Saturday, 20 January 2018

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard/Slomatics - TOTEMS (Album Review)


Release date: March 2018. Label: Black Bow Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Totems – Tracklisting

(MWWB) The Master and His Emissary
(MWWB) Eagduru

(SLO) Ancient Architects
(SLO) Silver Ships Into The Future
(SLO) Master's Descent

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard - Members

Jessica Ball
James Carrington
Wez Leon
Paul Davies

Slomatics - Members

Chris Couzens - Guitar
David Majury - Guitar
Marty Harvey - Drums/Vocals

Review

Fuck.

This. Is. Incredible.

I wouldn't have necessarily put these two together as bands that would put a split out, but as soon as you hear it, it's makes perfect sense that they did. And thank goodness they did.

MWWB kick off proceedings with just two tracks (still over 20 minutes combined) vs the three that Slomatics have contributed.

Opening track "The Master And His Emissary" is nothing short of perfect. Two minutes of droning repetitive synth (I genuinely mean that as a compliment) which suddenly gives way to FUCKING MASSIVE RIFFS, which build in momentum and structure as the song progresses and the distinctive and ethereal vocals cover the FUCKING MASSIVE RIFFS in swathes of melody for the best part of 12 minutes. Lovely stuff.

2nd track "Eagduru" follows suit and by the time it's all over if you're anything like me you'll find yourself reaching towards the repeat button.

But before you get a chance here comes Belfast's Slomatics with their own equally FUCKING MASSIVE RIFFS BUT FROM SPACE, as they start where their Welsh chums left off.

"Ancient Architects" is ace and the perfect way to introduce a slight change in the Slomatics sound as we see (or hear) the synth start to play a more prominent role in the bands sound. Everything else that you would expect is present and correct, those soaring vocals, concussive drumming and of course FUCKING MASSIVE RIFFS BUT FROM SPACE all play a part here.

"Silver Ships To The Future" makes for a nice interlude before the record closes with what I actually think is the best song Slomatics have ever written. It's definitely my favourite.

"Master's Descent" is an absolute joy from start to finish. About halfway through the song, just when I was expecting (and hoping) to be bludgeoned with another FUCKING MASSIVE RIFF BUT FROM SPACE Slomatics throw a massive curve ball...

The synth pops back up whilst the dual guitars hammer away beneath it and then there's a female vocal which is Jessica from MWWB making an appearance. It repeats, and builds and builds to a glorious crescendo that left me grinning form ear to ear desperate for more. Honestly. I'm pretty sure this is their masterpiece and if this is a sign of things to come I can't wait to hear more.

"Totems" is an absolute beast of a release that showcases two of the best bands in action today and both delivering probably their best material to date.

Don't be foolish and get over to Black Bow Records now and pre-order a copy because you'll kick yourself if you miss this.

Words by Simon Williams

Thanks to Curtis at Dewar PR for the promo. Totems will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Black Bow Records from March 2018.

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Voidian - .​.​.​And Darkness was Upon the Face of the Deep (EP Review)


Release date: November 24th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

.​.​.​And Darkness was Upon the Face of the Deep – Tracklisting
1.City of Dread 09:17
2.The Murderous Sea 16:55

Members

Dr.Witch: Bass and vocals
Mr.Void: Drums and vocals
Sgt.Doom: Guitars and vocals

Review

Belgian Sludge/Doom/Post-Metallers Voidian new EP .​.​.​And Darkness was Upon the Face of the Deep offers two tracks that offer almost 25 minutes of heavy psychedelic nightmarish Doom/Post-Metal vibes. The vocals are split between the 3 band members and they offer a pissed off style of heavy grunts, clean vocals and disturbing growls.

The music drifts from Occult Doomish Rock to the heavy Sludge/Post-Metal style of music. Though the band are not adverse to switching the mood of the EP and offer a more psychedelic post-rock sound. The two tracks on offer here are brutally heavy and with a raw DIY edge. The sound can be too raw at times and the production is quite flat in certain places. It doesn't stop this being a very good record. It may take some time for people to warm up to overall sound of Voidian.

The music is superb though. As the band pummel their way through the Doom/Sludge and Post-Metal landscape with absolute conviction. If you like epic progressive songs with a dark edge then look no more. As Voidian could be the band you've been looking for.

