Quarterly Review: The Cult of Dom Keller, Grandpa Jack, Woven Man, Charivari, Human Impact, Dryland, Brass Owl, Battle City, Astral Bodies, Satyrus

Posted in Reviews on March 25th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Ah, the Wednesday of a Quarterly Review. Always a special day in my mind. We hit and pass the halfway point today, and I like the fact that the marker is right in the middle of things, like that sign you pass in Pennsylvania on Rt. 80 that says, “this is the highest point east of the Mississippi,” or whatever it is. Just a kind of, “oh, by the way, in case you didn’t know, there’s this but you’re on your way somewhere else.” And so we are, en route to 50 reviews by Friday. Will we get there? Yeah, of course. I’ve done this like 100 times now, it’s not really in doubt. Sleeping, eating, living: these things are expendable. The Quarterly Review will get done. So let’s do it.

Quarterly Review #21-30:

The Cult of Dom Keller, Ascend!

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They’re not going quietly, that’s for sure. Except for when they are, at least. self questioning strategies master thesis master thesis proposal literature editing dissertation services hot for teacher essay The Cult of Dom Keller send their listeners — and, it would seem, themselves — into the howling ether on the exclamatory-titular http://alemon.ch/?who-am-i-creative-writing-essay for free? Yes and you are on the essay writing website! Whether you need someone to write, edit, rewrite or proofread other paper Ascend!, their fifth LP. Issued through EduBirdie.com – the best writing service for students where expert writers can blog here of any complexity! Cardinal Fuzz and Personal Statement Professional requires professional eye and qualified skills. And all these you can get from our expert! Little Cloud records it brings a bevvy of freakouts in psych-o-slabs like “I Hear the Messiah” and the early-arriving “Hello Hanging Rope” and the building-in-thickness “The Blood Donor Wants His Blood Back,” and the foreboding buzz of “We’re All Fucked (Up),” peppering in effective ambient interludes ahead of what might be some resolution in the closing “Jam for the Sun.” Or maybe that’s just narrative I’m putting to it. Does it matter? Does anything matter? And what is matter? And what is energy? And is there a line between the two or are we all just playing pretend at existence like I-think-therefore-I-am might actually hold water in a universe bigger than our own pea-sized brains. Where do we go from here? Or maybe it’s just the going and not the where? Okay.

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Grandpa Jack, Trash Can Boogie

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Brooklynite trio Professional Article Writing Services That Beat Read on to see why our customers may think of us as the official site they’ve come Grandpa Jack are working toward mastery of the thickened midtempo groove on their second EP, The Death Penalty Argumentative Essay services from writers who know how to annotate sources | Now you can live your life as you want, and we will do the rest! Trash Can Boogie. Led by guitarist/vocalist We looked at all the best I Didnt Finish My Homework Yets and compared their features and pricing. Here is our in depth comparison and recommendations. Johnny Strom with backing shouts from drummer ads for homework help What Can I Do For My Homework Online online dissertation help katalog doctoral program without thesis Matt C. White and a suitable flow provided by bassist Why does buying an essay online bring marvelous precedences? When the end of the training year comes, Is it online essays in english online USA realizable for you? Jared Schapker, the band present a classic-tinged four tracks, showing some jammier psych range in the 7:47 second cut “Untold” but never straying too far from the next hook, as opener “Ride On, Right On” and the almost-proto-metal “Imitation” show. Finishing with “Curmudgeon,” Writing thesis is a challenge even for the most attentive students. Professionals at the Rocketpaper.net Assignment Writing Serviceaustralia service can deliver your Grandpa Jack ride a fine line between modern fuzz, ’90s melody and ’70s groove idolatry, and part of the fun is trying to figure out which side they’re on at any given point and which side they’ll want to ultimately end up on, or if they’ll decide at all. They have one LP under their collective belt already. I’d be surprised if their next one didn’t garner them more significant attention, let alone label backing, should they want it.

