Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Shadow Witch - Disciples Of The Crow (Album Review)


Release date: December 15th 2017. Label: Salt Of The Earth Records. Format: CD/DD

Disciples Of The Crow - Tracklisting

1. Love Could Be Like This
2. Reap
3. Cruel
4. Disciples Of The Crow
5. Stranger Skies
6. The Sea
7. Beneath The Veil
8. Dead Heroes

Members

David Pannullo (bass)
Jeremy H. Hall (guitars)
Doug “Beans” Thompson (drums)
Earl Walker Lundy (vocals, mellotron, samples)

Review

Psychedelic Doom Metallers – Shadow Witch – return with their new album – Disciples Of The Crow. Coming about 16 months of their debut album which the whole Doom/Stoner Metal community rated quite highly including myself.

Newly signed to Salt Of The Earth Records it's good to see the band expand more on their progressive sound with opening track- Love Could Be Like This – creating quite an uplifting Doom/Stoner Metal vibe. It's very demonic parts but it's so damn catchy with the band writing 80s Classic sounding Doom/Hard Rock lyrics. The vocals from Earl have matured since the last album. He's more focused and his vocals soar to new heights. The music is still influenced by Mastodon, Sabbath and Clutch but that's a good thing. As at least Shadow Witch are giving their own spin on the Progressive Doom/Stoner Metal sound.

Second track – Reap – is a more soulful occult/doom rock sound with the band adding a more blues/funk guitar that tries a little too hard to merge 70s Doom Rock with a 90s Alt Rock/Stoner Metal feel. It's still a very good song to listen to. I wasn't a fan of the different funk based moods that this song contains. Earl's vocals are very dramatic and OTT at times but I feel that's the whole point of this song.

Third track – Cruel – sees the band return to winning ways with a CLUTCH inspired guitar sound. This is high octane Blues fuelled Stoner Rock with a gloomy psychedelic score being the main focus of the song. This is the style of music where Shadow Witch excel at. It's superbly played and the psychedelic progressive riffs only endear you to the band even more. The different styles of music is another highlight with the band switching to a more sombre classic rock/doom rock sound towards the end of the song.

Fourth track – Disciples Of The Crow – has Shadow Witch become a fully fledged DOOM METAL Band. As they leave all their fancy and imaginative psychedelic stoner sounds behind and embrace a more demonic vision. Earl's vocals are bang on point here when sung against the slowly played macabre sounds. The atmosphere becomes heavier and more frantic as the mood of the album will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The second half of the album is equally as good as the first half if not better. The Sea and and Dead Heroes are perhaps the standout tracks on the later stages of the album. As the songs sees the band experiment with their sound more by adding different elements of music. Some trippy post-rock style sounds appear on The Sea. It's quite a slow-paced affair to start off with. Though Shadow Witch know when to play a superb sounding progressive doom metal melody that offers a few surprises along the way.

Shadow Witch raise the ANTE and EXCITEMENT in every aspect with the album. Shadow Witch could have easily released Sun Killer Part Two. But Nope. The band took another route and have released a more daring and genuinely exciting record.

Disciples Of The Crow is a Stoner/Doom Metal Masterpiece. I know that term gets branded around too easily and very quickly at times. However I stand by my review. This album is FUCKING AWESOME!!!!

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Leanne at Mettle Media PR for the promo. Disciples Of The Crow will be released via Salt Of The Earth Records on CD/DD from December 15th 2017.

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Enhailer - Dumb Enough To Care (EP Review)


Release date: December 11th 2017. Label: Blackseed Records. Format: CD/DD

Dumb Enough To Care - Tracklisting

1. Dumb Enough To Care

Members

Michael Gilpatrick-Bass
Mike Shea-Guitar
Mathew Snyder- Guitar
Chadd Beverlin-Drums

Review

Enhailer's new EP – Dumb Enough To Care – is 18:23 minutes of bleak Progressive Stoner/Doom Metal. I haven't heard of these guys before and their latest release impressed me from the very first listen. The band create an epic and distorted style of Psychedelic Doom/Stoner Metal that offers a bleak atmosphere from the very start.

