Megatherium Announce New Album on Argonauta Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 16th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Argonauta Records‘ apparently ongoing expansion continues with the pickup of Verona-based rockers Megatherium. The four-piece issued their debut album, Superbeast, in 2016 and a corresponding live outing last year, and later in 2019, they’ll issue their second long-player with Argonauta‘s increasingly ubiquitous stamp on it. They embarked on a week of touring this past Fall and will likely have more to follow in that regard as the new album arrives, but they’re right in the process of finishing the album up, so there isn’t a set release date as yet. It’s January. There’s plenty of time to get it out before the end of the year.

Accordingly, I’ll just leave it at “more to come” and turn the proceedings over to the PR wire, which brought the signing announcement thusly:

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MEGATHERIUM SIGN TO ARGONAUTA RECORDS!

New album coming in 2019!

A dark blend of the sludge and doom, crammed full of powerful yet clean vocals, scorching low-tuned guitar riffs, bone crushing bass and grooves: Becoming a witness of the MEGATHERIUM sound, feels like running over a huge wall of heavy distorted tunes that hit you like a sledgehammer, pulverising all of your senses. The four-piece doom and stoner metal band, formed in 2011 and hailing from Verona, Italy, has now signed a worldwide deal with ever-growing label ARGONAUTA RECORDS!

Following the band’s critically acclaimed Superbeast album (2016), MEGATHERIUM are currently putting together the final touches to record their sophomore release, which will see the light of day in 2019 with Argonauta Records. “Most of the bands we listen to daily belong to Argonauta’s family: we’re thrilled to be part of the most kick-ass label out there.“ the band comments. “We’re starting the recording session in a few weeks from now, stay tuned for many more news coming soon!”

MEGATHERIUM offer a wide open arena full of riffage and rhythm, vocals that stand out with a mix of sludge roar and clean, melodic stoner wail, supported by a clever use of keyboards. Light effects, smoke and samples transform a MEGATHERIUM live show into a unique and mesmerizing experience of all that is heavy, flowing from beginning to end with no pauses at all. After the band shared the stages with bands alike Ufomammut or Deadsmoke, to name just a few, 2019 will see MEGATHERIUM to unleash their brand new album on Argonauta Records.

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Megatherium, “Fly High” official video

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Tons and Deadsmoke Announce European Touring

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 15th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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I feel like the conjoined logos of the tour poster tell a lot of the story here. Tons and Deadsmoke might be considered outliers of the packed Heavy Psych Sounds label roster, but they definitely have some commonality between them. Namely, they crush. Deadsmoke might be the nastiest band on the imprint, and Tons aren’t far behind in that regard, so yeah, pairing them up for a tour makes sense in that they’ll be able to share gear if they want and just absolutely break everything that belongs to everybody that way. Both bands will feature at all three nights of the road-show Heavy Psych Sounds fest in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands alongside Black Rainbows and others, and they’ll stomp their way as well through their native Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Looks like a heavy time. Details from the PR wire:

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DEADSMOKE AND TONS TEAM UP FOR EUROPEAN TOUR THIS MARCH!

Down-tuned monolithic guitar riffs scraping the soil down to the core of the earth; slow, hypnotic and dissonant cadences recall the eternal need for isolation and the atavistic fear of nothingness. Your soul will be burned, and smoke is what remains after a memorable show on this exciting tour: HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS RECORDS & BOOKING is proud to get heavy weights DEADSMOKE on the road this March! Kicking off on March 20th in Italy with dates in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, the Italian power Doom and Sludge foursome has teamed up with no one less than label mates, Turin-based Doom masters TONS.

„Tons and Deadsmoke can’t wait to hit the road again, this time together as a monolithic combo touring the most noisy smoky buried venues of Europe and taking their deafening spaghetti Doom to the big audience. A blaspheme haze of corrosion is flowing up north, spreading curses, illness and tons of smoke.“ the bands are excited to hit the road together soon.

