Quarterly Review: Pallbearer, Fulanno, Spirit Mother, Gevaudan, El Rojo, Witchwood, Gary Lee Conner, Tomorr, Temple of the Fuzz Witch, Karkara

Posted in Reviews on December 24th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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There isn’t enough caffeine in the universe to properly sustain a Quarterly Review, and yet here we are. I’ve been doing this for six years now, and once started I’ve always managed to get through it. This seven-day spectacular hits its halfway point today, which is okay by me. I decided to do this because there was a bunch of stuff I still wanted to consider for my year-end list, which I’d normally post this week. And sure enough, a few more have managed to make the cut from each day. I’ll hope to put the list together in the coming days and get it all posted next week, before the poll results at least. I’m not sure why that matters, but yeah.

Thanks for following along if you have been. Hope you’ve found something worth digging into.

Quarterly Review #31-40:

Pallbearer, Forgotten Days

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Fulanno, Nadie Est√° a Salvo del Mal

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Spirit Mother, Cadets

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Gévaudan, Iter

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UK four-piece G√©vaudan made their debut in 2019 with Iter, and though I’m late to the party as ever, the five-song/53-minute offering is of marked scope and dynamic. Its soft stretches are barely there, melancholic and searching, and its surges of volume in opener “Dawntreader” are expressive without being overwrought. Not without modern influence from Pallbearer or YOB, etc., G√©vaudan‘s honing in on atmospherics helps stand out Iter as the band plod-marches with “The Great Heathen Army” — the most active of inclusions and the centerpiece — en route to “Saints of Blood” (11:54) and closer “Duskwalker” (15:16), the patient dip into extremity of the latter sealing the record’s triumph; those screams feel not like a trick the band kept up their collective sleeve, but a transition earned through the grueling plunge of all the material prior. It’s one for which I’d much rather be late than never.

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El Rojo, El Diablo Rojo

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The burly heavy rock of “South” at the outset of Italian heavy rockers El Rojo‘s El Diablo Rojo doesn’t quite tell the whole tale of the band’s style, but it gives essential clues to their songwriting and abiding burl. Later pieces like the slower-rolling “Ascension” (initially, anyhow) and acoustic-inclusive “Cactus Bloom” effectively build on the foundation of bruiser riffs and vocals, branching out desert-influenced melody and spaciousness instrumentalism even as the not-at-all-slowed-down “When I Slow Down” keeps affairs grounded in their purpose and structure. Riffs are thick and lead the charge on the more straightforward pieces and the seven-minute “Colors” alike as El Rojo attempt not to reinvent heavy or stoner rocks but to find room for themselves within the established tenets of genre. They’ve been around a few years at this point, and there’s still growing to be done, but El Diablo Rojo sounds like the starting point of an engaging progression.

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Witchwood, Before the Winter

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Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Jethro Tull, some Led Zeppelin in “Crazy Little Lover” and a touch of opera on “Nasrid” for good measure, Witchwood‘s 62-minute Before the Winter 2LP may be well on the other side of unmanageable in terms of length, but at least it’s not wasting anyone’s time. Instead, early rockers like “Anthem for a Child” and “A Taste of Winter” and the wah-funked “Feelin'” introduce the elements that will serve as the band’s colorful palette across the whole of the album. And a piece like “No Reason to Cry” becomes a straight-ahead complement to airier material like the not-coincidentally-named “A Crimson Moon” and the winding and woodsy “Hesperus,” which caps the first LP as the 10-minute epic “Slow Colours of Shade” does likewise for the record as a whole, followed by a bonus Marc Bolan cover on the vinyl edition, to really hammer home the band’s love of the heavy ’70s, which is already readily on display in their originals.

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Gary Lee Conner, Revelations in Fuzz

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If nothing else, Gary Lee Conner sounds like he probably has an enviable collection of 45s. The delightfully weird former Screaming Trees guitarist offers up 10 fresh delights of ’60s-style garage-psych solo works on the follow-up to 2018’s Unicorn Curry, as Revelations in Fuzz lives up to its title in tone even as cascades of organ and electric piano, sitar and acoustic guitar weave in and out of the proceedings. How no one has paired Conner with Baby Woodrose frontman Uffe Lorenzen for a collaboration is a mystery I can’t hope to solve, but in the swirling and stops of “Cheshire Cat Claws” and the descent of six-minute closer “Colonel Tangerine’s Sapphire Sunshine Dreams,” Conner reaffirms his love of that which is hypnotic and lysergic while hewing to a traditionalism of songwriting that makes cuts like “Vicious and Pretty” as catchy as they are far out. And trust me, they’re plenty far out. Conner is a master of acid rock, pure and simple. And he’s already got a follow-up to this one released, so there.

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Tomorr, Tomorr

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Formed in Italy with Albanian roots, Tomorr position themselves as rural doom, which to an American reader will sound like ‘country,’ but that’s not what’s happening here. Instead, three-piece are attempting to capture a raw, village-minded sound, with purposeful homage to the places outside the cities of Europe made into sludge riffing and the significant, angular lumber of “Grazing Land.” I’m not sure it works all the time — the riff in the second half of “Varr” calls to mind “Dopesmoker” more than anti-urbane sensibilities, and wants nothing for crush — but as it’s their debut, Tomorr deserve credit for approaching doom from an individualized mindset, and the bulk of the six-song/48-minute offering does boast a sound that is on the way to being the band’s own, if not already there. There’s room for incorporating folk progressions and instrumentation if Tomorr want to go that route, but something about the raw approach they have on their self-titled is satisfying on its own level — a meeting of impulses creative and destructive at some lost dirt crossroads.

