Quarterly Review: Trippy Wicked, Dunbarrow, The Vintage Caravan, Zatokrev & Minsk, Owl Maker, Orbital Junction, Bourbon, Birnam Wood, Wytch Hazel, The Soulbreaker Company

Posted in Reviews on December 3rd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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You know how this goes by now, right? Well, okay, except that because I skipped the Quarterly Review that I otherwise would’ve done in September (or, more likely, October), I’m doubling-up this time. 100 reviews instead of 50. Two full weeks of 10 albums per day. Will I survive? Yeah, probably. Will it be completely overwhelming? Already is. Thanks for asking.

I’ll save the summaries of the year that was for list-time, which is fast approaching, but consider the fact that there are well more than 100 albums I could include in this roundup emblematic of just how vibrant heavy rock and doom are in the US, EU, UK, Australia and elsewhere. It’s a universal thing, and accordingly, there’s a whole universe of it to explore. This is just a sampling.

But yeah, time’s a wastin’, so let’s get to it.

Quarterly Review #1-10:

Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of the Knight, Stakes n Scale

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Dunbarrow, II

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The Vintage Caravan, Gateways

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With their third record and second for Nuclear Blast, Icelandic trio The Vintage Caravan affirm not only their passion for the boogie of old on cuts like “The Way” and the strutting “Hidden Streams,” but secure a place as being worthy of the consideration they’ve been given to a degree by the wider Continental European heavy underground. They are strikingly mature in their approach for still being a relatively young band, and their albums have worked quickly to develop a character that is becoming more and more their own. They do the fests and they tour, and so on, but they seem to be engaged in building their listenership one pair of ears at a time. Having a metal-major label behind them hasn’t hurt their promotional cause, but frankly, they’re not as big as they should be for the level of work they’re doing, and even with songs like “Reset” and “Reflections” and the composed-strictly-for-vinyl-sounding closer “Tune Out” to their credit, they’re still largely a word of mouth band, especially in the US. Well, consider this your word of mouth. If you haven’t heard Gateways yet, you should get on that.

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Minsk & Zatokrev, Bigod

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Post-metallic powerhouses Minsk and Zatokrev — both of whom hit their 15th anniversary last year — teamed up for a European tour this Fall. To mark the occasion, Consouling Sounds and Czar of Crickets celebrated with Bigod, a split with two tracks from each band arranged in alternating order — Minsk, then Zatokrev, etc. — intended to highlight the symmetry between them not just of circumstance and root influence in the Neurosis school of atmospheric sludge, but the fact that they share these commonalities despite their origins in Illinois and Switzerland, respectively. Each band opens with a longer track (double points) in Minsk‘s “Invoke/Revive” and Zatokrev‘s “Silent Gods,” each of which push past 13 minutes as likely at any moment to be pummeling as ambient, and follows with two shorter cuts, Minsk‘s “Salvatore” swelling theatrically from its minimalist beginnings while Zatokrev‘s “The Chalice and the Dagger” seems to explode from the foundation the prior band laid out. It must have been a hell of a tour, but whether you saw it or not, the split is a welcome conglomeration from two of post-metal’s strongest acts.

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Owl Maker, Sky Road

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Self-recording guitarist/vocalist Simon Tuozzoli (Vestal Claret, ex-Guerra, etc.) leads Connecticut-based three-piece Owl Maker through a complex thematic of Native American folklore and heavy metal classicism. The NWOBHM plays a strong role in his riffing style, but one of the two tracks included on the two-songer single Sky Road, “Owl City,” also veers into more extreme territory with a departure from clean vocals to harsher screaming. All told, it’s about eight minutes of music, but Sky Road nonetheless follows Owl Maker‘s earlier-2018 EP, Paths of the Slain (review here), with an uptick in melodic presence in the vocals of Tuozzoli and bassist Jessie May and progression in the chemistry between the two of them and drummer Chris Anderson, and with the fluidity of their transitions between various styles of heavy, their scope seems only to be growing. To wit, “Sky Road” itself is only 3:42, but still demonstrates a clear-headed compositional method based around storytelling and a subtly encompassing range. Whether it’s early warning for what they do next or a conceptual one-off, its quick run seems just to be begging for a 7″ pressing.

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Orbital Junction, Orbital Junction

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The Londonderground continues to produce acts ready and willing to worship at the altar of riffs. Orbital Junction‘s self-release debut EP makes an impression not only because of the markedly pro-shop production by Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studios and the cover art by SoloMacello, but the hooks to live up to those high standards. “6 ft. 2” follows opener “Space Highway” with a bit of dudely chestbeating — note: I don’t know how tall any of them actually are — but the swing of EP centerpiece “Devil’s Double” and the bounce of “Gypsy Queen” speak for the four-piece’s roots and appreciation of straightforward heavy, void of pretense and tapping into an easy mid-paced fluidity that slows up somewhat on closer “Pagan” without really losing the central groove of the offering overall. They’ll have their work cut out for them in distinguishing themselves over the longer term amongst London’s burl-fueled hordes, but their first outing shows their instincts headed in the right direction in terms of songwriting, performance and presentation.

