Quarterly Review: -(16)-, BoneHawk, DÖ, Howling Giant & Sergeant Thunderhoof, Chimney Creeps, Kingnomad, Shores of Null, The Device, Domo, Early Moods

Posted in Reviews on December 22nd, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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I just decided how long this Quarterly Review is actually going to be. It’s seven days, then I’ll do my year-end list and the poll results on New Year’s Eve and Day, respectively. That’s the plan. Though honestly, I might pick up after that weekend and continue QR-style for that next week. There’s a lot more to cover, I think. The amount of releases this year has been pretty insane and completely overwhelming. I’ve tried to keep up as best I can and clearly have failed in that regard or I probably wouldn’t be so swamped now. So it goes. One way or the other, I don’t think a lot of emails are getting answered for the next two weeks, though I’ll try to keep up with that too.

But anyhow, that’s what’s up. Here’s Day II (because this is the QR where I do Roman numerals for absolutely no reason).

Quarterly Review #11-20:

16, Dream Squasher

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BoneHawk, Iron Mountain

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DÖ, Black Hole Mass

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Howling Giant & Sergeant Thunderhoof, Turned to Stone Chapter 2: Masamune & Muramasa

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Let this be a lesson to, well, everyone. This is how you do a conceptual split. Two bands getting together around a central idea — in this case, Tennessee’s Howling Giant and UK’s Sergeant Thunderhoof — both composing single tracks long enough to consume a vinyl side and expanding their reach not only to work with each other but further their own progressive sonic ideologies. Ripple Music‘s Turned to Stone split series is going to have a tough one to top in Masamune & Muramasa, as Howling Giant utterly shine in “Masamune” and the rougher-hewn tonality of Sergeant Thunderhoof‘s “Maramasa” makes an exceptional complement. Running about 41 minutes, the release is a journey through dynamic, with each act pushing their songwriting beyond prior limits in order to meet the occasion head-on and in grand fashion. They do, and the split easily stands among the best of 2020’s short releases as a result. If you want to hear where heavy rock is going, look no further.

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Chimney Creeps, Nosedive

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Punkish shouts over dense noise rock tones, New York trio Chimney Creeps make their full-length debut with Nosedive, which they’ve self-released on vinyl. The album runs through seven tracks, and once it gets through the straight-ahead heavy punk of “March of the Creeps” and “Head in the Sand” at the outset, the palette begins to broaden in the fuzzy and gruff “Unholy Cow,” with the deceptively catchy “Splinter” following. “Creeper” and “Satisfied” before it are longer and accordingly more atmospheric, with a truck-backing-up sample at the start of “Creeper” that would seem to remind listeners just where the band’s sound has put them: out back, around the loading dock. Fair enough as “Diving Line” wraps in accordingly workmanlike fashion, the vocals cutting through clearly as they have all the while, prominent in the mix in a way that asks for balance. “Bright” I believe is the word an engineer might use, but the vocals stand out, is the bottom line, and thereby assure that the aggressive stance of the band comes across as more than a put-on.

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Kingnomad, Sagan Om Rymden

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Kingnomad‘s third album, Sagan Om Rymden certainly wants nothing for scope or ambition, setting its progressive tone with still-hooky opener “Omniverse,” before unfurling the more patient chug in “Small Beginnings” and taking on such weighted (anti-)matter as “Multiverse” and “The Creation Hymn” and “The Unanswered Question” later on. Along the way, the Swedish troupe nod at Ghost-style melodicism, Graveyard-ish heavy blues boogie — in “The Omega Experiment,” no less — progressive, psychedelic and heavy rocks and no less than the cosmos itself, as the Carl Sagan reference in the record’s title seems to inform the space-based mythology expressed and solidified within the songs. Even the acoustic-led interlude-plus “The Fermi Paradox” finds room to harmonize vocals and prove a massive step forward for the band. 2018’s The Great Nothing (review here) and 2017’s debut, Mapping the Inner Void (review here), were each more accomplished than the last, but Sagan Om Rymden is just a different level. It puts Kingnomad in a different class of band.

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Shores of Null, Beyond the Shores (On Death and Dying)

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By the time Shores of Null are nine minutes into the single 38-minute track that makes up their third album, Beyond the Shores (On Death and Dying), they would seem to have unveiled at least four of the five vocalists who appear throughout the proceedings, with the band’s own Davide Straccione joined by Swallow the Sun‘s Mikko Kotamäki as well as Thomas A.G. Jensen (Saturnus), Martina Lesley Guidi (of Rome’s Traffic Club) and Elisabetta Marchetti (INNO). There are guests on violin, piano and double-bass as well, so the very least one might say is that Shores of Null aren’t kidding around when they’re talking about this record in a sense of being ‘beyond’ themselves. The journey isn’t hindered so much as bolstered by the ambition, however, and the core five-piece maintain a steady presence throughout, serving collectively as the uniting factor as “Beyond the Shores (On Death and Dying)” moves through its portrayal of the stages of grief in according movements of songcraft, gorgeously-arranged and richly composed as they are as they head toward the final storm. In what’s been an exceptional year for death-doom, Shores of Null still stand out for the work they’ve done.