The pissed off vocals just add to the heavy and furious atmosphere that Enhailer expertly create. Taking influence from bands such as Mastodon, Neurosis, Bongripper and even Pelican at times but with a more Doomed Out Stoner Metal sound holding everything together.

Dumb Enough To Care is superbly played throughout with the band creating a nightmarish world of different sounds and textures. The soundclips spliced throughout the EP have been strategically placed to amp up the gloomy atmospherics of the entire record. Though the standout parts of the EP appear towards the end when Enhailer ditch the Doom/Gloom theatrics for a more focused Progressive Stoner Metal sound.

I maybe Dumb Enough To Care but not dumb enough to recognise a band who have the potential to release something more substantial in the future and perhaps a full length album.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Curtis at Dewar PR for the promo.

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Borracho - Riffograhpy (Album Review)


Release date: December 08th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Riffography - Tracklisting

1.Rectify 03:19
2.Círculos Concéntricos 03:20
3.Mob Gathering 03:56
4.Short Ride (When It's Over) 03:20
5.Stockpile (alternate vocals) 11:23
6.Know the Score (alternate vocals) 07:16
7.Know My Name 04:39
8.King's Disease 05:02
9.Fight the Prophets 07:20
10.Superego 07:38
11.Shark Tank 06:03
12.Border Crossing 04:03
13.Animal Magnetism 05:52

Members

Steve - Guitars & vocals
Mario - Drums & percussion
Tim - Bass & backing vocals

Review

Washington DC Stoner Metallers – Borracho – have released a string of acclaimed releases since their formation in 2007. 2016's Atacama made my best albums of 2016 list. Now the band are back and they've released a greatest hits of sorts. Well not a greatest hits package as such. Just all the previously released vinyl only tracks.

Borracho explain more: Since we first started jamming in late 2007 we’ve made a habit of sprinkling some goodies before, between, and beside our LPs. For the first time, a collection of these previously vinyl-only tracks is now available on the comprehensive Riffography CD. This incredible package includes singles, b-sides, and splits - from our first 2008 single “Rectify” to the just announced “Border Crossing” 7”

What you have is some outstanding slices of Desert/Stoner Metal from one of the best Stoner Metal bands around. There are songs here that I hadn't even heard of before. Such as Rectify. Yeah I know it's been out for ages. I just focused on Borracho's full length albums and EP's. Shame on me for that mistake. However I'm grateful that Borracho have released this excellent album. OK, it's not a proper album as such but you can see the progression of Borracho's sound to what it is today.

This is a must have album for any self respecting Borracho fan. If you're new to the world of Borracho then Riffography is the best place to start.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Richard at Sheltered Life PR for the promo. Riffography is available to buy now.

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KOZMIK CORNER - Upcoming Vinyl Releases From KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ


Who cares that most of the upcoming Vinyl Releases from Kozmik Artifactz have already been released. Let's rejoice that this great label is releasing some of the best sounding albums of recent years on Vinyl with Whoopie Cat, Snowchild, Mississippi Bones, His Masters Voice - The Devil's Blues and Deadneck being set for release in the next month or so.

Out of those 5 great album releases Snowchild have to be my top pick. As it's one of the best Doom Metal Albums of 2016. Especially if you're a fan of Black Sabbath and other legendary Doom Metal Bands.

