woensdag 4 maart 2015

Antique Scream – Two Bad Dudes


Antique Scream – Two Bad Dudes
Self Destructo – 2014
Rock, Blues, Stoner, Metal, Garage
Rated: ***

Two Bad Dudes indeed. The new album delivered by the Antique Scream duo reeks of badness. That old school badness. That badness that’s actually translated as something good and high spirited. The ten tracks on this album move towards that sixties garage and seventies blues rock. And with some added age old metal influences and some stoner trucking you know you are in for one hell of a ride. Here and there we note some psychedelic seventies and a definite love for steamy and sweltering songs. Raw and gritty and made for those ramshackle drinking holes where hardly anyone will pay attention to the band. They just stare at their drink and occasionally move the ice around. The smoke is heavy in these kind of places. And the oppressive air will only add to the sweaty fuzzed out blues that these guys bring. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Antique Scream, they’re just Two Bad Dudes, on the road, looking for some action and a fistful of dollars to buy drinks…

(Written by JK)



Torche – Restarter


Torche – Restarter
Relapse Records – 2015
Metal, Stoner, Rock, Sludge
Rated: ****

What to say about those damn funny freaks that is Torche. Rocking the world for over ten years with an ever changing approach to the music they want to bring. It could be seen as a justified quest to find the perfect metal soundtrack to sunny and shiny rock that is both infectious as it is catchy. And on the record Restarter, the first album after Steve Brooks reformed Floor, they are back at it, in fine form. Where Harmonicraft from 2012 went overboard with its lighthearted approach we can now hear something even more compelling than Meanderthal. You could almost state that the quest is over and that Restarter is the treasure they have been looking for all this time. Easy comprehensible riffs that slowly but solidly work towards eager refrains. Thrumming bass and guitar colors that are allowed to zing, sting and fuzz. Gentle rolling songs leisurely built by straightforward yet shimmering riffs, outlandish prose and poetry in unadorned vocals with beautiful echoes. And then there are the faster and more nervous songs with speeding tempos and a rhythm section that becomes a beast all onto itself. Typically Torche, the Restarter album has it all and moves easily around heavy, chugging, rocking, hypnotic and sexy without every losing focus or that typically Torche sound…  

(Written by JK)




Get Your Gun – The Worrying Kind


Get Your Gun – The Worrying Kind
Empty Tape – 2015
Rock, Folk, Stoner, Garage
Rated: ***

The Danish formation Get Your Gun gives us their version of subdued garage, rock and stoner. In fact on The Worrying Kind they often come across as a hybrid between 16 Horsepower, The Gun Club and Queens of The Stone Age. A sort of stoner folk experience that enchants and grips your throat with dark and sensual hands. Cause even though we are only treated to seven tracks on this album, they sure as hell grab your attention. Heavy stuff and hard to take in on occasion, but o’ so beautiful as well. Their Scandinavian melancholy is ripe with Viking shadows and ghostly flatlands. Calm one moment and savage and wild the next. With a weak white light they bring out those gloomy black experiences of human existence. Instinctive, they speak to the unconsciousness and have you reliving past lives where you travelled in a lusciously carved Knarr to distant shores not knowing whether you would return. Scattered like a broken necklace of pearls and small drops of blood, the Get Your Gun trio have delivered something highly logical with a natural pattern to otherworldly feelings. You were there, remember…

(Written by JK)



maandag 2 maart 2015

The Doom Chart for March 2015



Doom Charts

“You are about to experience one of the strangest meetings ever convened — a joining of […] the most unusual people on Earth! Sit quietly in the shadows of this clandestine conference and observe it well! For from it shall soon be born … The DOOM PATROL” – Arnold Drake

They have returned! With a vengeance and an amazing amount of good people with great taste! (Except that one dipshit...)

Welcome to the Doom Charts, representing some of the finest sites, podcasts and bands in the stoner and doom metal underground! Each participant lists their favorite new stoner / sludge / doom albums and the results are compiled into the chart below. This is a one-stop shop for the best new albums in the world. EVERY MONTH!

But first … The Roll Call – A.S. Van Dorston (Fast n’ Bulbous); Bill Goodman (The Evil Engineer); Billy Goate (Doomed & Stoned); Bucky Brown (The Ripple Effect); Cam Crichton (Motherslug); Clint (Hand of Doom Radio); Doktor420 (Stoner HiVe); Double A Doom (The Sludgelord); Gram Pola (Dirty Denim); Ian Gerber (WTF is Stoner Rock?); Joop Konraad (Stoner HiVe); LK Ultra (You May Be Dead & Dreaming); Lyk (Phantasmagoria); Melissa (Doomed & Stoned); Mr. Fuzz (More Fuzz); Pat Harrington (The Electric Beard of Doom); Paul Rote (Bandcamp); Skip (Ride With the Devil); Soggy Bob (Soggy Bog of Doom); Steve Howe (The Sludgelord); Steve Miller (Vertical Chamber Apparatus); Tony Maim (Stoner HiVe); Ulla Roschat (Wicked Lady)


So, head on over to the Doom Charts and read up on all those amazing albums!




