zaterdag 18 januari 2020

Matador – They Were here Before Us


Matador – They Were here Before Us
Self Released - December 2019
Post Rock/Post Metal
Rated: *****

Matador give us an album called They  Were Here Before Us with six powerful tracks that will make mountains crumble into the sea and the moon move out of orbit. For me, post-metal is in danger of becoming stale, with only a handful of bands capable of rising above the cut'n'paste copyists that seem to litter this genre. Luckily for us all, Matador escape that trap with thoughtful song writing capabilities that have an epic feel to them and yet still retain a hardcore edge to focus the tracks with razor-sharp guitar riffs that slice through the sonic denseness. Atmospherics that are sparsely used do not overplay their hand, instead they add, rather than distract from the rage and despair being played out through the songs. Despite the power and fury, there is a hypnotic quality due to the running order of the tracks that brings a cohesive feel that just sounds right. And because Matador are good guys it is NYP on Bandcamp.

(Written by Tony Maim)




GoatHawkBuffalo – Come to Temple


GoatHawkBuffalo – Come to Temple
Self released – 2019
Rock, Stoner, Metal, Sludge
Rated: ****

Gnide en and! It’s one of the many important phrases one should know in Danish. Shit, it’s a phrase one should know in every language. And fortunately we do… But for now we are in Copenhagen where Come To Temple by GoatHawkBuffalo was born. GoatHawkBuffalo, five guys playing heavy rock music. It might get dirty, and it definitely will be loud! Yes, it does! Ten stoner metal tracks that they themselves also label as ‘party sludge’. Ho ho ho! And there’s a one hell of shindig going! Singapore Slings with (Rancho De La Luna) Mezcal on the side! They quickly turn to a mighty groove and keep it going for the entirety of the record; leveling all that lies before them and almost turning machinal. Or so you think and wish; cause without a warning shot they suddenly go through layers upon layers of fuzzy reverb between tracks and Americana, blues inspired songs. Which shows these cats want to do more than just produce kick in the balls groove metal, stoner and sludge. Is every one of those sidesteps a winner? Perhaps not; but let’s not spoil the surprise! Go to the GoatHawkBuffalo Temple and heat the sermon…

(Written by JK)



vrijdag 17 januari 2020

Strider / Godbud - Those Doomed Roads


Strider / Godbud - Those Doomed Roads
Self Released Split- 2019
Rock, Stoner, Doom, Psych
Rated:

Two prominent risers in the bright Turkish Underground, Strider and Godbud join forces on Those Doomed Roads to proffer differing adventures in Heavy Psych: Strider's low-fuzz vibes throwing up all the hot desert sand and peyote a healthy Stoner needs whilst Godbud go for the creeping Doom approach, bending notes and minds with deep-rooted Psych Doom! Well worth a punt!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)




Yur Mum – Ellipsis


Yur Mum – Ellipsis
Self released /Rebel Rebel PR – 2019
Rock, Punk, Grunge, Stoner
Rated: ***

The two became three and the sound multiplied by infinity! Or is the added third there just for a song or two? A live gig or the band photo? Anyway, check out the new EP Ellipsis by Yur Mum. The alternative rock, punk and grunge all indeed have that nineties feel; but with the touches of stoner and metal the five tracks soon become something more as well. Formed as a duo by Anelise Kunz (Vocals/Bass) and Fabio Couto (Drums/Vocals) they released their first album Road Rage on Flicknife Records in 2018. But the new EP sees the London two or three become absolutely explosive!

(Written by JK)




Czar – Too Close For Comfort


Czar – Too Close For Comfort
Black Bow Records – 2019
Rock, Stoner, Grunge
Rated:

Denver, Colorado based foursome Czar released two singles near the end of 2019. Can we expect to receive a full album in 2020? We can only hope so! For both singles are a wild exploration of the stoner and grunge scene. Tuned low and tuned grime, both the A Loathing and Too Close For Comfort singles kicks you hard and swiftly with a nineties vibe and a new era grunge sound. We might be dealing with a new despot here!?