Snowchild

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Whoopie Cat


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Mississippi Bones

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His Masters Voice - The Devil's Blues

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Deadneck

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Angus Black - S/T (Album Review)


Release date: October 10th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Angus Black – S/T - Tracklisting

1.All the Sins 05:43
2.I'll Guide You Home 03:27
3.I'm Yours 12:16
4.Incomplete 08:17
5.Children of The Stars 05:17
6.Leaving 07:24

Members

Antti: Guitar, Vocals, Synths
Sampo: Drums
Jyri: Bass

Review

Holy Hell. Angus Black maybe one of the best Black Sabbath sounding and inspired bands I've heard this year. As their debut album matches the classic Sabbath sound with a more gloomier Fuzz Rock sound. The album is very psychedelic from the start with Antti's vocals taking influence from both Ozzy and Uncle Acid. Though Angus Black manage to stand on their own convictions in creating a highly effective Post-Doom/Fuzz/Hard Rock sound.

The opening track – All The Sins – operates fully as a Doom/Psych/Stoner Metal song that showcases Angus Black's music to almost ear-splitting perfection. The music drifts from gloomy theatrics to the heavier psychedelic sounding vibes heard on the later stages of the song. This gives the listener a full glimpse on what to expect for the remainder of the album. A superb audio soundclip shows you how dark the album can really be when the album progresses onto the other songs held on the album.

Second track – I'll Guide You Home – carries on the dark gloomy atmosphere from the opening track but with Angus Black playing a more precise song that doesn't waste any time in playing some classic doom based riffs.

Third track – I'm Yours – is Progressive Doom Metal excess of the highest order. Angus Black capture the early sounding vibe of Uncle Acid and give it a Progressive Doom Metal makeover. The Psychedelic Stoner/Occult Rock sounds give this song a more modern sounding feel. The music is played deliberately slow throughout. As the band create the standout song on the entire album.

The remaining 3 songs on the album – Incomplete, Children Of The Stars and Leaving offer more highly stylized Psychedelic Doom/Stoner Metal that fans of 70s Hard Rock/Heavy Metal will find very hard to resist. I would say Children Of The Stars is perhaps the best track of the bunch. As Angus Black play a more standard Retro style of Doom/Hard Rock that still sounds remarkably modern at the same time.

Overall, Angus Black have released an exquisite sounding album that offers the right amount of thrills and spills. You would be a fool to miss out this on record. Impressive As Hell.

Words by Steve Howe

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Pale Horseman - The Fourth Seal (Album Review)


Release date: December 08th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

The Fourth Seal - Tracklisting

1.Final War 06:25
2.Witches Will Gather 05:50
3.Aokigahara 06:45
4.Bereavement 08:46
5.Gnashing Of Teeth 05:43
6.Forlorn Extinction 04:37
7.Pale Rider 07:08
8.Tyrant 05:33
9.Phantasmal Voice 07:43

Members

Eric Ondo, Rich Cygan, Jason Schryver, Andre Almaraz

Review

Even though I'm huge fan of Baroness and Mastodon, I'm willing to admit I miss their earlier albums heavy progressive sludge riffs before they abandoned that sound for a more commercial based sound. This is why I'm thankful for bands such as Pale Horseman who have taken up the mantle of creating highly complex and progressive sludge metal sounds.

Now four albums into their career, the band return with The Fourth Seal. A heavy complex and highly intelligent journey that has a lot of soulful psychedelic grooves that allows the band to have a more threatening presence compared to their other albums.

Opening track - Final War - has a thrash metal groove with the band channelling early Metallica especially with the thrash paced guitars and pitch perfect vocals. The progressive sludge element of the album is the main focus here as Pale Horseman manages to sound like a direct threat to the more established bands within the Progressive Sludge Metal scene. It's good to hear Pale Horseman change the mood of the album so early on. As they'll happily be playing a Thrash Metal sound before switching to a more soulful psychedelic riff. The majority of the songs held on the album run from six to nine minutes in length. With this being a progressive sounding album, Pale Horseman includes a lot of interesting ideas in both the music and lyrics held within the album.

The next three songs on the album: Witches Will Gather, Aokigahera and Bereavement - are perhaps the standout moments of the album. As the sounds of Witches Will Gather and Bereavement have a strong balance of Thrash, Progressive, Sludge and Psychedelic vibes that leave you pressing the rewind button for more enlightenment and even punishment. The production is another highlight of the album. As the album feels dynamic and fresh from the very start. The instrumental work is LOUD and throws you right into the centre of the action. You feel that Pale Horseman is playing right in front of you. So top marks on the production side of things.

