Friday, 26 February 2016

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW - VOL 5 ( 27/2/2016 )


Playing this Saturday @3pm EST, 9pm CET and 8pm UK on Grip of Delusion Radio.

Band  Order:

Ocultum - Black River
Doom/sludge - Chile
Snowburner - You Blues, You Lose 
Stoner rock - Netherlands
Psychic Lemon - Death Cult blues
Psychedelic krautrock -UK
Mudweiser - Elvis Loves Me
Metallic rock -France
Brain Police - Love Chopper of Destiny 
Stoner - Iceland 
Venus Blue - Blue Sun Blues
 70's hard rock - Texas 
Snowburner - Reelin' in the Wasted Years
Stoner Rock - Netherlands
Dopefight - Brighton Town is a Fuckin' Whore
Sludge - UK
Mortification - Death  Requiem
Death metal - Australia
Humo Del Cairo - Sepia
Psychedelic stoner - Argentina
Hijo de la Tormenta - El Abuelo
Post rock, stoner, doom - Argentina
Stoneburner - Marriage  
Crust, doom - Portland, USA 

 
              

Monday, 22 February 2016

SNOWBURNER - Future Primitive


Snowburner - Netherlands is:

Arjan Zuijderduijn - Guitar
Carlos Cornelius - Guitar & Backing Voc
Jan Van der Plas - Drums
Jop Hoekstra - Voc/Bass

After releasing a 4 song ep in 2012, Snowburner finally released their first full length Future Primitive in January 2016, and it was well worth the wait. Throughout the ten tracks on offer here, Future Primitive spits out riffs like an extremely pissed off cobra, baring its fangs, and striking relentlessly song after song. The only antidote is to keep your head nodding and your feet tapping in the hope that the venom will dissipate. Ahh, but this is such sweet poison!

Future Primitive flows as slick as an oil spill, the mastering of the one and only James Plotkin ensuring that each instrument takes a hold of you as tight as a garotte around the throat, and in the case of the track 'Haunt You No Longer,' flays you to within an inch of your life. I'm listening to 'Stabbed in the Throne' at the moment, and the groove that this track is built around, would make the walking dead gather up their breeches and dance the jitterbug.

The Shrieks From Below was set up to cater for my love of doom/sludge, but bands such as Snowburner with their virtiolic brand of stoner, can hold their heads high within these pages.......sometimes death by a thousand cuts seems more acceptable than being crushed to oblivion.







Friday, 19 February 2016

PSYCHIC LEMON - Psychic Lemon


Let's get straight to the point, Psychic Lemon is a total mindfuck!

I really can't tell you much about Psychic Lemon the band apart from the fact that it is based in Cambridge UK, but I can tell you that the album Psychic Lemon, which is to be released on the 4th March this year, is a glorious throwback to the days when the likes of bands such as Can and Kraftwerk melted our brains with Salvador Dali like aural distortion. I'm assuming that the five tracks I've just listened to, constitute the entirety of the album, but I'm not too sure, however if there is anything extra, then it is a huge bonus because I can't get enough of what's on offer here.

Although I've made earlier reference to Can, Psychic Lemon doesn't live entirely in the past as there is more of a passing nod to the likes of Acid Mothers Temple, but unlike the Jap freaks, Psychic Lemon manages to avoid a chaotic vortex in preference to a more constrained blend of styles. This makes Psychic Lemon more accessible, but still satisfyingly challenging. For example, on the track 'Death Cult Blues' I swear it sounds like Jethro Tull jamming with The Flower Travellin' Band with some Average White Band thrown in.

For anyone into krautrock, or anything psychedelic, Psychic Lemon is a must buy. It is an album that demands to be explored and dissected. You don't need to be on mind altering drugs to appreciate Psychic Lemon, it is a total trip in itself.

 

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW - Podcast Show played on Grip of Delusion Radio 20/2/2016


Playing on Grip of Delusion Radio each Saturday @ 3pm EST, 9pm CET, 8pm UK

Band Order

Son of a Witch - Jupiter Cosmonaut
Brazilian stoner Doom
Trevor's Head - Deep Blue Fish
UK alt, stoner rock
Dryasdust - Deeper
Finnish desert rock
Turbocharged - Divine Bacteria
Swedish deathpunk
Bleeding Crowns - Nothing More
 Denver, Colorado. Dark stoner metal
Blackfinger - Why God
Chicago doom rock feat. Eric Wagner (Trouble)
Tia Carrera - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Texan psych stoner jams
The Well - The Eternal Well
Texan psych stoner

Monday, 15 February 2016

TREVOR'S HEAD -Tricolossus


Trevor's Head - Redhill, UK

Roger Atkins - Guitar & Vox
Matt Ainsworth - Drums & Vox
Aaron Strachan - Bass & Vox

Ever had a smile on your face when on the wrong end of a good slapping? Well I have after listening to 'Tricolossus' by Trevor's Head.

