Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Diesel King - #GOFUCKYOURSELVES (EP Review)


Release date: June 23rd 2017. Label: APF Records. Format: CD/DD

#GOFUCKYOURSELVES – Tracklisting

1.Declaration 03:46
2.Cut The Cord 03:58
3.Skin Graft 03:03
4.Bonus Track 05:11

Band Members

Mark O'Regan - Vocals
Geoff Foden - Guitar
Aled Marc - Guitar
Will Wichanski - Bass
Bill Jacobs - Drums

Review

It's new Diesel King.

I fucking LOVE Diesel King

Honestly.

They're my favourite band I'm not in.

Three original tracks and a Phil Collins cover.

What's not to love?

10/10...

Now #GoFuckYourselves.

Words by Simon Ross Williams
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Cegvera - Creations (EP Review)


Release date: July 11th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Creations – Tracklisting

1.Centralia 03:02
2.Iguala 05:03
3.Aral Sea 05:31
4.Mosul 05:50
5.Latrun 05:10

Band Members

Gerardo Arias: Guitar
Aaron Scrupps: Bass
Matt Neicho: Drums

Review

Cegvera return with their new EP – Creations – and it's just as heavy as their excellent debut album Fractrals which was released back in 2016. Cegvera have a member of Vinnum Sabbathi in their ranks and they play a similar kind of psychedelic doom riffs. Though these guys firmly leave the spaced out sounds that Vinnum Sabbathi are known for.

Opening track – Centralia – has a Pelican-esque sound to it with Cegvera creating a heavy doom/fuzz hybrid sound that oozes eerie atmospheric rock. It has quite a haunting feel to it and it's quite different to their debut album as Cegvera focus firmly on the music here and not adding any political soundclips yet.

Second track – Iguala – carries on the atmospheric doom/post-metal journey as the band continue to lay down heavier sounds to immerse the listener with. Cegvera return to the political sounds of their debut album as they splice topical current soundclips into the action for one of the EP's crushing and standout songs.

Third track – Aral Sea – opts for a more psychedelic post-rock sound as the action is dramatically slowed down for the first minute or so before Cegvera add moments of heavy fuzzed out riffs. It's quite a contrast to the opening two tracks that show a different side to Cegvera's sound. The haunting political soundclips soon take over and the song acts as a cautionary tale of the worldwide current political climate.

The final two tracks – Mosul and Latrun – continue with more heavy droned out sounds with moments of creepy fuzz appearing here and there.

Cegvera have released another superb record and this EP shows how the band are not afraid to take risks with their music by creating a haunting doomed out score matched against hard hitting social political commentary.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe
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Bloodnut - St. Ranga (Album Review)


Release date: August 1st 2017. Label: Self Released Music. Format: CD/DD

St Ranga – Tracklisting

Space Orangutan
Mark Of The Outcast
That Fire Inside
Burning Boosh
Red Dead Riders
Song Of Fire And Ice

Band Members

Doug McFarlane- Bass/Vox
Ty Boniface - Drums
Doug Robertson - Guitar

Review

New Zealand band of ginger ruffians - Bloodnut - return almost twelve months after their superb debut album with St. Ranga. Another cool take on a well-known Metal album. Though this time with Metallica's derided album - St. Anger. Last time they took a shot at Kyuss seminal classic album - Blues For The Red Sun. Bloodnut play a bombastic kind of Punk driven Sludge/Stoner Metal sound with the band having a subtle tongue and cheek approach to their music.

Nothing has much changed here with the band carrying on their modern sounding Sludge/Stoner riffs. Though this album does have a more spaced out feel especially with the opening track - Space Orangutan. It has a Kyuss/Red Fang approach but the distorted punk sounds make the band have a harder edge. The lyrics do have a very humorous feel but Bloodnut make it counts where it matters most and that's with the music. 

They have written some fantastic classic sounding heavy metal riffs merged with familiar psychedelic sounds. That's the longest track on the album clocking in at almost nine minutes. It's a good job that the song keeps you entertained throughout.

The next three songs Mark Of The Outcast, That Fire Inside and Burning Boosh are shorter songs that allow Bloodnut to get straight to the point in playing more direct sludge riffs. Mark Of The Outcast and Burning Boosh are perhaps some of the standout songs on the album as you can hear moments of vintage sounding sludge/stoner metal ringing through your speaks at a loud volume.