Other songs on the album that I was impressed with were Pale Rider and Phantasmal Voice as the band expertly switch genres yet again whilst still delivering a true "underground" Progressive Sludge Metal experience. If you feel let down by the current studio outputs of Baroness and Mastodon. You need to experience Pale Horseman for yourselves. Some people may feel the album maybe slightly too long in parts. Though that feeling will go away within time. As there is a lot of music to digest and fully understand here. So please give this album repeated listens before making your final decision.

The album also has its fair share of Doom and Gloom parts. As The Fourth Seal has a creepy narrative that becomes even more threatening when the band slow things down and play gloomy soundscapes against a progressive thrash/sludge metal backdrop. The Fourth Seal is perhaps Pale Horseman's most complete album to date. As the album feels more focused and perhaps fully realized compared to their earlier albums.

The Fourth Seal is one of those albums why you fell in love with Heavy Metal music in the first place. You want an album that is challenging and extremely heavy from the start. Well look no further, Pale Horseman is here to answer your prayers....

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Curtis at Dewar PR for the promo.

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Second Coming Of Heavy Song Premieres - SWITCHBLADE JESUS & FUZZ EVIL BATTLE IT OUT FOR STONER ROCK SUPREMACY


Ripple Music are releasing another epic slice Stoner Rock/Metal in their ever popular The Second Coming Of Heavy. Ripple are now onto Chapter 7 and they've brought out the big guns with this record.

In one corner you have - SWITCHBLADE JESUS. And the other - FUZZ EVIL

I may have not featured Ripple Music's ongoing popular The Second Coming Of Heavy recently. Though I'm a huge fan of the previous chapters that Ripple Music have released so far.

I have to say that this maybe one of the best and most exciting chapters to date. Both Swtichblade Jesus and Fuzz Evil play top-notch Stoner Rock/Metal sounds.

If you're new to the world of SWITCHBLADE JESUS and FUZZ EVIL then this is the best place to start. With Ripple Music proving why they are the Premier Record Label within the Doom/Stoner Metal community.

As I've been given the chance to premiere two fantastic songs from Chapter 7.

SWITCHBLADE JESUS with Wet Lungs



FUZZ EVIL with Flighty Woman




The Second Coming Of Heavy Chapter 7 will be available to buy from Ripple Music on CD/DD/Vinyl from December 8th 2017.

Thanks to Alex at Grand Sounds PR for the premiere. Thanks to Richard At Sheltered Life PR for the promo as well.

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Ghastly Sound - The Bottom (EP Review)


Release date: December 15th 2017. Label: Magnetic Eye Records. Format: DD

The Bottom - Tracklisting

1.Waves
2.The Bottom
3.Holy Serpent
4.Deadtooth
5.Sink

Members

Tyler Gurwicz - Vocals
Ryan Lewis - Drums
TJ Maynard - Bass Guitar

Review

Ghastly Sound return with their second EP this year on Magnetic Eye Records. Their new EP - The Bottom - only runs for fifteen minutes and like their previous EP, it's a fast-paced style of Sludge, Stoner, Doom, Noise and Psych Rock carnage. The EP is hugely entertaining and contains some frantic and fresh sounds from the band. With songs such as Waves, The Bottom and Deadtooth impressing me the most.

Ghastly Sound has a demonic pop edge to their sound. Influenced by FLOOR and TORCHE in parts but with a heavier and angrier punk sound. The vocals are a mixture of clean "alternative psychedelic style" vocals to the more vicious sounding hardcore growls that elevates Ghastly Sound's music to something more ferocious and even genuinely more exciting.

