Outlaws Of The SunSatánico Pandemonium - Espectrofilia EP (EP Review)
Release Date: July 09th 2021. Record Label: LSDR Records. Format: DD
Espectrofilia EP - Tracklisting
1.El que reside dentro 09:01
2.Parábola del juez perverso 07:16
6.La muerte del Sol 07:59
Sergio - Guitar / FX
Miguel - Guitar
Cosmo - Drums / Vocals
Daniel - Bass / Vocals
Mexican Doom/Stoner Metallers Satánico Pandemonium return with their new release - Espectrofilia EP. And my only gripe with this release is that it’s a full length album. Not an EP. This thing runs for 42 minutes or so. If these guys do release a full length album then I’ll be interested to know what length that bad-boy will be.
Anyway, Satánico Pandemonium belongs to the “LOW & SLOW” group of Doom/Stoner Metal bands. With the band playing slowly played and down-tuned Doom/Stoner Metal riffs with the ever popular “Amplifier Distortion” style of rock that fits the genre(s) of music the band use to get their heavy distorted message across.
Electric Wizard is a big influence with this band and you can hear that from the excellent opening song - El que reside dentro - playing a classic Wizard style groove to maximum potential and volume. Throw in an almost Punk-Rock production vibe and Satánico Pandemonium play heavy atmospheric Doom Metal steeped in modern Stoner Metal distortion. The vocals are primarily sung in Spanish but you can understand what the song is about and that’s down to the great music included here.
Second song - Parábola del juez perverso - Satánico Pandemonium - is more bombastic with the vocals being over the top in all the right places. The distorted and doomed out guitars are matched along by Cosmo and Dainel on Bass and Drums respectively. The psychedelic guitars make this song way out there for a Doom Metal song but it has a gloomy Black Sabbath approach that makes it even more interesting. The “LOW & SLOW” methodology allows the band to branch out into almost Cosmic/Space Rock territory but the band pull feeling back and return to their primal, distorted and drone based attitude whilst still playing some epic guitar riffs along the way.
Third track - Asistolia - is a 60 second instrumental song not offering much and is perhaps classed as filler to make you wait for the next exciting chapters of the EP.
The 2nd part of the EP is where Satánico Pandemonium come into their own with the final 3 songs offering the gloomiest and heaviest sounds on the EP especially with Espectrofilia and La muerte del Sol. Satánico Pandemonium uses different ideas and themes to keep everything fresh and exciting. It has the usual sights and sounds from Electric Wizard, Black Sabbath and SLEEP but with that Punk Rock mentality I mentioned earlier in the review. Distortion is key here and Espectrofilia EP ends on a depressing and gloomy high.
Espectrofilia EP showcases another wonderful band to come from the Hard Rock/Metal scene and why Mexican bands seem to find an appreciative audience within the global Doom/Stoner Metal community.
Satánico Pandemonium have released another great record to their discography. If you’re a fan of the “Low & Slow” movement theni this is the perfect place to be.
Words by Steve Howe
Lore City - Participation Mystique (Album Review)
Release Date: July 23rd 2021. Record Label: Self Released. Format: DD/Vinyl
Participation Mystique - Tracklisting
1.And Tomorrow 03:08
3.I Know You Know 04:24
4.Your Love 03:57
5.I Am the One 05:29
8.Original Feeling 07:23
Laura Mariposa Williams (vocals, keyboard)
Eric Angelo Bessel (percussion, keyboard, guitar)
Progressive Art-Rockers Lore City return with their majestic new album Participation Mystique and it shows a new maturing sound from the band where they bring in more Psychedelic and Post Rock sounds which makes for a more interesting and heartfelt listen. The lush vocals arrangements and different musical melodies veer into the world of Prog Rock, Art Rock and Post Rock with a brooding Dark Wave style that’s quite innocent whilst holding a Gothic identity as well.
There’s not many LOUD and HEAVY riffs. It’s not Lore City’s style and never will be. There are quite a few gloomy moments with lead vocalist Laura shining from start to finish. The album is almost positively spiritual and this was a welcome diversion from the usual albums I review here. This is an album that takes you on an emotional journey but told mostly through the power of Art Rock and Psych Rock.
The songs have hidden meanings and messages which I’m still trying to figure out. I should really be really focusing upon the wonderfully eclectic different styles of genres Lore City have used for this album but I’m focusing more upon the trippy lyrics and some of the way out there ambient sounds.
If this album was released in the 1990s then it would have been considered a landmark release and one that we would still be talking about to this very day. It has similar creative ideas from the 90s Alt Rock scene but Lore City have spliced modern sounds into that aesthetic which left me wanting more but in a good way.
Standout songs are: Once-returner, I Know You Know, I Am The One and Original Feeling.
Overall, I feel Participation Mystique is more suited to the “Art-Rock” crowd but I always admire albums that take you out of your comfort zone and impress you even further. I’ve heard Lore City’s previous albums but this is their best record to date especially with the Trance and Shamanistic moments that will leave you in a totally blissful and peaceful state where you can reflect on the finer moments in your life.