At Number19 we find Hobo Magic… This hard rockin’ Brisbane trio’s album has been out half a year but it can still set fire to those with loose hanging morals and then teach them a thing or two. Earnest and full of powerful stuff. If you want to know what the rest of the chart holds and who the Number One in March is… Check it out here: DOOM CHART ~!



vrijdag 27 februari 2015

The Munsens – Weight of Night


The Munsens – Weight of Night
Self released – 2015
Rock, Doom
Rated: ****

A package arrives. A cassette tape, accompanied by a small handwritten note and their band name/logo excellently and eerily drawn with ink: The Munsens. Three hairy fellas who formed their brotherhood in Asbury Park, New Jersey but relocated to Denver, Colorado. In pursuit of something highly vintage, mystical and creepy. Ye shall not be mistaken, this is one of those bands that will immediately strike a chord in the heart of all those who lust for something pure and for some unadulterated retro doom. And this is no gimmicky attempt for obscurity or anonymity. No, cause when the first two Sabbath, Electric Wizard and Bongripper typed tracks wash over you, you start the universal nod and thirst to wallow in their sound. The growling yet mystical vocals sound like they come from a bottomless abyss, dusty crypt or deep dark pit. The guitars howling and wailing and bass progression that sounds so ominous it should almost be forbidden. Bleak cymbals and crashing toms, hail the coming of something shadowy and evil. It is the final track The Hunt that kicks it up a notch, not in speed, but in occult Munsens high powered quality. A slow dirge that drags the deceased and the dying towards their inevitable demise. And all of us, who will live to tell the tale, follow and watch, and rejoice. For we can start this cassette tape again and again…

(Written by JK)



John Carpenter – Lost Themes


John Carpenter – Lost Themes
Sacred Bones – 2015
Electro
Rated: ***

Horror grand magician John Carpenter dismissed movie making quite a while ago: “I love movies, but hate getting up early.” No more movies meant no more of his very own style of music full of icy tension and ominous expectations. Full of pumping electro beats, gripping synthesizers, lanky keyboard choirs and those every present melody maelstroms. Or so we thought. Cause then, suddenly, out of nowhere, comes Lost Themes. Nine instrumental compositions, with massive Dario Argento references, primitive basses and demonic themes we have all come to love. With tiny exotic intricate workings and sudden atmosphere changes. The main reason though, why I noticed the album, is the fact that he worked on the album with his son and godson. Cody and personal hero Daniel Davies of Year Long Disaster / Karma To Burn fame. Whenever they were bored playing video games they would head over to the attic to improvise some music. It went so well, that within days they had this Lost Themes album and they’re already working on a follow-up called Dark Blues. But for now, all us Carpenter lovers, are stuck imagining their very own nightmare while listening to Lost Themes…

(Written by JK)





The Answer – Raise A Little Hell


The Answer – Raise A Little Hell
Napalm – 2015
Rock, Hard
Rated: **

It’s hard to watch the decline of a promising band. I dug Rise from 2006, I liked Everyday Demons from 2009 and I loved Revival from 2011. But there were already a few hints on that album that showed us a direction they should not be taken. New Horizon from 2013 was weaker still and had us hoping that something was gonna change. Unfortunately the fifth album Raise A Little Hell by the Irish rockers The Answer does not change a lot and raises very little hell. Sure, there are still a few tracks that meander between Nazareth and AC/DC and which we can appreciate; but overall, the songwriting has dwindled. The exuberance and razor-sharp guitar work from the earlier albums has dissipated and turned into a trickle. There seems to be little fun in their newest work and they sound tired and weary.  As if the car is running low on fuel and the knives have gone blunt. They’re not looking for a fight, they’re trying their best to stay out of it. Song after song we here the same loud but lazy rock that seems to be made for background music when the vacuum cleaner is running. You hear rock music, and that’s about it. Nothing that sets it apart and nothing that gets the blood racing. Let’s hope their sixth album sees them relight their fire and kick start their own behinds!

(Written by JK)



donderdag 26 februari 2015

Gingerpig – Ghost on The Highway


Gingerpig – Ghost on The Highway
Suburban – 2015
Rock, Hard
Rated: ****

We’ve been smitten with Gingerpig ever since we heard their first demo back in 2009. It then took till spring 2011 before we were treated to the amazing album The Ways Of The Gingerpig on which they let the Hammond do the talking, the guitars do the wailing and the vocals the mesmerizing. What a debut album that was, it still spins regularly and the track Dimlighted Heart so often I lost count. After which we saw some line-up changes before we got the damn fine Hidden From View in 2013 and with yet some more changes in personal they now send out into the world their third record: Ghost On The Highway. The wildness that was displayed on earlier albums has given way to heaviness and straight on truckin. This is hardrock. Hardrock with a definite penchant for the old school version that we got from Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Hardrock with a definite love for the blues. Add to this some stylings a la Wishbone Ash or Thin Lizzy and you get a whole new incarnation of what Gingerpig was all about. A Gingerpig that is always on the road. Without an organ to slow them down and with a steady driver gunning for the horizon. So if you are in need for a soundtrack to a vicious day and perhaps a night long drive, pick up Ghost On The Highway, it will keep you focused and aware of all those spirits around you…

(Written by JK)