Friday 29 January 2010

Kylesa - Static Tensions 2009

Starting off as a doom metal band,
Kylesa have progressed into a full on
psychedelic sludgefest.

Crisp guitar tones and cleanly produced
vocals do not take away their ability to
make heads explode.

Two drummers can often be heard on
records as just one unit but with hard
left and right panning, this aural whirlwind
just adds to the tuneful heavy madness.

Thursday 28 January 2010

Rosetta - Wake/Lift 2007

Leading the way in Post-Metal, this has
organically developing song structures
with mind blowing dynamics + added
textures of vocals and ambient noise.

I found this album heavier than The
Cult of Luna and it took some listening
to for me to get really into it.

Rosetta are not afraid to ditch the
standard slow-build and dive straight
into a sonic outburst.

Tuesday 26 January 2010

Horse The Band - Desperate Living 2009

With a chunk of chaotic Hardcore, a bit of
electronica, a thumping blend of guitars, Horse The Band
ditch the standard hardcore conventions and mix
everything up from screamo noise to atmospheric moods
to produce another dimension heavy in experimentation
but not to the detriment of the songs.

For anyone who likes Rolo Tomassi or Crystal Antlers.

Monday 25 January 2010

Black Flag - My War 1984

At a time when other hardcore punk bands were
sticking to the fast, raw, 3 chord song format, Black Flag
raised their game, playing slower, longer, more complex songs
often with instrumental passages that took in punk/metal/free jazz.

Greg Ginn and Henry Rollins meshed perfectly to make this
ground breaking albun.

Wednesday 20 January 2010

City of Fire - City of Fire 2009

City of Fire is made up of members from Fear Factory and others.
I have never really been a big fan of Fear Factory but this really
pushes all the right buttons for me.

Burton Bell has a vocal range that goes from a growl to a
whispered threat. With heavy guitar work, it's lighter in
tone than a lot of post-rock.

I would class this as a classy mix of Metal/Hard Rock/Punk.

Friday 8 January 2010

Ron Asheton - RIP

A bit late but this is in memory of Ron Asheton.

No need for me to write anymore - just listen to this killer gig
from 22nd March 2004 at the Shibuya Axe, Tokyo and marvel
at the sonic destruction.