The standout track has to the almost 17 minute offering – The Murderous Sea. As it offers the heaviest and darkest themes on the EP. Voidian fully explore their musical identity on this track and it leaves you wanting more. It does start off very slowly but the mood becomes more violent and extremely heavy.

Overall this is an excellent EP from Voidian and it makes me want to hear more from the band. Perhaps on a longer EP or full length album of some sort. Until then .​.​.​And Darkness was Upon the Face of the Deep will satisfy all of the Doom/Sludge/Post-Metal hordes currently out there looking for their next dark fix...

Words by Steve Howe

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The Atlas Moth - Coma Noir (Album Review)


Release date: 9th February 2018. Label: Prosthetic Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Coma Noir – Tracklisting

1.Coma Noir 04:41
2.Last Transmission From The Late, Great Planet Earth
3.Galactic Brain 05:50
4.The Streets of Bombay
5.Actual Human Blood
6.Smiling Knife
7.Furious Gold
8.The Frozen Crown
9.Chloroform

Members

Andrew - Synth/guitar
Alex - Bass
Mike - Drums
David - Guitar/Vocals
Stavros - Guitar/Vocal

Review

Greetings All,

This February sees the release of one of the heaviest records I have heard in quite a while.

Chicago’s Atlas Moth release their monstrous fourth album, Coma Noir on the awesome Prosthetic Records label. With Coma Noir, the band have unleashed 9 crushing tracks of dark, focused, blackened metal. The cover art and title are a nod to one of my personal favorite types of literature. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the novels of Dashiell Hammett. The music on Coma Noir is dark and brooding, basically a black metal version of a 1940’s/50’s crime novel.

The band brings a more focused black metal sound on this record and they infuse that sound with elements of industrial, noise rock and a touch of psychedelia that has been prevalent in the bands earlier work. The band perfectly captures the overall theme and vibe that I believe they are aiming for with Coma Noir.

Each of the 9 songs presented presents multiple facets of the bands personality. The guitars are loud and hard. The drumming is sensational. This aspect alone sets them apart from the typical black metal drum machine hang up. Synths and bits of odd instrumentation are found throughout. But it is the vocals that are unique. Almost every song has the perfect mixture of anguished screaming vocals along with straight forward singing that keeps each song fresh and intriguing. The songs never fall into the monotonous trap that the majority of black metal (or metal in general) falls victim to.

The kicks off immediately with massive riffage of the title track, Coma Noir. The song from beginning to end perfectly encapsulates the tone and style of the record. Heavy, fuzzed out, almost industrial style guitar works with massive drumming and anguished vocals. Dammit, if there isn’t a bit of an homage at the end of the song to Metallica’s One with some double kick drum/riffing.

Last Transmission from the Late, Great Planet Earth comes at you next with its driving rhythms and buried sounds carrying the less than optimistic lyrics to a killer synth outro. One of the absolute stand out tracks is Galactic Brain. This song slows a bit from the break neck pace of the openers with a more stomping, Neurosis style rock sound. It opens with more straight forward vocals and a killer riff. The Streets of Bombay opens with a low rumble and synth based intro before absolutely exploding with face melting riffage. Actual Human Blood follows with continued heaviness highlighted by crashing cymbals and an industrial style beat.

Smiling Knife shows a very metal sound and is a bit of a two headed vocal monster featuring the screamed part and sung part. Another absolutely amazing track is Furious Gold which much like the title track features all the aspects that make this a truly amazing record. The song carries a very heavy groove and brings in blasts of industrial noise and fuzz along with some awesomely powerful vocals throughout.

The Frozen Crown is a straight forward synth heavy rocker. The closer is Chloroform, which starts out with some marching style drums and leads the plodding sound of this psych heavy track. The song is loaded with distortion, swirling synths and some spazzed out horns. The song provides a surreal, trippy, psyched out ending to the dark, murderous story the Atlas Moth has laid out for your listening pleasure.

If you like your metal dark and diverse, you should do yourself a favor and give Coma Noir some listening time. Atlas Moth have handed you one of the best and heaviest records to start 2018. Dig on it!

-Todd S

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Words by Todd Stealey

Thanks to Becky at Pioneer Music Press for the promo. Coma Noir will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Prosthetic Records from 09th February 2018.