The production has improved immensely since their debut album. Everything is clearer and has more focus.

The final two songs on the album Red Dead Riders and Song Of Fire And Ice sees Bloodnut return to play familiar epic riffs first heard on the opening track. The songs can be quite deafening at times with the band excelling once again with the lyrics. Who knew that you can write such fantastical heavy songs about being "ginger"? I thought they were over-stretching the idea on their debut album. 

Nope. They've found more weird and wonderful tales to sing about being ginger. I'm not complaining as I'm a fellow ginger myself.

I applaud the guys for writing something so simple and dear to their hearts that they can create songs and album after album of the perils of being ginger. Sure it's all very tongue in cheek but I wouldn't tell these heavyweight sludge/stoner metal bruisers to stop. I would tell them to carry on as long as they can. The album is a violent powder-keg of Punk/Sludge/Stoner Metal fury that should enhance Bloodnut's appeal and popularity to the masses even more.

I still prefer their debut album compared to St. Ranga but that's not to say this is any less entertaining than their debut album. Far from it, St. Ranga has the power and intelligence to stand on its own merits and be classed as a brutally heavy and supremely entertaining album.

With Beastwars taking a sabbatical at the moment, Bloodnut have the potential to take over the position of New Zealand's premier Sludge/Stoner Metal band.

Words by Steve Howe
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Monday, 17 July 2017

Doom Side Of The Moon - Doom Side Of The Moon (Album Review)


Release date: August 4th 2017. Label: Independent. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

PLEASE BE AWARE: Due to licensing issues, CD and LP sales of this album are limited to North America ONLY.

Doom Side Of The Moon – Tracklisting

Speak To Me
Breathe
On The Run
Time
Great Gig in the Sky
Money
Us and Them
Any Colour You Like
Brain Damage
Eclipse

Band Members And Participants:

Doom Side of the Moon, the resulting band and album features Kyle Shutt and a host of celebrated musicians including his bandmates fromThe Sword, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Santiago Vela III, vocalist Alex Marrero (Brownout / Brown Sabbath), saxophonist Jason Frey (Black Joe Lewis / Hard Proof), and keyboardist Joe Cornetti (Croy & The Boys). Engineered and mixed by Stuart Sikes (White Stripes, Rocket From The Crypt)

Review

Greetings all,

I will be the first to admit, I'm not the biggest Pink Floyd fan. However, the legendary British Psych Rock group has legions of them. And there is no denying that they have sold quite a few copies and have scores of fans of their landmark 1973 opus Dark Side of the Moon. Going a step further, although loved by even the most casual of fans, Dark Side isn't even my favorite Floyd album. (The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here, Syd Barrett's solo stuff, and David Gilmour's first solo album all would finish higher.)

So, I have no idea why I was drawn to Doom Side of the Moon. Doom Side is a Heavy Metal tribute helmed by The Sword guitarist Kyle Shutt. After a listen or two, I was surprised by how many of these songs I knew by heart. Which I will admit is a bit of a testament to Floyd. Doom Side even had me track down my own copy of Dark Side just to try and compare and listen for the differences.

Doom Side is a tribute in the truest sense. It is a straight up re-recording of Dark Side. The songs are in the exact same order and the two are damn near the same length. There are no major surprises on Doom Side. It is a heart felt tribute. You can hear that the guys playing the songs love and know them by heart.

The term "Doom" applies very loosely. This is not a Doom metal recreation. It truly sounds like The Sword performing Dark Side, which is pretty freaking sweet. The fresh life given to these songs sounds amazing. Kyle Shutt sounds like a cross between Roger Waters and David Gilmour. The band is tight and sounds excellent. The production is killer, but not over the top.

To touch on the songs, it is almost impossible not to compare them to the originals. Speak to Me is transformed into a wash of feedback and gives way to Breathe, which sounds almost similar to the original. On the Run carries the bombastic feel of the original. Time gets a complete Stoner/Doom rock makeover. Great Gig in the Sky carries the same interlude feel of the original.

Next up is Money, the most recognizable track from the original and Doom Side kicks up the Rock element on this track. The opening sounds of cash registers and clinking change is gone. Perhaps lost on today's generation, but the absolutely driving sound isn't lost on anyone listening. Us and Them also carries the vibe of the original, including the big grand ending. Any Colour You Like is chock full of wicked, heavy guitar riffage. Brain Damage also keeps the vibe of the original, and the album closes with the same big, bombastic ending on Eclipse.

