vrijdag 24 oktober 2014

L’Ira Del Baccano – Terra 42


L’Ira Del Baccano – Terra 42
Subsound records – 2014
Rock, Space, Psych, Stoner, Doom, Instrumental
Rated: ****

Their first and only full-sized release to date is a live recorded album from 2008 called Si Non Sedes Is…Live. This time around however the four crazy Italians that make up L’Ira Del Baccano decided to dive head first into a studio and explore their limits there. And one the crackling release Terra 42; there are no limits. This is space rock extravaganza with overtones of psychedelic meanderings, stoner thunderings some tasty doomy proddings. And all of it is done with extreme instrumental prejudice. These cats know what they are doing, and they are doing it right. The first three part track is based on The Infinite Improbability Drive from The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. And the name could not have been chosen better. It is jam-packed with the most improbable of moves and switches that follow the most logical paths and reasonable routes; all the while having you on the edge of your seat. And after those first impressive thirty-two minutes as you want to say goodbye and thank them for all the fish; you are hit with another two-part whirlwind called Sussurri…Nel Bosco di Diana and another fiery explosive song named Volcano X 13. So you are sure to be enormously entertained, especially if you dare to take the dive with them and listen to the entire record with only sips of cheap port for a miniature refuge, leaving your mind on the end of its tether and almost grasping the knowledge that these guys know where the number 42 stands for…

(Written by JK)



Most played album from 2013?


Most played album from 2013?

As the end of the year approaches fast. Only two months away man; we wonder which of the albums from 2013 has been spinning the most on your recordplayer or in your car or where and whenever you enjoy the good stuff? Check out the Countdown So Far post from 2013 to see the top 20 of last year. And do you still remember what you all voted to become number ONE?!

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Weed Is Weed – Blunt Force Trauma


Weed Is Weed – Blunt Force Trauma
Ripple Music Records – 2014
Rock, Metal, Stoner, Southern, Weed
Rated: ***

Is this the Cypress Hill of stonerrock?

(Written by C)


Shaman’s Harvest – Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns


Shaman’s Harvest – Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns
Mascot – 2014
Rock, Hard, Southern
Rated: ***

Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns is the fifth album of Shaman’s Harvest. An American hard rock formation from Jefferson City, Missouri that does not shine away from using southern influences as much as the modern pop approach. And don’t be put off by that first track Dangerous, cause that sounds a bit like the band we all love to hate. And ofcourse you can also dismiss the acoustic stuff if you wish. And also don’t start appreciating the band because the vocalist got diagsnosed and treated for throat cancer while recording the album. Instead, dig their tracks of the craft is displays and the hunger buried in the melodies and the impressive guitar work. Especially on tracks like Blood In The Water or Country As Fuck. Sure, this band is gonna be big in America and will have a hard time outside of the border. But they will not care one bit. And nor should they; cause Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns is one hell of a ringer!

(Written by JK)



donderdag 23 oktober 2014

White Dynomite – White Dynomite


White Dynomite – White Dynomite
Ripple Music Records – 2014
Rock, Punk, Garage, Stoner
Rated: ***

Sleazy but soulful motor-punk for the party kids!

(Written by C)



Whales and Aurora – Whales and Aurora EP


Whales and Aurora – Whales and Aurora EP
Red Sound Records – 2014
Rock, Post, Psych, Sludge
Rated: ***

Surprisingly heavy like a beached whale or a lsd infused night watching the borealis.

(Written by C)



Black State Highway – Black State Highway


Black State Highway – Black State Highway
Cherry Red – 2014
Rock, Hard, Classic
Rated: ***

How many bands from Latvia can you name? Vocalist Liva Steinberga must have thought something along those lines when she decided to move to England to try her luck in rock. Latvia apparently is not the most promising of nations when one wants to earn a living with music. So somewhere around Brighton she got together with a few other freaks. One from Sweden, another from Scotland and the drummer from England. Together they formed a band whose names and deeds who be retold throughout history, the knights of the… Oh shit, sorry about, flashback to a movie there. No the youth named themselves Black State Highway and their aim is clearly to produce classic golden hard rock albums. Great penmanship that get its colors from a throbbing bass, perfect drums and guitars that are loud and screamy. Just as the singer; cause Liva can damn well give you a heart attack with her screeches and screams. This is one hell of a highway!

(Written by JK)



woensdag 22 oktober 2014

Anguish – Mountain


Anguish – Mountain
Dark Descent Records – 2014
Metal, Doom
Rated: ***

Upssala, Sweden. Home of the doom metal quartet Anguish. Who released a true monumental doom album back in 2012 called Through the Archdemon’s Head. And now the follow-up is about to be set free upon the world. It is called Mountain and it definitely sounds huge. After a slow and atmospheric intro the music kicks in with powerful and grandiose gestures. And this goes on for the remaining seven tracks. With aggressive and taunting vocals; they slowly turn a bit more occult as the music plows on up towards the top of the mountain. Slowly the trek becomes windswept and cold as the rain hammers down and only lightning illuminates the way. The guitar colors turn icy and the drums become like the every growing thunder. And there is no refuge on the top either. There is only the void and the snow that pierces the soul…

