Welcome back, weekend warriors, to another edition of our Nine Circles Saturday morning mixtape. This week, we’ve got a re-recording of classic Clutch featuring Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe, another Two Minutes to Late Night cover, and new music from Stormkeep, which is almost single-handedly saving this week for me. These, plus more, at the link below.
Each year I take a break from writing about metal on this site to regale the 10-12 of you who read Blood Red with reviews on horror films from every corner of the globe. Different sub-genres, different themes…vastly different modes of execution.
Kinda like metal, no?
Anyway, I’ve managed to vaguely keep up with some of what’s been going on in the extreme metal scene a bit, with different sounds catching my ears when I wasn’t knee-deep in Evil Dead homages and terrible, terrible remakes of mediocre horror films. So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I wanted to say a few (very few – I’m tapped at the moment after writing over 16,000 words on horror movies) words on some metal that wasn’t coveted here on the site, but managed to stick in my ears long enough to register as something I dug.
Ohio’s Ghost:Hello recently released a self-titled, two-track EP that’s in the psychedelic metal realm with its nod to the cosmos but shares plenty of space with fuzz and stoner metal as well. Previous to that, the band released a single, “The Mouth of the Gift Horse,” which leaned heavier on punk attitude, sludge, and hardcore. As you’ll read below, a full length is in the works so it’ll be interesting to see how this trio will flesh out these sounds or if they’ll go in a completely different direction. In the meantime, we recently had the chance to ask bassist and vocalist William Jennings our set of Profile questions to get a little background on the band so head directly below to get the scoop.Continue reading →
England might not be the first place anyone would think of when conjuring sights and sounds of fuzzed out desert rock but that’s exactly what Psychlona offer up on full length, Mojo Rising. Their shared love of Fu Manchu, Kyuss, Hawkwind and Sabbath comes through in spades, which isn’t new territory, but it’s the way the band puts this amalgamation together that makes it sound so damn good. It’s a psychedelic ride across a heated desert in a chop top rat rod with a skull shifter, nitrous button and the devil in the passenger seat pushing the journey towards redline. It’s amazing how well Psychlona capture the energy and ethos of desert rock here but furthermore how they effortlessly slide in some well placed doom and fuzz for good measure. Alongside Mojo Rising’s release date, we had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions to get a look behind the scenes so head inside to see what they had to say. Continue reading →
Twin Earth Records has announced they will be releasing the vinyl edition of NY’s psychedelic doom/stoner/fuzz band Heavy Traffic‘s Plastic Surgery later this week. To get you in the mood to cough up the clams for this edition, we are pleased to feature a stream of album opener “Rule of Nines” which meanders in and out of slow burn fuzz and drop tuned doom metal. It’s definitely a mesmerizing track that shies away from the typical tropes of psych and fuzz so keep reading to hear for yourself. Continue reading →