Reviews

Stereo Juggernaut's smack in the face Shutdown

Shutdown is essentially a great rock album that could make it on any club dance floor and win hearts, be it the black clad rocker or plastic fantastic fluro anthem dancer.

Once again the lads from Stereo Juggernaut up the anti with their new release Shutdown which comes out via the fantastic Armalyte Industries. For those with their heads jammed in a closet door for the past few years, Stereo Juggernaut combine the lush electronic synth elements of the London night club scene with the kick in the bollocks guitar and rhythm sections of the long living London punk rock scene all topped off with the energetic madness of Ben Main's vocals.

Stereo Juggernaut's Shutdown is the evolution of a band that are coming into maturity both sonically and compositionally with big riffs, cutting rhythms and texture galore. It's really a joy to hear the band continuing with their highly dynamic diverse track makeup, after all it's the dynamic changes in music that play a large part of the tension and release that evokes feeling and plucks those emotions that make us passionate about what we listen to. Let's put it plainly, Stereo Juggernaut's Shutdown has it in spades, you've only to check out their latest clip Devoid to realize that! Shutdown is essentially a great rock album that could make it on any club dance floor and win hearts, be it the black clad rocker or plastic fantastic fluro anthem dancer.

Don't miss the opportunity to have a new favorite in your music collection. Get over to Armalyte Industries to order and assure your grubby mitts will be clambering over some sonic goodness soon!!

Written by William Riever, 2016-09-28


Chelsea Wolfe - Hypnos/Flame

I don't think you could call Hypnos/Flame Chelsea Wolfe's best work simply because that would take away from her previous work...

Chelsea Wolfe has been one of the most inspiring artist I have had the pleasure of hearing for quite sometime. The diversity of her work allows her to play intimate acoustic/electronic club gigs and blasting doom stadium shows. In April Chelsea Wolfe released Hypnos/Flame and again there can be no doubt this is another fine release that expands on the ideas expressed in her previous work.

There is a slow acceleration that pushes out and forward and then contracts as the songs morph from acoustic to heavily electronic and back. The wonderful thing is that she's able to do this while maintaining a fantastic sense of cohesion at the core. Sonically it's absolutely what we've come to expect from Chelsea Wolfe. Lush, layered, textured and yet often simplistic. Of course there is the ever present melancholy in the composition but, to me there is also something quite uplifting in it. I don't think you could call Hypnos/Flame Chelsea Wolfe's best work simply because that would take away from her previous work but, certainly this is a fantastic release. Take a big mug of tea or a glass wine, lounge back and loose yourself in the brief moments of Hypnos/Flame.

Again like almost everything reviewed on FractureZine, Chelsea Wolfe's Hypnos/Flame is available through Bandcamp. Unfortunately you'll have to source the vinyl elsewhere if that's your thing but, at least you can check it out without spending a dime so, get on it!

Written by William Riever, 2016-05-01


The pulverizing Sonance/Torpor 12” split

...man, what can I say but this is insanely heavy and dark.

Doom sludge heads listen up. Two terrific UK bands Sonance and Torpor have teamed up to release a spectacular split 12". It'll be out in mid April and is now available for vinyl preorder.

Starting out with Torpor, man, what can I say but this is insanely heavy and dark. The whole side has a stink of decay to it that slides slowly from the deathly to crushing. The elements of ambience are wonderfully balanced with blasting heaviness. With it's crackling thunderous distortion taking you down into the deep caverns of some god forgotten place. This on a personal level is what the dark dredges of sludgy doom should be. The only respite is the small crack of light briefly available from the second track Evirons.

Switching to the Sonance side brings on a brief and misleading appearance of beauty from End Your Life with it's bright and sparkling guitar harmonics. As the piercing noise sets in you'd have to realize that the beauty is soon to be replaced with an inferno of distortion and relentless grinding down. Sonance expand on this formula bringing together beauty and the melancholic along with pounding heaviness and touches of eeriness. Although Sonance does not have the all out obliterative power conveyed by Torpor there is a solid sense of sophistication in the composition.

