Cable - Variable Speed Drive (CD)
Includes 3 bonus tracks.
So this is where it all began, the start of Cableís legacy - and no, thatís not too strong a word. Originally released in 1996, Variable Speed Drive remains as uncompromisingly ugly now as it did 13 years ago. In fact, given how the bandís progressed over time, Iíd say itís gotten even uglier. Variable Speed Drive is an open wound, festering and raw. People expecting the southern-tinged sludge of Skyhorse Jams and Never Trust a Gemini will have a hard time finding something to latch onto here; itís uncompromisingly abrasive to its core. And yet itís not a simplistic wail of rage. Youíd be hard pressed to find moments when the band toes a conventional line, even when it seems like Larsen and Co are doing nothing more than offering up a litany of angular riffs to go along with his hoarse shouting.
One listen is all it takes to discover how far ahead of their time these guys were in the arena of gritty noisecore. Variable Speed Drive is packed with jarringly discordant guitar lines, piercing screams, and off-kilter rhythms, all pulled together with subtle touches of melody buried in the band's musical catharsis. This record is by no means a well-oiled machine; it rumbles forward on a foundation of pure passion and anger, something that feels missing amongst so many current records hiding behind expensive equipment and slick production jobs. Cable's mid to late 90s songwriting style was far from a calculated approach, instead serving as a channel for emotional release. In other words, Variable Speed Drive is dripping in authenticity. It wasn't heavy, noisy, and pissed off because it needed to fit into a genre. It was all of those things out of pure sincerity.
Cachemira - Jungla (IMPORT) (CD)
The recording of Jungla started in June 2016, rhythm parts were recorded live by the band a large room of their rehearsal placeís building, which result of that long natural reverb. Lead guitars, vocals, effects were then added in cachemiraís rehearsal room. The whole recording was done by Baptiste Gautier Lorenzo from Brain Pyramid and Thermic Boogie, he also did the mixing with the band. All the album was recorded analog on an old 4 tracks tape machine, then mixed digitaly.
The record has this retro Lofi sound with a very loud master to reproduce their live sound. Its composed of 5 songs, these tracks were composed during the early days of the band and thatís what the album reflects, some fresh ideas from each members and jamming parts. The record is 31 minutes, no new songs were added by the band so that the album would keep his personality and consistency.
Cambrian Explosion - The Moon (IMPORT) (CD)
They call themselves the cosmic sorcerers from Portland. Nori Lockhart, Ben Dorothy, Derrin Twiford and Archie Heald together form Cambrian Explosion and play a cool mix of stoner and psychedelic rock. After they released a brilliant debut EP called 'The Sun' in 2013, 'The Moon' EP is the logical next step. And with its almost 40 minutes in length, 'The Moon' is closer to a full-length than 'The Sun'.
Captain Beyond - Self Titled (CD)
A ďsupergroupĒ of sorts, Captain Beyond consisted of ex-members of Deep Purple (vocalist Rod Evans), Iron Butterfly (guitarist Larry ďRhinoĒ Reinhart and bassist Lee Dorman), and Johnny Winterís band (drummer Bobby Caldwell). This album is definitely one of the most interesting of the era. The musicianship rises to an extraordinary level, led by drummer Bobby Caldwell. I would describe his style as combining jazzlike delicacy and complexity with rocklike power. The album also has a full, encompassing feel. I guess itís sort of a concept album, with all the songs bleeding into the next and earlier songs establishing lyrical and musical themes the band follows throughout the course of the album. The songs weave to create a varied, textured framework that keeps things interesting. Sporadic, well-placed touches of elements like piano and Latin percussion makes for an even more engrossing listen. This album deserves a listen by any at all interested in the roots of stoner rock.
It IS really a masterpiece. The whole record is like one single song with a lot of different moods in it. There are some hard rocking parts and some beautiful soft parts. All this combined makes it a fantastic record to listen to from beginning to end.
