Quarterly Review: Celestial Season, Wren, Sumokem, Oginalii, Völur, Wedge, SpellBook, Old Blood, Jahbulong, Heavy Trip

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

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The end of the week for the Quarterly Review is a special time, even if this particular QR will continue into next Monday and Tuesday. Also apparently today is Xmas? Okay. Whatever, I’ve got writing to do. I hope you’re safe and not, say, traveling out of state to see family against the urging of the CDC. That would be incredibly irresponsible, etc. etc. that’s what I’m doing. Don’t get me started.

However you celebrate or don’t, be safe. Music will help.

Quarterly Review #41-50:

Celestial Season, The Secret Teachings

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Wren, Groundswells

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Sumokem, Prajnaparadha

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Oginalii, Pendulum

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Völur, Death Cult

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Toronto’s Völur offer their third album, Death Cult, in cooperation with Prophecy Productions, and it comes in four string-laced tracks that waste little time in pushing genre limits, bringing folk influences in among doom, blackened metallurgy and more ethereal touches. Arrangements of violin, viola, cello, double-bass, keys, and the shared vocals of Laura Bates and Lucas Gadke (the latter also of Blood Ceremony) give a suitably arthouse feel to the proceedings rounded out by the drums and percussion of Justin Ruppel, and it’s far from unearned as the four songs play out across 37 minutes, “Dead Moon” veering into lumbering death-doom in its apex ahead of the jazz-into-choral-into-drone-into-freer-jazz-into-progressive-black-metal of the 11-minute “Freyjan Death Cult,” subsequent closer “Reverend Queen” leaving behind the chaos in its last few minutes for an epilogue of mournful strings and drums; a dirge both unrepentantly beautiful and still in keeping with the atmospheric weight throughout. Bands like this — rare — make other bands better.

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Wedge, Like No Tomorrow

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Bursting with enough energy to make one miss live music, Wedge‘s third album, Like No Tomorrow, transcends vintage-ism in its production if not its overall mindset, bringing clarity to Deep Purple organ-tics on opener “Computer” while keeping the lyrics purposefully modern. Bass leads the way in “Playing a Role” and the spirit is boogie fuzz until the jam hits and, yeah, they make it easy to go along for the ride. “Blood Red Wine” has arena-rock melody down pat while centerpiece and likely side A closer “Across the Water” at last lets itself go to that place, following the guitar until the surge that brings in “Queen of the Night” indulges purer proto-metal impulses, still accomplished in its harmonized chorus amid the charge. Is that the guitar solo in “U’n’I” panning left to right I hear? I certainly hope so. The shortest cut on Like No Tomorrow feels like it’s in a hurry to leave behind a verse, and sets up the surprisingly modestly paced “At the Speed of Life,” which is lent a cinematic feel by the organ and layered choral vocals that bolsters yet another strong hook, while the nine-minute “Soldier” is bluesier but still sounds like it could be the live incarnation of any of these tracks depending on where a given jam takes Wedge on any given night. Here’s hoping, anyhow.

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SpellBook, Magick and Mischief

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About a year and a half after issuing Otherworldly (review here), their third album under the moniker Witch Hazel, the dukes of York, PA, are back with a new name and a refreshed sound. As SpellBook, vocalist Nate Tyson, guitarist Andy Craven, bassist Seibert Lowe and drummer Nicholas Zinn push through two vinyl sides of classic heavy f’n metal, less concerned with doom than they were but still saving a bit of roll for the longer centerpiece “Not Long for This World” and the airy, dramatic closer “Dead Detectives.” Elsewhere, “Black Shadow” brings a horns-at-the-ready chorus, “Motorcade” reminds that the power of Judas Priest was always in the basslines (that’s right, I said it), and “Ominous Skies” brims with the vitality of the new band that SpellBook are, even as it benefits from the confidence born of these players’ prior experience together.

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Old Blood, Acid Doom

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Kudos to L.A.’s Old Blood for at least making the classification part easy when it comes to their debut album, conveniently titled Acid Doom, though that category hardly accounts for, say, the piano stretch of second cut “Bridge to Nowhere,” or the heavy rock theatricality in “Heavy Water” or the horn sounds of “Slothgod” a few songs later, but I suppose one has to start somewhere, and ‘acid doom’ is fair enough when it comes to accounting for the sleekery in the vocals of Lynx, the weight of the riffs of C. Gunner, the roll of bassist Octopus and drummer Diesel and the classic-style organ work of J.F. Stone. But if Old Blood want to unfurl something deceptively complex and stylistically intricate on their debut, that’s certainly cool as far as I’m concerned. Production is a strong presence throughout in a way that pulls a bit from what the impact of the songs might be on stage (remember stages?), but the songwriting is there, and Lynx‘s voice is a noteworthy presence of its own. I’m not sure where they’ll end up sound-wise, but at the same time, Acid Doom comes across like nothing else in the batch of 70 records I’m doing for this Quarterly Review, and that in itself I find admirable.

