VULPTURE “Self Titled” Album Review + Stream…

VULPTURE

Vulpture (“S/T”) – Digital Download

Self Released – April 20, 2017

Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr

 

Formed2015

LocationMadrid, SPAIN

Members
Diego
Maud
Vicente

This “Self Titled” EP is the first outing for this three piece outfit and is made up of 4 tracks clocking in at 26+ minutes and from front to back. VULPTURE has put together some of the most raucous guitar progressions, thunderous bass lines and hammering drums keeping absolute syncopation in place combined with a vocal split between drummer and guitarist that works pretty well; already demonstrating a flexibility that a lot of their counter-parts do not possess yet. When asked to describe themselves, the collective answer was, Quote “After attempting to play with different musicians, Diego Maud and Vicente met up for practice for the very first time at the end of 2014. After slowly narrowing it down to 5, and then 4, until finally this power-trio locked in and so was the birth of Vulpture, a rock and roll mixture of doom spirit, walking in the desert of stoner, looking towards the heavy psych skies.” Enquote. Referencing those that did not quite make the cut, it has been said that, “On the other side of that universe, the ex members just decided to set up a cheap clothes shop.”

A ‘fitting’ fate seems the obvious response…

 

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Opener ‘Wasteland’ opens with all the ghostly doomish power chords you could want before 30 seconds in, a light hammering tap on a ride and open notes rattling ribs enter before at the minute mark, all three jump in and we’re off for this ride across the aforementioned psych-skies in a 70’s style jam that sets the stage for this record that churns along until the first word hits at 2:49 in with an attention-grabbing snap-vocal, gruff as can be and by the time the last section opens with a screaming solo, it is clear they are firing on ALL cylinders.

‘The Oath’ comes on at a slower pace but twice as thick and even heavier in tone and the swarming bees of staccato guitar notes is mesmerizing leading to the vocal break and the time shifts and fills being held high by the precision bass playing that gives support in spades. This allows the other two members to take this, and really EACH song here, to the highest plateaus of clarity in expression and delivery of their individual parts and the collective result is full-on rock-n-roll purity.

‘Fuzz Cloud’ is even more of the same with an added sneer in the speed and fury that keeps you moving along in pace, even after the two-minute mark when the tempo slows, bass steps to the front over drum fills that are the perfect punctuation before the power chords are back punching the air full of holes, leading the the last section that gets as dark as night and ugly in the best sense of with the meanderings of each member and it is stoner-bliss all the way to the end as they crank it back up to full speed.

Closer ‘Rocky Road’ has this lower tempo opening filled with harmonic bends and swithing to that churning heaviness and back with the underlying rhythm section giving all the room needed to keep your head moving in perfect time before the vocal explodes across the front. Maniacal laughter and all, further proving the versatility of each member.  They fit together as so many puzzle pieces and if this is any indication of what we can expect from Vulpture, I can hardly wait for more!! The production is that ‘live in the studio’ feel and is perfect for this serving as it were.

Get it NOW, share it with ALL in your personal realm and go support them live if you are given the chance… keep it LOUD!!

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Spiritual Dope “Dopeland Blues” Album Review + Stream…

SPIRITUAL DOPE

Dopeland Blues – Digital Download

Self Released – May 27, 2017

Album Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr

 

Location – Spain

Band Members – Jesús – Guitar/Vocals : James – Guitar : Eduardo– Bass :  Fernando – Drums

Self-described as three Spaniards and an American that came together sharing a love for stoner-rock and the blues, it is no surprise that this was recorded in Madrid, was subsequently released within the same month reported as recorded in and these six tracks are the first release from SPIRITUAL DOPE, using these 34 minutes as an introduction to this particular flavor to come to us from their minds to our ears. Smoke ’em if you got ’em…

Title track and opener ‘Dopeland Blues’ hits slow and heavy as one might have expected and the dual guitars take one side of the mix each and then weave back and forth as you exhale as deeply as this has made you breathe in, and there’s the rush… You inherently breathe in again, even deeper, holding it for all you are worth as the squeals jumping back and forth, through the bass that has your sternum pulsing and the cadence that your pulse has synced with. You exhale and grin wide in the ‘knowing’ and the stage has been set as this track flows as a tide slowly coming in and you can’t help but to keep looking through the dense fog in front of you as the cymbals wash across.

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Whether you are a fan of instrumental tracks or not, this is indeed an incredible ‘first-taste’ across your lips. ‘Calcutta’ wastes no time jumping into a faster pace with an almost Texas-nasal quality to it that fits the chunky power chord assault that is the body of this rocker. Each member is spot-on and rolling hard, every break exact, each note screaming and you gotta have more to the point that just turning it up is not enough. ‘Karma’ is slower than the first two and Jesús’ voice is right there asking for you to ‘Let me count the ways’, and before you know it, that perma-grin is back on your face again, if it has left yet that is… pure stoner-bliss!! Whether you are baked, or not it is mesmerizing, and simply put, is just not long enough for me, even after the mad guitar break during the final section to the fade out.

