For the moment I have no clue what I am going to do with this. Aucune idee // Geen idee
Un peu schizo peut-être
La Belle Epoque by The Grand Astoria Woo Hoo Kamille & Igor and the gang have a new one out, again. Still haven’t fully digested Punkadelia nor The Body Limits, well, no remorse for the wicked, no fannying about, dig in.
Unleashed In The West - Official Bootleg by PRONG Even though there lingers an undeniable smell of ‘cash grab’ about them I’m always partial to these ‘Live In The Studio’ outings, just like radio sessions they often catch a band firing on all pistons and, provided they got the playing chops, at their tightest and most uncompromising. There ain’t much in the way of fx or fancy production tools to fall back on.
All that being said, this Prong record is a prime example, it’s kinda disposable, you know all the songs already, but then again at length you might find yourself preferring the versions here over the OG’s.
Recoil by Sunken It was always only a matter of time before Belgium would have their own loud & sludgey Bass/Drum 2-man-army. Well here they are, Sunken. They’re all you’d expect based on what I wrote in the previous sentence and above all they justify your checking them out during office time, and again tonight at home, at tomorrow morning you’ll have them on your MP3 alarm clock as well ‘cause they’ll deffo wake you up good. Now go and melt your brain.
Humo del Cairo by Humo del Cairo I had no Idea, possibly, surely, certainly, the best Argentinian Stoner Album No By Los Natas is freely available on Bandcamp. Go cop and enjoy yourselves in the most relaxing of possible ways.
Listen/purchase: Dope Idiots by The Magnificent Brotherhood If you think you’d like wild garage rock with generous doses of dancefloor-organs like only a fuck-it-there-is-no-tomorrow Berliner hippy could give you, well go ahead then. Magnificent Brotherhood should be to your liking, gear up your knees, grease up your hair, grab a cold ‘un and forget about what’s troublin’ ya.
This is actually enthrallingly good. That girl has a lovely voice and Devin is showing an unusual restraint in his compositions, giving this record a coherent ambience of wideness without being actually relaxed. There is an undercurrent of unnerving, smouldering, unease, threat maybe. I’ve still got to listen this more often but it’s a bloody masterstroke of musicianship.
Devin Townsend - Casualties of Cool (Full Album) *HQ* ft. Ché Aimee
Someone went and uploaded the whole Retinal Circus onto the tubes of U. Now I suggest you get blown away by it’s first 15 minutes and then get of your arse to go and buy the proper DVD. It’s worth every penny and you just know that Hevy Devy will use the funds to create even grander, madder, better music. That’s his purpose in life isn’t it.
The Retinal Circus HD - Devin Townsend
This September, two years after leveling the expectations of critics and listeners alike with Atma, doom trio powerhouse, YOB, will unveil Clearing The Path To Ascend, an aptly titled album for what will undoubtedly be the crowning achievement for a band whose journey now nears two decades of creating music as commanding as it is cathartic.
As is the YOB way, the four tracks comprising Clearing The Path To Ascend don’t simply offer a vacuous glimpse into the already riff-soaked doom genre; these songs demand the tandem attention of mind, body, and soul, etching a mark across a sound that finds YOB as formidable as they’ve ever been. True ascension requires a destruction of those barriers that prevent any movement forward. Unsurprisingly, YOB pummels any and all of these obstacles with absolute authority, clearing the way for a genuinely visceral listening experience and climbing upward into a realm that sets the band in a heavy metal place that has been and will always remain wholly their own.
YOB’s music is not unlike the path that’s let them to their current place among heavy metal’s elite, slowly building from a hushed ethereal vapor into the thunderous and masterful tumult of sound domination. The ethereal mists of Eugene, Oregon no doubt provided the perfect catalyst for founding member and vocalist Mike Scheidt to call up the signature of surging doom that would soon come to garner YOB its current position as one of the most respected and revered bands in all of heavy metal. While giving due sonic credit to the cornerstone influences such as Cathedral, Sleep, Electric Wizard, and Black Sabbath — YOB immediately set out to define a sound wholly singular and utterly devastating in its cathartic enormity.
Those threads of progressive rock and drone that have always underscored the music of YOB are now fully realized with Clearing The Path To Ascend. Drummer Travis Foster wields his signature rhythmic furor here with bombastic precision while bassist Aaron Rieseberg coils around the sonic tide with an unforgiving churn all the while in a deadly synchronicity with Scheidt’s uncanny vocal range and its pendulous movement between the triumphant howls of a medieval madman and the earth splitting growls of a war-battered titan.
With Clearing The Path To Ascend, YOB explores a thunderous dimension that’s familiar in its auditory clout but completely new in the execution of its trajectory, taking the band’s sound into a remarkable place as ethereally compelling in its aesthetic, as it is merciless in the magnitude of its sound.
Comments founding vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheidt, “Writing this album felt like being plugged into a main. Emotionally, it’s our heaviest. But it also has some real beauty and light. We dug the deepest we ever have to get to the heart of these tunes.”
Clearing The Path To Ascend Track Listing:
1. In Our Blood
2. Nothing To Win
3. Unmask The Spectre
Clearing The Path To Ascend will be released in the US on September 2nd, 2014 via Neurot Recordings.
“YOB might be one of the best bands in North America,” — Ben Ratliff; New York Times
“The second track on Clearing The Path To Ascend has some of the most furious drums I’ve ever heard from Travis Foster. We’re talking Through Silver In Blood-level.” – The Obelisk’s Roadburn 2014 Recap