Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Vinyl Corner : Admiral Angry – A Fire To Burn Down The World (EP, Limited Edition)


















Album Type : EP
Date Released : 26/4/2014
Label : Shelsmusic


Track  listing :

Side A). A Fire To Burn Down The World
Side B). A Fire To Burn Down The World

Total running time : 23:41

Bio:

Admiral Angry was an aggressively bottom heavy sludge band from California.
Their first album to be released, “Buster”, was released in 2008 on Sentient Recordings marking the return of their original singer, Chris Lindblad, who did vocals on their “9/11…Only Worse” EP, when they were more of a grind band.

Between 9/11 and Buster, the band recorded an album known as “Albania”, but it was not released due to various conflicts with their former vocalist.

All of Admiral Angry’s music was written by Daniel Krauss, who tragically passed away in February of 2009.

The band has stated on myspace that they will be recording one more EP of music written by Daniel. The future of the band beyond that is unknown.

The Band :

CL | vocals
BG | bass
CS | drums
MR | guitar
DK | guitar 

Review :

Shelsmusic label the brainchild of Founder, Mehdi Safa, he of the band *shels, have at least 36 releases to their name, with new and exciting signings such as Astrohenge, a new Manatees album coming out on vinyl this year, as well as releasing Eden Maine’s debut EP The Treachery Pact on vinyl.  Today, the focus of today’s vinyl corner was the label’s first vinyl release, ‘A Fire To Burn Down The World’ by Admiral Angry.  This record is presented in traditional black wax, art direction & photos by Daniel Kraus.

We’ve never stopped, and we never will. Sound lives forever. We hope our music is most unpleasant.“  -Daniel Kraus (RIP)

Following the release of their Debut release in 2009, entitled ‘Buster’, Daniel Kraus founding member and driving force behind the band had talked to Shelsmusic about an EP they were working on and his desire to release on vinyl, that EP would eventually come to be ‘A Fire To Burn The World.’  Tragically, Daniel Kraus passed away at the age of 22, before the band could even record the EP.  Affectionately referred too as the ‘Admiral’, the record was released posthumously, honouring his memory and acting as a fitting tribute to him, being the first vinyl release from the label. 

I affectionately remember picking up the record upon its initial release in 2010, as a 99p download, and remember thinking I had stolen from Amazon, (the record was full price the next day).  One can only assume, they cocked up, because they didn’t know how to price it, because in essence ‘A Fire to Burn the World’ is one track. 

Reminiscent to Khanate, Black Sheep Wall or The Abominable Iron Sloth for that matter, I became obsessed by the brilliance of their downtempo sludge, in 2009.  Indeed, their debut record ‘Buster’ is perhaps one of my very favourite records of all time. Songs like ‘Sex with a Stranger’, ‘Kill Yourself’, and ‘Bug Vomit’ are aggressively bottom heavy.  A striking riff sound reminiscent to Meshuggah, but without the djent cliches, coupled with harrowingly tormented vocals, think Burning Witch or Khanate.  ‘Buster’ is one of the very best records you’ve probably never heard. 

Acting in some ways as a companion piece to ‘Buster’, ‘A Fire to Burn the World’ is one piece of music played over 25 torturous mins.  Recorded to tape, the tone of the music is laden with fuzz and bleak distortion, crackling, like any vintage vinyl should.  This is nightmarish stuff.  Have the antacids handy, because this stuff isn’t swallowed easier. 

As the rest of the guys in the band put it, this album is “One 30 minute long song, meant to punish you for all the bad things you’ve done in your bedroom. A Fire is not meant for everyone, but is being released for the one person that had the determination to set this world ablaze before he left it.”  Not only was Daniel Kraus a talented musician but an artist of some note, designing artwork for Black Sheep Wall’s debut album, I am God Songs.  Also a brilliant and much underrated band, in case you lost your mind and overlooked that band too. 