The atmosphere around both groups is not only so devilish, mesmerizing and noisey, but will take the entire crowd on a ride through the heaviest soundwalls in psychedelic doom landscapes. Make sure to catch this heavy touring package live at the following dates this March:

22.02.19 UK London | HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST **
23.02.19 BE Brussel | HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST **
24.02.19 NL Deventer | HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST **
20.03.19 IT Bologna | Freakout Club **
21.03.19 IT Torino | Blah Blah **
22.03.19 CH Kreuzlingen | Horst Klub
23.03.19 DE Mannheim | 7er Club
24.03.19 NL Utrecht | Db’s
26.03.19 DE Berlin | Toast Hawaii
27.03.19 DE Leipzig | Zoro
28.03.19 DE Dresden | Chemiefabrik
29.03.19 AT Salzburg | Rockhouse
30.03.19 CH Basel | Hirscheneck
** Deadsmoke only

Tickets are now on sale at your local ticket dealer and at the following locations:
www.heavypsychsounds.com
www.poisonforsouls.com

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Tons, Filthy Flowers of Doom (2018)

Deadsmoke, Mountain Legacy (2017)

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Deadpeach Celebrate 25th Anniversary; Release Waiting for Federico Acoustic Session

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 4th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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25 years is a long time to do just about anything, let alone be in a band. Kudos to Italy’s Deadpeach on making it past that mark, and as they go into their second quarter-century, they note the passage with the release of an acoustic session titled Waiting for Federico that finds them revisiting and rearranging old material, giving a different look at their past work while showing a bit of how far they’ve come since playing their first show in Dec. 1993. Not a bad run. Their last outing was the 2016 single “Magic Potion” (discussed here), while their last album was 2015’s Aurum (review here). I’m not sure if they have new material in the works or what, but Waiting for Federico should give listeners something to dig into while waiting for their next offering.

Downloads are available from Bandcamp and the cover art is awesome, as you can see below. Info follows here courtesy of the PR wire:

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DEADPEACH – Waiting for Federico

The acoustic session, entitled “Waiting for Federico”; is a work in which Deadpeach play their repertoire in an unplugged key, as they had never done before, with unpublished arrangements.

The record contains seven songs from their repertoire: Orange Buzz, Silver House, Family and Lies, Cameriere, Le scarpe nuove, Traffic, Stars.

Tracklisting:
1. Family and lies 03:30
2. Silver house 03:17
3. Stars 03:55
4. Orange buzz 03:58
5. Cameriere 02:49
6. Le scarpe nuove 02:32
7. Traffic 06:27

Giovanni Giovannini: voice, acoustic guitar,echoplex.
Daniele Bartoli: acoustic guitar 6 and 12 strings, slide guitar, choirs.
Mr Steveman: bass, choirs.

Recorded and mixed between February and December 2018 at the Blueberry studio and the Deadpeach home studio.
Mix and Master: Alessandro Cenciarini (Blueberry)
Photographer cover: Gabriele Nastro (www.gabrielenastro.com)

25 years ago 31st of december 1993 the DEADPEACH played their first concert with Giovanni in the line up, and so the Lennon \ Mccartney era was born, the gig by the way was epic, classic rock n roll ending with Giovanni crashing into Giommi’s drumkit sending half of it across the stage.

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Deadpeach, Waiting for Federico (2018)

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Manthra Dei Announce New Lineup & New Material in the Works

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 3rd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Italian progressive heavy rockers Manthra Dei released their second album, Bipolar Bears, in the stifling heat of Summer 2018, and though it was five years leading to that full-length from its predecessor, a 2013 self-titled (review here), it seems like the Brescia-based four-piece will look to cut that distance with their third record. The band has announced they’ve got new material in the beginning stages of coming together, and they’ll start playing shows with a new lineup that includes Max Boventi of Humulus on drums and Francesco on sax and keys.

