Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Tennis Bafra - Abulia Jubilee (2012)



Band request from Sweden.

Here is their press release:

We are Tennis Bafra, your new swedish favourite band and february 6

we released our debut album Abulia Jubilee on DL/LP/CD..


Last year we toured Sweden and before our chevvy van

burst into flames we opened for Polvo (US) at Debaser Slussen,

played at Trästock festival, played with This Is Head (S), with

Kriget (S) at Debaser Malmö, played at STHLM INDIE and also did a gig

in a small bookstore in the tiny corner where they have books for kids.


Tennis Bafra has been torturing our guitars since the mid nighties.

Screaming feedback and noise along with killer rocking tunes makes a

fine union in the hands of us. Once described as slacker noise, we

couldn’t care less. We will be doing this regardless if anyone is

listening. But you should listen.


Wise words, you should listen because this is fucking great stuff.


Taking their cues from Sonic Youth circa "Sister" & "Daydream

Nation" but without the art-rock tag, they want to rock and put

feedback into your lives. Cleanish guitars mean you can clearly

hear the off-kilter riffs and the deadpan bored vocals are a reminder

that there is more than one style of singing.


This is meant to be played loud, possibly in a fast car, arm hanging

out of the window beating the rhythm on the door.


The guys have requested that I do not link the album as it is not available

for digital release yet but you can get the CD or Vinyl Here


Stream the whole album at Tennis Bafra - Abulia Jubilee

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Long Weekends - Don't Reach Out 7" (2012)



Band request from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Long Weekends play lo-fi garage rock that is full
of Ramones type song writing but which have the
epic feel of early Arcade Fire.

Clean guitar riffs are played over sprawling rhythm
sections that if were fuzzed up would not sound unlike
the Jesus & Mary Chain.

World weary vocals do not detract from the fact that
this brought a smile to my face and thoughts of summer
evenings, cold beer, ramshackle guitars and looking
forward to long weekends.

They have an EP from 2011 which you can listen to Here

The single is available as Pay What you want from Bandcamp


Monday, 27 February 2012

Michael Davis - RIP



Just found out Michael Davis - bass player from the MC5, passed
away from cancer on 19th Feb.

Play this clip very loud.


Swamp Abyss Sorcery by Satanic Recordings (2012)



A stonking good compilation from Satanic Recordings
has just been released. Full of fetid, swampy doom and
sludge bands, this Florida based label has put this out
there with a free download and encourages everyone
to spread it around. I am already checking out some
bands after playing this - here is their own description!

Down in Florida, there is a lurking heaviness afoot. A Satanist Skunk Ape barging its way through trundles ov swamp lichen and muck, swaths ov tropical trees and fanning fronds, hordes ov irritating (and sometimes life-threatening) insects, humid heat and monsoon-level rains to bring that heaviness to the rest ov the world. This southern-fried Yeti THROMBIBULOUS ov which I speak is now upon you all, in the form ov this compilation ov bands that are the sound ov what is RIGHT NOW here in the Sunshine State....


From the overlording gallop ov SHROUD EATER’s riff machine, to the expansive droning doom bliss that HOLLY HUNT brings, to the way-out interstellar atom-splitting that ORBWEAVER conjures (all from the Miami area). From the doom-master crush ov DRUID LORD, to the barreling aggression and earnest smash that newcomers FIRE IN THE CAVE supply (Orlando-area destroyers). FLYINGSNAKES gives a blackened push to their ultra-heavy smackdown here, as FATAL bridges the gap between Thrash supremacy and Death Metal monstrosity, while PARTY TIME bring both the smashup and the partydown to this Tampa Bay area mixture. From the direct lumbering fist-clench riff mongering that HOLLOW LEG provides, to the digustipating gurgletech Death Metal stylings ov EXTREMELY ROTTEN (Jacksonville area delegates). And I can’t leave out the D-Beat devil worship that HOT GRAVES transmits from Gainesville, FL. These are all bands that have played together over the years, formed bonds ov friendship and musical fortitude, and now stand together to show the world the state ov Flooridian Heavy circa 2012.



Free download from Bandcamp

Friday, 24 February 2012

Onodrim - Winter



Hailing from Pittsburgh, USA - this 4 piece play
a convincing mix of hardcore with a touch of
sludge. Loud and heavy riffs are strewn all over
the place and the vocals are barked out like a
demented David Yow.

These songs are brimming with inventive ideas and
never let up on the aggression. There are some guitar
lines that have real hooks to them and some cleaner
playing which have quite an epic feel to them.

Even though this is a demo, the production is fucking
great - everything just sounds awesome.

