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Typing the title The Horse And Other Weird Tales, I accidentally wrote ‘takes’ instead of ‘tales’ and laughed. The world is full of so many bad hot takes lately and thankfully Jess and the Ancient Ones‘ new record feels like it could save people from illusions while also inspiring psychedelic spiritual autonomy and rebellion. Sorely needed!

Record number three from the powerful psych band sees the group forging ahead and sounding more like they jammed out the whole record in a powerhouse ritual bonding than ever before. “(Here Comes The) Rainbow Mouth” and “Shining” cast upbeat persistent hypnosis that loosens the limbs and brings you into the expanding lotus-like world of the Ancient Ones’ sound as they explore. There is nothing as darkly unhinged and intense as “The Equinox Death Trip” but the album makes you feel amazing and will open your mind wide. It really feels like witnessing history in the re-making, in that it sounds like vintage 60’s glory but the band are well into their own mythology.

Sheer brilliance and lightning in a bottle takes abound. Actually HOT “takes”.

“Your Exploding Heads” has an amazing almost post punk intro before smoothly transitioning into a stunning opening verse section, the group fully in control of the build up that allows for the chorus to explode like the head in the title. 9 songs and 31 minutes, recorded and mixed together with their live sound engineer made for an experience not often captured by timid bands. Clutch’s records like Jam Room or the masterful Robot Hive/Exodus capture the kind of loose and yet super in the zone feel I am trying to convey, simply from that famed band playing together live and becoming psychic. This Jess and the Ancient Ones record has a similar spirit of intuition and innovation but feels more ‘in the moment’, if that makes sense.

“You And Eyes” is maybe my favorite, a chill yet confidant boogie that just feels so cool and good. The philosophical sampled spoken word segments on this album really vibe with the tunes instead of feeling gimmicky. The experimental psych jazz meets Floyd via Big Brother and the Holding Company-esque 4 and a half minute mark section of this tune will keep you flying free and easy but tuned in. There’s a warm and bluesy feel to parts of this song that is pitch perfect. Jess’ vocal performance on this tune and really the whole album feel like a huge victory. If the act never made another record the work they have done so far would already classify them as a very notable act.

“Radio Aquarius” is a song I wish the whole American public could chill out to right now, as raw and beaten up as we are lately. It makes you feel how some of the world’s problems and mysteries have remained unsolved since, say, the Vietnam War through the present day and that there is a heart of darkness always at war with the diamond awakening of consciousness expansion. “Return To Hallucinate” will make you feel hopeful and like you can hopefully keep painting your dreams for a better world through any hardships to come if we all keep faith in one another, clap and dance. There’s also a scorching fuzzy solo in that one and brilliant keys that are super addictive.

“Anyway The Minds Flow” seems to signal to outsiders to remember that while they might feel braced against the system and the world, they are also free from the constraints of conformity and just might carve their own fate. The Catcher In The Rye is evoked and hearkens to the courage to step forward into a bold decision. Time’s river flows by and you can interact as you choose, swept up in the times or making them react to you. But we all spin on the mandala. So alone or together we all are together and interconnected anyway and might as well try and make the best of it. The best part is, this album is going to be a gift that keeps on giving new delights with every listen, revealing more lessons, layers and love.

Surrendering can be hard but magical things just might happen.

Bay Area Brutality Round Up: Light This City, Necrot, End Hip End It news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 4:33 PM (PST)

A few super cool Bay Area related happenings of note for you today, metal goblins.

Well the raddest news of the day in Metal Land is that cult melodeth band Light This City are reuniting! The Bay Area band were amazing and their final album Stormchaser showed they went out at the top of their game, but I always felt like that was one band who it was a real shame we never saw more from other than the 2010 farewell shows. We love us some Heartsounds and Wilderness Dream, but Light This City were also soooo awesome.

In September of 2015, Darkest Hour requested that LIGHT THIS CITY play the San Francisco date of their 20th anniversary tour. The band quickly reunited within a few months to rehearse one final set that would celebrate the band’s four-album career. The show was absolutely one for the books, sparking the flame which lead the band to reunite.

More BELOW.

