• 1995 - 5 picks from my personal collection

    Jul 10 2014, 19h01 por Jim_Lithium

    [Part 12 of a series of posts where I look at a handful of favorites from my own record collection from the past 30 years. A version of desert island discs, if you will.]

    Back again after a while. What happened in 1995? Fifth grade for me. Finland won the gold medal for the first time at the 1995 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. Cactus Jack AKA Mick Foley won the IWA King of the Death Match Tournament in Japan. Starbucks' Frappuccino was released. And we enjoyed countless hours of quality shows on the tube without a sign of Reality TV.

    AC/DC - Ballbreaker

    This is an important record for me. I rarely play it these days but I consider Ballbreaker the album that steered me in the right direction and would define my music taste in the years to come. I saw the video for "Hard as a Rock" on TV as a kid and it was the coolest thing ever at the moment. I did not understand the innuendo - frankly, I find a lot of Johnson-era AC/DC songs pretty embarrassing these days as far as lyrics go - but the music was awesome and I knew I had to get this album. I became an AC/DC fan and when I told a friend at school about this awesome record, it turned out he had also got it and we became even better friends. Ballbreaker is probably the heaviest AC/DC album out there. The basics are the same as always but Rick Rubin's input resulted in a much more hard-edged sound than ever before. Phil Rudd is back on the drums and the band sounds complete again. As good as Razor's Edge was, I just can't get into Chris Slade's drumwork and Phil's straightforward no-frills drumming is all AC/DC needs.

    Cathedral - The Carnival Bizarre

    "Huggy Bear, oh yeah!" Cathedral capitalizes on everything that was excellent and succesful on The Ethereal Mirror and the result is possibly their best album atleast as far as the mainstream audience goes. Right after the opener "Vampire Sun" (which is excellent in it's own right) you have a trio of excellent songs. "Hopkins (The Witchfinder General)" draws inspiration and includes soundbites from the classic Hammer horror movie. "Utopian Blaster" is loaded with killer riffs and even features a solo from Tony Iommi. Last but not least, "Night of the Seagulls" which takes its name from the fourth and final movie in the Blind Dead series, slows things down to a doomy crawl and has some cool lyrics. And that's barely just the first half of the album. With the rest including titles like "Fangalactic Supergoria" you know you're in for something good.

    Down - NOLA

    How could I not include this album? It's not as diverse as Down II but the individual songs are undeniably strong. Let's start with the bookends, "Temptation's Wings" and "Bury Me in Smoke". The first one hits you over the head right out of the gate and the second is without a doubt the most epic song and epic riff Down ever recorded. In between these two you have a smorgasbord of dirty southern metal including the standout track for me, "Stone the Crow" which in another era would have been a southern rock classic. It's amazing Down didn't make bigger waves back in 1995.

    Mad Season - Above

    A supergroup straight out of rehab. Here's another somewhat forgotten and underplayed gem in my record collection. Featuring members of Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Screaming Trees and The Walkabouts, Mad Season is greater than the sum of its parts. They only recorded this one album but it is magnificent. Above goes through many moods, from downright jazzy material like the opener "Wake Up" (perfect morning alarm clock song) to rockers like "I'm Above" to pure blues cuts like "Artificial Red" to alternative metal in the form of "I Don't Know Anything". That last one was my introduction to this band and while it is the heaviest song on here, I learned to appreciate the album as a whole. Mad Season is like a more laid back Alice In Chains (the comparison is obvious as Layne Staley is the singer here as well).

    Scott Walker - Tilt

    Scott Walker dives into ever deeper waters. The cover of the album says a lot about how easy to approach Tilt is. My favorite track, the opener "Farmer In The City" is almost operatic and it is only the tip of the iceberg as far as the experimental aspects of the album go. Tilt is a trip into the dark corners of the human mind. I can't think of another artist like Scott Walker, atleast if you take into account his whole career. And as unique and experimental as Tilt might seem, Scott would still push the envelope even further with the next album.
  • CIRCULAR [ Moon Pool ] | Ultimae - Out now !

    Jul 10 2014, 8h15 por Ultimae

    Embark upon Moon Pool, let the float begin…
    Bjarte Andreassen and Jostein Dahl Gjelsvik invite you in a pure ambient story in 8 chapters. An album that will drive you further and deeper into sound. At times evanescent, ethereal, at times on a rolling ride. Subtle blend of synthesis and organic instrumentations, Circular’s new album reveals the artists’ cross-genre inspirations, from the ballad, to minimalistic glide and the ambidrum’n’bass collaboration with Vincent Villuis / Aes Dana. Delightful and astonishing!