I really think you should give them a Listen

Name your price from Bandcamp



Thursday, 23 February 2012

Voice Of Ruin - S/T (2012)



Request from Domino Media label.

Voice of Ruin play metalcore which is a genre I do not
like or know much about. It sounds very powerful
and well recorded but I have no idea if it is any good
or not. As always, best to make your own mind up via
their video or links. For fans of As I Lay Dying, Job For
A Cowboy etc.


Because they are good guys, they have a free download link Here


Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Palo Verde - Zero Hour



Request from Phratry Records.

Press Release:

PALO VERDE is a highly improvisational all-female, metal/sludge/noise

duo from Portland OR. The band initially formed as experimental

double-drum duo called Stick-It-In but evolved into the current

improvisational guitar/drums incarnation. Since 2006, they have

performed extensively in the Northwest and throughout the U.S.,

sharing the stage with bands such as Jucifer, Thrones, Black Elk,

Japanther, and Kusikia. Drummer Lauren K also plays guitar in the

blistering LKN.


RECOMMENDED IF YOU LIKE: Black Sabbath, Shellac, Jucifer.

Palo Verde has self-released several recordings including “History

for the Rest of Eternity” (Drunken Beagle) in May of 2010. They began

working with Phratry Records in 2011 with the release of “Zero Hour”

which was engineered by Christina Files (Victory At Sea drummer,

Shipping News engineer, Shellac live sound).


PRESS QUOTES

“If you like dark, pared-down, and unapologetic un-catchy music check

out Palo Verde, a two-piece powerhouse of a band. Lauren K’s smashing

drums and Terrica Kleinknecht distorted guitar are like a metal show

that could fit in your living room. Don’t expect some pop song that

will be stuck in your head. Their songs grow slowly and organically,

turning into a swirling growl of psychedelic guitar and mesmerizing

drumming. Streaming their songs online just barely do justice to

their sound, and if you get the chance to see them live you’ll be

treated to some of the most intense drumming of your life. (Don’t

forget to bring your anti-face melting serum).”

-- Bitch Magazine


“If you didn’t know Palo Verde was an improv duo going into a show,

you still might not know it when you leave. That’s how tight they

are.”

-- Tucson Weekly


“Palo Verde’s telepathically improvised slabs of sludge-metal riffing

are brutal punishment of the very best kind.”

-- Prtland Mercury


Buy from Bandcamp


Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Millions - Gather Scatter



Released in 2009, this is now available for free
download via Seventh Rule Recordings bandcamp
site - ideal chance for anyone who missed this the
first time around.

With a nod towards Noise Rock, this is Hardcore
with lots of riffs and time changes.

Strong vocals are on show here but with restraint
when needed.

Math-like guitar riffs are used sparingly but to great
effect, the variations and song dynamics never lose
sight of producing aggressive tunes that groove and
deliver a punch.

The twin guitar sound is distorted and weave together
a complex but still brutal riffage - "Millions" have quoted
their sound as "Black Flag" meet "King Crimson"!

If that sounds just too weird, would you settle for
post-hardcore with a ATDI influence?



Free download from Bandcamp


Monday, 20 February 2012

Landforge - Servitude to Earth



Having come across the last Landforge release quite late,
I have been waiting for the next one with bated breath to
see if it could match up.

Well "Servitude to Earth" does not let you down.
Instrumental post-rock drive the song structures but
when the distorted guitars kick in, the mood changes
with the powerful riffs that deliver a punch that would
not sound out of place on a Latitudes album.

The ambient passages carry a real feeling of mood that
build up into a post-metal explosion of tension and
release. The guitar playing is not just mindless fret-
wanking but carry the songs along with sustained riffs
and some wonderful note progressions. This is classy
stuff and the long tracks have a definite epic feel to them.

There are tiny flourishes that make this stand out from the
crowd - 0n "Triquetra", towards the end there are some ghostly
vocals which are used sparingly but with great effect and on
"Pilgrim", there is some sort of synth riff that could of been
overworked - instead, it sits behind the riff and gives the song
another dimension.

Very well produced without losing any power, a special mention
must go to the drums - fantastic beats and rhythms without ever
making you aware that they are programmed (I assume they are -
if not, well done to the drummer!)

A one-man project that deserves your support.


Name your own price on Bandcamp



Friday, 17 February 2012

Zeppheroin - The Atrocity Exhibition



Re Post:
Seeing as that my own files for my own music were
taken down in the recent purge, who am I to deny
the general public my own musical noise making?
Here are the new links!


