Saturday, 22 July 2017

Shooting Guns - Flavour Country (Album Review)


Release date: August 11th 2017. Label: RidingEasy Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Flavour Country – Tracklisting

1.Ride Free
2.French Safe
3.Beltwhip Snakecharmer
4.Vampires of Industry
5.Flavour Country
6.Black Leather Jacket

Band Members

Keef
Laramee
Jay Loos
Jim Ginther
Toby Bond
Zach Low
Brennan Barclay

Review

After long long time, I return to talk about music. And I could do it in the best way!

Today I’m talking about the new superb album from Shooting Guns, Flavour Country (Riding Easy Records). This powerful sextet from Saskatoon, SK, in the heart of the Canadian prairies come back with a stunning new album, mastered by John McBain (ex-Monster Magnet, Carlton Melton).

As in their previous releases, Shooting Guns have the ability to manage very different styles, in a perfectly mix between stoner, hard and kraut-rock. In their sophomore LP, Brotherhood Of The Ram (Riding Easy Records), the band gave us a very slow collection of songs with a huge stoner influence, full of edgy and fuzzy riffs. In Flavour Country, the atmospheres are sometimes more dull, melancholic and dilated, representing the perfect soundtrack for a journey into the immense open spaces.

The opener, Ride Free, starts with an heavy riff halfway between Steppenwolf and Hawkwind, followed by the psychedelic ride of French Safe, where the speed of the song is contrasted with the wise use of synths, colouring the song of a cinematic vein.

Beltwhip Snakecharmer is a song where the Sabbath-oriented riff at the beginning leaves the step to more ethereal atmospheres closely remind me to Harvestman, which anticipate the next song, Vampire Industry. The title track, Flavour Country and, mostly, Black Leather Jacket are the heaviest part of the album, representing the perfect closure, with their Sabbath-styled doom riffery, seasoned by heavy pulse-riding psychedelia.

The kraut-rock and film-character of the band feels very much in this release and permeates almost the entire duration of the album. It’s a very surprising album that leaves nothing for granted and never bores, a feature this is not a discount for those who make instrumental music their own style.

There is no more to say, with Flavour Country, Shooting Guns take us on a beautiful journey through a wide spectrum of sound, where any of us will love to lose ourselves. Highly recommended.

Words by Bruno Bellisario
Thanks to Dave at US/THEM PR for the promo. Flavour Country will be available to buy on CD/DD/VInyl from August 11th 2017 via RidingEasy Records
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Mammoth Salmon - Magnetic Fields Of Radiant Light (Album Review)


Release date: July 14th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Magnetic Fields Of Radiant Light – Tracklisting

1.Apotheosis 07:08
2.Mortals 08:26
3.Maelstrom of Discontent 07:47
4.Black Moon Ritual 07:40
5.Magnetic Fields of Radiant Light 08:47

Band Members

Paul Dudziak- vocals, guitars
Matt Howl-bass
Chad Walter-drums

Review

Portland Sludge/Stoner Rockers – Mammoth Salmon – make a welcome return with their epic new album – Magnetic Fields Of Radiant Light. Two years have passed since the band released their last album and the guys have returned in spectacular fashion. With five heavy sounding sludge/stoner rock songs that have a more doomed and spaced out feel.

Opening track – Apotheosis – has a classic heavy metal feel with Paul's vocals adapting a more heavy metal approach compared to previous albums. The riffs have been given a slight doom/psychedelic makeover as Mammoth Salmon's earlier sounds have become heavier and emotionally distant at times. The psychedelic noises add a harsh sound to the overall tone of the album. It may take some time getting used to but the band are playing some heavily tuned out devilish riffs.

Second track – Mortals – carries on the twisted Sludge/Stoner/Doom Rock sound with the band opening the song with a slowly played riff. Shades of Sabbath can be felt as the band adapt a more Blues Rock approach to their music. It's a slowly played track with violent outbursts of Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs to keep the die-hard metalheads fully entertained.

The other three tracks on the album – Maelstrom Of Discontent, Black Moon Ritual and Magnetic Fields Of Radiant Light – all carry on the dark and twisted doomed out riffs that Mammath Salmon expertly create. The down-tuned Sludge/Stoner Metal sounds is played to full effect as the band fully explore their Doom Metal identity compared to previous albums. Paul's vocals are more adventurous with shades of NWOBHM making a welcome appearance.

