Thursday, 18 February 2021

Nonagon - They Birds

Punk and noise-rock rarely sound as fucked up and beautiful
at the same time as this. Claustrophobic tension abounds on these
dark tracks of twisted mayhem which are solid with the weight of
delicate intensity that confronts the listener.

Song templates are ripped apart as the riffs thunder across expectations,
giving the impression of an out-of-control muscle car plowing through
a crowd of innocent bystanders. Nonagon are quite clearly doing
their own thing without any genre restrictions holding them back.

This is a chaotic but thoughtful noise being pulled together to give
the tracks their own identity - something sometimes missing from
other bands. There is a sparseness in some of the song arrangements
that give some breathing space which are helped by cleanish guitars
that slash and burn their way through the more melodic passages
lodging in your head.

Out on March 3rd.

Monday, 15 February 2021

The Good Shit - 15th Feb 2021

 This is the music that has been making me jump 

up and down and bang my head.

Psychedelic fuzz rock coming from the heart of the desert. 
Jessica A.M. sings with with a hint of sleaze and danger.

Released on March 12th.

    Post-punk, shuddering and angular - intelligent lyrics that 

the music punctuates with sharp jabs to the ears.

Cult of Luna do what they do and do it well. You either dig this 

or ya don't. Me? I dig this big time.

Old school street punk. 3 chords and a heart of hate drive these
guys to go for the throat and take no prisoners.

Thursday, 21 January 2021

men of munga - Ballads Of Munga And Men

men of munga have produced a mind bending amalgamation 
of prog rock, metal, jazzy syncopations and swirling melodies 
with a punk attitude.

With the unhinged song composition of the sadly missed These 
Arms Are Snakes and maybe the prog-hardcore leaning of ATDI, 
men of munga explode with an album that crackle with energy, 
excitement and bucket loads of aggression.

Vocals range from the gentle to throaty yet melodic roars that are
gloriously underpinned with sprays of solos that erupt from the manic
riffing. With a drummer and bass player tighter than a sharks' death
grip, the guitars are free to spazz out, rock hard, shimmer and shine
with delicate breaks before launching into another breathless display of
driving, explosive playing.

The tracks have a controlled frenzy about them that display passion as
well as a desire to hurt ear-drums! 

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Heavy Relic - The Apparition of The Great Cabala

Hey you! 
Yeah, that's right ..... you in the corner with 
the blank stare and drool coming out the 
corner of your mouth. 
You look the sort of person who would be into 
"Earthless" ...... yep , me too. 
I guess you like to light up a "doobie" and jerk 
off to Sonic Prayer ...... yep, me too. 
Heavy Relic are a much heavier version of the 
afore mentioned band - this means jams of 
freakout acid guitar brilliance. 
Heavy Relic play instrumental stoner with heavy 
vibes and as with all instrumental projects the question 
has to be asked - is there enough going on to keep your 
attention wandering due to the lack of vocals? 
In this case, the answer is a resounding yes. 
The guitar riffs are loud and nicely fuzzed, evoking 
the sun-baked desert sound but with a heaviness drawn 
from sludge. Excellent audio clips are used to great 
effect but without being overdone. Drones and atmospherics 
throb underneath the songs, bringing in some 
space-rock undercurrents. 

Thursday, 7 January 2021

Sonic Demon - Vendetta

Groove-laden stoner rock from the depths of 

Italy. A cocktail of grass and boozed fuelled madness, 

influenced by all the usual suspects from the 

world of Doom, Blues, Stoner Rock and 

Psychedelia along with hints of punk and 

good ol' rock n roll! Heavy, heavy stoner that 

has an unstoppable groove to it. 

Bouncy killer riffs that just keep on 

making your feet stomp. Desperate vocals 

that growl over the tunes with menace 

and passion. Fuzzed out, distorted speaker-blown

 solos that rip apart the cosmos and destroy all in its path. 

This is the good shit.

