Canadian occult rockers Blood Ceremony haven’t toured in the United States since some years so the fans were eager to see them live at the Chicago Doomed And Stoned Festival at Reggies Rock Club. With a remarkable band chemistry and a unique creative force that effortlessly blends magical folk nuances and a groovy vintage heavy rock spirit Blood Ceremony performed an unforgettable full set that included the brand new single “Lolly Willows” available via Rise Above Records, “Goodbye Gemini”, “Oliver Haddo”, “Lord Of Misrule” and “The Magician”. Multi-instrumentalist Alia O’Brien confidently delivered spellbinding vocals and gorgeous flute melodies adding intense psychedelic vibes with the organ while the vocal duet with bassist Lucas Gadke on the melancholic song “Lord Summerisle” truly hypnotized the crowd.
L.A. Satanic doo-wop duo Twin Temple make their official debut with the album “Twin Temple Bring You Their Signature Sound…Satanic Doo-Wop” which is bound to trigger curiosity with the unusual blend of Luciferian worship and vintage music style.
The sound of “The Devil (Didn’t Make Me Do It)” is incredibly nostalgic and distant from what we’re used to listen to in the modern music scene with the unique spellbinding vocals and the raw guitar tonalities following a fun upbeat rhythm.
“Lucifer, My Love” is a love song clearly dedicated to Lucifer so there is a certain degree of sheer romanticism and decadence within the languid guitar melodies and dreamy ballad vibes that are certainly enriched by the sultry vocal delivery.
“I Know How To Hex You” might be a curse but doesn’t sound particularly evil as the mix of smooth guitars and jazzy dynamics makes you want to dance and could even put you in a good mood.
“I’m Wicked” relies on warm guitar melodies and enjoyable trumpets following a softer & slower rhythm embellished by charming piano passages while vocals naturally shift from voluptuous whispers to strong rocker delivery.
On “Let’s Hang Together” the vocals sound pleasantly playful and definitely take the center stage once again diligently accompanied by the shimmering melodies of the utterly wistful instrumental ensemble.
“Bring You Their Signature Sound…Satanic Doo-Wop” truly sounds like an old vinyl from 1950 with its old school recording and lack of any special effects and you can easily tell that Twin Temple has the ability to carry the torch for classic rock ‘n’ roll obviously with the addition of occult themes.
Created by mastermind Kevin Starrs, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats quickly started to gain interest within the British underground music scene but the latest immersive album “Wasteland”, released last year via Rise Above Records, truly impressed a much wider audience. Now the band’s intriguing psychedelic proto-metal & doom style has conquered fans worldwide as proved by the successful ‘Peace Across The Wasteland’ tour in North America. At the sold out show at Metro in Chicago Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats delivered a memorable hypnotizing performance on a dark stage illuminated almost exclusively by the trippy projections in the background playing songs from all the albums including “I See Through You”, “Shockwave City”, “Blood Runner” and “No Return” from “Wasteland”.
The renowned brilliant talent of Kevin Starrs and what he passionately creates with Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats goes beyond any music trend or standard composition therefore we are eager to enter the dystopian world depicted through the heavy psychedelic maze of the latest opus “Wasteland”.
“Shockwave City” is groovy in a wonderful trippy fashion even if there are obscure atmospheres lingering through the acidic guitar riffs which spontaneously build heavy rock textures leading to the lysergic melodies and easily lovable fuzzy dynamics of the charming guitar solos.
“No Return” feels like a neverending trip as you stumble upon bittersweet melodic guitars before entering an increasingly darker, heavier and absolutely hypnotizing sonic realm where riffs evoke sinister tonalities confidently marching through immensely hazy atmospheres.
“Stranger Tonight” amplifies heavy rock grooves at a faster pace as guitars push on the fuzz pedal to get you all dazed while evoking delightful vintage rock tonalities that will become particularly powerful in the wild guitar solo.
The title track begins with tranquil acoustic melodies and softer emotive vocals yet you can perceive the underlying darkened mood that will later flourish with higher intensity due to intriguing waves of psychedelic distorted guitars.
The eclectic nature of the final song “Exodus” leads to a genuine blend of classic rock melodies and doom worshipping guitar progressions that follow a terrific groovy jam featuring lovely retro tonalities and a series of exciting guitar solos that will inevitably make you space out.
