Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Mammoths on Giants - Desolated (2013)

Mammoths on Giants is a new post metal band from Istanbul, Turkey. They released their first EP “Desolated” in October 2013. The band sites Isis, The Ocean Collective and Mastodon amongst their highest influences. Desolated envelop and beat you. You will love every minute of it.

Vocals - Alper Sakar 
Guitars - Gencay Aytekin 
Drums - Ilker Guller

1. Desolated (04:17)
2. Ilusion of Obedience (02.12)
3. Confrontation (04.18)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Black Mountain - In the Future (2008)

In the Future is the second album by Black Mountain, which was released January 21, 2008. It follows their eponymous debut album which was released in 2005. A "limited edition" of the album was released on the same day with 3 bonus tracks on a second disc. The album art was designed by keyboardist Jeremy Schmidt, who was influenced by Storm Thorgerson's work. - Wikipedia 

Stephen McBean - Vocals, Guitar
Amber Webber -Vocals
Jeremy Schmidt - Keyboards
Matthew Camirand - Bass
Joshua Wells - Drums

1. Stormy High (4:32)
2. Angels (3:07)
3. Tyrants (8:00)
4. Wucan (6:01)
5. Stay Free (4:29)
6. Queens Will Play (5:15)
7. Evil Ways (3:25)
8. Wild Wind (1:42)
9. Bright Lights (16:37)
10. Night Walks (3:55)

Nachtmystium - Assassins Black Meddle Part I (2008)

Assassins: Black Meddle, Part 1 is the fourth full-length album by Chicago band Nachtmystium. It was released via Century Media Records in the United States on June 10, 2008, and by Candlelight Records in Europe on June 23, 2008.The album contains such experimental musical flirtations as saxophones and other non-black metal musical "meddling".The album's subtitle itself incorporates the title of Pink Floyd's 1971 breakthrough album Meddle, while the album's opening track, "One of These Nights", is a homage to the Meddle's "One of These Days".According to the Chicago Tribune, Blake Judd, the band's founder, claims the idea for the album's name came from his desire to reestablish Nachtmystium's image in the music community. He states, "The idea of 'Assassins' is that an assassin kills, gets rid of or destroys something. It's not directly about us. We want to assassinate all these preconceived notions about where the metal community feels we belong in music and want to do our own thing. And what we do is black meddle.

Blake Judd - Lead Guitars, Vocals
Jeff Wilson - Rhythm Guitars
Zion Meagher - Bass, Backing Vocals
Tony Laureano - Drums, Percussion
Chris Black - Keyboards, Programming
Bruce Lamont - Saxophone

1. One of These Nights (1:50)
2. Assassins (8:07)
3. Ghosts of Grace (4:49)
4. Away from the Light (2:19)
5. Your True Enemy (4:15)
6. Code Negative (6:48)
7. Omnivore (5:05)
8. Seasick (Part I: Drowned at Dusk) (4:52)
9. Seasick (Part II: Oceanborne) (2:48)
10. Seasick (Part III: Silent Sunrise) (4:12)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Yakuza - Samsara (2006)

Samsara is the third album by Yakuza and their first for Prosthetic Records. In eastern religious and philosophical paths, Samsara is the idea of constant rebirth and suffering, which one's goal is to ultimately escape. Some literally translate it as "wandering on." Staying deeply rooted in a genre all its own, YAKUZA’s existence lies on a metal base with progressive flair, while somehow also incorporating elements of jazz, world beat, and post-rock ambience. Influence is also noted from King Crimson, John Coltrane, Tortoise, and Napalm Death.

James Staffel - Drums, Percussion, Keyboards
Matt McClelland - Guitars, Vocals
John E. Bohmer - Bass
Bruce Lamont - Saxophones, Clarinet, Vocals, Effects

1. Cancer of Industry (3:02)
2. Plecostomus (3:37)
3. Monkeytail (5:23)
4. Transmission Ends...Signal Lost (1:37)
5. Dishonor (5:19)
6. 20 Bucks (5:01)
7. Exterminator (7:25)
8. Just Say Know (2:57)
9. Glory Hole (6:57)
10. Back to the Mountain (9:02)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

TesseracT - Perspective EP (2012)

