Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pylon - Armory Of God

Traditional Doom Metal. They've got a Reverend Bizarre thing going on..

Lo-Pan - Salvador

Stoner Rock.

This album gets better and better as it progresses. Sorta Soundgardenish.

-I think the slick production here robs the album of energy.

Argus - Boldly Stride The Doomed

Early/mid 80's inspired Traditional Doom Metal with wailing vocals.


If Brian Johnson joined Black Cobra to do 70's style rock/metal. This is a two song digital thing you can get at their bandcamp page.

Arthur Lee - Vindicator

Bluesy late model Henrix-y, but kinda generic. Little bit of funky soul, but mostly rockin'...blues. I like Arthur Lee, but I would for sure be reaching for the Love albums first. This record is cool though, reminds me of Mountain or somebody like that when this rocks hard. There's some rambling and silliness too.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fleetwood Mac - Then Play On

Laid back loose vibe of awesomeness in Led Zeppelin III/Mellow Pink Floyd territory. Great record. I love it.

Murderess - The Last Thing You Will Ever See

Black Metalish with more chug a lug. Sounds like they could be from Oakland, but they're from Portland the new Oakland.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Silberbart - 4 Times Sound Razing

If Pink Floyd and Melt Banana had a baby and threw song structure out the window on the way to the hospital...and that's just the first song.

Krautrock Masterpiece.

Subrosa - No Help For The Mighty One

First Impression:
Acid King with more dynamics and instrumentation = approaching and entering Post-Rockisms.

Big wall of sound guitar riffs like Goatsnake with sad violins and stuff. Really cool vocal melodies. Once in a while the guitar sounds like early Melvins. Epic awesomeness.

Reminds me of Come with the sad depressing vocals. It's May 2 and this is by far my favorite release of 2011.

This album rules.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wizard Smoke - The Speed Of Smoke

Sorta traditional doom/metal, but way more pissed.Closer to Electric Wizard or Bongzilla than Reverend Bizarre. I give this sucker a thumbs up. Hope you like screaming. Aggro and heavy...and epic too.

Whitesnake - Forevermore

Bluesy rock metal that's not to far removed from 90's Whitesnake (or was it the 80's?). Better than expected, but not much different than a million other bluesy rock metal bands. Those other bands don't have a 60 year old David Coverdale singing for them though.

Pharaoh Overlord - Out Of Darkness

High energy Ted Nugent riffs and Danzig like vocals on the first song. Thankfully they abandon that. The next song falls into repetition, Devastator sounds like the record is stuck for way too long...just annoying really. Then the rest of the album rocks real well. Cool NWOBHM influences. Heaviness. They mix things up to keep it from getting stale. Cool record. Did I mention NWOBHM? I haven't heard too many 2011 releases this year, but this is one of the better ones.

-I thought this guy was singing in different styles on different songs, but I just found out that they have four different guys doing the vocals.

-Maiden at their gallopingnest, Scorps at their sleaziest, Accept at their speediest. This album kicks ass. Late 70's early 80's Metal.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Nightstalker - Superfreak

I'm guessing these guys are pretty big fans of Monster Magnet.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mecki Mark Men - Marathon

Been seriously diggin' this one the last couple days.

Progressive Rock from 1970 with Ray Charles like vocals. Some kinda loose soul funkiness going on here. + flute.

Human Instinct - Burning Up Years

Totally diggin' this. Kick back groovin' rock like the Grateful Dead or something, and I hate the Grateful dead.
Later they cover You Really Got Me. They also get more garagey and psychedelic.
Then a lot of guitar wanking. Which is what the next album is all about.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Guess Who - American Woman

Diverse classic rock album. This is pretty awesome commercial hard rock that's probably been played on FM radio for 40 years straight.

Ladies W.C. - Ladies W.C.

Garagey tunes meets SF hippy band from 1969. I think these guys are from Venezuela. They get some bluesy harmonica/guitar interplay going sometimes. You might think of The Who or Cream too.They mix in a few different sounds here all the while your waiting for them to bust out G.L.O.R.I.A.

The Smack - Smack

This recording from 1968 is a bunch of Hendrix and Cream type covers. Maybe the best cover of Purple Haze I've heard. They give the covers their own personality a couple of the songs sound like they're 3/4 speed or something. Interesting stuff, but hardly essential.

Moses - Changes

Sounding like a bluesier slightly more restrained version of early Blue Cheer.

Those Poor Bastards - Satan Is Watching

Fire and brimstone preachin' from some crazy Marilyn Manson/Tom Waits two headed monster.

The Gates Of Slumber - The Wretch

Sounds like Wino singing for Reverend Bizarre.

-Neo old school doom. Good stuff.

Witchcraft - Firewood

If there was a satanic band at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 it would have been Witchcraft.

That is if Witchcraft could have gone forward in time and listened to a bunch of Black Sabbath then returned to 1967 to play the fest.

Graveyard - Hisingen Blues

Sounds like Chris Cornell fronting a bluesier Witchcraft.