The standout song is the epic title track which captures everything we love about Mammoth Salmon. Heavy sounds and more outlandish vocals from Paul with stunning support from Matt and Chris on bass and drums respectively. The song does move from different genres too many times for my liking but the song contains my favourite moments of the album. Distorted sludge sounds with a nightmarish feel that will leave the listener pressing play one more time and listening this album from the very start, over and over again.

Magnetic Fields Of Radiant Light is another superb album from Mammoth Salmon and one that proves why these guys are so highly thought of.

Words by Steve Howe
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Petyr - S/T (Album Review)


Release date: May 1st 2017. Label: Outer Battery Records. Format: CD/DD/Music

Petyr – S/T – Tracklisting

1.Texas Igloo 08:02
2.Middle Room 00:24
3.Stairway to Attic 02:56
4.Satori III 06:31
5.Old and Creepy 04:40
6.Kraft 04:18
7.Three to Five 05:31
8.Vambo/Buffalo Stampede 06:50

Review

San Diego Psych/Skate/Stoner/Acid Rockers – Petyr – have created an almighty spaced out rock album for their debut record. Running under 40 minutes, Petyr create a whirlwind of different spaced out jammed based noises that takes influence from Earthless and Black Sabbath in many ways. The opening track – Texas Igloo – is drenched in classic sounding Acid Rock vibes with the band paying a nod to Monster Magnet at times especially with the vocals sounding like a younger and more hungrier Dave Wyndorf. Though Petyr still manage to create their own addictive hallucinogenic sound.

The band play fast and loose with the rules of Psychedelic/Stoner Rock as the band throw many different sounds into the mix and that the makes the band very hard to describe. Songs such as Stairway To Attic, Satori III, Old and Creepy, Three To Five and the excellent final track Vambo/Buffalo Stampede all prove that Petyr are perhaps on a different level to other upcoming Psychedelic/Stoner Rock bands as they create music that holds your attention with loud swirls of psychedelic riffs that are immersed with cool lyrics and vocals to match.

The production on the album is masterfully produced as the sound is fantastic throughout with each different level of fuzz, psych, stoner and acid rock grooves all culminating in a loud bombastic sound. This is an album that feels perfectly right at home in both the classic sounds 70s Psych/Stoner/Hard Rock and the more modern Psych/Acid Rock revival currently appearing.

The other standout element of this album is Petyr's keen willingness to experiment with their sound and include heavier elements of music such as Thrash and Punk but still staying true to their Skate/Psychedelic roots.

Petyr may not be the finished article yet but this album could be the launchpad for bigger and better things for the band. On this form, the band deserve all the accolades and rewards coming their way.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe
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Introducing - KATHY REEVES PRODUCTION

Let me introduce you Kathy Reeves. She's done an incredible amount of freelance work for a number of bands in the Doom genre and it seems only fitting that she gets credit... and also so that other bands who might be in need of a creative resource, could come to her.

That’s her honour list:


VIDEOS:

WAR INJUN - New Ink, WAR INJUN - Quest For Fire, WAR INJUN - Patience and a Shovel, WAR INJUN - Ghost dance

IRON MAN - Ruler of Ruin

PLACE OF SKULLS - With Vision

EARTHRIDE - Hacksaw Eyeball, EARTHRIDE - Fighting the Devils, EARTHRIDE - Weakend
Hank Williams III - Ghost to a Ghost

Gorgantherron - Cemetery Shoes, Gorgantherron - Lost in Space

Zaius - Mistress Marjery

Blood Farmers - Orgy of the Rats

Pale Divine - The Prophet,

Pale Divine - Black Coven

Victor Griffin's IN~GRAVED - Late For An Early Grave

BEELZEFUZZ - All the Feeling Returns

PROMOS:

Beelzefuzz album promos 2013 & 2016
Eric Wagner's BLACKFINGER debut album promo
Days of the Doomed Festival Promo teasers 2012-2014
Delainie Simpson Benefit promo's 2012 & 2013
SHOD 2013 promo
Vultures of Volume Festival 2014 & 2015 promos

PHOTOGRAPHY

Pale Divine promo photography
Beelzefuzz promo photography

T-Shirt design
Pale Divine
Spillage
Days of the Doomed fest 2014

ALBUM DESIGN & LAYOUT
SPILLAGE s/t
BAND LOGO DESIGN
SPILLAGE
Never The Sun




MISC

Creator and host of Vultures of Volume fest

Feel free to contact Kathy through:

Watch her videos here:

Words by Aleks Evdokimov.

Photos used by kind permission of Kathy Reeves.

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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