As I sit at my laptop listening to ‘A Fire To Burn The World’ from the opening refrain of the drums, it is a tense affair, the maniacal and tortured vocals, are so fucking bleak it is like black bile.  The guitars come in and everything is played slow, chugging barred chords then a more open three note passage, this is ugly and uncompromising, like salt in an open wound.  There are some lead breaks, but they seem out of key, to add further discordance.  The mix is stunning, everything sounds huge, and the snare sound is just how i like it, snappy and thick.  Around 5 – 6 minutes they up the pace with that Meshuggah like tone of the guitars, bassy and downtuned to Z.  Then it is back to the chugging refrain of the opening.  You can’t so much nod to the music because it is so lacking in pace, but it is droning and truly captivating.  This dude on vocals must have lubricated his throat with Vaseline to prevent his throat from rupturing under the strain.  When you think things can’t get any heavier, the guitars somehow get more bass.  

Like in the olden days at the cinema with the timely interval for your ice cream or toilet break, side A comes to an end, splitting up the track and as the listener it is your opportunity to go to your ‘happy place’ before taking in side B.  ‘Cause I can guarantee this shit, won’t become uplifting. 

Valium consumed to stabilise your nerves after side A, things are indeed a little more melodious, guitars are clean, yet with feedback filtering in and the discord of the anguish vocals bleating through.  Admiral Angry, kick you in the teeth once more,  this is armed to teeth with chugging bass, like the sound The Terminator makes when he enters the scene, one thing is true this band absolutely will not stop until you’re dead.  Indeed the final passage of the record is merely feedback from the guitars, the sound your brain makes when it’s being pummelled into the floor. 

This is not pleasant, uplifting, shitgrin music, this is as bleak as it gets, but Daniel Kraus was an undoubted talent and with every subsequent listen of the record, it is a mark of appreciation of his final and perhaps most uncompromising work.  Indeed what better way to uphold his memory, by honouring his wish to have his music commits to wax?  

Words by : Aaron Pickford

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Raum Kingdom - S/T Album

Raum Kingdom cover art

Album TypeAlbum
Date Released: April 15th 2014
Label: Self Released
Raum Kingdom S/T - track listing

1.Wounds 05:47
2.Barren Objects 06:36
3.Cross Reference 03:22
4.These Open Arms 03:58
5.This Sullen Hope 09:38

Bio

You are standing in a dark room. In the shadows of the walls you see glared eyes staring in your direction. When you move forward to investigate...........

The Band Members

Drums - Mark Gilchrist
Bass - Ronan Connor
Guitars - Andrew Colohan
Vocals - Dave Lee

Review:

Raum Kingdom is a Post-Metal/Sludge Metal band from Ireland who deal in dark and violent riffs that instantly draws you in with the very first crushing note on their excellent S/T debut album.

If you're a fan of Isis, Mouth Of The Architect and Neurosis then you will find much to admire here. Though Raum Kingdom still have a haunting superb style of their own. Their S/T debut album maybe on for a brisk 30 minutes or so but it packs quite a hard-hitting punch that will leave you floored for days.

First track – Wounds – paints the perfect picture of bleakness, soul and melody set against a picture of heavy monolithic Sludge/Post-Metal riffs to drown your soul in. Lead Vocalist – Dave – perfectly captures the bleakness and darkness of everyday life with some brutal vocals matched against the heavy post-metal riffage. This is a band with a lot to say and you will believe what they have to say.

Second track – Barren Objects – starts off slowly and quite coldly with Dave singing some slow-paced vocals that embraces the post-rock vibe of Raum Kingdom's music. But he is matched against some brutally heavy music going on in the background. This is a powerful track indeed that shows why Raum Kingdom a very powerful band indeed. Though Dave unleashes his violent inner-persona once more as his fury and anger come out in one dangerous final attack.

Cross Reference sees the band venture into experimental territory with harsh voice overs and slow-paced ambient based noises and riffs for an unsettling tale of modern day life. These Open Arms ventures back into normal loud and angry Sludge/Post-Metal territory for an unflinching sound that will leave you drained through out.

The band have one final journey to take you on with the almost 10 minute epic – This Sullen Hope. A bruising and encounter that will leave you no doubt that Raum Kingdom have taken you on quite an emotional journey. The band toy with your emotions as this track is full of twist and turns with slow-paced Post-Rock vibes matched against the brutal onslaught of Sludge/Post-Metal riffs. It's when the band embrace the darker side of their music is when they truly become a force to be reckoned with.