The second album was typified by its 18-minute title-track and the 13-minute “The Wicked Tree” earlier on, so it may well be that starting work on something new for Manthra Dei doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to be finishing anytime soon. Fair enough either way, but sometimes having some new personnel involved can light a fire under a band to get things done. With Bipolar Bears still so relatively fresh, though, the good news is Manthra Dei can still focus on playing that material live as the new members continue to get settled into the lineup. If you’re up for it, you can hear that album in full at the bottom of this post.

Whenever the next Manthra Dei shows up, it’ll be interesting to hear how their sound shifts with the players getting adjusted to what will inevitably be a new dynamic for the band.

Their announcement was simple and to the point:

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Bipolar Bears was recorded by past members (guitarist and bassist still the same). after the release in July 2018 past drummer and keyboard player left the band…so they take a break to choose what to do. And now that the band is up again we re ready to do some shows in 2019 and start working on something new.

Manthra Dei is:
Paolo (guitar)
Francesco (Saxophone and Keyboards)
Fabio (Bass)
Max (drum)

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Manthra Dei, Bipolar Bears (2018)

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Go Down Records Begins Split Series with Mongoose and Jahbulong

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 31st, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Go Down Records has begun a series of split releases by teaming up fuzz rockers Mongoose and thick-toned riff rollers Jahbulong for a cooperative LP. At any point along the way, there are any number of things that can get screwed up with one band involved in a release, let alone two (or more), and let alone an entire series of releases, so saying something is the beginning of a series as the Italian label is here carries with it no small amount of risk that at some point some band along the way will give them the “oh it’ll be done in two weeks” treatment. Even getting a first edition is out, and I’m pretty sure the second one is already available for preorder (more on that to come).

The label has all the tracks streaming on its Bandcamp, because the future is convenient, and you can hear them at the bottom of this post because even though I haven’t updated the theme of this site since 2009, I still try to make things convenient too. LPs are on sale now.

To the release info:

go down records split 1 mongoose jahbulong

Split Series #1 put together 2 young and powerful bands.

MONGOOSE have been playing together since 2013. Everything has started with a jam session during a lazy Sunday afternoon. 5 years later the band didn’t change the attitude. They keep jamming and laughing together in a small room lost in the countryside around Verona, Italy.

JAHBULONG is a trio from Verona, Italy. These stoner doom metal lovers have been playing together since 2015. Their sound is a mix of rough and oppressive grooves with obscure and wistful mantras.

The idea of Go Down Split Series started in February 2018. Max from Go Down Records was talking with these 2 bands about the good vibes they could create together so the idea to put them in one album came naturally. Split Series #1 was recorded on tape, like the good old times, at Mal de Testa Studio by Daniel Grego in Tombolo, Padua, Italy.

Artists: MONGOOSE | JAHBULONG
Title: Split Series #1
Format: yellow vinyl LP
Label: GO DOWN RECORDS

SIDE A – MONGOOSE
1. Berserker
2. Inertial Absorber
3. The Fall
4. Final Exodus
5. Knowledge Is Not The Solution

SIDE B – JAHBULONG
1. Black Horses Run
2. Green Walls
3. River Of Fall

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Mongoose & Jahbulong, Go Down Records Split Series #1 (2018)

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Varego Set Feb. 15 Release for I Prophetic; New Song Streaming

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 17th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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I’m planning to review Varego‘s third full-length, I Prophetic, closer to its release in the New Year, so I’ll spare you the overblown whatnot, but as the band hits the decade-mark in 2019, they do so having really come into their own in terms of sound. Their prior outing, 2016’s Epoch (review here), was directed and well executed, but also marked by a change in dynamic from a five-piece to a four-piece, and with I Prophetic, the band seem ready to move forward with their sci-fi-infused progressive metallurgy as it is here. You can get a taste in the post-intro opener “The Abstract Corpse,” which is streaming at the bottom of this post, and basically consider this advance warning for what’s to come. The PR wire is not wrong in the Voivod comparison, but there are aspects at work as well here from sludge and post-metal that add nuance to the prog-thrash roots.

It’s interesting stuff. More to come.

For now:

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VAREGO UNVEIL FIRST DETAILS ABOUT UPCOMING ALBUM!

