Thursday, 23 November 2017

Exclusive Album Stream - Blissful Stream/Lightsabres - Devil's Night to All Souls


After the time of harvest moon, moving through Hallow’s Eve to All Souls, and as the year’s twilight gains prominence, the times to follow are truly dire and cryptic.

You would so rend your flesh in hopes that it be repaired by another? Do so at your own behest, and freely of your own accord; you shan’t be considered above the greater darkness that looms. So be it that this was the price for your knowledge…
 


Although a new name for some, for those in the realm of proto-black metal, Blissful Stream shall be a welcome delight. The change was set for Martin Sällström to reemerge in 2016 from these past few years, after bidding farewell to a lengthy campaign with Swedish black metal legends Pest. Songs soaked in and inspired by 70’s and 80’s metal and spaghetti western death rock cloaks you; transporting you to simple yet bare times where souls rarely found peace. Following the brilliant debut EP for Dark Prod Records in ‘Ascending Demons’, the raw energy and intensity on this split unfolds itself to all, spurred on by raw DIY direct ethic.

With a slightly alternative approach, not unlike his countryman with whom he shares the Devil’s Night to All Souls EP, the year darkens also for John Strömshed of Lightsabres.. Also the leader with rustic Swedish rockers Tunga Möln, he has also crafted warped stoner-punk and alterna-grunge masterworks as Lightsabres to the glee of fans worldwide for the last few years. The last few releases had seen also certain tracks with much darker and disparaging feels; almost a terrific segue to these three tracks on offer for around the season of decay.




These two shadowy sons of Sweden come together to tell of the soul stripped bare, cautionary heralds, and folk songs of despair. The EP is set to be released on Black Friday, November 24th, 2017 on Medusa Crush Recordings in digital and limited high-bias cassette formats initially, to be followed by a limited digipack CD run later on.

Tracklisting:

01. Fallen From Grace
02. Dead Of Night
03. A Vision From Below
04. Blues From The End Of A Rope
05. Anyone
06. Darkness On My Trail




Release date: November 24th, 2017

Composed, recorded and mixed by M. Sällström (tracks  1 - 3)
Everything by J. Strömshed (tracks 4 - 6)

Contact info:

Blissful Stream -
https://www.facebook.com/blissfulstream/
https://blissfulstream.bandcamp.com/
http://darkprod.com/dark-prod-records/

Lightsabres -
https://www.facebook.com/lightsabres
https://lightsabres.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/lightsabres/

M.C.R.
https://www.facebook.com/medusacrushrecordings/
https://medusacrushrecordings.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/medusacrushrecordings/

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The Atomic Bitchwax - Force Field (Album Review)


Release date: December 8th 2017. Label: Tee Pee Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Force Field - Tracklisting

01. Hippie Speedball
02. Earth Shaker (Which Doobie U Be)
03. Alaskan Thunder Fuck
04. Shocker
05. Crazy
06. Fried Dyed And Layin To The Side
07. Shell of a Man
08. Houndstooth
09. Tits and Bones
10. Humble Brag
11. Super Highway
12. Liv A Little

Members

Chris Kosnik - bass, vocals
Bob Pantella - drums, percussion
Finn Ryan - guitar, vocals

Review

Legendary Space/Stoner Rockers - The Atomic Bitchwax (TAB) - return with their seventh album. Force Field carries on from their excellent last album with the band providing almost thirty five minutes of Spaced Out Stoner Rock grooves. Maybe the band doesn't try anything new with their sound on this album. Why should they? - As they've already came up with a winning formula to entertain their loyal subjects with.

The twelve songs held on the album all last around three minutes in length but TAB manages to provide some different spaced out riffs compared to their last album.

Opening track - Hippie Spaceball - is good as anything the band have put out in years with TAB creating a blaze of Stoner Rock glory that will soon get you in the mood to rock out. The music is fast paced and allows TAB to play as many different sounds they possibly can from their epic career. The vocals are dynamic from the start. As they have a punk rock manic energy to them.

Second track - Earth Shaker (Which Doobie U Be) - is definitely as Stoner Rock song not only in style but also in manic delivery. The riffs leave you in a hypnotic and trippy trance. The song does have a classic Fu Manchu sound at times but TAB inject a classic sounding seventies stoner/doom/space atmosphere. The whole sound of the album has a more space/psych rock vibe compared to their recent albums. It allows TAB to create a more vibrant and classic sounding album.

