Receiving the Evcharist: Ancestors and Dark Side of Ale

Receiving the Evcharist

Greetings! Brother Vincent is currently on a covert mission involving pocket universes, dimension-hopping automatons and exotic parrots so it’s me, Zyklonius, stepping in this week to share and pair the latest sonic and liquid treasures I have discovered. This week’s offering: Ancestors’ Suspended in Reflections and Level Eleven’s Dark Side of Ale. Continue reading

Profile: L.A.’s Psychedelic Heavy Hitters – Mountain Tamer

Mountain Tamer

If you think of that scene in the ’69 classic Easy Rider, when the group goes on a bad, bad LSD trip, every time you hear or see the word ‘psychedelic’ you’re not alone. I’m right there with you and evidently Mountain Tamer is as well. On their upcoming full length Godfortune//Dark Matters the band would be poised to do the soundtrack if said ’69 classic were to be made today or remade as so often is the case. This album is full of hefty fuzz, riffs for days and echoed vocals that trick your brain into thinking you’re already on a trip…somewhere……in outer space…….or something that involves a hit….of something. Seriously though, MTNTMR has impressed the hell out of me with their Floydish songwriting skills and satanic biker mentality. We recently sent them our set of Profile questions to learn more and now you get to join in the knowledge. Don’t forget to visit the links contained within to show them and their labels some support!  Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…Red Lead Media & PR

red lead media

“But hey,” you ask.  “Where do all those promos come from?”

They come from PR groups, my friends.  Many, many PR groups.  Inboxes get stuffed to the gills with pleas for some kind of coverage, whether its a review, interview, profile, track premiere…and as the release date for an album gets closer and the reminders come in, it can get even more overwhelming.  But with so much music out there, having a good PR person in your corner can make the difference between selling your album to six of your friends and family, and getting exposure (any exposure) to an audience that can pick up and carry your work forward.  I’d say PR groups are a necessary evil, except my experience as both a writer and a musician has found, for the most part, these dogged flag wavers to be anything but evil.

And so I thought for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I’d highlight the music that’s come to my attention via Jadd and the folks from Red Lead Media & PR.  Focusing on punk and hard rock in a variety of styles (not to mention being the in-house PR division for Magnetic Eye Records) there’s a healthy variety of music below so keep cool and dig in.  Who knows, maybe something will take your fancy…. Continue reading

Interview: Ufomammut on 8, the Importance of Home and Creative Energy

Ufomammut co Malleus
Ufomammut – pic courtesy of Malleus

A little over a month ago, Italy’s Ufomammut released their aptly titled eighth full length album 8, covered here, which continues to garner a hefty slab of my attention. So much so that I truly believe it is an absolute ‘must hear.’ Each album from this band is another step on an ever expanding journey: from the bulky weight of Godlike Snake to the experimentation of Oro to the forward thinking doom of Eve, Ufomammut continue to push their own sonic boundaries and find ways to make each note resonate more than the last. Plus, they’ve been together so long now that when performing together they seem telepathically linked and able to bend sound to their will. We recently had the opportunity to ask the band a few questions about 8, the importance of home and their creative energy — among other things — so head inside to see what they had to say. Continue reading

Album Review: Ufomammut – “8”

Ufomammut - 8

This far along, a band like Ufomammut needs no introduction. Their brand of psychedelic space doom ladened with crushing heaviness has been building steam since 1999. With their latest full length 8, this trio displays why they have been top tier for as long as they have. Doom, stoner and sludge can all be marred by try-hards, repetition and messy production but Ufomammut have, since their inception, been forward thinkers and extremely great songwriters which helps keep their material not only fresh but fully engaging. 18 years on, 8 is another letter perfect example of this. Continue reading