E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr - Spiralo (IMPORT) (LP)
Limited edition of only 300 copies on black vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve. Includes a download code.
'Spiralo', the second full-length album by the Finnish kosmische Musik band E-musikgruppe Lux Ohr. A voyage beyond earthly certainties, into the secrets of time and space - 'Spiralo' is a full-blown cosmic adventure in six parts. All the band members have been active in various underground music scenes for a long time. Kimi Karki is the founder and guitarist of doom metal bands Reverend Bizarre and Lord Vicar and psychedelic progressive band Orne. Ismo Virta leads Kosmos, a folk prog band and makes up a dark ambient duo Dystopia with Pertii Gronholm, who is also known for his electronic music and ambient solo works and projects such as Corporate 09. Jaakko Penttinen has a background in various punk bands such as Forca Macabra, but nowadays is better known for his ambient and space music projects such as Galactic Travellers.
Eagle Twin - The Feather Tipped the Serpent's Scale (Black) (2LP)
Black vinyl. Bonus track. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
Something I find very appealing about Utah's Eagle Twin is the fact that there's not another band currently kicking around that sounds quite like them. I've seen them lumped alongside a handful of other droning sludgers, which I suppose is fair, but this duo truly does bend the typical formula from a completely different angle. If you were to lay out the ostensibly peculiar drone-to-sludge spectrum with a band like OM on one end, and, say, Iron Monkey on its polar boundary, Eagle Twin would land at about three-and-a-half clicks south-by-south-west from the old barn that's approximately a quarter-mile as the crow flies from the halfway point and just before the entrance to Camp Whatthefukatooey. Right around there, you'll see a tee-pee and two guys who appear to be tripping balls and listening to nothing but Tuvan throat singing, Mahavishnu Orchestra and late-80s Melvins records. You have arrived at your destination.
That might not be as clear as I'd hoped. The short story is this: Eagle Twin is a pretty weird band. And album number two, The Feather Tipped the Serpent's Scale, further anchors that evidence. Much like 2009's The Unkindness of Crows, this year's affair plucks equal share from meditative, low-end hum as it does clamoring madness through a wealth of crashing drums and an almost 'improvisational jam' method of endless riffs and bursts of eye-cracking leads. Stitch it all together with a blanketing 'mythos of the serpent' motif as delivered by a guttural shaman (Black Elk Croaks?) and you've essentially got album number two from these Utahn druids of drudge.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Eagle Twin remains the fact that they manage all this drudging turmoil with nothing other than one guitarist/vocalist, and one drummer. As a self-professed bass-addict, it almost shames me to admit that adding a heavy-hitting four-stringer such as Joe Preston into the fold would likely be too much. As it stands, the formula is already alluringly unique, and the sheer amount of sound the band administers is something that commands the use of a nice big sound system, so don't even bother with those wimpy computer speakers.
Eagles of Death Metal - Death by Sexy (LP)
Production and drumming by Josh Homme (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age).
Boogie rock at it's finest. If these tunes don't get you up and shakin' your bootay, then wake up you're dead. This is Death by Sexy alright, the only way I want to go.
Now with the second album, there’s again a startling lightness, almost a floating quality, to these grooves that takes a garage-blues formula and makes it dance. There’s a much stronger blues feel to Death by Sexy than Peace Love Death Metal, with a couple of the tracks splicing eerie slide guitar into their manic groove. Most of the cuts, though, are pure rock and roll, lo-fi in execution and electrically, erotically charged. If you come to rock music for pure release, to celebrate the body, to forget your day job, Death by Sexy is just what you’re looking for.
Eagles of Death Metal - Heart On (with Bonus 7 inch) (LP)
Includes a limited edition 7 inch. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
There are more important rock groups than Eagles of Death Metal, but are any of them this much fun? Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme are essentially a comedy act, sending up and celebrating that high-Seventies hybrid of garage, glam and ZZ Top: scuzz rock. On their third album, the duo are as danceable as ever, but they've tiptoed away from straight musical pastiche, crudding up their blues boogie with low-fi fuzziness and oddball percussion. Much of the fun is in the lyrics, which revel in AM-rock-radio tropes — sleazy tales of tight pants and loose women. The song titles tell the story: "Prissy Prancin'," "I'm Your Torpedo" and "High Voltage," where Hughes and Homme croon, with more or less straight faces, "We're getting freaky in the shadows of the night."