As I noted earlier, I was really amazed at how many of the songs I knew word for word and note for note. If you love Floyd, Dark Side, or the Sword you will undoubtedly love Doom Side of the Moon. It is well worth giving a chance to, and you may find yourself amazed at how these songs resonate. Maybe, I am a bigger fan of Dark Side than I thought. I give credit to Kyle and his band for waking me up. Perhaps, I will dig up a copy of Wizard of Oz, kick back and see how Doom Side syncs up....

- Todd S

Instagram @alltheghoststhathauntyou


Words by Todd Stealey


Thanks to Carl at Action PR for the promo. Doom Side Of The Moon will be released on CD/DD/Vinyl from August 4th 2017. CD/Vinyl only being released in USA due to licensing issues.
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Poseidon - Prologue (Album Review)


Release date: July 21st 2017. Label: Ripple Music. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Prologue– Tracklisting

1.The Beginning; The End, The Colony
2.Mother Mary; Son of Scorn
3.Chainbreaker
4.Omega

Band Members

Raza Khan – Drums
Matt Norris – Guitar
Matthew Bunkell – Bass/Vocals
Jamie Starke – Guitar

Review

With their debut album Prologue, London band Poseidon combine the epic, hypnotic and immersive nature of revered bands like Neurosis, Mastodon and Yob with a classic line in metal riffage to create a cacophony of flowing sounds for the listener to immerse themselves in too.

Prologue is the first instalment of the Mediums Chronicle, a saga detailing the collapse of civilization and its reconstruction in a post apocalyptic world that will carry on through the bands upcoming works and this saga is unfurled here in stunning fashion.

Prologue kicks off with The Beginning; The End; The Colony and from these initial beginnings, the whole world of Poseidon and their music reveals itself to the world. The one thing that strikes you from the very beginning of this track is how huge the Poseidon sound is and how far they are reaching with their ideas. This is sprawling music that takes on many twists and turns but always has your full attention and this opening combination of mesmerizing music kicks things off well.

That grand opening is followed by the vast Mother Mary; Son Of Scorn and demonstrates the musical skill that Poseidon have as a band. This is music that will hypnotize you with its beauty but also take your head off with its heaviness. The music, despite its epic nature simply flies by in an enjoyable trance such is its heavy charm but as you reach the third track on this album, the perfectly titled Chainbreaker, you are thrust back to reality with some brilliantly heavy riffage and a (relatively) short sharp shock while the song unravels itself.

Chainbreaker has a big desert rock influence flowing through it in terms of both the riffs, the groove and the vocals and continues the album brilliantly with the commencement if the song ending well with some Kylesa style aggression , showing off another side to the band and their music.

Prologue finishes with the monumental Omega, a sixteen minute epic that is simply breathtaking, sublime and the perfect way to end with. God fearing samples litter the songs start as the mournful music erupts and you are lifted away by its power. After such a strong start, Omega is the icing on a particularly mesmerizing and powerful musical cake. This is passionate and hypnotic music done properly and you can't help but be swept up in all its glory, especially towards the end of the songs immense and triumphant conclusion.

Poseidon have made an impressive start with Prologue and one listen to this album will start you on a journey, a journey that you will await the next stage of with impatient glee, until the next instalment though, crank this up loud and let Poseidon take you on that journey all over again.

Words by Gavin Brown
Thanks to Richard at Sheltered Life PR for the promo. Prologue will be released on CD/DD/Vinyl from July 21st 2017 via Ripple Music.
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Summoning The Riff - An Interview With AJ Peters from SUMMONER


The first incarnation of Boston-based Summoner was Riff Canyon, the guys played under this moniker till 2011 then they changed their mind and took a decision to rename the band. Drummer Scott Smith, two guitarists Joe Richner and AJ Peters along with singing bass-player Chris Johnson certainly have serious intention.


On May 2017 Magnetic Eye Records released Summoner’s the third full-length – “Beyond The Realm Of Light”. The band made another step further and added more elements of progressive and sludgy tunes to band’s stoner doom core. You’ll even find some hints of old school heavy metal there, and though this blend isn’t new, it sounds fresh.

