Posted by Irmelinis
The Swedish duo The Moth Gatherer’s debut album is quite interesting with its unconventional style of experimental/sludge/post metal. They have created an ambitious and tasteful mix of different music styles combined with lots of effects, which results in heavily atmospheric songs that aren’t always an easy listen. This is haunting and hypnotic music suited for fans of ISIS, Cult of Luna and Neurosis. It’s very difficult to describe it due to the pure emotional nature of the songs.
Posted by Irmelinis
Here’s a list where you only have to listen to the first 30 seconds of the songs to know what I’m talking about!
#42 Edguy – No More Foolin
“No more foolin’
you will save all your love”
An excellent intro and song where Edguy lets the guitars do the talking. This song can be found on their third full-length ‘Vain Glory Opera’ from 1998.
Giving a look at that album cover should give you an idea of what kind of music is contained within the latest album from North. It just screams of psychedelic, sludgy, groove laden, post-metal. Well, that’s what I see 😉 In The Great Silence near hour-long running time you may be able to hear many similarities to bands like Isis, Ghost Brigade, The Ocean, Neurosis, and early-Baroness, and at the same time hear how these guys really carve a niche all their own. Tracks like “Inanimate Fathers” have such a thunderous groove to them it’s neigh impossible not to be sucked down into the sludgy mire and songs like “Origins” create this kind of murky beauty that add layers of heart and complexity to the record. Then there’s “Pulse” which will bludgeon you over the head with a musty hammer of fat grooves and devastating guitars and vocals.
Seriously, every track on this album is quality and each separates itself from its previous and former with a nice diversity, something very welcome in the sludgy, post-metal realm. If any of the bands I mentioned above tickle your fancy or you just happen to like sludge metal of the highest breed, do make sure to click on the play button below. And as always, if you dig it, tell your friends, and maybe buy a download of the record. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!
One band I feel that is criminally underrated is this sludgy, nwobhm-ish, prog metal band called The Lord Weird Slough Feg. Maybe it was lack of publicity or their name that made people not take notice, cause I’m sure that if one would take a couple minutes to listen to them, the music certainly isn’t anything that would turn any metal fan sour. Anywho, someone over at Metal Blade Records has finally given this long-running, storied band a shot to gain some more fans by signing them to their label. One of the best parts other than even more people will be able to enjoy Slough Feg, is that Metal Blade is re-releasing 3 of the bands earlier albums all done up with some cool packaging and a shiny new coat of remastering. A 3 CD boxset will be released on Feb. 5, 2013 and will contain Twilight of the Idols (1999), Down Among The Deadmen (2000) and Traveller (2003). Of the 3 I have Traveller, and can attest that is a damn fine record. The other 2 I am looking forward to hearing, especially after hearing the single track that Metal Blade has released. “Sky Chariots” is simply damn fine heavy metal and should appease nearly all metal fans of all colors. Check the tune out, get excited for this neat box set re-release, and get even more excited for the fact that a new Slough Feg record is most likely coming out pretty soon. You can do some backtracking into the bands ginormous back catalog while you wait. Enjoy!!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Combining elements of sludge, black, post, and prog metal, Latitudes have been able to craft a very unique sound that is laced in tons of atmosphere and texture. Their 2nd album Individuation shows the band growing their sound as well as their songcraft ability as each of the 8 track on the record are able to meander throughout different areas of their crushing beauty while not losing their way, nor my attention. Soft and ghost-like vocals paired with viscous sludge metal riffing, dreamlike ambient sections, and frequent black metal atmospheres create a floating in space while watching the glorious explosion of nebulae feeling. If you fancy bands like Pelican, Isis, prog era-Mastodon, Pink Floyd, or Agalloch give this band and album a shot, it’s some great music. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!
Posted by Reggie
If you are a fan of Hatebreed, Down, and Crowbar there stands a chance that you might like Kingdom of Sorrow. The band was formed by Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) and Kurt Windstein (Down/Crowbar). When you listen to a spin of Kingdom of Sorrow, you can definitely hear influences from their day jobs. Kingdom of Sorrow has released two albums so far with this particular song, Lead Into Demise, appearing on the most recent album Behind The Blackest Tears released in 2010.
The video itself is nothing special; just the guys playing is what looks like a warehouse or parking garage. Sometimes nothing more is necessary; band footage is always good. As for the song, it a nice wake up in the morning and throw a chair kind of song. Have a great weekend and enjoy the Video of the Week. What do you think of the song?
Posted by Mark/Angel
To be writing this concert report is slightly surreal to say the least, given the circumstances that unfolded the day after, but I feel motivated to give my thoughts on the happier side of events, the Tuesday evening filled with enjoyable music and excitable people in a small venue in Bristol. Several other gigs were on in the area at that time, but I was certainly glad to be attending this one, despite only knowing the headliner’s latest release Yellow & Green. But first, to describe the venue.
The Fleece in Bristol is a bar-cum-gig venue, relatively small in size and anti-moshpit in setup: several support poles that would be quite painful to run headlong into. That aside (and thankfully Baroness are not a moshpit band), it has a cozy atmosphere, particularly with the posters adorning the walls (Muse, The Dandy Warhols and Amy Winehouse to name a few), and a decent view of the stage from everywhere in the venue. And so, eventually the lights dimmed and the first band were up: local lads Black Elephant.
Hovering between the borders of sludge metal, post-metal, and black metal, Orlando, Florida band Fire in the Cave have created a 2 song E.P. that will quake your viscera with it slow and brooding riffs, thundering bass, and hypnotic drumming and vocals. As it attacks you innards, the E.P also shows a delicate sense of beauty as the band transitions into haunting guitar leads and explores areas outside of their claustrophobic and sludgy comfort zone. Complete with wonderfully written and environmentally charged lyrics FITC deliver a satisfying and complete package all wrapped up nicely in its quick 16 minute run time.
The first song, “Civilized Swamp”, gets right to the point with the thundering music and the rough hard-core shouts in the vein of band such as Isis and Neurosis. In time the tempo changes up and a preview of the beauty of what the band is able to create pokes its head out for a brief moment before the thick and chunky riffs take the forefront again. Soon Mastodon proggy riffs (pun intended) turn up and lead into a gorgeous Earthy black metal section that I felt was very reminiscent of Agalloch as they bring this behemoth of a song to a close.
The second track, “Aeden Carr”, follows a similar feel as its predecessor but mixes up the structure to create yet another journey through a viscid forest. This one has more of a post-metal feel to it, but the sludgy black stains are still worn visibly and with pride. I particularly like the slow and brooding section at around the ~3:30-6:30 mark as it created an atmosphere so dense you could rip a chunk of it off and chew on it like bubble gum.
This is a great offering from an up and comer. I’m highly looking forward to what FITC can do in the future with a full on album because this release really has my appetite whetted. The production on the E.P. is great with its grimy sound that maintains enough cleanliness for the music and intricacies to shine through. Well worth your 16 minutes to check out. Peace Love and Metal!
You can listen to the whole album below or go to FITC‘s Bandcamp page to get yourself a ‘name you price’ copy of the E.P. Also be sure to check out their Facebook page for updates on the band and show info.