There’s something inherently timeless when listening through The Chariot from Cincinnati’s Valley Of The Sun. That’s it, that’s the opener! Timeless is tantamount to classic so by that logic y’all should go out immediately and pre-order your new favorite Desert Rawk album of 2022. And we’ll get to a comparison or two in a few but to be honest, experiencing Valley Of The Sun’s originality for the first or fiftieth time makes a strong argument that comparisons are not needed. At. All.[Read more…]
I don’t remember when I first came across Steak but I do remember instantly loving what they had to offer so it’s kind of like the old adage about riding a bike when it comes to listening to the first new offering from the UK outfit after five years. Because on their latest, Acute Mania, Steak strike a chord throughout their 3rd full-length recording that is inherently timeless yet wholly relevant and fresh.[Read more…]
Cortez’s latest is a ripper from start to finish and you should’ve already pre-ordered your copy. That’s it. That’s the review. If it only it were that simple, right?
But I digress.[Read more…]
“Fuck yeah! I’m winning!”
As far as I’m concerned and echoing Craig Riggs’ opening statement on the newest KIND record, we’re all winning when it comes to Mental Nudge.[Read more…]
I have a habit of going through my Facebook memories on the daily especially now just to see how life was when it all wasn’t such a daily shitshow. More often than not I mention music of some sort and one of my recent past searches reminded me of how brilliant the lone release from Vista Chino was. Hailing from Bradford, UK, Psychlona inhabit that brilliance wholly yet forge a bold new path forward to bring Desert Rawk into its’ next logical phase of existence. And if you think that statement was heavy then just wait until you experience Psychlona’s Venus Skytrip in full![Read more…]
There is so much that is right with this two-song split by Howling Giant and Sergeant Thunderhoof. Firstly, can you say epic??? A forty-minute runtime between two bands supplying a song each. Do the math. Secondly, I know of Howling Giant already and they rule. Thirdly, I did not know Sergeant Thunderhoof going into this but now that I do, they rule as well. And fourth and finally, Ripple Music rule. Or have you not been paying attention to every single album they’ve released?!?!?[Read more…]
Have you ever wanted to go back in time and recapture the feeling of when you first hear an album that you just know will be groundbreaking. Something, like, say Mastodon’s Remission? The first time you hear the sonic onslaught of “March of the Fire Ants” or that huge riffage that begins “Mother Puncher”? Listening through the latest from France’s Stonebirds conjures all those feelings and more. Inducing chills and the hairs on the back of your neck to automatically stand up, Collapse And Fail is a blistering metallic tour-de-force of modern Sludge, Doom, Progressive and everything that’s good in between.[Read more…]
Fresh off a retread of Karma To Burn’s storied/illustrious discography and everything I hear after seems to remind me of them. Like Louisiana’s Forming The Void who are miles beyond anything that instrumental trio concocted (Not a knock on K2B at all, they’re just living in a Desert Rawk realm all their own) but whose vocalist shares some similarities with onetime K2B collaborator Daniel Davies (Also of John Carpenter’s band and Year Long Disaster among others) as well as Downer’s J. Scott.[Read more…]
Lowcaster create the kind of Post-Desert Doom that you can’t experience in bits and pieces and on their upcoming full-length, Flames Arise, this San Franciscan quartet have assembled a body of work that demands to be listened to as a whole to fully appreciate it.[Read more…]
There are still bands out there that continually put out great music. You know what I mean? Like, their albums are constantly consistent, the track order makes sense, and from start to finish they provide a masterclass in how to do things just right. Sonic comfort food, if you will. Tennessee’s Howling Giant is one of those kinds of bands and on their debut full-length, The Space Between Worlds, they offer up a sprawling epic destined to show up on many a 2019 “Best Of” list and linger in the collective consciousness long after this year is through.
But I digress.[Read more…]