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Temple of the Fuzz Witch, Red Tide

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Well what the hell do you think Temple of the Fuzz Witch sounds like? They’re heavy as shit. Of course they are. The Detroiters heralded doomly procession on their 2019 self-titled demo/EP (review here), and the subsequent debut full-length Red Tide, is righteously plodding riffery, Sabbathian without just being the riff to “Electric Funeral” and oblivion-bound nod that’s so filled with smoke it’s practically coughing. What goes on behind the doors of the Temple? Volume, kid. Give me the chug of “The Others” any and every day of the week, I don’t give a fuck if Temple of the Fuzz Witch are reinventing the wheel or not. All I wanna do is put on “Ungoliant” and nod out to the riff that sounds like “The Chosen Few” and be left in peace. Fuck you man. I ain’t bothering anyone. You’re the one with the problem, not me. This guy knows what I’m talking about. Side B of this record will eat your fucking soul, but only after side A has tenderized the meat. Hyperbole? Fuck you.

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Karkara, Nowhere Land

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Rife with adventurous and Middle Eastern-inflected heavy psychedelia, Nowhere Land is the follow-up to Toulouse, France-based Karkara‘s 2019 debut, Crystal Gazer (review here), and it finds the three-piece pushing accordingly into broader spaces of guitar-led freakery. Would you imagine a song called “Space Caravan” has an open vibe? You’d be correct. Same goes for “People of Nowhere Land,” which even unto its drum beat feels like some kind of folk dance turned fuzz-drenched lysergic excursion. The closing pair of “Cards” and “Witch” feel purposefully teamed up to round out the 36-minute outing, but maybe that’s just the overarching ethereal nature of the release as a whole coming through as Karkara manage to transport their listener from this place to somewhere far more liquid, languid, and encompassing, full of winding motion in “Falling Gods” and graceful post-grunge drift in “Setting Sun.”

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El Rojo Premiere “Cactus Bloom” from El Diablo Rojo Album

Posted in Bootleg Theater on April 6th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Recorded by Filippo ‘Phil Liar’ Buono of Karma Conspiracy Records at Monolith Recording Studio in February, El Rojo‘s second full-length, El Diablo Rojo was finished just ahead of the quarantine as a result of the country’s early-adopter/particularly-severe COVID-19 outbreak. As that has now spread to other parts of the Europe and the planet as a whole, it has usurped public consciousness in a way few things ever could. If a comet were on a course to smash into the planet, it’s hard to imagine it would be more of a topic of discussion.

Nonetheless, El Rojo — a double-guitar five-piece based in Morano Calabro in the southern part of the country, right on the bridge-of-the-foot part of the heeled boot that is the Italian peninsula — are pressing ahead with the release later this Spring. One assumes the lack of a precise release date also is related to the outbreak, since pressing, shipping and even packaging are all affected one way or another, but certainly that does nothing to make the music any less powerful. “Cactus Bloom” is the six-minute closer of El Diablo Rojo, and while its tonality is steeped in desert-worship warmth and it moves from a quiet wistfulness to a more aggressive stance by the time it’s finished, the weight of the message being delivered is significant and only grows more so as the volume intensifies later, to the point that vocalist Evo Borruso asks point blank, “Can you hear my rage?” Loud and clear, sir.

Perhaps El Rojo were thinking about issues of climate change when they put the song/album together, or at least some part of it, but no question the video for “Cactus Bloom” represents the current situation in Italy, and by that I mean the stark realities of living in social isolation, at physical remove from loved ones, bandmates, peers, fellow citizens, and so on. As the drone footage of empty landmarks shows, what should be brimming with tourists pissing off the Italian natives — hey, I’ve been one of those tourists, it’s the same everywhere — are empty spaces, looking mournful in sunlight or all the more like the ruins we’ll leave behind us when we’re gone and even the drones have stopped flying.

Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic will recede in the months to come. The virus may be with us for years, but the scale will change, doors will reopen to some degree, and a long recovery will begin. That would seem to make it all the more crucial to capture this fleeting moment, not only to preserve it for the future to learn from, but to remind ourselves of what it was to live through this time and how it brought into focus that which was most important to us as human beings. To love, to share.

Made in isolation, with band members filming themselves performing the track, here’s El Rojo‘s “Cactus Bloom.”

Please enjoy:

El Rojo, “Cactus Bloom” official video premiere

Cactus Bloom is the final track of our new concept album. The album itself is based on the tale of the struggle of a whole generation of youngsters coming from the southern part of Italy. The sound is elegant, nostalgic on purpose. The music plays along with lyrics full of melancholy, bitterness and rage, in which the protagonist speaks intimately of the hard times we all are living, of the sorrow for an uncertain future, of a context that seems to have given up on life.

Cactus Bloom is the metaphor of a difficult environment like the desert and how, in this ambient, the miracle of blossoming can happen. We must be able to understand that life always win: it’s engraved in our DNA.

The events hitting our life right now strengthen the message inside the tune and this is the reason that led us to tell this tale directly from our homes, where we are secluded at the moment. We share the restriction with all the people on the planet and so, along with this, we all share the uncertainty about the future.

So, during this time of isolation, should we reconsider our lives?

Shall we understand that everything that we were taking for granted could, in the beat of an eyelash, be gone?

We are asking ourselves these questions and, in the isolation of our own homes with no resources but our smartphones, we created this video along the notes of our new single, which is titled “Cactus Bloom”.

El Rojo is:
Evo Borruso (Vocals)
Fabrizio Vuerre (Guitar)
Fabrizio Miceli (Guitar)
Pasquale Carapella (Bass)
Antonio Rimolo (Drums)

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