombastic assault of Kyuss flavored desert rock, and heavy doom blues riffs. With just the right amount of chill factor to keep things moving from stem to proverbial stern.

Kick back, load the riff pipe and enjoy this musical endeavor. Deaf Proof have uploaded the whole thing with a "name your price" offering on their Bandcamp page. With the promise of a compact disc (digipack)in the coming weeks.

-Adam Walsh-

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ogre - (2014) The Last Neanderthal

I've spent many hours going backwards, looking towards the future when I could, again, sit down and take another journey with Ogre. Plague of the Planet was one of the best, if not the best recording of 2008 (for those of you who don’t have it, get it). They delivered on all levels with that album – quite simply it was a perfect piece of music. Fast forward six years, and here I am listening to the new release by Ogre. Pissed off, as I was when they decided to call it quits, imagine, to my surprise when I read that they were back together, and getting a new album ready, and what an album it is.

Where the last album was the introduction of the future to come, through the telling of a story, and musically slower, we don’t get that here. Is this bad? Certainly not. The band does a great job of mixing things up. From blistering paced heavy rockers to chemically induced (in my head) doom laden monsters, many times a fierce combination of both. Musically it is quite brilliant in parts, almost prog like, slowed down, then total chaos. There is no doubt they keep you thinking and quite interested throughout the album, as one is never sure what direction they will take a song. In particular the second half of this album just splits the mind apart. I can’t help but think this is some of the best music they have ever laid down on tape. Soulless Woman, Warpath (absolutely devastating), White Plume Mountain (I’m a sucker for a nice interlude) and finally The Hermit. Often dreaming of drifting through space, in a world inside my head, I've looked for that soundtrack that would ease my journey. The Hermit does just that. An absolute epic of a song. 

Ogre are back, and once again delivering the goods. Easily one of the best releases I've had the luxury of hearing this year. You would be sorry if you missed out on this album. Do yourself, your friends, everyone a favor and grab this album. You will not be disappointed. Doom, stoner rock, 70s hard rock, prog… it has it all. Fucking brilliant!  -Will Bissonette