    Moon Pool is the third album on Ultimae by the Norwegian duo, who previously released on Origo Sound, famous for the Biosphere albums, and section records under moniker Molefonk. Thought out and conceived with an ear to refined details, it will stand as a landmark in Bjarte and Jostein’s musical production.

    Format : CD booksleeve 3 parts + 16 pages booklet + postcards + bookmarks
    Mastering by Bjarte Andreassen & Vincent Villuis – Ultimae Studio (France).
    Artwork design by Vincent Villuis.
    Reference number : inre070

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  • 1994 - 5 picks from my personal collection

    Jun 24 2014, 19h23 por Jim_Lithium

    [Part 11 of a series of posts where I look at a handful of favorites from my own record collection from the past 30 years. A version of desert island discs, if you will.]

    On with the show and the next decade of my life. What happened in 1994? Green Day released Dookie. Kurt Cobain shot himself. Justin Bieber was born. Oh my...

    Corrosion of Conformity - Deliverance

    I believe I was introduced to COC in the early 2000's when the stoner rock boom was still going strong. I remember Deliverance getting played a lot back then and although a lot of music I listened to in those days has somewhat fallen out of favor, Deliverance is still probably my favorite COC album. Though not necessarily prototypical stoner rock, Deliverance's hard edged southern rock fit perfectly on the same playlists as Kyuss, Monster Magnet and the like. I suppose these days the term "stoner rock" could be used more to describe a movement than a genre of music as a lot of bands were simply lumped under that term during that particular time period. Of course you do still have bands that swear by the term and stick to all the associated traits of the genre but I digress. Deliverance kicks ass. This is the record Lynyrd Skynyrd were no doubt secretly wishing they had recorded back in 1994. "Clean My Wounds" is considered by many as the band's best song and I concur. The other single "Albatross" is just as classic and the rest of the album is filled with many equally good performances. Another song that I would like to highlight is "My Grain". At 3:19 it goes by pretty fast and doesn't really jump out but I truly learned to appreciate it after hearing the live performance on COC's live DVD/CD Live Volume - definitely check that version out if you have the chance. All in all, the Pepper Keenan-led era of COC started out strong and ended strong. I'm sure we will get to the latter in about ten years.

    Danzig - Danzig 4

    If I'm going to include the first three Danzig albums, I might as well complete the quadrilogy with Danzig 4. This one did not produce as many hits as it's predecessors but it is still considered one of the classic Danzig albums. Glenn's longing for a new sound is becoming apparent here as the album feels altogether darker than the previous ones and features much more experimentation. My favorites off this one include "I Don't Mind The Pain", "Cantspeak", "Bringer Of Death", "Going Down To Die" and the solemn "Let It Be Captured". Excellent album yet again. The next Danzig release would be a drastic departure from the band's classic sound. I like that one also but it remains to be seen whether it can hold a candle against it's contemporaries in my record collection.

    Kingston Wall - III Tri-Logy

    Finally some countrymen on here. Kingston Wall was a young, incredibly talented power trio and one of the best Finnish progressive/psychedelic rock bands ever. They recorded three albums before splitting in December 1994 and unfortunately their story would be finalized when band leader Petri Walli committed suicide the following summer. Though each album is strong, I would consider Tri-Logy their magnum opus and also the one I return to the most. Somewhat of a concept album with many songs getting their subject matter from the stories of Finnish eccentric Ior Bock (either a jovial lunatic or possibly the last keeper of incredible ancient folklore - you decide). Upon closer inspection Tri-Logy seems put together with almost obsessive detail. There is a lot of symbolism used in the album art, some of the lyrics contain 3 separate lyrics combined into one text and each song flows quite seamlessly into the other. The band drew inspiration for this album from several different genres of music and instruments present on this album include keyboards, saxophone, didgeridoo and jew's harp among other things. To pick out individual tracks would only do this album an injustice. If you're into prog/psychedelic rock, give this a thorough listen. You've got nothing to lose yet so much to gain.

    Kyuss - Welcome to Sky Valley

    Here's another album that got a lot of spins in the early 2000's. After all, Kyuss is THE stoner rock band (or desert rock as they prefer to be called). Unfortunately Kyuss records have since been relegated to space filler status on my CD shelves as my tastes have changed in the past years but they still have a firm place in there as the quality cannot be denied. After reading some Kyuss reviews and people's opinions, the popular consensus these days seems to be that Blues For The Red Sun is the definitive Kyuss record. This surprises me as I remember it was all about Welcome To Sky Valley back in those stoner rock boom years. I think my first exposure to this record came when I heard "Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoop" on the radio. Not only is that a ridiculous title but the ending of the song is just as original. And the riffs are epic. I was hooked and Welcome To Sky Valley was to be my next purchase. If this song alone was able to hook me, it might as well do the same for you. I'll leave it at that. The whole album is epic to the max.