‘Broken’ hits with a single, right side progression, before the left and rest are right back in front directed by that voice of rings in commanding presence to take you down this lane that suddenly kicks heavy as hell, not dropping a beat and chunky all over that again before shifting back with that virtuosity that requires that connection these guys have in FULL force as shown by this debut, SO rich in musicality and that ‘mojo’ that lacks too often, particularly from first-outings.

‘High’ really needs little mention, is the most cohesive pure-romp on this in MY opinion, and is the stand out for me and is one of those FULL-VOLUME compositions that could go on for another 10 minutes and would still leave you wanting more. Closer ‘In The Sky’ is almost sing-song for the two minute plus and the soft guitar tones suit the tone and when the solo section rings in, you are looking up with your mind’s eye as the strings command.

Pretty incredible album, hope they keep it coming as they have set the bar pretty high right out of the gate and get this one like, yesterday. Crank it up for all around you and support them live if you are given the privilege… keep it LOUD!!


CACHEMIRA “Jungla” Album Review & Stream…

CACHEMIRA

Jungla – Vinyl // CD // DD

Heavy Psych Sounds – released May 12, 2017

Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr

 

 

Formed August 2015

Location Barcelona, Spain

Band Members –  Gaston Lainé · Guitar & Vocals / Pol Ventura · Bass & Vocals / Alejandro Carmona · Drums

This three man-band is steeped DEEP in the 70’s acid-head/stoner fuzzed out and wah’d up rock-n-roll sounds of guitar driven spaced out soloing and insane twists and turns in tempo as any progressive maniac lives for.  They list their influences from “the hard blues bands, fuzz sounds and wah wah of the 70s, with some space rock spirit” and wave that flag proudly as these five songs show.

 

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Don’t let the name fool ya, translating as Cashmere, there is nothing soft about CACHEMIRA.  Songs like ‘Sail Away’, tell a tale full of multi layered guitars and keyboard overtones with that driving shuffle tempo of “When the sirens….”, instrumental ‘Oeverture’ with the stoned out bliss-filled meanderings of a good mushroom-flashback.

‘Goddess’ rips from the gate in fuzzed out full force for the first minute, slowly fade out to guitar warbling and wash cymbals galore and a jazz runs fill the air as we are given the tale of one as “She has been since the beginnings of time…” over the course of 8-minutes plus for this opus.  The advanced single (released in January 2017) ‘Overpopulation’ has that almost MOXY 70’s feel with the frenetic opening that has that roll that players like JOE WALSH loves to use still that seemed to have been perfected “back when” before the story unfolds about how we, i.e. mankind, is “Out of control…”

 

 

The “stand-out” track on this one for me is the title track ‘Jungla’ with it’s glorious fast-paced beginning that jumps right into gear with all the virtuosity from each member cranked beyond maximum to give one of those songs that just consumes you from the inside and you want more and more. If any of them get a video treatment, I would vote for this one to be the single for. Get it NOW, share it with every body and see ’em live if they come to your shores as I have a feeling they are one of ‘those bands’ that make each show a party to be remembered… and as always, keep it LOUD!!

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The Bluestone “The Seed” – Album Review & Stream…

The Bluestone

The Seed – CD // DD

Self Released: November 27, 2015

Terry “The Ancient One” Cuyler

 

Hey all this is The Ancient One inviting you all to listen to a Trio of rockers Marcos (guitarist & vox), Julen (drums & vox) and Jorge (bass) from Madrid, Spain who call themselves The Bluestone. After seeing their video ‘Georgetown’ on YouTube I had to see if I could purchase their music on my favorite music platform Bandcamp, and happily discovered the bands Debut album The Seed was there waiting for me to listen to it.  Yes, this was released back in 2015 but has seemingly flown under the radar.  Until NOW!!

 

 

Recorded over 3 days in a small studio I imagine the music had to be done in as few takes as possible, as studio time can be expensive. In a conversation I had with Marcos via private messenger on Facebook I learned that this was done like a live recording. Meaning the band all sits in the studio playing the music rather than being recorded individually then having their parts mixed and mastered by the sound engineer. While some may shrug this off as no big deal, conversely, it IS because that means the band works well together and the listener gets to hear what the band sounds like on stage from the comfort of their headphones in your mom’s basement or in at your House Party. Yep, it’s that diverse!

 

 

The Bluestone may call themselves a Grunge band with a delicate progressive taste. But they also add some psychedelic fuzz mixed with Spanish and Arabic guitar playing methods leads me to call them desert  rock especially when I listen to the politically charged ‘Georgetown’. But does genre really matter when the music is good? If you like bands such as Greenleaf or just good ROCK ‘N’ ROLL then I recommend yo purchase The Bluestone’s album The Seed.  Some of my favorite tracks are ‘Faster’, ‘Maybe’, ‘Black Belly’, ‘Georgetown’, and ‘Stoned’.  To quote the band, They call their sound “Pure dirty rock that can make you jump on any stage!!!”