The sound of both Torpor and Sonance is without doubt sludgy doom with the production of both bringing out a great balance of bass and airy clarity. Although both sides certainly have their own sound they are complimentary to each other allowing the split to work incredibly well both sonically and conceptually.

This is yet more proof of the fantastic doom sludge scene that is still going strong in the UK and at the bargain price of £10.99, I just don't see how anyone who's a fan of doom/sludge could pass this up.

Check it out on Bandcamp Torpor and Sonance

Written by William Riever, 2016-02-15


Get your groove on with Warchief.

The composition is very much rock'n'roll with a good dynamic of rhythm and pace done with a definite cross of northern European and American flavours.

Finnish Doom rockers Warchief released their self titled LP mid way through 2015 and through Phono Sphera records this thundering mother is now available on vinyl.

The album is a thick and juicy slab of raw richness with the usual but perfectly executed fat fuzz smothered guitars, rumbling bass, solid drums and melodic vocals. Although there have been many great effects drenched Doom albums this is yet another great example of letting the rhythms, tones and attitude of the music speak directly for the most part without effects. Keeping with this rawness it's nice to hear that although there is a level of layering with the vocals it's subtle and gets by fine without the tried and true use of chorus.

The composition is very much rock'n'roll with a good dynamic of rhythm and pace done with a definite cross of northern European and American flavours. As is the style of Doom, Warchief do not disappoint with epic bouts of trance inducing riffs with subtle rhythmic variations to keep you on your toes. With the shortest track being just shy of 6 minutes and the longest being just over 21, for those who are already fans of this genre, you should have a fare idea of what to expect before the first listen.

If you're up for a good bit of fuzz heavy mind journey music, Warchief are sure not to disappoint. Check them out on Band Camp and grab yourself a copy before the sell out.

Written by William Riever, 2016-01-10


Cocksure slaps us with Corporate_Sting

...it's a tooth grinding, acid bath wash of energetic noise and cracking beats...

Charging on from their hyper productivity of 2014 which saw 3 releases, Cocksure has put out Corporate_Sting via Metropolis. Running with a strong corporate penetrative theme while loosing the plot we are presented with great titles, Porno Drones, Cold Dick, Might Mouse and Razor Invader.

Sound wise, it's a tooth grinding, acid bath wash of energetic noise and cracking beats that provides relentless hammering psychedelic EBM with Connelly's vocals giving the music an unmistakable air of familiarity. That being said, this is certainly a good push forward and away from the 80s and 90s of Revolting Cocks.

The composition of the album has a lovely slap of sexy sleaze and the production as expected by two of the scenes greats is stella. All in all there is the right level of grit, crackle and pop mixed with a dirty big dab of lunacy. Although plenty of contemporary electronic albums get a bit stale once you get through the cream which is usually 3 or 4 tracks tops, Cocksure manage to keep it on the same steady body slamming rail while bringing in some nice subtle changes that keep you at attention.

If you want a bit of maniacal tongue on barse skull drilling action, this is for you. Personally I think this is what EBM should be. What are you waiting for!? Don't take my word for it, check it out on Bandcamp.

Written by William Riever, 2015-08-14


Ho99o9 - HORRORs of 1999

Their preoccupation with the darkest-hued hip-hop combined with some filthy, filthy grindcore proves that the Devil really does have all the best tunes

Escaping from a grave somewhere from within the bowels of darkest Hollyweird, death kult sensations Ho99o9 are alt. music's hottest kids on the block. Their preoccupation with the darkest-hued hip-hop combined with some filthy, filthy grindcore proves that the Devil really does have all the best tunes. If you insist on reducing Ho99o9 by their artistic musical genealogy then arguably they're Gravediggaz mauled by Extreme Noise Terror and remixed by G.G.F.H., which is as terrifying a prospect as it sounds.

