Album: Mass Destroyer
Like a bull at the gate “We Conquer The Throne” commences and as the chainsaw guitars blast the listener into a battlefield of blood and glory, the lead break opens up the song for the brutal roars of Christopher Saterdal.
The album is an onslaught of death and thrash riffs (Fantastic Rhythm work by Johan). The solid use of black metal tremolo picking and sporadic rocking solo work (Eki) along with the climatic reaches of thundering break downs; open up many avenues for the killer lead breaks that find their way in to complete most tracks on this rocking Death Metal classic.
Fallen Mountain is possessed by an array of grim and grooving melodies. The progression in each verse makes its way to the bridge before the double kick drums coupled with the ancient folk melody allows a chant by Christopher once again (Their signature triumphant chorus works amazing in this track). Understandably so, this slow-paced Symphony in Death is a tribute to the Entombed legend L G Petrov “The Fallen Mountain”.
Thumping consistent kick drums (Thanks to Ronnie Bergerstal) keep their pace and the organic feel of the kit are of utmost importance in an underground metal sense.
And without sounding like they’ve put the kit through a dishwasher, the levels the guitars and vocals sit at, could not have been more perfect allowing all elements of the tracks to shine on their own at every relevant moment.
Lifeslave is their chunky mid-paced Mosh Pit stirring riot starting death machine.
Martin Schulman (Band Leader) slams out Power Chords on his bass, and as the darkness of the slow bridge melody, and the gang roars that make their way to the surface. The careful composition placement allows these warriors of metal to climb out of the mud to bear a flag of glory and honour, waving and chanting metal war crys – Imagine an outdoor euro style metal festival where its pissing down with rain and the true metal maniacs are covered in mud and beer as they mosh in an uncontained pit of rain water, sludge, piss, beer, sweat and blood.
This is old school Swedish death metal at its purest. The production is clear, real and officially Swedish.
Karl Daniel Liden is responsible for the Mixing and Mastering of this classic album that will find its way on many top 10 lists for 2022 – I can guarantee you that.
This is their best album to date and It has everything.
Old school Death Metal brutality, Triumphant Folk Melodies with a ruthless stretch of Swedish Groove!
For Fans of Entombed, Dismember & Amon Amarth
Out Via Agonia Records in May 2022!
Artist: WO FAT
Album: The Singularity
The Texan Trio still have it after 21 years.
They certainly surprised us all with this one.
It has a similar productions vibe to the last few albums but the consistent up-tempo
ZZ Top-Esque of the song writing on this album (Specifically the title track “The Singularity”), sets it apart from most of the previous releases.
The Production is off tap and you kinda gotta expect it, considering the work Kent and Michael do together in their studio Crystal Clear Sound.
They’ve captured the true essence of dirty, filthy and low-end Stoner Blues on a gargantuan level among some of the best over the last three decades
The Vocals of Kent are top notch and seem to have become even more powerful and succinct in this album (not to discount any of the previous attempts on the other albums).
Keep that cowboy hat on Kent, it still some sort of Southern State Wizardry that projects across the globe.
Their first single “The Witching Chamber” sends out a siren of feedback and radio noise whilst giving a nod to a “Read The Omens” vibe. The Nine plus minute belter allows the listener to melt into their couch (Under The Influence much?), while the Bayou across the way, forms a Sink-Hole Whirl Pool, taking us under the surface into a void of occultic musical pleasures and relentless unknown feelings.
The Vocals of Kent are top notch and seem to have become more powerful and succinct in this album (not to discount any of the previous attempts on the other albums). Keep that cowboy hat on Kent, it still has the Southern State Wizardry we all know it possesses.
Zack brings that filthy bass twang in harder than ever on “The Unraveling” while Kent gives us a Southern Blues Melody Ride like Sabbath were forced to play a teenage prom in Texas in the 70’s.
Michael conjures a Tribal Voodoo Dance on his kit keeping each snap thump hit to each Drum Kit part appropriately complimenting each Bass note and Guitar lick, highlighted mesmerizingly on “The Oracle”.
One of the riffs on Overworlder reminds me of a Budgie track (RIP Burke Shelley – you bloody legend) and if anything it’s a compliment, considering a few joke bands (RHCP) ripped off a section from that same stand out track “Breadfan” which you may recall Metallica covered decades ago.
Guys, you’ve done it. What a F#%KEN Album!
