Raven Starblood

March 12, 2014

Sea Bastard - Scabrous (2013)






















If this LP was not on this blog, it would be the indication that this blog is dead (whereas it survives time to time) cos' this is exactly the music it was intended to promote. Pure sludge doom mixing Black Sabbath riffs with what the 90's brought as muddy texture of music and extreme vocals. But when thousands of bands adopted this style during the last 25 years, not so much did succeed in providing an accurate sonor equivalent of the hellish terror it was supposed to create. Sea Bastard (from Brighton, the grand sons of the mods must represent the devil on the peer for their grand parents) are one of them and their 3rd offering is a real killer. Don't know why it took so long to find they had released a new one. I'll try to be more attentive in the future. However, here is this hate load ready to be consumed and feed your angst.

February 7, 2014

Indian - From All Purity (2014)






















I doubt that anyone coming on this blog (and you must not be hordes of net zombies since I rarely post these days) doesn't know Indian is one of the greatest sludge band (not only sludge actually, but simply band) on this sticky and stinky planet. Great in the sense they are the most uncompromising (not unlike Khanate or Thou) you may have the chance (or misfortune if you hate this style of nois... music) to hear.  And exciting too And fascinating too. Sometimes I wonder why so many bands engage theirselves in this genre if it's not for playing it this heavy and extreme. They should let bands like Indian be the masters and sell tons of records (or MP3 although this hellish soundtrack deserves to be heard in maximal quality). Don't have much more to say except that you won't listen to many things more intense and important like this over this year. As wrote a Revolver journalist: "nothing has sounded so genuinely evil and distressing in a long time". Nothing more relevant to say. Here to buy. Below to listen.


January 6, 2014

Shroud Eater - Dead Ends (2013)






















With this 28 min LP, Shroud Eater probably released with In The Company of Serpents' Of The Flock LP, the best heavy/noise/sludge/psyche/whateveryoucallitwhocare album of the year 2013. For me, it's the only album rivalizing with the Black Skies' On The Wing of Time last year album. A perfect dosage between the various above genres, and a constant surprising way to construct tracks. Consisting of a 2 female 1 male cocktail, this beverage is nothing less than the most drunkening stuff (sorry for my shitty english I'm French) I heard this year (and I tried a lot of what others consider as great albums and in which I only find lots of déja-vu / déjà-entendu). It's music to get high with, and not the kind you listen because you need some aural dope knowing that it's not prime choice. Here it's fantastic quality. I'm glad Seth from Heavy Planet Stoner Rock Blog made it it's 4th best sludge album of the year (it deserved to be first but no problem). The grande final of "The Star and the Serpent" is one of this moment you cherish and wish it never stops. You won't hear good music like this very often. Can challenge any great golden classic. Enjoy it and buy it here.

November 9, 2013

In The Company Of Serpents - Of The Flock (2013)






















I must find something stunning and devastating to have the strenght to post it here cos' I lost most of my motivation, specially concerning this kind of music, a little bit out of my life for the last years. But this band (actually a 2-man team consisting of Grant Netzorg on guitars and vocals, and Joseph Weller Myer on drums) from Denver, and in particular this new record, is nothing less than a masterpiece, and there's not much lately (at least for an old cunt like me) to deserve such a qualification. Not since the Black Skies' On The Wings Of Time I had so much been shaken and enthusiastic about a new doom/sludge/noise release. There's in it everything I love in this music, everything. It's despair and energy, terribly heavy and incredibly celestial, dirty and pure, grandiose as a symphony and brutal as a tribal ceremony. It's the way I would like to die. With a great Fuck you to the world and complete serenity in hate of what life has been. Even if all tracks are total winners, "Untied/Culling Essence From The Void" is surely one of the strongest doom/sludge tracks ever composed and played. It reminds of the great times of Capricorn or Ocean. A must-have if you can imagine one. Here to buy the digital or vinyl version (or both).