I think that, for the very first time, I'm going to mention the dreaded word for this blog....pop. There I've said it. However, I don't feel embarrassed, because pop means having a good time, which I suspect, is exactly what Trevor's Head wants you to have when listening to 'Tricolossus.' Don't be lulled into thinking that this album is a complete barrel of laughs though because it is a banger all the way to the second to last track, the stoner doom '21 Tonnes' which is the heaviest on the album

'Tricolossus' seems to be in three parts, which I am sure is unintentional. On the first four tracks, Trevor's Head lets of a bit of steam with some Sasquatch style riffing occasionally upping the tempo to thrash proportions. Its on the fifth track, where the band stops partying and starts to become introspective, with the Tool infused 'Ordinary Kind.' However, like a kid on Red Bull, Trevors Head has a short attention span, and it isn't long before they start bouncing off the walls again with the punky 'Roll It Over.'

With Tricolossus, Trevor's Head has produced a rollocking album of unpretentious metallic stoner riffing. It shakes you by the scruff of the neck before giving you a swift kick up the arse.......but, goddam it, that smile is still there.

Released February 26th 2016

Friday, 12 February 2016

PODCAST SHOW ON GRIP OF DELUSION RADIO - 13/2/16

Playing on Grip Of Delusion Radio This Saturday 13/2/2016

Band Order :

Filthy Lucre
A fiery concoction of stoner, blues rock from australia.
Vega
Stoner/doom from Wisconsin
Turbocharged
Swedish Deathpunk
68 - 75
Classic rock from Atlanta, Georgia
Mary & The Dead
Finnish grungy stoner
Stone Tells
Stoner doom - France
 Bokluk
Spanish death metal
Birch Hill Dam 
Southern stoner rock from Massachusetts
Decasian
UK droning sludge
Croak
French/canadian southern stoner metal
Swamp Elf
Finnish psychedelic stoner 
Carcass
UK death/grind





Wednesday, 10 February 2016

FILTHY LUCRE - Mara


Filthy lucre - Australia

Luke Marsh - Various guitars and Vocals
Ed Noble - Drums and Vocals

Well, I've listened to Mara back to back, and then again after taking a break, and I've been sat here for a while wondering what to say, I mean, there is so much going on with this album!

Its obvious that Filthy Lucre has put its heart and soul into Mara, from obtaining the services of producer Sylvia Massey (Tool, System of a Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prince, Johnny Cash) right down to the illustration and Artwork of Muhamad Lukmanul Hakim. This duo has left no stone unturned......and its the same with the most important aspect of any album, the music within. You name it, Mara has it. Blues, funk, psychedelic, stoner, often during the same track, but not only that, you can be transported back to the 70's, 80's and 90's at the same time, such is the variation here. Even so, Filthy Lucre  never lets Mara unravel, keeping each track on a tight leash, but just about pliant enough for you to feel a sharp  nip if you step a little too close. However, if you get REALLY close then the searing riffs will feel like a blowtorch to the face.

Filthy Lucre deserves the utmost credit for Mara. The band has managed to maintain a remarkably high standard through fourteen tracks when most other bands would have fallen by the wayside with at least two 'fillers'. I'm not going to say which is my favourite track on the album, because such is the quality and diversity, it will be different tomorrow........and the day after that. I only have room to play one track on Grip of Delusion Radio this Saturday, but I really want to play them all.



CROAK - II EP


CROAK - From Montreal, Quebec

Pit - Vocals
Mathieu - Guitar
Bruno - Lead Solo
Chris - Bass
Alex- Drums

Croak may be a French, Canadian band, but after listening to their new EP II, it is pretty obvious that their hearts lie south of Texas. Three tracks of Dimebag Darrell inspired southern (un) hospitality, four if you include the into. Although I've mentioned Dimebag, you can also include a very light sprinkling of Slipknot, an early Metallica crunch, and a dabble of White Zombie. Now, before you think about stopping here and beating a hasty retreat because of my comparisons, each song has had the polish of the aforementioned bands vigorously rubbed off until cracked and bleeding, before being infused in the smoke of a smouldering Confederate Flag.