The band get right into the action of playing heavy progressive sludge sounding riffs that demands the listeners attention. With the EP soon over I wanted to hear more of this Sludge/Stoner Metal aggression the band excel at. I hope that Ghastly Sound will be releasing something more substantial such as a full length album in the future. As even though the band show their full potential time and time again over the course of the two EP's they released so far. It's not enough. We need to see how Ghastly Sound on a full length record.

The Bottom is a dynamic sounding release that sounds LOUD and ANGRY from the start. The vocals are perhaps the best parts of the EP. As they work superbly well together. The music is aggressive and quite intelligent in parts with the band showing the world they know how to write a lean sounding Sludge/Stoner Metal song. I even applaud the band for taking influence from Deftones on this EP especially on Deadtooth. The vocals are highly reminiscent of Chino Moreno at times.

My final thoughts on the EP are as follows: If you're in the mood for a loud and angry slice of Sludge/Punk/Stoner Metal with flashes of demonic pop then The Bottom will keep you entertained from start to finish. I urge you all to give this EP a listen as The Bottom is another impressive release from Ghastly Sound.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Magnetic Eye Records for the promo. The Bottom will be released via Magnetic Sounds on DD from December 15th 2017.

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Purple Dino - And Now What (Album Review)


Release date: December 14th 2017. Label: Vault Relics. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

And Now What - Tracklisting

1.Soul on Fire
2.Her Ride
3.2day
4.Show Me
5.Isolated
6.Out Of Me
7.Unknown Destination

Members

Kosmas Ristas - THE frontman and all
Doukas Kostoglou - guitars and beer
Mitsos Angelakis - drums with extra cowbell
Stef Dimou - bass and weird noises

Review

Greek Stoner Rockers Purple Dino return with a new album called - And Now What. This album sees the band changing their style of music ever so slightly with influences diverse as TOOL making a welcome appearance. It's still the familiar Desert/Punk/Stoner Rock sounds of the band but the music is very progressive and experimental in places.

The opening track - Soul On Fire - feels that Purple Dino are back to normal business of creating high energy Desert/Stoner Rock. That maybe for this song but enjoy it while it lasts as the band start to create a more daring and adventurous sound.

Second track - Her Ride - opens with a jazz based riff before moving on to a wilder and looser style of Stoner Rock/Metal. The song does take it's time in finding it's groove and can feel lacklustre at times but the band try their hand at new sounds on this track. The vocals from Kosmas offer a heavy mixture of different styles that is matched superbly well with the music. The music is your familiar style of Desert /Stoner Rock but at least Purple Dino add a more progressive groove with psychedelic noises appearing throughout.

Third track - 2day - sees Purple Dino opt for a Gonzo-Surf-Punk-Psych sound. It's a very cool sound which does take some time to fully become accustomed to. When the heavy Stoner sounds appear, Purple Dino become a more focused and intriguing band. This is where the band start to experiment with the sound on their album with the band taking influence from RATM as the song becomes more aggressive with each passing second.

The other songs of the album sees Purple Dino take a more experimental approach as they embrace elements of Noise Rock, Punk, Psych, Prog Rock and even Thrash. Songs such as Show Me and Isolated sees the album become ever more darker and progressive. The last two songs on the album Out Of Me and Unknown Destination is perhaps the band have taken the biggest creative risks with the album. As the album transforms into a heavier progressive sound that you would expect from TOOL and not a band such as Purple Dino.

The band touch upon some hard hitting subject matters. It shouldn't really work but the band show a real dynamic flair of merging the different sounds held on the album. This is still primarily a Stoner Metal album but Purple Dino prove that it doesn't have to follow the standard route that other bands seem to follow. Purple Dino have embraced a more daring approach on this album.

The album cover can be very misleading as if you're expecting a jovial and upbeat Stoner Metal album then you may walk away highly disappointed. Purple Dino maybe worried what long-time fans of the band may think of their new sound. I would tell them there's nothing to worry about. As this album manages to contain the familiar sounds the band has become well known for. However be prepared to expect a more experimental sound that may take a few listens to fully appreciate.

