Thursday, 21 September 2017

SATAN'S DOZEN: 13 Unearthly Hymns Unearthed (September 2017)



SATAN’S DOZEN is our attempt to present the very best music the underground scene has to offer and whilst we’d love to review every band submission we receive, not to mention the countless  recommendations you send our way, in practical terms that is just not possible, however because we don’t want killer music to pass you by, each and every month Andrei Moose will painstakingly sift through the music labelled “no killer riffs included” and choose 13 of the best new albums released via bandcamp and bundle them together into the mightiest riff sandwich.  So we hope you dig our selections and enjoy the riffs.   This is SATAN’S DOZEN Vol. III, 13 Unearthly Hymns Uearthed.

1. Masterhand – “Mind Drifter” Released May 12, 2017

Garage / psychedelic / stoner / rock



2. Have Blue – “Melted Mind” Released July 17, 2017

Garage / psychedelic / blues-rock 



3. Surprise Party – “The Last Temptation Of Chris” Released March 19, 2017

Psychedelic / stoner / rock



4. Blue Eyed Sons – “Animals” Released August 15, 2017

Psychedelic / stoner / blues / hard / rock



5. Vintage Cucumber – “Arabische Nächte” Released June 21, 2017

Psychedelic / instrumental / experimental / kraut / rock



6. Analog Faze – “Analog Faze” Released June 23, 2017

Psychedelic / stoner / rock




7. Addicthead – “Addicthead” Released July 15, 2017

Psychedelic / progressive / stoner / rock 



8. Obey the Wolves – “Obey the Wolves” Released March 23, 2017

Desert / fuzz / stoner / rock



9. Knall – “Free Album” Released May 19, 2017

Experimental / instrumental / acid / jam / kraut / rock



10. Sarattma – “Inner Spaces” Released March 17, 2017

Instrumental / progressive / stoner / metal



11. EL COLOSSO – “Pathways” Released March 14, 2017

Stoner - rock



12. TURBOBOBCAT – “Pentastar Rocket Ride” Released August 12, 2017

Stoner - rock



13. Hard Driver – “Freedom Machine” Released July 1, 2017

Stoner - rock



ALBUM PREMIERE: Polish soul crushing doom band 71TONMAN unleash "Earthwreck"


Polish doom band 71TONMAN are set release their sophomore album “Earthwreck” via Black Bow Records on September 22nd 2017.  As a follow up to their 2013 self titled album, “Earthwreck” takes their original template, but this time around the delivery is bigger, bolder even more soul crushing.  71TONMAN have delivered a fucking monster of an album, so if you love fat riffs, then this 71 Ton goliathon is highly recommended. If you’re a fan of band like Suma, Indian and Primitive Man check out the full stream below and be sure order a copy when it's released on Friday.  




Band info: bandcamp || facebook

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

ALBUM PREMIERE: Fuzz Popvli deliver "The Fuzz of The Gods" on debut "Fuzz Dei"


"Fvzz Dei" which in latin means "The Fuzz Of The Gods", is the debut album of the roman fuzz trio Fvzz Popvli. Featuring members of the bands The Wisdoom and Beesus , "Fvzz Dei" will be released via Heavy Psych Sounds on 22nd September  and is a grandstand example of fuzz sounds, an amalgamation of garage rock and powerhouse song writing, catchy hooks and most importantly Queens of the Stone Age-style riffing, you can check out “Fuzz Dei” in full below, this is music for the gods.  You can preorder/buy the album here


Band info: bandcamp

ALBUM REVIEW: Ufomammut - "8"

By: Victor Van Ommen

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 22/09/2017
Label: Supernatural Cat |
 Neurot Recordings


The time signatures will still have you scratching your head and the chugging rhythms are no less heady as they are pummeling. The choice to structure songs rather than to orchestrate them means that the ideas unfold quicker than what we’re used to. A totally different listening experience, sure, but it’s one that offers yet another opportunity to throw some quality, heavy psychedelic doom on the turntable.