From a template of Punk, the sonic sensibilities of
Post-rock, a smattering of Electronica and an unhealthy
obsession with distorted guitars, Zeppheroin have produced
an album with a disregard for modern production techniques,
going for the mind melting "Raw Power" needle-in-the-red
style that has distressed so many lovers of sterile digital music.

With a cleanish singing/shouting style that delivers the
themed lyrics dealing with loss, religion, self awareness and
governments in a sneer of despair, this 30 minute album delivers
a sonic assault on the world we live in.

PLEASE STEAL THIS MUSIC!

This album is all my own work and I urge you, my faithful
download monkeys to spread it all around. Any music blogs
that fancy putting this up, please do - sexual favours may be
possible!

Vist my shiny and quite magnificent Bandcamp page for
the free download Here


Thursday, 16 February 2012

Disguised As Birds - Black Circles/New Demons



Request from Phratry Records, Ohio, USA.

Here is their press release:

DISGUISED AS BIRDS was born in 2004 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their

new double EP is the band’s fourth release and the thirty-first from

Phratry Records (Cincinnati, Ohio). It is available as an 8-song

vinyl record with a 10-song download. It features the brand-new

“Black Circles” EP as well as a re-release of the 2009 “New Demons”

EP.


RECOMMENDED IF YOU LIKE: Shiner, Jawbox, Fugazi, Thin Lizzy.

Although the band possesses a dreamy, shimmering quality, Disguised

As Birds have built their sound on a foundation of explosively heavy

rock with frequent comparisons to Shiner, Regulator Watts, Jawbox,

Shipping News and Juno. And despite their artsy leanings, Disguised

As Birds unquestionably has the vibe of a classic rock band. In

spirit, if not in incessant riffing, they pack a great deal of soul

into every measure of every tune. The band has been touring off and

on throughout the MidWest for years. Influenced by all things rock

and roll, art, and the often cold and bleak environment in which they

live, this is a band that can pummel, sprint and soar.


PRESS QUOTES

“pledging allegiance to ‘90s noise rock and post-punk”

-- The Onion AV Club


“this Milwaukee-based group’s sound is aggressive while lyrically

introspective; a truly difficult musical feat to master.”

-- Music Examiner


While all the above is a good description, I can also hear

a Sonic Youth feel to some of the quieter moments and

because I am an old bastard and can remember such things,

when they are get into full rock mode, I am reminded of

Swervedriver or Catherine Wheel ........ which is a good thing!


Listen


Buy from Bandcamp



Friday, 10 February 2012

Enchantress - Vol 2/Hear Her Womb War



This is prime psych/stoner/doom riffage with some
fantastic guitar work. I thought there were two vocalists
because of the high and low scales being sung but nope,
there is just one guy doing it all. The guitars are fuzzed
out and give up some sprawling jam work, leaving the
drums and bass to find their own groove.

The songs are riff based and have a loose blues feel to
them which really suits their sound when they press
the magic button entitled 'heavy'.

Clocking in at 4 tracks spread over 22 minutes, this
leaves me wanting to hear a full length album.


Free download from Bandcamp

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Lead the Way - And In Vengeance We Strike



From the UK, Lead The Way are rooted in melodic
hardcore but have the infectious groove of skatepunk.

Plenty of distorted, chugging riffs are thrown around
with the occasional tasteful solo to liven things up.

The political lyrics and songs would not sound out
of place on a Propagandhi album but with the more
open passion of Strike Anywhere or Hot Water Music.

For a new band, they certainly hold their own against
the above bands - while not inventing the wheel, they
are going to be worth watching out for - also see them
if they play live, this sort of music just screams out to
be heard in the flesh.


Download for a tiny amount of cash at Bandcamp

All their details on Facebook or own website are under
construction, so no links to them.


Wednesday, 8 February 2012

The Next Hundred Years - Obese Momentum



Band request from Canada.

The Next Hundred Years play metal/stoner but have a
depth and complexity to their sound which combined
with the clean sung vocals actually are not a million
miles away from Tool.

There is a frantic energy to the songs but they know
when to pull back and give an almost psych feel to the
more atmospheric passages.

The guitars have a warm fuzz and tone to them but
the addition of a violin playing through effects stops
them becoming just another desert scene band.

While the majority of posts here normally come from
heavier genres, if you want some good solid rock and
like tunes that have some substance to them, give these
guys a listen.

Thanks to Josh for permission to put up link to the album - Here

Video from the album Here

They are recording at the moment and hope to have a new
release out sometime in March - there are some extracts to
have a look at with a short film Here

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Koloss - End Of The Chayot



Atmospheric sludge from Swedish band Koloss that has
an epic feel that takes in some post-metal elements.

