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Tales from Bandcamp: Isolate by Mesarthrim


a0820628059_10One modern trend I will probably never tire of is the astral themed black metal records.  Agalloch with The Serpent and the Sphere, Vattnet Viskar with Settler, Krallice with Years Past Matter, and so on.  It seems that each time a trippy post black metal album uses the stars as inspiration an album its scope and berth are as wide as the glittering sea above us.  Keep the Astral Metal coming please.

Catching my eye on the Bandcamp homepage with a beautiful photo taken by the Hubble Telescope I was easily compelled click to preview Isolate by Australian band Mesarthrim.  What I did not expect was that it would cut so heavily into my Ghost listening time; an album I’ve been frothing at the mouth for and was released today.

Dear Astreria! This album is outright phenomenal.  Heavy doses of reverby keyboard notes and major keys give the music such a triumphant sound that is as big as its subject matter.  There’s that overwhelming sense of positivity that you get from power metal but without all the cheese, superfluousness, and…. ummm.. well, power metal.  Nearly every moment here is just so uplifting.  The ambient moments are equally relaxing and introspective and add so much to the ponderous nature of the songs.  They perfectly compliment the mystical nature of the core of black metal.

This is a monumental album and should be given some love and attention asap.  Best part is the band is only asking for a single dollar for this beast.  You really can’t go wrong taking a chance here.  This album will transport you to a far away place, give you peace, and when you return you will be a happier person.  As always, tell all your friends about the music if you like it and let us know what you though in the comments.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Album review: Gringo – The Cold Burn


The Cold Burn - CoverGenre: Psychedelic/space stoner
Sounds like: Black Sabbath meets Hawkwind.
Release date: November 11, 2013.
Label: Catacomb Records.

How good is your Boolean logic, your ability to identify which statements are true and which are as false as the front end of Pamela Anderson? Run this quick test through the working part of your brain:

There are many excellent psychedelic rock and metal bands today. There are many great space rock and comparatively few superb space metal bands. Stoner rock and metal are the chosen genres of numerous good modern bands. Many fine bands play sludge metal. Therefore Gringo plays all of those musical styles, plus a few more.

Good, you ticked them all “correct”. You can also tick this one: Gringo does it darned well, too.

Here’s how the band describes itself: “The twisted end result of a combination of influences ranging from Iommi to Einstein, hangovers to horsepower, space cadets to space exploration; unhindered by genre clichés while remaining true to the heritage of Midlands heaviness.” Hey, Gringo, I was going to say that. Well, some of it, sort of. It’s a very good summation.

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Musings of the Heavy Metal Hippie: Quake Meat by Astra and Voyage/Paralysis by Diagonal


space-hubble-2010_1622267iI haven’t done one of these in a while, sorry about that. I have however came across a couple of bands that really do fit the bill for my Heavy Metal Hippie moniker quite well. Stoner psychedelic hard prog rock. Just let that glorious genre name sink in a bit. Beautiful, isn’t it. You get the thick grooves of the Stoner genre, that ’60s/’70s classic feel with the Psychedelic and Prog, plus the edge of hard rock. Surely some kind of witchcraft. I totally love it. It’s like Camel, King Crimson, and Jefferson Airplane loaded up a spaceship with the contents of Hunter S. Thompson’s car trunk and their instruments and took a voyage into the far reaches of outer space.
Both of these bands share quite a similar sound going by the songs I’ve heard so far, where Astra tends to have vocals in their songs and Diagonal doesn’t. So if you’re in the mood for some tripped out music, give these bands a shot. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!