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Mother Mars - On Lunar Highlands (Album Review)


Release date: December 08th 2017. Label: Pepper Shaker Records. Format: CD/DD

On Lunar Highlands – Tracklisting

1.Wrecker's Reunion Ball 04:59
2.Lost Planet Airmen 04:34
3.Thought It Best To Cut You Loose 05:32
4.Soap Bar Pick-Up Joint 03:41
5.The Stalwarts Of Saltwort Castle 09:30
6.The Working Mind Of The Creator 03:44
7.Woodhollow Green 12:54
8.Never Fail 04:12
9.Bigger Than Fear 05:43
10.On Lunar Highlands 08:35
11.The Heavy Hand Of The Destroyer 04:14

Members

Frank Attard: drums, percussion, Clavinet, synth, meandering chaos
Paul Attard: guitar, bass, synth, banjo-mandolin, piano, organ, complications
Dave Schembri: vocals, harmonica, mellow vibes
Matthew Slager: lead guitar on 'Never Fail'

Review

Aussie Psych Doom/Stoner Rockers – Mother Mars – are back with their 4th album – On Lunar Highlands. This album sees the band venture further into their 70s sounding Psychedelic Doom persona compared to previous albums. It maybe a tad overlong at 70 minutes in length but at least Mother Mars keep you entertained through the epic running time.

The music is vibrant, psychedelic and freaky AS HELL from the start. 

Opening track – Wrecker's Reunion Ball – is a seedy sounding doom little number with elements of Psychedelic Stoner Rock interacting superbly well with the Blues Rock drone based sounds. The vocals from Dave never disappoint and he's on inspired form here. Taking influence from the bombastic lead singers of the 60s and 70s but with an almighty confident swagger. Mother Mars add swirling noises that allows this track to standout as one of the albums finest tracks.

On Lunar Highlands progresses onto other great songs such as: Lost Planet Airmen, Thought It Best To Cut You Loose and Soap Bar Pick-Up Joint. As the band embrace a more classic rock dynamic with both their music and lyrical content.

Mother Mars impressed me the most with the two epic songs (The Stalwarts Of Saltwort Castle and Woodhollow Green) they've included on the album. As they enter a world of crazy psychedelic stoner rock that fans of the classic Black Sabbath sound will love. These two songs contain perhaps the best sounding “Space Rock” moments and Mother Mars employ a more “Jam” based style of music.

The album is perhaps too progressive for it's own good. Though that's perhaps one of the best things about the album. As Mother Mars have thrown everything into the mix and have created a superbly entertaining album that shows you why they are considered one of Australia's Premier Stoner Rock Bands. On this form, who can argue with that...

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

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Orphans Of Doom - Strange Worlds/Fierce Gods (Album Review)


Release date: January 26th 2018. Label: The Company KC. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Strange Worlds/Fierce Gods – Tracklisting

Harvest
Kakegoe
Mythical Sleep
Cephalopod
Excension
Pleasure Delayer
Return of Supertoad
Ghosts

Members

Jeremy Isaacson – Guitar
Bryan Sedey – Guitar
Greg Koelling – Drums

Review

Orphans Of Doom debut album Strange Worlds/Fierce Gods is a mighty throwback to the good old days of Sludge/Post-Metal with heavy elements of Doom/Stoner Metal grooves. Throw in a dash of psychedelic weirdness and you have an album that takes the early thunderous days of Baroness and injects it with the spaced out worldly sounds of VYGR. This album sets the whole tone and structure of the album with the excellent opening track - Harvest.

As Orphans Of Doom play heavy doomy and sludgy sounds with the impressive harsh growls making a confident appearance. The music veers from heavy sludge/doom and post-metal moments to the more melodic Psychedelic Prog/Stoner moments. Some cool keyboards/organs appear towards the end that reminds me of VYGR's debut album Hypersleep. Orphans Of Doom offer a more complex and perhaps heavier progressive style of music. The chuggish heavy metal guitars that appear towards the end were a very cool surprise. As Orphans Of Doom expertly mix up the different styles of music they play throughout the album.

