Happy new year! If you’re reading this you made it though 2014, congratulations. That was a hell of a year, death of a parent and divorced, my ex-sister in law tried to burn down grandma’s house, with grandma in it (101 proof Wild Turkey). Needless to say I’m hyped it’s January and a new year. A new year with low gas prices! Three cheers for fracking! Hopefully $2.20/gallon gas prices will inspire good new music for 2015.
For the first Streaming Sunday of the year we have Dark Buddha Rising. This post started out as a shot in the dark over a month ago and has been in sitting on the back burner since. I’ve been reading about DBR everywhere lately and it seems they’re one of the most unknown-known bands at the moment. A Finnish band with virtually no information availed, they formed around 2007 and play low ambient, psychedelic/doom, with rumbling vocals combined with a notable jazz influence. And the drums. The drums are an erie and constant canvas that the songs to play against, guiding he listener through a drone/doom masterpiece, highly recommended, 90%.
Newer album by Bong, sick stoner drone, enjoy.
I’m not the only one to say it, but there have been almost no good metal albums released this year, so in my wanderings through the blogosphere I came across an ambient/doom band, Svarte Greiner. Ambient/doom/soundscape, a solo project of some Norwegian guy that is somewhat well-known because of another band he is in that, I haven’t heard of either.
Dark, creepy, doom influenced soundscape, well produced and slow. Intense mood music, the type of album that is to be played on a dark, rainy night with a horror movie playing on mute… While mood-music to the extreme, it still rates an 83% because it is excellent, at certain times.
CroMonolithic remixes for an Iron Age is epic, classic Sunn O))) at it’s finest. An EP of dark, low and brooding guitar and bass, slow and down-tuned, while defiantly mood music this release still rates a solid 82%, Sunn O))) has a definite appeal that most people could appreciate if listened to in the proper setting, such as a rainy afternoon session.
Sunn O))) on bandcamp
Their photos are so epic I had to use this one that was on Last FM
Here we have the Che EP from 2009, and my first digital album purchase in literally years (laptop finally died, so I am stuck using Androids and the iPad mini, which is incredible, btw). This is a sort of compilation/split/”we’re-up-this-old-dude’s-ass-tribute”
The first track features Sunn O))) and Pan Sonic, Finnish experimental techno-soundscape duo, which is an interesting mix, somewhat typical of what you would expect from Sunn O))) making music with a pair of Finns whose music focuses on the term “soundscape”.
The second track is by Alan Vega, who is… Basically, some weird old guy that people other than me believe is talented. He is an artist and was one of the main goons for the electronic prontopunk genre, being one of the two clowns of the band Suicide, and he was also one of the main Sword Fighters of the No Wave movement in New York in the early 80’s.
This geezer Vega is who this entire EP and a series of other compilations is dedicated to, him and his “artistic vision”. Honestly, this guy just needs to wipe the blue paint off his face and move into a retirement community and drive slow like everyone his age, and everyone else needs to stop telling him he is cool, cause he isn’t. Spoken Word is not profound or chic, so if someone would just hide his Viagra and fiber pills there won’t be any wind left in his sails and he will start acting his age. (Wiki article about the pirate)
The third track is by Stephen Burroughs, an acoustic guitar piece with vocals, which is decent and in stark contrast to the rest of the EP, which I do not get at all. I think the guy is a producer, so I’m not getting this EP, at all, however what am I expecting out of a band that wears bathrobes on stage in order to be more profound? 78%, I don’t know what I was thinking buying this album.
Sunn O))) and their 2007 album Oracle. A rare album, for sure, and while reading a Metallum review for this release written by a metal head who was entirely new to drone (Here), it occurred to me that drone is appealing because it is a form of dark, brooding music that, overall, is mainly just slowed down with a thick atmosphere layered on top of the original song. Drone is a style of playing music, like black metal, any song can be played in a drone format, it isn’t just the minutes of buzzing guitars that most people think of when they hear the term and this (rather) rare release is a good explanation of this point; 88%, an excellent selection for the Friday afternoon session.
New Bong. Enjoy. Well sorta new. Jams that didn’t make the cut for their next album, they released these out takes last month. Either way, Bong is a new notable band out of the UK playing psychedelic stoner/drone. Absolutely killer band, great session music. I never really “got” hookah sessions until I heard this band, that’s how psych they are.
Instrumental, droning and heavy, they are one of the reasons why I want to make it to the Roadburn festival… But I also keep meaning to make it to the Emerald Cup yet never do, so I am likely just talking shit here. Anyway, I rate this release at 85%, because while good music from a great band, it is apparent that this isn’t quite perfection.
Sorry about the lack of a post yesterday for Relationship Advice Wednesday, I got bogged down at work and didn’t have time to complete it, so it has been delayed a week. My apologies, I know everyone looks forward to my tirades on Wednesdays.
Onwards to iTunes Roulette, this week the ball lands on Boris and their album Pink. This album is on my iTunes because I got it from my friend M, and I’ve never really listened to them much for whatever reason, however, they came up on Roulette and here we are. Boris is almost unknown to me so I am relying on Wiki for information on this one.
An experimental rock/sludge/doom/drone/psychedelic that arose out of the Tokyo punk/underground scene of the early 90’s, which doesn’t do them justice, and neither do the mediocre bios on YouTube and LastFM and Bandcamp…
The best way to explain is to liken their sound to a hot-knife session during trim season, in the valley; Really good if you are in the mood for it and have nothing pressing to do with your time. If in a rush, this band with their meandering songs and a style floating across genres can be maddening, which is why I haven’t gotten into them before. In true iTunes Roulette spirit though I am starting to dig this band and rate this album at 82%
Here again we have Sunn O))), yes I’ve been on a drone/doom kick for a while now, however Sunn O))) is the most appealing and consistent of the genre, and one of my favorites. A two-piece, yes, originally created basically to worship Earth (the band). Yes, kinda lame, but they did evolve out of that mentality to create their own music and going on to found Southern Lord Records. Even so, this is a demo that stands on it’s own merit with almost an hour of gigantic, heavy riffs broken into three songs.
The demo was broken into three songs, four on the original vinyl, with a massive (hand made) scratch through track four… Which is original and fitting for a drone/doom demo, no doubt, and the re-release included the fourth track, as does this YouTube post.
This is another album that should be listened to in it’s entirety, skipping to track 3 really isn’t an option. 85%
streaming on MySpace
Sorry I have missed the past couple of days posts, I have been quite busy as of late. Not that I think that I have this huge collection of readers, I’m just saying normal posts will resume shortly.
Here we have a Random Tag Game selection, coming up from the all-knowing YouTube (the older, “good” version is embedded in one of my Androids, which I absolutely love. The new version is lackluster at best).
A Spanish band that is likened to another drone/doom band, I’d call them good, though not great. This is a difficult genre to play and this album is a good examaple of that; listenable and decent, however it is still slightly trampled ground and basically Sunn O))) worship with folk and stoner doom influences mixed in. At times it feels as if the album is on the verge of a profound riff, only to slowly let the moment pass leaving the listener wondering where exactly the song is going. A score of 72%, with long pauses and riffs that are more monotonous that innovative there is defiantly something lacking.
entire album avaible streaming on Bandcamp