Sunday, 13 December 2020

Music that helped me survive 2020

 No order, no ranking, just the sounds that blew my mind this year.

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Here The Captain Speaking, The Captain Is Dead - Flux Capacitor

Strap on your suit, check phasers are set to kill and join
Here The Captain Speaking, The Captain Is Dead on an epic 
quest that will take you from the white-hot explosion of a nebula 
exploding, through to the dying embers of a burnt out black star.

Flux Capacitor is a cosmic trip of mind and music expanding

 themes set to a stoner-groove of monster proportions.
The main thrust of these songs are unstoppable riffs of power
and beauty which are split into 5 chapters. With such a grand
vision, does the music match up to it?

Oh yeah - this should be the album to project this band of
Spanish starmen to greater heights. Heavy rock and stoner
heaviness are the bedrock from which springs the imaginative
and inventive song passages that take you through this exploration
of sounds, aggression and epic story telling.

Doom, modern psych and stoner all play a part in setting
the scenes of sonic mind/spacescapes.

Guitars are chunky sounding with distorted chords give the riffs
extra bounce and vigour. Vocals are sung or chanted to make sure 
the emotion is varied and interesting. There are lulls of restraint 
that drift to a dark, tranquil place before revving back up into 
interstellar overdrive.

I only got this fucker yesterday and it has not come off my player.
Get your head nodding, trip out and break out the bong - groove
your way into the outer cosmos of rock.

Monday, 9 November 2020

The Black Legacy - Black Flower

The Black Legacy are a stoner band who do not
piss around trying to invent the wheel - they want
to turn the amps up, crank out some riffs and stomp
on some distortion pedals.


Over the last couple of years, Stoner bands have become quite samey and seem to have lost the heavy edge it used to have.


Just my humble opinion but this is my blog -

please do not come whining about it.

This is raw stuff, both in production and the playing
which suits the music just fine. 

Riffs are basic and powerful and sometimes that is 
all I want. Circular song passages keep the groove
turned up to the max and the foot stomping beat just
keeps rolling along.

The guitar solos are prime electric blues - mean, aggressive
and full of feeling. This is the sort of shit I love.

Sunday, 8 November 2020

Electronic Chaos - Anarchaos Vol​.​1 (From Concept Art to Reality)


Hailing from Canada, this is a sonic pit of aggression. 
Fast and powerful, these songs drip with elements of crust and 
hardcore, while the depth and tone of their sound have that 
black metal sonic solidness that are evident in Coverge or 
Trap Them. 

Electronic Chaos fuse all these elements together with some 
wonderfully mangled guitar riffs that strays out of generic 
templates and delves into some intricate but still heavy madness. 

These tracks are interspersed with spices of news reels, police 
sirens, background talking which elevate the whole thing into a 
montage that helps to keep your attention and makes listening 
an event rather than “just some more grindcore shit!” 

Production is top notch - keeping the sound big and tight but 
without descending into muddiness. Oh yeah - and the 
vocalist sounds like a werewolf fucking around with 
bad drugs and a microphone!


Sunday, 7 June 2020

The Mighty Ur - Take It On The Chin

Noise Rock as a political weapon and raising awareness while
rocking like a bastard has always been the main thrust of this
band of trouble makers and I am glad to see that with this new album 
all the shit going on with this country has not escaped their aim.

Because I am an old bastard, I was raised on punk bands talking
about social change, personal politics, government policies etc
and can only be amazed at how the climate today, so ripe for
protest, seems to have a very small impact on the song writers
that inhabit this underground world where our music lives.

The Mighty Ur have really found their own sound with this album. Sure,
we still have the loud/quiet passages with plenty of throbbing bass but
now the guys have upped the dynamics to include picked guitar
breakdowns, spoken vocals which croon menaced threats, bursts of drone
and the master stroke of muted electronic swirls and keyboards 
which adds an air of loneliness and loss to the atmospherics.