Fuelled by the imposing fuzz-bass bass lines of Colin Stewart and the slamming backbeats of drummer Paul Archibald and featuring the scorching alto sax work of Rebecca Sneddon, this renegade power strikes another blow for the freedom principle on their second RareNoise outing.
From the mournful dirge "The Stars Unseen" to the dark, temposhifting "The Land of Heat and Greed," marked by Sneddon's squealing multiphonics over the top of a tribal groove, to the teethchattering intensity of "Poking the Bear," the formidable triumvirate from Edinburgh summons up thoughts of Slayer jamming with avant garde icon Albert Ayler or alto saxophonist John Zorn with bassist Bill Laswell and former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo.
Elsewhere on Awakening of a Capitol, Sneddon turns in some freewheeling blowing in the altissimo range on "Slay the Light," skronks with impunity on the probing "The Pillars of Dagon," which features a string quartet, and wails on the maelstrom of "Erich Zann," a haunting piece named after an H.P.
Lovecraft short story from 1922. In all, this second manifesto by Nelson Mandoomjazz is heavier than heavy, darker than dark, yet always retaining a deep sense of humour.
Limited Edition 3LP with 6 page booklet in a die-cut cardboard box. Includes original version of Boris' classic album on LP1 and LP2, plus 9 previously unreleased "Forbidden Songs recorded during the Pink sessions on LP3.
PINK Vinyl has original Japanese track list and extended versions of tracks "Farewell", "Pseudo-Bread" and "My Machine".
The deluxe 3xLP box set features an entire album of previously unreleased tracks recorded during the Pink album sessions in 2004-2005.
The bonus Forbidden Songs collects 9 tracks of the same hyperactive, accessible and aggressive calibre of the original album, available here for the first time, mixed (with additional editing and arrangement) in 2015 and mastered in January 2016.
Like the original U.S. vinyl release, the Pink (Deluxe Edition) LP set has three longer edits of songs that were truncated on the original CD issue ("Farewell", "Pseudo-Bread" and "My Machine").
Otherwise, the LP has the same audio as the 2006 release. And, Pink (Deluxe Edition) also features the artwork of the original Japanese release, made by the band members themselves.
The Richmond, Va., band Windhand's second album, and first for Relapse, shows all the signs of an attempted doom metal classic. The dual guitars are enormous, the rhythm section is relentless, and the voice of Dorthia Cottrell settles over it all like a dense fog.
Volume One is the debut album by the American band Sleep. It was the only album recorded with original guitarist Justin Marler, before he became an Orthodox monk. Volume One showcases a darker sound and stronger doom metal influence than Sleep's later work. The image featured on the cover is taken from the Salvador Dalí painting "Soft Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon".
This record pushes the idea of sharing a record to the extreme. Both sides start with a new song from each band, long songs (approx 12 min) which let both bands enough time to developp their own ambience full of intensity and melodic loops. These new songs are followed by collaboratives drones which prove that these two bands were made to work together and share a record. The atmosphere is dark but always full of melodies and progressions.
Featuring former members of Facedowninshit and Alabama Thunderpussy, Windhand always stood a pretty good chance of being a good band and the “Practice Space Demo” certainly fulfilled that early potential. With this full-length they’ve carried along the same path and expanded their repertoire.
A 6 song, 47 minute journey, this album is the definition of epic. A dense sonic storm of ambient soundscapes, driving repetition, and dark instrumental passages, that's building to an immeasurable wall of sound and power. All with just sparse use of vocals.
The stoner riffs from lone guitarist Thomas V Jäger are total monoliths of sound. It’s impressive that the band is just a three-piece and is able to conjure up such a sprawling and vast audio trip. This becomes very clear on the opening notes of the title track that morph into towering grooves led by the hypnotic trance-like vocals that repeatedly chant “empress rising”.