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Album Review: 1000Mods – Vultures

CoverRecord Label:  The Lab Recs

Release Date:  30 May 2014

Style:  Sludge/Stoner/Psychedelic

Songs:  8

Time:  39 Minutes

From:  Greece

Studio Albums: 2011 – Super Van Vacation

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Full Album Stream: No Holier Temple by Hexvessel

Hexvessel are quite the interesting specimen.  In essence they play folk metal, but not exactly the folk metal you would immediately think of when you think of the style of folk metal their home country of Finland produces.  Hexvessel opts to go for a more slow-paced, hanging out with Hunter S. Thomson, psychedelic approach.  And while the guitar tone and chord choices screams of Black Sabbath the music as a whole has a lot more in common with The Doors (especially the vocals) or Pink Floyd when they get in touch with their more ‘experimental’ side (think songs like “L’America” and “One of These Days”).  There’s also a lot of proggy and trippy movements and sections that add a lot of personality and dynamic to Hexvessel’s overall sound on No Holier Temple.  The wonderful instrumentation of the folk instruments are icing on the cake and finalize this tasty morsel of psychedelic progressive folk rock/metal band.

On my next music shopping spree this is a definite purchase for me as it hits all of my buttons for a great record, and I highly suggest checking this out if you’re into psychedelic music or anything retro flavored.  But bear in mind, while there is a lot of inspiration taken from those carpe diem years of the 60’s and 70’s, this record still manages to come off modern and fresh.  You can click here or the album cover above to visit the Finnish E-zine Inferno to listen to the whole albumand be sure to check out the video below for the album single “Woods to Conjure”.  Enjoy!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

Thanks to Angry Metal Guy and for the tip off on this band and stream.

Album Review: Otehi – Noisy Spirit

Having previously taken on one of Cosmic Swamp’s roster before, I was a little more prepared for the fuzz-attack that this release was going to bring, although several surprises awaited as I sat down with Otehi’s début Noisy Spirit EP. Firstly, the band’s name means “negative karma” in the Lakota tongue, an appropriate name for the music despite the band’s Italian origins. Secondly, the strong songwriting belies the band’s lack of an anniversary, having formed in March 2011 and released this EP before the year was out. Thirdly, the DIY production puts much punk and black metal to shame, while the 37-minute runtime outstrips many full albums. And fourthly, their influences stretch across 4 decades and 3 continents. If the souls of Kyuss, Sleep and Fu Manchu (with the obligatory touch of Sabbath) were to telecommunicate between the Aussie Outback and dusty US Midwest, that should paint a good starting point for where Noisy Spirit crashes in.

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The Mars Volta – Abridged

 The Mars Volta is an amazing band and I have been quite taken by their work since Deloused in the Comatorium first hit (I could summon my bespectacled hipster cred and say I’ve been a fan since I saw At the Drive-In).  These psychedelic prog-rock/metal loony scientists know how to make great albums packed to the brim with a staggering amount of music. Thing is though, their albums are musical marathons and require a bit of attention.  The composers of the music, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López, are aware that their albums may be a bit long-winded for some, so they were cool enough to ‘abridge’ a pair of their albums for a more digestible listen.  I’ve listened to their abridged version of the excellent The Bedlam in Goliath and found that I really enjoy this spin on the album.  Same quirkiness, but now in a bite sized form.  There is also my personal favorite Mars Volta album, Frances the Mute abridged, but I have yet to listen to it all the way through, but expect it is done with the same great quality as Bedlam.  Check them out, and if you have yet to get into The Mars Volta these seem to be a great way to do so.  Enjoy and let us know what you thought of the music.  Click on the album cover below to go to the official full album steams.

Also, The Mars Volta has their 6th full length album scheduled to hit stores on March 27, 2012.  I can’t wait for this one.  Annnnnd, the Volta boys have also announced that At the Drive-In will be playing some reunion shows!!  Fingers crossed for some new music from that spectrum of the duo,  the raw ATDI style with what they’ve progressed to with The Mars Volta sounds like a wonderful and volatile mix of awesome music!!  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Frances the Mute - Abridged

Bedlam - Abridged