Quarterly Review: Minsk, King Bison, Les Lekin, The Vintage Caravan, Jim Healey, Anu, Iron & Stone, Gorgantherron, Elephant Riders, Lend Me Your Underbelly

Posted in Reviews on July 1st, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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And so we cruise into day three. Not sure how you’re holding up, but I feel like I’m hanging in pretty well. We pass the halfway point today, which is significant, but of course there are still plenty of records to come. I’m not sure I have a favorite day — I tried to spread stuff around as best I could when I was planning the whole thing — but there are definitely a couple highlights today as well. No doubt the standouts will stand out as we make our way through.

Quarterly Review #21-30:

Minsk, The Crash and the Draw

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King Bison, King Bison

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Les Lekin, All Black Rainbow Moon

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Originally issued digitally late last year, Salzburg, Austria, instrumental trio Les Lekin are set to give their debut long-player, All Black Rainbow Moon, a second look with a 180g vinyl pressing in Fall 2015. Comprised of six tracks, the record is a spacious 49 minutes, and the three-piece of guitarist Peter G., bassist Stefan W. and drummer Kerstin W. enact a fluid heavy psych groove, somewhat less dense in its fuzz than the post-Colour Haze sphere and following plotted courses throughout, whether it’s in the Arenna-esque “Solum,” which unfolds after the album’s wash of an intro, the efficient exploration of “Useless,” which seems to pack a 12-minute jam into a six-minute song, or the still-open-sounding bluesy stretchout of “Loom,” the longest inclusion here at 13:16. Familiar in aesthetic perhaps, the songs are nonetheless complex enough to represent the band’s beginnings well, the closer “Release” coming to a heavier apex that could perhaps foreshadow future expansions of the chiaroscuro elements at which the title of this debut is hinting.

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The Vintage Caravan, Arrival

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After releasing their 2012 debut, Voyage, on Nuclear Blast last year, young Icelandic trio The Vintage Caravan return in 2015 with their sophomore full-length, Arrival – the second record seeming by title to be an answer to the first. Maybe that’s the intention musically, but the 10 tracks/55 minutes comprising Arrival do well to stand on their own, with the impressive lead work of guitarist/vocalist Óskar Logi never too far from the fore on songs like the standout “Babylon” or “Sandwalker,” though backed capably by the rhythm section of bassist Alexander Örn (also backup vocals) and drummer Stefán Ari Stefánsson. While unquestionably a more mature outing than their debut and more accomplished in its chemistry and songwriting, Arrival still gives a sense of the progression to come, and it’s easy to worry that by the time the listener gets to the powerful closing trio of “Innerverse,” “Carousel” and “Winter Queen,” the dizzying play throughout will have dulled the senses past the point of full appreciation. Room to tighten? Perhaps, but still a strong second outing for a band loaded with potential.

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Jim Healey, This is What the End Looked Like

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Guitarist/vocalist Jim Healey is known more for the aggressive edge he’s brought over the years to bands like We’re all Gonna Die, Black Thai and most recently Shatner, but his solo material brings a different look. Joined in this “solo” endeavor by guitarist/vocalist/organist Joe McMahon, cellist/backing vocalist Dana Fisher, drummer Kyle Rasmussen and accordionist/backing vocalist Bridget Nault, Healey’s songwriting is nonetheless front and center across the nine tracks of This is What the End Looked Like, memorable cuts like “A Whole Lot of Nothing,” the more subdued “Radio” (written by Eddy Llerena) and closer “World War Eight” fleshing out arrangements that could work and/or have worked just as well on solo acoustic guitar for Healey in live performances. Worth noting that for all the vocal and instrumental embellishments on the studio incarnations, the songs lose none of the heartfelt feel at their core, Healey’s voice remaining a lonely presence despite obviously keeping good company.

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Anu, Nighthymns

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Nighthymns marks a return for ANU and the band’s sole inhabitant Chad “Drathrul” Davis (Hour of 13/Night Magic, Tasha-Yar, The Sabbathian, and so many others) after a four-year absence following the release of 2011’s III EP. Offsetting blasting, ripping black metal on cuts like “Enter the Chasm” and “The Eternal Frost” with the ambient drones of “Risen within the Mist of Obscurity,” the longer “Winterfall” and the title-track, Nighthymns nonetheless gnashes its teeth in a dense blackened murk, screams far back in “Enter the Chasm” beneath programmed-sounding thud and full-on guitar squibblies. A project Davis has had going in one form or another since releasing a first demo in 1999, and likely before that, ANU’s slicing extremity and atmospherics rest well alongside each other, but neither is accessibility a remote concern. If you get it, you get it, and if you don’t, you don’t. Nighthymns is way more concerned with separating wheat from chaff than it is with making friends, and that plays much to its ultimate success.

