29/11/2016

Snowchild.

This one is so hot off the presses at the time of writing one of the songs still has a digital glitch on the bandcamp, which is fair enough, it was only released two days ago! So this is a a band from the Land of Oz (I'm talking Kansas dudes...). Anyway, unlike Zodiac who had a series of tunes or whatever behind them to fuel my continued interest (they actually are from the land of Oz), Snowchild had originally uploaded a few demo tracks, or maybe even just one single demo track up on Bandcamp. I can't even re-call but it was at least a year ago now. 

So the first thing that struck me about Snowchild was the vocals that sounded so much like that Vol. 4 Ozzy that I was already pretty softened up.. but I also noticed some definite quality in the musicianship and composition. But holy fuck, these guys have put out a unbelievably mature and explorative Doom Metal record. The use of synths are incredibly well deployed and won't leave you feeling like you're listening to what to some now sounds like dated cheese - I am of course speaking in reference to "Who are you?" off Sabotage. The drumming is very tasteful, actual fills and some style behind the kit going on. The guitar has a displays an impressive level of subtlety and variety too. No mention about the bass because I've just noticed I've spun this twice over without it turned up on my speakers.... idiot. 

Four songs clocking in at 40 minutes. Held my attention on repeated listens.. would not at all be surprised to see this ultimately re-released on Svart or StB or some shit like that. This deserves the turntable treatment, no doubt.

05/11/2016

The power of the riff compels me...


After several months without a laptop, the one I bought had the soundcard fuck up. However, it's now finally back for good. The dude at Lenovo obviously thought I was some prick who hadn't tried to fuck about with my drivers/software, but whatever. Promises of more regular posts will now be fulfilled. If anyone has another of them 'power of the riff' stickers they are willing to let go.. holla.

ps. Wu-Tang is forever baby. 

26/07/2016

Ladies Of Leisure

The blog isn't dead and updates will, EVENTUALLY, become more frequent. This is an absolute promise. Life has been fairly absurd these past few months and it continues. I'm currently laying on my front in some kind of Sex in the City blog writing pose as my leg has been numb from sciatica a few days now and sitting up causes me searing pain. I was greedy in the gym after (again) reaching my PR strength wise and went on to do a drop set... stupid, stupid shit.

Back to the jams though,  this album is really good and it does surprise me it's continued to fly under the radar as it has. The first song is just doomy perfection in my mind, Sabbathian plods, hypnotic but catchy vocals and a good sense of fuzzing out in general. Ladies of Leisure have that funny thing going on where they seem to exist in that ambiguous space between Metal and Hard Rock. The entire record has a really fun sense of melody and rock'n'roll which I always like. I'd say it's almost like a more Doom Metal orientated Stoner Rock album. Worth your ear chap/ettes, 


16/02/2016

Blind Authority

Updates will become more regular once I start thinking about this like a work e-mail. Bish bash bosh. So to start this new approach we have Blind Authority.

I spent about 3 months listening to this record everyday in the car on the way to work. I mean, it's got that catchy grind vibe Terrorizer had, it's got that NY cro-magian swagger shit, it's got dem slow Harmony Corrption type riffs and enough speedy power violence moments to keep all happy. I'm genuinely a big fan of this record. Just 17 minutes of meaty riffs and a fistful of bollocks mate. Sick intro...



EDIT: They also sometimes finish off their set with a banging cover the below;

16/08/2015

Stonehelm.

You know how every single band that does the Electric Wizard thing, does the slow big riff bit of Electric Wizard? Well one band actually thought.. fuck this, and instead did an entire album of 'Barbarian' type songs instead. My only complaint about this record is the drums (you'll know what I mean when you hear it) and even then I just overlook it, which - trust me, isn't usually the case. The album is just great from start to finish, but I think the solos are particularly awesome too.

This was originally just released digitally by the band. Totem Cat Records in 2013 issued three hundred copies on CD, but have just put this release on double LP (to pre-order!). I'm a bit of a fan of the label, as is Elder's Nick DiSalvo who was wearing one of the Spirit Caravan tribute design t-shirts when they played London! Though you can't see it in the picture.. ahahaha, but there you go anyway.

"Smoke weed, snort coke, get drunk, chase dope, fuck sluts, take drugs, hate everyone...

A life of scum..."

 


2010 - Stonehelm

1. Hyborian Tale (5:34)
2. Towers Of Black (5:26)
3. Vault Dweller 13 (7:15)
4. Zombie Apocalypse 420 (6:18)
5. Scumbag (5:25)
6. Acid Blur (Green Tab) (10:44)
7. Deep Space Doom (5:21)
8. So High We Hail (Lord In Green) (8:43)

BUY 2xLP HERE.
DOWNLOAD LINK HERE.

26/06/2015

Red Mess.





One of my distant relatives (from what I know probably 4/5 generations back) happens to play in a Doom Metal band. I don't even know this guy - he's still in the 'old country' as the yanks say. I just happened to be searching my pretty damn distinctive surname on Facebook low and behold.. dude happens to be in a pretty awesome Doom band. We have talked though and a Doom orientated family reunion is definitely on the cards. 

IT'S RUNS IN THE BLOOD!!!!