Machine, The - Calmer Than You Are (IMPORT) (CD)
The Machine, hailing from Rotterdam, Holland, pair molten stoner rock riffs with a fair dose of retro psych for good measure. The band also excels at incorporating acid-blues jamming that lifts their whole performance into outer space.
Machine, The - Drie (IMPORT) (CD)
The band is gaining international attention with their mixture of stoner rock riffing, retro psych and some occasional acid blues jams. "Drie" lets The Machine explore and expand its territories while staying true to their psychedelic stoner rock sound.
Machine, The - Offblast! (IMPORT) (CD)
Dutch band The Machine is well known for its fine mixture of stoner rock riffing, retro psych, and the occasional acid blues jam. This is the band's 2015 full-length on CD.
Maegashira - The Stark Arctic (CD)
I love a mean-spirited song, the kind that not only bares its teeth but bites down hard and draws blood. Maegashira has two such skull fuckers on The Stark Arctic. I'm talking about “Ammonia for Sweat” and “Baggage Claim/Skin Slip,” the undisputed highlights on this New Jersey band's debut. The band's moved away from the more typical doom trappings to a more Cable-esque swampy mire of unrelenting anguish and bile. These songs could be put on repeat for a week straight and never lose an ounce of fury. “Ammonia” and “Baggage Claim” pack such an enormous collective punch, it would be easy for the rest of The Stark Arctic to fall by the wayside. Not quite. “Caribou Crossing” and the sprawling “Back to Muro” both deliver. Add that all up, and you've got the makings of an impressive debut. If your 2009 is starting off pissed off and mean, I've got just the album for you.
Maegashira’s brand of boorish sludge metal has an ominous cloud of hardcore tinged aggression hovering over it and will appeal to most of the Crowbar, Eyehategod fan base. They lay some caustic, crunchy, chug-oriented grooves on the table just as the aforementioned bands and mix things up by injecting a good dose of psychedelia with a southern scented flair. The vocalist does a variety of styles. The Stark Arctic is a good debut and Maegashira will definitely move up the ranks in the world of sludge.
This is some pissed off, evil sounding stuff. The vocals remind me of Ben Hogg from Beaten Back to Pure at times, and the music comes across with the same kind of anguish that VOG's stuff did. Plus it is clear that these guys don't take themselves too seriously which I can appreciate, the song " Hi From Jersey" is a priceless stab at Brooklyn scenester transplants from the suburbs trying to make it big in rock.
Magnolia - Falska Vagar (IMPORT) (CD)
The life of Magnolia began in Åmål in 1994 when Ronny Eriksson started to write his own music. Inspired by the music from the late '60s and early '70s, he recorded his first songs on a Fostex channel porta studio. The musical project was called Magnolia. The name came from the old Blue Cheer song "Magnolia Caboze Babyfinger". Ronny played bass, guitar, keyboards and sang. The drums were played by Anders Hedström. Magnolia´s second album "Falska Vägar" is recorded in Love Tholin´s studio (aka "Drop Out Analogue Studio") in Åmål. Mr. Tholin has captured the real sound of Magnolia - live, dynamic and energetic! As on the debut album the music on "Falska Vägar" can be described as heavy progressive blues rock with a lot of improvisations in the vein of Cream, Jack Bruce, Mountain, November, Free, Mecki Mark Men and their likes.
Magnolia - Self Titled (IMPORT) (CD)
Magnolia is the band of Swedish guitarist, Ronny Eriksson. The CD is highly influenced by the hard rock bands of the late 60’s and early 70’s like Cream, November, Mountain, Buffalo, etc.. This record has plenty of killer riffs and jams. All the lyrics are sung in Swedish. There are a couple of instrumental tracks as well and one features trombone! Track 6 is one of the best and features guest guitarist, Jack Vreeswijk, and some great guitar duals. Amazing stuff! If you are a fan of the heavy early 70’s blues rock, you can’t go wrong with this great CD. Loads of lead guitar and a great sound. This CD really grows on you as well, even if you don’t understand Swedish!
This heavy rock gem is the brainchild of Ronny Eriksson and reflects his interest in the late ‘60s early ‘70s guitar-driven sounds of bands like Mountain, Cream and Sweden’s own November. The disc takes its name from the thunderous Blue Cheer track “Magnolia Caboose Babyfinger” off their second platter Outsideinside (released 1968). Though the lyrics are sung in Swedish, the aggressive riffing and swelling song structure are more than enough to satisfy fans of bombastic rock. There is a level of progressive stoner bits in the tuned down “Resa Utan Slut,” “Natt Blev Dag” and the sinister “Dalslandsk Polska” yet most of the record contains big open-chords reminiscent of Black Sabbath in “Vem Bestammer?” Uriah Heep in “Forsvunnen” or early UFO in “Stanna Till!'.
Recorded as an analog recording, it gives the project an added thickness and depth. Even solos like the one heard in the title track “Magnolia” carry tremendous weight and dexterity. Eriksson does a fine job capturing the mood of the early ‘70s with a hollow or echoed recording, added sound effects and vocal distortion. He’s also not afraid of putting in some tasty funk beats or locking in on a catchy groove.
Magnolia - Svarta Sagor (IMPORT) (CD)
For the fifth time in a row, Ronny Eriksson and his comrades deliver pure '70s gold that manages to grow heavier and meaner with every album. From the Sabbath-flavoured 'Omvag' to the kraut rock spirit of of 'Bortom Staden Av Guld', MAGNOLIA's 'Svarta Sagor' guarantees an extravagant listening experience. How much groove can you possibly retain?!
Main Street Gospel, The - Love Will Have Her Revenge (CD)
Well, it’s obvious that 70s rock has made a massive impression on The Main Street Gospel, a rock trio hailing from Columbus, Ohio. Consisting of Barry Dean (Vocals, Guitar), Ryan “Tito” Ida (Bass) and Adam Scoppa (Drums, Percussion), The Main Street Gospel dispense rather delicious morsels of cool 70s rock-channeling goodness on their debut album. High on the agenda is a hip mix of country-folk, hard rock and psych rock smarts which evokes the likes of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Cream and so on.
Malachi - Self Titled (CD)
If you took the brooding moments of Crisis (complete with banshee vocalist), the atmospheric, crumbling post rock ebb and flow of Neurosis and the graceful cellos of Grayceon you would get Malachi’s, gritty, caustic yet elegant take on sludgy, doomy metal. Vocalist/cellist Betty Rettig looks to be a more virulent version of Grayceon’s Jackie Perez Gratz, providing languid cello work amid the more chaotic noise. Vocally, she’s up there with Grace Perry, Laura Nichol Candace Kucsulain and their ilk. Guitarist Robert Collins also provides some gruff bellows to Rettig’s feral screams, adding to the band’s many layers and textures. Musically, it’s almost instrumental (both vocalists are used fairly sparsely) with lengthy loping, lurching angular songs with long segments of ambience and atmospherics littered with spurts of discordance and heft, all scattered with some somber cello work. It all comes together to form a very tense, foreboding record with an antagonistic, menacing self loathing.