Second track - Kakegoe - opens with impressive drumming from Greg before the heavy psychedelic guitars appear. The song carries on the chaotic sounds from the opening song and the densely heavy vocals soon gives way to impressive psychedelic guitars that Progressive Sludge Metal fans will find much to enjoy. Orphans Of Doom quickly change styles to a heavier and thrashier style of Doom Metal. The album doesn't shy from its post-metallic roots with the whole mood of the album being eerie familiar but maintaining its own style amongst the progressive nature of the music.

Third song - Mythical Sleep - conveys a much darker story as the vocals are more angrier and the music remains firmly within the realm of Doom/Sludge Metal. The band still shows their mighty range of progressive rock guitar wizardry on this song. Perhaps another reason why Orphans Of Doom are so very hard to describe at times. Sometimes the album feels that a whole bunch of different bands played on certain songs and that's quite impressive indeed. The vocals are perhaps the only constant part of the album that never changes.

Fourth Track - Cephalopod - is perhaps my favourite song on the album as the song has a few Thin Lizzy and Mastodon style moments with the guitars playing a familiar sound.

The second half of the album continues the psychedelic doom/sludge rock odyssey with songs such as Excension, Pleasure Delayer, Return Of Supertoad and Ghosts allowing Orphans Of Doom to experiment with their sound yet again. Psychedelic Rock/Metal is a huge part of Orphans Of Doom's overall sound and that's when the albums most exciting moments happen as well.

No matter which genre you feel most associated within the Doom/Sludge/Stoner and Post-Metal spectrum you cannot deny how good Orphans Of Doom are actually are. They deliver the goods with Strange Worlds / Fierce Gods and I can see why Joshua at The Company KC signed the band to his label.

This is a band with hopefully huge potential and longevity within the Doom/Sludge/Post-Metal scene. When this album is released, I urge you all to check these guys out ASAP. They are definitely ones to look out for.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to The Company KC for the promo. Strange Worlds/Fierce Gods will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via The Company KC from January 26th 2018.

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MERLIN - The Wizard (Album Review)


Release date: January 26th 2018. Label: The Company KC. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

The Wizard – Tracklisting

Abyss
Gravelord
Sage's Crystal Staff
Golem
Iron Borne
Tarantula Hawk
The Wizard Suite

Members

Caleb Wyels - Percussion
Carter Lewis- Guitar
Jordan Knorr - Vocals
Chase Thayer - Bass
Stu Kersting - Saxophone

Review

I'm going to say now that I think Merlin's new album - The Wizard - is a superbly produced and an hugely entertaining album. The only problem that I have with this album is the saxophone that the band have added to certain parts of the album. Stu Kersting who plays the saxophone does a superb job and it does indeed sound fantastic. However I felt the album could have been a much better experience without it. That's my only criticism of this album.

Merlin have created a rich example of different doom based sounds with songs such as Abyss, Gravelord, Golem, Iron Bone and The Wizard Suite being the main highlights of the album. The music is quite progressive and psychedelic at times and most of the songs contain a cool story or idea about Merlin and Wizard Life in general. The Wizard is more seventies prog rock based than their last album and the vocals from Jordan holds everything together. The lyrics are quite catchy at times showing that Merlin have a flair for both musical and lyrical content.

This is the kind of album that marches to its own beat and doesn't worry about sounding different to other Doom Metal bands currently out there. The production allows Merlin to fully expand their sound and it's the little things that you miss listening to the album for the very first time that you begin to notice upon further listens. Such as how Merlin weave different styles of music and matching instruments that shouldn't really work but actually do. The atmosphere is heavy and gloomy especially during the heavy metal/retro rock sounding moments.

I know within time that the Saxophone parts will soon become part of the albums DNA and I will probably adore everything about this album. It's kind of cool that The Wizard will leave you frustrated at times but the album has more than enough going for it to entice you back under its magical spell. Even the saxophone parts of Sage's Crystal Staff is slowly taking over my musical soul. It's one of the shortest songs on the album but it's slowly becoming one of my favourite songs on the album.

