Andy Beresky’s Top 20 Albums of 2017 + Tip of the Cap + Disappointments + Links…

Andy “Dinger” Beresky’s Top 20 Albums, Honorable Mentions

& Biggest Disappointments of 2017

 

1. The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

https://www.amazon.com/Deeper-Understanding-War-Drugs/dp/B072PT2R5P/ref=ice_ac_b_dpb?ie=UTF8&qid=1514561259&sr=8-1&keywords=the+war+on+drugs+a+deeper+understanding+vinyl

 

2. Slowdive – Slowdive

https://www.amazon.com/Slowdive/dp/B06XWNBCXG/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1514561338&sr=1-1&keywords=slowdive

 

3. Quicksand – Interiors

https://quicksandnyc.bandcamp.com/album/interiors

 

4. Converge – The Dusk In Us

https://convergecult.bandcamp.com/album/the-dusk-in-us

 

5. Pallbearer – Heartless

https://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/heartless

 

6. Elder – Reflections Of A Floating World

https://beholdtheelder.bandcamp.com/album/reflections-of-a-floating-world

 

7. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

https://fatherjohnmisty.bandcamp.com/album/pure-comedy

 

8. Junius – Eternal Rituals for the Accretion Of Light

https://junius-official.bandcamp.com/album/eternal-rituals-for-the-accretion-of-light

 

9. Unearthly Trance – Stalking The Ghost

https://unearthlytrance.bandcamp.com/album/stalking-the-ghost

 

10. Queens Of The Stone Age – Villains

https://www.amazon.com/Villains-Queens-Stone-Age/dp/B071G99QQ2/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1514562030&sr=1-1&keywords=queens+of+the+stone+age+villains

 

11. The National – Sleep Well Beast

https://www.amazon.com/Sleep-Well-Beast-National/dp/B0716RP8ZH/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1514562142&sr=1-1&keywords=the+national+sleep+well+beast

 

12. Electric Wizard – Wizard Bloody Wizard

http://www.electricfuckinwizard.com/

 

13. Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand

http://www.mastodonrocks.com/

 

14. Telekinetic Yeti – Abominable

https://telekineticyeti.bandcamp.com/album/abominable

 

15. Ruby The Hatchet – Planetary Space Child

https://thehatchet.bandcamp.com/album/planetary-space-child

 

16. Kadavar – Troubled Times

http://kadavar.com/

 

17. Pink Frost – New Minds

https://pinkfrost.bandcamp.com/album/new-minds

 

18. OHHMS – The Fool

https://ohhms.bandcamp.com/album/the-fool

 

19. Ufomammut – 8

https://ufomammut.bandcamp.com/album/8-2

 

20. Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun

https://temporaryresidence.bandcamp.com/album/every-countrys-sun

 

Honorable mentions:

Vokonis – The Sunken Djinn (Nice take on Sleep inspired stoner doom with a more stripped down edge)

https://vokonis.bandcamp.com/album/the-sunken-djinn

 

Monolord – Rust (A definite step towards a more original sound)

https://monolord.bandcamp.com/

 

Poseidon – Prologue (Nice take on YOB inspired doom metal)

https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/prologue

 

Primitive Man – Caustic (This is some righteous sludge, duder)

https://primitivemandoom.bandcamp.com/album/caustic

 

Kal-El – Astrodoomeda  (Very promising stoner doom, next time, leave off the Kyuss cover!!! Sweet Lucifer His Dark Majesty, just NO!!!!)

http://www.kal-el.no/

 

Disasteroid – Screen (Haven’t had the time for a full review and super critical listening, as I got it late in the year. Promising, inventful, and deserves a mention for certain.)

https://disastroid.bandcamp.com/

 

Biggest Disappointments:

Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper ( Really? Really????  This is what everyone is going so ga-ga about? This????)

https://bellwitch.bandcamp.com/album/mirror-reaper

At The Drive In – in•ter a•li•a  (You guys may want to take a listen to those new Slowdive and Quicksand albums, and use them as references for how to produce a proper comeback album)
https://www.atthedriveinofficialmerch.com/

Fleet Foxes – Crack-up (Yeah….this is pretty underwhelming for a comeback album as well, especially given the vitality of their earlier output)
http://fleetfoxes.co/crack-up

Also pretty surprised that Ufomammut made a decent album and didn’t end up on here, as I generally reserve them a spot under Biggest Disappointments.  Their latest did not disappoint me.


Bell Witch “Mirror Reaper” Album Review + Stream…

Bell Witch

Mirror Reaper – Double CD // DD

Profound Lore Records – released October 20, 2017

Reviewed by Terry “The Ancient One” Cuyler

Hello everyone this is  The Ancient One and I want to tell you about a new album I came across just recently called Mirror Reaper by the Seattle based duo BELL WITCH. Founded in 2010 by Drummer/Vocalist Adrian Guerra and Bassist/Vocalist Dylan Desmond, BELL WITCH nearly came to an end. Unable to continue due to his struggle with alcohol and meet  contractual obligations, Dylan Desmond had to make the heartbreaking decision to release founding member Adrian Guerra and replace him with Jesse Shreibman, of the grind-core band Transient.  The two of them had been trying to keep the duo together in its original incarnation but were unable to do so because of Guerra‘s increasing addiction.  Alcoholism is motherfucker of a disease, with a mind of its own. On May 17, 2016, Adrian Guerra passed away in his sleep from heart failure while Mirror Reaper was being recorded.

For those unfamiliar with Bell Witch, the Duo occupies a special place in the metal scene as they rely on nothing more than bass, drums, and vocals to create their haunting funeral doom sound. The best way I am able to describe what they do is to imagine having nothing but black paint and a goal of painting a picture leaving no part of the canvas untouched by the paint forcing the artist to rely on texture to create the negative and positive spaces that make up an image. While many musicians can do this with sound to a point, BELL WITCH’s Dylan Desmond and  Jesse Shreibman have taken it to the next level on there 83 minute single track album Mirror Reaper.

Band Pic

As with past albums BELL WITCH’s Mirror Reaper is a continuation of that which is ghostly. After reading an article about the new Bell Witch album in which Dylan Desmond explained that the track’s theme is about mortality and the experience of dying. Some may want to call this ambient and I suppose you could if you sat down reading a book and used it for background noise. But if you actively listen you will find it easy to picture in your head what is going on for the person on their deathbed.

With a steady mournful riff by Dylan Desmond and slow purposeful beats by  Jesse Shreibman, they sound like a mourner crying and the dying person’s fading heartbeat. When I got to the part were of the song in which Jesse Shreibman stops drumming I found it easy to envision those last moments after the heart stops as I listened to the soft crooning and the soft ghostly bass. Listening to this sort of messed me up as it reminded me of being in the room as my own father died.  While I am certain this album started out being an exercise in thought, I believe  Adrian Guerra’s death made the album a reality for  Dylan Desmond and  Jesse Shreibman that affected the end result leaving BELL WITCH fans with a monolithic masterpiece!

From BELL Witch’s Bandcamp page
“During the writing process we were devastated by the loss of our dear friend and former drummer, Adrian Guerra. In love and respect to his memory, we reserved an important yet brief section in the song for him that features unused vocal tracks from our last album. This specific movement serves as a conceptual turn in the piece, or point of reflection. We believe he would be proud of it as well.” Adrian Guerra (R.I.P.)