Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Grusom - (2015) Grusom

With dark and gloomy lyrics, GRUSOM creates an honest and unpolished universe, that questions life and death through authentic stories and malicious tales.

It didn't take too long for Denmark's Grusom to stir up the musical pot. After releasing their do-it-yourself demo last year (available here), I had a good feeling we would be hearing more from the band. Kozmik Artifactz dove in and signed them, and will be releasing the album on vinyl soon. 

Taking ques from late 60's/early 70's psychedelic rock and adding some modern mojo is what conjures up the nine tracks on the album. Niclaj Hoffmann's soulful vocal swagger has a real Morrison meets Danzig quality to it, that just seems to work well over the thick organ passages, dark lyrical content and groovin' tasty guitar lines.

With retro-rock being somewhat hot right now, I think Grusom could be the next big thing, if enough ears are put on them. Catchy without being cheesy. Great album to just sit back, drink a beer or two and relax with. I enjoyed this alot.   -AW

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Godsleep - (2014) Thousand Sons of Sleep

Godsleep is a heavy rock band formed in Athens, Greece, in 2010. The same year, the band released a promo album with four tracks, one of which was included in the list with the best rock by the Californian music label “272 Records”. Godsleep, characterized as one of the most promising bands of the heavy/psychedelic rock sound, participated in high profile festivals in Europe: in 2012, the band opened the Freak Valley Festival (Germany), followed by στο Aquamaria and Yellowstock festivals in 2013.

Godsleep have so far shared the stage with many international bands such as Nightstalker, Talbot, Colour Haze, My Sleeping Karma, Lonely Kamel and Gentleman’s Pistols. Was also invited as support band for LA Otracina (USA) Kadavar (Germany) and Mars Red Sky (France).

After several live performances in Greece and in Europe, Godsleep are about to release their first full-length album with seven tracks, entitled ‘Thousand Sons of Sleep’, which will be released on vinyl at the beginning of 2015. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Abstract Artimus - (2015) The City Arrives

Abstract Artimus is an American music composer and performer from the deep South currently living in New York City. He was born Artimus Alexander Pace, June 21st, 1983, in Jacksonville, Florida. At the time of his birth, his father was the drummer for the Jimmie Van Zant Band. After quitting the band, his father moved the family back to his home town of Mobile, Alabama. Much of Artimus's early life consisted of going to his father's rock shows as well as local and national concerts. As Artimus grew older, he formed several locally successful bands and played live on the gulf coast between Jacksonville and New Orleans frequently. Over the summer of 2006 Artimus devised what would become the first incarnation of Abstract Artimus. Their first show was as a supporting act for Gwar. Several successful shows were played and an EP was recorded, but after the other members quit to pursue other endeavors Artimus had to devise a new plan. He went on to write and perform as a one man band with random musicians joining him over the years. After the releases of numerous albums he continues to tour extensively as well as frequent the local dives of NYC.
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