Merlin has delivered a wickedly entertaining and devilish sounding album with The Wizard. I can see this album perhaps dividing the Doom Metal community but it's always good to have a band or album to challenge the status quo. If you're a dedicated Doom Metal fan then you need this album in your life and record collection. No question.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to The Company KC for the promo. The Wizard will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via The Company KC from January 26th 2018.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

kolektiv - S/T (Album Review)


Release date: June 09th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

kolektiv – Tracklisting

1.nezhyl 03:39
2.perdition 04:03
3.breeder 03:28
4.champion 03:42
5.hurt 02:41
6.potemkin 03:42
7.elevator 04:11

Review

kolektiv is a Post-Hardcore/Post-Punk/Metal band from Belgium who have quite a post-metallic sound to their music. Influenced by bands such as Deftones, At-The Drive In, Thrice and TOOL to some respect. Their new album is a heavy and emotional mix of post-the-fuck whatever kind of sounds.

It has quite a progressive feel with the opening song – nezhyl – having a more reflective post-rock delivery. The vocals are clean and melodic and that surprised me as I was expecting the harsher style of growls.

Speaking to the band recently, they told me there are a lot of hidden Easter Eggs and clever references hidden within this album. I was surprised with the amount of thought that has gone into this album. It may sound very simple at times but the band have put a lot of effort and thought with both the music and lyrics. Maybe that TOOL influence steadily coming into play. The song HURT that appears on the album is very complex as the post-hardcore/post-metallic riffs have more meaning when you start to fully understand the lyrics.

The song Potemkin has a link to Sigmund Freud and specifically to one of his patients. Well that's what the band told me. If you're not bothered about the hidden messages held within the album then just listen to the great songs held on the album. It's not the best produced album you'll ever hear but kolektiv recorded this album in true DIY style. So what you hear is what you get.

The album is mostly melodic with a few moments of pure aggression but it's expertly played throughout. This album can definitely be considered “THINKING MAN'S METAL.”

Check this out as kolektiv are definitely worth your time.

Words by Steve Howe

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Hound The Wolves - Camera Obscura (Album Review)


Release date: February 14th 2018. Label: Monochord Records. Format: CD/DD

Camera Obscura – Tracklisting

1.If Lost In Mind
2.Masquerade
3.Omnia In Numeris Sita Sunt
4.Everything Lies Veiled In Numbers

Members

Tim Burke – lap steel, drones, soundscapes
Juan Carlos Caceres - Guitar, vocals, words
Cory DeCaire - Bass
Ryan McPhaill - Drums
Nate Wright – Moog, aux percussion

Review

Hound The Wolves debut album Camera Obscura is a deeply fascinating and emotional album that draws on the heavier sounds of Drone, Doom, Psych and Stoner Rock.

Opening track - Lost In Mind - is a slowly played song with elements of Drone and Post Rock creating an almost ambient based atmosphere. The music and mood of the song is quite solitary with the haunting vocals of Juan Carlos opting for a more poetic style of delivery. The deliberate slow paced delivery of the music allows the listener to fully immerse themselves with the almost cold and distant environment.

Second song - Masquerade - opens the world of Hound The Wolves to a heavier style of Psychedelic Doom/Stoner Rock with the sound becoming more of a post-metallic vibe. The drone based sounds become almost industrial with the vocals having a more machine like delivery. I can hear a direct NIN influence with the heavy distorted industrial beats though the band adds a heavier pounding Sludge/Stoner metal sound. The song becomes decidedly weird and trippy when Americana inspired Psychedelic Drone noises appear and the song becomes calmer and perhaps more mood driven as a result. The band has a lot of time to fill as this song lasts thirteen minutes or so. The lyrics have a shamanic feel to them and perhaps inspired by Drone/Doom Specialists EARTH.

Third track - Omnia In Numeris Sina Sunt - is another Psychedelic Drone offering with long drawn out sounds and hypnotic vocals singing the title of the song over and over. In theory this should be a recipe for disaster but Hound The Wolves make this a majestic and hypnotic offering with many layers of different areas of music holding everything together.

The final song - Everything Lies Veiled In Numbers - carries on the Psychedelic/Americana sounds but with more emphasis on the hazy dark desert sounds with an eerie slide guitar being played in the background. The song has a constant slowly played guitar that never lets up. The vocals drift in and out yet again with the shamanic style chants. The lyrics are quite doomy and progressive in parts but it's the music that makes the lasting impression.

Camera Obscura is one of the most trippiest Psychedelic Drone/Stoner Metal albums I've heard in a long time. The production is simply exquisite. You can feel the different layers of music taking over your soul for an out of body experience.

