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April 14, 2013

Ornaments - Pneumologics (2013)

I would not have imagined to be able to love this much an atmospheric doom post-rock album but it's the case, and I fuck do love it. Although based on classic chord successions and traditional way to mimic elevation with sound agencements (imagine Pelican), this Italian band revitalizes it and gived me the impression to rediscover it (like these women who, at an advanced age, gives to love a new taste). Of course, there's maybe a Radiohead flavour in the (rare) vocals approach on "Breath" but it's so good that I didn't mind at all, and on the last track, vocals are furious and almost punkish showing the band never is where you would expect. The perfect music to get out of yourself on lone evenings or on the opposite, for introspection. Never boring (the main problem of this style), this band is in activity for apparently a decade now (shame on me to have missed them so long). Here they provide a milestone for amateurs of this style, that should be breathtaking when it seems so often breathless. Not Ornaments who give it some oxygen with this Pneumologic offer. Go here to listen (but strangely not buy any numeric version), there to buy the CD or vinyl.

April 9, 2013

Dope Deal - EP (2012)

It becomes harder and harder to find anything in the doom/sludge/noise style that raises in me any interest, and even more any shivering thrill in my old spine. So, since this blog is doomed to be rather rarely fuelled, I prefer to wait until something takes the shit out of me. And after days and days, I got one. Their name is Dope Deal (not a sane name I admit but who cares about sanity). They're from Baton Rouge, of course a place where sludge and doom are local specialities. And (EyeHate)God knows how many seminal bands come from this part of the world in this style. Dope Deal can be considered as a credible relief. It's not really sludge, there's a Bastards/Janitor Joe flavor in it (and more largely Amphetamine Reptile band stable). On "Each Day Is A Gift", difficult not to think of the Melvins in their glory times. So it was impossible for me not to fall for them. This is what I call wild music, nothing in common with the riff & roll metal soup that we are served as extreme music when it's boring like an old senile neighbor. So, for those who read these words, don't miss this great band, there are not so many these days. And buy their stuff here. It's as cheap as the music is great. Sad I only discovered it these days since this EP is 6 months old now.