+ Premiere Brand New Song!

Born in 2009 in Arenzano, Genova, after their previous and critically acclaimed full-lengths and a 2013- ‘Blindness Of The Sun’ EP, Italian heavy sludge rockers VAREGO return with their forthcoming album titled ‘I Prophetic’ in February 2019!

On their third album, the band will deliver eight new songs of unrelentless energy and fury, unceasing guitar riffing, yet built on progressive structures with a sort of cinematic touch and take us on their voivodian, atmospheric trip and a sound journey through space, dimensions, minds and avant-garde chaos. Today, the band is not only sharing a first glimpse while they have just unveiled the artwork, tracklist and release date with us, VAREGO have also just celebrated the premiere of a first track taken from ‘I Prophetic’!

Says the band: “We’re so much excited to reveal the first details of our forthcoming album. This one represents for us a huge goal of our history, celebrating our first decade. This first single is the sum-up of our actual influences, that generate our particular sound made of heavy sonorities, progressive pursuits and Sludge drifts. “The Abstract Corpse” is the song that today represents VAREGO at its best, with its tempo changes, compelling vocal lines and guitars ridings, we could not be more happy!”

The tracklist of ‘I Prophetic’ will read as follows:
1. Origin
2. The Abstract Corpse
3. I Prophetic
4. Of Dust
5. Silent Giants
6. When the Wolves Howl
7. Duelist
8. Zodiac

Set for a release on February 15th 2019 with rising label Argonauta Records, the pre-order for the band’s upcoming CD & Vinyl formats is now available:

Bundles: www.argonautarecords.com/shop/en/home/313-varego-i-prophetic-lp-cd.html
LP: www.argonautarecords.com/shop/en/home/312-varego-i-prophetic-lp.html
CD: www.argonautarecords.com/shop/en/cd/311-varego-i-prophetic-cd.html

VAREGO are:
Davide Marcenaro – Voice/Bass
Alberto Pozzo – Guitar
Gerolamo Lucisano – Guitar
Simon Lepore – Drums

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Varego, “The Abstract Corpse”

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Quarterly Review: Surya Kris Peters, Lewis and the Strange Magics, Lair of the Minotaur, Sonic Wolves, Spacelord, Nauticus, Yuxa, Forktie, Ohhms, Blue Dream

Posted in Reviews on December 14th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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I had a terrible thought yesterday: What if this one… went to 11? That is, what if, after 10 days of Quarterly Review ending today with a grand total of 100 records reviewed since last Monday, I did another batch of 10? Like a bonus round? Like I said, terrible thought.

Pretty sure it won’t happen. I’ve already got a review and a video premiere booked for next Monday, but I definitely had the thought. It was easy, of course, to fill out another 10 slots, and who knows, maybe this weekend for the first time ever I wind up with some extra time and energy on my hands? Could happen, right?

Again, I’m fairly certain it won’t. Let’s proceed with the assumption today’s the last day. Thank you for reading. I hope you have found something cool in all of this that has really hit home. I certainly have. We cap very much in last-but-not-least fashion, and if nothing’s resonated with you yet, don’t count yourself completely out. You might just get there after all. Thanks again.

Quarterly Review #91-100:

Surya Kris Peters, Ego Therapy

Surya Kris Peters Ego Therapy

Those feeling technical will note the full title of the album is Surya Kris Peters’ Ego Therapy, but the point gets across either way. And even as Christian Peters — also guitarist/vocalist for Samsara Blues Experiment — acknowledges the inherent self-indulgence of the proverbial “solo-project” that his exploration of synth and classically progressive textures under the moniker of Surya Kris Peters has become, with Ego Therapy as his second full-length of 2018, he branches out in including drums from former Terraplane bandmate Jens Vogel. The 10-song/53-minute outing opens with its longest cut (immediate points) in the 15-minute “Angels in Bad Places,” a spaced-out and vibrant atmosphere more cohesive than psychedelia but still trippy as all hell, and moves through a bluesy key/guitar interplay in “Wizard’s Dream” following the dancey thriller soundtrack “Beyond the Sun” and into the Blade Runner-style grandeur of “Sleeping Willow” and the video game-esque “A Fading Spark” before bookending with the sci-fi “Atomic Clock” at the close. I don’t know how ultimately therapeutic Peters‘ solo offerings might be, but he only seems to grow bolder each time out, and that certainly applies here.

