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Tales From Bandcamp: Obelisk by Goya


a4167963514_10A handful of years back Goya’s album 777 kicked my fuzzy stoner metal loving ass all over the place.  Hazy vocals, dissonant guitars, laid back drums, and crunchy grooves man.  So you’d be correct if you said I was looking forward to checking out Goya’s follow-up.  And here we are with Obelisk and Goya knocks it out of the park again.

This time we get a band that has taken a genre that can very quickly get stale and boring and livened it up with just enough bong rips to entertain us who no longer habitually partake in the inhalation of the sacred herb but still like the dank smell (and the occasional J).  Tighter and more varied songwriting hypnotize and captivate and big tripped-out, bluesy guitar solos and punchy drums add a beautiful contrast to the lazy drone of the riffs.  This is one hell of a trip into a well-crafted, surreal soundscape and shouldn’t be overlooked by any fan of the stoner rock/metal genre.

You know the drill, give the record a listen, dig in your couch for spare change, give the band money, tell your friends how much Goya kicks ass, drop us a comment or something, go about your busy day.  Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Album Review: Forgotten Tomb – Hurt Yourself and the Ones You Love


colour coverAlbum:  Hurt Yourself and the Ones You Love

Release Date:  17 April 2015 (EU); 21 April 2015 (North America)

Label:  Agonia Records

Songs:  7

Length:  51 Minutes

Genre:  Doom/Black/Stoner

Location:  Italy

Previous Albums:  Songs to Leave (2002); Springtime Depression (2003); Love’s Burial Ground (2004); Negative Megalomania (2007); Under Saturn Retrograde (2011); …And Don’t Deliver Us from Evil (2012).

If you tried combining black metal, doom, stoner, and a bit of 70s style hard rock, do you think you could do it?  What could possibly go wrong?  Well, a lot could go wrong.  While stoner rock/metal tends to lean on the hippy, happier, beer drinking side of metal, doom is rather moody and laced with melancholy.  Not always, but mostly.  While black metal is extreme, 70s hard rock is far from it.  Combining all of those elements seems hugely challenging to me and seems like it would be difficult to process as a listener.   Read the rest of this entry

Hilarious Videos: Red Fang – Crows In Swine


Wasted angel
Broken halo
Wings of emerald
Empty bottles

Lost for time
Soaked in brine
Nickeled and dimed
Crows and swine

Burned out all doubt
Take back your skin
You’ve been broken
No light to fail

Lost for time
Soaked in brine
Nickeled and dimed
Crows in swine

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2003 / #6 – #4


MetalCatMy goodness, today we have a head-to-head between Angela Gossow, my favourite female growler, and Simone Simons, my favourite metal soprano. That’s just how the sorting worked out.

Black Label Society and Ozzy bring the temperature back down to normal in my office.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2000 / #3 – #1


MetalCatIt does happen. The three songs I’ve chosen as my top favourites of 2000 all feature clean singing. I’m not particularly biased towards either dark or clean vocals, although most of the metal I listen to these days does have plenty of growling.

Dark Metal Cat has a growling purr and a clean sandbox.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1999 / #8 – #7


MetalCatDark Metal Cat’s ears really pricked up when he saw Alabama Thunderpussy on the list for today. He was expecting a Southern belle with a purr like a fuzzy amplifier. He was just as excited to see Agalloch on the list because he claims he invented dark metal.

He refuses to accept that both bands were born long before he was.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1995 / #10 and #9


My 1995 kicks off with two bands I’ve loved for two decades. OK, Ayreon is a project, not a band as such, but you know what I mean.

1995, #10: Ayreon – Sail Away To Avalon

Album: The Final Experiment
Country: Netherlands
Genre: Prog Metal

 

1995, #9: Monster Magnet – Dopes to Infinity

Album: Dopes To Infinity
Country: USA
Genre: Stoner Metal

 

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1995 / #8 and #7


Continuing my personal journey through my favourite songs, year by year.

1995, #8: Nightingale – Gypsy Eyes

Album: The Bleeding Shadow
Country: Sweden
Genre: Prog Metal

 

1995, #7: Fu Manchu – Travel Agent

Album: Daredevil
Country: USA
Genre: Stoner Metal

 

 

Roundtable Review: Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun


Mastodon_CoverLabel: Reprise Records

Release Date:  June 24, 2014

Songs:  11

Length: 54 minutes

Genre:  Progressive sludge metal/rock

Studio Albums: 5

Location:  Atlanta, USA

 

 

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