“8” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1. Babel
2. Warsheep
3. Zodiac
4. Fatum
5. Prismaze
6. Core
7. Wombdemonium
8. Psyrcle

The Review:

This time out, Ufomammut just let it flow. Where “Eve” and “Oro” focused on a huge sound and concept, the follow up “Ecate” tried to bring things back to something resembling normalcy. It failed, which in the case of “Ecate” was fantastic, because Ufomammut still own that crushing tone they’ve trademarked.

With the release of “8,” Ufomammut have tried once again to bring things back home. This new record focuses on the strength of individual songs. Sure, some of these tracks are produced in such a way that they feed into each other, but this is the first time since about 2010’s “Eve,” that any single song can be plucked from the album’s playlist as a standalone specimen of what Ufomammut is.

So what is Ufomammut? Well, if it’s chaotic, strobe like synths you’re looking for while a thick, aggressive riff bears down at you, look no further than “Core.” If what you’re looking for is a strangely timed, crunchy riff that hints at being catchy, then “Fatum” is a good place to ignite the rockets. “Warsheep” and “Zodiac” provide the rolling march that Ufomammut has gotten so damn good at, so tune into these two cuts if that’s what whets your whistle.

Don’t be fooled, this song-based Ufomammut is not any sort of light version of the band. They’re not phoning it in, they’re displaying a different approach to their brand of heavy, one that they’ve spent years mastering. The time signatures will still have you scratching your head and the chugging rhythms are no less heady as they are pummeling. The choice to structure songs rather than to orchestrate them means that the ideas unfold quicker than what we’re used to. A totally different listening experience, sure, but it’s one that offers yet another opportunity to throw some quality, heavy psychedelic doom on the turntable.

“8” is available here (Europe) & here (USA)


Band info: bandcamp || facebook

ALBUM REVIEW: Geist - "Disrepair"

By: Ernesto Aguilar

Album Type: Full-length
Date Released: 22/09/2017
Label: Vetala Productions |
Wooaaargh


Geist's debut, "Disrepair," sees the quartet alternating effortlessly between genres. Its opening song, "Painkillers," is cut from a strongly crust punk cloth. It is straight up savage from frantic start to grinding finish.  These entries give the listener just the right amount of menace and fury.

"Disrepair" CD//DD//LP track listing

1. Painkillers
2. Dear World…
3. Services Rendered
4. Eyeless Needle
5. Fiction Souls
6. Inkblot Lives

The Review:

Hardcore and metal will always have a kinship, arguably. There are more than a few great crossovers and bands inspired by both styles. In Geist – of the United Kingdom, and not to be mistaken with the German and Israeli groups bearing the same name – you get music that is not afraid to embrace both, and do it impressively.

Geist's debut, "Disrepair," sees the quartet alternating effortlessly between genres. Its opening song, "Painkillers," is cut from a strongly crust punk cloth. It is straight up savage from frantic start to grinding finish. The second and third tracks, "Dear World…" and "Services Rendered" respectively, come at you with a brawny extreme metal undertone. They're tremendous in terms of quality and vocals. These entries as well as the fourth and fifth, the hardcore "Eyeless Needle" and "Friction Souls," give the listener just the right amount of menace and fury. And while Geist foreshadows its sound well on digital, disc and wax, you can almost imagine a sound this large needs to be experienced live.

Geist is most assuredly one of the better young hardcore/punk bands with tinges of metal you may hear this season. Keep your fingers crossed that the band can make it sometime to the States.

"Disrepair" is available here



Band info: bandcamp || facebook

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

ALBUM PREMIERE: Deadsmoke’s new record “Mountain Legacy” comes crashing down like the heavens themselves have cracked


You like your doom loud and vicious?  Then ask no more because today you shall receive it, indeed straight out of the ethereal haze and armed with a tone that could rupture the tectonic plate, Deadsmoke’s new record “Mountain Lagacy” comes crashing down like the heavens themselves have cracked. 