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Lewis and the Strange Magics, The Ginger Sessions

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How are you not gonna love a release that starts with a song called “Sexadelic Galactic Voyage?” Barcelona vamp rockers Lewis and the Strange Magics embrace their inner funk on the 23-minute self-released EP, The Ginger Sessions, finding the place where their uptempo ’70s fusion meets oldschool The Meters-style rhythm, digging into the repetitions of “Candied Ginger” after the aforementioned instrumental opening burst and then holding the momentum through “Her Vintage Earrings.” Some departure happens on what might be side B of the 10″, with “The Shadow of Your Smile” turning toward pastoral psychedelia, still rhythmic thanks to some prominent wood block and xylophone sounds, but much calmer despite a consistency of wah and keys. “Suzy’s Room II” follows in fuzzy fashion, bridging the earlier cologne-soaked, chest-hair-out vibes with garage buzz and a heavier low end beneath the synthesized experimentation. Mellotron shows up and continues to hold sway in closer “Witch’s Brew,” playing the band outward along with layers of drifting guitar for about two and a half minutes of bluesy serenity that feel cut short, as does the release on the whole. One hopes they don’t lose that funky edge going into their next album.

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Lair of the Minotaur, Dragon Eagle of Chaos

Lair of the Minotaur Dragon Eagle of Chaos

Once upon the mid-aughts, Chicago’s Lair of the Minotaur roamed the land as the long-prophesied American answer to Entombed, as much classic, dirt-covered death metal as they were laden with heavy groove. Their tones filthy, their assault brutal all the while, war metal, ultimate destroyers. The whole nine. They released their last album, Evil Power (review here), in 2010. The two-songer Dragon Eagle of Chaos follows a 2013 single, and was released to mark the occasion of perhaps a return to some measure of greater activity. I don’t know if that’ll happen, but as both “Dragon Eagle of Chaos” and “Kunsult the Bones” affirm in about seven minutes between them, Lair of the Minotaur remain a wrecking ball made of raw meat when it comes to their sound. The madness that seemed to always underline their material at its most effective is present and accounted for in “Dragon Eagle of Chaos,” and the stripped-down production of the single actually helps its violent cause. Will they do another record? Could go either way, but if they decide to go that route, they clearly still have the evil power within.

Lair of the Minotaur website

Lair of the Minotaur on Bandcamp

 

Sonic Wolves, Sonic Wolves

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Eight tracks/34 minutes of smoothly-arranged and well-executed doom rock brought to bear with an abiding lack of pretense and a developing sense of songcraft and dynamic — there’s very little not to dig about Sonic Wolves‘ self-titled LP (on Future Noise and DHU), from the Sabbathian stretch of “Ascension” down through the bouncing low-key-psych-turns-to-full-on-wah-overdose-swirl in the penultimate “Heavy Light.” Along the way, bassist/vocalist Kayt Vigil (ex-Pentagram, etc.) — joined by guitarists Jason Nealy and Enrico “Ico” Aniasi and drummer Gianni “Vita” Vitarelli (also Ufomammut) — gallop through the traditional metal of “Red Temple” and ride a fuzzy roll in “Tide of Chaos,” leaving the uptempo shuffle of “You’ll Climb the Walls” to close out by tapping into a “Wicked World”-style vision of heavy blues that casts off many of the tropes of what’s become the subgenre in favor of a darker approach. If their self-titled is Sonic Wolves declaring who they are as a band after making their debut in 2016, the results are only encouraging.