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Jahbulong, Eclectic Poison Tones

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Just because you know the big riff is going to kick in about a minute into opening track “Under the Influence of the Fool” on Jahbulong‘s tarot-inflected stoner doom four-songer Eclectic Poison Tones doesn’t make it any less satisfying when it happens. The deep-rolling three-piece from Verona make their full-length debut with the 45-minute offering through Go Down Records, and the lurching continues in “The Tower of the Broken Bones” and “The Eclipse of the Empress,” which is the only cut under 10 minutes long but still keeps the slow-motion Sabbath rolling into the 15-minute closer “The Eremite Tired Out (Sweed Dreams)” (sic), which plays off some loud/quiet changes fluidly without interrupting the nod that’s so central to the entirety of the album. Look. These guys know the gods they’re worshiping — Sleep, Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard maybe, etc. — and they’re not trying to get away with saying they invented any of this. If you can’t get down with 45 minutes of slower-than-slow grooves, maybe you’re in the wrong microgenre. For me, it’s the lack of pretense that makes it.

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Heavy Trip, Heavy Trip

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Heavy Trip. Four songs. Two sides. Three dudes. Instrumental. Accurately named. Yeah, you’ve heard this story before, but screw it. They start out nice and spacious on “Hand of Shroom” and they finish with high-speed boogie in the 13-minute “Treespinner,” and all in between Heavy Trip make it nothing less than a joy to go along wherever it is they’re headed. The Vancouver three-piece make earlier Earthless something of an elephant in the room as regards influences, but the unhurried groove in second cut “Lunar Throne” is a distinguishing factor, and even as “Mind Leaf” incorporates a bit more shove, it does so with enough righteousness to carry through. As a debut, Heavy Trip‘s Heavy Trip might come across more San Diego than Vancouver, but screw it. Dudes got jams like Xmas hams, and the chemistry they bring in holding listener attention with tempo changes throughout here speaks to a progressive edge burgeoning in their sound.

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Wedge Premiere “Computer”; Like No Tomorrow out Jan. 15

Posted in audiObelisk, Whathaveyou on October 13th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Wedge‘s third album, Like No Tomorrow, will see release on Jan. 15, 2021, through Heavy Psych Sounds. Preorders are up as of today. Any other year, that title would be endearing and maybe somewhat quizzical, or otherwise embodying a rock and roll, live-in-the-moment kind of mentality. In 2020, it’s pretty foreboding because, like, there might not be a tomorrow. Or perhaps even worse — there might be!

But for just about four minutes and 44 seconds, let’s put the overarching special brand of anxiety that this year has produced aside. Difficult, I know. Nigh on impossible. Stay off Twitter. Don’t even glance at the YouTube ads telling you about how Donald Trump is a COVID-beating superhero and Joe Biden is somehow holding a secret socialist agenda (if only!) and simultaneously the most boring person who ever lived. Log out of Facebook. Just log out. It sounds dangerous somehow, doesn’t it? Disconnect for a couple minutes. See what happens.

wedge like no tomorrowFor all the good knowing-a-thing-with-proven-science sometimes does these days, it is a documented fact that the human relationship to technology has changed the manner in which our brains work, and perhaps that’s where Wedge are coming from in the go-unplugged message of their new single “Computer.” Perhaps suitably, the organ-laced cut hits with a nostalgic feel somewhere between Deep Purple‘s “Strange Kind of Woman” and “Pictures of Home,” but after six years and three records, one shouldn’t be surprised to find guitarist/vocalist Kiryk Drewinski (ex-Liquid Visions), drummer Holger “The Holg” Grosser and bassist/organist Dave Götz working in their own personality as well, as one can hear in the ’60s-inflected winding solo section backed by righteous classic-style shuffle.

Message and groove both come through clearly, and while I can’t speak for the entirety of Like No Tomorrow as I haven’t heard it yet, but at least this lead track sounds like a fitting follow-up to 2018’s Killing Tongue (discussed here) as the band dig into some proggy nuance without losing the well-honed dynamic between the players.

And I guess if you actually disconnected when I urged you to above you wouldn’t still be reading this — oops — but if you are, you can stream “Computer” below.

Please enjoy:

Wedge on “Computer”:

The tune is a straightforward organ-driven boogie rocker with a slightly progressive edge due to ever changing grooves and time signatures. (Hear if you can spot the 11/8 beat ; ). Lyrically it’s a cynical ode to our ubiquitous master, the computer. While on one hand our digital buddies are a portal to the world of knowledge and sweet distraction, they’re also the source of misinformation and… well, sweet distraction. “Computer” is our personal invitation for everybody to log out for once, even if it’s only for just one day or the length of a full album.

New album ‘Like No Tomorrow’ out January 15th, 2021 on Heavy Psych Sounds as:
15 Ultra Ltd Test Press
200 Half Half Black-Red Vinyl
450 Yellow Solid Vinyl
Black Vinyl
Digipak
Digital

Preorder: https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/

WEDGE is:
Kiryk – Vocals/Guitars
The Hog – Drums/Percussion
David – Bass/Organ/Electric Piano/Mellotron

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