Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2016 Blow-Out Special


Well, we're a month deep into 2017, so before I start with this years albums of awesomeness, I wanted to make one last post of some of the releases I wanted to review, but never found the time last year. So without further ado, here we go...
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The Lunar Effect - Strange Lands

Released in the month of May, The Lunar Effect's take on lo-fi bluesy, stoner fuzz is nothing short of a riffest started in the 70's and ending in a psychedelic haze of bong hits and moon-pies.



Chinaski - Mandrágora

Chinaski have been on my radar since their first release in 2011. The formula is the same for Mandrágora, a pummeling wall of down-tuned, sludge-induced sonic badassery. Vocals are in Spanish, but there is so much greatness going on, it doesn't distract any for us English speaking morons. Now set at name your price, get on it.



Ride to Ruin - Eyes are Black

Columbus, Ohio's Ride to Ruin released their first full length album, also in May of last year. Full of fast paced, short in stature riff burners. Punk fueled anthems full of wah pedal and adrenaline.



Cojones - Resonate

Cojones have been around for nearly a decade now, and have released some great albums in that time. The new album "Resonate" is no exception, this time the band is finding themselves a little less stoned and more melodic. Resonate's biggest plus is the fabulous production, sounding huge and firing synapses in all the correct time signatures.



Cult of the Scum - Cult of the Scum

So many great releases coming from Greece in the last couple months, it's hard to keep track of them all. One that stands tall among the crowd is Cult of the Scum. Featuring members from Astray and Shock Absorber. The easiest and laziest way to describe their sound would be to reference Corrosion of Conformity, so that's what I'll do. Great stuff.



Aural Hex - Essentia 

Aural Hex is a band that really caught my attention with their massive and thundering take on progressive metal. Throwing in plenty of doom and gloom, with psychedelic lulls and droning vocals. The Fin's album may look like an EP at first glance, with there being only 4 tracks. Each track breaking the 10 minute mark gives the listener plenty of bang for their buck. It's easy to get lost in this one.




Elepharmers - Erebus

“Erebus” is the new LP album. 6 heavy stoner songs, showing a big growth since their first release "Weird Tales from the Third Planet". There are more instrumental moments, with also acoustic guitars, synth and Hammond arrangements. Available from Go Down Records.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Majestic Sun - (2016) Turbulence

Belgian four piece Majestic Sun have just released their first full length album. Proving that they mean business, they take everything that is righteous in heavy music, throw it in a blender and have really puréed up one fantastic record.

"Turbulence" is the name given to this juggernaut, and I can't think of a more fitting title for something this mixed and varied. The band takes old school desert rock, ala Kyuss and Los Natas with some of the more diverse progressive metal out there, think Pelican and Tool. While not sounding exactly like any of these bands, but obviously taking those influences to heart and putting their own spin on things.

Right from the beginning, the album opens with a psyched-out groove, then in mere seconds hits you over the head with the chugging riff, really setting the tone for the rest of the album. The vocals are as varied as the music, from clean to screaming and everything in between. Sometimes reminiscent of the late and great Gruntruck/Skin Yard vocalist Ben McMillan. The whole album indeed takes the listener on a turbulent ride, and one that ends too early. One of the better releases I've heard all last year. These guys demand attention, and I certainly hope they get it.

The only thing I can recommend to the band, is to lower the price of admission on the files a bit. I know that people are dissuaded by a hefty price tag on digital downloads. Even though the album is definitely worth it, most are turned off by this. Available as digital download and compact disc via Bandcamp. Please give it a listen, you'll be glad you did. Highly recommended. -AD)))AM

Monday, December 26, 2016

Goat Wizard - (2016) The Book of Goat Wizard

If you look at Goat Wizard's Bandcamp site, they cite all the common tags usually associated with the music I gravitate to. Doom, psychedelic, stoner etc. Sure all of these would certainly fit within the context of what the band does, but there seems to be one tag missing here, and that would be punk rock. Within the sounds on their latest release, simply titled "The Book of Goat Wizard", if you read between the lines, there is a definite middle finger in the air and an ever present punk sneer to the songs.

Boasting tongue in cheek lyrics about Satan, witches, demons and horror movies "The Book" could have been written by Stephen King, if Steven smoked up and prayed to the almighty riff. Like I said earlier there's a lot of fast-paced almost punk qualities, but there's also quite a bit of psychedelic noodling going on as well, often within the same track. A huge nod to Black Sabbath can be heard on "Beyond the Stars" and on "Devils Daughter" the band slows things down for about half of the song lulling you into a quiet place... then before the track ends, it knocks you back with an onslaught of killer riffs and traditional doom pyrotechnics.


Goat Wizard is a band out to make a spectacle of themselves, not only musically but with their stage show as well. Donning strange masks and robes. Sure it's been done before, but I can appreciate a little theatrics. It beats watching a group of guys staring at their shoes, or looking at an oil painting on stage for an hour and a half. If you're reading this, there's a good chance you'll find something to like here. Put an ear on it, check out the video below. Buy the album on Bandcamp, give em a like on Facebook. Do something.   -AD)))AM

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