Perspective is the second EP by British progressive metal band TesseracT and will be released on May 21, 2012. The EP is not a metal record; instead renditions of four songs from One, a new edited version of "Eden" called "Eden 2.0" and acoustic versions of the songs Perfection, April, and Origin. It also includes a cover of Jeff Buckley's "Dream Brother". It is the band's first and only release with vocalist Elliot Coleman who left the band in June, 2012 weeks after the release of Perspective. The cover is very similar to the bands album "One" but the actual Tesseract is blue and "sparkly" as opposed to One where it is grey. - Wikipedia

Acle Kahney - Guitar 
Jay Postones - Drums 
James Monteith - Guitar 
Amos Williams - Bass, Backing Vocals
Elliot Coleman - Vocals

1. Concealing Fate Part Four - Perfection (3:46)
2. April (4:31)
3. Concealing Fate Part Six - Origin (4:55)
4. Dream Brother (5:17)
5. Eden 2.0 (4:28)

Madrugada - Madrugada (2008)

Madrugada is the sixth and presumably final studio album by the Norwegian rock band Madrugada. It was released by the band's own label, Malabar Recording Company, on 21 January 2008. The album was produced by Madrugada and John Agnello who also produced the band's 2001 release The Nightly Disease as well as My Midnight Creeps' second album Histamin. The album was largely recorded in May 2007 in Water Music Studios, Hoboken, New Jersey and the Magic Shop, New York. Finishing touches and mixing was done in Svenska Grammofon Studio in Gothenburg, Sweden. Even though guitarist Robert Buras died before the album was done, Hoyem and Jacobsen continued with the release of the album. Buras' part was already recorded when he died, and the rest of Madrugada stated that finishing the album was like therapy. - Wikipedia

Sivert Hoyem - Vocals
Robert Buras - Guitar
Frode Jacobsen - Bass
Jon Lauvland Pettersen - Drums
Mikael Lindqvist - Piano, Keyboards
Simen Vangen - Drums

1. Whatever Happened to You? (5:40)
2. The Hour of the Wolf (4:29)
3. Look Away Lucifer (5:13)
4. Honey Bee (5:35)
5. New Woman/New Man (4:22)
6. What's on Your Mind? (4:03)
7. Highway of Light (6:38)
8. Valley of Deception (5:09)
9. Our Time Won't Live That Long (5:55)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet (2012)

Noctourniquet is the sixth studio album by American progressive rock band The Mars Volta, released on March 26, 2012 on Warner Bros.. Produced by guitarist and songwriter Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, it is the band's first studio album to feature drummer Deantoni Parks, and the first not to include contributions from long-time keyboardist Isaiah "Ikey" Owens and guitarist John Frusciante. Inspired by the children's nursery rhyme, Solomon Grundy, and the Greek myth of Hyacinthus, Noctourniquet is a concept album, with vocalist Cedric Bixler Zavala stating, "It's about embracing life for what it should be. There's a view of the elitist lifestyle - that being an artist is unattainable. I'm trying to write this story that reminds people that we're all artists. Vocalist and lyricist Cedric Bixler-Zavala stated that the album's title stems from a story he is writing, entitled The Boy With the Voice in His Knives. He also mentioned on his YouTube channel that he may release the story in a form of graphic novel, with the art contributed by visual artist Zeque Penya. Regarding Noctourniquet's aesthetic, Rodriguez-Lopez noted, "For myself, it was definitely keeping things concise. At first, I had a rule that I was only gonna play four notes per song, but that kind of went away after a while. But it was definitely about limiting the guitar, and just taking all those parts and arranging them for other instruments—mainly the keyboard." Rodriguez-Lopez described the album as "the end of an era," in terms of how he dictates his bandmates recording contributions. Upon the album's release, bassist Juan Alderete noted, "We recorded a lot of it three or four years ago, so it’s hard for me to remember everything. It’s not like I have a lot of time in the studio. Omar just sits me down and wants to get it over with. This one more than ever." - Wikipedia

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Guitar, Keyboards, Synths, Bass 
Cedric Bixler-Zavala – Vocals, Lyrics 
Juan Alderete – Bass Guitar 
Deantoni Parks – Drums 

1. The Whip Hand (4:49)
2. Aegis (5:11)
3. Dyslexicon (4:22)
4. Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound (6:43)
5. The Malkin Jewel (4:44)
6. Lapochka (4:16)
7. In Absentia (7:26)
8. Imago (3:58)
9. Molochwalker (3:33)
10. Trinkets Pale of Moon (4:25)
11. Vedamalady (3:54)
12. Noctourniquet (5:39)
13. Zed and Two Naughts (5:36)