Monday, 8 February 2016

SPACESLUG - Lemanis







SPACESLUG - Wroclaw, Poland

Bartosz Janik - Guitars / Vocals
Jan Rutka - Bass/Vocals
Kamil Ziółkowski - Drums/ Vocals

Spaceslug is an interesting collaboration of  Legalize Crime and Palm Desert. Together, both bands have created something quite different in Spaceslug. Instead of the harsh southern sludge of one, and the desert stoner vibe of the other, Spaceslug has created an album of seven laid back, smoke infused tracks of the highest order. I love to chill out to some of the gentle jams from the likes of Causa Sui and Lunar Dunes as much as I dig Sleep and Sabbath, so Lemanis is bound to hit the spot, as intertwining the shroud of bong worship, is a trance inducing, psychedelic thread. In a brief discussion I had with Bartosz, he mentioned that he was going for a fat guitar tone rather than a distorted one, and on Lemanis he has been true to his word.

If Black Sabbath's Planet Caravan had riffs it would sound like Lemanis.

 

Friday, 5 February 2016

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW - Podcast Show 6/2/16




As played on Grip of Delusion Radio every Saturday@ 3pm EST, 9pm CET, and 8pm UK


Band Order:

CRUST - Russia
Sludgy death 
https://crustband.bandcamp.com/album/slum-stories

INDICA - Australia
Stoned doom
https://cannabaceae-indica.bandcamp.com/

KOWLOON WALLED CITY - California USA
Sludgy doom
https://kowloonwalledcity.bandcamp.com/album/turk-street

QUEEN- UK
Rock

CHROMA - Australia
Doom, with a splash of hardcore.


PSYTHON - UK
Thrash

SONS OF APACHE - France
Progressive, psychedelic, stoner
https://sonsofapache1.bandcamp.com/ 

MOTHER CRONE -  Washington USA
Stoner doom
https://mothercrone.bandcamp.com/releases

PSYTHON (2nd Track)

SPIRITU -  New Mexico USA
Stoner, grunge

CLOUDS - London UK
Atmospheric, post-rock, Ambient 
https://doomclouds.bandcamp.com/album/doliu 


 


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

PSYTHON - Outputs



PSYTHON from Sheffield UK is:

Bing Garcia
Will Price
Luke Rogers

There is a bit of a story to this. This blog, along with the podcast show, is slowly getting noticed and I now receive quite a few requests for reviews, mainly from tecchie, melodic, death metal bands. Now, I respect all kinds of genres, but tecchie, melodic, death metal is quite low in the grand order of things. So, when Bing from Psython contacted me to see if I was interested in reviewing 'Outputs' I took one look at the band name and cover of the album I immediately thought 'tecchie, melodic, death metal. Still, I'm keen to help any bands in any way I can, so I gave the album a listen.......twice. This album is a real surprise! I suppose, if you want to compartmentalise Psython, then you'll tag them as thrash. However, thrash comes in many forms, whether it is be the jagged crunch of Exodus and early Megadeth, or the blackened onslaught of Excoriate. On the second listen of 'Outputs' it suddenly hit me. The band that came into my head was Lamb of God......on speed. This is a blisteringly fast album, that sideswipes you right from the opener, all the way through to the final track. There are twelve songs in 'Outputs' averaging 3 minutes in length, and when the final track finishes, you are left wondering "where did the album just go"


The track from this demo is on the new release, but sounds far better on Outputs




After listening to 'Outputs' I have to hold my hands up and say that Psython has exceeded all of my expectations, and taught me the valuable lesson of not judging a book by its cover, or tag for that matter. For fans of Exodus, Megadeth, Slayer, Lamb of God, Havok, Cannabis Corpse, Ghoul etc, etc. Shit! I should just scrub that part and just say "for fans of metal......full stop.
 


Monday, 1 February 2016

MORAG TONG - Through Clouded Time EP





MORAG TONG from London UK is:

Adam Asquith  - Drums/Vocals
Alex Clark - Guitar
Lewis Crane - Guitar
Sam Lewis - Bass

Morag Tong, I'm guessing the name comes from the organisation of Assasins in the ELDER SCROLLS game, has just released this little gem of an EP, and I'm also guessing that the Electric Wizard comparisons are going to haunt the band in its infancy. Indeed, the songs Godhead and The Eyes Of Men, have more than a passing resemblance to the Dorset doom titans. However, I am more than willing to cut Morag Tong some slack because this is a phenominal first effort. From the opening track Monolithian, to the aforementioned The Eyes Of Men, Morag Tong delivers four tracks of deep canyons of stoner doom. 'Through Clouded Time', is not death by trauma but rather a slow suffocation. Do we need another band that sounds like Electric Wizard? Well, maybe, maybe not, but when a new band delivers something as good as this, and is given time to develop their own identity, then the future for Morag Tong is assured.