Archive for the New Music Category

Sea Bastard – Great Barrier Riff

Posted in New Music on November 11, 2011 by Thorun band

Sea Bastard are four dudes from Brighton (UK) who share their love for nasty, crusty sludge/doom metal with the world in the form of this 3 track demo entitled “Great Barrier Riff”. The band formed in July 2011 from the ashes of two recently deceased Brighton based doom metal bands; Jovian and Funeral Hag (who you should also check out).

The overall sound is raw and grinding, with raspy vocals present throughout. It’s dark, bleak and pretty unrelenting! Just how we like it. As a demo it does the business and gives the listener enough information to come up with an answer to the question “Do I need Sea Bastard in my life?”. Well I would say you do. Download it for free or pay as much as you like…links below.

Sea Bastard Bandcamp

Sea Bastard on Facebook

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Thorun – Chorus Of Giants EP

Posted in New Music on November 9, 2011 by Thorun band

New EP released via Bandcamp by the Welsh doom/stoner/rock Instrumentalists THORUN. You can listen to the EP in its entirety here: BANDCAMP 

Check out their FACEBOOK PAGE or WEBSITE for more info.

Nero Order – The Tower

Posted in New Music, Review on June 15, 2011 by Thorun band

Nero Order have been around for some time now, but they’ve chosen to stay silent…until now!

Some call them avant-metal alchemists, others “Progressive Doom”, I prefer to think of them as a hulking machine bent on destroying your preconceived ideas of what slow metal can sound like. After a number of listens the picture becomes clear, the music is mix of left field sludge/post-metal (like that of Mouth Of The Architect and Mare) and the darker world of avant-doom. The riffs are easy to take in but the arrangements are more complex, with track lengths that vary between 9 and 17 minuets. The entire album was recorded using old school methods and is devoid of any computer trickery or Pro-tool magic. Thus we are presented with the raw sound of Nero Order.

The best way to treat this album is to consider it as one long composition rather then 4 separate songs. For those who are not accustomed to this type of drawn-out sludgy doom it can be hard going and at times it left me wondering where the hell these guys were going. The overall sound is oppressive, huge, dark and carries some serious weight but I can’t help but think that more cohesion and a little consideration for a central theme would have gone a long way in making this a “must have” record for fans of unusual heavy music. This is not to say I didn’t enjoy it, I did! The guitar/bass sounds are massive, the drumming is akin to being slowly beaten with a large metal club and the vocals fly between relentless torture and melodic croon to great effect. Just be prepared to sit down and take it in over a number of sessions.

This is definitely a good release and I would recommend you download it and add it to your collection.  I’m interested to see what they have in store for us next.

Nero Order Website > HERE <

Facebook page > HERE <

Fister / The Lions Daughter Split – And Their Masters Bled For Days

Posted in New Music on June 7, 2011 by Thorun band

This Split 12″ was released as a limited run of 300 with some very limited glow in the dark copies (that got snapped up at the release show).  They are offering the digital download for free to all those who dare! See download and buy links below.

Fister: Fuzzy, Sabbath inspired proto-doom style heaviness with sparse vocals. Yes you’ve heard it all before but you want to hear it again! 3 monster tracks that set your heads nodding. This is right up my street and had me smiling throughout.

The Lions Daughter: A faster paced and noisier offering altogether. The 4 tracks on offer from these brutes seem to peddle influences from across the spectrum, from black metal to grind and on to hardcore, with a dusting of sludge for good measure. My least favorite of the two bands but they still bring the noise!

You should download this album, free albums of this quality are hard to come by.

Free digital download > HERE <

Buy / more info > HERE <

Weeping Ulcer – Dwelling In Filth

Posted in New Music on June 7, 2011 by Thorun band

What the band say: Weeping Ulcer are a sludge/experimental/doom band from Dublin. They have been writing and rehearsing original material since the trio formed in June 2010. Inspired by all that’s wrong in the world and a keen sense of ethereal exploration, they blend a multitude of musical influences into their own particular brand of down-tuned, sludgy filth.

16Tonne low down: This is the bands first demo so I wont dwell too much on the production. What I will say is that they sound like a band who need more time to work on existing material. The potential is there but the riffs are somewhat unimaginative;  it all sounds a bit “Doom by numbers”. I do like the fact that each of the three tracks uses a different member for lead vocal duties but this doesn’t really add enough for the songs to impress. It’s not terrible, and we need to remember this is an early version of what Weeping Ulcer could become. With a touch more variation, a better quality recording and a less fizzy (more fuzzy) guitar sound they could come up with something beastly.

You can download the demo for free > HERE <

Facebook page > HERE <

Los Disidentes Del Sucio Motel – Soundtrack From A Motion Picture

Posted in New Music on June 5, 2011 by Thorun band

Yes it’s a bloody long band name and the album art looks like it could be the front cover of the next installment in the Grand Theft Auto series but these guys don’t seem to be taking themselves too seriously (in a good way). The Album itself is a lot of fun. Great sounding guitars attack the listener with some pumping stoner cross punk riffs. Little break downs with hand claps and blues inspired lead licks keep a smile on your face until the money shot is delivered and these guys hand you your ass on a plate. One let down; some of these songs sound so much like QOTSA that during track 4 “Chapter II: Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold” I actually had to check my playlist to make sure I was still listening to the same album.

If I have to be honest, I would say that during the later tracks the album starts to sound like it’s repeating itself. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy listening to it, I did! Disidentes Los Del Sucio Motel can write and deliver a decent tune with classy riffs and enough twists and turns to keep you engaged. They just need to add a touch more variation to the sound to keep the attention throughout.

Check out their website > HERE < (it is in French)

Myspace page > HERE <

Triggerman – Brand New Day

Posted in New Music on May 30, 2011 by Thorun band

Triggerman have been busy boys indeed; playing live shows with the likes of Firebird, Orange Goblin, Mastodon and Dragonforce. They also appeared at the 2010 Glasgowbury festival where their set was recorded for a documentary charting the progress made by the band over the past 12 months. The band formed back in 2002 so they ain’t no rookies, thats for sure.

Bringing you some seriously heavy riffs with their new album “Brand New Day” it seems that Triggerman are intent on joining the more commercial side of groove inspired rock/metal. If you enjoy the sounds of bands like Clutch, Mastodon and Down then Brand New Day won’t go amiss among your CD collection.

Listen to the entire album > HERE <

Join them on facebook > HERE <