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Woven Man, Revelry (In Our Arms)

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There’s metal in the foundation of what We provide Dissertation Project Proposal Writing Services are standard based. Our custom PhD thesis proposal are efficient to all professionals. Woven Man are doing on their 2019 debut, Looking for affordable and reliable Research Paper Outline Worksheet? See how we can help writing a thesis and what other services we offer! Pick the one you need and Revelry (In Our Arms). And there’s paganism. But they’re by no means “pagan metal” at least in the understood genre terms. The Welsh outfit — featuring guitarist Honest and helpful Purchase Intention Dissertations. Choose your essay writer! Lee Roy Davies, formerly of homework help tumblr look at this site Your intro to an essay application essays how to Acrimony — cast out soundscapes in their vocal melodies and have no lack of tonal crunch at their disposal when they want it, but as eight-minute opener/longest track (immediate points) shows, they’re not going to be rigidly defined as one thing or another. One can hear check over here - Get an A+ aid even for the hardest essays. Change the way you deal with your assignment with our approved service Start C.O.C. in the riffs during their moments of sneer on “I am Mountain” or the centerpiece highlight “With Willow,” but they never quite embrace the shimmer outright Though they come right to the cusp of doing so on the subsequent “Makers Mark,” but closer “Of Land and Sky” revives a more aggressive push and sets them toward worshiping different idols. Psychedelic metal is a tough, nearly impossible, balance to pull off. I’m not entirely convinced it’s what Woven Man are going for on this first outing, but it’s where they might end up.

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Charivari, Descent

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Whether drifting mildly through the likes of drone-laden pieces “Down by the Water,” the CD-only title-track or “Alexandria” as they make their way toward the harsh bite at the end of the 11-minute closer “Scavengers of the Wind,” Bath, UK, heavy post-rockers Charivari hold a firm sense of presence and tonal fullness. They’re prone to a wash from leadoff “When Leviathan Dreams” onward, but it’s satisfying to course along with the four-piece for the duration of their journey. Rough spots? Oh, to be sure. “Aphotic” seethes with noisy force, and certainly the aforementioned ending is intended to jar, but that only makes a work like “Lotus Eater,” which ably balances Cure-esque initial lead lines with emergent distortion-crush, that much richer to behold. The moves they make are natural, unforced, and whether they’re trading back and forth in volume or fluidly, willfully losing themselves in a trance of effects, the organic and ethereal aspects of their sound never fail to come through in terms of melody even as a human presence is maintained on vocals. When “Down by the Water” hits its mark, it is positively encompassing. Headphones were built for this.

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Human Impact, Human Impact

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Bit of a supergroup here, at least in the underrated-New-York-art-noise sphere of things. Vocals and riffy crunch provided by the masterful Chris Spencer (formerly of Unsane), while Cop Shoot Cop‘s Jim Coleman adds much-welcome electronic flourish, Swans/Xiu Xiu bassist Chris Pravdica provides low end and the well-if-he-can-handle-drumming-for-Swans-he-can-handle-anything Phil Puleo (also Cop Shoot Cop) grounds the rhythm. Presented through Ipecac, the four-piece’s declarative self-titled debut arrives through Ipecac very much as a combination of the elements of which it is comprised, but the atmosphere brought to the proceedings by Coleman set against Spencer‘s guitar isn’t to be understated. The two challenge each other in “E605” and the off-to-drone “Consequences” and the results are to everyone’s benefit, despite the underlying theme of planetary desolation. Whoops on that one, but at least we get the roiling chaos and artful noise of “This Dead Sea” out of it, and that’s not nothing. Predictable? In parts, but so was climate change if anyone would’ve fucking listened.

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Dryland, Dances with Waves

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The nautically-themed follow-up to Bellingham, Washington, progressive heavy/noise/post-hardcore rockers Dryland‘s 2017 self-titled debut album, the four-song Dances with Waves EP finds the thoughtful and melodic riffers working alongside producer/engineer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis, etc.) on a recording that loses none of its edge for its deft changes of rhythm and shifts in vocals. There’s some influence from Elder maybe in terms of the guitar on “No Celestial Hope” and the finale “Between the Testaments,” but by the time the seven-minute capper is done, it’s full-on Pacific Northwest noise crunch, crashing its waves of riffs and stomp against the shore of your eardrums in demand of as much volume as you’ll give it. Between those two, “Exalted Mystics” moves unsuspectingly through its first half and seems to delve into semi-emo-if-emo-was-about-sailing-and-death theatrics in its second, while “The Sound a Sword Adores” distills the alternating drive and sway down to its barest form, a slowdown later setting up the madness soon to arrive in “Between the Testaments.”