Stand Out Track: Overworlder
For Fans of Budgie, ZZ Top and Church of Misery
OUT VIA RIPPLE MUSIC SOON!!!
Band: Tropical Sludge
Release: Isolation Jams
Light one up and press play.
Rick Burke (Comacozer/Rusty Souls) has just released his first EP under the name of “Tropical Sludge”.
Being a fan of Comacozer and loving the perpetual progression of their sound over the years, its great to hear Rick’s guitar abilities in an isolated environment for the first time.
The dreamy melodies and guitar licks covered by the dust of an analogue vinyl gives us listeners the production edge that most of the Psych community would approve of, in an ever-blooming worship for LPs and record players.
The sporadic samples of Australian Wildlife emphasizes the earthy elements of the songs and gives us hope and respect toward a true appreciation of nature – you know the very thing we’ve neglected for so long since living in this consumer based society.
If I was a shaman of a Spiritual retreat or even a Yoga Teacher, I would definitely be adding this whole album to my playlist. The vibe the whole EP possesses conjures a divine experience of oneness and wholeness with the universe as it takes the mind and soul to interdimensional realms.
Time does not exist when the sounds of “isolation Jams” are played, it enables the mind to switch off from any stress that entraps us inside this illusion some call the matrix of life.
I am very keen to see the live performance of Tropical Sludge and can only imagine what an mind bending scenario could be created with the right lighting and objects/consumables of acceleration.
Sick one Rick!
For fans of Lamp of the Universe, Electric Octopus and The Re-stoned
Band: Church Of The Cosmic Skull
Album: There Is No Time
When I first saw the news break from The Cults’ Camp about a new single being released, I thought, has it really been that long since their third album “Everybodys Going To Die” quickly realising that release was late 2019 and God Damn am I amongst many other ready for more.
So with everything going on (Over the past 24 months) it is no secret that Art and Music got most of us through one of the most intense changes to our life we could have ever imagined, creating catalysts for change and appreciation for Love, Hope and Nature.
The Brothers and Sisters of the Church have once again blown my mind with a new magnificent collection of compositions that tell a story of spreading Love over Fear, Freedom over Tyranny and Peace over Aggression.
Our first access to the album is the entrancing weapon of choice the band has entitled “One More Step” which clearly has an enhanced Mind Control Technique of repetition (without the use of MK Ultra).
It’s deep, it’s Occultic, it’s rhetorical and it’s definitely got a different vibe from the previous initial singles released to help promote the albums.
“Valleys and Hills Part One – Peel Away the Layers” stood out as one of their most adventurous tracks. With a retro rumbling bass rhythm in-sync with the drums keeping the direction steady as the duel “Flangering” guitars create layers of vibrations before the repetitive lyrics of “Peel away the layers, like the layers of the Onion”. It’s a stern reminder that this seven-piece beauty is not afraid to take on the twists and turns Rock n Roll begs for in a time where we have people literally worshipping the likes of Foo Fighters or whatever other “Safe Rock” is making it to the ears of a culture that has been slowly degrading for quite a while.
“Valleys and Hills Part Two – Pure Illumination” had a late 70’s Sabbath song writing style taking me back to Albums like “Technical Ecstasy” and “Never Say Die”, which are both under-rated Sabbath albums that are constantly overlooked while people debate about Ozzy VS Dio in Sabbath (Just don’t go there hey!). I wish I had access to the lyrics for all songs but the one line that resonates with me and anyone else who is never settled with whatever Truth we are ‘Fed’ is ‘The truth so bright it’s going to blow your mind’.
The keys and vocal harmonies on “Now’s the Time” is something you want to show your parents in an attempt to re-educate their Mind and Soul (with new music) while they play you an Elton John song for the Three Hundred and Thirty Third Time.
The track reminds me of the works husband and wife duo “Dream Machine” who have a strong focus on Classical Style Piano (Blended with tripped out 70’s Acid Psych Rock) painting us an illusion that the band has somewhat matured before pulling out an ancient Irish-like Folk Melody, meanwhile preaching “No Time like Tonight”.
Don’t kill me but it even had a Bee Gee moment there.
Thank you Brothers and Sisters. May your year ahead be full of success and love while you spread the word of ‘The Church’ on stages across the globe.
Stand Out Track: We Lost It Somewhere
For Fans of Electric Light Orchestra, The Eagles, Queen and Black Sabbath