Wooden Shjips

Psychedelic Rock from San Francisco. Good Psychedelic Rock, but not “stunning” or “ground-breaking”. Psychedelic Rock is a hard genre for bands to be creative and put out new sounding music.
Thinking about it, Jefferson Airplane only had two really good songs and while Wooden Shjips isn’t that hit-and-miss some of their songs drag on a bit or have guitar riffs that are just a touch too long, which seems to be the main “space” influence that I hear, anyway.
While I don’t consider them a “must have”, I would defiantly call Wooden Shjips a “should hear” band. Some of their albums are harder to find for download, but I found a link for a live recording.

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iPod Roulette | Sleep- Volume 1 (1991)

   Ska and Rocksteady Thursday has been on hold and it is high time it is replaced with something. Since TheLivingDoorway blog has been pulled down, I have decided to shamelessly take that guy’s idea of iPod Roulette and apply it to thursdays, making iPod Roulette Thursdays.
Of course, I don’t use an iPod since my phone is easier to use, and I am going to select from from the entire iTunes library since it has the most (228 GB; 108 straight days of music) and Andro-iTunes Roulette doesn’t sound quite right, so there are a few modifications. Basically it is just iTunes on shuffle and I post about whatever album comes up. If something as horrible as Heavy Metal Violin comes up, I promise not to even pretend that it is listenable and quietly skip to the next song.
The first album that came up is Sleep’s Volume 1. Their debut album from 1991, it is more doom and less stoner-sludge than their later works.
This album suffers from the same type of negative comments as the Darkthrone demo; “not their best work, bla, bla, bla” This is basically an album that is not real strong and outshined by the bands later works, and in this case by Sleep‘s Dopesmoker and OM‘s God is Good, OM being a later incarnation with two of Sleep‘s members. That makes for a hard comparison considering that this was released in 1991, and is one of the basic building blocks of the stoner/sludge/doom sound that we know today. Heavy riffs with classic doom sounds still present having a mellowing effect upon the development of the stoner/sludge sound.
While not my favorite, it is a good album for the collection and a classic… the type of classic that you grab if you happen across a first pressing at a garage sale, not the classic that is left on repeat for days on end, I give it a 75%.

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Sea Of Bones- The Harvest (2007)

Tremendousmy heavy sludge riffs, long songs and available for free and streaming on bandcamp. Pretty good, Sea of Bones hails from Connecticut, and have been active for quite some time. I came across them randomly, yet again on YouTube. It is getting spooky how good the GD internet knows my musical tastes… creepy.
Good band anyway, though that last song, the vocals don’t seem to fit quite right, partially the level but something else also, but overall I like the album and were I to rate it the way they do on Metallum I would give it a 78%;
I would defiantly come see them if they played at Will’s or the Social, but this album is good but not one to leave on repeat.
But it is new and free so I thought I’d share.

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Windir- Sogneriket (1994)

Windir is true Norwegian Viking Metal. So viking, in fact, that Valfar died in a blizzard walking through the cold northern woods to his family’s cabin.
The term Viking Metal often raises eyebrows and begs question of how relevant are all these genre names. Yakke often raises that question and dismisses the all the different genres with the contention that they’re just BS.
The genre names describe the sound, the song structor, composition, essentially what experience the listener is in for.
Viking Metal evolved out of Black Metal and listening to this album start to finish one can clearly hear the distinct style emerging in a few songs, stepping away from the screached English lyrics and adding elements of folk and power metal resulting in the start of a new genre.
This demo is good but not the best of Windir’s albums, though I enjoy it immensely because of all the different sounds that are being experimented with and the musical journey that the listener is taken apon.
A classic for the digital collection.

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Sogneriket 1994 demo

Darkthrone- A New Dimension (1988)

Everyone says how Darkthrone used to be good, and now they suck and bla, bla, bla… So I found one of their demo tapes from 1988 in order to put that theory to the test.
Darkthrone started out as a death metal band and progressed into black metal during the early days of the scene in Norway and then progressed onward from there over the years. A two man band consisting of Fenriz and Nocturno Culto, both of whom have been involved in numerous side-projects, but Darkthrone has remained their main band over the years. Reading the reviews on Metallum it is obvious that no one want to say good things about them anymore because they are so popular and commercial and their sound has evolved over time.
Now that the background has been set for a review of this demo, I can confidently say that it’s Darkthrone. Peroid. True, this demo is more death metal, and was recorded before “true” black metal. However it is defiantly Darkthrone, catchy, slightly jerky, dark, and this demo is entirely instrumental.
I like it, it has the raw, less refined sound that is typical of many demos, and while in recent years they have put out a few questionable songs, but what band hasn’t that has been around twenty-five years? This is not Darkthrone’s strongest recording, but it is good (and a demo) and I would give it a score of 90%. This is an excellent introduction to death and black metal and Darkthrone; a classic.

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