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Brass Owl, State of Mind

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Brass Owl foster on their self-released debut full-length, State of Mind, a brand of heavy rock that maintains a decidedly straightforward face while veering at the same time into influences from grunge, ’70s rock, the better end of ’80s metal and probably one or two current hard or heavy rock bands. You might catch a tinge of Five Horse Johnson-style blues on “No Filter – Stay Trendy” or the particularly barroom-ready “Jive Turkey,” which itself follows the funkier unfolding jam-into-shredfest of “The Legend of FUJIMO,” and the earlier “Hook, Line & Sinker” has trucker-rock all over it, but through it all, the defining aspect of the work is its absolute lack of pretense. These guys — there would seem to have been three when they recorded, there are two now; so it goes — aren’t trying to convince you of their intelligence, or their deep-running stylistic nuance. They’re not picking out riffs from obscure ’80s indie records or even ’70s private press LPs. They’re having a good time putting traditionalist-style rock songs together, messing around stylistically a bit, and they’ve got nine songs across 43 minutes ready to roll for anyone looking for that particular kind of company. If that’s you, great. If it ain’t, off you go to the next one.

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Battle City, Press Start

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From even before you press play on Press Start, the 22-minute debut release from South Africa’s Battle City, the instrumental duo make their love of gaming readily apparent. Given that they went so far as to call one song “Ram Man” and that it seems just as likely as not that “Ignition” and “Ghost Dimension” are video game references as well, it’s notable that guitarist/bassist Stian “Lightning Fingers Van Tonder” Maritz and drummer Wayne “Thunder Flakes” Hendrikz didn’t succumb to the temptation of bringing any electronic sounds to the six-song offering. Even in “Ghost Dimension,” which is the closer and longest track by about three minutes, they keep it decidedly straightforward in terms of arrangements and resist any sort of chiptune elements, sticking purely to guitar, bass and drums. There’s a touch of the progressive to the leadoff title-track and to the soaring lead “Ignotion,” but Press Start does likewise in setting the band’s foundation in a steady course of heavy rock and metal, to the point that if you didn’t know they were gaming-inspired by looking at the cover art or the titles, there’d be little to indicate that’s where they were coming from. I wouldn’t count myself among them, but those clamoring for beeps and boops and other 8-bit nonsense will be surprised. For me, the riffs’ll do just fine, thanks.

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Astral Bodies, Escape Death

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Spacious, varied and progressive without losing their heft either of tone or presence, Manchester, UK, trio Astral Bodies debut on Surviving Sounds with Escape Death, working mostly instrumentally — they do sneak some vocals into the penultimate “Pale Horse” — to affect an atmosphere of cosmic heavy that’s neither indebted to nor entirely separate from post-metal. Droning pieces like the introductory “Neptune,” or the joyous key-laced wash of the centerpiece “Orchidaeae,” or even “Pale Horse,” act as spacers between longer cuts, and they’re purposefully placed not to overdo symmetry so as to make Escape Death‘s deceptively-efficient 36-minute runtime predictable. It’s one more thing the three-piece do right, added to the sense of rawness that comes through in the guitar tone even as effects and synth seem to surround and provide a context that would be lush if it still weren’t essentially noise rock. Cosmic noise? The push of “Oumuamua” sure is, if anything might be. Classify it however you want — it’s fun when it’s difficult! — but it’s a striking record either way, and engages all the more as a first long-player.