This is a stunning debut album from a band that I hope will be releasing many more releases like this in the years to come. As they have huge potential waiting to be unleashed on an unsuspecting world.

You can download this for free from BandCamp now. It's already becoming quite popular with the Sludge/Post-Metal community and on this evidence it's not hard to see why.

Brilliant and Highly Recommended.

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Written by Steve Howe

Sergeant Thunderhoof - Zigurat

Zigurat cover art

Album Type:Album
Date Released: April 09th 2014
Label: Self Released
Zigurat - track listing

1.Devil Whore 07:54
2.Pity For The Son 08:21
3.Om Asato Ma Sadgamaya 04:50
4.Lunar Worship 09:39
5.After Burner 08:31

Bio

Sergeant Thunderhoof were formed in late 2013 initially as just an excuse for old friends to get together once in a while and jam some tasty licks.

It soon became apparent that a collective sound was emerging and so it was decided that they would go into the studio and do some recording. The result of which is 'Zigurat', a killer 5 track EP, stretching over 40 psychedelic doom drenched minutes.

Psychedelic, groove rock from the dark realms of Somerset. Prime cuts of riffs served with a side of tasty psychedelic mushrooms, garnished with a sprinkle of doom croutons.

The Band Members

Mark Sayer
Jim Camp
Dan Flitcroft
Darren Ashman

Review:

Sergeant Thunderhoof. Weird Name. Yeah. Most definitely. But what a killer band. Sergeant Thunderhoof have just released their outstanding debut album – Zigurat – a psychedelic riff laiden monster that blends Doom, Stoner Rock Hard Rock and Groove Rock – for something quite special indeed.

The band call this an EP. Well it's a 40 minute EP that will have you on the edge of your seat through out every single second as this album is dripping with class. These guys have only been going for about 6 months or so and they come up with a stunning record such as this. WOW.

If you're a fan of Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Fu Manchu and Black Sabbath then you're going to be in musical heaven. Zigurat is going to take you on an epic journey into the next dimension. The first two tracks Devil Whore and Pity For The Son show you what this band is all about. Psych Doom based riffs with a lot of heart and soul. It helps that the guys know how to write some out-of-this-world trippy lyrics to take you on a drug fuelled journey.

If you're not swayed by the dreamy and epic progressive sludge like riffs of Om Asato Ma Sadgamaya then there is no hope for you. This is the perfect example of how to write a brilliant progressive Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal song that will have you scratching your head wondering what the fuck are they on about while head-banging to the sublime riffs on show.

Though my fave track has to be the epic almost 10 minute 4th track – Lunar Worship – which brings back memories of 90s Stoner Cosmic Overlords – Monster Magnet – when they were masters of cosmic intergalactic riffs. Well Sergeant Thunderhoof bring back that memory for today's audiences while giving it a progressive sludge/stoner kick in the nuts makeover that will have you begging for more.

If you want some new riff kings to follow or worship to then Sergeant Thunderhoof is the band for you. If Zigurat is still classed by an EP by the band then I can't wait to hear what they have in store for their debut full length record. As this is an incredible debut release that shows a band with masses of talent and ideas that will keep them in the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal spectrum for years to come.

You can find out for yourselves as the band have Zigurat available for Buy Now Download on BandCamp now. I would hurry though as I have a feeling this will be one of the must have releases of 2014 in the next few months or so. The guys are working on raising funds for a future Vinyl Release. I will definitely be buying a copy when it's available to buy.

Brilliant and Highly Recommended.