When it comes to Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats you can always rest assured that Kevin Starrs will proudly craft an extraordinary music experience and “Wasteland” definitely continues to keep alive that irresistible psychedelic rock mood that we need so desperately in our life.
The time has come for doom metal diehards Age Of Taurus to release the sophomore full length “The Colony Slain” which besides being packed with epic heavy metal grooves tells a story of fearless heroes battling in a fantasy world .
“Taken To The Tower” focuses mainly on untamed guitar driven grooves perfectly supported by the doom inspired weight of cohesive rhythmic dynamics yet vocals tend to follow a soothing melodic mood and consequent emotional quality.
“The Trial Of Blackwynn Chaise” immediately acquires a darker aura with smooth mournful melodic guitars and the rather mystical chanting breakdown that easily stand out in the groovy & crunchy rhythmic galore.
Besides the abundance of steady galloping guitar riffs “In Dreams We Die” features a highly dramatic mood with extremely somber vocals in the significantly slower section yet the final part of the song will gain extra raw energy and speed.
“Beyond The Westward Path” feels immediately melancholic focusing once again on lead guitars sober melodies and amplified doom nuances yet maintains profoundly epic vibes as we are still fighting some malevolent enemies with increasing rhythmic energy.
“The Walls Have Ears” is packed with triumphant guitar riffs and bold drumming clearly inspired by classic metal and the powerful bass lines often introduce wild & variegated dynamics naturally shifting from high impact grooves to subtle melodic segments.
The title track tends to enhance a grave melodic ensemble guided by fervent lead guitar work and charismatic solos but the weight of the increasingly heavy rhythmic section repeatedly & confidently reclaims the spotlight with bursts of soaring riffage.
There is a genuine passion for metal behind the composition of “The Colony Slain” and Age Of Taurus diligently follows the chosen musical pathway to deliver solid rounds of energetic guitar riffing and melodic depth profoundly influenced by NWOBHM.
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Australian trio Witchskull is eager to spread massive doom grooves worldwide with the sophomore release “Coven’s Will” which sees the band raising the bar to confidently deliver strong songwriting and skillful musicianship.
The album opener “Raven” is rightfully packed with loud groovy guitar riffs blending catchy rock nuances and hints of traditional doom despair which leads to the creation of a high impact track featuring also sensational vocals.
“Son Of The Snake” revolves around tight rhythmic segments featuring a super thick bass backbone that works harmoniously with the omnipresent heavy doom guitar riffs while the leads channel a somber melodic mood enhanced by the compelling vocal duet with Erica Stoltz and ultimately reach a spontaneous charismatic acme of the guitar solo.
“Demon Cage” is simply wild and a bit hellish with a serious dosage of heavy riffage and solo acrobatics that don’t need special effects or exaggerated speed to induce instant headbanging as a thunderous rhythmic section fiercely maintains a nightmarish groove.
The fascinating darkness of “Lord Of The Void” will prevail through a chunky ensemble of melodic hooks and blistering guitar riffs that surround the hypnotic lead guitar work while vocals follow the moody inflamed rhythm with exceptionally fervent delivery.
“The Empty Well” is the song that truly screams doom from beginning to end drawing inspiration from the darkest depths of metal with a taste for all things sinister and an impending armageddon as irresistible galloping guitar riffs nicely build a strong groove in the middle of dramatically slower monolithic guitar work and diabolical vocals.
The music journey of Witchskull is still at the early stages but “Coven’s Will” has a mature sound capable to channel the authentic vibes and raw power of classic doom metal.
Could something really cool emerge from the spectral swamps of Detroit? Yes, it’s the psychedelic turbo rock band Octopus who will surprise you with the trippy verve of the debut album “Supernatural Alliance”.
“The Center” certainly showcases strong ‘70s rock influences but doesn’t necessarily scream retro as guitars constantly craft good times grooves with acidic riffs mixed with essential organ melodic trippy galore resulting in one of those lovable dizziness inducing tune and in general the whole instrumentation sounds super tight shaping loads of refreshing catchy rhythmic dynamics.