If you're a fan of EARTH or Across Tundras then Hound The Wolves is a band you cannot ignore. My final thoughts on Camera Obscura are that this album may take multiple listens to understand fully what's going on. however that doesn't stop this album being a powerful and simply unmissable album.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to the band for the promo. Camera Obscura will be available to buy on CD/DD from February 14th 2018.


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APF RECORDS SHOWCASE ALL-DAYER Manchester, UK 3rd February 2018


APF Records is hosting a special one-off gig at The Bread Shed in Manchester UK on 3rd February, featuring all 14 of its current active signed bands playing across two stages.

Founded by Andrew Field in March 2017 APF Records has released albums, EPs and singles by Under, Diesel King, Blind Haze, Mastiff, The Wizards Of Delight, Tronald, The Hyena Kill, RedEye Revival, Ba’al and BongCauldron during its first 12 months.

The label already has releases lined up for 2018 by Desert Storm (new album “Sentinels” out 16th March), Pist, Nomad, Barbarian Hermit and Battalionsas well as further releases from the bands mentioned above.

Due to the logistical challenges of getting all 14 bands in one place at once this is likely to be the only time the entire APF Records roster will play in one place on one day. Thus advance tickets have been moving fast and the event (at the 400-capacity venue) is predicted to be a sell-out.

Doors open at 1.30pm with the first band performing at 2pm. The event will finish 10 hours later when Desert Storm headline the main stage.

“With Ba’al having been reviewed in Kerrang!, Terrorizer and Metal Hammer, Pist having played Bloodstock Open Air Festival and been booked for this year’s Desertfest London, BongCauldron being featured in Decibel magazine, and other such high profile appearances there is a lot of interest in my label at the present” says Andrew Field of APF Records. “If the goodwill around us and the increasing popularity of our bands continues apace I suspect any future gathering of all our artists will likely be in a much bigger venue”.

Appearing at the APF Records Showcase:

Ba’al
Barbarian Hermit
Battalions
BongCauldron
Desert Storm
Diesel King
Mastiff
Nomad
Pist
RedEye Revival
The Hyena Kill
The Wizards Of Delight
Tronald
Under


APF Records and Stonebaked Promotions presents: The APF Records Showcase All-Dayer
Venue: The Bread Shed, Manchester UK
Date: 3rd February 2018
Doors Open: 1.30pm
Tickets: £10 adv / £15 otd

Arcadian Child - New Video For Irresistible


Members

Panayiotis Georgio
Stathis Hadjicharalambous
Andreas Kerveros
Christos Dimou

The Lowdown

Psychedelic Greek Retro Rockers - Arcadian Child - have a new video out for Irresistible from their acclaimed new album Afterglow, which I reviewed here back in November 2017.


Words by Steve Howe

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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Redscale - Set In Stone (Album Review)




Release date: December 01st 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Set In Stone – Tracklisting

1.The Ascent 01:49
2.Olympus 04:25
3.False Light 04:11
4.Atlas 04:42
5.The Collapse 04:07
6.Hypnos 03:08
7.Prometheus 04:55
8.The Descent 01:45
9.Beast from Below 03:19

Review

Set In Stone is the debut album from German Hard Rock/Stoner Rockers Redscale and it's a heavy and accomplished record from the band. The album has elements of Hard Rock, Classic Rock and Stoner Rock all delivered with a turbo charged energy. The vocals have a classic heavy metal feel as the vocals immerse themselves superbly well with the heavy stoner rock grooves.

The songs on the album follow a simple template of HEAVY RIFFS, LOUD VOCALS and CATCHY CHORUSES. Yeah it's a boring formula but it works so surprisingly well for Redscale as songs such as Olympus, False Light, The Collapse and Hypnos have a vintage Stoner Rock quality with elements of Psychedelia appearing here and there. The lyrics maybe inspired by the 80s Heavy Metal scene but at least Redscale are keeping the whole music within the Stoner Rock environment.

Set In Stone may not have the most original of sounds but what the album does have is PASSION and fantastic musicians who prove they can play with many fine riffs with enough power to satisfy even the most jaded of Hard Rock/Stoner Rock fan.

If you're in the mood for an album with a deep love for all things 1980s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal but with a modern Stoner Rock twist then look no further as Redscale are the band for you. Set In Stone is a superbly entertaining album and proves that Redscale have a bright future ahead of them.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

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