Gas Giant - Mana (IMPORT) (CD)
Super drug drenched sounding space rock with over the top fuzzed out guitars and soulful leads that just scream blues and acid at you. Think The Animals' House of the Rising Sun crossed with something off of Hendrix's Electric Ladyland. Check it out if you like psychedelic drenched classic guitar rock.
This time Gas Giant added a greater variety of instruments and an increased sense of dynamics, all to good effect. So along with the expected influences from Hendrix, Kyuss, Sabbath, and Floyd, we also get a taste of darker varieties of metal, tribal stomps, and even some acoustic guitars. But first and foremost is the blistering, all-out heavy and tripping space rock!
Although they can be VERY heavy, there is a very trippy, free-wheeling versatility to their sound that keeps pulling me back for more listens. And if juggling these two chainsaws wasn’t enough, there is some great songwriting and stereo wizardry going on. The songs have some really nice melodic hooks, choruses that get under your skin, and sudden changes in texture and dynamics that don’t leave you on safe ground.
Gezoleen - Black Spaces Between Stars (CD EP)
Gezoleen is pretty much a one-man band, that man being multi-instrumentalist Jeff McLeod. Samples, mangled tracks, synths, and the vocals of a truly sick, angry man, are all mashed together to make a statement that grows more powerful with repeated listens. This is a bit on the far side of experimental music.
Don't expect to hear anything "pretty" if you do take the plunge. Nor is there any kind of guitar wizardry at all. It's more like the noise you would hear inside the engine of a '55 Chevy Bel-Air as the engine seizes from not changing the oil for 50,000 miles. But on a Monday evening after the boss has torn you a new ass and you've just had the worst day of your working life, this disc and a bottle of Wild Turkey will wipe any trace of yourself away.
Gezoleen approximates and summarizes many sound scenarios: what it would sound like if Jim (Foetus) Thirwell interpreted Big Black with guitars and Chinese fireworks; being pushed off the edge of a fiery volcano by James Plotkin; the Swans doing an on-line mash up of Neubaten's "Autobahn" and Neurosis' "Pain of Mind"; the guy from Naglfar taking a volley of buckshot to the chin; an intestine-collapsing caboodle of thrashcore riffs through the rusty and dusty distortion pedal Mike Patton once ran his vocals through. Black Spaces Between Stars is as damaging as it is frightening; life-affirming as it is destructive and engaging as it is repulsing.
Ghold - PYR (IMPORT) (CD)
The 2016 album from London-based doom two-piece GHOLD. 'PYR' towers with a sonic thickness, frantic dizzying energy and shattering immediacy, penetrated by despondent howls and an uncompromising slice of remorselessness. Yet, even the most seasoned Ghold fan will find something new here, as collaborative noises and instruments creep into the sound.
Ghost - Meliora (CD)
The third album from the mysterious Swedish band, steeped in subversive themes of humanism, counterculture and anti-establishmentarianism.
Ghost - Meliora (Popestar Deluxe) (2CD)
This edition includes Ghost's Popestar EP.
The "Meliora" Deluxe Edition held secret until the publication date "Popestar" EP as a bonus, the existence of which was covered up with the pseudonym "ghost father"! The EP contains five songs: "Square Hammer" plus the four cover versions "Nocturnal Me" (cover of ECHO and the Bunnymen), "I believe" (cover of Simian Mobile Disco) "Missionary man" (cover of EURYTHMICS), " Bible "(cover of Imperiet).
Giant Squid - Monster in the Creek (Re-issue) (CD)
Limited edition 6 panel digipack with bonus dvd and 12 page booklet.
Some metal bands operate like businesses. Giant Squid operate more like a family project. They are not bound to the rigors of press and tour cycles; instead, they work whenever the real-life pressures of career, school, and child-rearing allow. This irregular schedule has kept them from achieving the visibility that their music deserves, but it has also allowed Aaron Gregory, the band’s paterfamilias, to shepherd the group through countless lineup changes over its decade-long existence.
Gregory is a paterfamilias in more than one sense. He has a child with his bandmate & metal-cellist-at-large Jackie Gratz. The complexities of their personal and professional lives have slowed Giant Squid’s release schedule. Their fans have waited for four years since their last full-length The Ichthyologist, and two since their nearly-full-length EP Cenotes.
In the meantime, their label Translation Loss has reissued Monster in the Creek, an out-of-print EP that Giant Squid self-released in 2005. The updated version of the EP includes a new layout, a variety of demo versions and live cuts, and a DVD that features interviews, studio clips, and live footage from the era. We’ve got some of that live footage streaming below; the original EP is embedded above.
Giobia - Magnifier (IMPORT) (CD)
The fourth album (the second on Sulatron) by Giöbia, the psychedelic sensation from Milano, Italy! The band plays intense neo-psychedelic-rock, strongly inspired by the sound of the late sixties. Next to guitars, bass, drums and organ the band uses sitar, bouzuki, vintage keyboards and effects to create a colourful and swirling sound. 'Magnifier' sucks you into a lysergic vortex of exotic mantras and Sabbathian rituals. The sound of this album is heavier and darker than the past records, but always unique. Cover art by Laura Giardino.
Giobia - Magnifier (Re-issue) (IMPORT) (CD)
Second repress on Heavy Psych Sounds for this incredible Space Rock-Heavy Psych gem. New mastering, new graphics, and a new song added to the tracklist: the heavy psych/freakbeat masterpiece from the londoner band The Open Mind called "Magic Potion". 'Magnifier' as an album really does have it all...some ace psychedelic stylings, some heavy spacerock, some lysergic sixties grooves and some more delicate shimmery shoegazing. It has a heaviness that will appeal to some, and the delicate touch that will appeal to others. Another undisputed success for Giobia. New incredible artwork by Laura Giardino.