The savage No Regrets kicks off the chaos; a short, sharp shock to the system that aims for the gut and doesn't stick around afterwards. Days Of Vengeance is a sinister initiation into their death kult that is stunningly hypnotic in it's perversely alluring devilment of dirge. A brief interlude warns of the dangers of poison ass before Prisoners Of War continues Ho99o9's guided tour of the depths of depravity, a relentless downward spiral into the abyss. The caustic Savage Heads, an angel dust-fuelled thrash that makes the Exploited sound like One Direction, brings the EP to an end, and sees The OGM and Eaddy trading lyrical blows in a fight to the death.

And that is literally it; dark and delirious, bleak and beautiful, a simple introduction to why exactly Ho99o9 are the most exciting, most chaotic, and most dangerous band in music right now. In summary: Music in the key of terror.

Grab a copy for... FREE!

Written by Giles Moorhouse, 2015-06-09


The melancholic Eavesdropper

...a fine tuned and brilliantly executed collection of songs that stand well with any of its contemporaries.

Today 4 piece California based PRGRM released there 12" LP Eavesdropper. The album brings together a lush combination of electronic, indie and triphop, think parts of M83 with a smidgen of Laydtron and NIN.

The album as a whole brings the listener through a dreamy melancholic trip that is driven on with sections of upbeat hits that bring us out of the soft mellow sound to excite us and keep the LP from getting sleepy. The production is modern and beat predominant with a wide stereo image and plenty of layers with liberal use of effects that meld beautifully to create a thick and intricate sound.

In terms of electronic or indie music Eavesdropper is not bring anything revolutionary to the table, it does however bring a fine tuned and brilliantly executed collection of songs that stand well with any of its contemporaries.

As is usual, you can check out Eavesdropper on Band Camp to help you decide if it's worth a purchase. If you're into vinyl, you'd best be quick as there is a limited 100 copies of the LP.

Written by William Riever, 2015-04-21


Weird: A long period of blindness

This is the sort out of music that fits perfectly with a cold and rainy spring day with thoughts of the warmth yet to come.

On the 2nd of March 2015 the Rome based three piece Weird put out A long period of blindness on digital download, CD and vinyl.

The album is lush, swimming in waves of brilliant reverb that echo out melancholy and beauty not so far from the vibe of Shoegazer legends Slowdive or even bits of M83. This is the sort out of music that fits perfectly with a cold and rainy spring day with thoughts of the warmth yet to come. The music flows wonderfully with subtle twists and turns building slow crescendos constructed of long emotive vocals, thick guitars and grounding bass and drums. The production is texturally rich yet smooth with the dynamics carefully held in check. One of the really nice aspects of A long period of blindness is that although the production is typical of classic Shoegazer the composition occasionally flirts with the psychedelic and even strays into hints of the wild west. All this combined with some subtle rhythmic change-ups might sound a bit much or even strange but, it works and works very well.

Weird's A long period of blindness fits perfectly in with the Shoegazer genre bringing spirited and inspiring composition washing up on hopeful but melancholic shores. Check it out on Band Camp. Do your ears a favor and grab yourself a copy.

Written by William Riever, 2015-03-03


Ruby The Hatchet's vivid heavy dreamscape Valley Of The Snake

Valley Of The Snake grooves on at a slow but driven pace with a fantastic warm and fuzzy growl brought to peaking with the alluring vocals of Jillian Taylor.

Philadelphia's Ruby The Hatchet have released a vivid heavy dreamscape Valley Of The Snake on both digital and analog formats. The 5 piece are yet another contemporary band reaching back into 60s and 70s sounds of yesteryear bringing new life to the psychedelic music scene.

Valley Of The Snake grooves on at a slow but driven pace with a fantastic warm and fuzzy growl brought to peaking with the alluring vocals of Jillian Taylor. The heavy layered mix of bass, guitar, organ and drums create that thick familiar wall of sound that makes the psych stoner sound so lovely to the the ears. The album is for the most part dark and edgy brought to a close with a predominately acoustic ballad with flourishes of flute that rounds the whole trip smoothy. For those that require names, the sound is parts of the heavier side of Deep Purple mixed with a good dose of Sabbath and a very light sprinkle of Led Zeppelin.

Like many of the other great bands currently releasing psych, stoner and doom Valley Of The Snake is superbly executed and produced. For those of you who won't have it any other way, it's of course available on vinyl. Have a listen and pick up a copy of Valley Of The Snake at Band Camp.

