Pink Frost “New Minds” Album Review + Stream…

Pink Frost

New Minds – Limited Vinyl // CD // DD

Under Road Records – Released June 16th, 2017

Reviewed By Andy “Dinger” Beresky

 

Taste Nation LLC founder and owner Matthew Thomas is well aware of my penchant for shoegazing at this point in time and had recommended I check out this new Pink Frost album.  He described them as a shoegaze band that was going for a heavier sound on their latest album.  At this point in time, I should be well aware of his penchant for understatement.  This album sounds like the ungodly love child of Smashing Pumpkins and Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, conceived at a Cure concert during the Disintegration eraThis certainly ain’t a bad thing – let’s recall that The Smashing Pumpkins were my favorite band in high school, and Disintegration is a top ten all-time album for me.  The heavier tracks are blown out with some seriously fat fuzz-tones straight from the Siamese Dream era, and they have the melodies to match.    However, the overall vibe is dark, evil, and ethereal, which may sound like an unlikely combination, but they somehow pull it off.  It’s like listening to the soundtrack from your most pleasant nightmares ever.

 

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Pink Frost actually have a bit of a back catalog, even though this is my first time listening to them.  That’s a shame, as this is my kind of band.  I’m going to do a bit more exploring into their past efforts and see where they take me.  It makes total sense that these guys and gal are from Chicago, also the hometown of The Smashing Pumpkins.  They’ve got that classic 90’s Chicago sound, with just a dash more of a modern edge and slightly sinister overtones.  New Minds  is rather entrancing in its approach, how it balances these somewhat disparate elements.  The opening title track starts off noisy and upbeat, with an off-kilter riff punctuated by a punk-ish rhythm section assault.  ‘Bare Roots’ is my favorite track on the album, with its relentless groove, stoner-ish riffs and incredibly guitar melodies.  There’s a breakdown into a quieter middle section that is straight up Siamese Dreamy, like something the Pumpkins would have used on tracks like ‘Silverfuck’ and ‘Geek U.S.A.’  The biggest difference is that you’re not going to hear any of the over-the-top lead guitar pyrotechnics that Billy Corgan was able to pull off in his heyday.

New Minds isn’t all about being heavy, and Pink Frost certainly shift gears into shoegaze and dream pop territories on tracks like ‘Avian’ and ‘Headlights.’  Despite the cleaner, lusher soundscapes employed on the quiet tracks, there’s still an underlying emotional longing and a resonant, bittersweet darkness in the lyrics.  Take some of the “Avian” lyrics, for example – “I will take what’s given/And I will steal your air/I’ll take your breath away/And the name you once wore.”  The vocals are emphasized and enhanced by a delivery that’s one part whisper and one part sneer.  The guitar interplay is textured and nuanced, even when the fuzz is full throttle, and the rhythm section certainly holds things down.  Production wise, everything has its place in the mix, and it’s all very full and powerful.

This is a solid album from start to finish, and culminates in the haunting samples from a newscast about a large fire on final track, “We No Time.”  There’s not a clunker or weak track to be found on New Minds, it’s one long goth-fuzz mindfuck of a listen.  I’d be curious to catch these cats live, and I’m also quite curious about what their next album will sound like.  Personally, I’d like to encourage them to continue in the heavier vein, because what they’re doing is working in my eyes and ears.  New Minds is one of this year’s stronger albums, and it’s gotten quite a bit of repeat plays from me, which is always a good sign.

Lineup:
Adam Lukas: Guitar, Vox
Paige Sandlin: Guitar
Alex Shumard: Bass
Jesse Hozeny: Drums


THE BUZZARDS OF FUZZ To Release New Single [Streaming]; To Play 828 Rockfest II

Atlanta’s swaggering smooth alternative rockers The Buzzards Of Fuzz are preparing to release a new single “You Never Bring Me Any Flowers” b/w “How Could You?” on July 15th. The band’s laid back, heady demeanor is a real blues-infused treat for rock fans as evidenced by the Soundcloud embedded streams of the songs below. They serve as the The Buzzards Of Fuzz first new material since their critically acclaimed debut EP Buzzard Custard was released.

