Quarterly Review: Blood of the Sun, Evoken, IAH, Asylum, Merlin, The Hazytones, Daily Thompson, Old Man Lizard, Tuskar, Space Coke

Posted in Reviews on December 11th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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I had to think long and hard just now about what day it is. It’s Tuesday. — See how confident I was in saying that? A mask for insecurity, as always.

Anyway, the QR continues today with 10 more records and a pretty solid mix of whatnot. Some of this I’ve written about before here, but basically want to have another shot at the records themselves, so as we wind down 2018, it seems like the time to do that is now. As always, I hope you find something you dig. Seems pretty likely, frankly. If you go the entire 100 records with nothing but a “meh” to show for it, the problem isn’t likely to be the records. Not trying to insinuate anything, I’m just saying. 100 records is a lot. 10 records is a lot. And that’s what we’re doing today, so let’s get going.

Quarterly Review #61-70:

Blood of the Sun, Blood’s Thicker than Love

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Evoken, Hypnagogia

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Unremitting. Unrelenting. Unforgiving. Whatever else one might say about New Jersey death/doombringers http://stadttheater.amberg.de/?chicago-manual-of-style-research-paper or pay for homework? Our writers can help with your math homework. Essayargumentative.com - your helper which has high-quality university Evoken, it better start with the prefix “un-.” The negativity runs through the 60 minutes of their latest work, Hypnagogia (on Profound Lore), and one would expect no less than the ultra-mournful crush of “To Feign Ebullience” or the buzzing, resonant disdain of “Valorous Consternation,” the string sounds playing such a large role in crafting both the melodies and the relentless nature of their lung-deflating atmosphere. They may only break into speedier sections on rare occasion, but there’s no way to listen to Hypnagogia and call it anything other than extreme metal. It’s so cast down and so grinding that it not only conveys mood but affects it. Evoken are masters of the form, of course, and while Hypnagogia is their first full-length since 2012’s Atra Mors (review here), their history spans more than a quarter-century and time seems only to have made their miseries plunge even deeper.

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IAH, II

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In part, the gift that Argentinian trio IAH give with their aptly-titled second outing, II — following their 2017 self-titled debut EP (review here) — is to allow their parts to flesh out naturally across the six-song/38-minute span, so that even as second cut “HH” turns to more weighted chug, that in turn evolves into something no less spacious than the drift brought to bear in the second half of the later “La Niña del Rayo,” which makes its way ultimately through similar interplay. This back and forth is exceptionally smooth throughout II, as the instrumental outfit blend heavy psychedelia and progressive metal with an unflinching cohesion of their songwriting. The longest inclusion is the penultimate “Pri” at 7:35, which caps with massive start-stops en route to closer “Sheut,” which serves as one last showcase of the cosmic doom dynamic burgeoning in the band’s sound, as much ready to depart the earth as leave impact craters on it.

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Asylum, 3-3-88

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The band who a short time later would evolve into Unorthodox, Asylum have long stood as a testament to the enduring power of Maryland doom. 3-3-88 is the second official issue of their material Shadow Kingdom has stood behind, following 2008’s reissue of 1985’s The Earth is the Insane Asylum of the Universe (review here), and it’s no less a document of the classic metal that’s still very much the foundation of what Maryland doom is. From the Sabbathian opening of “World in Trouble” and the later “Psyche World” to the kind of feeling-out-the-riff happening in “Funk 69” and the concluding instrumental “Unorthodox,” there’s a rawness to the sound that suits it well in the spirit of Pentagram‘s First Daze Here, but even in barebones form, Asylum‘s doomly vibes brook no bullshit and weed out the feint of heart. Straightforward working-class doom grit stripped to its essentials. Hard to ask for anything more when you actually hear it.

