Friday, October 17, 2014
From Metal Sucks (10.02.14):
One of life’s great challenges is sharing a great new record with your buds. See, you love it and its creators, but to express that would serve only to raise expectations of its would-be fans (ie. your music friends) before they’ve heard a note. That’s bad. But it’s just as easy to soft sell it, thereby failing to get your people excited about checking it out. And what if it was only last week that you pushed a similarly rad band to those same friends; how many times will they drop their own vibe to explore the album that’s dominating your vibe? Maybe you could change strategy and just share by example — that is, get your dudes intrigued by conspicuously listening to the irresistible, irrepressible album whenever encountering them. Nah, you’ll just seem lusty. Desperate.
But you keep searching for the correct tack. They must hear this album, you think. Why? Well, certainly not to get your own opinion validated (cough), but actually because the record is a juggernaut that will bring joy to your bros. (I mean, shit, you’d tell your brah if some hot tennis girls were overheard vowing to blow him, right? Same principle, but trickier.) So perhaps you just leave the album lying somewhere obvious — on your dashboard, in your beach bag, on your wallpaper, posted exclusively to Earth’s best metal website MetalSucks (bleh) — and wait for dudes who seek to stuff their libraries of metal with awesome records to grab it and jam. The album’s very presence there — or, in this case, here — is a big endorsement, and once it’s discovered, you could throw in a minimal comment like “Awesome singer, u jam” or casually munch some chips, like “Twice a day for weeks, no bullshit.” Then mentally cross your fingers.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Taken from Vice / Noisey on August 20th, 2014:
Colossus is a great name for a doom record. In one breath it handily evokes images of majesty, grandeur, and past glories (Candlemass cornered the market on all of that with Ancient Dreams, but you get the idea). It hints at hard-won battles and blood seeping into foreign sands, of rough-hewn idols and monoliths crumbling into the foaming sea. It paints a pretty goddamn inspiring picture. That being said, on a less romantic level, Colossus also slots neatly into doom's obsession with really big... things. Ours is a world populated by behemoths and mastodons, dying giants, sea lords, and elder gods, whose exploits and flights of fancy are riffed sweatily into existence by big burly dudes encircled by halos of amplifier tubes. It's larger than life, and if it's done right, it's way too much for your shitty foam earplugs to handle. It's awesome.
LO-PAN inhabits this earthier world, and Colossus is their heaviest offering to date. The Columbus four-piece titled their latest album in honor of the Colossus of Rhodes, and they have paid tribute to that titanic sculpture in the most fitting way they know how: by dedicating their aggressive, rumbling fuzz-riff cocktails to its glory. The album's due out October 7 via Small Stone Records. Catch LO-PAN on tour with like-minded heavyweights Black Cobra starting August 28. Check out all the tour dates and a new song, "Regulus," below:
LO-PAN US tour with Black Cobra:
8/28/2014 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ
8/29/2014 Sister - Albuquerque, NM
8/30/2014 Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK
8/31/2014 Doublewide - Dallas, TX
9/02/2014 Red 7 - Austin, TX
9/03/2014 Fitzgeralds - Houston, TX
9/04/2014 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
9/05/2014 Handlebar - Pensacola, FL
9/06/2014 Orpheum - Tampa, FL
9/07/2014 Gramps - Miami, FL
9/08/2014 Back Booth - Orlando, FL
9/09/2014 529 - Atlanta, GA
9/10/2014 The Mothlight - Asheville, NC
9/11/2014 Chop Shop - Charlotte, NC
9/12/2014 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
9/13/2014 The Pinch - Washington, DC
9/14/2014 Dusk - Providence, RI
9/15/2014 Nectars - Burlington, VT
9/16/2014 TT The Bears - Boston, MA
9/17/2014 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
9/18/2014 Saint Vitus - New York, NY
9/19/2014 Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY
9/20/2014 Bug Jar - Rochester, NY
9/22/2014 Howlers - Pittsburgh, PA
9/23/2014 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
9/24/2014 7th St Entry - Minneapolis, MN
9/26/2014 Replay - Lawrence, KS
9/27/2014 Lost Lake Lounge - Denver, CO
9/28/2014 Burt's Tiki Bar - Salt Lake City, UT
9/29/2014 Dive Bar - Las Vegas, NV
10/01/2014 The Garage - Ventura, CA
10/02/2014 New Parish - Oakland, CA
Kim Kelly is a colossal writer. She's on Twitter - @GrimKim
Written by: Kim Kelly
Aug 20 2014
Tags: LO-PAN, Colossus, Regulus, Columbus, doom metal
Saturday, June 28, 2014
We would like to let you all know that if you have pre-ordered the new "The Conjuring" 180g LP from Wo Fat, to our dismay, it is still at the plant... The jackets are now 100% completed, but we are still waiting on test pressings and obviously the final job completion. Hopefully, we have these back before the end of July. We are very sorry for the delay... On the good side, we promise it will be well worth the wait!
