Sacri Monti - Self Titled (CD)
California's psychedelic heavy rock champions SACRI MONTI blaze a scorching trail of superb shredding and smoldering riff-o-rama on their Tee Pee Records debut. The self-titled record is a searing smorgasbord of muscular rock that boils '70s guitar rock down to its purest essence while simultaneously skyrocketing a pathway towards the future of molten heavy psych. Fingers bleed, eardrums implode and craniums collapse when SACRI MONTI cranks up its bitchin', blistering buzz.
Saint Vitus - Heavier Than Thou (CD)
Thoroughly ignored outside the deepest heavy metal underground throughout their long career, Saint Vitus only later received some recognition for their crucial influence over the late-'90s/early-2000s doom/stoner metal scene. In fact, it could be argued that Vitus followers such as Sleep and Electric Wizard pretty much learned all their lessons from Heavier Than Thou — a 14-track collection of Vitus' glory years with SST Records. Starting with the band's magnum opus, Born Too Late (which is wisely included almost in its entirety), and working its way back toward their eponymous Scott Reagers-fronted debut, the listener is given a reverse look at the band's evolution from lo-fi Sabbath enthusiasts ("White Magic/Black Magic," "War Is Our Destiny") to a pile-driving riff machine ("Look Behind You," "Bitter Truth") behind ex-Obsessed/Spirit Caravan vocalist Scott "Wino" Weinrich.
Saint Vitus - Lillie: F-65 (Standard Edition) (IMPORT) (CD)
Saint Vitus are the godfathers of American Doom Metal. A statement weighing as heavy as this band sounds. Nonetheless this is simply the truth.
Therefore it is an event of historic proportions in the world of Heavy Metal that after seventeen years since the release of "Die Healing" (1995) Saint Vitus now return with their eighth full-length masterpiece "Lillie: F-65". This album includes the trademark song writing style so beloved by Saint Vitus fans: There is the cataclysmic and unmistakable guitar sound of co-founder Dave Chandler full of reverbs, feedbacks, flanger and apocalyptic distortion leading to amazing and magical solos. "Lillie: F-65" is furthermore graced with the deeply resonant vocals of Scott "Wino" Weinrich who returns to record an album with the band for the first time since the glorious "V" (1989) and whom many consider to be the classic Saint Vitus vocalist. Doom adepts will delight in the honey slow dripping of notes and the sudden energetic outbursts, which are as painfully depressing as sweet.
Seventeen years after their last album and nine years after their reunion, Saint Vitus finally return with an album that will cement their status as true icons of Doom. The US legend is back and stronger than ever with "Lillie: F-65". Bow down and enjoy this soon to be Saint Vitus classic!
Salome - Terminal (IMPORT) (CD)
Terminal is a very healthy progression from Salome's previous work, retaining the raw power and patience in transition which have become two of their most instantly identifiable qualities. The interconnectedness of the guitar and drums is still present as well, but with a heightened sense of awareness as the two musicians accent each other as if they were attached at the hip. Although Salome don't stray too far from their signature sound, Terminal instantly lets the listener know that they're in for something a little more experimental.
Sanctus Bellum - Return to Dust (CD)
Sanctus Bellum may be newcomers to the doom metal scene, but they have a classic sound. Trouble is the most obvious jumping off point, particularly their 90's, more groove oriented material, as the mighty groove is omnipresent on this six song debut. The whole album has a 90's, post-grunge feel to it, which is probably what separates Sanctus Bellum so clearly from traditional doom bands who steer more towards influences from the 70's and 80's. Like I mentioned above, there's plenty of classic metal moments going on here, but it's not really the focus, which makes parts like the catchy harmony guitar riffs of "Dagon's Bride" stand out even more. Sanctus Bellum remind me of Corrosion of Conformity or Solace in this regard, in that they're a band that can seemlessly meld classic and more contemporary metal influences.
Sanford Parker - Lash Back (CD)
An industrial/electronic album by a producer/musician who was a member of Minsk, Nachtmystium and Twilight, and who has -one way or the other- worked with a.o. Buried At Sea, Corrections House, Mirrors For Psychic Warfare, Wovenhand, Eyehategod and many more.
SardoniS - II (IMPORT) (CD)
Have you ever heard a sound so unrepentantly and monolithically dense it makes your head feel as though it’s in danger of bursting and your eyes feel like they will burst from their sockets in a shower of gore? This second long player from Belgian noise mongers Sardonis is that sound!
Sasquatch - II (CD)
There's the thick as mud tone of the guitar, the soulful yet somewhat hoarse vocals, solos galore, bass that knows when to keep the rhythm down and when to step up to the front, and the type of drumming that's straightforward enough to maintain a constant forward momentum but hardly bereft of any flash. The album builds as it progresses, with each new song offering something new. Here the three-piece offers stoner-friendly grooves, a classic southern vibe, an almost surprisingly melodic boogie, and two acoustic songs. It shows that the band's able to mix their sound up to almost perfect results. If you're a fan of loud rock, it's pretty much everything you could ever want.
Sasquatch - Self Titled (CD)
As I’ve said a bunch of times before, if there’s one thing I love, it’s loud rock, the kind that makes you want to drink too much, holler at the sky, and bust shit up. I’ve got an affinity for all things heavy, but the roads lead back to loud rock. Which makes praising Sasquatch’s self titled debut all that easier. Sasquatch have the classic 70s sound down pat. Keith Gibb’s guitar is thick, Rick Ferrante’s drumming and bass playing of Clayton Charles lock together, and Gibb’s singing is clear yet gruff, the sound of a man who’s spent a good amount of time chain smoking and whiskey drinking. Like I said, recommended for fans of loud rock.
Thick sounding, heavy rock 'n' roll. Leather and denim, exhaust fumes, whisky and beer breath.
It's big dumb rock. And I mean that in the best way possible. Totally visceral stuff, makes you want to shake your moneymaker and chug beer.
Sator - Ordeal (IMPORT) (CD)
Sator are a doom/sludge band from Genoa, formed in spring 2013. SATOR love to mix heavy and psyched out sounds. Following the highly acclaimed 2015 debut, the new album is ready in September 2017 on Argonauta Records and sees the band at its very best, with sonorities influenced by both classic and modern bands: from the pioneers of doom & kraut muzik to the modern sludge & post metal. Sator (sower, producer, father in Latin) creates the word Saturn, the divinity, whom was told that one of his children would have dethroned him one day. So he decided to devour all his progeny. It as a symbol of our society that devours itself for its personal interests. SATOR "Ordeal" is recommended if you like: EYEHATEGOD, SKEPTICISM, NEUROSIS.