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Band Spotlight: Sabbath Assembly

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 1:48 PM (PST)

Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune), Sabbath Assembly anno 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), who has been with the band since 2011; original drummer Dave Nuss; bassist Johnny Deblase, who also played on the band’s self-titled album; and the new addition of second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Zvi).
We have been thrilled by the group’s endeavors since the early albums, yet not they continue to evolve and excite as a far more progressive and at times heavier beast than when they first arrived, steeped in interpreting the hymnody of the Process Church of the Final Judgment.  One of the most consistently good and unique bands in modern rock and metal, Sabbath Assembly are no mere faux-cult or yet another pretend wizard band. The new album Rites Of Passage draws from much deeper wells and is one of their most dynamic releases. The songs on Rites of Passage include stories of losing one’s religion (rather than initiation), dissolution of a relationship (rather than marriage), and managing the dementia and physical decline of a loved one (as more profound than a funeral rite).

 

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‘Yeah, records on vinyl are a big thing here. Frankly, I prefer it the way it was, as an outsider thing with record fairs, hole in the wall record stores and seedy second hand shops crammed with used porno mags and Bonnie Tyler maxi singles. No, wait, maybe I don’t.’ – Benediktator

If you want to have your day or night irrevocably changed, like entering into a magical and demented forest from which you might not return for a hundred years, look no further than the third release from Norway’s saturnine prog force Tusmørke. Fort Bak Lyset is the album in question, a veritable circus of odd riffs, vertiginous chanting, danceable merry making and impishness on a profound scale. Svart Records is lucky to be releasing this insanity on the masses, dangling a truly adventurous musical carrot out there for the brave souls willing to follow the super weird music into the laughing forest.

Enlightened psychedelic progenitors Benediktator, Krizla and the phenomenon Marxo Solinas speak to us today from a realm of imagination so that we might glimpse a slight understanding of the inner workings of this peculiar and splendid group’s latest.

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From the get go I have adamantly often held that Sabbath Assembly is one of the most crucial projects in modern music. I could say underground, fringe or occult or metal, to be precise. That feels really almost insulting, though. Would you reign in Kylesa? Would you throw a cap on the cosmic bottle that is Blues Pills? Could you fit, say most absurdly, fucking Neurosis in a box? The massive wall of sound of universal themes in the West Coast legend’s sound is way too vast and powerful an EXPERIENCE to insult with consistently marginalizing tags/signifiers. Sabbath Assembly fall exactly into such a category, to ironically use categories. Whether composing at times frail, foreboding or forlorn adaptations on Process Church hymns to Christ and Lucifer or getting really heady with conceptual photos or videos, the band has evolved fluidly under the expanding consciousness of founder David Christian Nuss.

Whenever Sabbath Assembly has released something I can’t help but submit questions or give in to curiosity, eager to see where the lengthening strange trip is headed. As it turns out, right now the often “smart” Sabbath Assembly kind of just want to fucking rock. And that’s more than OK! “The Firey Angel Of Desire” is evidence alone they are on to something really exciting as they cross a new threshold. It almost sounds like Maiden playing Sabbath Assembly!

Results are in and the new Sabbath Assembly record is a fucking wallop, by far their heaviest brew yet. It proves they could tour with perhaps a much wider array of bands than previously people may have expected, though I hope they won’t ditch their more mercurial early Hymn based material while henceforth writing original rock music. You can hear two new tracks from the forthcoming self-titled “new birth” HERE.

Read our fresh interview with David and vocalist Jamie Myers BELOW.

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Album Review: Acid King – “Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere”

Posted by Joan on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 3:49 PM (PST)

 

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Heavy and atmospheric, stoner band Acid King return with their 2015 album, “Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere”. Fronted by San Francisco natives, Lori S. (vocals and guitar), along with bandmates, Joey Osbourne (drums) and Peter Lucas (bass), this trio delivers on slow groove and ambiance. Unlike their previous efforts, this album’s vocal stylings and guitar work play more on the doomy side of stoner, offering the listener a darker and more introspective tone than what might be expected from their earlier work on Acid King III. After a slow building and jamming Intro track, Acid King’s second track, Space Pictures, coalesces into a thick, unassuming, sludge-inspired sound, placing the band’s sound somewhere between King Woman meets Sleep meets Electric Wizard. Add to that, the driving doom of their sixth track, “Infinite Skies”, and you’ll feel like donning your biker jacket and going for a ride.

