500th post! Bongripper- Live at Roadburn (2012)

Slacking, took the week off. This new live album from Bongripper came as news to me even though it came out over a year ago. Recorded at the Roadburn festival in the Netherlands back in 2012, it was the first time they played in Europe. For those who don’t already know, Bongripper is stoner doom/sludge out of Chicago, and this release is the combination of two sets, and they play almost all their songs. This is an awesome album, the sound is deeper, richer and fuller than the studio recordings, displaying what I love about live albums, 96%.
Also jumping up out of nowhere is StoneoftheSwamp’s 500th post… whatevesies.

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Nonsun- Good Old Evil (2012)

Every once in a while an album comes out that is so incredible that I can’t resist but to jump on the bandwagon, and in this case it’s a demo. I had another post planned for today, but I couldn’t sleep and around 3 am I came across this gushing review and remembered that I had recently downloaded the same demo, and yeah, it’s that good.
A Ukrainian sludge/drone duo self-released this dark masterpiece last year, remember the year that the world was supposed to end, again? Why would anyone think that the Mayan had some sort of special knowledge of doomsday? Not to be mean, but these are the same people whose civilization ended because they were tricked by Spanish pig farmers… I’m sure they were very nice people, but it was absolutely moronic to listen to their prophesies.
But anyway, this is a great album, a very strong album in general and defiantly worth a listen, 89%.

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iTunes Roulette; Boris- Pink (2005)

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%

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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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