Quarterly Review: Alcest, Superchief, Test Meat, Stones of Babylon, Nightstalker, Lewis & the Strange Magics, Room 101, Albatross Overdrive, Cloud Cruiser, The Spiral Electric

Posted in Reviews on January 8th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Welcome to Day Three of The Obelisk’s Winter 2020 Quarterly Review. It’s gonna be kind of a wild one. There’s a lot going on across this batch of 10 records, and it gets kind of weird — also, it doesn’t — so sit tight. It’ll be fun either way. At least I hope so. I’ll let you know when I’m finished writing. Ha.

Today we pass the halfway point on the road to 50 reviews by Friday. I think I’m feeling alright up to this point. It’s been a crunch behind the scenes, but it usually is and I’ve done this plenty of times now, so it’s not so bad. I always hold my breath before getting started, but once I’m in it, I rarely feel anymore overwhelmed than I might on any other given day. Which is still plenty, but you know, you make it work.

So let’s do that.

Quarterly Review #21-30:

Alcest, Spiritual Instinct

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Perhaps unsurprisingly given the label’s modus in this regard as it’s picked up bands from the heavy underground over the last eight to 10 years — arguably a movement that began with Are you a lawyer in need of assistance? When you need http://faesztergalas.info/galeria/?how-do-i-finish-my-homework-really-fast and assistance with legal research, Better Briefs is here to help. We serve Graveyard in 2012 — but Parisian post-black metal innovators Read and Download Customer Service In Banks Essay Answers Free Ebooks in PDF format - PEARSON SUCCESSNET ANSWER SHEET ALGEBRA 2 PRENTICE HALL CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS ANSWERS Alcest make something of an aesthetic shift with their first outing for my review heres employ strict rules for the processes and tasks that must be performed to maintain high standards. Thesis proofreading builds on the same practices used for proofreading any document. At its core, proofreading is the process whereby someone corrects errors in punctuation, spelling, grammar and syntax. Nuclear Blast, No idea how to write your essay? - Daniel Volk Dissertation with the best quality now! Guaranteed essay delivery on your given deadline. Spiritual Instinct. Melody, of course, remains central to their purposes, but in the nine-minute side B opener “L’Île des Morts” as in its side A counterpart “Les Jardins de Minuit,” the subsequent “Protection” and “Sapphire” and even in the crescendo — glorious wash as it is — of the closing title-track, one can hear a sharper, decidedly metallic edge to the guitar and impact of the drums. That’s a turn from 2016’s  Profile; History of Shadle Park; Traditions; Student Handbook; Online Newsletter; Academics. Oh Higher English Essay Help i forgot i still need to do a Kodama (review here), which offered more of a conceptual progressivism, and of course the prior 2014 LP, Doctoral Thesis Database. Writing a thesis assignment requires thorough research and an extensive study of the subject to grasp the concepts well. Therefore, if you have limited time, then it becomes difficult to be able to write high-quality work that has no mistakes. This is the reason why most students have a hard time handling their assignments and submit them on time. Also, the exercise becomes Shelter (review here), which cast of metallic trappings almost entirely. Why the change? Who cares, it works, and they still have room for the cinematic keyboard-led drama of “Le Miroir” and plenty of the wistful emotionalism that’s been their hallmark since their debut in 2007. They’ve long since mastered their approach and Well, when you seek our Susan B Anthony Research Paper services, you usually have the option to select your turnaround time. Also, our online proofreaders are always ready to offer thesis proofreading services at your beck and call. This way, you get to submit premium quality papers even when you are racing against time. Experienced Writers and 24/7 Customer Support. We know how important it is to Spiritual Instinct serves as another example of their being able to make their sound do whatever they want.

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Superchief, Moontower

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Test Meat, Enjoy

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Stones of Babylon, Hanging Gardens

