Yajaira - Lento y Real (IMPORT) (LP)
Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
A self made band from an unknown country: Chile. Four people only known by their first names. Bringing slow and warm grooves with Spanish lyrics. That puts them in the same cabinet as Natas or Viaje a 800, but musically they fit just as well with Datura and Kyuss.
Yawning Man - Pot Head (Alt. Cover Art) (10 inch)
Limited edition repressing of 330 copies in hand-lithographed jackets on black vinyl.
Pot Head, Yawning Man’s four song follow up to Rock Formations, finds the band capitalizing on their elevated profile. For those familiar with the full length, Pot Head is more of the same, albeit with a slightly darker, heavier tone - possibly due to new bassist Billy Cordell (from Unida, another essential act in the genre). The trio specializes in sweeping instrumentals that are as much in tune with the ocean as they are with the desert. It’s the type of music that taps directly into nature – it’s organic and free flowing.
If you haven’t gotten acquainted with Yawning Man, do so now. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, try Pot Head on for size. The four songs show why those “in the know” have been quietly raving about this band for years.
Yawning Sons - Ceremony to the Sunset (Red) (IMPORT) (LP)
Limited edition on red vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve. Includes a bonus track not available on the CD version.
Features members of Yawning Man, Sons Of Alpha Centauri, Fatso Jetson, Kyuss, and Queens of the Stone Age.
The band is the result of a unique collaboration between musicians from different sides of the Atlantic. In July 2008, Californian desert rock veteran Gary Arce was flown out to the UK to produce an album with the Kent based instrumental riff-rock quartet, Sons Of Alpha Centauri. Upon the first day of working in the studio, it was clear that “something special was taking place.” Within the space of a week Gary and the band would work together to write and record their own collaborative album. The following few months after recording, more additions were made to the recording: vocals from Scott Reeder (Kyuss/The Obsessed), Mario Lalli (Desert Sessions) and Wendy Rae Fowler (QOTSA/Mark Lanegan Band/UNKLE).
Year Long Disaster - Self Titled (2LP)
180 gram vinyl! Deluxe gatefold sleeve! Includes a CD of the album!!!
It's taken awhile, but Year Long Disaster, the band formed in rehab by son-of-a-Kink Daniel Davies and former Karma to Burn bassist Rich Mullins, has finally released a full-length. When they keep it simple and direct and rely on Mullins' Karma to Burn past, it's a killer record. This is what Karma to Burn's debut, the one with the last minute singer, should have sounded like. And for that alone, it gets my recommendation.
With a devilish blend of classic rock like ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath along with a touch of the flair of metal, Year Long Disaster’s debut is shrieking vocals and powerful guitar riffs. Maybe this is not as surprising once you consider that the band’s singer and guitar player is Daniel Davies, son of The Kinks’ Dave Davies. Rounding out the band’s line-up is bassist Rich Mullins (formerly of stoner/psychedelic rock band Karma to Burn) and drummer Brad Hargreaves (of alt pop darlings Third Eye Blind). Talk about an unlikely combination.
Year of the Cobra - …in the Shadows Below (Maroon) (LP)
Limited edition of only 175 copies on maroon colored vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
The debut-album by the Seattle-based doom duo Year Of The Cobra. '...In The Shadows Below' is an 8-song opus that weaves a magical spell of doom based psych/stoner riffs. There also are a few moments of heavy sludge based riffs to prove that Year Of The Cobra knows how to create a thunderous atmosphere.
Yidhra - Hexed (Gold) (IMPORT) (2LP)
Limited edition on translucent gold vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
The spectacular debut album by US doom-gods YIDHRA from Hollywood, 'Hexed' is the long awaited 9-song follow-up to 2009's critically acclaimed self-titled EP. It was recorded at Skull Seven Studios in North Hollywood, CA by legendary producer Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Corrosion of Conformity, D.R.I., Sacred Reich etc.).
Yob - Clearing the Path to Ascend (2LP)
Limited edition on black vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve and free music download included.
On double-LP, it's the long awaited 2014 album from the North-Western doom icons.
Yob - The Great Cessation (Re-issue) (2LP)
Deluxe stoughton "old style" gatefold sleeve. Includes 2 bonus tracks. Black vinyl.
Doom is meant to be dour and slow, but here it's also furious. The riffs, the vocals, the deliberate, pummeling rhythm (courtesy of YOB alumni Travis Foster on drums and new bassist Aaron Reiseberg) – it seethes from start to finish, and as a statement of intent for The Great Cessation, you can't get any better.