Would Have Downloaded If It Was Free

Horseback’s A Plague of Knowing is a compilation of various stuff from the past five years released last month by Relapse Records. Bearing many tags and influences this band stretches across shoegaze and post-rock, through ambient with strong black metal influences.
Yes, influences, they aren’t in the Metal Archives and it’s obvious why, post-rock, but defiantly not metal. While some tracks are quite listenable, the live ones are easily the best with more depth and flow than the studio, over-produced tracks.
I’ve only listened to the album once as I write this, overall the live tracks are good and the last track is over 40 minutes long making an excellent background for the afternoon session. However, there is plenty of medocre music on this release, the album is hit and miss.
After a second listen I am still not convenced that I want to buy the album despite its heavy psych/stoner sound. In fact, I am even less into this album now, it is long and arduous, more a collectible for the hardcore fan than it is a serious album. There are tracks that flirt with “good” but miss the mark with the band’s sound being spread out across too many genres; 72%.
This release could have expanded their fan base had it been offered for free in digital format, however, as it is now it’s just part of Relapse’s quarterly earnings.



Would Have Downloaded If It Was Free

This is the start of a new catagory of posts entitled Would Have Downloaded If It Was Free. Occasionally I get emails and or comments from people who passionately disagree with my opinion that music downloads should be free, so I am creating this new category of posts to expand upon this point of contention;
Red Road is Haunted Leather’s latest release from April of this year, proclaiming themselves as garage/psych rock, distributed by a record label that claims to be focused on vinyl… Which explains their appearance in Would Have Download If It Was Free, because why would there be a charge for an MP3 download if they are really focused on vinyl sales? Vinyl collectors simply aren’t happy with digital recordings, so this is a good example of the pointlessness of charging for a download because fewer potential customers are ever going to hear this album. Many potential fans will listen to part of the album streaming and then move on as I have done as I write this. I am not opposed to paying for music, it is merely a counterproductive act for most bands.
My first impression is that these guys are good musicians but basically draw way too much inspiration from The Black Angels.
After listening to this album again I can add that The Velvet Underground is another obvious influence, and while the riffs are super psychedelic and twangy, this is roughly a psychedelic cover band mimicking the songs of other, better known bands. Besides for that the vocals are a touch too loud and the entire recording is too clean. Honestly, it sounds like a bunch of Full Sail students who like the Velvet Underground doing a school project; 70%.
Sorry, I’ll listen to cover bands at bars, but I’m not buying their crap.

Red Road on Bandcamp