Though TAB always bring the goods to whatever album they release. With twelve songs on the album, I would be virtually here all day reviewing every track. Let's not kid ourselves here. We know how TAB sound. Force Field is packed full of great songs that will have the wide majority of the Psych/Stoner Rock community rocking out in agreement at the majority of the excellent songs held on this album for days on end.

Other great songs to check out are: Alaskan Thunder Fuck, Shocker, Crazy, Shell Of A Man, Humble Brag and Super Highway. The lyrics once again have a playful and hugely entertaining vibe to them. I may have even heard slight references to Thin Lizzy lyrics and riffs on songs such as Alaskan Thunder Duck.

The production and whole sound of the album is excellent from the start. With the band sounding the best and most energetic they've sounded in years. TAB should now be considered one of the most iconic Stoner Rock bands along with Fu Manchu, SLEEP and Monster Magnet. Force Field only enhances that well-deserved reputation.

With the year almost over and sites prepping their best albums of the year already, it's good to see TAB making a claim for releasing one of the best albums of the year in my humble opinion. Force Field is a brilliantly entertaining album that oozes class from one of the best Stoner Rock bands in the business.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Becky at Pioneer Music Press and Carl at Action PR for the promo. Force Field will be available to buy via Tee Pee Records on CD/DD/Vinyl from December 8th 2017.

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Sun Dance - Manitou (Album Review)


Release date: December 10th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Manitou - Tracklisting

1.Last ritual
2.Join the circle
3.Into the sky
4.Blind crows
5.Manitou
6.Answer

Members

Jan Gajewski - vocal
Jacek Szczepan - guitar
Adam Gajewski - guitar
Kacper Półchłopek - bass
Jakub Tokarz - drums

Review

Polish Doom/Stoner collective Sun Dance debut album is a mighty slab of Psychedelic, Doom, Grunge and Stoner Rock. Oh yeah, the band do become very spaced out at times with the music having a highly addictive edge. Did I say that Manitou is also passionately loud as well.

Opening track - Last Ritual - sees the band embracing a more nineties grunge/stoner metal sound. The vocals from Jan impress from the start as he has a very grizzled approach to his vocals. The music is quite progressive in parts as Sun Dance perfectly captures the psychedelic/spaced out theatrics of their sound. The lyrics are good for the most part with the band focusing on their music more. Taking cues from bands such as Kyuss and Soundgarden at times. It's good to see Sun Dance venture into heavier Doom Metal territory towards the end of the song.

Second track - Join The Circle - is a more laid back affair for the first few moments before a heavier grungier sound that appears. It can be very blues rock based at times. However Sun Dance like the sound of their heavy riffs. It's a good approach with the band moving between the quieter and heavier moments of the album. There is some familiar Truckfighters style FUZZ lurking in the background. Most of the songs on this album last around six to nine minutes in length. Sun Dance use that time wisely for each of the songs held on the album. As they build vast and epic progressive landscapes of swirling Doom/Stoner/Grunge/Psych noises. There is a ton of cool riffs waiting to be discovered here. With this track featuring some of the best guitar riffs on the entire album.

The other four songs on the album follow a similar path with Into The Sky, Manitou and Answer being the main highlights. Manitou is where Sun Dance impresses the most. As they create a nine minute epic song that moves effortlessly from one different sound to the next. You have to admire Sun Dance's creativity on this album and especially how they merge the different sounds together.

Sometimes the album has quite an honest and original feel. The production of the album is vibrant and sharp throughout. As this allows Sun Dance to play their music at a constantly high level.

Manitou is a genuinely exciting and brilliantly entertaining album that should rightly be appreciated across the Doom, Stoner, Psych and Grunge circles. Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Sun Dance for the promo. Manitou will be available to buy on CD/DD from December 10th 2017.

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Catching Up With ELECTRIC AGE - An Interview With Jason Ogle

Jason from NOLA/Sludge/Stoner Metallers – Electric Age – contacted me recently to do an interview where Jason wanted to discuss the band's future plans for 2018 and beyond.