Click HERE for more of the review.

Interview: The House Of Capricorn – “Morning Star Rise”, baby

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 8:55 AM (PST)

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Please consider the following interview, in which we discuss New Zealand’s The House of Capricorn‘s latest movements and influences in the world of shadows. Anyone who  knows me knows that from August to the end of any given year it is hard to be around me because I am endlessly pondering my year end “best of” list. Well, it’s November and just when I thought I had it sewn up House Of Capricorn come along with fucking album of the year level material delivered with the ferocity and dark vision to almost fill the void left behind by the supernova of The Devil’s Blood’s passing (but in a more angry rock context). This really turns things upside down for me. Thanks, assholes!

Check it all out here in the great BELOW.

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Acid King sign to Svart, Prepare to stake new claim on stoner throne

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 11:46 PM (PST)

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Well, this rules. One of the best bands in stoner rock steps back out from the green, swirling shadows…

Via Svart Records:

Today, SVART RECORDS is happy to announce that we have signed a contract with San Francisco’s ACID KING and will be handling their forthcoming new album worldwide. The new album, which is the legendary stoner rock band’s first in 10 years, was recorded at Sharkbite Studios by Billy Anderson with Toshi Kasai and mixed by Billy Anderson. Featuring cover art by esteemed tattoo artist Tim Lehi, the nine-track album will be available on CD, gatefold double-LP, and digital formats in February 2015. Title and tracklisting to be announced shortly.

ACID KING spent a few successful weeks in Europe in 2012, playing a few shows with Saint Vitus and performing at such festivals as Muskelrock and Roadburn. This week, the band will escape the studio, having completed work on the new album, and will embark on a two-week Euro tour. Starting in Milan and traveling through western Europe and the UK, the tour climaxes with a show at the Hellfest Festival in France.
Confirmed dates/venues can be seen HERE.
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Sabbath Assembly release video for the striking “Lucifer”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM (PST)

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SABBATH ASSEMBLY is proud to present the latest video for the track “Lucifer” from their recently-released third album, Quaternity, out now on SVART RECORDS. Directed by Lara Miranda in Oakland, California, the video features the actors Nils Frykdahl (of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) and Audra Wolfmann.

The “Lucifer” hymn was transmitted directly from a member of the ’70s spiritual-psycho religious cult The Process Church of the Final Judgment. This member, Anthony D’Andrea, demo’ed the hymn for the band via telephone from Boston, Massachussettes. A snippet of this recording can be heard at the top of the track, followed by a gorgeous interpretation sung by Daron Beck of Pinkish Black.

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Interview: Sabbath Assembly – Tomorrow’s Dream

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 6:38 PM (PST)

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Sabbath Assembly continue to amaze. Quaternity is the latest release from the mysterious group, a collection of hymns we recently rated a full 5 stars. Dave Nuss and Jamie Myers (with numerous cohorts) have outdone themselves and cemented the already glowing, if not so lengthy legacy of this fabulous band of free thinkers. Jehovah. Christ. Satan. Lucifer.Restored to one. All sides of the self examined and…processed. I’ve been watching The Living Matrix the last few days, so unified theories of the self are also quite appealing.

What is missing from the Christian concept of “trinity”? Carl Jung suggests that the fourth element is what many reject – the evil in our nature; or by another view, the feminine, which throughout Church history has been equated with evil and duly suppressed. To restore this element to the trinity creates Quaternity, which in William Blake’s Proverbs of Hell represents “the fourfold nature of man and his relationship to the divine.”

Click HERE for our interview with Dave Nuss on Quaternity and more.

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Sabbath Assembly unveil video for “I,Satan”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM (PST)

 

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Today, the ever-singular Sabbath Assembly premiere the video for “I, Satan” at heavily trafficked tastemakers Stereogum.com. The most monstrous track from their highly anticipated third album, Quaternity, set for international release on March 28th, the video for “I, Satan” was created entirely by the band, and the song features text from sacred Process Church of the Final Judgment scriptures, all written from the standpoint of the Lord of the Underworld.