When Josh Homme slithers into his Baby Duck persona as drummer for Eagles of Death Metal, he's giddily set free, unfettered by the pillaging, Viking-frontman duties of Queens of the Stone Age. Started as a '70s pastiche with singer-guitarist (and childhood pal) Jesse Hughes, the group move far beyond spoof on their third album, creating some of the rudest rock'n'roll since Johnny Thunders first stuck a lit cigarette in his pouty mouth and aimed notes at David Johansen's Adam's apple. The title track is funk filtered through broken glass, while "I'm Your Torpedo" is a swashbuckling ride on Sticky Fingers' tongue. QOTSA may be rock at the edge of the abyss, but Heart On vaults right over, taking flight on an updraft of woozy audacity and shuddering riffs.
Eagles of Death Metal - Zipper Down (LP)
Limited edition on black vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve and download code included.
The fourth studio album from the American rock band Eagles Of Death Metal. Hailing from Palm Desert, California, the band was formed in 1998 by Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme.
Early Mammal - Take a Lover (Gold) (IMPORT) (LP)
Limited edition on translucent gold colored vinyl. Download code included.
"Like Earthless mangling some Weedeater, on Quaaludes, Londoners Early Mammal might be primitive in name but their lysergic excursions are aimed to reach beyond the cosmos itself" ~METAL HAMMER.
Earth (Pre-Black Sabbath)/Flying Hat Band - Coming of the Heavy Lords (Split LP) (IMPORT) (LP)
Originally formed as a heavy blues rock band named Earth, the band began incorporating occult- and horror-inspired lyrics with tuned-down guitars, changing their name to Black Sabbath and achieving multiple platinum records in the 1970s. The Earth demo sessions are comprised of three heavy bluesy numbers and one cover of 'Blue Suede Shoes'.
The Flying Hat Band were an early 1970s Birmingham, England hard rock act that, alongside Judas Priest, ranked as the Midlands' favorites to succeed. Despite not having released an album, the band proved a successful club act and eventually went on to support Deep Purple on one of their European tours. The band folded in April 1974 following Glenn Tipton's departure to become the second guitarist in Judas Priest, who at the time had just signed their first record deal with Gull Records. Peter "Mars" Cowling joined Canadian rocker Pat Travers in 1975, and was part of Travers' band for several years. Trevor Foster joined folk rock group The Albion Band and Little Johnny England.
Earth - Earth 2 (Re-issue) (2LP)
Imagine how you would feel if the gravity of the earth would be ten times stronger than it is now. Your feet feel as if they are stuck in ten ton concrete. Your hands constantly seem to reach towards the ground. Your shoulders feel so heavy that you feel like laughing at Jesus' painful facial expression while he is carrying something ridiculous like a cross. Even if you make the biggest effort, you can't even take a step forward. Well, if it is possible for you to imagine something like that, then you might have an idea about the sound of Earth.
Improbably slow and heavy guitar riffs and a bass vibe that sounds like an earthquake are exclusively used drenching the listener into an agonising experience, surrounding him with apocalyptic feedback sounds with a particular Sabbathian touch. How can one describe this? It's not possible to speak about music, since Earth makes Winter sound like a speed metal band. Instead it is an experience of never suspected gravity forces holding you captive in their almighty power. Painfully minimalistic, threatening and dark sounds hold you in their grip until you confess that nobody can beat the sound of the planet itself when it comes to heaviness and primitive power. On this album you will find not a single voice, no drums, no keyboards, no special effects: only the pure, primitive forces of the earth making the heaviness worshipper like me bow in awe and greet the mighty planet....
Earth - Pentastar (In the Style of Demons) (LP)
This album is just a natural extension of the previous three studio albums, while being more experimental in terms of songwriting. The wonderful thing about Earth is the subtlety of their music, and how Dylan Carlson seamlessly blends 70s metal riffs, southern rock, and eastern influences into masterful songs. This is a good first album to buy if you're just getting into Earth and/or the drone scene. It's easier to digest than most if you're just getting your feet wet.
On Pentastar, Earth tries to find the middle ground between the space rock of Hawkwind and the noisy guitar work of the Melvins.
Earth - Phase 3 - Thrones and Dominions (Re-issue) (2LP)
On Phase 3 - Thrones and Dominions, head Earth-man Dylan Carlson forges ahead (mostly alone) on his quest for electric-sound redemption, accompanying himself with multiple overdubs of droning and crushing guitar, guitar, guitar. He trades heavy metal's bombast for a lumbering reticence, constructing a crawling, impressionistic thunder out of multitracked layers of chords that wander off forever. Each song abruptly lurches into being or closes with an end-of-tape clunk - as if it's only a segment of a larger, ongoing rumble. Earth updates 20th-century minimalism and La Monte Young's Theatre of Eternal Music into a sonic system - one that reflects a postindustrial eternity of higher amplitudes at lower frequencies. Yet, amidst the avant-garde guitar-tooling and sonic heave-ho, this is richly textured music as old as polyphony.