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2pm The Fist (ITA)
3pm Doomsayer Records Special!
4pm Good Trip Lollipop (US)
5pm Electric Beard Of Doom (US)
10pm Highway 420 w/ Cheeto (US)
12am Super Rock Sunday
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Degradations had me at hello. If that opening number doesn’t set the hook deep into your cavity with it’s twisted progressive crunch, then your just aren’t very hungry. Maybe you’re vegan or allergic to meaty bass and don’t prefer a side of oozing lard atop your hog roast? Well you can’t eat this shit, but it’s the musical equivalent to the whole roasted hog, apple and all, dripping with ferocious hooks and melodic groove.
I was sold on the opening number but it doesn’t stop there. Degradations degrades their smooth jazz into a wildly melodic, somewhat chaotic but controlled hardcore stoner sensation. Vocals alternate between brutal metal screams to euphonious echoes of rock and roll.
I’ve expressed my recommendation for these dudes previously upon their release of this monster of a debut album released last fall. And rumor has it the chaps are hard at work crafting a follow up to this beast of a metal album.
Equal parts stoner/hardcore/death/groove metal this self titled album gets better with every listen. Really sinks it’s teeth in with how catchy the hooks are while at the same time how brutally conditioned the overall tone is. Balance at its finest and proof that ultra heavy hardcore riffage can incorporate melody and smoothness without removal of any sort of valor.
My initial favorite track back in the fall was Sea of Void, which slowed things down and thickened the groove to a sludge consistency. At this point re-listening it’s definitely a highlight, although I find myself liking many of the other tracks that pummel chaos through the speakers just as much. Sea of Void will definitely rope in more of the casual stoner rock fan with its smooth circulating vocals and medicinal riffs.
Another plus is the inclusion of digital lyrics on bandcamp, which many of you may also appreciate. I do a lot if listening mobiley on my iPhone and the ability to look down at the artwork, touch the screen and read along to the lyrics is definitely a bonus. I read along a listen in my headphones while the wife is watching chick flics on TV, personally. I wouldn’t say this is family friendly music for the nuclear family, but for those going full force and married into metal, why the hell not crank this up first thing in the morning instead of cartoons. Your kids will come home with broken knuckles instead of black eyes.
With 7 songs clocking in around the 30 minute mark, Degradations hits that high repeat status. Long enough to get your full freak on and short enough to have you begging for more. The velocity is deadly, the weight is crushing, and the energy is brutally beautiful. Can’t wait for more, which like I said, the band confirmed their motivation is progressing into the studio as we breathe. With promises of progression into cult sludge status, keep your ears toned, maybe do a candling treatment on them cause Degradations is actively pursuing an epic follow up to this amazing self titled album. Keep up with updates on Facebook, grab this one at bandcamp and continue your support of the heavy underground stoner/doom/sludge. Hell, you may even get sent a free CD and/or T-shirt just for spreading the good word to your friends as a token of appreciation from the bands. It does happen.
4.6/5 rounds to 5 skully rating!!
Disenchanter are a 3-piece doom outfit out of Portland, Oregon. Led by Sabine Stangenberg (guitar and vocals), Joey DeMartini (bass) and Jay Erbe (drums). Disenchanter produce a slow, heavy, trippy ass doom metal sound. On their latest 3-song EP, plodding in at over 30 minutes, Disenchanter slathers it’s stoned out doomy cream across figments of enchantment. Ultra groove induced doom keeps you alive but not well. Its dark, its sinister in nature, and its classic Portland female fronted heavy metal.
Now we all have noticed the uprising up females in the doom-force in recent years. Along the lines of geographic neighbors Witch Mountain and similar sounding Alunah, Disenchanter advocates a valid argument for equal pay. Stangenberg elegantly propels the supremely sedated sci-fi sludge into outer space with her chillingly graceful harmony.
The album opens with Journey to Abydos - Moon Queen which is a 12 minute voyage of slumbering riffs led vividly by what I envision the Moon Maid herself. An all instrumental introduction of eerie doom riffs builds to about the 7:50 mark where Sabine slays down her mesmerizing melody set to what could be interpreted as autobiographical lyrics. The 3-piece creates an intricately balanced and intriguing orchestra of doom metal. Ploddy riffs warp into psychedelic bluesy solos to successfully execute a 12 plus minute doomathon without losing the coherent listener. One thing that often turns me off with some of the doom metal giants is the ability to plod away into nothing repeating 2 slow riffs into an empty black hole, which Disenchanter does not do.
Don’t get me wrong, On Through Portals isn’t exactly upbeat, it ranks in the stoner/doom realm with downtrodden rhythm, fuzzy bass, and fast enough drum blasts to invigorate any fan of loud heavy music. It’s not classic mosh pit music but on another wave length one could easily flail themselves into a pit and twirl themselves around in tribal rain dance fashion, eyes wide shut, and mind expanded into the spirit world to a live performance of Disenchanter. The closing track puts it nicely:
Into darkness we fall
Twisting writhing for the thrill of it all
On through portals we fly
Bathed in starlight beneath an indigo sky
Pretty much sums up what to expect from Disenchanter both lyrically and sonically. A huge release showing a ton of ambition and promise. I Imagine this EP x2 would craft a colossal full length and somewhat knowing these guys from following them on Facebook, I expect it to happen sooner or later. Go to bandcamp and snag a copy of their EPs while supplies last. Supplies meaning a cozy chair, headphones, and elixir of choice cause Disenchanter will seduce your mind and warp your fantasies.
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Volume IV are about the make their debut release through Ripple Music. If you know anything about what that says, you know that Ripple Music never fails to pick up quality bands. In fact, they are one of my new favorite labels.
Long in the Tooth brings us a familiar hard rock and metal tone reminiscent of Black Label Society but to me a bit more variation and an overall dirty and doomy pace. By variation I am talking about its doom metal foundation, primered with modern stoner rock, and finished with a punk attitude. It took me until my second full listen to really appreciate what this album has going on. Absolutely fantastic release and another winner for Ripple Music. This has got it all, hard hitting modern slabs of doom, soft metal dance ballads, and straight up fuzz rock anthems. For fans of Black Label Society, Down, Motorhead, Mastodon, Red Fang.
The album is scheduled for a Ripple release of March 11th, 2014. Be sure to get in line to pick this one up. Classic hard metal and rock made relevant in an age where innovation may or may not be required.
Check them out at the links below.
Youtube video for 'Kong' off the new record:
This here’s a loooong lost classic recorded by a buncha teenage kids in Detroit back in the early 70’s (presumably) in their parents’ basement. Y’know, kinda like Pentagram, or that band called Death. And much like the latter, it’s finally found an audience some 40 years later thanks to an underground German heavy psych imprint. Could a regional U.S. tour be far behind?
I get the impression this record appeals more to hippies than hipster punks, mind you. This outfit puts the garage in garage rock with some lo-fi psychedelia that leans heavily on the organ—think Iron Butterfly more than Deep Purple in that department. That said, there are some pretty sweet guitar solos here, too.
“Come on Closer” almost sounds like a long-lost Doors track, from the shuffling drums to the leering vocals to the omnipresent organ channelling the then-young, now-late Ray Manzarek. Ditto “Spinning a Spell” and a couple other tunes as well. Wait, did they just sing “You don’t know what to do/all you know is you’re still a Jew?” Holy Political Correctness, Batman!
And for those who say Aerosmith invented the power-ballad, I give you “And When You Go,” a church-organ-driven lighter-raiser that vaguely reminds me of Lynyrd Skynyrd. No, not “Free Bird”—more like “Tuesday’s Gone…”
3.28 skullets out of 5.