Written by William Riever, 2015-02-26


Elephant Tree's Theia

Regardless of whether you're into the psychedelic semi spiritual imagery portrayed by the lyrics, be prepared to saturate your ears with epic sound and super charged instrumentation.

Towards the end of last year New York based Magnetic Eye Records released Elephant Tree's Theia. Not only was it released on vinyl but, in spectacular fashion with three styles to choose from all with digital download included.

Bringing smatterings of sitar bathed in heavy blues, Elephant Tree's Theia is a slow heavy grind into the smoky world of stoner metal, think Sleep, YOB. The album is a master piece of production and instrumentation with classic 70s vocals that occasionally transform into the contemporary roar of doom metal. Put together you've atmosphere that easily fits the stereotype of a wafting psychedelic landscape. The whole album is driven on by huge flowing riffs, layers of fat thundering sound and solid grounding rhythms. Regardless of whether you're into the psychedelic semi spiritual imagery portrayed by the lyrics, be prepared to saturate your ears with epic sound and super charged instrumentation.

This is without a doubt another for the short list of any diehard stoner metal fan. Check out Elephant Tree's Theia on Band Camp. For the undecided, have a listen for free before scrounging up the cash.

Written by William Riever, 2015-01-23


Robot Push Key s/t

This gives the album a wonderful organic flow and feel that is missing from many other overly tweaked and ultra perfect electronic releases.

Following up from the single Chrysalis, Robot Push Key will unleash his totally lush self titled electro album on the 25th of October.

From the very start it is hard not to smile given the playful nature of the sound being pumped out. That being said, it's also fare enough to say that this album is a bit of a treasure trove of sounds and textures. This is in part due to the fantastic array of hardware used on the album but also without question the skillful use of it. Interestingly Robot Push Key hasn't gone down the now heavily relied upon route of using a production tool to automate the hardware or soft synths but rather done a lot of the recording live with manual control of the equipment. This gives the album a wonderful organic flow and feel that is missing from many other overly tweaked and ultra perfect electronic releases. Stylistically this album is very much Electronica but from track to track Robot Push Key brings in undertones of Ragga, Techno, House and other bits and piece of electronic music.

In terms of sound Robot Push Key has created a wonderful palette of retro textures and dynamic atmosphere using crunchy and screechy synths which are then balanced by a round and fat bottom end bass. This produces rich multi layered music that makes great use of a broad spectrum of frequencies without them becoming overly flabby or painfully piercing. Even though the sounds display strong links to the playful 8bit video game consoles of yesteryear, they're fashioned into a modern production that stands up to any of it's contemporary peers. As was the case with the single Chrysalis, the self titled album is held together with simple yet solid drum patterns and bass lines.

For all of you fans of proper electro and electronica this is an album that you should not ignore. On a personal note, this album brings back the feelings associated with first hearing Aphex Twin's Come To Daddy and Autechre's Incunabula. These are albums that had great impact on the electronic music scene due to their inspired creativity and their fantastic sound quality. Robot Push Key shares the same inventive enthusiasm for creating sound and adds a wonderful playfulness that brings out the child within.

Check out the album in full on Band Camp

Written by William Riever, 2014-10-16


Horsehunter's debut Caged In Flesh

While they maintain the original aspects of what makes this genre great they also bring in contemporary production for a balanced and clear palette.

On the 30th of September Horsehunter released their debut album Caged In Flesh on Band Camp. They state that the album was 2 years in the making and although that seems quite a chunk of time, the results speak for them selves.

Overall the sound is fairly typical of stoner doom metal. While they maintain the original aspects of what makes this genre great they also bring in contemporary production for a balanced and clear palette. The composition is built on proper riffs and subtle rhythmic layers without getting messy and out of control. Caged In Flesh has it all, the slow swamp pace of Earth, the riffs of Sleep, the kick in the guts thunder of YOB and just a touch of the driving chug of ISIS. I might just be in love! If there is any chink to be found in the armor, the closing track Witchery is perhaps a little on the weak side when compared to the behemoth of an opening track Stoned To Death. That being said, this is still a masterfully crafted album and these things always come down to personal taste anyway.