In related news, The Buzzards Of Fuzz were recently named as one of the many bands that will perform at Asheville, North Carolina’s “Only Real Rock N Roll Music Festival”: the 828 Festival 2! The latest round of this event sees it growing to encompass three stages at The Boilerroom, Scandals and Club Eleven. It all happens in AVL on Sunday September 17th, 2017 from 2pm-2am. Find more info and details here.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

828 Fest

Blackout “The Horse” Album Review + Stream…

Blackout

The Horse – Vinyl // CD // DD

Riding Easy Records – released June 23, 2017

Reviewed by Terry “The Ancient One” Cuyler
    

Hey all you Doomheads out there!! Blackout is back and its time to get your ear-holes ready for something real HEAVY!. With their 3rd album The Horse set to be released on Riding Easy Records June 23rd fans can expect Blackout’s raw energy and a change in the bands line up. After releasing their self titled album back in 2015 the band went on hiatus after the departure of their drummer Tayrn Waldman, who had to move to the West Coast.

 

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The loss of their drummer may have set the band back a bit but fret not. Vocalist // bassist Christian  Gordy and guitarist Justin Sherrell didn’t let it keep them back. While the bands fate seemed uncertain to the fans, Fate had cast her dice in favor of Blackout. Seeking to write an album on his own Christian went on a DIY vision quest using shrooms and a bottle of tequila to unhinge his mind and got to work writing the album. Then in a strange turn of events, Christian found Adam Taylor at loose ends after contacting him and learning he had left Ghost Punch. Soon after the band recorded The Horse in a 4 day whirlwind session.

Compared to Blackout’s other releases The Horse has an Electric Wizard does Punk feel to it. With vocals that sound like a tormented soul calling from the void I am only now beginning to understand the lyrics after listening to The Horse several times. But based on their earlier music and style I think Blackout is more concerned with the overall sound.  By using sound the way the impressionists used color and light, Blackout has created an image of a horse that you think your riding only to find yourself being ridden by it.

 

 

Though The Horse has the same raw power Blackout’s past albums have had, what makes it sound different is Adam Taylor who’s King Kong vs Godzilla drumming really adds to the sludgy psychedelic fuzz. Some of my favorites from The Horse are: Graves, Let Em Ride, Rat Spirit, Amnesia, and, The Horse. While you can order The Horse as a digital download on Bandcamp for $7.00 why not splurge and buy the CD for $9 or the Vinyl for $20.  Highly Recommend

 Line-Up:
Justin Sherrell – bass/vocals 
Christian Gordy – vocals/guitars
Adam Taylor – drums
Tayrn Waldman the bands former drummer had to move across country.


RESCUE RANGERS To Release ‘Join Hate’ In September; Streaming New Song

September 1st, 2017 will see the eagerly awaited release of the third studio album, titled “Join Hate“, from the French rock band Rescue Rangers. The album was produced by none other than Page Hamilton (Helmet) and will be issued via F200 Records. The band is sharing the new song “Khalil” today, a song that firmly unveils the band’s tight, melodically appealing style. Join Hate is sure to be an out-and-out treat for fans of heavy rock and electrifying song writing. Ballsy, voluminous and best of all stacked with promise, for anyone just discovering the band it’s an ear opener, and for those already in the know, a real statement on just how far they have progressed since day one.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

RR LP
Track Listing:

1. Join Hate
2. Khalil
3. Moped Synch
4. Choke
5. Malcontent
6. Treading Water
7. Repetition
8. Vibe Hotel
9. Keep Smiling
10. Broken Faces
11. Tiger
12. Join Hate (Reprise)


Bludy Gyres “Echoes of a Distant Scream” Album Review + Stream…

Bludy Gyres

Echoes of a Distant Scream – Vinyl // CD // DD

SoMan Records – February 1, 2017

Reviewed by Terry “The Ancient One” Cuyler

 

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                       Sabbuth Bludy Sabbuth

 