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Iron and Stone, Old Man’s Doom

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Comprised of gruff-shouting vocalist Henning L., guitarists Christopher P. and Stephan M., bassist Matthias B. and drummer Torsten H., German riff idolizers Iron and Stone debuted in 2013 with an EP titled Maelstrom and Old Man’s Doom is a follow-up short release. Pressed to DIY cassettes, the three-tracker preaches loud and clear to the nod-ready converted in “Place in Hell” and “Into the Unknown,” big riffs lumbering out stone vibes, intertwining rhythms and leads in the latter as Henning works his shouting into a corresponding notation. “Into the Unknown” ends large and Sabbathy, but speedier closer “Bliss of Diversion” is a high point unto itself for the consistency of the tonal morass that the uptick in pace brings out of the guitar and bass, resulting in a kind of noisy, dense-in-the-low-end punk that suits Iron and Stone well despite operating in defiance of the EP’s title. New material reportedly in the works as well.

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Gorgantherron, Second Sun

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Their first album, Second Sun follows a 2012 self-titled EP from Indiana trio Gorgantherron, but is in a different league entirely. A well-set mix balance establishes itself on the opening title-track and develops throughout “Superliminial” and “Bookbinder” as they get rolling, and Gorgantherron – guitarist/vocalist Clint Logan, bassist/vocalist Toby Richardson and drummer Chris Flint – continue to foster grooving largesse over the nine tracks/47 minutes, veering skillfully between boogie and doom on “Pre-Warp Civilization” before airing out an atmospheric take on “Seventh Planet,” the rough-edged vocals prevalent in quieter surroundings. Richardson’s fuzz on “The Stone” ensures the song lives up to its name, and the soft guitar noodling that opens “Paranoia” brings a surprising touch of Colour Haze influence out of the blue before a count-in from Flint puts the band’s roll back on its appointed track. Closing duo “Entropy” and “Defy” offer some shuffle and chug, respectively, but by then the trio have already made the album’s primary impression in their heavy riffs, burl and more than capable execution.

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Elephant Riders, Challenger

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The two cuts of Spanish trio Elephant RidersChallenger EP take Kyuss-style desert riffing and reset the context to something altogether less jammy. Tight and presented with a near-metallic crispness in their production, both “Challenger” – rerecorded from an earlier EP – and its more rolling B-side “Lone Wolf” push the line between heavy and hard rock, but riffs remain central to their purposes. Having released their debut full-length, Supernova, in 2014, they’re still getting settled into their sound, but a blend of heavy rock, grunge and metal impulses pervades these two songs, and when “Lone Wolf” shifts into a couple measures of start-stop fuzz riffing in its second half, they show off just a reminder nod for where they got their name. Two catchy tracks that maybe aren’t reinventing the stoner rock game, they nonetheless provide a quick sample of Elephant Rider’s songwriting development in progress and plant the seeds of future hooks to come.

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Lend Me Your Underbelly, Hover

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When placed next to each other, the five one-word titles on Lend Me Your Underbelly’s Hover – either the project’s third or fourth full-length, depending on what you count – result in the phrase “Everything” “Was” “Deep” “Dark” “Green.” Whether or not that is of special significance to Netherlands-based multi-instrumentalist/sampler Christian Berends, I don’t know. The whole idea across these tracks seems to be experimentation and improvisation, so if the titles were grabbed from somewhere at random or carrying a rich emotional connection, either is just as likely. Not knowing turns out to be half the fun of Hover itself – not knowing that, not knowing what Berends is going to do around the next turn as each track builds, not knowing where all this noise is leading as the swirls and riffs of “Green” close out. Layers careen, appear and disappear throughout, but the wide open structures and creative sensibility remain consistent and tie Hover together as an intricate work of exploratory psychedelia.