I want to mention that this album has one of the best productions for its time. Great guitar and bass tones and a killer drum sound. The first time I heard this album, I was on my way home from playing a gig and I got into it so much that I forgot where I was going to! It sucked me in that much. So yes, do buy this and dig it heavily.
Captain Beyond - Sufficiently Breathless (CD)
This album is far tighter and more spacey than the Self Titled. There is little to no structure to these songs. The percussion is fucking killer and seems to almost be the lead instrument a lot of the time. I'd like to be in a band that "covers" this album nightly, just taking it wherever the fuck it goes.
The debut and Sufficiently Breathless are so different they shouldn't really be compared, both are excellent in their own ways. I'm glad they made the follow up this way instead of doing two similar albums in a row.
Cardinale - 31:13 (CD)
Austin, Texas’ Cardinale take a ballsy step out of the gate with their debut, 31:13. After all, it’s not everyday when a new band (they formed in early 2005) has the audacity to make you judge them on one 31 minute, 13 second song. But hey, they pull it off. This isn’t one long rock jam; rather, Cardinale is of the Isis and Neurosis school of sonic bludgeoning. While the style of those two groups is noticeable, this four-piece steps ahead of the like-minded groups that have seemingly sprouted up overnight by keeping this influence more conceptual than direct. For instance, there’s also a good bit of sludgey grind, a la Deadbird or Kylesa, to counterbalance the more melodic sections. And “31:13” has plenty of peaks and valleys as it evolves. They don’t settle into one groove for too long, and the passages never really wear out their welcome. Nor does the song as a whole. Cardinale took a risk with 31:13 and it paid off. For that, this one’s recommended.
Carousel - 2113 (CD)
Pittsburgh's hard rock heroes CAROUSEL storm back with their second full-length '2113', offering a midnight binge-blur of muscular, dynamic r'n'r, filled with timeless hooks and killer, scorching solo's.
Carpet - Secret Box (IMPORT) (CD)
The 2017 full-length by the German band that sounds like John Lennon fronting Adrian Belew-era King Crimson, meandering into Floydian ambience offset by fuzzy heavy rock guitar work.
Carpet Knights, The - Lost and So Strange is My Mind (IMPORT) (CD)
Fetures members of Oresund Space Collective.
The music they play is quite unique, incorporating many different styles including post, folk, grunge, indie and progrock elements. One thing that really impresses me is the dynamic nature of the music; it can go from quite soft and somber to psych and rocking in the blink of an eye. I was intrigued on the first play but each time I listen to it I find new things to appreciate. Beautiful intros, many lengthy instrumental passages and a vocalist, who scores his intricate melody lines with sweet yet powerful vocals and manages to enthrall the listener in their world of sound. The use of flutes sounds Jethro Tull-familiar and perfectly harmonizes with the King Crimson and Lucifers's Friend creations dominated by percussion and guitars. Though they use heavier passages, the mostly quiet, calm songs create an almost hypnotising effect.
A CD that I can recommend without a second thought. This is for progressive fans with an ear for the unexpected, where the highly wilfull combination of 70's progrock elements and relaxing waves of feedback form a grand creation.
This is the first album by the Swedish The Carpet Knights, although the band has been around for years and have previously released a few demos. Based on this album, their group's music is guitar-driven 70's styled, rather progressive rock with great vocal harmonies and little psychedelic tinges. Magnus, the singer of the group, also plays some flute, and the opening track "All Be the Same" does sound rather like Jethro Tull. More often I'm reminded of Wishbone Ash, since the guitars are quite high-flown, beautiful and melodic. Also the spirit of King Crimson hovers somewhere above the album, especially when it comes to the vocals, and there's a bit of Gentle Giant in there as well. The music isn't progressive just for the sake of being progressive, although the time is usually other than 4/4. What separates this band from the other Swedish prog bands of the moment is that they don't have a keyboard player.