(Written by JK)





donderdag 16 januari 2020

Black Tundra - Daylight Dark


Black Tundra - Daylight Dark
Self released - 2019
Doom, Post, Core
Rated:

Highlighted as one of my December Doom Charts picks, Polish pessimists Black Tundra serve up bitter fruits of bleak, atmospheric Doom with their latest opus Daylight Dark: 6 tracks of inventive, irascible Doom/Post-Hardcore that capture your ears and incarcerate your attention!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)



Shit The Cow – Stoner Ghost


Shit The Cow – Stoner Ghost
Self released – 2019
Rock, Indie, Stoner, Garage, Punk
Rated: ****

We’ve been mentioning those crazy Cows from Sweden ever since their first release back in 2012. But since Shit The Cow has been pretty prolific, we fear we might have missed a few of their releases since. And back in November their ninth (counting singles and ep’s) release became a fact. Their second (?) full-sized album is called Stoner Ghost and it definitely starts off with a bit of a ghostly or ethereal touch. But soon enough the six Shits take it into a rougher, ramshackle and rugged terrain. Title track Stoner Ghost is just that, ghosting everything we love about stoner rock! Sublime and effectively done it seems to take the perfect and logical stoner route; but then the Shits hit you with the sax and take the entire track to another level! Dang! And they stay on that high with almost every track that follows! Magnificent!

(Written by JK)




Praÿ – Praÿ


Praÿ – Praÿ
Self released – 2019
Rock, Stoner, Space, Psych, Seventies, Instrumental
Rated: ****

Massive riffs upon gargantuan groove’, that’s what Bucky claimed to have heard while listening to the new Praÿ. And he was absolutely right! Some dark space and heavy psychedelic elements, a seventies approach and a wild and adventures atmosphere. The instrumental power trio from France has come up with an amazing and swirling trip down to the universal drain. You will feel the earth moving through space with this one! 

(Written by JK)



woensdag 15 januari 2020

Primitif - Cercle Vicieux


Primitif - Cercle Vicieux
Clou – 2019
Rock, Metal, Slduge
Rated:

French two-man Sludge outfit Primitif wreak havoc on the senses with their newest release Cercle Vicieux - five tracks of decrepit, filth-encrusted Metal that reveals the Blackened soul of Versoul - Brutal!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)




Deserts of Mars - Return From The Void


Deserts of Mars - Return From The Void
Self released – 2019
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Metal,
Rated: ****

These cats released their Transmission album back in 2011; but Deserts of Mars return now with a serious blast off and a glorious EP aptly called Return From The Void. Vocalist/bassist Tony Salvaggio behind the only original member we can assume the rest might have perished on the sandy red planet. With two new Martian maniacs involved the space age adventure continues. And that’s what it is, a stoner rock adventure with spacey twitches and hard rock trucking! Great drumwork, excellent bass rumbling and wonderful guitarlicks! Desert of Mars has returned and will stomp on every planet!

(Written by JK)




Stonus – Sweetspot


Stonus – Sweetspot
Self released – 2019
Stoner, Rock
Rated: ****

Stonus from Greece, that fabeled mythical country, captured by our very own Reek of STOOM on the Doomed and Stoned In Hellas compilation, is now situated in England, and their new single definitely hits the Sweetspot ! Indeed, it’s called Sweetspot and heralds the coming of their new album Aphasia soon to be released. Stonus is stoner and Stonus is bad ass! Five crazies who know how to tune dirty and sound filthy! Check out the amazing new single and be ready for the album!

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 14 januari 2020

The Swell Fellas - Singles


The Swell Fellas - Singles
Self-released - 2019
Psych, Progressive, Stoner
Rated:

Releasing singles "Shadow Man" and "The Saga Of Sir Goosenberry Jr." in anticipation of their remastered album, The Swell Fellas deliver a heady and eerie brand of psych rock, spiced with otherworldly textures and metallic guitar licks.

(Written by Shastabeast)







Melt – Demo 2019


Melt – Demo 2019
Self released – 2019
Rock, Grunge, Metal, Noise, Punk
Rated: ****

Melancholia drips from your fingers and your fondle those darkened tunes that are Melt! Originally started as a duo the French foursome manage to produce something very soulful and powerful. They already released an self-titled album in 2017 but their demo from 2019 does everything a bit better. It moves, it howls and it screams itself into your heart. It has a nineties alternative vibe, but everything else sells you metal and noisy sanctuary… Furious!

(Written by JK)