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Spacelord, Indecipher

Spacelord Indecipher

There is an immediate sensibility drawn from classic heavy rock to the vocals on Spacelord‘s second record, Indecipher, like Shannon Hoon fronting Led Zeppelin, maybe? Something like that, definitely drawn from a ’70s/’90s blend. Produced, mixed and mastered by guitarist Rich Root, with Chris Cappiello on bass, Kevin Flynn on drums and Ed Grabianowski on vocals, the four-piece’s sophomore LP is comprised of a neatly-constructed eight songs working around sci-fi themes on bruiser cuts like “Super Starship Adventure” and the particularly righteous “Zero Hour,” as opener and longest track (immediate points) “For the Unloved Ones” sets forth the classic vibe amid the first of the record’s impressive solos and resonant hooks. Something about it makes me want them to go completely over the top in terms of production their next time out — layers on layers on layers, etc. — but the kind of false start Grabianowski brings to the ultra-Zepped “New Machine” has a charm that I’m not sure it would be worth sacrificing.

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Kozmik Artifactz website

 

Nauticus, Disappear in Blue

Nauticus Disappear in Blue

Six years after the release of their second album, The Wait (review here), Finnish atmospheric progressive metallers Nauticus effect a return with the 78-minute Disappear in Blue, which following the relatively straightforward opening with “Magma” casts out a vast sprawl in accordance with its oceanic theme. Longer tracks like “Claimed by the Sea,” “Strange Sequences/Lost Frequencies,” “Arrival” and “Hieronymus” are complex and varied but united through a deep instrumental dynamic that’s brought to light even in the three-minute ambient post-rocker “Desolation,” which is something of an interlude between “Strange Sequences/Lost Frequencies” and the tense build of “Singularity.” Other ambient spaces “Jesus of Lübeck” and the later “Whale Bones” complement and add reach to the longer-form works, but it’s hardly as though Nauticus‘ material lacks character one way or the other. Overwhelming in its length, Disappear in Blue might take some time to wade through, but what a way to go.

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Yuxa, Yuxa

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As the greater part of anything related to post-metal invariably does, UK outfit Yuxa have their “Stones from the Sky” moment in “Founder in Light,” the opening cut from their self-titled debut EP, that most formative of progressions making itself known in modified form to suit the double-guitar four-piece’s intent with dramatic screams and shouts cutting through an ably-conjured surge of noisy adrenaline resolving in winding chug and crash en route to “Exiled Hand,” the seven-minute cut that follows and serves as centerpiece of the three-tracker. “Founder in Light,” “Exiled Hand” and nine-minute closer “Peer” are arranged shortest to longest, and the effect is to draw the listener in such that by the time the angular, purposeful lurch of the finale begins to unfold, Yuxa‘s rhythmic hypnosis is already well complete. Still, the straightforward arrangements of guitar, bass, drums and vocals give them a rawer edge than many synth- or sample-laden post-metallic cohorts, and that suits the atmospheric sludge with which they close out, harnessing chaos without giving themselves over to it. A quick sample of a creative development getting underway, though it’s telling as well that Yuxa ends with a sudden buzz of amp noise.

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Yuxa on Bandcamp

 

Forktie, EP

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The first EP release from Forktie — who stylize their moniker and titles all-lowercase: forktie — is untitled, but contains five tracks that tap into proto-emo post-hardcore and ’90s alt rock sensibilities, finding a place between heavy rock and grunge that allows for Aarone Victorine‘s bass to lead toward the hook of centerpiece “Decomposition Book” with a smooth presence that’s well complementary the vocals from guitarist Dom Mariano, their presence low in the mix only adding to the wistful feel of “Anywhere but Here” and “September Morning,” before the shorter “Spores” lets loose some more push from drummer Corey LeBlanc and closer “Ph.D. in Nothing” reinforces the underlying melancholy beneath the thicker exterior tones. It’s a new project, but Forktie have worked their way into a niche that suits their songwriting well, and given themselves a space to grow within their sound. Members experience in bands like UXO, Test Meat and textbookcopilot will serve them in that effort.