This is a very solid release that takes the best bits from
Isis and Cult Of Luna to excellent effect. Most of the songs
are around the 10 minute mark and take full advantage
of the track lengths to build up slowly, using a massive
drum sound to propel things along - this, combined
with the throbbing, low frequency bass and distorted
guitars which sound on the verge of feeding back make
the whole album a sonic trip into the land of brain explosions.

There are some sublime guitar riffs going on and the vocals
are suitably growled to deliver a really impressive debut.

Free download from Bandcamp


Monday, 6 February 2012

Britches - Democracy



Britches show a confidence in their musical abilities not
to rely on pure noise or agression to put the music across.

Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of noise-rock attitude
here but it has a more controlled feel to things, bringing
some post-rock light and dark elements to the song
compositions.

Slightly distorted vocals are to the front of the sparsely
played music which means when the band move up a gear,
they do not get lost in the mix.

Some interesting compositions are explored and the
overall tone is most definitely sinister. This is could
well by a starting point for people who have always
been uneasy of giving anything with the noise rock
tag a play.

Free download from Bandcamp


Friday, 3 February 2012

The Pledge Of Cain - Live at Carabar, Columbus



Taken from the last gig of their tour last year, brutal
French band The Pledge Of Cain have a record which
is the text book definition of heavy.

The four tracks which all clock in at over 10 minutes each
are bone-crushing slabs of doomy/sludge noise.

The rawness of the live recording gives the songs a massive
feel to them and the overall sound is epic.

With hardcore vocals and tight musicianship, this band
is definitely one to watch out for. This made my brain
hurt but in a good way!


Free download from Bandcamp



Thursday, 2 February 2012

Bezoar - Wyt Deth



Band request from Brooklyn, USA.

Here is their press release:

Bezoar wails and hails from Brooklyn, New York. This power trio has been

on the stoner, psychedelic doom metal scene since 2009 but is more majestic,

massive and cerebral than any mere genre tag. Tyler Villard previously played with Ruksac, a Boston hard core band, and Sara Palmquist played with tripped out noise band Isle of Citadel. When these bands disbanded Bezoar was formed out of Sara

and Tyler’s desire to continue making heavy weird and boundary defying music. They eventually became a power trio with Sara on vocals and bass, Tyler on guitar, and Jesse Smith on drums. With influences ranging from Sleep, YOB, 1349,

Diamanda Galas, Swans, Mayhem, Electric Wizard, Eyehategod, Slayer, and

Darkthrone among many others, Bezoar are not out to color within the lines.

After Jesse left the band for personal reasons Bezoar was on a notorious drummer search which ended when skin pounder Justin Sherrell (who also plays in the band Wizardry) joined up. After signing to No World Order Records in 2010 the band released a 7 inch and fans can expect a beastly full length debut in Winter 2012.

Combining organized chaos and sweaty organic riffing with mystic purpose,

Bezoar is a no nonsense hardworking band who at times have lived on their school bus to support the music they love. They have shared the stage and held their own alongside bands like Harvey Milk, Bison B.C., Jarboe, Saviours, Natur, Total Social Suicide, Sightings, Kurt Vile and other renowned artists and show no sign of slowing down. Like a torch blowing on the faces of all that is candy stripes and happy garage rock, Bezoar powers through the new disco era with a true vision of the ages. Sick,

guttural, beautiful, engaging, raw, powerful, original, and twisted, Bezoar look

forward to a long life of putting out records.


This is a female fronted doom-prog band that trample through

genres as gleefully as my daughter stealing money from me.


Heavy and dense, there is also a strong vein of psych-rock running

through, ensuring that there is always something going on to keep

your attention.


The riffs are strong and muscular with snaking patterns that the guitars

deliver drenched in feedback and distortion, giving the haunted vocals

a platform to sit upon.


Bezoar have enough technical chops to stop this from being "just"

another stoner doom release - in fact if you are after an album that

satisfies your heavy, musical side ...give this a go. I highly recommend this.


Thanks to Tyler for giving me permission post the album - Listen


You can buy the CD from Bandcamp


They are releasing 250 records towards the end of March, check out

the exact date on Facebook




Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Travels - Life



Here is some great melodic post-hardcore from Australia.

Using the same open compositions and vocal delivery of
the more intelligent side of hardcore - think La Dispute
or Torche Amore, this is a real gem of an album.

Travels are full of aggression but still manage to make
you feel the emotion of the lyrics. There is some classy
guitar work that weaves in and out of the riffs and the
production is crisp but solid.

This is stirring stuff.


Name your own price from Bandcamp