Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sado Sathanas - Nomos Harmatia (2014)


Amazing atmospheric black metal from Dresden, Germany with sounds of space and time that us Americans can't keep up to date without our Fossil watches.  I do not wear a watch, but I feel Sado Sathanas will stop time and make you realize that there are more important things in life.  Musically, the distorted guitars wonder into the forest creating a nest for the season, drums demolish a path for the family, bass sending sonar for the deep roots and the vocals give homage to the fellowship.  "Nomos Harmatia" is their second release LP after forming in 1996, which is self-possessed and takes patience,  but is what I respect in bands creating music for an extensive period.  With such a beautiful savage sound that Sado Sathanas has unrailed to us, not to mention that the artwork, it will be tough to disagree that "Nomos Harmatia" is anything but quality.  A vast listen.
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Ecstasy of Gold - 25 Killer Bullets From the Spaghetti West Vol.3 (1960/70's) (2013)


The third ride through the desert with with our Italian friends making such great music.  "The Ecstasy of Gold" is jam-packed with all your western favorites, well, you may have never heard of them, but now they are.  These songs signal out from Italian artists/composers around the 1960's and 1970's that cater to western movie soundtracks and in my age and time seem to cater to the style of Tarantino movies.  Excellent arrangement here with the amount of musicianship put into this compilation. You can respect and almost visualize the whole "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" film, amongst others, right before your eyes.  This style of thoughtful western/desert music pleases me gratefully and I suggest a bandanna and a cigarette, f-off cigars.  Listen To Spindrift.
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Catacombs - In the Depths of R'lyeh (2006)


Such a haunting album starting off, to finish, with guttural vocals and a repetitive guitar riffs that traps you in a cocoon of your own nightmares.  Catacombs established himself from Arizona in 2000 and "In the Depths of R'lyeh" is the second coffin maker he has released.  What an overwhelming source of heaviness within each song pulling you deeper into the soil, sand, or in my case...the couch.  It might be a little weird to how comfortable this album makes me feel with the casket of musk it lays through my head, but the songs are real long and I know that I cannot be the only one that feels this way.  Definitely not a fast paced by any means, but I have so much music that I put on strictly for the mood that I am in and Catacombs can be slumped into my "bed-metal" or "listening on headphones and drinking a beer while my girlfriend studies-metal".  Devastating stuff from Xathagorra Mlandroth and I bet the next album will succeed this one and hope, in my opinion, the pace picks up alittle too.
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Wipers - Over The Edge (1983)


Woke up this morning and the first thing I did was put on this album, made breakfast, coffee, did the dishes and then replayed "Over The Edge"...it is that good.  Wipers are a three piece from Portland,Oregon and they played some great punk rock to knock the flannels right off your back before even put them on.  Expect nothing-less then superb guitar work on this LP with tone changes and backing distortion that scream solidarity with vocals carry over that lazy punk attitude, into a nice post-punk vision.  These guys come highly recommended from idols like Nirvana, Melvins, Dinosaur Jr and Poison Idea so you know they have something going on.  "Over The Edge" is the Wipers third release and next time I head back to the record shop I am going to pick up one of their first two releases.  Do not sleep even longer on this band.
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Juan Wauters - N.A.P. (2014)


Relaxing in a sense of walking around Queens NY, in the rain, by yourself, on a Sunday with an umbrella.  Juan Wauters (The Beets) plays a real cozy, minimalist style of garage/folk that does not strike a great amount of excitement but is somehow hard to turn off.  In my opinion "North American Poetry" is an album that I would put on when that specific mood is right, such as, sitting in a room with a bunch of people and not wanting to say a word.  Reminds me of this band Normanoak, with a little more "sunlight", I dig it and have a feeling these tracks will grow on me like a wild fern.  So pick up this sweet LP over at Captured Tracks Records and drink a cappuccino.
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Rites of Spring - End On End (1985)


They kick ass and crush your modest mouse dreams.  End On End.  Washington D.C. early discord punk rock with thought out lyrics that will make you want to escape from the park police at Pulaski while kickfliping over the wall in fashion.  Dreams of youth that carry on into adulthood is what this album symbolizes for me personally.
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Corpsessed - Abysmal Thresholds (2014)


Finland's hell seekers Corpsessed created this very heavy, very dark, demonic golden child named "Abysmal Thresholds".  Brand spanking new on the market brought to us by an amazing record label (Dark Descent) and I cannot wait to grab this piece of the underworld on vinyl.  Corpsessed sleighs an extremely undertoned vocal performance, while the rest of the band holds your head beneath the murky slime in this wet, damp, nightmare.  Fans of Psuedogod, I ensure you that this will please your ears.  I know this might be early to say but "Abysmal Thresholds" really possesses my ears and I may have fallen in love.  One of my tops of 2014 already.
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