It’s no secret at this point that genre lines everywhere have been stretched to a point that when a band comes along and captures the essence of a particular genre it can be quite remarkable, to say the least. This is exactly what Kansas City’s Bummer have done on their full length debut, Holy Terror, due out August 24. Their chosen drug is noise rock full of wallowing sludge and angry tempos but with emphasis on methodical grooves and energetic songwriting. Essentially, they’ve captured the actual soul of what made noise rock so great when I first heard it many, many years ago. On top of that they take the classic noise soul and make it their own with a pinch of thrash and a robust dose of dirty blues (the kind that makes you want to clean up afterwards). Without completely spilling the beans before you actually listen to this thing, I’m stopping there since I could go on all day about this. One more thing, that album cover! It’s simple but damn effective.
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South London’s Gramma Vedetta wants you to understand that their mix of grunge, stoner metal and classic rock is up to date and ready for mass consumption. Checking out their back catalog via Bandcamp (links contained below) it’s immediately apparent that this strain of styles is paramount to the band and their sound. Particularly since we’re picking up some Mother Love Bone, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and slight Alice In Chains vibes but also a distant Kyuss. If all that sounds interesting, and it should, then definitely check out their latest single “Address Unknown” which was released back in June and with the stream below you’ve got no excuse not to. We had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions and in our typical fashion we’re just a bit late with them. No worries though, read on to see what they had to say. Continue reading →
Doom. The one genre where four letters can be as vast as all of the oceans on this planet and invoke emotions as varied as the colors around us. In the wrong hands it can fall rather flat but in the right hands — as is the case with Ripis — it can move mountains. Rolling sound waves, crushing riffs, tar thick atmosphere and lyrics that are the epitome of doom are just a few of the things you can expect on Shadow Dies In Morning Light, the band’s recently released second effort. Hues of Bell Witch color the pacing and shades of YOB highlight the songwriting but for over forty minutes Ripis OWNS this genre, period. This is doom metal in its purest form and it kicks all sorts of ass. After a chance email from the band and subsequent listen(s), we had to know more so we sat down with them armed with our set of Profile questions which you can find immediately below — and PANCHO. Be sure to click the links contained within and support this band in as many ways as you can afford! Continue reading →
If you’ve been following my ramblings here long enough, it’s a given that New York’s Netherlands are miles away from the norm which consequently makes them a shoe in for favorite status in my book. August 24 marks the release date of Netherland’s fifth effort, Black Gaia, on frontman Timo Ellis’ imprint Records and Tapes Records. It’s an album that pulls in all their legendary psychedelic freak outs, melodic poppy hooks, bottom heavy bombast and the knack for ridiculously catchy songwriting into a MOUNTAIN of a successful album. Continue reading →
Old school might be a tad misleading but it’s a term I’ll easily throw out for full effect when speaking of Missouri shredders Degrave and their fiery brand of thrash metal on the upcoming self-titled album Degrave. Remember the days of high top Reeboks and wickedly fast solos where it sounded like the two main concerns were how much speed one could muster and how efficient one could be while doing it? That’s the kind of old school I’m referring to. It’s a certain era of thrash that was glorious in its heyday and thanks to the current guard of bands reviving / refreshing this era and genre, it will live on indefinitely. Degrave offer up just enough nostalgia to turn many heads while being deadly serious about their craft and how it comes across to the listener — IDEAL thrash metal. Just ahead of Friday’s release date we had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions to find out a little more about these speed demons and what makes them tick. Read on to see what they had to say and be sure to grab your copy later this week. Continue reading →