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Written by Steve Howe

ENTHRONED - Sovereigns - Album Review

Enthroned - Sovereigns

Album Type:Album
Date Released: April 15th 2014
Label: Agonia Records
Sovereigns - track listing

1. Anteloquium
2. Sine Qua Non
3. Of Feathers and Flames
4. Lamp of Invisible Lights
5. Of Shrines and Sovereigns
6. The Edge of Agony
7. Divine Coagulation
8. Baal al-Maut
9. Nerxiarxin Mahathallah

The Band Members

Nornagest: Lead Vocals & lead Guitars
Phorgath: bass
Neraath: lead Guitars
Menthor: Drums
ZarZax: Guitar

Review:

Black metal. A genre of metal that is legendary for so many reasons: church burnings, Satan worship, ritual murder, weird facepaint… all of which adds to the mythos of the genre, but tells you little to nothing about the most important aspect of all: the music. If you are new to black metal’s icy tones, then let me say that Belgian black metallers Enthroned’s new album ‘Sovereigns’ is a great way to dip into the brackish waters of a much-maligned metal subgenre. For those who have the black metal swimming certificates to proves their veteran status, Enthroned’s latest offering is a blood-freezing triumph of great dark music that not only shows off the qualities of this occult-driven genre, but also is enjoyable for the casual metal listener.

The music itself sounds like an Aleister Crowley counter-culture party: the grind of the guitars, the relentless pounding of the drums, the howl of Nornagest all adding to this outsider image of black metal. It’s good. Very good. Stripped of its label as black metal it is still a spooky, doom- and death-laden affair; couple the music with the mythos, and it transmogrifies into a pale figure of darkly twisted proportions, his arm outstretched towards you, his hand open, awaiting yours to reach out and touch it. With such tempting songs as the rolling and tolling ‘Baal al Maut’ and the out-and-out shredder that is ‘Of Shrines and Sovereigns’, you’d be a fool not to take the hand and be transported into Enthroned’s devilish Wonderland.

A prime pick of occult majesty from this album has to be, in my opinion, ‘Nerxiarxin Mahathallah’. Not only is the song title imposing as Hell, it’s a shrieking, titanic tank, hauling doom-dynamite, with a pentagram painted on the chassis and a crew of the most tortured souls known to man. Seriously, how drummer Menthor manages to keep up this breakneck pace without losing a foot to extreme repetitive strain injury I’ll never know. But he does, and this track is made all the more mighty because of it. It’s a triumph, not only as a black metal song, but as a balls-to-the-wall metal song. And when a song can transcend genres, you know it’s a powerful entity.

Enthroned are staples of the black metal genre, and have been for many years. ‘Sovereigns’ is a release that will please their loyal fanbase, while at the same time entice new listeners to check out what the fuss is all about. The dark side of metal never sounded so good, ladies and gentlemen: come to the Court of Black Metal and get Enthroned!

Written by Chris Markwell

Sovereigns is now available to buy from all good stockists from Agonia Records. Thanks to Agonia Records for sending us a promo to review.

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Greenhorn - Doom Hawk - EP Review


Album TypeEP
Date Released: May 2014
Label: TBA Later
Doom Hawk - track listing

1. Horse Cock
2. Enemies
3. Driven Like A Cunt
4. Kingdom By The Sea
5. Binoculars

The Band Members

Sid
AJ
Vlad

Review:

Bournemouth's finest purveyors of Sludge/Doom Metal riffsters – GREENHORN are back with their stunning new EP – Doom Hawk. I featured these guys back in 2013 when I featured their debut EP – The Plague Doctor's Mask. Now Greenhorn are back with Doom Hawk.

A 20 minute EP spread along 5 tracks filled with filth ridden and anger filled Doom/Sludge Metal riffs waiting to fuck up your entire world. Though Greenhorn are different from your usual Doom/Sludge Metal bands. As they guys have a killer sense of humour to their music to show that they know how to have fun with their music as well. Though you may not think of this when listening to the brutal onslaught of riffs the band have in store for you.

Need more evidence. OK first track – Horse Cock – Yeah a Sludge/Doom Metal track called Horse Cock. But it's the music where it matters most and Greenhorn have delivered 3:36 minutes of heavy punishing riffs that pays homage to bands such as Grief, Iron Monkey and EyeHateGod though done in Greenhorn's immaculate Doom Metal style. The vocals are full of anger through out and it gives Greenhorn a violent edge compared against their British friends and rivals of the Doom Metal scene.

2nd track – Enemies – carries on the devastating mixture of harsh vocals and riffs laid down previously though the band add elements of groove to this track and it makes it one of the EP's standout tracks. Play this one nice and loud as your speakers deserve it. Even playing this track at full blast and pissing off your neighbours deserve to hear the devastating riffs that Greenhorn have laid down here.

