Machine Animal - Live in Wreck (Pink/Clear) (7 inch)
Limited edition of only 200 copies on half pink and half clear colored vinyl. Silkscreened packaging by Alan Forbes; includes vinyl sticker.
Zach got Dave drunk and before either of them knew what was happening, they were having a turn-up contest. It was like a rock and roll arms race-- extreme guitardation. Bill provided some professorial balance. He was already bearded, but his beard grew longer as songs were prepared by conventional means. Vincent finished his homework in-time, so he joined. Just no beard. Repeat-- no beard. Sideburns OK.
They liked the name Animal Machine, but there was something not quite right. They all wanted to be the singer, so they made a rule that no one wasn't the singer. Dave & Zack's beards were taking form but not Vincent's-- just sideburns. Red sideburns.
The songs were so fuckin' dumb. Just dumber than dirt. Dumber than that horse you fucked. Bonehead Rock. Inspired by some of the dumbest 70s hard & glam rock songs & bands, the dumb just kept getting dumber. Dumb and Loud like an animal.
Oh, how about Machine Animal, then? Zack shaved his old beard and grew a different one.
Shows. Shirts. Shit. Shinola. Nine hours in Sound House with Jack. Enough dumb material for a single Valley King, due out in October. Why not? They're just sitting around growing beards-- might as well.
Yeah, Machine Animal works way better than Animal Machine.
Machine, The - Calmer Than You Are (IMPORT) (LP)
Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
The Machine, hailing from Rotterdam, Holland, pair molten stoner rock riffs with a fair dose of retro psych for good measure. The band also excels at incorporating acid-blues jamming that lifts their whole performance into outer space.
Machine, The - Drie (IMPORT) (2LP)
Vinyl only bonus track. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
The band is gaining international attention with their mixture of stoner rock riffing, retro psych and some occasional acid blues jams. "Drie" lets The Machine explore and expand its territories while staying true to their psychedelic stoner rock sound.
Machine, The - Offblast! (IMPORT) (LP)
Limited edition on black vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
These space cadets lift off from the harbor town of Rotterdam but their sprawling jams make us well aware that it doesn’t matter where they call home; their twisted, Hendrix guitar offerings will find you. Familiarity is found in the Palm Desert Fuzz that soak through these songs like the ink in a tie dye shirt, conjuring late night hallucinations of a Kyuss reunion done right.
Machinefabriek - Marijn (IMPORT) (LP)
Vast, brilliant noise from the Netherlands. Woven together from filigrees of diffused sound, the music contained within 'Marijn' is like a slow-burning candle - shedding little light on its source, but nonetheless creating an ambience and glow that can't help but draw you in. Recommended for fans of Merzbow, Squarepusher, and Autechre.
Mammatus - Heady Mental (IMPORT) (LP)
If you’ve seen mammatus clouds in person, you probably noticed the way those massive formations hang heavy like wilting and bulbous gray-blue sacs, bubbling from heaven towards us. Curiously, as monstrous as they look, these gentle giants are not portents of a storm; they cradle the sky, high above where they belong. How can something so heavy float?
If you’ve seen Mammatus the band in concert, you probably noticed how visual their sound is. Guitarist Nicholas Emmert sports a one-piece full-body flight-suit, bassist Chris Freels dons a space cape, and drummer Aaron Emmert steers the ship, staring straight ahead with flashing laser eyewear. The homespun wizard-cum-trippy-dad-at-a-campfire look that they’ve adopted softens the blow of the heavy aural trickery afoot.
Heady Mental is the perfect title for the third Mammatus album, for it rests heavily in the moldy caverns of heavy metal history, but doesn’t get too comfortable before revealing its true colors. This is music for flight, music for the sky, and music for the things that lie beyond. These men are searching for the source through sound. Repetitions of themes with variants spread over four separate songs that act as a whole. Heady Mental functions as a soundtrack to the Mammatus Brain: Heavy / Airy, Earth / Sky, Man / Creator, Complete and Grok’d.
Mammatus - Sparkling Waters (Clear) (IMPORT) (2LP)
Limited edition on clear vinyl. Deluxe fatefold sleeve.
Containing four side-long movements, the fourth album by the heavy space rock outsiders ricochets across the vast expanses of cosmic debris.
Mammatus - The Coast Explodes (LP)
The Coast Explodes is a panegyric to the sea. This record is Mammatus recharging their collective battery, jump-starting their souls in the spiritual homeland, delivering a sonic homage to God's mighty ocean. Sabbath, Hawkwind, Sleep, Molly Hatchet, all the sleeveless rock-n-roll glory is present here.
Dead Meadow/Black Sabbath sounding vocals, swirling guitar riffs, and just enough stoner in its rock. For fans of Comets on Fire, Green Milk from the Planet Orange, Boris, and the bands previously mentioned.
Mares of Diomedes - Self Titled EP (IMPORT) (LP)
Limited edition on black vinyl. Includes lyric sheet.
Mares Of Diomedes is a duo comprising two brothers who formed the band in 2014. Their debut 4-song EP (27 minutes) brings a heavy assault of sinister down-tuned doom, raw vocals and head banging sludge that is not to be missed. Suitable for fans of Graves At Sea, Church Of Misery, Fu Manchu, Yob and Kongh.
Mars Red Sky - Stranded in Arcadia (IMPORT) (LP)
Limited edition. Includes a download card.
Considered as one of the greats of the European stoner rock scene, France based MARS RED SKY have gained international recognition thanks to a unique sound imprint based on thick infectious grooves and melodic aerial guitar riffs. This is truly a one of a kind experience, wrapped up by Julien Pras ethereal vocals, Matgaz's powerful rhythms and Jimmy Kinast's pachydermic bass lines. Somewhere between doom metal and '70s psyche pop, the Mars Red Sound intrigues to begin with, after which it irremediably attracts the masses to celebrate this cosmic ritual of solar burning fuzz and reverberated atmospheres.