 

 

 


MOTHERSLOTH “Moon Omen” Album Review & Stream…

MOTHERSLOTH

Moon Omen – CD // DD

Argonauta Records – Released March 3, 2017

Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr

Formed in 2008, based out of Madrid Spain, this is the third release from MOTHERSLOTH and first released through Italian label Argonauta Records. They described themselves as doom/stoner/sludge metal, but there is a precision to the songs offered here that these tags become useless and unnecessary. Sure, lots of open chords, ultra-distorted bass lines and pounding hammers of doom on each drum head in proximity, but that tech-prowess again belies that there are no limits to what these three are able to create. Listing members as Oscar / drums, Moline / bass guitar and Daniel / vox and guitars, they started playing gigs live in 2010 before their first release in 2012 “Hazy Blur Of Life”, followed up in 2014 with “Moribund Star” and endless shows and appearances followed. Tons of positive reviews and comments filled the air with everyone that witnessed these guys in action and this released has been greatly anticipated since.

‘Shadow Witch’ hits hard from the first second with all the punch you could expect and then at exactly 40 seconds in, we are greeted with softer, clean notes and Daniel in a whisper voice speaking of “nothingness”, and then the dark-heavy looms right back in as the opener lets us know trying to label them is a waste as so many genre’s swirl effortlessly together to be all and none specific at the same time. ‘Once Human’ sweeps directly out of the signal-chirp at the end and lumbers forward, maintaining that staggered pacing that allows Oscar to show his chops from beginning to end and Moline flows in perfect symmetry, keeping the deep and dark bottom end pummeling in presence.

 

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“Lost souls wander the dark and desolate forest…” is how ‘The Firemill’ enters the room and “bloodlust” is the tone of this seven minute plus crusher that has Daniel’s soaring vocal hitting heights he had not ventured to with a clarity that shows growth in the lapse of time since the last release. The haunting tones of the solo section towards the end echo, the feel of the song is the perfect ‘cherry on top’ for this track.

‘Doomsday Cyborg’ is the one that the hardcore stoner/sludge junkies will gravitate towards with it’s 2/4 core time sig and enough feedback loops hand fed in ‘sugar-cubes’ of phase shifted delight to cause a flashback… or three, all the way to the slow fade out. ‘Wish For Dawn’ begins with a slower back beat and a cleaner guitar progression as a not-distorted bass line allows for the power chords to rip through and set up Daniel’s vocal perfectly. Another searing solo section during the last half will melt your face off and leave you wanting it to go on and on… and on. The harmonic fade out at the end then gives a chill across your flesh.

 

Title track, and personal favorite from this one, ‘Moon Omen’ begins with the sounds of the forest, complete with an echoing whisper traversing the wind blowing from all directions, and then the body is set by a lone guitar screaming in lucid softness. At 3:20, the sky breaks as the fury hits hard with all three members for thirty seconds; back to ethereal guitar progression, alone once more… until joined by the richest lingering notes that force eyes and ears up high to see the glory eminating forth. Moline gets to take the last portion of the song as he steps forth with the body and melody as Oscar busts out some jazz fills that make this section even better than it could have been as Daniel’s 6-string mastery shines as the edge of the final second.

Front to back, the most cohesive collection put forth from this band yet, well worth the wait and another must-have for 2017.  Get it like, yesterday, SEE & support them if you get the chance and keep it LOUD!!

 

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New Album Review – Santo Rostro “The Healer”

SANTO ROSTRO

The Healer – Vinyl / CD / DD

Discos Macarras – released February 3, 2017

 

Coming at you from Jaen, Spain is this three-piece power-house consisting of Miguel Ortega – Guitar, vocals and percussion, C. Alejandro –  and Antonio Gámez – Bass and vocals.  The end result is really what matters and the results here are simply put, fucking STELLAR!!

SANTO ROSTRO, which translates in English to ‘Saint Face’, describe themselves as a mix of BLACK SABBATH and MASTODON, heavy on the splash of HIGH ON FIRE type power-riffs with a couple of twists each of jazz, blues and doom while garnished with several healthy drops of speed and aggro-chug guitar lines citing that all is “Done with care and much, much Savoir Faire.” Already in possession of a long live resume, this is their third album where they let loose with wide-open ballast and volume.

 

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Consisting of five tracks and clocking in at 37 minutes, this is by far the most cohesive collection of songs yet. As I listened, I was most impressed with just HOW heavy SANTO ROSTRO’s punch really is. From the opener ‘One Small Victory’ to the end of ‘Hylonome’, there is such consistency from one to the next that you barely notice one ending as the next begins and the flow is near flawless.

Each song here stands on its own with the strength of composition to the power of execution and together, there is no denying that they are ready to get their music out to the world!! Standout-track, in MY opinion is the title track ‘The Healer’ and at 10 minutes plus, it is not the longest but shines with the raging fury of the driving pace to the soloing that is completely balanced with the vocal delivery that commands your attention to get every syllable of this tale as it winds along, wrapping around your brain and not letting go.

 

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From everything I have found about SANTO ROSTRO, they tour endlessly and do not indicate that that will be changing anytime soon. Get this one ASAP and let’s get them to the US so we can witness this one in a live environment!!

Words by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr