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A Storm of Light - And We Wept the Black Ocean Within (CD) Cover Art A Storm of Light - And We Wept the Black Ocean Within (CD)

Features members of Neurosis, Unsane, Swans and Tombs.

Featuring current and former members of Neurosis, Tombs, Unsane and Swans, A Storm of Light is exactly what you might guess based on the title and cover: a massive tsunami of sound and thunder, intent on submerging you beneath its crushing waters. It’s progressive hardcore/doom with a tortured, nautical theme: slow, crashing slabs of guitar, bellowed vocals and dissonant waves of feedback drifting beneath the cacophony. In other words, Neurosis meets Ahab. The album is both cinematic and colossal, as Storm of Light pounds the listener with wave after wave of oceanic dirges. What’s most notable is how they work a succession of tranquil respites into tracks like “Leaden Tide,” as if it’s safer and quieter below the crashing waves than it is on the churning surface. It’s like the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan, where the camera keeps dipping below the waves to reveal a refuge that seems temptingly safe but is most likely permanent.

If it’s A Storm of Light’s goal to drown you in atmosphere and conjure up visions of a suffocating, fading-light demise, they’ve done a damn fine job of it. You’re not going to want to listen to this during daylight hours, or even with the lights on - it’s meant to be taken as a full experience, to be consumed by and swallowed up in.

A Storm of Light frontman Graham may not have had much of a hand in the Neurosis songwriting department over the years (he's responsible for the visual aspects of their live shows), but by the sound of the note-perfect mimesis on And We Wept the Black Ocean Within he's soaked up the creaking-boat doom of latter-day Neurosis, especially the excellent Given to the Rising. However well-worn And We Wept's theme of ocean-as-unconscious is in the metal world (see Mastodon's Leviathan, Isis's Oceanic, Ahab's The Call of the Wretched Sea, Thrice's Alchemy Index Vol. I&II: Fire & Water), it makes for fine accompaniment to the album's roiling tidal sludge, simpler texturally than your average Neurosis album but just as finally wrought by guitarist/vocalist Graham, bassist Domenic Seita (Tombs) and drummer Pete Angevina (Satanized).

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A Storm of Light - Forgive Us Our Trespasses (CD) Cover Art A Storm of Light - Forgive Us Our Trespasses (CD)



Forgive Us Our Trespasses for all intents and purposes, falls under the metalgaze category. Absent are those dreamy, uber-melodic moments that Isis and Rosetta love, but the stark, oftentimes minimal nature of these songs allows for some truly striking moments. The dreary “The Light in Their Eyes” is as subdued and haunting of moment you’ll find this year, with a string selection courtesy of Carla Kihlstedt of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum fame. It’s the type of moment that makes A Storm of Light easy to back. Forgive Us Our Trespasses may not be as fully realized as it can be, but the foundation and natural heritage of this band suggests there’s still lots of work to be done. Consider this a more sensible, albeit explorative alternative to the usual suspects under the metalgaze banner. Good stuff.

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Abdullah - Graveyard Poetry (CD) Cover Art Abdullah - Graveyard Poetry (CD)



Abdullah has truly outdone themselves this time. If you have liked these cats in the past, then you will love this album. It's got all the great hooks and melodies that are Abdullah- but this is one louder and better. If you like classic rock/doom or metal of any sort and haven't gotten into these guys then this is a good time. This release surpasses many out this year on all sorts of levels. I am hooked.

They’ve outdone themselves this time. Graveyard Poetry is filled with lots of diversity – a few swirling psychedelics, hooks that grab you and won’t let go and crunching and bluesy guitar work – it’s loud, heavy, rocking songs but the doooooom is also still in full effect. This is a flawlessly produced album, full of energy, and the tracks flow nicely into each other.

Picture heads-down, take-no-prisoners, mid-'70s thunderboogie rolling thick and fast while some shirtless, long haired grunge god lays down impassioned cautionary tales of fleeting indulgences and the rocky seas ahead like an electric preacher in the Church of the Holy Freakout, and you've pretty much nailed this smooth ride. It's freedom rock for panicky days and restless nights, and it's quite clearly the best album of it's kind since Trouble's classic '92 dope dream "Manic Frustration".

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Abdullah - Self Titled (CD) Cover Art Abdullah - Self Titled (CD)



The first band that I can associate with is Solitude Aeturnus. Doomy, good vocals and tons of soul and classic twists that are un-expected. But mainly the simplicity is genius in it's own way.

Killer songwriting, killer riffs, killer vocals, killer twists, full of emotion and passion and yes "genius" is a fair word to use for this album.. Brilliant stuff!!

Without hesitation or doubt I can say that Abdullah are one of the best bands I’ve heard in a while. …You really have to hear this thing to really appreciate what I'm saying.