If you’re into any of the spawns of the fabled Black Sabbath then Horsehunter’s Caged In Flesh is for you. If all this has you champing at the bit, jump onto Band Camp and make your ears happy! Here's hoping that it’ll make its mark on vinyl soon too.

Written by William Riever, 2014-10-01


Gust's thundering self titled LP

As the sound cracks and breaks almost losing itself in the distortion the album comes to an abrupt and unapologetic stop totally in keeping with the sentiments described.

Earlier this year towards the end of July Southern Lord released Swedish hardcore band Gust's thundering self titled LP. Although the album is hard hitting as is to be expected from any hardcore band, Gust have shown restraint in allowing some breathing room on the release with some wonderful atmospheric parts throughout the tracks.

Musically the album has a solid and aggressive production that pushes the vocals, guitars and rhythm section into your face while at the same time fostering the dark beauty of the dynamic changes intertwined throughout the tracks. The feel is oppressive and rather somber with some heavy leanings towards blues in the choice of chords and melody used. This provides a lot of tension and harmonic richness which blends perfectly with the topic of the lyrics which tread through the subjects of social disillusionment, uncompromising belief and non conformity. Although these themes have been thoroughly explored by many punk and hardcore bands, it feels totally appropriate to revisit them given the current global financial and political climates.

Gust really show that they are prepared to push what is considered hardcore with the use of wide dynamic range in the structure of the songs and even bringing in ethereal choir parts to accentuate the drama and atmosphere presented. As the LP comes to it's inevitable end with Relentless Hands, the level is pushed to its limits. As the sound cracks and breaks almost losing itself in the distortion the album comes to an abrupt and unapologetic stop totally in keeping with the sentiments described.

Check out the LP for yourself on Band Camp. You can also grab yourself a copy on vinyl which includes the usual downloadable digital copy in various formats.

Written by William Riever, 2014-09-01


Stereo Juggernaut's Novocaine Hurricane

Straight from the start it is clear that Novocaine Hurricane is a combination of hard rock, indie and EDM with a good dose of gothic darkness which provides a rather fitting mood for the title.

Novocaine Hurricane is the latest EP released by London based alternative rock outfit Stereo Juggernaut. If you're not familiar with Stereo Juggernaut it's fair to described them as heavy enough to be enjoyed by most open minded rockers but with a soft enough touch to not scare off those who don't like being jostled in the mosh pit.

Straight from the start it's clear that Novocaine Hurricane is a combination of hard rock, indie and EDM with a good dose of gothic darkness which provides a rather fitting mood for the title. The production is rich and warm with a lot of small details to excite the listener. Compositionally the songs contain a good deal of melody and dynamics with a fair amount of the emotion coming from Ben Main's vocal and the eerie yet exciting synth arpeggios and pads. This is all backed by a solid base of guitars, bass and drums. Even though this release is an EP it still contains a decent amount of diversity while keeping within context of the whole.

Novocaine Hurricane leans toward to the pop side of music but dabbles in experimentation and puts on a good amount of passion, energy and attitude. For those of you that need a teaser to further entice you, it can be found on youtube.

Novocaine Hurricane is available through digital dispensaries iTunes and Amazon

Written by William Riever, 2014-08-21


Brian Conniffe - Bornless

There is a really beautiful crafted use of the stereo space that creates an immersive wide area of sound without getting to the point of dizziness.

As part of his solo work, Brian Conniffe has released a wonderful ambient album, Bornless. The album consists of a wide palette of sampled and synthetic sounds providing the listener with an environment that is stimulating yet relaxing.

The opening track The Heart Of Tiphareth comes on with slow waves of textured sound, perhaps a little akin to a didgeridoo although it is likely synthetically based. The atmostphere can easily be described as etherial and soothing. This is continued into Hogah Ha-Aretz (Hapardes Auriel). Although the etherial mood remains the sound moves into a slightly chaotic mode, but one that is further towards the realms of stimulating rather than distracting. Towards the middle of Volition And Quintessence we are introduced to more traditional orchestral sounds along with a little bit of solid structure in the phrases. Insects and birds fill the sound scape as L.V.X brings Bornless to its calm conclusion.

