Album Review: Wo Fat — “The Singularity”

Let’s get the long and short of this review out of the way right off the bat: if you’re a fan of stoner heavyweights Wo Fat, you’ll likely be well aware of — and hyped as fuck for — The Singularity, the band’s first full-length in nearly six years. After all, the Texas trio possesses an immense scope and abundance of god-tier stoner riffs, which combine to make each new release feel like a proper event. When you hear rumblings from the House of Wo Fat, you get pumped — it’s that simple. And guess what? On The Singularity, the band continues to make damn good on all that hype.

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Album Review:  Messa — “Close”

Fans have waited four long years for a new release from experimental doom act, Messa, and the band’s latest release, Close, is well worth the wait. It does not disappoint as it is an elevated offering that dives into new instrumentation and techniques while expanding on the band’s already established unique sound.  Messa started out as a progressive doom band before evolving to incorporate various influences including jazz, blues, sludge, black metal, and dark ambience.  Close brings together all these elements while also adding cultural inspirations and instruments.  In addition to the uniqueness of style and sound, the production is clean and crisp helping listeners unearth each new piece while flowing brilliantly from movement to movement.

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Profile: Brian Tarter of Brass Owl

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On Brass Owl‘s self-titled EP, released in June, this power trio shifts gears from stoner metal to jam band to southern rock to blues and back again over the course of seven songs — no matter what they slip into it’s cohesive, catchy and damn memorable. Simply put, hearing traces of Gov’t Mule alongside COC is never a bad thing. Mastermind and guitarist/vocalist Brian Tarter played with Steve Vai back in the 90s and having been in the music game for over thirty years he, obviously, brings a ton of experience and knowledge to the table that, along with his bandmates, shines through every note of Brass Owl. We had the chance to sit down with Brian for more information on him and the band so head below for his answers and click through the links contained within to show them some support. Continue reading

Sepulchral Saturday: CEBO))) – “Bloodwheel”

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A couple listens to CEBO)))‘s second release Bloodwheel is all it takes to get its sludgy hooks in you deep. The album is a multi-dimensional beast with some seriously downtuned fuzz, rock hooks and a blues heart. The band is a solo project of Jim McMillan and hails from Georgia, home of the sweaty, hotter than Hades type of summers. And Bloodwheel is about as perfect a companion to those miserable dog days as a cold beer is to quenching thirst. That’s not a slight in the least, rather a compliment and if you even remotely like sludge you’re in for a treat with this edition of Sepulchral Saturday. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Chris Stapleton – “Traveller”

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On this edition of Rainbows in the Dark, we’ll be looking at—gasp, shock, horror—a country album. A very good one, mind you, unfettered by the usual stylistic tropes of Nashville pop-garbage that saturates the radio. Traveller, released in May 2015 by Chris Stapleton, is refreshing in many ways. Not only is the songwriting absolutely brilliant, but Stapleton’s integration of blues, classic rock, and honest introspection makes Traveller an album that doesn’t tidily fit into any particular mold—and frankly, that’s what great about it. From top to bottom, Traveller is a tour-de-force in American songwriting. Continue reading