HE WHOSE OX IS GORED Paralyzer – 7″ Maxi Single Chain Letter Collective/Void Assault Records- Release Date: June 16th, 2017 Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
The Emerald City’s ethereal sludge/post-rock unit He Whose Ox Is Gored will issue a new 7″ Maxi-Single, ‘Paralyzer‘, viaChain Letter Collective and the band’s own label Void Assault Records on June 16th. This is in lieu of some copies recently being made available at the band’s show with Conan, North, and Serial Hawk back on May 14th and subsequent tour with Samothrace. Anyway, the content on the release is quite intriguing indeed as ‘Paralyzer‘ was recorded as part of a Converse Rubber Tracks session and includes two previously released tracks — “Buried Twice” and “Void Assault” from the band’s critically-lauded Rumors EP — remixed by Seattle’s own Newaxeyes. But wait, there’s more! The recording itself is the result of efforts from the legendary producer Jack Endino (Soundgarden, Nirvana, L7, High On Fire, Zeke) at Avast! Recording Studio.
So, what we have here is three tracks and it officially begins with title cut, ‘Paralyzer‘, an uptempo tempest of crunchy rhythms and buzzing guitars. It is highly energized and seemingly chaotic, like a hive abuzz with activity and sheer presence. Ethereal nuances ripple forth from within at times, airy and graciously afloat upon the turbulent sea of sonic waves crashing beneath. Aggro vocals alternate with cleanly given ones, all the while some fantastic drum work pummels the kit through out the song. Just check out the official visualizer clip (the band’s first ever in fact) for the song and you’ll hear exactly what I’m talking about:
Now we arrive at the first of the two remixed songs, ‘Buried Twice (NWXYS Slime Mix)‘ which begins with a bit of electronica before an unleashing of rhythmic pulses take hold. Battering drums bring the beat as effect-heavy vocals are unfurled, all while some touches of cosmic-like electronics appear here and there. In fact, the evident presence of keys/organs/synths go far in providing a definitve alternative rock roll out of the song. Things really get more unhinged with the next selection, ‘Void Assault (VOIDED Mix)‘, all of which arrives with some trippy electro-psychedelia to start. A hazy, otherworldly setting is established with the very first few vibes of the cut, one where a wide, limitless expanse seems to unfold before you. Pulses of ethereal inflections blip and whirl at intermittent points while the feel of lysergic consciousness is augmented by the chopped vocalizations ringing outward. Things remain in this semi-instrumental state for the duration and ultimately end the 7″ with the equivalent of an out-of-body experience.
Meanwhile, you may get the chance to see the band pretty much repsonsible for all of this, He Whose Ox Is Gored, depending on where you currently reside. The band is out touring with Samothrace right now and here are the remaining dates of the trek:
5/31/2017 Three Links – Dallas, TX
6/01/2017 89th St. – Oklahoma City, OK
6/02/2017 71 Grind Festival – Colorado Springs, CO
6/03/2017 Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
6/04/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
8/05/2017 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
6/06/2017 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
6/07/2017 Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ
6/08/2017 Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ Void Omnia
6/09/2017 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Void Omnia
6/10/2017 Oakland Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA w/ Void Omnia, Noothgrush, Graves At Sea
Miami, Florida’s progressive rock bandCave Of Swimmers will see things become quite busy for the band in July. On July 3rd, the duo will release their brand new single “The Sun” on a 7″ vinyl record via Southern Druid. The “B” side of the record features the song “Hangman” (from their self-titled debut) recorded live at Psycho Las Vegas 2016. Also that same month, Guillermo Gonzalez-Perez (Vocals, Guitar, Synth) and Arturo Garcia-Ribbi (Drums, Vocals) will take Cave Of Swimmers on the road again in the U.S.
All of the upcoming tour dates are below along with the band’s visualizer for ‘The Prince Of The Power Of The Air‘ from 2015’s Reflection.
Atlanta’s embodiment of sonic savagery, Crawl, are back with a new limited pressing 7″, ‘30 Year Suicide‘. While the release date is yet TBA, the 300 count EP (250 black vinyl, 50 gray w/ black specks) is imminent via Russia’s Bad Road Records. Artwork for the effort was created by Eric C. Harrison. Further details and pre-order info will be provided soon.