A truly hypnotic and majestic band that you should all discover and this album is perhaps the best place to start.
Words by Steve Howe
Thanks to Lore City for the promo. Participation Mystique is available to buy on DD/Vinyl now.
Planet Of The Dead - Pilgrims (Album Review)
Release Date: July 23rd 2021. Record Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl
Pilgrims - Tracklisting
1.Gom Jabbar 04:22
4.The Sprawl 06:06
5.Escape from Smith's Grove 03:47
6.Directive IV 03:38
7.The Cursed Earth 04:35
8.The Great Wave 06:32
Mark Mundell - vocals
Malcolm McKenzie - guitar
Kees Hengst - bass
Josh Hussey - drums
New Zealand Cosmic Sludge Metallers Planet Of The Dead are back with their 2nd full length album Pilgrims and it’s equally as groove-laden as their celebrated debut album. Their description on BandCamp describes their music down to a fine art - “For fans of classic science fiction and supermassive riffs.”
Pilgrims follows a similar journey from Fear Of A Dead Planet with the band playing heavy Sludge/Stoner Metal sounds with a Sci-Fi Theme with some Horror vibes along the way. Whilst their debut was a slightly heavier affair, the band have reigned the heavy violent sounds just a bit on this release. However, this works in the band’s favour with Planet Of The Dead bringing a more “Riff-Centric” or “Riffier” style of music on this release and still leaving their Sludge/Stoner Metal credentials in check.
The first two opening songs - Gom Jabbar and Pilgrim - are some are strongest parts of the album with the band moving firmly into a Progressive style of Sludge/Stoner Metal with Mark’s vocals bringing a street-level style of Sludge growls and offset that against the fantastical Sci-Fi inspired lyrics and Planet Of The Dead have a recipe for success here. When the track Pilgrim appears, the band switch their blend of Spaced Out Rock to Intergalactic Fuzz with Mark not getting that message and playing his own violent blend of addictive growls. There’s excellent Fuzz/Guitar Reverb coming from all corners and lets the guys play fantastic guitar solos.
With an album having such diverse themes from Science Fiction works such as Slaughterhouse 5, Alien Film Franchise and Robocop throughout different parts of the album. This is very much a band who pick a mixture of important and not-so-important themes and remember to have fun along the way.
The music is the real “STAR” here with the different styles of Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal and the band offering a gritty and trippier style of music especially on songs such as: Nostromo and The Sprawl.
The second half of the album is perhaps more creative with the brilliantly RoboCop inspired Directive IV and that leads into my other favourite part of the album, the final two songs - The Cursed Earth and The Great Wave.
This album could have easily been a big Psychedelic and Noisy mess with the many different themes and musical ideas that Planet Of The Dead have used for Pilgrims. However, this is indeed a “SUPERMASSIVE” album and I was left grinning “EAR-TO-FUCKING-EAR” whilst listening to this.
Planet Of The Dead are helped once again behind the scenes by James Goldsmith on Production Duties and the always fantastic Brad Boatright on mastering duties. James knows a thing or two working with Cosmic Sludge/Stoner Metal bands. As he’s worked with New Zealand famous riffsters BEASTWARS multiple times and I feel Planet Of The Dead will soon achieve the same type of recognition within the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal community in no time at all. Especially if they keep releasing more exciting albums such as Pilgrims.
Pilgrims is an unmissable and superbly heavy record on all fronts that everyone should check out.
Words by Steve Howe
Thanks to Viral Propaganda for the promo.
Pilgrims is available to buy now on CD/DD/Vinyl
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Cape Town’s Hardcore Punk Rock union Alive At Midnight have released their snarling new single A House Divided.
Born from the gutters of the Mother City, Alive At Midnight are the product of a world gone bad. Today is the release of A House Divided, their new single and first with Mongrel Records.Drawing inspiration from dive-bars, crashed cars and back ally conversations. There is no shortage of mind numbing and stomach-churning narrative on this often confusing and complex spinning ball we all call home and sometimes the only thing you can do is turn on the amps and spit in the mic.The lyrics are a personal tale of being brought up in an unstable household and how the actions of your guardians can make you question your very existence. Shot at Kill City Blues, the video pays homage to the legendary recording studio and rehearsal space as the ban explains, “When we heard that Kill City Blues rehearsal studio was to be closed down, we seized the moment to film the last few days of its demise. From the closing party to the walls being torn down. KCB was a home to us and many Cape Town bands and musicians. A place we will never forget. R.I.P. KCB.”Watch the video below:Buy / Stream A House Divided: https://orcd.co/ahousedividedFollow Alive At Midnight: Facebook | Instagram
Sergeant Thunderhoof Announce New Album And Announce KICKSTARTER DETAILS
A new album... at last!
We're delighted to announce that we have finally begun work on the follow up to 2018's 'Terra Solus'. This is easily our most ambitious work to date and we can't wait to share it with you.
A Kickstarter campaign has just gone live and you are the first to be notified! We won't be sharing the news with others until tomorrow. There are loads of cool packages and goodies up for grabs and we hope you will join us on this ride to help us get this project off the ground.
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