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The Device, Tribute Album

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Tectonic sludge has become a mainstay in Polish heavy, and The Device, about whom precious little is known other than they’re very, very, very heavy when they want to be, add welcome atmospherics to the lumbering weedian procession. “Rise of the Device” begins the 47-minute Tribute Album in crushing form, but “Ritual” and the first minute or so of “BongOver” space out with droney minimalism, before the latter track — the centerpiece of the five-songer and only cut under six minutes long at 2:42 — explodes in consuming lurch. “Indica” plays out this structure again over a longer stretch, capping with birdsong and whispers and noise after quiet guitar and hypnotic, weighted riffing have played back and forth, but it’s in the 23-minute closer “Exhale” that the band finds their purpose, a live-sounding final jam picking up after a long droning stretch to finish the record with a groove that, indeed, feels like a release in the playing and the hearing. Someone’s speaking at the end but the words are obscured by echo, and to be sure, The Device have gotten their point across by then anyhow. The stark divisions between loud and quiet on Tribute Album are interesting, as well as what the band might do to cover the in-between going forward.

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Domo, Domonautas Vol. 2

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Spanish progressive heavy psychedelic semi-instrumentalists Domo follow late-2019’s Domonautas Vol. 1 (review here) with a four-song second installment, and Domonautas Vol. 2 answers its predecessor back with the jazz-into-doom of “Avasaxa” (7:43) and the meditation in “Dolmen” (13:50) on side A, and the quick intro-to-the-intro “El Altar” (2:06) and the 15-minute “Vientohalcón” on side B, each piece working with its own sense of motion and its own feeling of progression from one movement to the next, never rushed, never overly patient, but smooth and organic in execution even in its most active or heaviest stretches. The two most extended pieces offer particular joys, but neither should one discount the quirky rhythm at the outset of “Avasaxa” or the dramatic turn it makes just before five minutes in from meandering guitar noodling to plodding riffery, if only because it sounds like Domo are having so much fun catching the listener off guard. Exactly as they should be.

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Early Moods, Spellbound

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Doom be thy name. Or, I guess Early Moods be thy name, but doom definitely be thy game. The Los Angeles four-piece make their debut with the 26-minute Spellbound, and I suppose it’s an EP, but the raw Pentagram worship on display in the opening title-track and the Sabbath-ism that ensues flows easy and comes through with enough sincerity of purpose that if the band wanted to call it a full-length, one could hardly argue. Guitar heads will note the unbridled scorch of the solos throughout — centerpiece “Isolated” moves from one into a slow-Slayer riff that’s somehow also Candlemass, which is a feat in itself — while “Desire” rumbles with low-end distortion that calls to mind Entombed even as the vocals over top are almost pure Witchcraft. They save the most engaging melody for the finale “Living Hell,” but even that’s plenty grim and suited to its accompanying dirt-caked feel. Rough in production, but not lacking clarity, Spellbound entices and hints at things to come, but has a barebones appeal all its own as well.

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BoneHawk Sign to Cursed Tongue Records; Iron Mountain LP out Sept. 18

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 29th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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There are a few reasons I like hosting Cursed Tongue Records announcements like this one. Most of them are painfully obvious — things like “the music’s good” — but also it’s been a joy to see how the label’s taste and reach has grown and how it has gained a reputation for a quality product both in concept and execution. The label’s picking up BoneHawk for an LP release of the Michigan-based band’s second album, Iron Mountain, is another example of Cursed Tongue knowing what they want and making it happen.

BoneHawk, for whom Iron Mountain serves as the follow-up to their debut, 2014’s Albino Rhino (discussed here) — later picked up by Ripple Music — and their 2016 split 12″ with Kingnomad (review here), also on Ripple, have a new lineup as well as the new album. They posted the record to Bandcamp in June, so for them this continues a pattern of releasing on their own — they have a limited CD version available on Bandcamp — before subsequently getting a label on board for a wider release. You won’t hear me argue.

You will, if you go down to the bottom of the post, hear Iron Mountain streaming in full. Following immediately is the announcement from Cursed Tongue, which again, it is my pleasure to host.

Here goes:

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KALAMAZOO, MI FUZZ-HEAVY BLUES ROCKERS BONEHAWK SIGN TO CURSED TONGUE RECORDS FOR A GLOBAL VINYL RELEASE OF ‘IRON MOUNTAIN’ SEPTEMBER 18, 2020.