Now, with all of that out of the way, let’s talk about the music. If you are already in the loop and know about ATL’s Crawl, then you know that they play no frills, no-bullshit, straightforward heavy ass sludgened doom. ‘30 Year Suicide‘ is the next step in the band’s legacy and finds guitarist/vox Eric Crowe, bassist Patrick Lowe and drummer Tommy Butler doing what they do best. Channeling emanations resulting from time spent in the dark realms of anxiety and mental breakdowns, these two cuts are plodding dirges of horrific bleakness. For the record, Tommy Butler recently exited Crawl and they are currently seeking his replacement.
‘Pornography Of Grief’ is a slow descent into funeral doom-fueled despair, one where down-tuning and feedback navigate the fall. Acidic vocals screech across the invisible airwaves while hopelessness seems to resonate right along with them. The guitar solos are quite powerful, minimalist and poignant while the track takes you right up to the brink of the abyss. Haunting notes begin to reverberate, announcing the arrival of ‘30 Year Suicide‘ with a simple guitar/vocal intro segment. Things begin to simmer with eerie noise effects and slow-churned drumming before the full eruption of the track’s hellish aural agony is fully pronounced. Crowe takes a much different vocal approach here as well, one with bellowing guttural, death metal-ish vocalizations.
Doom, progressive sludge, post-hardcore…call the latest Crawl offering, ‘30 Year Suicide‘, whatever you want really. It all fits while also barely scratching the surface of what is being explored here. It will be available for you to suffer along with soon too, if you dare because one thing is more than certain: If ATL is The Dirty South, then Crawl comes forth from a place that is The Unworthy’s South Of Heaven.
‘Worth Checking Out In Case You Missed It – Review Feature’
OTUS – 7,38 Hz
Argonauta Records – CD // DD – Released March, 2016
Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr
Founded 2012 in Rome Italy
Band members –∴Andrea Adesso: Drums / ∴Brunomaria Cosenza: Guitar / ∴Daniele Antolini: Bass / ∴Fabio Listrani: Guitar, Back Vocals / ∴Fabrizio Aromolo: Vocals, Synth
…and per the band’s own description, they take elements from ambient music as well as post-apocalyptic metal, syphon that through their BLACK SABBATH filter of doom and give us their interpretation that OTUS says “was inspired in fact, by the desire to deal with concepts related mainly to Eastern philosophies, which intersect with the more recent discoveries of modern physics, and who find in authors such as Fritjof Capra and Jiddu Krishnamurti, some of the most important sources of inspiration. The band enrich their sound playing ethnic instruments, building their own synthesizers, chanting mantras and taking particular care of their own visual and symbolic identity, handling everything from show posters to onstage visual projections. The result of this research, moves the band’s approach on mainly long and complex compositions, that evolve smoothly between aggressive and relaxed moments, atmospheric and violent resolutions — all in the service of the concept among occult and science that OTUS offer through their lyrics and visual art. ” enquote. Well, OTUS is definitely sure of what they want to convey and seem very focused in how to accomplish this.
“7.83Hz” is the first full-length album from this 5 man band and is true to the stated focus tying science and music together in a manner most have not yet witnessed. Stating that “7.83Hz” is a concept album divided in 3 chapters and inspired by Timothy Leary’s quote: Turn on, Tune in, Drop Out” it would seem that this would leave this album as the third chapter representing the Drop Out portion what with the March 2013 Demo debut release already containing ‘Turn On Pt I & II’ and ‘Tune In Pt I & II’. Spaced 4 years apart, the conceptual continuity seems flawless and they tie together beautifully when A/B’d together as one recording. Fabio is credited with the artwork and again, ties perfectly with the demo in concept and execution.
Opener ‘Avidya’ summons forth the throat singing previously featured in ‘Tune In-Pt I’ and then advances with a precise swing of aggro riffs and a tempo that jumps and weaves all over, never losing the core beat of this brutal swagger that suddenly jumps to a run for the last minute and half and there is no option to do anything other than keep up until the last chord fades into the floating keys that keep floating above the ground, serving as the perfect lead into ‘Last Of The Four’, that meanders slowly forth before the power chords grab your face pulling along this pure sludgefest of growls of rage and enough bass to pull you under the very ground beneath your feet, unrelenting in the hold until the final minute, when everything gets slower and softer and then the air shifts as ‘Echoes And Evocations’ serves up an almost menacing tone that is phase-shifted to an extreme that seems to entrance as the clean notes bounce around you, echoing with repeat and slow fade, enticing you along and then the time shifts and there is a feeling of light growing around you in a mystic fog, all the while the layers growing number and complexity as this instrumental deluge has you in it’s feather sift grasp and keeps washing over you and around you and almost through you as the throat singers fade back in from the edges of your astral vision and then ‘Phurba’ begins and the fog is cleared in hyper-fuzzed out majesty of guitars and bass full force. Eight minutes into this opus the music fades and the throat singers have entered again yet seemingly having never left as the pulses come and go until the punch of ‘Theta Synchrony’ hits with the edge of pick-ripping down-slides set the tone for this 11 and a half minute dirge that is the ultimate wet dream for those doom-sludgers that want an even darker edge that they have imagined could be delivered using the power of physics to further explore the inner-power purportedly contained within us all.
Title track ‘7.83 Hz’ utilizes the “Earth’s healing frequency” and the use of “binaural beats” to explore the theorem of how all of these frequencies and the effects they have on the brain that have been studied by scientists over the past 40 years, mainly accredited to Robert Monroe of The Monroe Institute. From the extensive research done and on the strength of Monroes’ findings, he concluded that inducing brainwave frequencies through the use of binaural beats causes a wide range of effects. There are lots of other scientists that have also noted that these lower brainwave frequencies are accompanied by deep tranquility, flashes of creative insight, euphoria, intensely focused attention, enhanced learning abilities, spiritual awareness, and so much more. From the fade in to the slow drop out before ‘Black Lotus’ begins will leave you ready for the remainder of this journey through several realms including ‘Alpha Phase’ with it’s spaced out stoner-chug along tempo and slicing staccato guitars that keep you moving in perfect time until the closer ‘Res Cogitans, Res Extensa’ opens with a lone bass line, then a soft cymbal crash, repeat and enter sinister six-strings to clear the path for this book-end track that ties everything together that we have just experienced here from the front until now. There is no turning away from the revelations and insight revealed as even this tome fills you with that mystical feeling of ‘something more’.
Was not sure of what to expect when I read their own descriptors and entered in with one brow raised in curious disdain but once I opened my ears and followed along, I understood… so will you!! Get this one like, YESTERDAY and make an hour plus of it.
It is suggested that to properly enjoy binaural beats, Find a comfortable place free of distractions. It’s important not to listen to binaural beats when you need to do something that requires your full attention like driving. Avoid any tasks that are mentally demanding because the meditative state is not conducive to quick, action-oriented critical thinking. Listen to binaural beats when you want to relax, clear your mind, get your creative juices flowing, engage your intuition to help solve problems and for personal development work such as repeating affirmations and doing visualization. Be sure to give yourself enough listening time! The brain requires about 7 minutes to entrain, or fall in sync, with the audio stimulus. Give yourself at least 15-30 minutes of listening time to experience the benefits. You must use stereo headphones for binaural beats to work. Why? Because the ‘beats’ themselves are created in your brain The word binaural means “having or relating to two ears.” It works like this: each ear receives a slightly different frequency at the same time, and the brain perceives the tone that is the difference of the two.
Buy the record, share it out and support OTUS when they come to your area!! The complexity and intensity of the band’s material will translate well in a live setting or at Volume 11 in the comfort of your home and/or your car!!
You must use stereo headphones for binaural beats to work. Why? Because the ‘beats’ themselves are created in your brain The word binaural means “having or relating to two ears.” It works like this: each ear receives a slightly different frequency at the same time, and the brain perceives the tone that is the difference of the two. If 400Hz pulses into one ear and 410 into the other, the brain will process the two sounds into a 10 Hz frequency, which happens to be the same frequency produced by the brain during meditation.