    Pantera - Far Beyond Driven

    Decisions, decisions... Can't have it all as this time Far Beyond Driven edges out Fear, Emptiness, Despair by Napalm Death. How so? I guess ultimately Far Beyond Driven just leaves a bigger impression. It would seem that Pantera were struggling to live up to the success of Vulgar Display Of Power here. The result is 50/50 with some downright classic songs and a bunch of material pushing the extremes for no apparent reason. Maybe the impending problems that would eventually break up Pantera were already beginning to surface. It's as if every other day in the recording studio they had a "f*ck yeah, we're going to top whatever we've done before" vibe going and then every other day it was "f*ck, let's just play whatever and have Phil scream into the mic". I know it might seem a bit like I'm ripping this album apart but you just can't deny that Far Beyond Driven is a mixed bag. Regardless, songs like "5 Minutes Alone" and "I'm Broken" are some of the best Pantera ever wrote. "25 Years" opens with a riff that's just too good for the actual song that follows. "Shedding Skin" is a suprisingly complex piece and one of the more focused efforts here. "Use My Third Arm" is musically excellent also but it falls a little short in the lyrical department in my opinion. Far Beyond Driven has it's highs and lows with very little in between. Once again you could make the case that sticking to a standard LP length record could have made this a tighter release. Still a good album though.
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  • Summer Solstice 2014 newsletter

    Jun 22 2014, 11h37 por BarbarianWrath

    Time for another update methinks :)

    NEW RELEASES straight off the printer are:

    ##### IRON VOID "Iron Void" CD (WRATH666-053) #####
    Friday the 13th with a full moon to boot was a perfect day to finally and officially release the IRON VOID upon the world of man. We're currently busy catching up to our order back-log due to our vacation but that should not keep you from ordering right now. Let's give those mail men a stress hernia from having to carry this piece of merciless heavyness all the way to your door step :)
    Watch this and follow the subliminal message the Witch has embedded to secure your Doom @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubhEJ5GHekc

    ##### TERRA CAPUT MUNDI "Lost In The Warp" LP (BREW039) out on WITCHES BREW #####
    Imagine HIRAX and NUCLEAR ASSAULT getting drunk in the rehearsal room and playing AGENT STEEL covers and you have an idea what these warp speed warriors from St. Louis, Missouri have to offer on their second full length! Originally released on CDR by the band themselves, this fantastic album gets the Vinyl treatment on Witches Brew. Includes, as bonus, re-recorded versions of “Rogue Trader” and “Spinefisting Terror” from their self released full length from 2008. Black vinyl with 2 sided insert containing all lyrics for sufficient shouting along! First 100 LPs include a metal logo pin!
    Check out the song “Inquisitor’s Inquest” off the TERRA CAPUT MUNDI Lost In The Warp LP at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srOO_CF7QiE
    If you want to see what these look like just head on over to the WITCHES BREW Facebook page @ http://www.facebook.com/witchesbrewthrashes
    Purchase now: http://www.witchesbrewthrashes.de/shop/de/witches-brew/172-terra-caput-mundi-lost-in-the-warp-lp.html

    ##### REDIMONI/GRAVEYARD "The Procession Of The Gravedemons – The Ultimate Profanation" 7" (BREW040) out on WITCHES BREW #####
    If you want to see what these look like just head on over to the WITCHES BREW Facebook page @ http://www.facebook.com/witchesbrewthrashes
    Splatter: http://www.witchesbrewthrashes.de/shop/de/witches-brew/177-redimoni-graveyard-procession-of-the-gravedemons-the-ultimate-profanation-split-7-splatter.html
    Black: http://www.witchesbrewthrashes.de/shop/de/witches-brew/178-redimoni-graveyard-procession-of-the-gravedemons-the-ultimate-profanation-split-7-black.html

    And, while you're there, the shop has recently been updated with:
    ARACHNID Arachnid CD
    AXECUTER Metal Is Invincible LP
    CRUSADER Onward Into Battle CD
    FLESH ENGINE Walking The Aether CD
    HORROR PIKNIK Speed Metal Je Ziv MCD
    HYPERTENSION Primeval Tyrants Prevail CD
    PARADOX Demo Collection 1986-1987 DCD
    PERPETRATÖR Thermonuclear Epiphany CD
    SHINING STEEL Heavy Rockers CD
    TRAITOR Thrash Command CD (German Version)
    VINDICATOR Sleeping With Evil MCD


    ##### BARBARIAN WRATH News #####
    What's going on beyond the gates of the BARBARIAN WRATH dungeon you wonder ? Here you go...

