Thursday, November 24, 2022

 

THANKSGIVING TREAT

Elder never disappoints.

I know it's a real word and all, but I can think of a couple of different ways to pronounce this word that sound really cool, and I also think it may be my favorite Elder tune of all time. 

  Inspired, and incredible, this is Catastasis.
Instantly rethinking what I thought were the top few albums of the year.

I've just made it through the album for the first time and I don't think there's any question that this is Elder's greatest release yet.


My gratitude list on this Thanksgiving:
1)    Family
2)    Friends
3) This epic album

You know who they are


Saturday, November 19, 2022

Vitskär Süden: The Faceless King




After hearing "Shepherds On The Roadside" I not only pre-ordered, but ordered a physical copy, expecting the rest of the album to be of similar quality, and the album exceeded my expectations.  Beautiful, front to back.
Pro-Tip: buy the physical copy, or download at the highest quality you can, and listen to it loud; it's that kind of album.  The mp3 320 format does not do it justice.


Here's the tune that first sold me on the album:
(volume and good speakers recommended)

And the latest video, for "Archdiocese of Worms":

Both videos feature visuals by Andrew Jarvis, who apparently led the Library Computer Access/Retrieval System motion graphics design refresh for Star Trek: Picard!

The album cover art, which is spectacular, was done by Samuel Araya.


 

Friday, November 4, 2022


 RAUNCHY DOUBLE FEATURE

The Death Wheelers is a Vancouver heavy instrumental band who are motorcycle enthusiasts and lovers of underground films featuring extreme deparavity.  Today they released two tracks at the extremely affordable name your own price.  This one has a video and is awesome.  I have never been disappointed with a Death Wheelers purchase.




This was released on Halloween.  It's a British band called TORSO, featuring Graham Bywater of Possessor, with a pre-released track from an album expected in late January.  Another great tune with an equally great video.



Friday, October 21, 2022


 
JACKPOT!!!


LOOK WHAT TURNED UP ON BANDCAMP TODAY:

GOAT: OH DEATH

Goat's been around for quite awhile, but they keep perfecting their craft, and their albums get better and better with time.  I saw this was released this morning, and I can't get enough of it.  Goat is a collection of Swedish hippies who are GREAT musicians, and who play a really trippy variety of music that might best be described as acid-folk rock.  Every album is unique and covers a ton of musical ground, but my favorites make use of a super-fuzzy guitar distortion, as heard in this album's opening track:
And here's another early favorite, managing to combine funk and fuzz with a folk rock undercurrent:

Goat describe themselves as "Formidable psychic warriors, channelers of the mystic and proponents of a spiritual quest that transcends this realm".

They are from Norrbotten County, Sweden, and seem to prefer to go unnamed:

In consecutive years, Goat has produced masterpieces.



And also released this morning...



RUBY THE HATCHET: FEAR IS A CRUEL MASTER

It's been five years since "Planetary Space Child", one of my favorite albums of 2017, and it appears that time was spent hard at work, because "Fear Is A Cruel Master" is another gem.  Aggressive, masterful songwriting, performed by top-rate musicians and a truly special vocalist, this album checks every box in my wish list.  Sometimes when the featured track on bandcamp is not the opener, it's because the featured track is the best one and the rest aren't quite as good.  
Not the case here; this opener showcases some of the greatest ideas from late '70s/early '80s hard rock, and is the perfect setup for all the great tunes to come.

Here's another early favorite:

This is another album that probably won't leave my car playlist for the rest of the year.

Ruby The Hatchet are from New Jersey.  They are:

Jillian Taylor: Vocals
Johnny Scarps: Guitar
Owen Stewart: Drums
Lake Muir: Bass
Sean Hur: Organ



and last but not least.......


ELDER: INNATE PASSAGE

This one's not out yet, but I think this pre-released track came out today (or at least that's when I stumbled into it)

Anyhow, it's new Elder, and anything that's said after that is unnecessary and a waste of keystrokes and bandwidth.