(Written by JK)


vrijdag 17 oktober 2014

Poste 942 – Extended Play


Poste 942 – Extended Play
Beer Beer Boar Prod/Self released – 2014
Rock, Punk, Metal, Grunge, Stoner
Rated: ***

Not far from the crazy town of Marseille, France is a little village called Tourves. With only a handful of inhabitants they must be looking towards the bigger neighbors for work and entertainment. And even though they will surely dismiss this fact and probably even spit on such an assumption. It is clear that the guys from Poste 942 have a lot of that rough punk spirit that is ever prevalent in the underground of Marseille. On their debut EP simply called Extended Play they hit us with five sucker punch shots. Heavy in spirit and hard hitting like a punk street fighter on the rebound. But they also retain that countryside spirit. A don’t mess with us attitude that only resides in the mountains and on the lowlands where everyone owns a hunting rifle and a mean dog. This is bad ass beer soaked rock for long bbq nights. For bikers and men with muscle cars and pick-up trucks. You can just see them sitting around the kitchen table with liter pints of beer in hand and the foam dripping of their chin. Plotting their next move and not even caring about the dogs barking outside. Nobody would dare enter their yard… Attention! Chien méchant!

(Written by JK)



donderdag 16 oktober 2014

Clouds Taste Satanic – To Sleep Beyond The Earth


Clouds Taste Satanic – To Sleep Beyond The Earth
Kinda Like Music/Self released – 2014
Doom, Metal, Rock, Stoner, Instrumental
Rated: ****

They hail from the dark and twisted streets of New York and have managed to produce a tone heavy instrumental march that rivals those legendary doom records of yore. We are talking about the enigmatic Clouds Taste Satanic. They have been playing together for two years and it is their debut release under this moniker and with it they firmly stamp their name on the foul tasting vaporous doom we all love to sample till we fall down in a delirious slumber. The album called To Sleep Beyond The Earth is comprised out of two, two-part tracks that both last over twenty-two minutes. And both of them seem to combine to some degree the bands the album-title achieves to hint at. It is distorted and it brings forth the memories of Dopesmoker. But it is the obvious difference that brings light to the artists behind the composition and highlights the fact that they evoke a completely different atmosphere. Lighter to some degree and with more air to breathe. Although we must concede; once a church bell is rung; things can only get evil and dangerous. Which it does! This nouveau quartet heralds the coming of something malevolent. It is on its way.  Something not of this world and before time. And it will be here before the end of day…

(Written by JK)




Ps. And the vinyl is release is a true work of art. Limited to 300 copies, pressed on burgundy/plum (purple) marbled 150-gram vinyl. Gatefold sleeve.


dinsdag 14 oktober 2014

Prehistoric Pigs & Electric Taurus – Split


Prehistoric Pigs & Electric Taurus – Split
Go Down Records – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Psych, Doom, Blues
Rated: *****

The split-hoofed beasts are running wild. Whether they’d be Prehistoric or Electric they don’t care. They look you square in the eye before they charge at you and trample you whole. The split released on Go Down Records featuring the Irish three-piece Electric Taurus and the Italian trio Prehistoric Pigs is a match made in fuzzed out heaven. It starts off with a rumbling track by the Dublin Taurus who implored the exciting vocals from Barbara "Babz" Allen of Irish blues rock titans Crafty Fuzz for this output. It roars with prehistoric thunder and it perfects all that goodness they displayed on their 2012 album Veneralia. The 16-minute track is simply of epic proportions and demonstrates once again that the boys have a firm grasp on legendary songwriting craftsmanship. This track is filled to the rim with psychedelic layers, mind altering guitars, massive bass work and expert drumming. And let’s hope they will implore the help of Babz more often in the future; what a combination! And then there are the pigs! Who are simply electric and let us know that they too have improved since their debut Wormhole Generation from 2012. The seminal stoner we were treated to back then is now completed with something much more honest, laidback, spacey and gigantic. Especially on the explosions during the first track The Perfection of Wisdom. Their second one 79360 Sila-Numam, goes for the psychedelic gusto with absolute stomping bangs, bursts and blasts. Amazing split by the creatures who are no longer equal to us men… They are better!

(Written by JK)






zaterdag 11 oktober 2014

The Good Hand – Atman



The Good Hand – Atman
Minstrel Music – 2014
Rock, Psych, Prog, Seventies
Rated: ****

Their self-titled debut album from 2011 has for some weird and possibly diabolical reason completely escaped my attention. But luckily the new one called Atman has not. We are talking about the trio hailing from towns bordering the lakes of the Netherlands called The Good Hand. They play earthy and windy rock music that energizes and sooths the spirit. They move somewhere in the vicinity of bands like Motorpsycho and Black Mountain but also towards the great ones from the seventies. But above all they also pronounce loudly to the world that they are The Good Hand and they want to shake your bones. Musically divers and with exotic elements like tuba and bouzouki they warm the soul and tickle your heart. They do this to with the lyrics that are highly philosophical and might even evoke some thoughts and pondering on the listeners’ part. It is the glue that holds this album together. For here and there they seem to take a musical side step that sometimes feels awkward but those moments are offset with flashes of brilliance and bliss. And perhaps the instants that seem like a stumble are actually the acrobatic stunts we will love later on; on this magical album…

(Written by JK)