Baby Woodrose - Kicking Ass and Taking Names (IMPORT) (CD)
The tracks contained on this compilation represent the outskirts of the Baby Woodrose universe, from weird cover versions like '6654321' by The Troggs to 2 minute punk outbursts like 'A Good Day To Die', but what they all have in common is the uncommitted energy and instant excitement of an adrenaline kick. Some of them were created on the spot in the studio (Live Wire comes to mind) and others were meant as album tracks, but ended up as outtakes for one reason or another. They have been recorded over a number of years, in different studios and by different band lineups, mixed at different stages by different people and released by different labels from all over the world, so the sound might vary slightly, but they also represent a unique archival history of the band, compiled here for the first time. An excellent collection of rare B-sides 2001-2013.
Baby Woodrose - Love Comes Down (Re-issue) (IMPORT) (CD)
It's great Baby Woodroose. Short, punchy songs with that garagey, 60's acid feel to it. Lorenzo still sounds a bit like Dave Wyndorf, but he's definitely carving out his own vocal identity. The rest of the band sounds tight throughout. I definitely recommend this to anyone.
Possibly their most varied release yet. Blistering guitar solos all over the place and lots of cool effects and songs about drugs, babes and rock 'n' roll. Great album as we were expecting and hoping for and good old Baby Woodrose ain't let us down.
Baby Woodrose - Self Titled (IMPORT) (CD)
Essentially now a Lorenzo Woodrose solo project, Baby Woodrose's fifth studio album (excluding the all covers Dropout!) finds the band Ė er, artist Ė taking tentative steps back to the rollicking garage drug rock of the early years. It's a good sign for those, like this reviewer, who hold Money for Soul in such high regard, but ultimately, Baby Woodrose remains content to follow Chasing Rainbow's lead of staying on the poppier side of garage.
Bacchus - Self Titled (CD)
"If this band was any heavier they would fall through the stage" said a voice in the crowd at a recent show, and that pretty much sums it up. Classic Melvins-esque crunch fused with rowdy dark sound that will have you slamming beer and banging your head like you were in high school again!
Bacchus bury you under their elephantine sludge. These guys make sinkhole-size noise, losing you in their mammoth riffs and drum beats that smack the puny down like the hand of (a rock) god.
Bacchus blasts out loud crisp, original songs built on solid Sabbath and Blue Cheer foundations; driven by Mike Degnan's potent-as-malt-liquor drumming.
Banquet - Jupiter Rose (IMPORT) (CD)
The debut album by a '70s influenced, retro rockin' fuzz-psych quartet from San Francisco. Banquet is one of the bands of the current Californian scene, also including a.o. Earthless, Hot Lunch, Wild Eyes, Joy and Loom. Featuring ripping lead guitars, howling vocals and a rhythm section that can make a pregnant woman's water break, this album offers the perfect soundtrack for a biker who wants to travel the US from coast to coast.
Barr - Skogsbo is the Place (IMPORT) (CD)
Itís a somber, mellow, melancholic exploration of pastoral acoustic landscapes, where the skies grow gray, the winds begin to blow with a slight chill, and the sun lies low and tired in the west. This is gorgeous stuff, even though it is so somber and sad. Dual vocals, male and female, sing with a detachment that is disarming at first, yet on repeated listens just... works. Hearing harmonium featured so prominently in the music is a nice change of pace. It adds an almost funereal aspect to the music that is amazingly fitting.
There can be incredible beauty in sadness, and I think the members of Barr realise this. Skogsbo is the Place is filled with this dark beauty, and while it may not be something I could bring myself to come back to time and time again, itís nice to know that thereís something suitable for me musically when I need it.
I think there is something to be said for bands that work on exploring the domains of light and shadow. There is so much that can be done with contrasting mood that can be every bit as intense and the most grandiose display of instrumental wizardry... sometimes even more intense.
Bask - American Hollow (IMPORT) (CD)
With roots in Americana, stoner metal and post-rock, Bask turns out its own brand of doom. Psychedelic, heavy and scenic songs weave through sections of driving riffs, thundering percussion, loose grooves and glimmering guitar. All topped with vocals that conjure spirits of old country crooners. That's all you need to know. This album will be of interest for fans of LED ZEPPELIN, RED FANG, BAND OF HORSES...