audiObelisk Transmission 030

Posted in Podcasts on September 21st, 2013 by JJ Koczan

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With no slowdown in the music coming out as we move into the fall, it’s time for another audiObelisk podcast. Like last month, the idea here was to keep it super-simple, not go too long or get lost too much in including stuff just for the hell of it. Whether it’s a big band or someone you’ve never heard of in this tracklist, it’s all quality, and most of it is new. A couple of these albums haven’t even come out yet.

Things get pretty dark in the second of the two hours, but I figured what the hell? It starts off rockin’ with Sasquatch and The Freeks and so on, so it seemed there was room to doom out for a while, and once I threw in The Body, there was nothing to do but plummet even further. As it winds down, there’s some transition back to more rocking fare though with Earthless, so it’s not like it gets totally lost and drowns in the mire of dark tones and sonic abrasion. I know you were worried. I was too.

Like last time, it clocks in at just under two hours long. I hope you download and enjoy the tracks. Here’s the full rundown of what’s included:

First Hour:

Sasquatch, “The Message” from IV (2013)
Monster Magnet, “Mindless Ones” from Last Patrol (2013)
The Freeks, “The Secret Pathway” from Full On (2013)
Red Fang, “Blood Like Cream” from Whales and Leeches (2013)
Pyramido, “Tiden är Kommen” from Saga (2013)
Hollow Leg, “Ride to Ruin” from Abysmal (2013)
YOB, “Ether” from Catharsis (2013 Reissue)
Seremonia, “Suuri Valkeus” from Ihminen (2013)
Aqua Nebula Oscillator, “Human Toad” from Spiritus Mundi (2013)
Jesu, “Everyday” from Everyday I Get Closer to the Light from Which I Came (2013)
Ayahuasca Dark Trip, “To the Holy Mountain” from Mind Journey (2013 Reissue)

Second Hour:

All Them Witches, “Born under a Bad Sign” (2013)
The Body, “Prayers Unanswered” from Christs, Redeemers (2013)
Primitive Man, “Antietam” from Scorn (2013)
Windhand, “Cassock” from Soma (2013)
Atlantis, “Omen” from Omens (2013)
Earthless, “Violence of the Red Sea” from From the Ages (2013)

Total running time: 1:59:33

Hope you dig it. Thanks for listening.

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Pyramido Show Some Grace in New Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on September 17th, 2013 by JJ Koczan

As a grown man who spends a good portion of his average day in front of a laptop offering overly-wordy opinions about stoner rock bands to a largely unresponsive internet abyss, I like to think of myself as someone who has a healthy sense of the absurd. That being the case, when I come into contact with a video like that for Swedish doom/post-metallers Pyramido‘s new track “År av Onåd,” there’s a certain appeal to seeing a short film of a child in a farm animal costume stealing a band t-shirt from another, all black and white and slow-motion as it is set to the soundtrack of the crushing ambience of the track itself.

I’d almost call “År av Onåd” (the title translating to “Years of Disgrace,” according to the Google; presumably not to be confused with NeurosisTimes of Grace, however cherished and/or driven it may be) a commentary on capitalism but for the fact that it’s the cow robbing the pig and not the other way around, and they finally learn to share, so that can’t be it. Whatever they’re trying to say with the clip, the Malmö five-piece get enough of a point across with their oppressive tonality and barking, abrasive vocals, leaving very little to question as to their musical intent.

Pyramido will release their third album, Saga, on Sept. 27, as the follow-up to 2011’s Salt and 2009’s Sand (they also have a slew of splits out with the likes of Suma, Usurpress, etc.). The video for  “År av Onåd” was put together by Ulf Södergren and the band’s own Dan Bengtsson, with color grading by Johan Eklund.

Enjoy, because sometimes we all feel like we spent our childhoods wearing silly barnyard animal costumes. I know I do. Like all the time.

Pyramido, “År av Onåd” official video

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