The sound is absolutely intensive and tight in every moment on every song, the vocals performed by Chris Johnson are rich and violent, he creates constant sonic pressure shouting his words out as if it was the last time he climbed the scene.

Summoner recorded crushing material fitting six new songs in a half an hour. How did they gain this result? Let’s ask AJ Peters!


Man Summoner’s new album is excellent evidence of the band’s professional approach - well balanced, well produced, with bunch of really good songs. Was it easy to record this material?

Thanks! We are really happy with how it all turned out. The whole process had easy and hard parts. Writing the tunes went fairly quickly when we got down to it. We work pretty well together when writing and are usually on the same page when it comes to the musical direction of the band. The recording process did get a little drawn out at the end, but that was only due to our conflicting schedules. We tracked the meat and potatoes over the course of a weekend in the studio, but getting us all in the same place for leads/vocals/sweetening etc.. got a bit tough, overall it was a fairly stress free process.


The material of “Beyond the Realm of Light” is very intensive, I would say that you keep this sonic pressure through the entire album – it’s into constant attacks of twin guitars, it’s into Chris’s shouting. Was this direction chosen advisedly?

Thanks! Yes, the energy of the album was very purposeful. We set out to make our highest energy album yet. Even with a slower, doomy-er song like Beyond the Realm of Light we wanted a defined energy to be there. Basically we gauged the songs by how well they would translate in a live setting. If it felt like it would get things moving during a set it was good to go.

How would you sum up the general mood of the album?

Going back to the previous answer I’d say the mood is an energetic intensity. The lyrics and the story have dire quality, but the music is all energy.

Did you try something new technically wise on “Beyond the Realm of Light”? Is it important to work with new equipment over each new record?

Our rigs are always growing and evolving. Each one of us has an unhealthy obsession with gear, some of us worse than others. We are always in search of something sonically. Joe and I take time building our setups and go back a forth on amps, pedals and guitars. Although the one piece of equipment that has been consistent throughout the entire life of Summoner is Joe’s Les Paul. Scott is constantly building new kits and experimenting with his setup. Chris is the same as Joe and I. He has a very particular sound he wants to achieve and knows what he needs in order to achieve it. Same goes for his vocal effects when we play live. You can pretty much bet on the fact that every time we practice, one of us says “hey, check out this new thing I got”

Summoner’s debut “Phoenix” was released in 2012, then “Atlantian” had appeared in 2013. So it took almost 4 years to finish the third record. Where have you been all this time?

We’ve always been there, playing shows and writing. The spacing of the releases of Phoenix and Atlantian are a bit deceiving to people outside of the band. From a writing standpoint all 3 albums were pretty evenly spaced. Phoenix had been written for quite sometime before we went into the studio with it. We had playing the songs from Phoenix live for over a year before we even went into the studio. Atlantian was in the writing process when we recorded Phoenix so it was ready to go right after the release in 2012. While the space between Atlantian and BTROL is longer, the timeline for us was pretty similar. We’ve always been fairly active, with short bouts of downtime here and there.

How did you get that it is right time to go in the studio? Do you wait till you have enough worthy ideas or do you make it through jamming right there? How much of improvisation in these songs?

We have a pretty good idea of what we are going to do going into the studio but things do change once we get in there. We might play with the riffs and structure a bit if we feel something while tracking. All the guitar leads are improvised and created in the studio. Scott and Chris both improvise quite a bit of the rhythm section in the studio also. They are both great at what they do and some of their best stuff comes out when they just go for things they are feeling at the time.

Well, when you started the band… did you have some general idea how this music, these lyrics should sound? How this vision changed through years?

When we started the band all we wanted to do was play ignorant rock and roll. Didn’t have much a of a plan other than to do whatever was fun. As Riff Cannon, we started as a 3 piece and later added Joe on guitar. There was a point very early on when both Chris and I did dual unison vocals, but that didn’t last very long. I was quickly revoked of my microphone privileges and Chris officially became the voice of Riff Cannon (and then Summoner), which was definitely a good decision. We actually changed the name of the band because Riff Cannon pigeon-holed us a bit musically. We wanted to write some more serious music, so Summoner was born.


Сan you say that your musical influences changed through last few years as well? What are your main beacons on heavy scene?