If you don't remember Electric Age, they released a superb album – Sleep Of The Silent King - earlier this year. You can read my review here and a previous interview that I did with the band earlier this year.

Lets see what Electric Age have in store for us in 2018. Read on for more info.

Hi Jason. How are things with you today.

Great man!! Beautiful weather in South Louisiana!!

So what have you been upto since the release of your new album earlier this year.

Playing some shows and writing the new album. We slacked off shows a bit after summer to finish the album. It was nice get back in the rehearsal room and just play and have fun. There was a point were we kind of hit a rut by going too hard. Now we have the fire back!!


You're about to head into the studio to record some new material. Can you give our readers what will you be recording. Album, EP, Single of some sort.

Yes we hit our friend Kib from 4Mag Nitrous studios on Dec. 2 and couldn't be more excited to get going. It's gonna be a full length but not nearly as long as the last one. This one is more of a straight up rocker.

What can people expect from this record.

Just a heavy rock record. One thing about us is we aren't scared to break out of genres. Although it will be heavy we have two acoustic songs and some interesting things on it. They listener will have to interpret it their own way.

Will it be different from your last album. Can we expect some different sounds.

Well when Sleep Of The Silent King was written I was actually playing guitar. We lost a bass player or 3 and being my natural instrument is bass, I stepped over to it. So the last album was a two guitar concept record. The band now has jelled as a 3 piece and this record will be more stripped down and less orchestrated. It's just 3 guys jamming

When will you be releasing this new record.

We are shooting to be finished recording by Christmas and mixing right after. As far as a release date, we are still working on that stuff. No later than spring I'm sure


Do you have a title for the record yet?

Well...nobody knows it yet, we have been messing around with artwork and ideas but I'll give you the scoop. The record will be called Painter of Saints and we have some cool artwork stuff we are getting ready.

Will Argonauta Records will be releasing this record. Or will you be releasing it by yourselves or via a different label.

Actually I sent Argonauta some pre-production demos about an hour ago. We just got started with "the business" side of all that. Argonauta is a great label and we have had nothing but positive things happen with Gero and the crew. We are not sure which way we are going yet but we should have all that and release details coming up by the first of the year.

So do you have any exciting plans happening in 2018 that you like to share with us.

Nothing super special get back out and play some shows and push the new record. We are working on getting a worldwide web store up and we shall see what the new year holds. I wanna do a live record later next year but I'll have to talk the guys into it. Ha!!

Looking back on 2017, what have been your high points and low points as a band.

High was finally getting that last record out after so long. As far as low points we really didn't have any except maybe a little fatigue. We are all such good friends we never have any problems or drama in this band.


Would you change anything at all in 2017 what happened to Electric Age.

Other than getting a couple of big shows we wanted nope.

What have been your favourite albums of 2017.

The Age Of Truth's new record Threshold has been in constant play lately, everyone check it out. Let me see, Forming The Void-Relic, Paramaya-Love, Fire And Dangerous Things come to mind. I really listen to a lot of older stuff and talk radio.

Before you go, do you have anything to say to your fans.

Thanks for all the support from everyone. I still smile when I see people from all over the world digging our music or messaging us and liking the record. Don't worry the new one will be good!!

Thanks for doing this. All the best with your future endeavours.

Thank you brother!! Anytime and be safe!!

Words by Steve Howe and Jason Ogle.

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Wolf Counsel - Age Of Madness/Reign Of Chaos (Album Review)


Release date: November 17th 2017. Label: Czar Of Bullets. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Age Of Madness/Reign Of Chaos - Tracklisting

1.WolvenEarth 05:33
2.Semper Occvltvs 04:53
3.Age Of Madness/Reign Of Chaos 10:05
4.O' Death 04:28
5.Eternal Solitude 05:19
6.Coffin Nails 04:19
7.Remembrance 06:50

Members

Ralf W. Garcia – Bass/Vocals
Reto Crola – Drums
Andreas Reinhart – Guitars
Ralph Huber – Guitars