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Abramis Brama - Dansa Tokjavelns Vals (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Abramis Brama - Dansa Tokjavelns Vals (IMPORT) (CD)



After their gig at DIST 2000 I know that Abramis Brama are an incredible live band and after listening a couple of times to their debut album I´m also a fan of their studio stuff. I know that most of you don´t understand Swedish... I don´t understand more than a couple of words of Spanish, but I still really like Natas from Argentina... so don´t let the language scare you off...

I finally took the chance of buying both [Abramis Brama] albums and damn are they ever good. As in "That feeling you had when you first heard Kyuss" good. This music is fresh and the riffs highly inventive. Like Natas singing in their native tongue, Abramis brings the non-Swedish-speaking-listener, most Americans I'd imagine, to a very foreign place (the best of what desert rock is about). Not being able to understand the lyrics & song titles adds a very rich dimension. The singing is more an instrument and great sounding syllables.

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Abramis Brama - Dansa Tokjavelns Vals (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Abramis Brama - Dansa Tokjavelns Vals (IMPORT) (CD)



After their gig at DIST 2000 I know that Abramis Brama are an incredible live band and after listening a couple of times to their debut album I´m also a fan of their studio stuff. I know that most of you don´t understand Swedish... I don´t understand more than a couple of words of Spanish, but I still really like Natas from Argentina... so don´t let the language scare you off...

I finally took the chance of buying both [Abramis Brama] albums and damn are they ever good. As in "That feeling you had when you first heard Kyuss" good. This music is fresh and the riffs highly inventive. Like Natas singing in their native tongue, Abramis brings the non-Swedish-speaking-listener, most Americans I'd imagine, to a very foreign place (the best of what desert rock is about). Not being able to understand the lyrics & song titles adds a very rich dimension. The singing is more an instrument and great sounding syllables.

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Abramis Brama - Live! (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Abramis Brama - Live! (IMPORT) (CD)

Includes a bonus track!

Recorded live between December,2005 through June, 2006, in various cities such as Stockholm and Oslo.

This live album contains their best songs and gives you a very good impression of what these guys are about on stage. For those who didn't see them playing on the Roadburn festival in 2006, this is an absolute must have. The sound of this live album is fantastic and you almost can feel the great live vibe of these bearded Scandinavians. 'Kall Som Sten' seems to be one of the favourite tracks because every drunken Swede is singing along during the chorus. Do not expect any new sounds because Abramis Brama sound like a mixture of Grand Funk Railroad and Soundgarden, partly because of the vocals. Nevertheless they manage to create their own sound. I strongly recommend this album for every hard rock pub owner so that their customers will run to the shop to get their own copy.

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Abramis Brama - Nar Tystnaden Lagt Sig (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Abramis Brama - Nar Tystnaden Lagt Sig (IMPORT) (CD)



This album is filled to the brim with great tunes like ”Kall Som Sten”, ”Svart” and ”Kom Gör Mig Klok”... Plenty of blues-based heavy groove, you´ll dig it if you like stuff like November and Black Sabbath or basically anything good in this style done during the 70´s. But don´t think it´s just a retro trip, if you like the more modern side of stoner rock you´ll probably like this one also... It´s an album so good it´ll break any barriers of time and space...

Great songwriting, musicianship, and production. Powerful vocals that actually don't sound too much like John Garcia. Great guitars that aren't robbed of their power by being all fuzzed out. Powerful, articulate rhythm section, too. If there was any justice in the music world, this band would be ruling the radio waves right now... I can't remember the last time I heard an album so full of killer riffs. The "stoner rock" album of year so far, in my book.

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Abramis Brama - Nar Tystnaden Lagt Sig (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Abramis Brama - Nar Tystnaden Lagt Sig (IMPORT) (CD)



This album is filled to the brim with great tunes like ”Kall Som Sten”, ”Svart” and ”Kom Gör Mig Klok”... plenty of blues-based heavy groove. You´ll dig it if you like stuff like November and Black Sabbath... or basically anything good in this style done during the 70´s. But don´t you think it´s just a retro trip, if you like the more modern side of stoner rock you´ll probably like this one also... it´s an album so good it´ll break any barriers of time and space...

Great songwriting, musicianship, and production. Powerful vocals that actually don't sound too much like John Garcia. Great guitars that aren't robbed of their power by being all fuzzed out. Powerful, articulate rhythm section, too. If there was any justice in the music world, this band would be ruling the radio waves right now... I can't remember the last time I heard an album so full of killer riffs. The "stoner rock" album of year so far in my book.

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Abramis Brama - Rubicon (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Abramis Brama - Rubicon (IMPORT) (CD)



The band has stayed true to the past throughout their entire career and they still owe a lot of their sound to the early Black Sabbath releases. Simple yet heavy and groovy riffs á la Tony Iommi is what builds the basis of the Abramis Brama sound. The only difference this time might be that there is a little bit more of everything and it is a slightly more varied album than their previous ones. They have composed quality music that will surely please all fans and everyone else who wants to take a trip back to the '70s and experience an interesting sonic journey.

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