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Merlin, Dank Souls and Dark Weed: A Live Experience

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Kansas City doom rockers Merlin expanded to a six-piece early in 2018, and Dank Souls and Dark Weed: A Live Experience, as the title hints, captures this form of the band on stage. They’re playing a hometown gig at the Riot Room, and from the nodding groove that opens with “Abyss” from this year’s The Wizard (review here) to the extended reaches of a 19-minute take on “Tales of the Wasteland” that’s actually shorter than the studio version from 2016’s Electric Children (review here), the band explore reaches that are vast with a patience befitting their quickly-earned veteran status. The recording is remarkably clear and allows for the wash of “The Wizard Suite” to be discernible in its progressive rollout, and as they close with “Night Creep” from the 2016 LP, their energy comes through no less prevalent than the distortion driving it forward. The crowd are right to holler.

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The Hazytones, II: Monarchs of Oblivion

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Touching on garage-doom influences, Montreal three-piece The Hazytones effectively sleek into the groove of “The Great Illusion” on their second Ripple LP, II: Monarchs of Oblivion, finding a balance between swing, melody and heft that pushes beyond the seemingly-requisite Uncle Acid influence to a place that isn’t shy about working in crisp tones or unabashed vocal harmonies. The title-track is a two-parter, and touches on theatrics-sans-pretense in the first piece while dedicating the second to following a central riff well worthy of the attention they give it toward a galloping solo finish. Opener “Empty Space” sets a creper vibe, and by the time they’re down to finishing out with the “Hole in the Sky”-style riff of “The Hand that Feeds,” that sensibility is reaffirmed as an essential component of The Hazytones‘ aesthetic. Whether it’s the chugging “Hell” or the way-blown-out “The Beast,” they hold firm to that central purpose and work with it to effect a sound that one can hear becoming their own all the more.

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Daily Thompson, Thirsty

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Three albums in, Dortmund’s Daily Thompson indeed sound Thirsty — or maybe it’s hungry, but either way, the Dortmund trio’s MIG Music offering captures a tight presentation based around nonetheless natural energy born of their time on tour, as the three-piece of guitarist/vocalist Danny Zaremba, bassist Mercedes, and drummer Stefan Mengel touch on Spidergawd-style classic heavy rock strut with “Brown Mountain Lights” and make their way through the semi-acoustic drift of “Stone Rose” and toward the later roll of “River Haze” with a trail of hooks behind them. Songwriting is central to what they do, but while Thirsty isn’t a minor undertaking at a CD-era reminiscent 10 songs/53 minutes, the band offer a chemistry between them and a fullness of sound that allows them to play to different sides of their approach, be it the fuzz-blues of “Gone Child” or the final summation “Spit out the Crap” that seems to shove all the more to its cymbal-wash finish. The title Thirsty brings to mind connotations of need, but Daily Thompson sound like they’ve got it all taken care of.

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Old Man Lizard, True Misery

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A strong enough current of noise rock runs beneath Old Man Lizard‘s True Misery (on Wasted State) that leadoff track “Shark Attack” is enough to remind of Akimbo‘s Jersey Shores, and in under two minutes, the subsequent “Snakes” ties that into crawling-paced doom riffery such that the lumbering “Tree of Te?ne?re?” opens like the gaping jaws of some deep-sea trench. From there it unfolds a bit more uptempo than one might initially think, but it shows how fluidly Old Man Lizard shift from one impulse to the other. Accordingly, True Misery plays out with familiar-enough tones put to deceptively subtle and unpredictable purposes, making one-two highlights of the eight-minute back-to-backers “Cursed Ocean, Relentless Sea” and “Misery is Miserable” — which says it all, really — ahead of the finale, well titled “Return to Earth.” A better band than people know, Old Man Lizard bring a progressive touch to what from many others would just be sludge riffing — a bit of Elder on that closer — and manage to do so without losing touch with the righteousness of their groove. True Misery takes a couple listens to sink in, but well earns those and more besides.