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Bourbon, Fuente Vieja

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Crisp but warm in its tone and presentation, rife with melody and carrying a laid back spirit despite a fervent underlying groove — the bass on “El Sendero” rests well within gotta-hear-it territory — Spanish purveyors Bourbon emobody some of the best of post-Viaje a 800 Andalusian heavy rock and roll on their third LP, Fuente Vieja (on Spinda). Their fuzz makes its presence known early on “Si Véis La Luz, Corred” and continues as a running theme as tracks like “A Punto de Arder” and the side-A-capping title-cut grow increasingly progressive. There’s room for some shuffle, of course, as side B begins with “La Triste Realidad,” and the slower “Hacia el Sol” gracefully blends electrified wah and acoustic guitars beneath a well-timed standout vocal performance, but the highlight might be eight-minute closer “Destierro,” which seems to bring everything else under one roof while tapping into a poppier structure early — acoustics and electrics aligning effectively circa two minutes in — while providing the album with a graceful and fittingly organic-sounding finale.

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Birnam Wood, Wicked Worlds

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Birnam Wood don’t have time for bullshit, but they do have time for a bit of shenanigans. Thus the 1:44 surge of opener “Time of Purification” leads into the sample-laden roller groove of “Richard Dreyfuss” on their as-of-now-self-released Wicked Worlds, and the “Hole in the Sky”-style “Dunsinane” shifts into the more blown-out “Early Warning,” which, by the time its tectonic low end kicks in, is indeed something of a clarion. At seven-tracks/34-minutes, Wicked Worlds is somewhere between an EP and an LP, but I’d argue it as the latter with the flow from “Greenseer” into the massive “A Song for Jorklum” and the seven-minute finale “Return to Samarkand” making for a righteous side B, but either way, it’s a Boston-crafted assault of grit-tone and aggro doom that finds the band not overwhelmed by the heft of their own tones but able to move and manipulate them to serve the purposes of their songs. Those purposes, incidentally, are mostly about kicking ass. Which they do. Copiously.

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Wytch Hazel, II: Sojourn

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It would not seem to be a coincidence that UK self-aware four-piece Wytch Hazel — guitarists Conlin Hendra (also vocals) and Alex Haslam, bassist Matt Gatley and drummer Jack Spencer nod to Wishbone Ash‘s Argus with the cover of their second LP, II: Sojourn (on Bad Omen). They do a lot of that kind of nodding, with a sound culled from a valiant blend of classic progressive and early NWOBHM styles that makes the point of how closely related the two have always been. “The Devil is Here” starts out at a fervent gallop with just an underpinning of Thin Lizzy, while the later “See My Demons” shifts from its steady roll and rousing hook into an acoustic/electric break that seems to pull from Jethro Tull as much as Scorpions. At 10 tracks/45 minutes, they have plenty of time to flesh out their ideas, and they do precisely that, whether it’s the careful unfolding around the keys and acoustics of closer “Angel Take Me” or the over-the-top instrumental push of “Chorale” or the moodier “Wait on the Wind,” the wah solo of which is a highlight on its own. There are some burgeoning harmonies in Hendra‘s vocals, which is an impulse he should follow as it would only enhance the material, but after making their debut with 2016’s Prelude, II: Sojourn finds Wytch Hazel sounding comfortable and well established in their niche.

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The Soulbreaker Company, Sewed with Light

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Progressive, expansive and engaging, the sixth album from Spanish sextet The Soulbreaker Company, Sewed with Light (on Underground Legends), taps into classically Floydian influences on songs like “The Word, the Blade” while still keeping a foot in heavy rock on the prior “Together,” and setting a quick course into a varied sonic persona via the seven-minute opener and longest track (immediate points) “Inner Dark.” Hypnotizing not necessarily with drift but with sheer willful exploration, The Soulbreaker Company work with a variety of key sounds and craft-minded ranging guitar in order to effect an atmosphere of thoughtful songwriting even in their most outwardly trippy moments. The sneering semi-psychedelic rock of “Avoid the Crash” and the more stripped-down roll of “Arrhythmia” (video premiere here) lead the way into closer “In the Beginning,” which marks yet another departure with its grandeur of string sounds and electronic beats leading to a chugging big finale. As with the bulk of The Soulbreaker Company‘s work, it requires an active ear, but Sewed with Light both encourages and well earns consideration as more than background noise.