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Ohhms, Exist

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As a fan generally of bands opening albums with the longest song included, I can get on board with UK heavy progressive metallers Ohhms opening Exist with the 22-minute “Subjects.” Immediate points and all that. Far more consequential, however, is the substance of that launch for the four-song/43-minute Holy Roar LP, which is the band’s fourth in four years. It’s a vast, broad and complex offering unto itself, consuming side A as vocalist Paul Waller embodies various entities, “I am wolf” (preceding a Duran Duran reference, perhaps inadvertent), “I am child,” and so on. Those proclamations are just the culmination of a progression that, frankly, is an album unto itself, let alone a side, and maybe should’ve been released as such, though the absolute post-metallic crush of “Shambles,” the seething of “Calves” and the heavy post-rock reach of “Lay Down Your Firearms” need no further justification than a simple listen provides, the last of them pummeling side B to a then-sudden stop. Ohhms are no strangers to longform work, and it suits them well enough to make one wonder if they couldn’t be headed toward a single-song LP in the near future.

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Holy Roar Records on Bandcamp

 

Blue Dream, Volume Blue

Blue Dream Volume Blue

Chicago four-piece Blue Dream issued their first LP, Volume Won, early in 2018 and follow with Volume Blue — as opposed to “two”; could ‘Volume Tree’ be in the works? ‘Volume Free?’ — which collects nine neo-psych-mit-der-funky-grooves cuts chic enough to be urbane but fuzzed out enough to make the freakouts more than just a come on. They open peaceful enough with “Delta,” before the hook of “9,000 lb. Machine” defines the course and cuts like “Thank You for Smoking” and the almost woefully catchy “She’s Hot” expand the parameters. I’ll take the dream-tone shimmer of “Kingsbury Goldmine” any day in a kind of self-aware reflection of British folk and/or the garage rock of “Shake the Shake,” but the dense roll of “Viper Venom” that immediately follows reimagines grunge as more than just an influence from three popular bands and something that could genuinely move forward from the perspective of a new generation. Hearing Blue Dream close out with the boogie of “The Glide,” one hopes they do precisely that, though I’d by no means limit them to one avenue of expression. They’re clearly able to harness multiple vibes here.

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Black Capricorn Release Equinox EP

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 30th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

black capricorn

I usually give bands immediate points for opening a release with the longest song. It’s a continually brave decision, and in my mind, worth highlighting when it happens. Okay, so Black Capricorn‘s new digital outing, Equinox, is an EP. So figure maybe half points. But the song’s also acoustic — an unplugged leadoff on an otherwise-plugged release. That’s gotta be points right there. Plus it’s called “Doom for the Red Sun,” so cleverness points on top of those for the reference. I haven’t done a full tally of the numbers involved, but all told, I think it probably works out to you should take a couple minutes and check out the release, which as fate would have it is streaming at the bottom of this post courtesy of the Sardinian trio’s Bandcamp page.

Equinox follows 2015’s Ira Dei EP (discussed here) and this year’s LP, Cult of Black Friars (review here), and in addition to its doomly red sun blues has tracks that date back even before the band got their start and an uncut version of “The Hound of Harbinger God,” which previously appeared on a single.

The art and info:

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Black Capricorn – Equinox EP

This new EP is part of a concept continuing for a second and final chapter later next year.

Equinox is inspired by spring season and the end of the summer time. Consist of an acoustic with an unlikely title song (track 1), an old song written during Cult of Black Friars session (track 2), a very old song written in the mid of the 90s by Fabrizio for his formerly band Wild Duck (track 3) and the uncensored (by the length of the 7″ release) and remastered song (track 4).

tracklist:
1. Doom for the red sun
2. La sella del Diavolo
3. Astroflower
4. The hound of harbinger god (uncutted and remastered)

Recorded 3 days of november at the doomy cottage (Hill de los muertos, Sardinia). Mastered in 666 minutes by the man behind the button: mr. Toro.

https://blackcapricorn.bandcamp.com/album/equinox-ep

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Black Capricorn, Equinox (2018)

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