Sunday 13 February 2022

Vacant Lights - Funeral Noise Exits

Vacant Lights play a tortured mix of sludge/noise/stoner

with a definite experimental vibe. This is a heavy trip

into Melvins/Christpunchers type of brainmelt riffs, coupled

with the unhinged rhythms of early Jesus Lizard or Big

Black. The songs create a dense, claustrophobic atmosphere

that sucks you into a frenzied world of fuzzed out psychosis.

The band have created their own unique take on this genre.

Fuzzed guitars, distorted bass and head-pounding drums

lay the foundations for cleanish/harsher vocals

to sit on top of the mix but never overpowering the frenetic

guitar noise. Song passages ebb and flow, taking you

from slow motion swamp speed to jarring psychedelic freak

outs. Saxaphones, field recordings, spoken word all help to take

this to another level that The Swans and Lingua Ignota have only hinted at.

Sunday 6 February 2022

Milquetoast - Caterwaul

Breakneck guitar riffs are spewed out with pin-point precision
and power, giving the songs a frantic edge which threaten to
crash and burn into the stratosphere before blowing up - but -
due the the songwriting strengths of this band, this never

Instead the tracks whirl and spin, morphing from crazed, distorted
hymns of violence into solid tunes of noise rock pounding out slabs
of sonic disturbances. Constant motion within the song passages
leave you no time to catch your breath among the riffs, solos and
intricate interplay between guitar, drums and the yelped out

This is great stuff that demands repeated listens.

Tigers On Opium – 503.420.6669. Vol 2

Like a rainbow shining through storm clouds to give you advance

warning of sunnier weather to come, Tigers On Opium dispel any

feelings of gloom with some psychedelic hard rock with an

authentic nod to 70's kraut sounds mixed with some spoken word samples

that only add to the doomy feel of things.

The songs are tight compositions with some longer passages

that weave in and out of ideas, musical motifs and themes with

skilled playing and passion. Jumping the divide between 70's classic rock

and the more contemporary sounds of today - this album is a slice of psych

rocking that recalls yesteryear but is firmly entrenched in the now.

Released on Forbidden Place Records

Thursday 30 December 2021

Albums Of The Year - 10 to 1


 10. Läjä Äijälä & Albert Witchfinder - Centuries of Youth
Downbeat power electronic

9. Squid - Bright Green Field
Krautpop post-punk

8. Sonic Demon - Vendetta
Fuzzed out distorted stoner

7. Black Spell - The Purple Skull
Scuzzy occult doom

6. God Is An Astronaut - Ghost Tapes #10
Post-rock played over a sonic soundscape

5. Mother Iron Horse - Under The Blood Moon
Sludge doom, heavy and fuzzed

4. Converge and Chelsea Wolfe - Bloodmoon: I
Metal and post-hardcore never sounded so brutal or haunting

3. Fucked Up - Year Of The Horse
An ambitious four 20 min tracks of psychedelic hardcore punk

2. Iron Lizards - Hungry For Action
Rock'n'roll garage punk that makes me want to break things

1. Idles - Crawler
Post-punk masterpiece

That's it. This is what plays through my head when I am trying to survive just existing.

Wednesday 29 December 2021

Albums Of The Year - 20 to 11


20. Muriel Grossman - Union
Spiritual jazz

19. Kowloon Walled City - Piecework
Sparse post-hardcore

18. Tropical Fuck Storm - Deep States
Experimental post-punk

17. Jointhugger - Surrounded By Vultures
Psychosonic doom rock

16. Blasting Rod - III
Heavy psych with Brass!

15. Sleaford Mods - Spare Ribs
Post-punk spoken ranting

14. Rostro Del Sol - S/T
Psych space rock

13. Haaz - Andra
Enthralling noise-rock

12. Part Chimp - Drool
Noise-rock with tunes

11. Melvins - Working With God
You know what is sounds like!

Tuesday 28 December 2021

Albums Of The Year - 30 to 21


30. Mythic Sunship - Wildfire
Bluesy psychedelic prog 

29. ILL Considered - Liminal Space
Free jazz in a tribal style!

28. Cerce - Cowboy Music
Becca spits out her venom over a post punk hardcore racket.

27. Cha Wa - My People
New Orleans funk

26. Domkraft - Seeds
Groovy freaky sludge

25. 2 Headed Dogs - The Engine Is On
Nebula meets The Hellacopters

24. Leon III - Antlers In Velvet
Psychedelic indie folk

23. Junkbreed - Music For Cool Kids
Punk post-hardcore

22. Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
Sub-Sahara fuzz rock

21. Death From Above 1979 - Is 4 Lovers
Post-punk you can dance to.

No bandcamp link???

Sunday 26 December 2021

Albums Of The Year - 40 to 31


40. Chihuahua - Violent Architecture
Noise rock, post punk, no wave
39. Heavy Temple - Lupi Amoris
Stoner/doom riff machines

38. Watchman - Doom Of Babylon
A doom soundtrack for the apocalypse

36. The Lords Of Altamont - Tune In, Turn On, Electrify
Garage psych punk

35. A Better Tomorrow - Spiritual Crossing
Jazz, soul and metal groove

34. Stomatopod - Completing With Hindsight
Noisy post punk mathy rock

33. Dinosaur Jr - Sweep It Into Space
Hey, you either like 'em or don't.

32. Kills Birds - Married
Grungey post-punk

31. 10,000 Years - II
Feral doom/sludge fuzz fest

Monday 20 December 2021

Albums of the Year - 50 to 41

50. Irreversible Entanglements - Open The Gate
Free jazz groove

49. TV Priest - Uppers
Terse post-punk

48. The Pop Group - Y in Dub
Dennis Bovell remix

47. Monolord - Your Time To Shine
Fuzzed haunting doom

46. Mono - Pilgrimage Of The Soul
Mesmerising post-rock

45. Fere - Visceral
Experimental punk hardcore

44. X'ed Out - We All Do Wrong
Noise rock with bursts of brass

43. Duel - In Carne Persona
Heavy psych stoner

42. God Damn - Coward
Hardcore stoner metal

41. Uranus Space Club - Another Planet, Another Love
Funk jazz space rock