The production is handled superbly well as the album sounds angry and loud from the start. And Now What is an album that surprised myself in so many different ways. Purple Dino have struck gold with this record. It may not be to everyone's tastes though this is still an album that could enhance Purple Dino's reputation onto greater heights.

Words by Steve Howe

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Low Orbit - SPACECAKE (Album Review)


Release date: December 01st 2017. Label: Pink Tank Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Spacecake – Tracklisting

1.Dead Moon 06:21
2.Planet X 05:47
3.Shades of Neptune 10:13
4.Venus 05:04
5.Lunar Lander 06:07
6.Machu Picchu 08:52

Members

Angelo Catenaro - Guitar, Vocals....
Joe Grgic - Bass/Space Trips....
Emilio Mammone - Drums....

Review

Low Orbit returns to their earthly bound atmosphere with their epic sounding new album - Spacecake. Maybe the title is a bit humorous but the music certainly isn't with the band employing a classic Sabbath sound that is matched against a Spaced Out/Stoner Rock atmosphere.

Opening track - Dead Moon Two - starts with a psychedelic space rock flourish that soon gives way to a heavy stylized Doom/Stoner Rock sound. The vocals from Angelo are your normal standard fare but he does have a very loud presence around him. The music drifts from one sonic projectory to the next with the album sounding quite vintage one moment and the next it's a heavier and more boisterous modern approach. The instrumental work is what impresses from the start and what demands your attention throughout. There is nothing flashy about Low Orbit's music as the band get down to business of creating heavy psychedelic sounds that has shades of Monster Magnet/Kyuss running throughout.

Second track - Planet X - carries on the science fiction theme with the lyrics and vocals taking a more interesting turn. The song does take time to find a more settled groove but this is still perhaps one of the standout songs on the album with Low Orbit adopting a more "Heavy Metal" approach compared to the other songs on the album.

The best songs on the album have to be Shades Of Neptune and Machu Picchu, as the band has more time to play with. As these songs run for eleven and nine minutes respectively. Low Orbit expresses themselves more clearly and freely on these two songs with progressive doom/stoner sounds leading the way to an exciting finish. The psychedelic noises held on the album can be very jarring at times but a heavy Doom/Stoner riff is never far away.

Low Orbit has taken great care in making this album and it shows on the majority of the songs. Spacecake is undoubtedly a solid and hugely entertaining album that has the right balance of Psychedelic Riffs and the heavier Doom/Stoner Metal sounds to make it worth your time.

Words by Steve Howe

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Lump Hammer - S/T (EP Review)


Release date: December 02nd 2017. Label: Inverted Grim Mill Recordings. Format: CD/DD

Lump Hammer – S/T – Tracklisting

Party Time
Stacey Dooley
Intruder
Love Song

Members

Kevin Rajiah - Guitar
Tim Croft - Drums
James Watts - Vocals

Review

Lump Hammer are from Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. My home town. This is a band who I've seen multiple times over the last few years and I was excited to receive this new EP from the band. The self titled EP contains 4 tracks and runs for under 23 minutes.

Now the hardest thing to describe about Lump Hammer is their actual sound. The band play a twisted kind of Noise Rock, Doom Metal, Sludge Metal and Industrial Metal. This EP isn't the best produced sound you'll ever likely encounter. Though that's not the point as Lump Hammer are pure chaos and play the fuck whatever first comes into their heads.

Opening track – Party Time – is a noise rock/experimental/doom/sludge metal punch up of angry reckless and huge ugly sounds. And it's even more brilliant as a result. Two minutes of pissed-off vocals will soon get you in the mood.

Second track – Stacey Dooley – is where Lump Hammer try to do the “professional” song-writing thing as they create a Melvins style sonic/noise rock odyssey. Very slow burning at times but highly intriguing at the same time. The music is very down-tempo with the doom/sludge/noise riffs making the mood slightly awkward and downright depressing at times. Yeah the song is ugly but you can't turn away as Lump Hammer bring your twisted nightmares to life.