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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 Post Track-by-Track Video for Arrival

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 4th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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Icelandic trio The Vintage Caravan release their third album, Arrival, through Nuclear Blast on June 2. Having already teased with a lyric video, the three-piece today unveil a track-by-track clip taking listeners through the entire record, which follows the label’s 2014 release of Voyage, their second full-length, and is currently available to preorder. Hope you’re ready to feel old.

Video, links and comment from the band below, courtesy of the PR wire:

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THE VINTAGE CARAVAN RELEASE TRACK BY TRACK VIDEO FOR ARRIVAL

Icelandic classic rock trio THE VINTAGE CARAVAN have released the official track by track video for the band’s highly anticipated new album, Arrival.

Excited about the upcoming release, the band stated:

“We are so excited for the release of the upcoming album. It 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. It’s definitely a step forward. We are incredibly happy with how natural the recording process was and how well all of the songs turned out. Get ready for Arrival!”

The third album was produced by Axel “Flexi” Árnason, who also worked with THE VINTAGE CARAVAN on the 2014 critically acclaimed album Voyage. Arrival was recorded in an isolated fjord where they converted an old ballroom into their studio.

Arrival is scheduled to drop in North America on June 2. Pre-order your copy here: http://smarturl.it/VCARAVAN-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.

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The Vintage Caravan Release “Babylon” Lyric Video

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 23rd, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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Icelandic trio The Vintage Caravan release their second album, Arrival, in June in Nuclear Blast. The label has just posted a lyric video for the track “Babylon” from the album that features a close, animated look at the David Paul Seymour cover art, and shows that the band haven’t lost their knack for catchy songwriting as they’ve begun to progress past the boundaries of their debut, Voyage, which was put out by the band in 2012 and issued as their Nuclear Blast debut in 2014.

Look for more on Arrival as we get closer to its… getting here. For now, here’s info and the video off the PR wire:

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THE VINTAGE CARAVAN UNVEIL THEIR BRAND NEW SONG “BABYLON”

Icelandic classic rock trio THE VINTAGE CARAVAN unveil the brand new song, “Babylon,” from the band’s highly anticipated second album, entitled Arrival.

Watch the official lyric video for “Babylon” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIa4fudByeA

Excited about the upcoming release, the band stated:

“We are so excited for the release of the upcoming album. It 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. It’s definitely a step forward. We are incredibly happy with how natural the recording process was and how well all of the songs turned out. Get ready for Arrival!”

The sophomore album was produced by Axel “Flexi” Árnason, who also worked with THE VINTAGE CARAVAN on the 2014 critically acclaimed album Voyage. Arrival was recorded in an isolated fjord where they converted an old ballroom into their studio.

Arrival is scheduled to drop in North America on June 2. Below is the stunning psychedelic cover by renowned American artist David Paul Seymour (www.davidpaulseymour.com).

Watch the official lyric video for “Babylon” as well as “Expand Your Mind” and “Meditation” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: http://goo.gl/gqMkim

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The Vintage Caravan to Release Arrival in May; Album Art Revealed

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 12th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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Icelandric heavy rock three-piece The Vintage Caravan announced the recording of their second album back in December and I guess the process went smoothly because it’s barely mid-February and they’re announcing the thing is coming out in May on Nuclear Blast and showing off the David Paul Seymour cover art for it. Nice when things work out the way they’re supposed to.

Already veterans of RoadburnThe Vintage Caravan will play this year’s Desertfest London the last weekend in April, and that should make a suitable leadup to the release of Arrival, the title of which seems an awful lot like an answer to their 2014 debut, Voyage. The band comments come via the PR wire:

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THE VINTAGE CARAVAN Announce New Album Details

Arrival Out This May on Nuclear Blast

Icelandic classic rock trio THE VINTAGE CARAVAN have announced the details for the band’s upcoming album, entitled Arrival. The Album is set for release this May via Nuclear Blast. Renowned American Artist David Paul Seymour created the stunning, psychedelic artwork. (www.davidpaulseymour.com)

THE VINTAGE CARAVAN on the new album: “We are so excited for the release of the upcoming album. It’s definitely a step forward for us musically and we are incredibly happy with how natural the recording process was and how well all of the songs turned out. Get ready for Arrival!”

The band recorded the follow-up to 2014’s critically acclaimed Voyage on an isolated fjord where they set up a studio in an old ballroom. The band once again worked with producer Axel “Flexi” Árnason who also produced their last album.

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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