The song delivers a brutal assault with lines such as “Burn the chaff of humanity, dance proud around the leaping flames,” and “Put aside your litanies, priest, Satan does not retreat.” Additional lyrical inspiration comes from “Inno A Satana” a classic poem used in Satanic liturgies since it was published in1865, written by Italian Nobel Prize Winner Giosue Carducci. The video for SABBATH ASSEMBLY’s “I, Satan” can be viewed exclusively HERE.
The chorus:
“Come as you are, unleash the beast.
Come forth in yourself, release the fiend.
Behold as rust erodes Michael’s sword,
The monarch of form – I, Satan.”
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Album Review: Sabbath Assembly – Quaternity

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 5:31 PM (PST)

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Sabbath Assembly, the devotional brainchild of percussionist Dave “Xtian” Nuss based on the teachings of the controversial Process Church of the Final Judgment, is back with their third release Quaternity. Perhaps a record titled Quaternity ought to have been their fourth (rumor has it from a little bird that there IS a record the band recorded before Restored To One that may see the light of day at some point). Regardless, this is a beautiful and powerful release for the group. This is sacred folk music/metal that unites concepts of light and shadow into a concise worldview with an emphasis on being a well rounded person. Every Sabbath Assembly release has been simply stunning, but the newest record shifts styles and focuses on more acoustic based yet heavily layered compositions than the sort of retro sound of the previous two records.  12 string, cello, viola, acoustic bass, orchestra bells, gong, wind chime, timpani, and haunting vocals all make appearances in standout single “Jehovah on Death”, for example. Some of it almost sounds like less-obtuse Death In June meets early Genesis meets, I dunno, Fairport Convention.

Some of the material reminds me of the more folksy side of vocalist Jamie Myers previous group Hammers of Misfortune, but that is far too simple and easy a comparison. Many layered vocals, sparse percussion at times near obsessive attention to detail make this an unforgettable experience.

“Whatever their need to be master of the game shall be chaff in the wind beside my Universe,” sings Myers. Her voice is so intoxicating you almost believe she did make the world, as this record certainly takes you out of the mundane and into realms of pure inspiration.

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Album Review: Loinen – Loinen

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM (PST)

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If you’re the kind of person who likes putting on music so grimy and obnoxiously rad that pigeons and innocent bystanders burst into flame, Finland’s sludgy scumsters Loinen are right up your alley. Unless you really have your ear to the underground your average rocker hasn’t heard of Loinen, which is too bad. The band have mostly put out vinyl and cassette releases of varying obscurity, though some killer stuff is available on their Bandcamp. That will probably remain your best bet for hearing this release because while Svart is putting it out on vinyl, it is limited to about 400 copies and there is no download card. Hunt for it, hungry headbangers!

“Portto” and other numbers like the nine-minute thudding caveman ear destroying “Hyödytön eläin” are grittier than blackened spoons on railroad tracks in the middle of nowhere. The blown speaker cabinet in a practice room bass “tone” of this record has a stoner punk quality that actually works great for the lean but morose sound of the band. I think the band name even means “parasite”. The lo-fi feel here complements the gloom riffing and gutter howled vocals as perfectly as you could imagine, while “Ruumishuone” literally kind of sounds like someone dying set to sludge and sickly, sad strings. My favorite track is called “Kuolemanselli”, a trudging wall of anticipation-release-give and take that drops simple yet highly effective riff bombs into your life paired with potent, maximized drum control. Loinen have a sound vomited up from the painful side of the world most people turn their heads away from. They sound like the kind of band people who think Blatz are mainstream would listen to.

This pretty much kicks total ass, basically.

 

Convulse work on new material

Posted by Metal Dude on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 6:46 PM (PST)

The reunited Finnish death metallers Convulse have been back in the studio recording new material for two new releases, which include a vinyl EP featuring two new tracks due for release in November and a new full-length studio album that will be released next year. In regards to the new Convulse, guitarist/vocalist Rami Jämsä states:

“Our new material has a strong old-school death metal feel to it, and the band is tighter than ever before. When recording, we plan to concentrate on the energy brought on by playing everything live — no triggers or Pro Tools. Nothing beats a well-rehearsed band playing live, be it on stage or in the studio.”

Convulse’s last full-length studio album, Reflections, was released in 1994. They split up sometime back in 1995, but reunited earlier this year.

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