Elder are from Western Massachusetts, but now reside in Berlin.
They are:
Nicholas DiSalvo - Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards
Jack Donovan - Bass
Michael Risberg - Guitar, Keyboards
Georg Edert - Drums


Try to fit all that in your pipe and smoke it





Friday, October 14, 2022

 


COMING SOON

DEAD MEADOW: FORCE FORM FREE


Dead Meadow are back with a new album they began work on in 2021, some 23 years after their first album back in 1998.  I've always loved Dead Meadow's unique spacey, fuzzed out take on stoner rock, and am really looking forward to hearing this new one, due to hit "the shelves" on December 9th.
The band describes this album as spacey and dreamy at times, grimly propulsive at others.  This pre-released track falls into the 'spacey and dreamy' category.  

Dead Meadow states that they are "continuing their effortless exploration of the transporting, astral-gazing form they’ve spent their entire existence pushing forward."

Right on.  

Dead Meadow are currently featuring their original lineup:



Jason Simon: Guitar and Vocals
Steve Kille: Bass
Mark Laughlin: Drums





WITCHFINDER: FORGOTTEN MANSION

I've already played the two tunes on Witchfinder's June release, "Endless Garden", countless times.  I came to appreciate both tunes more and more with each listen, as I got sucked into their unique sonic atmospheres, combining heavy with melodic and spacey components.  Their sound is more aggressive than Dead Meadow's, but just as unique.

I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to hearing five more tunes on November 18th.
Here is the pre-released track, "Ghosts Happen To Fade":

Witchfinder are from Clermont Ferrand, France.
They are:

Clément Mostefai: vocals, bass
Stanislas Franczak: guitar
Thomas Dupuy: drums
Kevyn Raecke: keyboard

There will be guest vocals by Haldor Grunberg, on the track "Marijuana"

As you know, sharing music is my passion and I appreciate  you checking in each week


Saturday, October 8, 2022


 SAHARA: III

Dirty, heavy, sleazy and totally catchy.

Sahara founder Martin Ludi, after parting ways with his original bass player and drummer, is joined by Gabriel and Ivan from Mephistofeles.  Even though Gabriel plays bass here, you can feel the Mephistofeles influence along with Martin Ludi's own take on the Argentinian grunge doom sound.

There is a lot to like here, but let's start at the beginning:



And the fast-moving "Altar of Sacrifice":


Apparently the band faced adversity throughout the making of this album, including drugs, covid lockdowns and the incarceration of their sound engineer.

Here they are in all their glory:

Martin Ludi : Guitar, Vocals
Gabriel Ravera : Bass, Vocals
Ivan Sacharczuk : Drums


As always, thanks for reading & listening


Friday, September 30, 2022


CAVEM3N: A PREHISTORIC ANTHOLOGY

I recently told you how excited I was to have a new release from Mammoth Volume.  After purchasing it, I noticed a link on their bandcamp page to a band called "Cavem3n."

It turns out that ten years after Mammoth Volume's first album, drummer and songwriter Nicklas Andersson co-founded another band which has been recording music ever since.  Of course I was curious, and then pleased to find out that Nicklas was indeed a huge factor in the heavier side of Mammoth Volume's unique sound and style of songwriting.


"A Prehistoric Anthology" is a collection of assorted EPs and singles recorded between 2013 and 2016.  Lots of great music and unique ideas here.  Let's start with the opening track; it starts off with a Rage Against the Machine feel, but soon becomes its own entity:



Track 1 hooks you with its heaviness, and track 2 reels you in by showing you that each tune is going to offer something different. 
 
What a cool synthesis of different rock styles this is:


So many Swedish stoner rock bands have broadened my musical horizons over the years, and there are apparently many more for me to discover.

You can bet I will be checking out Cavem3n's more recent work next.

There are 3 different drum players listed here, but it seems clear to me that Niklas has been involved in all of these tunes.  Correct me if so.



Bonny Koskela Andersson – Guitars, Vocals
Rickard Maisa – Bass
Nicklas Andersson – Drums, Guitar, Vocals
Anders “Pompe” Jacobsson – Drums
Daniel Lundgren – Drums



Thank you for reading and listening.  Sharing music is my hobby and my joy.