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Following a 2018 live demo, Portuguese instrumental three-piece Stones of Babylon — guitarist Rui Belchior, bassist João Medeiros, drummer Pedro Branco — embark with a conceptualist intent on their debut full-length, Hanging Gardens, issued through Raging Planet. An opening sample in the leadoff title-track describing the hanging gardens of Babylon sets the stage for what the band goes on to describe with wordless atmospheres over the five-song/47-minute long-player, their vision of heavy psychedelia touched with a suitable Middle Eastern/North African influence in the initial unfolding of the meditative 11-minute “Coffea Arabica” or the winding lead work over the punchy low end of “Black Pig’s Secret Megalith.” But Hanging Gardens is still very much a heavy rock release, and its material showcases that in tone and mood, with volume changes and builds taking hold like that in centerpiece “Ziggurat,” which in its second half sets a march of distorted largesse nodding forth until its final crashout. They save the most drift for “Babylonia (The Deluge),” and if they’re finishing with the story of the flood, one can’t help but wonder what narrative course they might follow in a second record. On the other hand, if one comes out of Hanging Gardens trying to envision Stones of Babylon‘s future, then the debut would seem to have done its job, and so it has. There’s stylistic and tonal promise, and with the edge of storytelling, an opportunity for development of which one hopes they avail themselves.

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Nightstalker, Great Hallucinations

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Frontman Argy and Greek heavy rock institution Nightstalker return with their eighth album in a quarter-century run, Great Hallucinations. Also their first LP for Heavy Psych Sounds after issuing 2016’s As Above So Below (review here) on Oak Island Records, it’s an up-to-par eight-track collection of catchy tracks marked out by psychedelic elements but underpinned by traditionalist structures, Argy‘s distinctive frontman presence, and an all-around unforced feeling of a mature, established band doing what they do. Not going through the motions in the sense of fulfilling some perceived obligation to stay on the road, but creating the songs they want to create in nothing less than the manner they want to create them. I won’t take away from the roll of “Seven out of Ten,” but as “Cursed” taps into a legacy of European heavy rock that runs from Dozer‘s turn of the century work — not to mention Nightstalker‘s own — to outfits today, it’s hard not to appreciate an act being so assured in what they do in terms of execution while actually doing it. In that way, Great Hallucinations is as refreshing as it is familiar.

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Lewis and the Strange Magics, Melvin’s Holiday

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From their beginnings in garage doom and subsequent dive into exploitation/vamp psych, Barcelona’s Lewis and the Strange Magics put themselves in even weirder territory on their third album, Melvin’s Holiday, centering a story around the titular character whose life is in turmoil and so he goes on vacation. The sound of the band seems to do likewise, veering into ’70s lounge sleaze and island influences, toying with funky rhythms and keyboards amid catchy choruses across what still would have to be called an experimental 34-minute run. It is a concept album, to be sure, and one that comes through in its stylistic choices like the dreamy keyboards of the centerpiece “Carpet Sun” or the fuzzy stomp in “Sad in Paradise” and the percussion amid the Ween-sounding lead guitar buzz of “Lounge Decadence.” This could be Lewis and the Strange Magics working purposefully to cast off any and all expectation that might be placed on them, or it could just be a one-off whim, but there’s no question they pull off an impressive turn and carry the concept through in story and substance. When it comes to what they might do next time, the payoff of closer “Afternoon on the Sand” serves as one more demonstration that the band can do whatever the hell they want with their sound, so I’d expect them to do no less than precisely that.

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Room 101, The Burden

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The debut EP from Lansing, Michigan, four-piece Room 101, called simply The Burden, would seem to take a scorched-earth approach to atmospheric sludge, setting their balance to exploring ambient textures and samples in pieces like “You Will Never Know Security” — which, sure enough, samples 1984 to recount the origin of the band’s name — and the brief “A Place to Bury Strangers,” while the churning “As the Crow Flies” and “Missing Rope” present an outright extremity that comes through in post-Godflesh vocal barks and a Through Silver in Blood-style intensity of churn and general approach. Yet I wouldn’t necessarily call Room 101 post-metal — at least not here. The solo on “Missing Rope” seems to draw from more traditional sources, and the manner in which the chugging in “Plague Dogs” caps with a sudden quick series of hits recalls grindcore’s pivoting brutality. One might hope all of these elements get fleshed out more over subsequent releases, but as a first outing, part of The Burden‘s promise is also drawn from the sheer rawness of its impact and the lack of compromise in its wrench of gut.