Review

Wolf Counsel has bestowed upon us all their 3rd full length album, Age of Madness / Reign of Chaos. I was kind of unsure what to say about the album after a couple of listens, but there was one particular morning in which I was on my way to work and in a rather foul mood. It was at this point that the record really and truly resonated with me. The band delivers a classic doom sound with a modern feel to it. 
I know this sounds of a bit of an oxymoron, but hear me out. The seven songs presented have the feel of the classic doom sounds of say Cathedral, but with a more modern twist of some newer metal. I often times am reminded of Pallbearer, but without the tendency to meander musically.
On to the songs…. Wolven Earth opens the album. It is a song that is soaked in the classic doom metal sound. Semper Occultus continues the heavy, but brings in a unique more modern metal sound that was alluded to earlier. The title track Age of Madness / Reign of Chaos is a return to the heavy doom sound of the opener. It is over 10 minutes of righteous oppressive doom. O'Death follows and it is a real surprise. A killer track with female vocals. (My apologies for not knowing the vocalist) The song takes the bands power and provides a dark background for the haunting, beautiful ethereal voice of the singer.
Eternal Solitude hits you with a more modern rock/pop sound that continues to shine a light on the bands chameleon like talent. Coffin Nails comes at you next with plenty of big drums and an unusual sounding vocal delivery that gives the song plenty of dark charm. Remembrance closes the album out with a final dose of quintessential doom metal. The anguished refrain to "Remember" haunts the listener to the very end.
Age of Madness / Reign of Chaos demands repeated listens, as it is nuanced and heavy. In a year that has seen some pretty amazing Doom records being released, Wolf Counsel has released one of the best. Dig on it!

- Todd S

Instagram @alltheghoststhathauntyou

Words by Todd Stealey

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Opium Eater - ENNUI (Album Review)


Release date: October 12th 2017. Label: Art as Catharsis Records. Format: CD/DD

Ennui - Tracklisting

1.Collapse 04:25
2.The Effect Of A Tragedy On Its Spectators 08:35
3.Babelsteps 09:09
4.Post-Tense 10:19
5.(The Not-I) 02:44
6.Worry Is At The Door 07:29
7.Ennui 11:25

Members

Jesse Hill (Bass, Vocals)
Craig Leahy (Guitar, Vocals)
Sam Leamy (Guitar, Vocals)
Matt Hill (Drums)

Review

Opium Eater's debut album Ennui is one I've been struggling to review recently. As the album is very diverse and includes a wide range of different musical genres. My initial thoughts were that the album is quite complex and too clever for its own good at times. Within time I've come to admire Opium Eater's creativity and diverse range of sounds of the album. Drawing influence from bands such as Elder, Mastodon, Baroness, Russian Circles and Neurosis, this album does actually feel influenced by those amazing bands.

However Opium Eater create their own unique sounds on songs such as: Collapse, The Effect Of A Tragedy On It's Spectators, Babelsteps, Post-Tense and the brilliantly heavy title track Ennui.

Opening track Collapse is a post-rock/post-metal introduction to Opium Eater that I feel would work better as a closing track than an opening track. Still it gives you a brief glimpse on what to expect on the more mellower parts of the album.

Second track - The Effect Of A Tragedy On It's Spectators does take time for the band to find their purpose and let rip with a heavy Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal riff. The vocals are mighty impressive as one of the bands 3 vocalists opts for a hardcore/post-metal sound. The song whilst staying mostly melodic does contain heavy violent outbursts of post-hardcore/sludge metal aggression. The progressive rock/metal style fusion of the music allows the band to explore many different elements of music. Psych Rock. Post-Rock and even Alternative Rock. The clean vocals can feel out of place at times but you soon become accustomed to Opium Eater's way of delivering their music.

The rest of the album follows the same path as this track though Opium Eater does throw a few curve balls along the way. As they experiment with their sound at different parts of the album. They could be playing a straight forward Post-Rock/Stoner Rock riff before changing direction altogether and playing something more primal. The album maybe challenging and too complex at times but you can never call it boring. As Opium Eater really do create a truly rich sound of their own.

The lyrics are another highlight with Opium Eater writing highly intelligent lyrics that matches superbly well with the complex melodies. Ennui may have taken a long time for myself to truly appreciate and to respect the band for doing something different with the standard Progressive Sludge/Post-Metal sound.

This is an album that you need to take your time with and it becomes a much more rewarding and emotional experience because of this.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

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