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CD review SHIT THE COW "Cavelord"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Shit The Cow, Cavelord, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review, Stoner Rock, Noise, Self-Released, Fuzz, Garage

CD review SHIT THE COW "Cavelord"

(8/10) It was few years ago when a mail reached my mailbox, talking about a band with a very unusual name - Shit The Cow. That such a name creates attention is no-brainer but do these guys have more in the offer than a crazy name? They do.

Before we go deeper into the new longplayer we need to stand still for a few more seconds with the band's name. The origin of this moniker is based on one of the first songs the band wrote. It was a track about a character that was half man and half cow, called 'Shit' by everyone. And since it was such an absurd story and such an unconventional name, the guys decided to use it for their band. Shit The Cow was born.

After having released some EP's, of which "Rissna" is still the best one, it's "Cavelord" that acts as the debut album of the guys from Mid-Sweden. I was curiously looking forward to this album and after having given the album some loops I must say that it easily lives up to expectations. 

"Cavelord" comprises nine new songs, all with a kick-ass attitude. What I like with this longplayer is the liveliness that comes with it. "Cavelord" is build on passion for music that's authentic and real. Shit The Cow isn't about music that's written for commercial success or a wide fanbase. These four guys follow their dedication for heavy rocking music in their own niche of rock, stoner, garage and alternative. 

The band describes the album as being" heavier, noisier and more melodic at the same time", a statement I can agree with a 100%.

The starting point is called "Resolve / Resist", a song that reminds during the first seconds of Metallica. After such a start it's a roaring bass that pushes this noisy tune to its limits. "Twist and Shout" follows, representing the stoner aspect of Shit The Cow's sound. The fact that the vocals are shared, with Alexandra Lindqvist supporting the guys, gives the number some new nuances before the title songs unveils the band's furious side. Talking about furious songs means also to mention "You Bought a Knife". This is the hardest tune I've heard of the band up-to-date. A hardcore vibe characterises this merciless number which is almost a counterpart to the calmer "Shelter" which is the final track on the album. Acoustic guitars kick off the tune before some noise outbursts break the silence. The two things that are fascinating with the closer are the simple but effective groove of "Shelter" and the saxophone part which adds another dimension to Shit The Cow's sound. 

"Cavelord" became an excellent full-length debut. Shit The Cow is a damn cool rock outfit from Sweden. These guys celebrate rock music which each tone played. "Cavelord" feels like an album they did for themselves and if there are more people out there, appreciating the effort it's more an extra win than the original aim. Cool stuff.

 

(8/10) 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Resolve / Resist
  2. Twist and Shout
  3. Cavelord
  4. Burning Man
  5. The Gathering
  6. Changing of the Gods
  7. You Bought a Knife
  8. Gamma Sunrise
  9. Shelter

 

Label: Self-released

Genre: Stoner / Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: December 7th, 2017

 

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CD review THE BROTHERHOOD OF SONIC LOVE "The Brotherhood of Sonic Love"

Veröffentlicht am 5. November 2017 von Markus W. in The Brotherhood of Sonic Love, Fuzz, Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Hardrock, News, CD Review

CD review THE BROTHERHOOD OF SONIC LOVE "The Brotherhood of Sonic Love"

(7/10) The Brotherhood of Sonic Love, what a band name. It’s as complicated as cool and it describes pretty well what this quintet is about. It’s about their love for sound and music that brought them to a point when these guys from Copenhagen had the chance to record an EP.

The self-titled four-track release has been release already a year ago, but the band has not a chance to reach a wider audience by adding a vinyl version to their offer. The Brotherhood of Sonic Love is a band that sounds spaced out and fancy. The guys found their own unconventional sound that is eternalized on this EP. The Botherhood Of Sonic Love’s foundation is the beauty of a simple riff, heavy distortions, some fuzz and a psychedelic vibe. All this leads to a special sound that needed a few spins before it turned into something more exciting to me.

The Brotherhood of Sonic Love is a band that stretches the borders of rock music while keeping this simple and to the point. These guys are far away from mainstream and if you dare to go for a noisy ride, this EP might bring some delight to you.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Down in Style
  2. I Wanna Touch You
  3. Load and Explode
  4. Wrong Side of the Track

 

Label: Sonic Love Records

Genre: Psychedelic Fuzz Rock

Release Date EU: November 24th, 2017

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JOHN GARCIA reveals first details of the upcoming album

Veröffentlicht am 12. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in John Garcia, Slo-Burn, Kyuss, Stoner Rock, Fuzz, Rock, Hardrock, News

John Garcia, the living desert rock legend and most distinctive voice of an entire genre, is finally back with a new studio album! Normally you would expect some heavy guitars, pounding drums and fuzzy tunes from Mr Garcia. But not this time, as he is about to release something extremely special and presenting himself stronger and more emotional then he has ever been.
After successful tours all over the world, playing Kyuss, Slo Burn, Hermano and his solo project, John Garcia recently blew away the audiences with a unique live acoustic performance. Now the desert king has unveiled the first and hotly anticipated details about his upcoming acoustic solo album, entitled 'The Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues' and is set to be released on January 27th 2017 on Napalm Records!


John Garcia comments satisfied: "This record is one of the most important of my career, difficult and challenging to do, but worth every minute of sweat!"
 