With it’s roots in the music of the legendary metal icons Black Sabbath, doom metal is one of my favorite sub-genres of metal. So when Matthew at Taste Nation LLC asked me to review Bludy Gyres album Echos of a Distant Scream I didn’t hesitate to accept the opportunity. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia the doom metal quartet made up of guitarist Isidore Herman, drummer Dennis Reid, and ex-Hallows Eve members bassist and frontman Tommy Stewart, and guitarist Chris Abbamonte founded their band as  Bludy Gyres in 2014. After releasing the “Self Titled” EP Bludy Gyres and the 18 minute single Behold! Your World Now Burns, Bludy Gyres released the single Defy the Lie produced at Tommy Stewart’s Blue Ogre Noise Lab and released in 2016 as a sample of what will be the full length album for their 2017 release Echos of a Distant Scream.  The band signed on with Bordeaux, France’s SoMan Records for this album offering Limited Edition Vinyl and CDs.

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Listening to Bludy Gyres debut LP Echos of a Distant Scream was quite the experience. Rather than concentrate on monotonously slow sluggish music that is full of feedback and growling vocals, Bludy Gyres takes a more classic approach to doom metal. Like early British doom metal bands such as Black Sabbath the music is bass heavy however the band threw the power trio book out of the window and incorporates elements of early British Prog such one might hear in the music of King Crimson. This is done by having dual guitarists Isador Herman and Chris Abbamonte share the stringed instrument duties with  bassist and frontman Tommy Stewart. While drummer Dennis Reid besides setting and keeping the tempo helps fill in the sonic atmosphere creating sounds on his drums vocals and stringed instruments can’t. My favorite songs from this album are ‘O.O.D.’ and ‘Live to Bleed.’

 

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If you like classic British doom metal and Progressive Rock Echos of a Distant Scream will impress you immensely. Echos of a Distant Scream is available for digital download on Bandcamp, Amazon, and iTunes. For those that want a CD or Limited Vinyl, I recommend the band’s Bandcamp Page (below).

 

 

Bludy Gyres is  Facebook
CHRIS ABBAMONTE -guitar Chris’ Facebook Page
DENNIS REID -drums Dennis’ Facebook Page

ISIDORE HERMAN -guitar Isidore’s Facebook Page

TOMMY STEWART – bass, vocals Tommy’s Facebook Page


THE NEW ROSES To Release ‘One More For The Road’ In August; Video Premiere

Wiesbaden, Germany-based 4-piece, The New Roses, are about to return with their brand new album, One More For The Road, set to be released on August 25th via Napalm Records. The 11 song (14 with the special edition with bonus tracks) album is a bluesy ode to melodic rock, one rife with Eighties overtones and southern rock styling. You can check out that style and sound via the band’s brand new Official Video for the song “Every Wild Heart” below.

The band comments: “One More For The Road is 100% New Roses, straight in your face rock’n’roll, no compromises, based on the experiences of the countless shows we played over the last year, dedicated to our great live audience. We can’t wait to play it live on our upcoming tour, because these songs were written for a hot stage, a loud crowd and a kick ass rock’n’roll band!

Available on CD, LP Gatefold or as Digital Download, you can pre-order ‘One More For The Road‘ right HERE!

In support of their new album, The New Roses will be of course heavily touring this year again! The “One More For The Road” tour, presented by Rock Hard, Rocks, EMP, Metal.de, Tätowier Magazine and Stormbringer, as well as Radio B.O.B. and Star FM, will kick off on September 29th in Aschaffenburg, Germany. You can find all of the band’s upcoming tour dates at this location.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

TNR LP
One More For The Road tracklist:

1. Quarter To Twelve
2. My Own Worst Enemy
3. Forever Never Comes
4. Dancing On A Razor Blade
5. Consider Me Gone
6. Life Ain’t Easy (For A Boy With Long Hair)
7. Every Wild Heart
8. Fight You Leaving Me
9. The Same Moon
10. Piece By Peace Of Mind
11. One More For The Road
12. Do I Look Scared To You [Bonus Track]
13. The Storm [Bonus Track]
14. Nitro Nights [Bonus Track]


Clan “Carnivores” Album Review + Stream…

“Eat ‘M’ Alive!”