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Tuskar, The Tide, Beneath, The Wall

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Tuskar‘s second offering through Riff Rock Records arrives titled for its three songs, “The Tide,” “Beneath” and “The Wall,” and comprises three tracks of largesse-minded sludge, burying its shouted vocals beneath mountainous low end. The Tide, Beneath, The Wall sets itself up through noisy churn and a roll that’s somehow misanthropic at the same time it seems well geared to have an entire bar headbanging. Either way, the feedback-worship in “The Wall” — sure enough a massive thing to slam into — makes a fitting end to the 20-minute release that seems to run so much longer, as “The Tide” and “Beneath” each set forth a grueling sprawl of malevolence that touches on the chaos to come without ever fully giving away what’s in store for the finale. At the same time this assault is cast, there’s an atmosphere to the proceedings as well such that Tuskar aren’t simply bludgeoning for the sake of bludgeonry, but finding a place for themselves within that in order to develop their attack. They do that successfully here and sound well up to the inevitable task before them of a debut full-length.

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Space Coke, L’Appel du Vide

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I just about never do this, but I’m gonna go ahead and make the call: Space Coke‘s L’Appel du Vide is going to get picked up for a vinyl release in 2019. I don’t know who, how or when, but it’s basically a lock. The Columbia, South Carolina, organ-laced four-piece play classic-as-now heavy rock with right-on songcraft and a hard-hitting presentation that’s begging for some label with ears to hear it and press it to the platter it deserves. Be it the molten unfolding of the title-track or the fuzz-swirl of “Thelemic Ritual” or the cosmic stretch of “Kali Ma,” they’re locked in to a degree that utterly defies the notion that this is their first record, and from the vocal-effects smash in “Lucid Dream” and the samples laid over-top of “Interlude,” there’s never really a sense of where Space Coke — extra kudos for the Cheech & Chong reference — might go next, and yet their sound is cohesive, directed, and well aware of exactly what it’s doing and what it wants to do. Never a guarantee of anything in this world, but with Space Coke‘s take on modern stoner sprawl, I’d be amazed if someone didn’t grab this in the New Year, if not before. Eyes peeled on the PR wire for the announcement.

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Blood of the Sun Premiere “Keep the Lemmy’s Comin'”; New LP Blood’s Thicker Than Love out Nov. 2; Euro Tour Dates in October

Posted in audiObelisk, Whathaveyou on September 26th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Texas heavy rockers Blood of the Sun are back with a new album and a classic groove. Blood’s Thicker Than Love is the name of the LP, and it’s the first from the outfit featuring founding drummer Henry Vasquez — see also: Saint Vitus — since 2012’s Burning on the Wings of Desire (review here), and it marks the debut of vocalist Sean Vargas, and guitarists Wyatt Burton and Alex Johnson (the latter who also recorded) alongside Vasquez, bassist Roger “Kip” Yma and keyboardist Dave Gryder. The new track “Keep the Lemmy’s Comin'” is premiering at the bottom of this post. Get in there. Just watch out for the hangover when it’s done.

Next month, the band leaves their Lone Star home and head abroad to Europe to make stops at Rockpalast as well as Desertfest Belgium and Into the Void, and to play shows alongside Lucifer, Ancestors and Elder on an efficient nine-date run that still has one show TBA.

You can find those dates along with the official album announcement from Listenable Records below, again, with the new song thereafter.

Goes like this:

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BLOOD OF THE SUN: ‘ Blood ’s thicker than Love’

US release date : 11/2

Preorders here: https://www.shop-listenable.net/en/225_blood-of-the-sun

Drawing influences from Deep Purple, Mountain, Humble Pie, Ted Nugent, Led Zeppelin and probably 50 other bands. BLOOD OF THE SUN have been delivering super catchy hard rock over the course of their 4 albums , churning out upbeat 70s radio hits with so much ease and conviction.

Admittedly retro sounding but with such determination and an enthusiasm, BLOOD OF THE SUN have forged an identifiable sound making their influences an original and integral part of their signature sound.

Founded by Henry Vasquez (drums – SAINT VITUS) and Dave Gryder (keys) The pair has previously joined forces with a number of players – including Derek St. Holmes from Ted Nugent’s band.