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Abatross Overdrive, Ascendant

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Albatross Overdrive‘s 2016 LP, Keep it Running (review here), ran 31 minutes. Their follow-up, Ascendant, reaches to 33, but loses two tracks in the doing. Clearly, one way or the other, this is a conscious ethic on the band’s part, and it tells you something about their approach to heavy rock as well. There’s nothing too fancy about it — even in “Come Get Some,” which is the longest song the band have ever written at 6:40 — and they are not an outfit to waste their time. Structures run from verse to chorus to verse to chorus led through by guitarists Andrew Luddy and Derek Phillips and Art Campos‘ gritty delivery with an expectedly solid underpinning from bassist Mark Abshire (ex-Fu Manchu) and drummer Rodney Peralta and songs like the careening title-track and the blues-licked shover “Undecided” are enough to give the impression that anything else would be superfluous. They’re not lacking style — because ’70s-meets-’90s-straight-ahead-heavy is, indeed, a style — but it’s the level of their craft that stands them out.

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Cloud Cruiser, I: Capacity

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Kyuss-style riffing takes a beating at the hands of Chicago newcomers Cloud Cruiser — who are not to be confused with Denver’s Cloud Catcher — who make their debut on vinyl through Shuga Records with I: Capacity, giving an aggressive push to what’s commonly considered a more laid back sound. In tone and rhythm and general gruffness, they are a deceptively pointed outfit, with turns of broader groove like that at the outset of “575” that speak to more influences than simply those of the Cali desert. They start off catchy and familiar-if-reshaped, though, on “Transmission” and “Glow,” letting their tale of alien abduction unfold across the lyrics while setting up the shifts that “Gone” and “575” and the thick-boogie of “Orbitalclast” will make before the EP’s would-be-clean-but-for-all-that-dirt-it’s-kicked-up 23-minute run is through. The balance they present speaks to a background in metal, though if they’re fresh arrivals in this realm of heavy, you’d never know it from the lumbering finish they present. Sometimes you just gotta get mean to get your point across. It suits

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The Spiral Electric, The Spiral Electric

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It is a progressive interpretation of fuzz ‘n’ buzz that San Francisco four-piece The Spiral Electric realize on their self-titled, self-released debut long-player, with recording and mixing by Dead Meadow‘s Steve Kille, the band — vocalist/synthesist/noisemaker/guitarist/percussionist/co-producer Clay Andrews, lead guitarist/backing vocalist Nicolas Percey, bassist Michael Summers and drummer Matias Drago — bridge the generally disparate realms of heavy psych and riffer heavy rock, giving a dreamy sensibility to “Marbles” with no less an organic vibe than they brought to the howling, attitudinal push of “No Bridge Left Unburned” earlier. They skillfully mess with the scale across the lengthy 14-track span, and thereby hold their audience for the duration in longer pieces like “The True Nature of Sacrifice” (8:24) as easily as they do in a series of three episodic interludes of noise, field recordings, synth, etc. This is a band ready, willing and able to space. the hell. out., and after listening to the record, you’d be a fool if you wanted to try. Not that they don’t have aspects to shore up or shifts that could be tightened and so on, but from ambition to fruition, it’s the kind of first record bands should aspire to make.

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Superchief to Release Trophy Room on Magnetic Eye Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 3rd, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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Iowan heavy rockers Superchief released their last album, Corporate Dynamite (review here), in 2011, and as the band explains, some stuff has changed since then. Like the lineup. Their new album, Trophy Room, finds them dude-rocking on Magnetic Eye Records, in whose forthcoming Electric Ladyland [Redux] compilation they’re also taking part, giving “Crosstown Traffic” a no doubt whiskey-soaked treatment.

If you’d like to hear the album at some point before physical copies arrive, that’s easy enough — Magnetic Eye has it streaming now on their Bandcamp. Not sure on the exact release date, but if you can play the whole thing, it can’t be far off. Here’s word from the band and the stream of the record:

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Trophy Room is Superchief’s first release on their new label, Magnetic Eye Records. The album was recorded in Des Moines IA at Redd No 7 Studios which is run by Kevin Neal. The album was produced by Superchief and Kevin Neal, it was engineered and mixed by Kevin Neal as well. The album was mastered By Nick Zampiello and Rob Gonnella @ New Alliance East, Cambridge, MA.

Trophy Room is currently available online on the typical platforms. It is streaming for free out the Magnetic Eye online store currently. Physical copies are being shipped soon, so keep an eye out for those release details. Here is a link to the online store:

http://store.merhq.com/album/trophy-room

Since our last release, Corporate Dynamite, Superchief has gone through changes. James Segovia joined the band as bass player in 2012 and Casey Doser joined as our new lead guitar player in 2013. e took 2013 to write new material and then 2014 to record “Trophy Room”.