Clan

Carnivores – Digital Download

Self Released – June 19, 2017

Reviewed by Terry “The Ancient One” Cuyler

 

Hey all I got some music for you all to Rock ‘n’ Roll all night to from a power trio of rockers out of the UK’s Norwich calling themselves Clan. It’s been awhile since I last heard about Clan , but Matt , Ben, and Matt haven’t been just laying about. Since 2013 when they released their “Self Titled” EP, Clan has been hard at work.  They released a highly acclaimed sophomore album in 2014 called Witchcraft available in physical formats on Kozmik Artifactz Records.  On April 2017 they released a single Haunt Your Ghost as a teaser to get us all amped up for Carnivores.

I first heard Clan back in 2013 and instantly found myself singing along to their righteous rock/doom/blues sound like I had been listening to them for years and the feeling was no different when I gave Carnivores a spin. Since their S/T EP and Witchcraft album it seems to me Clan has grown musically.

Rather than rush to create their 3rd album or make up for a lack of material by potting previously released tracks on it as was done on Witchcraft the band took its time with Carnivores and gave fans a 10 song album of all new material. I have also noticed a slight change in sound as the songs are less bouncy and have a more heavy blues feel. Overall the album seems to have a dark theme about how people prey on one another; providing relevance to the album name.

 

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Clan: Left to Right – Ben Giller(Drums), Matt Rabong(Bass), and Matt Pearce(Guitar & Vocals)

A band with a versatile sound in a live show I think Clan would go over just as well with the Black Keys audiences as it would with Bikers, Wolfmother and those that attend the Maryland Doom Fest. What can I say Clan is just good Rock ‘n’ Roll. My favorites from Carnivores are ‘Burning,’ ‘Bodies Jackal,’ ‘Haunt Your Ghost,’ ‘True Believer,’ ‘Sleep In Salt,’ and ‘White Spider.’  This album is slammed with killer hits!!  If your looking for kick ass rock then Clan might be what you were looking for.


Arteaga “Vol II. Dios Sol” Album Review + Stream…

Arteaga

Vol II. Dios Sol – CD – releases July 16, 2017  // DD – released February 7, 2017

Forbidden Place Records – USA // South American Sludge Records – R.O.T.W.

Reviewed by Santiago “Chags” Gutierrez

 

The first notes of ‘Cuicodelia’ may seem like an homage to Electric Wizard, however, if you keep listening, you will start to unravel what makes Arteaga stand out from most Electric Wizard clones. To their advantage, Arteaga put their South American (Chile, to be precise) stamp all over this release. Yes, this album has the trademark stoner/doom/sludge touches. The drawn-out riffs, the thick rhythms, the slow trampling drums are certainly all there. However, the crepuscular vocals (sung in their native tongue) is what sets them apart, used almost as a fourth instrument to enhance the overall mystical horror vibe of the record.

While their first EP, Vol I. Agradable, “added sludge and stoner riffs, desperate voices and constant beats” to the established sound of their debut demo, Vol II. Dios Sol “dragged guitars down a little bit more, they expanded their horizon turning themselves to the darkness of 20th Century Italian Giallo and Grindhouse dirt, genres that influence both their lyrics and aesthetic.”

 

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‘Cuicodelia’ and ‘Chapultepec’ open the album with pure, straight up sludgy/stoner grooves, at times recalling a mid-90’s desert sessions sound. Both songs have accompanying videos on YouTube worth checking out that capture the previously mentioned Giallo and grindhouse aesthetic with elements of mystery, slasher, exploitation, and supernatural horror. ‘Daga’ and ‘Ruta’ follow up with a slightly different take on the genre. At times having a late 80’s early 90’s alternative/punk sound not unlike you would find with certain bands on a label such as Alternative Tentacles or Touch and Go.  Final track, ‘Dios Sol’, briefly follows a similar style before shifting gears into a long droned out acid-fest. Expertly using crawling atmospheres and crafty grooves within the canvas of the 20+ minute song.

Francisco Gonzalez (bass/vocals), Sebastian Morales Munita (guitar), and Domingo Lovera Parmo (drums) have gradually begun to refine their sound with each release. If this LP is anything to go by, I’m sure they will come back even stronger with their next effort. Vol II. Dios Sol is out now on Forbidden Place Records – USA and South American Sludge Records – Rest of the World.  You can also find it on their Bandcamp page. Give it a listen and take the trip!!