Saturday, March 28, 2015

SuperGiant - (2015) On to the Stars

In a dutch orange yellow sky fire of fall 2005, amidst an arid dusty high-desert somewhere on planet Earth, four distinct galaxies collided creating colorful musical fusion. Through burning intergalactic wormholes and the vibrations of their infinite minds the sonic waves of SuperGiant came to life bellowing to the darkest spaces within and without. The very Universe lives and breathes through their bodies and sound and that love has brought them to one another and to the world. The Suns lends their souls to healing and the very energy that connects us all to ourselves and countless other civilizations. As Antares smiles with joy so the bliss shall find all who choose to listen, feel and reveal themselves through groove.

Brother has it not been forever since I’ve last heard from these guys. Well, not forever, but far too long. 4 years later and we finally get a follow up to Pistol Star. On To The Stars. We haven’t seen much change in the music, and thank goodness for that – far too many bands seem to have dropped, what to this brother, is a classic stoner rock sound. Thick fuzzy riffs, natural bass, of the hairy variety, scuzzy drums, oh... just sweet music to the ears. Although FAH-Q is a bit of a strange one, a bit more harried, as if you’ve had a neurotic meltdown in your brain. Say what, eh? 

The last half of this album is brilliant, not to say the first half is standard fair, because it isn’t. Titan, Galaxy & The Phoenix, if ever there was a quintessential trifecta of songs to end an album, this is it. You know by now that an expedition has been taken. It’s a flight you’re on. They’re asking you to reach out with them. Do you feel the stars just within the tip of your fingers? To swim through space, surf through Saturn’s rings? This is the journey they are asking you to accept here, to accept the idea of other worlds. Who doesn’t want to? Why sleep the mind, when the enormity of imagination allows the brain to travel?

We’ve waited far too long for this album. What can I say... they remind me of, Truckfighters (old), Lowrider, Fu, etc.. with a nice subtle touch of Sabbath – holy fuck, eh? Don’t sit on it. It’s a keeper.     -WB

Black Wasteland - (2014) Dehydration

Well, what do we have here?... not yet another band name beginning with "Black". Yes indeed, this time from Black Wasteland, a band outta Bamburg, Germany. I had not heard anything from this band, or even knew they existed until I was fortunate enough to receive the first full length album, 2013's "Where Light Can Not Intrude", and their newest EP, Dehydration. Thanks man!

Black Wasteland are most definitely a doom band at heart, but also taking fuzzy guitars and mixing bits of psychedelic noodling into the songs. However, the classic doom sound remains, nodding to the likes of Pentagram, Sabbath and the like, this seems a bit different in its delivery. I'm not really sure what it is, maybe its the vocals, that seem to change from song to song during the four tracks on the EP. Sounding pissed and possessed one minute and almost droned-out the next.

The EP really shines on the last track "Goathead", a nine minute benchmark of desert rock and doom, taking the listener on a wah-filled journey through a black hole. So, in short, if you hold bands like Pentagram, Sabbath, Cathedral... or even Kyuss and Venom close to your musical heart, you owe it to yourself to check out this obscure band from Germany. The only way im sure of to get ahold of them, and the compact discs is through their Facebook. Whatcha waiting for? -AW

Monday, March 16, 2015

Don Fernando - (2015) Haunted By Humans

Statesmen of the stoner rock sound in Australia, Don Fernando have devised another edge defiant, riff frenzy album that delves deep into the dark recesses of the soul.

The boys have returned with a robust sound edging into the sludgy and more doom laden stoner undertones, which resonates from their full bore background of Heavy Rock.  The Album was entirely written, recorded and mixed by the band collectively; particularly with frontman Andy Fernando at the helm, the sound of this album is organic, pure and true to their vision and ideals of interest. This is as close Don Fernando will ever succumb to creating a concept Album; the lyrical themes explore modern true crime stories.

Haunted By Humans has been a labor of love, blood, sweat and tears for the band, bringing much creative exploration and influence to this recording. The bittersweet affair of touring in Australia and recording has fuelled Don Fernando with a wanderlust – seeing them export their sound previously in South America, Europe and the UK, to bring forth the riffage that they desperately miss and are salivating for since their last voyage abroad in 2013.
The new album by Australia's dingoes of the desert, Don Fernando is about to piss on the leg of all the aficionados of heavy rock. Boasting a great production and riffs galore this new album "Haunted By Humans" is a smorgasbord of all the things that make music enjoyable for me.

Don Fernando have been creating impressive slabs of rock since 2006, and have toured Australia extensively, played in eight different European countries, and toured throughout South America. Bringing their brand of rock to the masses, while remaining somewhat hidden from the average Joe. Taking parts of desert rock, grunge and metal and creating a whirlwind of pissed off rock and roll that is sure to please the ears and mind.

This being the third full-length album by the band proves the well hasn't run dry and they still have the chops to create something interesting. The eleven tracks on "Haunted By Humans" explores many domains and textures. From soulful acoustic passages, to full-blown metal onslaughts. Most of the vocals are clean sounding, but there are a few gut wrenching screams from time to time for dramatic effect.

If you dig the old stoner sound from long ago, from bands like early Queens of the Stone Age, Hermano, Fu Manchu and the like "Haunted By Humans" will sure tickle your fancy. I'm willing to bet when 2015 runs down, this album will be one of the more memorable listening experiences you've had. Limited edition digipacks and digital downloads available via their Bandcamp site.   -AW

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