The title track has a delicious fuzzy feeling mixed with enigmatic melodic textures, a surreal combination that aims to hypnotize the listeners, as guitars effortlessly shift from dramatic tonalities to full blown heavy & psychedelic riffing generating the right spacey mood with a slightly melancholic aura also enhanced by talented vocalist Masha’s intriguing soulful delivery.
“Slave And Master” pushes on that fuzz pedal and puts the classic organ passages in the spotlight while guitars & drums are very busy spacing out like in the middle of the desert and keeping an authentic rock groove with exquisite vintage vibes and vibrant riffs accompanied by spellbinding vocals.
The altered state of “The Unknown” particularly stands out for the darkened atmospheres and a slower enigmatic approach that favors a more generous dosage of psychedelia infused groovy dynamics skillfully embedded in every guitar riff and delicate melodic concoctions that suddenly emerge through steady rhythmic crunchiness carrying an overload of hallucinogenic experimental elements.
“Black Dynamite” can hit hard with the proper massive distorted rock guitar riffs and consequent raw energy but also offers tons of trippy rhythmic variations with spacey background organ layers and a slow burning approach especially enriched by the enthralling darkly psychedelic melodic licks of the guitar solo and the absolutely fierce & catchy rocker style vocal delivery.
You must take the time to discover the dazed & entertaining sonic realm of “Supernatural Alliance” as Octopus successfully deliver a highly energetic collection of songs that shine for the spontaneous psychedelic rock jam attitude.
Anarcho- punk band Antisect has not released new music for over thirty two years yet suddenly has returned to the music scene delivering the powerful new album “The Rising Of The Lights” proving to be a relevant band with renewed energy and ideas rather than just a nostalgic trip.
On “Spirit Level” there are hints of fury and unstoppable anger with opinionated screams and untamed borderline aggressive guitar riffs that maintain a gritty punk attitude even if the whole instrumentation showcases a more modern catchy sound with additional metal elements.
With bold straightforward metal grooves “Acolyte” seems to lose the old school punk drive except for the chaotic screams and also delivers scattered pleasant melodic phrases.
“Welcome To The New Dark Ages” can be extremely melancholic with minimalist contemplative acoustic melodies but is also ready to pick up speed and distortion with monolithic guitar riffing and fierce vocals surrounded by a rather ominous atmosphere.
“Black” stands out for the intense & catchy grooves built by powerful bass lines and crunchy guitar riffs following familiar energetic metal dynamics while vocals shift to baritone delivery matching the general gloomy mood.
“Scared To Die” feels like an almost apocalyptic soundtrack starting with somber atmospheric nuances that suddenly give way to a more aggressive guitar driven rhythm deeply fueled by controversial punk attitude.
Inspired by strong political views and a will to survive despite the inevitable demise of human race Antisect delivers the visionary album “The Rising Of The Lights” with vibrant unrestrained artistic freedom.
There was a time when Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats was still simply unknown and the very first music effort “Vol 1” was recorded on a low budget and pressed in small numbers. As the story goes, this album ended up acquiring a cult status and now songwriter Kevin Starrs has decided to re-release this charismatic D. I. Y. project finally mixed and mastered.
Maintaining its fashionable inner raw essence and rough recording style “Crystal spiders” introduces the vintage mixture of psychedelic and occult rock that characterizes Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats as acidic guitar riffs build a series of massive retro rock bluesy grooves that lead to a glorious spacey guitar solo.
“Lonely And Strange” feels particularly irresistible with a deliciously spooky organ intro swiftly followed by full blown ‘60s-‘70s dazed psychedelic energy enhanced by spacey melodic guitars and vocals that will lead to a simply tremendous neverending trippy guitar solo surrounded by a moody melancholy.
“Vampire Circus” stands out for the entertaining dizzy & creepy guitar riffing that sounds like music straight from the ‘70s, absolutely not watered-down, and a guitar solo that holds an unpolished raw trippy psychedelic power.
The exquisitely groovy “Wind Up Toys” might have hints of retro doom that will inevitably make you space out as addictive galloping guitar riffs and a simply catchy chorus build up strength culminating in a visionary psychedelic rock par excellence guitar solo.
Initially released in 2010 “Vol 1” used to be a mythical item, a mysterious work of music and now all Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats loyal fans have a chance to finally own it and gain insight on the early days of the band.