Black Mare “Death Magick Mother” Album Review + Stream…

BLACK MARE 

Death Magick Mother – Vinyl (coming soon) // DD

Magic Bullet Records – Release Date September 15th, 2017

Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr

 

 

Location:
Los Angeles, California

Previous Releases:
“Field Of The Host” (2013)

“Iseult” single (2014)

“BLACK MARE / Syndrome” split LP (2014)

“Low Crimes” single (2015)

 

Review:
Black Mare, the solo project of Sera Timms (Ides of the Gemini, ex-Black Math Horseman), and focuses on conveying a world of meaning with a minimalistic vocabulary. With a focus on rhythmic repetition and atmospheric simplicity, Black Mare steps outside the collaborative dynamic to reveal a creative process that is all Sera’s. Black Mare immerses the listener into her own mythical world, an aurally lush, yet glacially-paced cruise through Timms’ frozen world wherein she encourages the mind’s eye to notice relics like the feathers of fallen angels scattered about the snow.

This latest release goes further into the shadowed realms of contemplation and darkened spheres that exists between the here and there, the now and the then and all hidden points between. Sera masterfully guides us along, showing the landmarks of her mindscape along the way.

 

 

From opener ‘Ingress To Form’ through ‘Femme Couverte’ to ‘Death By Desire’, the ringing clarity of the vocal layers haunting every shadow along the journey. As her ringing bass notes lead us into the ‘Coral Vaults’ that are seemingly filled with ethereal guitar notes that wrap themselves through the cadence set, flowing into ‘Babylon’s Fold’, hypnotic and morose in tone, unrelenting even as the soft cymbal washes back and forth.

Even as ‘Kala’ comes in, once the muted chords lead directly into Sera‘s vocal, commanding and demanding in her beckoning execution, further summoning the roar of her vision of deafening inevitability. Closer ‘Inverted Tower’ begins with that signature vocal layering that is the signature mark and this tale is the exacting summation of where we have traveled so far and nothing is left on the table.  All ingredients and flavors swirled together to give us this opus to satiate the mind and heart in the secrets and shadows that are revealed throughout.

36 minutes made up of a cohesive gathering of seven saga’s that flow from and to each other effortlessly. Grab this one immediately, share the wonder with every ear you come in contact with and support them live if you are granted the chance to and keep it LOUD!!

 

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Red Mountains “Slow Wander” Album Review + Stream…

RED MOUNTAINS

Slow Wander – Vinyl // Digital Download

All Good Clean Records – Released – September 1, 2017

Reviewed by Mike Hackenschmidt

 

Line Up:
Simen Mathiassen – Drums
Sverre Dalen – Bass
Jostein Wigenstad – Guitar
Magnus Riise – Guitar / Vocal
 

Review:

Red Mountains is a Psychedelic stoner rock band out of Trondheim Norway. “Slow Wander” is their sophomore offering following the 2015 release of “Down with the Sun.” Their Facebook page lists their influences to include Dead Meadow, Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard, Sleep, Brant Bjork and Fuzz. I’m not familiar with all those acts but I can hear the Sabbath for sure. They especially remind me of “Vol. 4” – Tomorrow’s Dream, Cornucopia and Snowblind but not Supernaught.

Let me tell you now this album is chill as fuck. My first taste of Slow Wander was when I was driving. I happened to be in a hurry, realized I had forgotten something at my place and had to turn back. I’m already late and waiting at a light to do a U turn when I hit play. The opening track, ironically named Home has a slow, smooth wane to it, as if it’s recorded on the wrong speed. It’s almost hypnotic how the high notes are placed just so, contrasting the doomish rhythm. I find myself getting sucked into the music and I soon forget I’m in a hurry. I come to and look down at my speedometer because the last thing I need now is to get pulled over. Normally I’ll go 10 over the limit but I’ve got a lead foot so I have to be careful as my speed creeps up. When I look down, I realize I’m doing the speed limit.

Now I know this particular style of music is meant to be enjoyed under the influence. I happened to not partake in said activities on the regular, especially while I’m driving but I can say if you let ‘Home’ take you you’ll get a very similar chill feeling.

‘Endless Ocean’, track 4, sounds like it should be on the soundtrack to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or maybe Trainspotting. If I relax and close my eyes, images of lava lamps and the feeling of floating is induced. Faces distort, patterns can be seen in the windows and one must stop to have a closer look at the wares of the shop we’ve walked past uninterested so many times before. We head down the stairs to the local metal bar, only to find it’s zombie night. We’re not entirely sure if we can be so lucky or perhaps it’s not really happening and just an unexpected effect. It’s troubling and fun at the same time.

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Upon returning to reality, I come to realize that it’s now track 8 and I’ve zoned out pretty hard. ‘Acid Wedding’ is a clever metaphor. I find the verbiage in the lyrics come to life as the music sets the scene. I imagine the events are taking place in the badlands mountainous region from the album cover. Assuming in the valley area but then who knows where a trip will take you? That butte looks incredibly interesting, after all. Slow Wander indeed.

The album closes out with ‘Returning,’ a Sabbath inspired track with the similar slow, hypnotic style that frames the album. I think by now you’re starting to get a clear picture of Red Mountains and “Slow Wander.” Normally I’m much wordier in my reviews but for whatever reason I’m now feeling kind of lazy and just want a Twinkie so I’m going to close it up here.

Links:
https://redmountains.bandcamp.com/album/slow-wander

https://www.facebook.com/redmountainsband


Red Moon Architect “Return of the Black Butterflies” Album Review & Video…

Red Moon Architect

Return Of The Black Butterflies – CD // DD

Inverse Records – Release Date:  May 19th, 2017

Reviewed by: Terry “The Ancient One” Cuyler

 

Tracklist:
1. The Haunt
2. Tormented
3. Return of the Black Butterflies
4. Journey
5. End of Days
6. NDE

Line-up:
Saku Moilanen – Schlagzeug & Keyboard
Ville Rutanen – Gesang
Matias Moilanen – Gitarre
Anni Viljanen – Gesang
Jukka Jauhiainen – Bass

Hey all this is Terry The Ancient One and I’d  like to tell all you doomophiles out there about  Return of the Black Butterflies, by the Funeral Doom Metalers Red Moon Architect.  Founded in  Kouvola, Finland  in 2011, Return of the Black Butterflies will be Red Moon Architect’s 3rd album.  It also will bring a big change for the band with their new vocalist formerly of Casket Ville Rutanen. While the departure of  Juuso Turkki  must have been difficult for the band, I am certain long time fans and those who have never heard of  Red Moon Architect are getting a great album.

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Red Moon Architect  fearlessly uses musical contrast with crushing doom and sweeping melodies to creates a sense of drama in their music. Opening with ‘The Haunt’ drummer/keyboardist Saku Moilanen sets the mood for the entire album with a haunting keyboard instrumental that transports the listeners to what to me feels like the wind swept icy Steppes where the icy winds and chilling howling winds have driven men mad. Following his keyboard lead in, Saku takes up his 2nd job as drummer with guitarist Matais Moilanen and bassist Jukka Jauhiainen to bring Ville Rutanen with vocals that sound like they come from the depths of Hell which are at times complimented by chilling doom riffs.  At other times tracks are contrasted by somber melodies that compliment  the haunting vocals of  Anni Viljanen’s. I really have a difficult time picking any songs as favorites from this majestic album.  They all sort of blend into one another making this one of those albums that I believe must be listened to in it’s entirety.  Set to be released May, 19th,2017  Red Moon Architect’s  Return of the Black Butterflies is now available for pre-order.

https://www.recordshopx.com/artist/red_moon_architect/return_of_the_black_butterflies/#524100

 


Ides Of Gemini – “Women” Album Review & Stream…

IDES OF GEMINI

Women – Vinyl // CD // DD 

Rise Above Records – Released April 28th, 2017

Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr

 

Current Location: Los Angeles CA

Band Members: Sera Timms, J. Bennett, Scott Batiste, Adam Murray

Previous Releases: Old World New Wave (Neurot September 2014) / Hexagram 45 7″ (Magic Bullet, April 2013) / Constantinople (Neurot, May 2012) / Ides Of Gemini / Vermapyre split (Magic Bullet, February 2012) / The Disruption Writ EP (November 2010)

Review:

What started as a two member project at some point in 2010 (or before), has since become a four member force. Core members Sera and J. began this journey as a cult/Slavic revival type of project using all things dark and ethereal and forging their own sound of plush harmonies and foreboding imagery in their compositions that keep fans coming back for more and dragging their friends along for the ride. With this new line-up and fifth release, IDES OF GEMINI are ready to take us to the next-level as they serve up 10 tracks, each about a woman as the title implies.

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‘Mother Kiev’ comes out of the gate fast and strong showing this new line-up is serious and ready to prove it. Power chords running amock and a drumline that takes full control of the body and that bass line, the perfect accent. Sera’s voice has never sounded better and J.’s chops are as biting as you could expect. ‘The Rose’ has a more tempered pace and Sera’s voice writhes around your head with her signature crescendo and lilt all the way through the slide out ending. ‘The Dancer’ is more staccato in pace and the choppy guitar lines flow seamlessly. ‘Raft Of Medusa’ has a lone guitar intro and then the band jumps up and rolls through this tale, not afraid to go all out with this pace that pulls you forth without resistance. ‘Heroine’s descent’ is slower and darker than we have been to this point on the record and lets the IDES OF GEMINI legacy of plush vocals shrouded in shadows continue with an even bigger sound than we have witnessed on any previous release while keeping that thicker guitar presence brought to this album permeate with an intensity that completes the recipe that J. and Sera have been perfection for the last seven years plus. ‘Swan Diver’ / ‘Zohra’ / ‘She Has A Secret’ and’Queen Of New Orleans’ are each strong compositions on their own and continue the stellar performance from EACH member to make this record the best to come yet from the IDES OF GEMINI camp and whether intentional as a concept or not, they fit perfectly together as a whole and show what focus and perseverance can achieve.

Standout track on this record, for ME, is ‘The Last Siren’. From the slow fade in of the thundering drum/bass combo to the jangly yet biting guitar line, complete with staggered fills, I found myself moving with involuntarily and turning it up louder and louder while feeling wrapped in that soaring voice and welcoming and savoring each high note and low alike.

This could and SHOULD be the one to break them out to the rest of the world and I encourage to do your part; BUY the record, support them when they make it to your part of the world and tell anybody you know to do the same. Once they hear this, they will have to agree it is a must-have for 2017!!