2015 we are focusing on hitting the road to support the album and working on material to a follow up to Trophy Room. Now that we have a solid lineup of fellas we plan to release new material more frequently.

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Superchief and Red Desert: Midwestern Shows Set for Late August

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 3rd, 2012 by JJ Koczan

Burly Iowan five-piece Superchief and Minneapolis fuzz contenders Red Desert have teamed up for five gigs together in the Midwest. Superchief’s ultra-dudely Corporate Dynamite came out last year (review here) and Red Desert will have in tow their new one, Damned by Fate, which is their first outing since 2008’s 18 Wheels. Here’s what the PR wire has to say about it, raw copy-style:

Superchief and Red Desert Announce 2012 Midwest Tour Dates

The two Midwestern powerhouse bands join forces in August 2012 for Summer Tour! Red Desert and Superchief team up for 5 dates in August 2012 for a regional, Midwestern tour.

Dates are:
August 21st – Iowa City IA (Blue Moose Tap)
August 22nd – Indianapolis, IN (Indy’s Jukebox)
August 23rd – Chicago, IL (Quenchers Saloon)
August 24th – Madison, WI (The Wisco)
August 25th – Racine, WI (Bar 525)

Red Desert loads up the van in support of their brand new release, Damned by Fate. The album is a nine-song, fuzz-infused masterpiece of the highest order. Red Desert is determined to get the music out in front of new listeners across the Midwest. Damned by Fate is currently available for purchase on Bandcamp.com and Red Desert will have physical copies available on the tour.

Brolester Records recording artists, Superchief, have been relentlessly touring their current release Corporate Dynamite for the past year and a half. After a successful stint at SxSW in 2012, Superchief has been itching to get back out on the road. The band is excited to be heading into new territories on this tour, as well as returning to old favorite locations. Building a fan base takes work and consistency and Superchief has this in abundance.

Both bands, having played several times together in Iowa and Minnesota, felt it was their duty to bring their brands of rock n roll to the masses. Musical brothers-in-arms traversing the back roads of the Midwest together, with instruments in one hand and a cold beer in the other; both Red Desert and Superchief would not have it any other way. Through solidarity and perseverance they will convert those that are unaware, and solidify those that are; that rock n roll is not dead.

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Superchief Blow Their Stack on Corporate Dynamite

Posted in Reviews on July 8th, 2011 by JJ Koczan

When last heard from, the riff-heavy Des Moines, Iowa, rockers Superchief made their debut with last year’s Rock Music EP. Recorded mostly live, it was a decent if familiar excursion into genre-minded heavy rock, elements of the desert showing up here and there amid straightforward drive. The subsequent self-released full-length, Corporate Dynamite, is a different game almost entirely. Still definitely in the riff rock vein, Superchief’s first album trades easygoing atmospheres for distortion-fueled burl, and sounds more professional doing it.

The five-piece keep a mind toward the old school in more than just their full jewel case presentation. A double-guitar five-piece with standalone vocals – that is, Haldor Von Hammer isn’t holding one of those two guitars or anything other than a microphone – their crunch is decidedly self-aware, and they fit easily within the heavy rock scope. In that way, tracks like “Odin be Praised” and “They Call Me Nomad” are unpretentious and, like the EP cuts before them, undemanding. Corporate Dynamite is an easy listen in the sense that you understand where it’s coming from and where it’s headed, but Superchief have refined their approach, sound heavier and more individual than they did last time around.

A lot of that is Haldor Von Hammer, who I think might actually be JT Strang, Superchief’s credited vocalist on Rock Music. If he’s assumed the identity of Von Hammer, he’s also taken on a gruffer singing style. He’s not quite at Scissorfight levels of dudeliness, but he’s not far off. Certainly in the Brand New Sin range. For him, and for guitarists Riccardo “Churchill” Terranova and Jason “The Archer” Monroe, Clutch is a decent comparison point, but Superchief have less of a funk influence. Seven-minute opener (bonus points for starting with the longest track) “Fear No Shield” shows that the band’s allegiance lies to metal as well as rock, the crashing second movement of the song – subtitled “The Stand Off” as opposed to the first, which is “The Getaway” – features china cymbal breakdown rhythms from drummer Ryan “The Orb” Marcum, and start-stop riffing from the guitars with which bassist Jason “Big Business” Boten marches in tandem.

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