Dive into some Kyuss classics and John Garcia's solo project when he plays his tunes acoustic, the track listing of ‘The Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues' will read as follows:

  1. Kylie
  2. Green Machine
  3. Give Me 250ml
  4. The Hollingsworth Session
  5. Space Cadet
  6. Gardenia
  7. El Rodeo
  8. Argleben II
  9. Court Order

 

JOHN GARCIA reveals first details of the upcoming album
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CD review DAVIE ALLAN / JOEL GRIND "Split" EP

Veröffentlicht am 6. März 2016 von Markus W. in Davie Allan, Joel Grind, Toxic Holocaust, Thrash Metal, News, CD Review, Fuzz, Surf Rock

(*/10) As reported earlier, master of distortion Davie Allan and Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) came together for releasing a spilt EP that features two songs each.

Fuzz guitarist Allan is starting it up and both songs are great. "Recycled Too" and "Buzz Saw Effect" are two well-done instrumentals that bring back good old surf rock. You can almost feel the California sun while listening to these tunes. Both songs would work perfectly on a Terentino soundtrack too and they are really cool stuff.

Joel Grind is next. In general his songs have the same hellacious vibe as Davie's ones, but Grind plays heavier than Allan. "The Invisible Landscape" and "Peacekeeper" also instrumentals with fuzz and surf rock as a base, but Grind adds some more thrash guitar moments to it. Some parts in "Peacekeeper" even made me think about the early Anthrax days.

Anyhow, this is a pretty wicked four-track EP that gives you really good time.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Davie Allan - "Recycle Too
  2. Davie Allan - "Buzz Saw Effect"
  3. Joel Grind - "The Invisible Landscape"
  4. Joel Grind - "Peacekeeper"

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Fuzz/Surf Rock

Release Date EU: March 11th, 2016

CD review DAVIE ALLAN / JOEL GRIND "Split" EP
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New split album from Davie Allan and Joel Grind

Veröffentlicht am 12. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Davie Allan, Joel Grind, Toxic Holocaust, Thrash Metal, Fuzz, Rock, Heavy Metal

Davie Allan, pioneer of modern guitar distortion, and Toxic Holocaust's Joel Grind started a collaboration which leads to a 10" LP and CD that will be released on March 11.

This is the tracklist:

  1. Davie Allan - Recycled Too
  2. Davie Allan - Buzz Saw Effect
  3. Joel Grind - Peacekeeper
  4. Joel Grind - The Invisible Landscape

 

A trailer can be checked out HERE.

New split album from Davie Allan and Joel Grind
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New track from MAMMOTH MAMMOTH

Veröffentlicht am 5. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Mammoth Mammoth, Fuzz, Rock, Punkrock, Alternative Rock, Hardrock, Video, News

Our friends from Mammoth Mammoth revealed a new song. "Life's a bitch' is a typical song from the Australian kick-ass band. Less than 3 minutes and straight to the point - that's what you get. Sounds cool, but sounds also a bit too much like the highlights from the last album.

Photo: Napalm Records (Promo)

Photo: Napalm Records (Promo)

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CD review MONSTER MAGNET "Milking the stars: a re-imagination of Last Patrol"

Veröffentlicht am 19. November 2014 von Markus W. in Monster Magnet, Heavy Metal, Stoner Rock, Fuzz, Rock, Alternative Rock, CD Review, News

(9/10) Monster Magnet released with "Milking the stars: a re-imagining of Last Patrol" a new album, which isn't  totally new. As the title already says, it is based on the last studio record "Lost patrol". But not purely since there are also three new songs on the longplayer.
For Dave Wyndorf it wasn't enough to give the songs just a new mix. He gave the songs from "Lost patrol" a really new expression. Of course keeping the vibe of the original the re-arranged versions increase the intensity of each of the tracks. It is amazing to hear, what Wyndorf and his band mates get out of the original tunes.
"No paradise for me", that is based on "Paradise", got a real 60's vibe and bands like The Doors get in your mind while listening to the track. This is such a cool rocker that can take endless loops on your CD player. As already in the original version "I live behind the clouds" is a highlight also in the new version. It's kept much more spacy which fits very well. "Hallelujah" turned into "Hellelujah" and grooves even more than on "Lost patrol".
The new songs are the two instrumental tracks "Let the circus burn" and "Goliath return". Both very cool tracks which spead a sphereful vibe. This goes especially for the opener with its seven minutes. Starting very slow the tune develops to a classic rock track where the mellontron plays an important role. Sounds great and the seven minutes are flying.
And there is with "Milking the stars" a new track with vocals on the album too. It's a typical Monster Magnet song with vintage soundscapes and a some well placed samples. Psychodelic rock can't be better than this.
I'm not a fan of remixed albums since it feels like someone wants to earn more money. But in this case the album makes a lot of sense to me - esp. due to the fact that the songs are re-arranged. Cool stuff and thanks to Monster Magnet for the great sound experience.


(9/10)


Tracklist:

  1. Let the circus burn
  2. Mindless ones '68
  3. No paradise for me
  4. End of time (B-3)
  5. Milking the stars
  6. Hellelujah (Fuzz and swamp)
  7. I live behind the clouds (Rough up and slightly spaced
  8. Goliath returns
  9. Stay tuned (Even sadder)
  10. The duke (Full on drums 'n wah)



Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Stoner Rock

CD review MONSTER MAGNET "Milking the stars: a re-imagination of Last Patrol"
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