The band is now back stronger than ever with Sean Vargas (vocals) who came in shortly after their previous album ‘Burning on the Wings of Desire’ and it was a natural fit thanks to his high register wail and just enough grit. Wyatt Burton and Alex Johnson (both guitars) came into the picture around the beginning of 2018, and have added some new but apt elements to the bands sound. These three players have rounded out the lineup of the band’s core, being Dave Gryder on keys, Henry Vasquez on drums, and Roger “Kip” Yma on bass.

The brand new album ‘Blood ’s thicker than Love’ writing process began around the beginning of 2018 with the exception of the track ‘Keep the Lemmy’s Coming’. That song was mostly put together by then but it went through some tweaking and fine tuning when guitar players Wyatt Burton and Alex Johnson joined the band. The songs for this record really got started once they joined as Henry Vasquez comments: “We got in the jam room and everything just clicked, it was pretty smooth sailing after that, minus the Texas heat!”

He continues : “We began tracking the album early July, we recorded at The Lair in Arlington, TX with our guitar player Alex Johnson handling the engineering. We took a straightforward approach, we just got in and laid down our tracks and tried to make a killer hard rock record our way. Alex did an excellent job, not to mention the usual superb mixing and mastering by Tony Reed (Mos Generator, Stone Axe).”

The new album ‘Blood ’s thicker than Love’ debut track particularly stands out for its title as band founder Henry Vasquez explains : ”Keep the Lemmy’s Coming’ was written right after Lemmy passed, the lyrics just came right away. Everyone was talking about how Jack and Coke’s were going to be called Lemmy’s and we thought that a was killer way to pay tribute to him. He’s an absolute legend and a huge influence, especially on our guitar players Wyatt and Alex. Once they joined, they put their own spin on what was there and we came out with what we think is a great homage to the man, myth, and legend of Lemmy. The song is about living in the moment and going all out, there are times when its necessary to go off the deep end and this song is the soundtrack for a time like that, also a killer driving song!”

‘Burning on the wings of Desire’ was more influenced by Southern rock, driven by the initial influences of the band like Bloodrock, Cactus, Mountain, Deep Purple, et cetera. ‘Blood ’s thicker than Love’ is definitely still informed by those influences, but mixed with the crossover of hard rock into the new wave of British heavy metal namely Motorhead, Riot, early Judas Priest, and Thin Lizzy.

LET IT ROLL !

TRACKLISTING :
1 Keep The Lemmy’s Comin’ 05:47
2 My Time 05:59
3 Livin’ For The Night 08:32
4 Air Rises As You Drown 08:20
5 Stained Glass Window 06:02
6 Blood Of The Road 06:35

BAND LINE UP :
Dave Gryder Keys
Wyatt Burton Guitar
Alex Johnson guitar vocals
Roger “Kip” Yma Bass
Sean Vargas vocals
Henry Vasquez Drums vocals

BLOOD OF THE SUN LIVE DATES :
10.10. GER – Bonn, Harmonie, WDR Rockpalast Crossroads TV Show *
11.10. GER – Dortmund, Junkyard *
12.10. B – Antwerp, Trix, Desertfest
13.10. UK – London,The Dome *
14.10. GER – Münster, Rare Guitar, solo show
15.10. GER – tbc
16.10. GER – Berlin, SO36 **
17.10. GER – Osnabrück, Bastard Club, solo show
18.10. GER – Munich, Backstage*
19.10. NL – Leeuwarden, Neushoorn, Into the Void fest
*with LUCIFER
**with ELDER and ANCESTORS

DISCOGRAPHY:
Blood of the sun ( 2004 )
In blood we rock ( 2007 )
Death Ride ( 2008 )
Burning on the wings of desire ( Listenable – 2012)
‘Blood ’s thicker than Love’ (Listenable – 2018)

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Blood of the Sun, “Keep the Lemmy’s Comin'”

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