November 9, 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).
Libellés : In The Company Of Serpents
September 25, 2013
I would never have imagined to fall again for gothic rock but Jim Strange gathers the best of it and actually plays (with his very proud and damned good band) a much larger soundscape than this narrow category could let you imagine. As the title says, there's an americana fragrance in it. Of course, amateurs of the early 80's classic English approach of the genre will immediately scream of pleasure (or pain which is more in line with their vision of felicity) with the post-Bowie vocal style that was so typical of the genre and the dark echo sonor atmosphere that all the lovers of morbidity like me can't help to cherish. They're from Portland and carry fiercely the burning torch of a music that has finally never ceased to live since the early sixties in varied incarnations. Not a bad or even weak song on it. The 8 are instant classics and it's hard to listen to something else when you discovered it. Without hesitation the album that will feed this sad Autumn with some consolation. Moreover, they give it for free on their bandcamp here. Don't miss this gem.
Libellés : Jim Strange
September 14, 2013
Months I haven't listened to doom or anything affiliated (Dylan and Neil Young make my days, actually I don't listen much to music). Yesterday, I visited the left linked-blogs in search of something that still talk to me in this "genre". After a numerous of trials and errors attempts, I suddenly knew I had found relevant music after the first minute of "Sucker" (the first of this 4-track EP). This German band could be classified in the post-Pelican/Omega Massif wave but they have their style and they make me fly over the load of shit my present life is. Thanks to them, few in this "so-loved style in the past" can still do. Hope they'll go on for a long time. Their bandcamp link here. You can buy a solid version of this EP. Good news. Moreover I love the front cover sleeve. And it's rare.
Libellés : Vulva
June 23, 2013
WTF, there was a new album from Big Hurt and I was not informed. Only discovered it in going back on the post I did for their previous (and only I think album). I was not late for the previous (the great Comfort) and they were 6th in my fave songs of 2011 when the album would have been high if I had done a list in 2011 (or maybe I had but can't find it). This new one (released in March) will surely feature in my Top 2013 album list since once again every song is a winner, somewhere between the Melvins (notably the 14 min of the impressive "Sybian") and the Bastards/Janitor Joe (almost everywhere), 2 of my fave bands anytime/anyplace, but Big Hurt (a trio with help in some songs) has his own personality and the music is never a well-done duty by students imitating their masters. It's wild, dangerous and most of the time crazy. But this is full of real songs, not artefactual. And influences are much larger than these two bands (even the early Pink Floyd or the 13th Floor Elevator on songs like "Calling Girl") and many others great bands I'm too memoryless to remember. I can't help to consider there's some common points between Big Hurt (or must I say his leader, the guitar-vocalist Christopher 'Burd' Quines) and Harry Cloud, although the later is less easy listening. One thing's sure. You can't be a dirty noise aficionado without having this gem. Get it here. Listen to it below. Finally bands like this make me happy not to have died earlier when often I wonder if it is reasonable to pass 50.
Libellés : Big Hurt