Third track – Intruder – is back to the more faster sludge/doom/punk riffs heard on the opening track. This song still carries on the nightmarish vibe of the previous two songs. However the band try their hand at a standard Sludge Rock sound. The industrial sounds allows Lump Hammer to bring a more menacing Doom Metal approach to their music.

Fourth track – Love Song – starts off really slow with drone/doom atmosphere for the first few moments of the song. The song really kicks off around the 4th minute when the Sludge/Industrial riffs appear and all HELL BREAKS LOOSE. As Lump Hammer blends their nightmarish Sludge/Doom/Industrial sounds against a sombre drone/ambient instrumental piece. This is perhaps the best song on the EP as it shows how inventive and Lump Hammer can really be. I would love to hear the band play this style of music more on future records.

If you ever see Lump Hammer live on stage then be prepared to see something wholly different and original. These guys are very hard to define and this EP struggles to capture their brilliant live stage presence. Though as an introduction to the band, Lump Hammer's self titled EP is work of twisted and dark genius. Especially if you're into Experimental Doom/Sludge Metal.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

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Octopussy - Dwarfs & Giants (Album Review)


Release date: November 10th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Dwarfs & Giants - Tracklisting

1.Birdman 06:16
2.Hourglass 04:08
3.Run From The Raging Mob 04:17
4.Bring Me The Light 05:19
5.Float 01:49
6.The Search 04:29
7.Dwarfs & Giants 04:24
8.And Nothing Will Remain 05:18
9.Future Western 10:23

Members

Jan Babiński - vocals
Konrad Ciesielski - drums
Piotr Danielewicz - guitars
Michał Banasik - guitars
Marcin Bąkowski - bass guitar
Michał Koziorowski - keys

Review

Another day and another cool Stoner Rock band from Poland by the name of Octopussy. Don't worry folks, there isn't any cheesy James Bond puns or references held on the album. Octopussy play straight up Psychedelic Stoner Rock that veers into Southern Rock, Blues Rock and Classic Rock territory at different parts of Dwarfs & Giants.

The vocals from Jan are quite funky at times and you feel that vibrant energy from the opening song – Birdman. The music is quite upbeat with an blues rock/funk style bass moving the hard-rocking Stoner sounds to a more faster pace. The psychedelic vibes are very dreamlike at times. Octopussy make you feel right at home with the band offering an easy-going atmosphere despite the hard-rocking and heavy riffs the song contains.

Songs such as Hourglass, Run From The Raging Mob, Bring Me The Light, Dwarfs & Giants combine the Blues/Stoner Rock aggression of Clutch and match it with classic Grunge style theatrics. It sounds a weird combination at times but the band pull this off with style and even originality at times. The standout track has to be the epic final song Future Western which draws out the many different musical elements that Octopussy have at their disposal. The song maybe slightly too long by a few moments but at least the band go out with an action packed finale.

The band even manage to pay homage to Stoner/Space Rock overlords Monster Magnet at times especially on the 2nd track – Hourglass. As I heard some familiar sounding riffs. No big deal. It's very cool to hear amongst Octopussy's style of high voltage Southern/Stoner Rock.

For an album that was recorded live over one weekend, this album sounds excellent from the start. The music is loud and dynamic with a powerful bass being the main focus of the entire album. That's not to distract from the other members contribution to this album. Far from it. The instrumental work is impressive as hell. I was impressed most by Marcin's bass playing. Very funky and psychedelic whilst offering a heavy Stoner Rock beat.

With bands such as Belzebong, Dopelord, Spaceslug, Weedpecker and Major Kong flying the flag for the Polish Doom/Stoner Metal scene, you can add another great band to that ever-expanding list. 

The name is PUSSY, OCTOPUSSY. (Sorry for that bad joke. I couldn't resist).

Words by Steve Howe

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