Habsyll - MMVIII (IMPORT) (CD)
Calling “MMVIII"” doom metal would be a massive disservice to this record’s heaviness, despite a similar genetic lineage. This is the sound of a prophecy fulfilled, Habsyll come in thick oiled cords of feedback and bass. Like the desperately sluggish draining of fluids from a slab, Habsyll’s dying tones take up way more of the record than the band’s occasional playing of notes. It might cause your typical doomers a little disquiet, this record creepycrawls way beyond a mere dose of slow, way beyond even the movement of some half-salted slug on its way to its distant finish. Deeper than the gloom for most of its duration, it remains this way until a shopper-fuelled Mall fire finale – a gravely brutal disc.
Hainloose - Rosula (IMPORT) (CD)
‘Rosula’ is tight as hell, with each song stripped of fat while at the same time rich in dynamics and memorable riffs, chased by Haris’ clean vocals. Overall, Hainloose not only reminds me of Kinch - with perhaps a bit Colour Haze at their most concise - but also of some of the best and cleanest of the Swedish scene, such as Astroqueen, Honcho, and even Mammoth Volume. As you might surmise, there’s lots of desert vibing, but there’s also a leavening of a difficult-to-define sensibility that somehow reminds me of early 70s FM American radio; you know, before it totally sucked. Produced by Colour Haze’s Koglek, the sound is rich and full. Amongst all the heaviness, there’s also a kind of romantic feeling, as if this is the kind of music we’d all be sitting around the radio smoking to, if we lived in the utopia that underground music fanatics caught a glimpse of in the early 70s.
Agreed -- this totally rules. Another awesome CD from Elektrohasch --- like Pepper from COC fronting FU MANCHU, baby.
Hainloose from Munich are one of those groove rock bands all about thick fat bass line riffs, blues drenched tuned down sludge.
This CD reminds me of COC, ATP...Southern tuned down fuzzy goodness. Hainloose is definitely classic rock influenced (like who isn't?) and about just laying down thick line after line of heavy stoner goodness.
Get this one if you dig good stoner rock stuff that isn't just run of the mill...it's southern drenched goodness, classic rock rooted and just plain good...really as good as it gets in my opinion.
Half Makeshift - L'anse Amort (CD)
Includes four photographic postcards.
Right from the start of L'anse Amort you'll notice the more rhythmic approach as well as more 'clothed' melodic ideas. The distorted harpsichord, the guitar chords, bells and atmospheric keyboards take us to the more romantic aspects of nordic metal without being metal (or nordic). More the stuff you'd find as intermezzo's on the classic black metal releases. After 10 minutes into "A Whale's Heart" a screeching, distorted - if not devastated - heavy guitar takes the opening piece into a grim finale. Like the title track, which after repetive clean guitar tinglings takes a massive turn into a heavy, droney wall of sound. Melancholy is maintained to the end where the flutterings in "Eye" make you worry a bit about your CD player.
Experimental landscapes both serene and terrifying, with elements of everything from Black Boned Angel to Philip Jeck.
Haunted - Self Titled (CD)
This introductory 5-song effort from vocalist Cristina Chimirri, guitarist Fancesco Bauso, bassist Frank Tudisco, guitarist Francesco Orlando, and drummer Valerio Cimino, otherwise known as Haunted, is going to blow away fans of Hard Rock. I do not make such a bold statement with carefree, reckless abandon either, no, not at all but this thing is an incredibly magnificent opus to all that is heavily fuzzened with doomed might, vintage in sound, atmospheric in nuance, and massive in all that is good in the realm of Doom and Stoner Rock! - Metal Nexus
Heads, The - Gnu (IMPORT) (CD Single)
Bristol's The Heads proudly carry the banner of over-the-top, amphetamine-driven psychedelia a la Hawkwind, & they do so with class. Everyone of the 10 songs on Relaxing With.... is loud, fast, obnoxious and an awful lot of fun. While they never veer away from a basic sound derived from the music of Hawkwind, the MC5 and the 13th Floor Elevators.
Heads, The - Under the Stress of a Headlong Dive (Re-issue) (CD)
First proper album in 3 years from the UK masters of psych fuzz rock. This is the band's seventh album, and delves deeper into the Kraut Rock/early 70's space rock sound. This 19 track album is everything you have come to expect from this 'heavy psych garage band' that sites The 13th Floor Elevators, Loop and Sonic Youth as influences. If you managed to get a copy of '33' you would have heard the band getting into Kraut rock. And, on this album they take the influences of Can and Neu even further by welding the Kraut sound with early 70's space rock. Worship!!
Heat - Labyrinth (IMPORT) (CD)
Following on from the success of their 2012 self-titled debut, This Charming Man Records is pleased to announce the release Labyrinth, of the second album by the Berlin-based hard rock outfit. Heat are unmistakably taken with a time when all great records came adorned with monochrome swirls and elaborate sleeves depicting worlds of necromancy, witches and cosmic encounters. Featuring former members of The Hara-Kee-Rees, Samsara Blues Experiment and Grandloom their self-titled debut on Electric Magic Records was a heavy-blues driven journey into the very heart of the 1970s. Which, regardless of your particular predilection for classic rock saw the Berlin five-piece strike every chord. On their follow up - much like Swedish hard rock revivalists Graveyard and Horisont - Heat continue to revel in the buzz of audacious twin guitar solos, Hammond organs and telepathic band jams.
Heavy Blanket - Self Titled (CD)
Featuring J Mascis.
Here’s a little exposition: According to J Mascis’ website, Heavy Blanket was born in the mid-80s to three high school students – Mascis, along with the colorfully-named Johnny Pancake and Pete Cougar – who started the project after being dismissed from marching band for smoking weed out of a tuba. Injury, crime and Dinosaur Jr. foiled Heavy Blanket’s plans of becoming a formative band, but when Mascis allegedly ran into Mr. Pancake last year, plans to resurrect the project were put into motion.
The result is mostly reaffirmation of Mascis’ incredible guitar playing skills. The record opens with a heavy number, Galloping Toward the Unknown: a four-minute romp that offers punchy guitars with fuzzy reverb and explosive gain. What follows are a series of jams that teeter on being either incredibly inspiring or just plain overwhelming.
The record has little structure. There are no cohesive melodies, no hooks, no lyrics, and nothing but drums and bass accompanying Mascis’ guitar. The riffs are devastatingly good, but the consistent jam feels overpowering at times. In any case, Heavy Blanket is a must-have for every diehard Mascis fan and/or people looking for a rowdy forty minutes of heavy, riff-driven music. Prospective guitar heroes: take some notes. If there’s one thing we can take away from Heavy Blanket, it’s that J Mascis was born to shred.