Quarterly Review: Mrs. Piss, Ulcerate, Shroom Eater, Astralist, Daily Thompson, The White Swan, Dungeon Weed, Thomas V. Jäger, Cavern, Droneroom

Posted in Reviews on October 9th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Today is what would be the last day of the Fall 2020 Quarterly Review, except, you know, it’s not. Monday is. I know it’s been a messed up time for everybody and everything, but there’s a lot of music coming out, so if you’re craving some sense of normalcy — and hey, fair enough — it’s right there. Today’s an all-over-the-place day but there’s some killer stuff in here right from the start, so jump in and good luck.

And don’t forget — back on Monday with the last 10 records. Thanks for reading.

Quarterly Review #41-50:

Mrs. Piss, Self-Surgery

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Ulcerate, Stare into Death and Be Still

Ulcerate Stare into Death and Be Still

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Shroom Eater, Ad.Inventum

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Astralist, 2020 (Demo)

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Daily Thompson, Oumuamua

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Lost in the narrative of initial singles released ahead of its actual arrival is the psychedelic reach Dortmund trio Daily Thompson bring to their fourth album, Oumuamua. Yes, “She’s So Cold” turns in its second half to a more straightforward heavy-blues-fuzz push, but the mellow unfurling that takes place at the outset continues to inform the proceedings from there, and even through “Sad Frank” (video posted here) and “On My Mind” (video posted here), and album-centerpiece “Slow Me Down,” the vibe remains affect by it. Side B has its own stretch in the 12-minute “Cosmic Cigar (Oumuamua),” and sandwiched between the three-minute stomper “Half Thompson” and the acoustic, harmonized grunge-blues closer “River of a Ghost,” it seems that what Daily Thompson held back about the LP is no less powerful than what they revealed. It’s still a party, it’s just a party where every room has something different happening.

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The White Swan, Nocturnal Transmission

The White Swan Nocturnal Transmission

Following up 2018’s Touch Taste Destroy (review here), Ontario’s The White Swan present their fourth EP in Nocturnal Transmission. That’s four EPs, in a row, from 2016-2020. If the trio — which, yes, includes Kittie‘s Mercedes Lander on vocals, drums, guitar and keys — were waiting to figure out their sound before putting out a first full-length, they were there two years ago, if not before. One is left to assume that the focus on short releases is — at least for now — an aesthetic choice. Like its predecessor, Nocturnal Transmission offers three circa-five-minute big-riffers topped with Lander‘s floating melodic vocals. The highlight here is “Purple,” and unlike any of the other The White Swan EPs, this one includes a fourth track in a cover of Tracy Bonham‘s “Tell it to the Sky,” given likewise heft and largesse. I don’t know what’s stopping this band from putting out an album, but I’ll take another EP in the meantime, sure.

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Dungeon Weed, Mind Palace of the Mushroom God

Dungeon Weed Mind Palace of the Mushroom God

A quarantine project of Dmitri Mavra from Skunk and Slow Phase, Dungeon Weed is dug-in stoner idolatry, pure and simple. Mavra, joined by drummer Chris McGrew and backing vocalist Thia Moonbrook, metes out riff after feedback-soaked, march-ready, nod-ready, dirt-toned riff, and it doesn’t matter if it’s the doomier tolling bell of “Sorcerer with the Skull Face” or the tongue-in-cheek hook of “Beholder Gonna Fuck You Up” or the brash sludge that ensues across the aptly-named “Lumbering Hell,” all layered solos and whatnot, the important thing is that by the time “Mind Palace” comes around, you’re either out or you’re in, and once you make that choice there’s no going back on it. Opener “Orcus Immortalis/Vox Mysterium” tells the tale (or part of it, as regards the overarching narrative), and if ever there was a band that could and would make a song called “Black Pudding” sound heavy, well, there’s Dungeon Weed for you. Dungeon Weed, man. Don’t overthink it.

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Thomas V. Jäger, A Solitary Plan

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The challenge of rendering songcraft in the nude can be a daunting one for someone in a heavy band doing a solo/acoustic release, but it’s a challenge Thomas V. Jäger of Monolord meets with ease on the home-recorded A Solitary Plan, his solo debut. Those familiar with his work in Monolord will recognize some of the effects used on his vocals, but in the much, much quieter context of the seven-song/29-minute solo release — Jäger plays everything except the Mellotron on the leadoff title-track — they lend not only a spaciousness but a feeling of acid folk serenity to “Creature of the Deep” and “It’s Alright,” which follows. Mixed/mastered by Kalle Lilja of Långfinger, A Solitary Plan is ultimately an exploration on Jäger‘s part of working in this form, but it succeeds in both its most minimal stretches and in the electric-inclusive “The Drone” and “Goodbye” ahead of the buzzing synth-laced closer “The Bitter End.” It would be a surprise if this is the only solo release Jäger ever does, since so much of what takes place throughout feels like a foundation for future work.