3rd Track – Driven Like A Cunt – has a violent blues based riff that sounds something like Church Of Misery would be proud to call their own. Though it's the dangerous vocals that make Greenhorn sound like a bunch of violent cunts on the rampage. No offence guys. But this is brutal with a capital FUCKING BRUTAL. The heavy pounding bass is the main driving force here with the drums and guitars slowly hiding in the background.

Now we come to the EP's main even. The epic 4th track – Kingdom By The Sea – which is worth the purchase of the EP alone. As it's a blistering 7:06 minute epic which shows what Greenhorn is all about. Slow-paced riffs which builds up the tension with each passing second with Greenhorn laying down some superb clean based vocals. This track is all about mood and the mood is DOOM!!! - Just embrace the carnage that Greenhorn are laying down for you here. It's an epic journey you won't easily forget.

The last track – Binoculars – only last for 6 seconds. What the fuck guys. I was just starting to get into the mood for some more heavy doom based riffs and you end this superb EP with a 6 second EP. Maybe a fuck you from the guys and their twisted sense of humour saying – Until Next Time Bitches!!!

Well Greenhorn have got my appetite well and truly destroyed. I want to hear more riffs you heartless bastards. Anyway joking aside. Doom Hawk is a brilliant EP. It really is. It proves that Greenhorn have the potential to be one of the UK's best and loudest Doom/Sludge Metal bands when they release their full length record.

Awesome. End Of.

Doom Hawk will be available to buy soon. Thanks to the guys for sending me a promo to review.

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Written by Steve Howe

Outlaw Wyvern - Sun Floats Along The Flat World - Review

Sun Floats Along The Flat World cover art

Album Type:Album
Date Released: March 12th 2014
Label: Self Released

Sun Floats Along The Flat World - track listing:

1.Vipera 09:07
2.Immercenary 11:52
3.Colossus (Part I) 09:04
4.Stars Shine Above Stone Heads 05:43
5.Colossus (Part II) 11:43
6.Sun Floats Along The Flat World 11:48
7.Vivipara 09:17

Bio:

Idea to create a band yet appeared in 2009, however official start of the band was only in 2011 summer. Band was founded by Helferlein. After that Sunloving had also joined the band.

Title "Outlaw Wyvern" means Wyvern itself as a guardian of all things in the universe, however the role of this being is far from one-sided. Wyvern has a status to keep the universe but in the mean time it's a part of each world. The Tree which Wyvern is bound to depicts the soil of the Universe. Roots of this Tree grow through invisible prism of surreality into each of the worlds. Mythical beings who inhabit these worlds have their right to live and free existence, right for struggle and communication.

Description of the first world from big set of a universe that holds Wyvern, will begin with the flat world in which there's a description of origin of new life – Colossus.

The Band Members

Sunloving (SOTSE) – bass, guitars, keyboards, music
Helferlein (Goatech, Thy Grave) – drums, lyrics, music
Primus (Loinen, Malicious Death, Tuska) – vocals, lyrics
Polina (Delorian Domain) – vocals, lyrics

Review:

Outlaw Wyvern's debut album – Sun Floats Along The World – is a complex Post-Metal/Post-Rock opus with elements of jazz that does something different to the usual post-metal mix.

It does take a while to get going as the first track – Vipera – is an ambient based Post-Rock track that builds up to a slow paced finish that my test some listener's patience. As there isn't much in the way of heavy riffs just slow-paced post-rock vibes blended together with delicate jazz based passages.

Second track – Immercenary – has a a lot more life to it. Flashes of progressive post-metal riffs collide with huge explosions of noise with Polina's delicate vocals doing a stunning job of embracing both the light and darkness that this album contains.

These two tracks will tell you what to expect for the rest of the album. Epic songs that mix jazz, post-rock, ambient and post-metal to dramatic effect with a great deal of experimentation going on. It's not an easy album to listen to which is one of the albums strengths as it dares to be something different compared to the usual post-metal albums currently out there.