“Mountain Legacy” is set for release via Heavy Psych Sounds on 29th September and is the natural evolution for the band, whilst the album retains their archetypal deep fuzz guitar tone and the snarl of the bass, as a follow up to their 2015  self titled debut, “Mountain Legacy” ups the stakes and takes the listener on  a aural journey their debut only dared touch upon, a perfect juxtaposition of light and shade, this album is ultimately cavernous scale and could literally reduce mountains to dust.   


Taking cues from the likes of Conon, Monolord and the mighty Sleep, stylistic it may be rudimentary metal, but this is bludgeoning stuff and maddeningly effective doomentia, that will infect your mind and rattle your soul.  “Mountain Legacy” is available for preorder/buy here and you can check out the album in full below. 



Band info: bandcamp || facebook

ALBUM REVIEW: With The Dead - "Love From With The Dead"

By: Charlie Butler

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 22/09/2017
Label: Rise Above Records



The opening quartet of tracks here offers up a relentless onslaught of earth-shaking doom. Tim Bagshaw is on fine form, unleashing an endless stream of mammoth riffs and lead guitar that channel the hazy evil of his finest moments in Ramesses.  Lee Dorrian’s half spoken, half roared vocals work well in amongst the carnage and are a breath of fresh air in the modern doom landscape.


“Love From With The Dead” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). Isolation
2). Egyptian Tomb
3). Reincarnation of Yesterday
4). Cocaine Phantoms
5). Watching the Ward Goes By
6). Anemia
7). CV1

The Review:

The future of With The Dead seemed bleak following the sudden dismissal of Mark Greening shortly after the release of their debut. New LP “Love From With The Dead” shows there is plenty of life left within these undead servants of the riff.

It’s noticeable even from the bowel-churning opening notes of “Isolation” that “Love From With The Dead” is a different proposition from the band’s debut. Fortunately there is no change on the punishing heaviness front, but the strange atmosphere of their first album has been supplanted by a more conventional production and sound that befits the development of With The Dead from a studio project to a full live band. 

The opening quartet of tracks here offers up a relentless onslaught of earth-shaking doom. Tim Bagshaw is on fine form, unleashing an endless stream of mammoth riffs and lead guitar that channel the hazy evil of his finest moments in Ramesses, particularly during the epic churn of “Egyptian Tomb”. Lee Dorrian’s half spoken, half roared vocals work well in amongst the carnage and are a breath of fresh air in the modern doom landscape. The new rhythm section of Leo Smee and Alex Thomas do a grand job of laying down an unshakeable foundation of low-end filth. 

With The Dead could probably draw upon an infinite well of sludged-up ragers like “Reincarnation Of Yesterday” and “Anemia” but it’s the deviations from the script that lead to the album’s finest moments. “Watching The Ward Go By” is a haunting and crushing dirge built around a single, desolate chord sequence. It emerges from a fog of eerie faraway sounds as a hushed, funereal hymn with Lee Dorrian’s spoken intonations heightening the dread. Around the mid-point the track erupts into a distorted nightmare that wrings maximum torment from the glorious monotony.

The best is saved for last in the form of the monstrous 17 minute “CV1”. It begins in familiar territory with lumbering riffs acting as a perfect foil to Dorrian’s impassioned rant about the sad decline of his home of Coventry. Around the mid-point the band lock into a minimal droning groove that the band hammer into oblivion. This acts as the backdrop for swirling psychedelic sounds and a rising tide of harsh electronic squall that finds With The Dead moving into a higher dimension of dark, mind-expanding noise.

“Love From With The Dead” could probably do with trimming some of its mammoth sixty minute plus duration to maximise impact but this is a minor complaint. This is a massive offering from With The Dead that demonstrates the band are still a force to be reckoned with in terms of heaviness and hints at a weirder future ahead.  

“Love From With The Dead” is available here



Band info: facebook