I wouldn’t describe it as “changed”. I’d say our tastes have become more “focused” (I feel like I am using that work WAY too much in reference to this record). A perfect example is that I’ve always loved Judas Priest, but lately I’ve been more drawn to their early 80’s stuff rather than their 70’s or late 80’s stuff. I think the same goes for all of us. I feel like we were collectively listening to a lot of late 70’s/early 80’s heavy rock. Mostly from bands that have spanned decades, but really focusing in on that era of their work i.e. Scorpions, UFO, Accept, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy etc… Of course our influences are not limited just to that sliver of the pie, but they did seem to resonate from there quite a bit. Sometimes our tastes jump around a bit...like for me, the past few days have been spent going back and forth between the new Mutoid Man album and Night Moves by Bob Seger…….it literally makes no sense….

What's the story with Summoner-branded beer? Did you take part in its creation?

That was as much of a surprise to us as it was to anyone else. As I understand it, Oliver Brewing reached out to Magnetic Eye to ask about doing the beer. The label asked us if we were interested and of course, we were. Oliver Brewing sent us a case a few weeks back and it is actually a very good beer! It’s a 9% Double IPA. Just an added bonus that our album cover is wrapped around the can.

Summoner coherently develops from album to album, how do you see this evolution from inside? Do you see some point which you'd like to reach with the next record?

I think we’ve found our sound now, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t still try to push it. We have a general direction with the music but we also are keeping the door open to try new things. Musically we all mesh really well. Everyone is into mostly the same stuff, but we all bring a different emphasis to the table. We are actually in the very beginning stages of writing the next album. Lyrical themes and ideas have been floated around, and I know that Joe and I have been sharing some riffs and discussing what we want to do with the next record. Hopefully we can get another album out soon!


How you are active consider tours and gigs? What are highlights of 2016?

We’ve been less active with playing lately mainly because all of our schedules are hard to line up. We do the occasional weekend warrior tour, but other than that we like to space out our local shows and jump on some good out of town stuff here and there. We’ve been fortunate enough to support some amazing bands. We all try to fit Summoner into our lives where we can, and we are all of the mindset that writing and recording is what we really love to do so as long as we can still do that, and a handful of people out there like it, then we are right where we want to be.

And let's resume - what are your plans for 2017? How far do you plan to bring your music?

2017 is looking pretty quiet as of now. We have Psychofest in Las Vegas coming up in mid-August, and then are playing Forgefest in RI in early September. We’ll probably do a few more shows on the east coast to round out the year, but other than that we are going to focus on writing another record and getting out there quickly.

Words by Aleks Evdokimov and AJ Peters

Satánicos Marihuanos - Satánicos Marihuanos I (Album Review)


Release date: April 20th 2017. Label: Necio Records. Format: CD/DD

Satánicos Marihuanos I – Tracklisting

1.Stone Pleasure 05:01
2.Troneited 04:11
3.Poseído por La Luna 11:11
4.Satánicos Marihuanos 05:23
5.Weed Napalm 04:06
6.Bonus Track - Evil Bong (Live Sesion@EcoStudio) 06:39

Band Members:

Andrés Silva (Bass)
Gabriel Carcelén (Guitar)
Renato Sauri (Drums)

Review

Satánicos Marihuanos debut album is a very dark slice of Instrumental Doom/Stoner Rock. Hailing from Peru, Satánicos Marihuanos take influence from Karma To Burn but with a more doomier outlook within the riffs department. The album has a few rough moments here and there but other than that, Satánicos Marihuanos album is full of heavy grooves that should appeal to the more adventurous Doom/Stoner Metal fan.

The album has elements of FUZZ littered throughout the album as Satánicos Marihuanos keep the mood heavy throughout. Tracks such as Stone Pleasure, Troneited and Poseido por La Luna are the strongest offerings on the album with the band playing familiar sounding riffs. Though it's good to hear the band playing a more progressive style of music on the epic 11 minute track – Poseido pr La Luna.

The album has a very dark psychedelic mood within the heavier parts. It allows Satánicos Marihuanos to embrace their Doom Rock roots with passion and conviction. The only downside is the production feels very rushed at times. With this being their debut album, this is still a very strong offering and proves once again the South American Doom/Stoner Rock scene has a lot to offer.

Satánicos Marihuanos have created an addictive slice of Doom/Stoner Rock that is packed full of superb riffs throughout.

Words by Steve Howe
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