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Cavern, Powdered

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Change has been the modus operandi of Cavern for a while now. They still show some semblance of their post-hardcore roots on their new full-length, Powdered, but having brought in bassist/vocalist Rose Heater in 2018 and sometime between then and now let out of Baltimore for Morgantown, West Virginia, their sonic allegiance to a heavier-ended post-rock comes through more than ever before. Guitarist/synthesist Zach Harkins winds lead lines around Heater‘s bass on “Grey,” and Stephen Schrock‘s drums emphasize tension to coincide, but the fluidity across the 24-minute LP is of a kind that’s genuinely new to the band, and the soul in Heater‘s vocals carries the material to someplace else entirely. A song like “Dove” presents a tonal fullness that the title-track seems just to hint at, but the emphasis here is on dynamic, not on doing one thing only or locking their approach into a single mindset. As Heater‘s debut with them, Powdered finds them refreshed and renewed of purpose.

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Droneroom, …The Other Doesn’t

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Droneroom is the solo vehicle of guitarist Blake Edward Conley and with …The Other Doesn’t, experiments of varying length and degree of severity are brought to bear. The abiding feel is spacious, lonely and cinematic as one might expect for such guitar-based soundscaping, but “Casual-Lethal Narcissism” and “The Last Time Someone Speaks Your Name” do have some measure of peace to go with their foreboding and troubling atmospherics. An obvious focal point is the 15-minute dronefest “This Circle of Ribs,” which feels more forward and striking than someone of Droneroom‘s surrounding material, but it’s all on a relative scale, and across the board Conley remains a safe social distance away from structural traditionalist. Recorded during Summer 2020, it is an album that conveys the anxiety and paranoia of this year, and while that can be a daunting thing to face in such a way or to let oneself really engage with as a listener — shit, it’s hard enough just living through — one of the functions of good art is to challenge perceptions of what it can be. Worth keeping in mind for “Home Can Be a Frightening Place.”

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Dungeon Weed to Release Mind Palace of the Mushroom God LP on Forbidden Place Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 26th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

There comes a time in everyone’s life, I think, when you have to sit back, look at the big picture and understand that you’re 38 years old writing about a band called Dungeon Weed and a record they’ve put out called Mind Palace of the Mushroom God. What do any of those words even mean?

Well, I guess Dungeon Weed is self-explanatory. It’s weed in or from a dungeon. Fine.

Actually, the whole thing is less about specific descriptors than how it willfully positions itself in line with other records of the style. That style, as they put it, is “wizard doom,” which is a phrase I myself have used here to describe bands who play off an Electric Wizard influence. There’s some of that happening in Mind Palace of the Mushroom God, so fair enough. And they sound like they were making the most of the pandemic, and it’s Dmitri Mavra from Skunk and Slow Phase telling the story, so one way or the other you’re in good hands. Shit man, life is short. Find your fucking joy. If it’s in mind palace of a mushroom god, well, at least you didn’t have to shoot a Black person seven times in the back to get there.

Sorry.

The recording is rough, but not so much so that Forbidden Place Records hasn’t signed on to put the album out on vinyl — for which the artwork seems well suited — so take that as you will. Stream and video are at the bottom of the post if you want to dive in. Don’t mind if I do:

Dungeon Weed Mind Palace of the Mushroom God

DUNGEON WEED – Mind Palace of the Mushroom God

MIND PALACE OF THE MUSHROOM GOD is available now on cd/download, coming this winter on vinyl from Forbidden Place Records.

DUNGEON WEED is a collaboration between Dmitri Mavra (SKUNK, SLOW PHASE) and Chris McGrew, session drummer/studio engineer at San Francisco’s Wally’s Hyde Out (formerly Hyde Street Studio C).

Born from the darkness of pandemic isolation, the album features 6 lengthy tracks of “wizard doom” that reflect these dark times.

Hyper fuzzed riffs, droning synths, and massive, sludgy drumming lay the foundation for solos that range from esoteric weirdness to soaring majesty as the album obliquely tells a dream fantasy in which a wizard seeking eternal life travels through the “Mind Palace of the Mushroom God” to strike a deal with Orcus, Lord of the Underworld. Terrible creatures are encountered on his quest before his wish for eternal life is finally granted, but was it worth the price? (Spoiler: of course not!)

While Mavra is known for the retro-drenched riffs of SKUNK and SLOW PHASE, DUNGEON WEED explores a slower, heavier, feedback-tinged sludge vibe. McGrew played and recorded the drums. Mavra played and recorded everything else, and illustrated the album. Guest vocals by Thia Moonbrook.

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Vinyl Edition pre-order:
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Dungeon Weed, Mind Palace of the Mushroom God (2020)

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