vendredi 22 juillet 2016

Tom Carter - Long Time Underground (2015)

Minimalistic but full. Close but wide. That what comes to my mind when I try to describe Tom Carter's music on this solo album (he plays also in a psych folk band called Charalambides) called Long Time Underground released last year. This is guitar only. With a bit of distortion, bringing a bit of a psych / drone feel. Earth could be a comparison, both are excellent at creating a strong atmosphere. Quiet and very deep. Great stuff!

The Bandcamp page.

samedi 16 juillet 2016

Grond - Worship the Kraken (2016)

Worship the Kraken is the second album of the russian death-metal band Grond. An album I was waiting for because I really liked their first album "Howling from the Deep" (read my review HERE). And this new album is at least as good as the previous one. They keep on playing their bestial old school death metal in an Obituary / early Cannibal Corpse vein and they do it really well with good riffing and soloing, good vocal lines, an excellent sense of groove and all the musicianship and brutality needed. Good production as well, with basslines that you can hear as well as the other guitars. And they also are really good at writing memorable and catchy death metal songs. Possibly the best new old school death metal band. Highly recommended!

The Bandcamp page.

mercredi 13 juillet 2016

Assassani - Daemonical Raw Tech Invocation (2016)

Assassani, the project of Victor Dvnkel from Spain, is of the darkest kind of hardcore techno you can find, with creepy melodies and a good dose of noise / industrial elements, it's more frankly techno than rythmic noise but a lot more more noise than techno normally is. Daemonical Raw Tech Invocation is a two track cassette released this year by Fallow field.It's the kind of techno noise freaks and metalheads can dig. Really good stuff.

Assassani Soundcloud page.

dimanche 10 juillet 2016

Cobalt - Slow Forever (2016)

Slow Forever is the coming back of Cobalt, seven years after the excellent "Gin". This time Erik Wunder has a new vocalist, Charlie Fell (ex-Lord Mantis). Fell is doign a great job, sounding absolutely feral and hungry. The vocals are maybe the most black metal element, there's very few blastbeats, the album being mostly mid tempo. The riffing is also not especially black metal, except in a general way, in creating a dark and epic feel. We could say it's between black metal and sludge, sometimes also not very far from early Mastodon. But being somewhat "generic modern extreme metal" is not a weakness for Cobalt because if they are not belonging to a specific style is because what comes forward is that it really have its own style, strong and unique. After my first listens to the album I intended to write that it would have needed some editing, it's a double album, with long songs, and it took me some time to really get into it. But I changed my mind, now I realise that it's really a grower, the more I listen to it the more I like it and enjoy the different subtleties and the whole atmosphere of the album, with the "americana" element, together with the epic songwriting, again bringing something strong to the music, evoking wild and violent american lands, Cormac MacCarthy coming to mind (I know Hemingway and Hunter S.Thompson are the main inspiration in litterature for Cobalt, but still...).
So Slow Forever is really a worthy addition to Cobalt discography, a very strong and enjoyable album.

The Bandcamp page.

vendredi 8 juillet 2016

Steve Von Till - A life Unto Itself (2015)

You probably know Steve Von Till, singer / guitarist in Neurosis also releases solo accoustic albums (like Scott Kelly), last year's A Life Unto Itself is the latest one. It is a brilliant dark americana / folk album. Of course Steve Von Till is a good singer and composer and it also shows on this album, but what is also excellent is the viola parts from Eyving Kang and even more the pedal steel parts played by Jay Kardong. It really brings the songs a special feel. And no, it does not really sound "country music", but yes definitely american roots music. It's not "heavy" in the way Neurosis is heavy but the atmosphere is as deep and strong as it is quiet.

The Bandcamp page.

mardi 5 juillet 2016

Kvlthammer - Oath (2016)

Let's take another slab of old school metal! Kvlthammer is a band from Indianapolis featuring guitarist from Coffinworm and Lair of the Minotaur. Oath is their second album. It is full of manic Motorhead meets Entombed meets early Metallica (I mean Kill em'all) with a bit of d-beat here and there and some doomy heavy metal parts. Basically speed metal reinforced with some heavier influences. If you liked the first album you know what you'll get and won't be disappointed. Maybe this one have a bit more slower / heavier parts but it's quite similar. Very good music for headbanging and drinking!

The Bandcamp page.

samedi 2 juillet 2016

Writhing mass - Human Capital EP (2016)

Writhing mass is a new band from NY. The trio includes members from Triac and Defeatist and their first release, the Human Capital EP is on Nerve Altar so nobody will be surprised it's good. And it is indeed really good, death-grind with old-school grind vibe, speed and straight to the point approach (nine songs in a bit more than ten minute sof music) and some death-metal heaviness, groove and riffing. A mix that is really working deadly with Writhing mass. Very enjoyable stuff, I'm putting it on repeated listen and chances are it will stays as best grind first release this year. recommended!

The BC page.