The albums 66 minute run time packs a lot of ideas that may take a few listens to get the full picture as it's epic in scope and nature. The band have taken a lot of influences from Neurosis style of sound especially on the excellent two part epic track – Colossus Part 1 and Part 2.

Sun Floats Along The World is a complex and progressive nightmarish world come to life. I applaud the band for doing something different though it will put off some listeners as it may have too many ideas for the casual listener to comprehend with. But this is still an excellent album to check out if you have the patience and time to venture with the Outlaw Wyvern.

You can buy the album from BandCamp now.

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Written by Steve Howe

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Choice Cuts : Kylesa – Static Tensions (Prosthetic Records (CD)/20 Buck Spin/ La Familia (Vinyl)



Album Line-up :

Laura Pleasants | Vocal, Guitars
Philip Cope | Voccals, Guitars, Sampler
Carl McGinley | Drums
Eric Hernandez | Drums
Javier Villegas | Bass

"But it's not old enough yet!" I hear you collectively exclaim.

A classic cut should not be defined by age. It should be defined by impact. And Kylesa's fourth studio album made an impact, both for the band and one could argue the sound too.

Released in 2009, 'Static Tensions' would be the group's last album for Prosthetic before jumping ship to the diverse and expanding roster of Season Of Mist. I actually own both the CD and wax versions of this (lush green vinyl from 20 Buck Spin) because I enjoy it so much. For me it is one of their finest hours collectively, as much as I do adore 'Ultraviolet' (and I stand by the fact that it is their best, most mature album). 'Static...' features a consistent level of excellence throughout too, with variations both psychedelic and even blackened. Don't believe me? Listen to the start of 'Said and Done', come find me and argue the toss. We'll leave brothers (or sisters?) and more than likely half cut.

In terms of where the band / album could be filed I would always go with good old fashioned sludge. But that's quite a narrow description, especially for 'Static Tensions' as I touched on only moments ago. That diversity while maintaining EPIC levels of heaviness has kept it fresh over the years. I know it's why rarely a week goes by that it isn't spun here at Fitton HQ.

Another thing that makes this a classic cut is that this is probably the best example of the two drummer situation within the Kylesa discography that the setup applies to. I don't think they have managed to top the use of it yet, and here it defies the 'gimmick' label by lacing perfect tribal, primal percussive blasts with soul searching guitar. This is an album of anthemic moments that are still live staples for the band. That kind of staying power speaks volumes.

On a final note, the artwork is one of my all time favourites. I could stare at many different pieces of John Dyer Baizley artwork for hours, but his cover for 'Static Tensions' is pure, highly detailed class. The greens, the purples, the birds, the falling teeth. I still find something new to obsess over sometimes, even after all these years. Genius within, genius on the outside.

So that's why I love this album, even without going into song-by-song analysis. A pure joy from start to finish for now, for tomorrow and always. If you don't already own it I suggest you rectify that injustice with haste. Why would you do that to yourself?

Love one another. Love the classics.

Words and Recommendation by : Matt Fitton

Album Details :

Static Tensions, Kylesa’s fourth full-length album, was released March 17, 2009 by Prosthetic Records. The artwork and layout was created by John Dyer Baizley of the band Baroness.

All songs by Phillip Cope, Carl McGinley & Laura Pleasants, except where noted.

1). "Scapegoat" 3:25
2). "Insomnia for Months" 2:04 (Cope, Pleasants, Eric Hernandez)
3). "Said and Done" 4:09
4). "Unknown Awareness" 4:22
5). "Running Red" 5:46
6). "Nature's Predators" 4:10
7). "Almost Lost" 3:03
8). "Only One" 5:20
9). "Perception" 3:43
10). "To Walk Alone" 4:22

Vinyl editions:

- Regular edition on black vinyl with an LP sized 8 page booklet. In US, released by 20 Buck Spin and in Europe by La Familia.

- Limited edition of 500 from 20 Buck Spin in deluxe package with a patch, a sticker, an album poster; all encased in a box set of two 180gram 45rpm 12"s for maximum quality (gatefold inside includes yellow/black and purple/black marble vinyl w/ poster).

- 2nd US pressing from 20 Buck Spin on Sea Foam Green vinyl (March 2011).