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CD review LISTENER "Being Empty - Being Filled"

Veröffentlicht am 7. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Listener, Being Empty Being Filled, Rock, Garage Rock, Hardrock, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review

CD review LISTENER "Being Empty - Being Filled"

(6/10) Listener started as a one man project, being the brainchild of Dan Smith. This was in 2002 and over time Listener evolved to a rock band that also includes Jon Terrey, Kris Rochelle and Tim Stickrod.

Up to date Listener released several longplayers and it's "Being Empty - Being Filled" that's the new kid in town. The album features ten songs, all being harder and harsher than expected.

The good thing with Listener is the authenticity of the quartet. These four guys don't pretend to be rockstars. They stand with two feet on the ground which comes back in the lyrics on the new album. The story behind each of the songs is life with all its joyful moments, unexpected twists and frustrating failures.

Talking about lyrics also means mentioning the way those are presented. It's not really singing what you should expect on the album. I would describe it more like melodic storytelling. In case you want to get an idea about how this sounds like I can recommend "There's Money in the Wall" and "Bloodshot/New Love". This style of phrasing goes back to the early days of the band, a time when Dan Smith founded Listener as a hip-hop project.

"Being Empty - Being Filled" is an interesting album, done by a band that doesn't follow trends and the mainstream. In case you're open for something partly new you might enjoy this record.





  1. Pent Up Genes
  2. Little Folded Fingers
  3. There's Money in the Wall
  4. Add Blue
  5. Bloodshot / New Love
  6. Shock and Value
  7. Window to the World
  8. A Love Letter to Detroit
  9. Manhattan Projects
  10. Plague Doctor


Label: Sounds of Subterrania

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: February 2nd, 2018


CD review VALLEY OF THE SUN "Volume Rock"

Veröffentlicht am 3. Mai 2016 von Markus W. in Valley Of The Sun, Stoner Rock, Grunge, Garage Rock, Hardrock, News, CD Review

(8/10) The title of this album couldn't be chosen much better. "Volume Rock" describes exactly what you get with this longplayer. Valley Of The Sun releases with "Volume Rock" an album that hits bulls eye. The guys from Cincinatti, Ohio push the pedal to the metal and the result are nine fuzz/stoner rock songs that are highly entertaining.

It's actually the first time that I recognize that Valley Of The Sun sounds partly a bit like Volbeat. "Wants and Needs" is one example and it's the vocal lines that reminds me, in parts, of Poulsen.

Anyhow. The new songs are fuzz rock, stoner rock and garage rock with an essence of grunge, all in one. The tunes on "Volume Rock" are sometimes around 2 minutes and spot on, like the fabulous "The Hunt", while "I Breathe the Earth" is a slow moving beast that brings back the good old Kyuss sound.

One of the weirdest songs on the new longplayer is named "Speaketh the Shaman". It's a cool smasher that unveils some irresistable grooves after a while. This song demands a few times of listening before it reveals its hypnotic pleasure.

The stoner influence comes also back in the last tune. "Empty Visions" belongs to the real winners of the album.

"Volume Rock" should be listened loud. Turn on the amplifier and push your speakers to the limits. This album demands the full capacity of your equipement (and some tolerance from your neighbors).





  1. Eternal Forever
  2. Wants and Needs
  3. The Hunt
  4. Land of Fools
  5. I Breathe the Earth
  6. Speaketh the Shaman
  7. Beneath the Veil
  8. Solstice
  9. Empty Vision


Label: Fuzzorama Records

Genre: Stoner/Fuzz Rock

Release Date EU: April 29th, 2016

CD review VALLEY OF THE SUN "Volume Rock"

CD review MAMMOTH MAMMOTH "Mammoth Bloody Mammoth"

Veröffentlicht am 16. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Mammoth Mammoth, Garage Rock, Hardrock, News, CD Review, Stoner Rock, Doom Metal, Alternative Metal, Punkrock

(8/10) I can't help myself, I like the music of those four crazy guys from Down Under. Mammoth Mammoth play kick-ass garage/stoner rock with howling guitars and great melodies. Those four guys are in music purely for fun. Each of you that has seen the band live on stage knows that they are breathing pure rock'n'roll.

After having released their latest studio album "Volume IV - Hammered Again", Mikey Tucker and his gang have been on tour and used the time for writing some stuff for a new EP. This disc is now locked and loaded, waiting to be released.

"Mammoth Bloody Mammoth" is the title of the disc, not a surprise knowing that bands like Black Sabbath influenced these crazy guys.

Actually the first song, "Taste Your Blood", starts with a downtuned Sabbath-like riff, before the song turns into a typical Mammoth Mammoth garage rock track. 

"Drugs" is next. It's a merciless rocker that is simple, to the point and real. "Drugs" means going wild for three minutes and I can see the tune becoming a part of Mammoth Mammoth's upcoming setlists.

"Kick Out the Jams" follows a similar structure before the five minutes long closer takes over. What was a big party so far changes into a creepy wall of guitars. Step by step evil is getting closer and Mammaoth Mammoth goes doom. "Dead Sea" is in slo-mo by having the power of a steamhammer. Better not get into it's way.

Mammoth Mammoth added with "Mammoth Bloody Mommoth" a great new EP to their discography and I hope to see the guys back in Europe pretty soon.





  1. Taste Your Blood
  2. Drugs
  3. Kick Out the Jams
  4. Dead Sea


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Stoner Rock

Release Date EU: February 19th, 2016

CD review MAMMOTH MAMMOTH "Mammoth Bloody Mammoth"

CD review SHIT THE COW "67p" EP - !!!REVIEW NO.1000 on MHMB!!!