    After the successful launch of IRON VOID, release 3 after the return it is now either BLOOD STORM or HYBOREAN STEEL or both, depending on how things go. In the meantime, buy some of my releases so that I'll be able to pay the printer once the bands are ready http://www.witchesbrewthrashes.de/shop/de/barbarian-wrath/181-iron-void-iron-void-cd.html

    ##### BLOODSTORM "The Stellar Exorcism" CD #####
    I received the rough mix version of BLOOD STORMs upcoming album "The Stellar Exorcism" along with all the lay-out files. Can you imagine a blend of "Abominations Of Desolation" and "Morbid Tales" with hints of "Haunting The Chapel" and even "Melissa" thrown in ? It still needs proper mastering and The Witch still has to do her lay-out magick but if all goes well this should be in your hands, hooves and tentacles before Summer 2014 CE \\,,/

    ##### HYBORIAN STEEL "Barbarian Mysticism" CD #####
    I'm listening to the new and (most likely) final master of "Barbarian Mysticism", the forthcoming 3rd album of HYBORIAN STEEL in my office and I'm having a REALLY hard time not to turn this up to earthshaking volumes. I know one thing for certain, I must not listen to this in the car on my way home or there will be mayhem of unprecedented scale on the Autobahn... I am so looking forward to releasing this and I'd love to play it to you all right now but unfortunately you'll have to stick to the rough mix of "Age Of Heroes" for the time being. Still, it IS a new song and I promise it won't be much longer

    ##### COUNTESS "Ancient Lies And Battle Cries" CD (WRATH666-052) #####
    The latest COUNTESS album "Ancient Lies And Battle Cries" has been unleashed in April 2014 CE, heralding the ultimate defeat of monotheism. All followers of Mosaic fairytales, stay away from "Ancient Lies And Battle Cries" or it will damn your soul to eternal torment in life and afterlife. All godless heathens out there proceed to
    Heed the "Call Of The Ancient Pantheon" \\,,/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LLX6_yVlrM

    COUNTESS recently performed live @ "Veneration Of The Dead" in Rotterdam and there's some very decent footage on YouTube
    "Aleidis" = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_iBiHLzrJY
    "Call Of The Ancient Pantheon" = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgykg6cmmi0
    "Hymn To The Gods Of Yore" = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5_zjLEfuHQ
    The thunderous finale of the show @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad6DatGsxZA

    ##### MEGIDDO #####
    Skar had to cancel the European MEGIDDO holocaust planned for July 2014 CE. Bummer. On the positive side, he can now fully concentrate on recording "The Holocaust Messiah" which is also being moved to Autumn 2014 but all songs are written and things are moving forward. He's also planning on resheduling the live dates towards the end of the year. In the mean time, keep this one on rotation
    If you like what you hear, both albums are still available @ http://www.witchesbrewthrashes.de/shop/de/search?controller=search&orderby=position&orderway=desc&search_query=MEGIDDO&submit_search=Suche

    ##### WITCHES BREW News ####
    There's also much bubbling going on behind the doors of the WITCHES BREWery

    ##### ALITOR "Eternal Depression" CD (BREW041) #####
    We're still waiting for the final audio master and layout for the "Eternal Depression" CD from Thrash Maniacs ALITOR! In the meantime you can check out "Realm Of Grief" at the link below. Be prepared for this great Thrash release coming early August 2014!

    ##### ENDLESS RECOVERY "Resistant Bangers" 7" (BREW042) #####
    The Brewmistress is very happy to announce that we've added another new member to the Brew Crew, please welcome the fantastic Greek Thrashers ENDLESS RECOVERY to the Brewery!! Their debut release on Witches Brew features two brand new, killer songs for all those that like their Thrash filthy and insane! The EPs are currently at the factory! Due to the curse of delays, the EP will only be added to the shop once they are actually en route to the Brewery! For now check out the B side track and wreck your neck @

    ##### TYRANT'S KALL "Dagon" LP (BREW043) #####
    In August/September we'll brew up the LP version of their 2012 self released CD with a never before released bonus track and vinyl specifix mix! Their music, inspired by Lovecraft, cannot be categorized in any traditional metallic subdivision. With obvious influences of Doom and old school Swedish Death Metal in the vein of DISMEMBER and old ENTOMBED, one can also hear some Thrash Metal and even 70's Rock is not shunned. It is precisely this mixture of styles and influences that renders TYRANT'S KALL their uniqueness along with the fantastic vocal approach by Esmee Tabasco. Hear the TYRANT'S KALL @
  • Setlist & Video of Kiev Accept performance at Stereoplaza, 13.11.2012

    Jun 20 2014, 13h51 por TotalMusicNet

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