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November 29, 2012

Sonance - Like Ghosts (2012)

In these hard personal times, this band is relevant to my state of mind. From Bristol, UK, they cross several styles in this 2-track LP that are not often mixed ones with another. My preference is for the fantastic "Side A" (that's the title) track, "Side B" being ambiant drone and I'm no more able to let me overwhelmed by this kind of music now. However, at the 14th minute, the drone dissolves and a guitar enters and takes us elsewhere, in a more Khanate-inclined universe, with wonderful violins. Too sad they wait so much to get into it, it would have been a complete masterpiece, what are these 5 last minutes. "Side A" is a total success (what a shit expression, it's clear I'm not English fluent speaking when I see I use such bullshit way to write). In only the 1st minute they explore 3 musical universes and in each one they are stunning. Their atmospheric post-rock sludge is of an incredible quality.When you know the amount of bands swimming in this genre, it's a miracle that it's still possible to bring something that doesn't seem pale compared to the bests (few) in the genre.  If Khanate seems one of their prime influence, it's not as much experimental as was this great novators. You won't hear something stronger and more disturbing this year. Go there and download this monstruous musical exploratory grounds. And buy it please as I did myself. All these bands need support (that's why I decided not to provide any free dl anymore, of course this blog is not successful as it would be with free stuff but I don't care).

November 20, 2012

Zosimos - Zosimos (2012)

Yesterday I listened to almost 50 (extracts of) new stuff from doom and sludge bands and the conclusion is terrible: nothing that makes me shivers or raises in me any enthusiasm, even interest. Am I becoming an old "blasé" or is there a real crisis of inspiration in this genre? Don't know but I feel it as a cruel statement. Actually, to be honest, there's a band that made me a little hard, it's name is Zosimos (wikipedia says it's "an Egyptian or Greek alchemist and Gnostic mystic from the end of the 3rd and beginning of the 4th century AD", OK so let's go for Zosimos). They're from Texas and they offer a dark stoner doom à-la Electric Wizard (good period, We Live one and prior). There's even a Sleep flavour in some songs such as "Uncanny Revulsion" or "Ghost Town". Great riffs, never gratuitous or vain. The only problem for me is the voice. Quite weak actually. Not well placed and uncertain on several parts. But this doesn't ruin the album that is the only thing I can save from my doom-sludge web expedition. Not much but if you like them too, support in buying their stuff here.

November 5, 2012

Rabbits - Bites Rites (2012)

This will be without any hesitation in my Top 5 list of the best albums of the year (with Grass is Green, Black Skies and... Emily Wells). The previous one (Lower Forms, here) was a killer, this one is a slaughterhouse. Wild and unpredictable, this loud sludgy noise is what I like when music becomes violent. Compared to it sorry but most of the reste sounds vain and poseur to my ears. From Portland, this band is moreover the kind that is aware that their music will always be for happy few and assure their living with normal (and maybe boring but not sure) jobs to create freely. This doesn't make of them amateurs, they can perform their style without any limitation or compromissions. There are some so stunning gems in this LP that it would be too long to cite them all but listen to a shit like "Fight Right" and try to tell me music was better before. It's what garage rock and punk did best (think the Cramps) mixed with what 90's noise did best (think the Bastards), but it's 2012 and it's time to take the best from the past and makes the best from it for today. Go there and buy the vinyl or the MP3 (when the CD bastards?).