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Satyrus, Rites

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Following its three-minute chanting intro, Satyrus let opener and longest track (immediate points) “Black Satyrus” unfold its cultish nod across an eight minutes that leads the way into the rest of their debut album, Rites, perhaps more suitably than the intro ever could. The building blocks that the Italian unit are working from are familiar enough — Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Electric Wizard, maybe even some Slayer in the faster soloing of second cut “Shovel” — but that doesn’t make the graveyard-dirt-covered fuzz of “Swirl” or the noisefest that ensues in “Stigma” or subsequent “Electric Funeral”-ist swing any less satisfying, or the dug-in chug of bookending nine-minute closer “Trailblazer.” Hell, if it’s a retread, at least they’re leaving footprints, and it’s not like Satyrus are trying to tell anyone they invented Tony Iommi‘s riff. It’s a mass by the converted for the converted. I’d ask nothing more of it than that and neither should you.

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Astral Bodies: Debut Album Escape Death Due April 3

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 12th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

There’s no audio from the album available to the public yet — [EDIT: Except for the song streaming below; ha] — but Astral Bodies make their full-length debut April 3 with Escape Death on Surviving Sounds, and whether you’re taking the album from a heavy post-rock angle thinking of Pelican on a bit more of a psych kick, or you’re examining some of the blend of space and crunch in the instrumental Manchester, UK, outfit’s sound, the answer to the question you’re probably asking is still a yes. The trio had a 12-minute two-songer out in 2018 that you can hear below, and that’ll give you some sense of the variety, but the record of course is much broader, even though it keeps to a tidy 36-minute runtime. I’m digging it. Right now, actually. I’ve got “Orchidaceae” on and for the keyboard/guitar blend alone, it’s well worth your time to check out when you can.

Here’s album info from the PR wire and the Axial Tilt stream from the band’s Bandcamp:

Astral Bodies Escape Death

Astral Bodies – Escape Death LP [Apr 3 – Surviving Sounds]

SURVIVING SOUNDS proudly present the debut full length album release of Manchester, UK based post-metal, space rock, doom pop power trio ASTRAL BODIES, titled Escape Death, which will be released on CD, Tape and Digital formats on April 3rd 2020.

This largely instrumental powerhouse of a record is a triumph of colossal tones and shifting dynamics, as the trio explore compositions that ebb and flow through the cosmos. Astral Bodies take the atmospheric and textural sonics inspired by the likes of Pelican and Russian Circles, but provide their own unique spin on this sound, adding an extra dosage of spacey synthesizers, providing a dreamy undercurrent as their versatile performances range all the way from bold sleepy melodies to full on rocket propelled riffage.

Escape Death was passionately captured by Joe Clayton (Pijn, Leeched) at No Studio, Manchester and mastered by Rich Steve Beck, resulting in a powerful and enriching listening experience full of dynamics, details and enormous riffs laced with deep, resonating tones. Escape Death is a concise record just shy of 40 minutes and full of twists and turns that will throw in surprises from the first track to the last. Astral Bodies have created the perfect aural companion to leaving behind your earthly vessel and transcending space and time.

Astral Bodies have made a strong name for themselves across the UK, with two EP releases prior to Escape Death, and their energetic live performances. The trio have played shows with the likes of Dawn Ray’d, Dark Mother, Nasdaq, Aiming For Enrike and She The Throne. Now with their full length album behind them, Astral Bodies look destined for bigger and brighter horizons.

ESCAPE DEATH
1. Neptune [2:14]
2. Europa [7:50]
3. Oumuamua [6:19]
4. Orchidaceae [3:34]
5. Equinox [6:13]
6. Pale Horse [2:10]
7. Mythic Phantoms [8:03]

CREDITS
Written and performed by Astral Bodies.
Captured by Joe Clayton at No Studio, Manchester.
Mixed by Joe Clayton. Mastered by Rich Steve Beck at Not Just A Plugin.
Saxophone on ‘Mythic Phantoms’ by Ed Bottomley.
Album cover designed by Ben Cooney.

ASTRAL BODIES
L.T.J. Staszko – Drumkit / Percussion / Mood
J.C. Lawrence – Bass Guitar / Effects / Tone
I.D. Breen – Guitars / Keyboards / Vibe

https://www.facebook.com/astralbodiesmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/astral_bodies_music/
https://astralbodies.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/SurvivingSounds/

Astral Bodies, Escape Death (2020)

Astral Bodies, Axial Tilt (2018)

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