Boasting two original Kyuss alums in their ranks, the inevitable comparison to that legendary Desert Rawk outfit is bound to happen but when it comes to STÖNER and artists that are on par, it might be more apt to look at Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork’s respective projects since (Read: Post ’90’s) for a better idea of what this new trio (With Ryan Gut on drums to round out the band) is all about. Think Vista Chino. Think Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band. Think Mondo Generator. Getting the general idea? Great! Because what you’re about to hear in the following seven tracks mashes all those expectations up and elevates it to a new sonic plane.[Read more…]
While doing some late spring cleaning recently which included a LONG overdue purge of those archaic physical media artifacts known as “compact discs” I came across an abundance of Mark Lanegan albums (Which are not getting purged, btw) and among the records currently in my collection, I cannot think of an artist more dynamically diverse than Lanegan with each and every release. Which is definitely the case again with his latest offering falling under the moniker of Dark Mark Vs Skeleton Joe.[Read more…]
The alter ego of Antoni Maiovvi, think of Jason Priest as synthwave’s answer to Ziggy Stardust and on this, the debut full-length, Priest gets a fitting soundtrack for his introduction into the world. Combining the hopefulness and nostalgia of New Order with the raw, Electro-fied emotion of The Soft Moon, Jason Priest Is Missing captures this undeniably electric feeling on a record that encapsulates everything that the term “wave” (Read: synth, dark, etc) should be attached to from here on out.[Read more…]
High Holy Hell this is one helluva massive mammer jammer of musical excellence across thirty three tracks of diverse, driven Rawk. When you look up “Boston sound” in Webster’s dictionary (Which is obviously a thing in ANY dictionary), hopefully Money Fight gets a shout out next to the Bosstones, Dropkick Murphys, and Modern Lovers because, while a mixed batch of genres, the whole of Smells Like Money Fight: The Complete Basement Recordings is inherently Bean Town bravado through and through.
But I digress.[Read more…]
A cellist, a “synth virtuoso”, and a “beat maestro” walk into a recording studio…*
No, that’s not the beginnings of some music-related joke but the make up of Bristol trio Elder Island and the punchline is a stunning record that melds genres, creates something new, and maybe introduces music fans to their next favorite artist.
But I digress.[Read more…]
I am waaaaaay late to the Flotsam And Jetsam party. And I’m not talking about my initial introduction when I was younger watching them on Headbanger’s Ball as “that band that the new bassist from Metallica used to be in” while they were promoting Cuatro and the very ’90’s video treatment for “Wading Through The Darkness” (Which you can get nostalgic for yourself by heading here). I’m talking about their more recent output which, starting with 2019’s The End of Chaos, has taken the Arizona thrashers to the next level of Heavy.[Read more…]
There are records I miss occasionally that I feel legitimately bad about. And in these cases, it’s not because of the whole “getting a jump on the review before anyone else” aspect but more that it pertains to an artist that’s, frankly, cool as hell and one that I’d like to promote the hell out of. Like Night Club. Who put out a new record LAST OCTOBER that I missed. And that’s what I get for not liking every artist over the socials that makes some sort of sonic impact in my world, I guess?[Read more…]
There are a few artists that I’ve reviewed here, and I’ve mentioned this before, that just kind of fall off my radar after their record of the moment is out and available. Not for lack of liking but more the abundance of new music coming in on the daily. But then I get a ping as something new from the artist is about to drop and get to give myself a refresher and dive back into their old stuff for research, nostalgia, and the inevitable comparison or two.[Read more…]
Any fan of Goth, Industrial, Electro, and Darkwave who has yet to check out recent outings from Gary Numan should hand in their membership card this instant. We’re about twenty years into Numan V.2 which began in 2000 with the release of Pure (Or with more regularity in releases since 2006’s Jagged) and since then, the legendary innovator and artist has continually gotten better and better, not only adding to his already impressive legacy with the the newer material but perhaps, just perhaps, exceeding it.[Read more…]
As we’ve said in the past, cover albums in general are hit or miss. Give Monster Magnet the reins on one, though, and watch out! A Better Dystopia, the upcoming covers collection from New Jersey’s real favorite sons, sees Monster Magnet at their absolute gnarliest and Psych Rawk best throughout 13 tracks that sounds more like the latest Monster Magnet banger than a consistent nod to the past.[Read more…]