Saturday, June 4, 2016

Black Titan - (2016) The Bag Is in the River

Black Titan are a four piece band from Mobile, Alabama. They play a groovin' blend of metal, doom, stoner rock and sludge. Coming across like the bastard sons of Melvins and Down, while creating peaks and valleys in the sound big enough to make it a worthwhile listen.

After releasing a memorable EP in 2004, the band is back this year with their first full length entitled "The Bag is in the River". The album goes from murky and pissed off, to an almost punkish sneer (World Eater), then back to heavy with a bunch of surprises along the way. Showing these guys can write a song above and beyond the typical formula. This is one of those albums in an over-saturated genre that really stuck out to me as being something special. I look forward to the next installment from this band. Released digitally via Bandcamp. -AD)))AM

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Grasshole - (2015) The Unification Proclamation

Grasshole, a two-piece band out of Melbourne, Australia are about to release their second EP. Entitled "The Unification Proclamation". Featuring a dusting of grungy riff's and off kilter time signatures is sure to appeal to many music addicts.

It seems to me there's a certain trend in music lately where, either out of not being able to find the right musicians who are on the same page as everyone else, or maybe just pure laziness, bands are getting smaller and smaller. The two-piece thing seems to be more prevalent in rock & roll now, more than ever. So what makes Grasshole so special, you ask? Well sure they are a two-piece, but they are a father and son duo, which to me is super cool and unique. After hearing the new ep it makes perfect sense. You get that old-school vibe permeating in the background mixed with the new school sound in the foreground. They really don't sound like any other band, but have that familiarity like they've been around forever. During the seven tracks on the ep, there's enough twists and turns to keep the listener interested. The only thing I would say is that it never really lets go, and gets in your face.  Maybe that's the metal in me showing through, I'm not sure. The closest track on the album that gets there for me is the closing track "Earwig".

I was lucky enough to get a physical copy of the new ep, and was quite surprised to see that it was an actual pressed "silver" cd, not some cheap cd-r. I also noted the spectacular album art done by Melbourne Tattoo Legend Annita Maslov. A nice little package, and well worth your hard earned coin. Available here on their Bandcamp page. All in all, a cool little ep that shows a father and sons love for music. And that can't be a bad thing.  -AW

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hair of the Dog - (2015) The Siren's Song

Hair of the Dog are a power trio from Edinburgh, Scotland. Sharing a love for classic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors to name but a few, Hair of the Dog have forged a sound that is both contemporary and classic.

So, this is my second post in a row highlighting a release from Kozmik Artifactz, a label that seems to be on fire this year. Coming up with some great bands, and adding them to its already pretty incredible roster. This time it's from the Scottish band Hair of the Dog. These guys have been somewhat labeled as a retro 70's band after their first release last year, the self-titled effort (available here). I can hear where the tag is coming from, but there is a lot more than just some retro riffs and the "I've heard it all before" vibe of the genre. There's plenty of fuzz, psychedelic breakdowns and lyrics that deal with things that almost anyone can related to. But there's an old school 80's metal vibe on a couple of the tracks... just below the surface. With double bass drumming and galloping grooves that seem fresh. Keeping you absorbed and interested in what's going on, and curious as to what's in store next.

To me, the band really shines when they lighten up a bit, and give the listener time to chill out. Tracks like "Weary Bones" and the last two tracks (which is really one song split into two), also the title track of the album. The Siren's Song Pt.1 and Pt.2. They really seem to grab my attention, and have a build and release that comes with clever songwriting and competent musical talent. However, I think "The Sirens Song" is best when listened to in its entirety, just like all great albums should be. The Siren's Song will be available to buy on CD/DD from Kozmik Artifactz on July 10th 2015. Highly Recommended. -AW

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