Monday, 18 July 2016

BLUES FUNERAL - The Search


 Blues Funeral is from Houston, Texas, and consists of;

 Jan Kimmel - Vocals, Guitars, Keys
Maurice Eggenschwiler - Vocals, Guitars.
Gabe Katz - Bass
Cory Cousins - Drums

What the band says;

BLUES FUNERAL BIO - "Following a temporary hiatus for Sanctus Bellum in November of 2014, Sanctus Bellum members, Jan Kimmel, Cory Cousins, and Maurice Eggenschwiler immediately formed Blues Funeral recruiting Gabe Katz on bass, and spent the next several months writing new material.
These songs have culminated into a diverse array of proto- metal and progressive rock that is very much steeped in a vision of the music from the 60’s and 70’s. The band has been compared by fans to the likes of Spiritual Beggars, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Opeth, Wishbone Ash, and Atomic Rooster.
Appearances across Houston at Fitzgerald’s, Warehouse Live, Rudyard’s, Scout Bar and Walters have seen the band playing alongside national acts such as: Night Demon, Helstar, Royal Thunder, Black Tusk, Marty Friedman, The Obsessed, and Karma to Burn. Be on the lookout for their debut album, The Search, which is set to hit shelves end of July 2016."



Anyone over a certain age, and I'm talking the over 50's here, will tell you that the music scene "In the old days" was always better than it is today. Whether that is the case or not, I think it is safe to say that the 70's, was one of metal and rock music's shining lights. Not one year stood still, bands came and went with alarming regularity, we saw the birth of punk, and the emergence of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Behemoths such as Motorhead, Judas Priest, AC/DC cut their musical teeth in this decade, whilst Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath consolidated their legendary status.

Blues Funeral, has, out of nowhere, managed to capture all that was good about that decade of music and packaged it all up within an album called  'The Search' due for release later this month of July. Its all here, the prog rock of Magnum, the overblown tunes of ELP, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple et al, but rather than just concentrating on a proggier direction, Blues Funeral has spanned that decade and also encompassed the NWOBHM. For example, listen to the track "Planet Void' and tell me that it would not have sounded out of place on Iron Maiden's 'Soundhouse Tapes, or maybe even Judas Priest's 'Rocka Rolla' Even the cover looks like a modern version of a Roger Dean, Yes album cover, printed on which, you would be checking for credits to Rick Wakeman or Jon Lord on the tracks 'Paragon of Virtue and Autumn Dream. I can't find enough superlatives for what I've been constantly listening to on 'The Search.' Oh! and I haven't even mentioned the gloriously over the top vocals on the track 'Palmdale' yet, nor the glorious vocal harmonics that abound throughout.

Blues Funeral obviously went all out to make 'The Search sound as authentically 70's as they could, but on hearing the final mix, even they must have pissed themselves laughing in wonderment at how much they have succeeded.

They said that punk and the NWOBHM killed prog rock stone dead. Well, Blues Funeral, with 'The Search'  has just gone and resurrected it.


 







Saturday, 9 July 2016

THIRST PLANET - Thirst Planet (Demo)



Thirst Planet is from Israel and the band consists of:

Bass + Vocals: Leonid Mickoliuk.
Guitar: Anton Dor.
Drums: Bar Schmilovich.



This is Thirst Planet's first recording and I have to say, it shows a lot of promise. Firstly, the recording is pretty good for a demo, and captures the sound of a band firmly entrenched in stoner territory. There is enough of a groove here, particularly with my favourite track of the two on offer "Dry Tank'. It is a prerequisite for bands of this ilk to occasionally foray into doom, and Thirst Planet does just that. This helps to keep both tracks varied which is quite unusual for new bands, who usually try and keep it safe and stick to a tried and trusted formula. I particularly like the tone that emanates from the guitar of Anton Dor, it has a sufficiently gnarly and grainy sound which adds to the heaviness of this demo.

One thing the band will have to work on is to try and keep the rhythm section and Anton's guitar work more 'together' as occasionally they all seem to be on a different page, doing their own thing, but overall this is a pretty fine first attempt and is worthy of checking out and supporting.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW VOL 23 - Grip of Delusion Radio 9/07/2016


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

So, this week I'm highlighting three fantastic new bands plus one which has released a demo from a couple of years ago in anticipation of a new full length release later this year. I'm opening and closing the show with a track from Israeli stoner doom band Thirst Planet's self titled demo. Showcasing the middle part of the show are a couple of tracks from Brazil's Disaster Boots from their recently released album. I'll also be playing something from a brand new UK band Worship, and I can guarantee that if you want to clear a room of hipsters quickly, play their 'Cathexis' track. I've been anticipating something to emerge from doomsters Funeral Shroud, for some time. It appears that finally something will emerge later this year. In the meantime the band has released an earlier demo on Bandcamp, so I'll play something from that.

To compensate for all of the new bands, I'll be digging out a classic from the very beginnings of High on Fire, plus something from show favourites Kowloon Walled City, and a foray into the doomed minds of Ahab.

Playlist

Thirst Planet
High on Fire
Funeral Shroud
Disaster Boots x2
Worship
Ahab
Kowloon Walled City
Thirst Planet
 

Saturday, 2 July 2016

ARCADE MESSIAH - II



Arcade Messiah, is from the UK, and features:

John Bassett - all instruments.

I've already said in another review somewhere, that solo projects are something that usually makes me about turn and head in the opposite direction, plus its an instrumental album to boot, so what captivated me enough to give II  the full attention it deserves? Well, the first plus point that hits you right between the eyes is the quality of the production as each crystalline note feels like a stiletto blade sliding between the ribs and piercing the heart. Arcade Messiah, is essentially a 'post' project, but be it post-rock or post-metal, II elevates itself above its peers, each track is like a skiff skitting along the shoreline, only to be snatched and tossed into a turbulent surf to be inevitably splintered amongst the rocks.

II, by Arcade Messiah, is a scarlet woman, devastatingly beautiful, but cruel and dangerous to know.