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The Vintage Caravan Post New Video for “Crazy Horses”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on June 11th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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Nope, not an Osmonds cover, as was the song of the same title once taken on by underrated New York rockers Puny HumanThe Vintage Caravan‘s “Crazy Horses” is an original, taken from their third album, Arrival, which is out now on Nuclear Blast. If you were to ask me just what’s happening in the clip, I’d probably hem and haw for a while before I mumbled something about different lives intersection at a show at which The Vintage Caravan, while being GoPro’ed, rock the house thoroughly. I know there’s a bonfire, and it looks like someone had their breakfast burnt, but yeah, if there’s an overarching theme, it’s probably about that show, some measure of release there maybe.

Or maybe that’s me reading into it. You’ll have to watch for yourself if you’re so inclined to see where you’re at. The Icelandic trio have a round of European tour dates booked for this summer that includes several festivals, among them Montreux Jazz Festival and Sonic Blast Moledo, among a considerable swath of others, and if the production value they bring to their performance is anything like that of the video for “Crazy Horses,” which has a pretty straightforward bluesy heavy rock push from which it kicks into higher and more punkish gear in an enticing and catchy bit of back and forth — plus funny faces! — it should be quite a time.

Clip follows here, with tour dates and more info after. Enjoy:

The Vintage Caravan, “Crazy Horses” official video

THE VINTAGE CARAVAN – RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “CRAZY HORSES”

Icelandic classic rock trio, THE VINTAGE CARAVAN, have released the official video for the song “Crazy Horses” from their brand new album, Arrival.

Óskar Logi Ágústsson, singer and guitarist for Iceland’s classic rock trio THE VINTAGE CARAVAN, played a key role in the new Icelandic dramatic film, Metalhead. The movie has drawn a lot of attention not only from the rock and metal community but also from mainstream audiences.

Directed by Iceland’s famed Ragnar Bragason, Ágústsson plays the older brother of the main character that dies a gruesome death, leading his sister to adopt the his musical lifestyle. Metalhead is out now playing in the U.S. and is available on-demand.

The Vintage Caravan:
Óskar Logi – Guitar and vocals
Alexander Örn – Bass and backup vocals
Stefán Ari Stefánsson – Drums

The Vintage Caravan on tour:
Jun 10 Ulmer Zelt Ulm, Germany
Jun 12 Willemeen Arnhem, Netherlands
Jun 13 Kempenerpop Aalst, Netherlands
Jun 13 Retie Rockt, Retie, Belgium
Jul 05 Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland
Jul 11 Eistnaflug Festival, Fjarðabyggð, Iceland
Jul 24 Rock Im Wald, Neuessen, Germany
Jul 25 Flörsheim Open Air, Flörsheim, Germany
Aug 15 Sonic Blast, Moledo, Portugal
Aug 23 Turock Open Air Essen, Germany
Sep 04 Pitcher, Dusseldorf, Germany
Sep 05 Metallergrillen, Bisterschied, Germany
Sep 12 Raismes Fest, Raismes, France

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The Vintage Caravan Recording New Album Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 12th, 2014 by JJ Koczan

Icelandic heavy rocking trio The Vintage Caravan are set to hit the studio on Jan. 8 to track the follow-up to their Nuclear Blast debut, Voyage, which was released by the label earlier this year. The album, as yet untitled, is due out sometime in 2015, and the songs seem to be held over from earlier writing sessions, so it should be interesting to hear how The Vintage Caravan move forward.

Details are pretty light at the moment, but the PR wire brings some comment from the band, and there’s more to come, I’m sure:

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THE VINTAGE CARAVAN to Enter the Studio in January!

Icelandic classic rock trio THE VINTAGE CARAVAN, have announced that they will be entering the studio on January 8, 2015 to record their second album. The recording for the follow-up to 2014’s critically acclaimed Voyage, will take place in an isolated fjord, where they will set up a studio in an old ballroom and work again with producer Axel “Flexi” Árnason. Recording sessions will last 2 weeks, and a release is tentatively scheduled for the first half of 2015.

Commented the band: “The songwriting sessions have been going on since around October 2012 when our album Voyage had been out in Iceland for a month. We immediately started writing at that point so some of the songs are quite old for us. Because of that we have a bit too many songs but we intend to make this album around 10 tracks so we can put what we think are the best tracks on the album.

“Right now we are doing demos, polishing the stuff and thinking of ways to nicely add to the production of the songs.

“We are very excited to start recording this album. It’s going to be interesting to work on. The album is a bit different from our previous album – it’s a bit darker, a bit heavier, a bit more melodic but definitely all in a good way.”

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The Vintage Caravan, “Expand Your Mind” official video

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