Cursed Tongue Records is beyond stoked to announce the signing of Kalamazoo, Michigan hard hitting psychedelic heavy blues rock quartet BoneHawk and look forward to release their sophomore album entitled ‘Iron Mountain’ on premium vinyl come September 18, 2020 (Vinyl pre-order starts August 14).

Since the inception of Cursed Tongue Records, it has been on our bucket list to work with premiere fuzzy riff slingers and party bringers BoneHawk. Back when CTR was still a pipedream, and even before its embryonic stages, BoneHawk released their debut album, entitled ‘Albino Rhino’ and that release would soon encapsulate what this record label is striving to release; Music so pure, energetic, and vibrant you can fuel an entire parade of boogie vans filed with rock ‘n roll-loving peace-seeking stoner rock hippies.

BoneHawk has went and done it again. The band has once more conjured up another kickass album of otherworldly catchy grooves, addictive riffs, and leads so melodic they leave the insides of your vans’ windows dripping wet. Hot damn, their new album ‘Iron Mountain’ is a phenomenal sonic excursion and showcase on how to turn out one infectious fuzzy rock opus after the other.

Their sophomore album builds on the strength from ‘Albino Rhino’ and utilizes the vital formula the BoneHawk boys invented back then and take it to the next level with an even more coherent and focused approach. Thus the 4-headed beast the makes up the bone, brain, and muscles of BoneHawk serves up nine songs and 42+ mins of twin guitar rock ‘n roll galore.

A term like ‘masterpiece’ is way too often tossed abound, but in case of ‘Iron Mountain’, we won’t refrain from branding this release as exactly that, as the BoneHawk guys are returning from the mountain of iron having mined their own rich vintage brand of rock ‘n roll from a gold-capped ore. This is truly high-grade rock of the heaviest caliber and it is here to allure your heart and ears.

BoneHawk is finally back and bring forth their richly mined organic rock from the depths of Iron Mountain consisting of fuzzy riffs and grooves of solid steel come September 18, 2020

BoneHawk are:
Matt Helt -Vocals/Guitar
Nate Cohn – Drums
Cam Mammina – Guitar
Matt Smith – Bass/Vocals

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Iron Mountain Sign to Prophecy Productions; Unum Due April 1

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 14th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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Digging into underground heavy rock and/or metal, you’d probably expect sooner or later to run into a band called Iron Mountain. Iron Mountain, however, are probably not the band you’d expect them to be. Basking in a stylistic fusion between Celtic folk, psychedelia and extreme metal, the Limerick outfit have inked a deal to release their debut album, Unum, through respected purveyor Prophecy Productions. That makes them labelmates to the likes of Les Discrets, Alcest and Amber Asylum, which is some considerable company to be keeping less than a record deep into their career. I’ve yet to really dig into the album, but on first listen, it’s something of a whirlwind.

You can check out a sampling for yourself in the form of the video for “Enthralldom” below. Iron Mountain will also be at the Prophecy Fest this June, about which the PR wire brings more info:

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Iron Mountain to Release Debut Album ‘Unum’ April 1

Highly Original Celtic Post Rock Collective Signs to Prophecy Productions

Experimental instrumental band IRON MOUNTAIN will release its debut album, Unum, on April 1. The Irish quintet has signed with respected underground label Prophecy Productions (Alcest, Amber Asylum, Arcturus), who will re-issue the record — initially self-released by the band in small quantities in early 2015 — with revised artwork and packaging.

Described as a fantastical mix of krautrock, metal, Irish folk and psych rock, IRON MOUNTAIN builds its unique, haunting sound around a core of guitars, drums, bass and synth, and then adds ancient instruments such as Native American flutes and uilleann pipes, which take on the role of what is usually expected of a lead guitar, creating captivating lead melodies. The band’s sound has been called “unlike anyone else past or present”, while Unum is hailed as “a vibrant, otherworldly, out-of-body experience of an album”. For a sampling of what the record holds in store, check out the video for the IRON MOUNTAIN song “Enthralldom” now at this location.

Track listing:
1.) Bonfires
2.) Enthralldom
3.) Blitz
4.) Powow
5.) Opium

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Formed in 2012, IRON MOUNTAIN boasts a sound that is at once archaic and modern. The group’s heavy rock sound doesn’t hide its folk tradition; it’s fantastic to hear Irish/Celtic music being adapted and changed to fit in with modern times. The band is set to join new labelmates Alcest, Secrets of the Moon, Les Discrets, Helrunar and more at the 2016 Prophecy Fest, set to take place July 29-30 inside Balver Höhle, “a natural cave from old stone age” in Balve, Germany. For full details, visit this location.

IRON MOUNTAIN features Damien Mullane (guitar), Matt Bashford (uilleann pipes/ low whistle), Ronan Ryan (transverse wooden flute), Stephen Hughes (bass) and Ray Murphy (drums).

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Iron Mountain, “Enthralldom” official video

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