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Jeremy Irons and the Ratgang Malibus, “Wind Seized” official video...
If you’re not yet friendly with the early-onset heavy psych sprawl of Swedish youngins Jeremy Irons and the Ratgang Malibus, chances are that by the time you make your way through their video for the song “Wind Seized,” you will be. Tomorrow marks the release of the Stockholm four-piece’s Small Stone label debut (third album overall), Spirit Knife, which follows the 2011 Transubstans release and recent Small Stone reissue, Bloom, in setting a dynamic, flowing course throughout its 59-minute run and across eight tracks that run a gamut of updated classic influences. Cuts like “Point Growth” delve into sweet, wide-open, Cream-style psychedelic blues, distinguished immediately through the use of organ, while elsewhere, “Sworn Collision” takes “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” head-on to a place no less endearing for its relative minimalism.
The key to the album, though, is immersion. Much as one might look at the moniker Jeremy Irons and the Ratgang Malibus and feel lost within it before getting to the last syllable, so too does 10:37 opener “Fog by the Steep” prove encompassing, a languid, rolling groove demonstrating an underlying core of heavy rock that consistently works its way into and through the ensuing full-length as guitarist/vocalist Karl Apelmo, guitarist Micke Pettersson, bassist Viktor Källgren and drummer Henke Persson — as well as guest organist Patrik Kolar, whose contributions aren’t to be forgotten — weave smoothly through atmospheres alternately rambunctious and serene, drawing rounded lines between so that Spirit Knife eases the listener along their path. A catchy shorter cut like “Wind Seized” (for which you can see the video above) retains its airy vibes, and likewise, the space-rocking finale title-track keeps its songwriting in focus even as its swirl seems to consume the album whole, and this balance between gives Spirit Knife not just a sense of consciousness, but of accomplishment as well, the band offering old Zeppelin-style soul in “Clang” and carving their identity in passages in the dream-echoes of “Deep Hardened Woods.”
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Some words have been pinched from The Obelsik... Thanks JJ.
Swedish heavy rockers Deville have a new video for the song “The Knife.” The track comes from the Malmö four-piece’s 2013 full-length, Hydra (review here), which was also their first release on Small Stone Records. As timing would have it, Deville head out on a European tour this week, having finalized the dates at the start of April, and “The Knife” makes a solid argument for showing up to see them if you happen to be in that part of the world. One doubts they’ll be playing on top of a giant guitar or that there will be huge spinning blades — probably for the best — but as Deville stand in a fine tradition of their country’s heavy rock without bowing to the retro pressures of the current scene, they only make themselves more individualized for their efforts.
Between that conceptual appeal and the actual fruit of Deville‘s songwriting, it doesn’t seem like a way to lose out. “The Knife” was among the most memorable cuts on Hydra, so whether you caught wind of the album or not last year, it’ll be worth either the refresher or the initial exposure to check it out. Rock and roll:
Music video by Deville performing The Knife.
Taken from the album “Hydra” Small Stone Records 2013.
Directed by: Henrik Christoffersson
Filmed by: Henrik Christoffersson & Peter Tarpgaard
Edited by: Henrik Christoffersson
Europe spring tour is up! New dates added!
25/4 GER Duesseldorf-Pitcher
26/04 CH Lugano TI/STREET/ART Festival
27/04 IT Pescara-Orange Rock Cafè
28/04 IT Roma-Sinister Noise
29/04 IT Santa Croce Sull’ Arno-Rock City
30/04 IT Montecchio Maggiore-E20
01/05 IT Piacenza-Cuncertass Festival
01/05 IT Seregno-Sala Malasangre
02/05 CH St Gallen-Rumpeltum
03/05 IT Torino-Cafè Liber
04/05 FRA Lyon-Le Moko
05/05 FRA Draguignan-Bucephale
06/05 IT Padova-Sotterranei
07/05 FRA Besanqon-Les passagers du Zinc
08/05 BEL Hasselt-Carpe Diem
09/05 GER Munster-Rare Guitar
10/05 GER Berlin-Jaegerklause