Overall the sounds is non abrasive, smooth and contains a lot of small detail that involves the listener in the experience. There is a really beautiful crafted use of the stereo space that creates an immersive wide area of sound without getting to the point of dizziness. Bornless would almost certainly suite fans of uplifting ambient sound scape. Perhaps Bornless can be said to in a similar vein to some of Coil's work.

Have a listen to Bornless for yourself on Sound Cloud.

Written by William Riever, 2014-08-05


Defcon Zero - Music For Gluesniffers, Terrorists and the Mentally Ill

Booze, balls and a smack in the chops is most likely all that's on the table for you but, if that's your bag, grab your nuts and let's get into it.

London punk rock band Defcon Zero have unleashed Music For Gluesniffers, Terrorists and the Mentally Ill onto Band Camp. If the title was not enough for you to clock the idea of what you're in for, you certainly will soon enough. This is not the sort of band that is going to offer up any loving ballad to serenade you with. Booze, balls and a smack in the chops is most likely all that's on the table for you but, if that's your bag, grab your nuts and let's get into it.

Although the mix is clear and audible and the playing is pretty well spot on, the tracks still contain all that raw passion and sound that make punk music what it is. Basically, there is no way that you could describe this album as anything other than rough as guts proper punk rock. The album steam rolls from start to finish without exception keeping up a hectic pace with absolutely no respite.

On the lyrical front it is in part born out of living it rough in the urban landscape of London and the mainstay anti establishment statements and self destruction of punk. This gives the music a real sense of connection to it's roots and even if you've never lived in London you get the impression of the love hate relationship that most Londoners have with the place. This is epitomized in lyrics such as "Welcome to London, welcome to hell!" and the us and them of "It's like that, we're all fucking rats! You run in circles, we run in packs!". As the album progresses, for those of you paying attention, you'll notice that the politics of the lyrics spread to a larger context and take up issues that are global. Once again a punk band that seems to a give shit about what's happening in the world in that special way that only punks can.

If you're into punk it's well worth passing up a couple of cans from the Off License for the meager price of £3 for a download of the album. If you're really that skint, you can always just stream the tracks for free. Anyway, what are you waiting for!? Grab yourself a copy from Band Camp.

Written by William Riever, 2014-07-24


Godflesh - Decline and Fall

This is pure and raw Godflesh from their deep dark heavy roots.

Following on from the sneak peak of Ringer, Godflesh's 4 tack EP Decline and Fall is now out to reek havoc on your speakers.

The setup is as it was in the beginning. Drum machine, bass, guitar, vocals and a smattering of subtle samples. As we've come to expect from Broadrick the production is tight, compressed and with the impact of an anvil. The tracks share a hypnotic receptiveness that grinds on like bones into the dirt and evolves into distinct parts. As seems to be the contemporary trend Godflesh have made Decline and Fall available on Bandcamp. For those of us who live in the gutter, generously you can listen to the tracks for free. As a bonus for those who purchase through Bandcamp you get two extra dub mixes, Ringer and Playing With Fire as part of the digital download. These are essentially cutups that add a washy mix of delay and some gritty texture to the originals. While Ringer is fairly subtle in it's mutation Playing With Fire really take on a new life of it's own. As far as I'm concerned the dub mixes are well worth the purchase through Bandcamp. For those of you who have never left the format or recently discovered it, Decline and Fall is available on Vinyl. With a limited run of around 180 copies you'd better be quick to snap it up.

Although we've all had a long wait, Godflesh have really delivered with Decline and Fall. This is pure and raw Godflesh from their deep dark heavy roots. Can't wait to hear what's to come with the full length album later in the year.

Written by William Riever, 2014-06-03


Swans - To Be Kind

It twists and turns like a splintered tapestry of psychedelic sound.