Veröffentlicht am 9. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Shit The Cow, Alternative Rock, Garage Rock, Rock, News, CD Review

(7/10) Time to celebrate . CD review No. 1000 goes to the Swedish EP masters of Shit The Cow (I still have to smile about this name) that are back with another five-track release. This time it's called "67p" and the guys continue their garage rock trip.

I have to admit that I like their raw and independent approach to music. It seems to me that those guys are doing what they want without caring about any trend and/or input from the outside. Those guys just do there own thing. 

The five tunes on "67p" are again exciting indie rockers that are not based on filigreed details that build-up to huge soundscapes. Those songs just rock - in the best meaning of the word.

The best numbers on the EP are the grooving "Pale Rider", the 'arrogant' "King of the Compound" and the punk-like opener "In the Woods".

What I dislike compared to "Rissna", the predecessor, is the sound on "67p". Especially  "Busy Day at 67p" has a very low-fi expression. That Shit The Cow can do better without compromissing the underground feeling is what they have proven on their earlier releases.

Anyhow, "67p" is fun to listen to and you should check it out, if you haven't heard of the Stockholm-based band before.





  1. In the Woods
  2. Busy Dat at 67p
  3. Pale Rider
  4. King of the Compound
  5. It Will Kill Us All


Label: Self-Released

Genre: Garage Rock

Release Date EU: October 2nd, 2015

Photo: Shit The Cow
Photo: Shit The Cow
Photo: Shit The Cow

Photo: Shit The Cow


"Paranioa's rock" - the new video from THE DURANGO RIOT

Veröffentlicht am 26. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in The Durango Riot, Hardrock, Punkrock, Rock, Garage Rock, Video, News

Swedish garage rockers The Durango Riot have an new video in the starting block. The track is a straight-forward rock'n'roller called "Paranioa's rock" and is worth to check. Here it is.


CD review SHIT THE COW "Rissna" EP

Veröffentlicht am 20. August 2014 von Markus W. in Shit The Cow, Stoner Rock, Indie, Punk, Garage Rock, CD Review, Mammoth Mammoth, News

(9/10) Yesss. Shit The Cow is back with a new EP. Don't ask me why I like these guys, but their songs are just awesome. Already the last EP "Salt of the earth" took almost endless rounds in my player and the same happened to their first EP volume/cow". And now it's time for new stuff.

The guys from Stockholm, Sweden just kick ass. If you haven't heard them before I would describe them as the Swedish version of Mammoth Mammoth. It's the this mix if stoner rock, indie rock and garage rock which puts a spell on you. These guys are playing the music they like. No glimpse on money and commercial success. It seems that they just want to have a good time and having fun by what they are doing.

The new EP is named "Rissna", which is the small city up North in Sweden where they recorded the songs.

The opener "This is the shit" is really cool shit. It is a faster rock bastard which makes you addicted. The tune has potential for becoming a indie club hit. "Common enemy" takes it a bit easier. The track has a punky attitude and the vocals aren't maybe all to the point. But who cares. Song number three sounds like a metal track - at least when you read the name; "Legion of death". Stylewise it is similar to the opener and is a typical live tune. "Down below" goes really into the indie field. It's a slower track and spread almost a kind of dark expression. Last but not least "Piece of lead". The bouncer is probably the weakest tune on the album. It doesn't kick-in from the beginning. Could be that this one needs a bit more time.

But however. Still 80% winners and 20% OK. Not a bad average. As I said in the beginning; I like the energy and the kick-ass attitude from those guys and I can recommend you to check this EP. I wonder why they haven't got a record deal yet. They would have deserved it and if someone from a record comany reads this, please sign them.





  1. This is the shit
  2. Common enemy
  3. Legion of death
  4. Down below
  5. Piece of lead


Label: Selfreleased

Genre: Stoner Rock



CD review SHIT THE COW "Rissna" EP

CD review SHIT THE COW "Salt of the earth" EP

Veröffentlicht am 9. September 2013 von Markus W. in Shit The Cow, CD Review, Garage Rock, Stoner Rock

Shit The Cow, what a name for a band. Definitely it is a pretty unique name. Shit The Cow are 4 guys from Stockholm, Sweden and the released their new EP. It’s a four track record called “Salt of the earth”.

The band plays a mix between Stoner Rock, Punk and Rock. It sounds pretty cool and sounds a little bit like a mix between Kyuss, Soundgarden and The Ramones. All four songs, which aren’t very long, have a good melody which makes it easy to digest them. The tracks have also an unusual structure when it comes to the songwriting, but that makes them exciting. You get familiar with them from the very first moment. But next to the melody the songs also have the heavy part of down-tuned guitars and the powerful basslines. 

“The decline of western civilization” comes with a typical stoner riff, while “123 boom” has a more punk approach. “Monte Carlo” is a grooving rocker and “More apologies” has a kind of punk/indie touch. This is real underground, which is not streamlined by the mainstream.

All in all four fresh songs which are surprisingly good. The whole EP sounds very authentic. Would be good if these guys will manage to get out a full-length album in the coming months.


PS.: But maybe they could rename the band ;o)





  1. The decline of the western civilization
  2. 123 boom
  3. Monte Carlo
  4. More apologies



Daniel Kjellberg (g, b)

Robin Lindqvist (d)

Erik Rosenberg (g, b)

Peter Söderberg (v, g)


Label: Self produced

Genre: Stoner- / Garagerock

CD review SHIT THE COW "Salt of the earth" EP
Photo: Shit The Cow (Promo)

Photo: Shit The Cow (Promo)