On the 13th of May the Swans will release To Be Kind. For the uninitiated, the Swans have been creating music since the early 80s and could be described as providing the musical equivalent of a medicine man's ritual. They are often seen as a post-punk band but they are so much more. With bits of experimental industrial, funk, noise and aspects of classic rock and blues making up the complex layers of their music. They are as creative and innovative as they are diverse.

At a smidgen over 2 hours To Be Kind is an epic work of sound. The music drifts along in a dream state of a corvette tearing down a 3am desert highway with blasts of acid flashbacks. It is crafted with wonderful detail and dynamics that could only be described effectively by the Swans. In traditional Swans style the music is rhythmic, driving and repetitive with fantastically chaotic crescendos that burn into your mind. There is a wonderful sense of teetering on the edge of loss of control pushed forth by Michael Gira's entrancing vocals, sometimes beautiful and other times terrifying. If you are familiar with the Swans back catalog you will not be disappointed with the diversity of sounds and instrumentation used on this release.

It twists and turns like a splintered tapestry of psychedelic sound. To Be Kind is truly awesome. Treat yourself to a listen

Written by William Riever, 2014-05-05


78 R.P.M. - Enemy Drones Are In The Sky

What makes this album truly fantastic is that they have created a spontaneous chaotic sound track that they are in control of.

78 R.P.M. have been around for some time tinkering away when they have time and have finally released another wonderful collage of sound that is Enemy Drones Are In The Sky. The album stitches together aspects of the ambient, gritty and sublime. I think it is fare to say that Enemy Drones Are In The Sky takes reasonable influence from the post rock legends God Speed You! Black Emperor, aspects of the Swans and minimalist heroes Earth all strapped together with loops and electronic noise.

78 R.P.M. make use of small progressive steps and long crescendos that build atmosphere over the course of the tracks. This is the sort of music that requires either nothing going on around you or could be a bit of a mediative anchor amidst chaos. 78 R.P.M. make great use of delay loops and reverb to create a psychedelic wash of sound that for me brings visions of great desert expanses. In part two you start to get a feel for the title of the album. As the sound cracks and breaks up under the strain of white noise and distortion you can really hear the impending urgency and panic driven by the drones. What makes this album truly fantastic is that they have created a spontaneous chaotic sound track that they are in control of. There is no obvious beat pulsating to keep them on course. A bit of a lets take our chances in the open ocean boys type of approach but, it works.

What can I say, I love this music. It produces such mood and emotion without relying on lyrical queues in order to draw the listener in. The long minimalist progressive sound produced by the organic and electronic is perfectly balanced. The build up of textures add the details that allow you to really escape into the landscape of sound that they create.

Want to hear it for your self? Check them out on Band Camp

Written by William Riever, 2014-03-28


APMD - Nothing Violates This Nature

I really like the big fat in your face sound with just enough reverb to smooth the edges out.

All Pigs Must Die released there second album Nothing Violates This Nature on the 23rd of July 2013. Sounds wise, it really is a modern production. It's clear and crisp but still wet enough to give that "well produced" sound, removing a bit of the edges that you might find on some rawer albums. I really like the big fat in your face sound with just enough reverb to smooth the edges out.

The album opens hard with Chaos Arise and Silencer. There is a bit of respite after Primitive Fear with the slower Bloodlines, Of Suffering and Holy Plague but don't be fooled. Although these tracks might ease off on the pace they're certainly not watered down. As far as I'm concerned they basically serve to make for a more dynamic album. After the respite it's basically a hard slog marathon to finish. I found it reminiscent of the faster side of High On Fire but perhaps more discorded and some of the harder aspects of ISIS. APMD combine dark atmospherics and hardcore speed riffs to end up with a wonderful but twisted blend of sound.

As an added bonus for those of you like me that really enjoy vinyl, yep, it's available on vinyl. If you are familiar with the Southern Lord label, you most likely melt over this one. It's a fantastic hard hitting album with enough dynamics to remain interesting but, still with enough aggression to put you on your arse!

Want to listen before forking the cash? Check it out on Band Camp

Written by William Riever, 2014-03-06