R.I.P. - In the Wind (CD)
Operating on the belief that heavy metal didn't come from the forest or beam down from outer space, but rather that it crawled up out of the sewer and writhed to life in the grit and grime of the streets, the four rock n roll freaks of R.I.P. call their sound "Street Doom" and spread the message with heavy touring across the United States. Obsessed with death and disgusted with the scene, they dragged their knuckles into the studio in 2016 and excavated a debut LP dedicated to fear and trembling, calling it In The Wind. The Portland, OR quartet - guitarist Angel Martinez, vocalist Fuzz, bassist John Mullett and drummer Willie D. - echoes the grimy vibe of legends like Saint Vitus, Pentagram and Motorhead, with the no b.s. aesthetic of the early Metal Massacre compilations. Metal Injection raves, "It's anything but your standard doom record. R.I.P.'s sonic signature sounds like an old school rock 'n' roll band that takes its cues from the likes of Dead Kennedys and Ghoul."
Radar Men from the Moon - Echo Forever (IMPORT) (CD)
There’s something very refreshing and alien to these latest seven tracks, but that’s not to say the Radar Men are entirely unfamiliar sounding. Like dehydrated space food, you’ve tasted these flavors before, just never in such a form. Radar Men’s sound, which was pioneered on Intergalactic Dada & Space Trombones, and then perfected on this here record, Echo Forever, is somewhere between Pink Flyod's "Echoes" and Isis' brilliant 'Celestial' record with a little bit of Man Or Astro-Man?’s humor mixed in. All of it is ixnay vocals so as to maximally facilitate your tripping balls and gettin’ jettisoned from this titled rock, borne entirely on your imagination and these Dutch dudes’ far out tunes.
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Radio Moscow - 3 & 3 Quarters (CD)
3 & 3 Quarters is Radio Moscow’s previously unreleased debut album. Recorded entirely by Parker Griggs (he plays all the instruments) when he was only 17-18, this is garage music reminiscent of the Nuggets and Pebbles compilations, with a dash of Killed By Death dropped into the mix.
Radio Moscow - Brain Cycles (CD)
“Brain Cycles,” the band’s sophomore recording displays the kind of heavy psychedelic, blues jams their parents or possibly their parents’ parents would have smoked grass and jammed out to in the late 60s or early 70s. At a mere twenty-three-years old, guitarist/vocalist Parker Griggs is the oldest member of the band, so this guy’s only connection to the early years of heavy blues jam would be through recordings. However, Radio Moscow does not sound like a Johnny-come-lately to this scene. Radio Moscow is primarily the creation of Parker Griggs. Griggs handles guitar, vocals, drums and percussion, and does it with exceptional skill. Zach Anderson provides groovin’ bass lines. Each track on “Brain Cycles” features mellow vocals, heavy-yet-bluesy riffs, jazzy drum fills and hazy psychedelics.
If you love classic guitar parts and blues-injected, Trans Am-driving rock, Radio Moscow is right up your road. In fact, you may fall in love with its fist-puming brand of rock. There is little subtle in anything the album attempts and I would assume that this is exactly what Radio Moscow wants: your ears to bleed, your mind to be warped, and your mom to yell “Turn that down!”
Radio Moscow - Live! In California (CD)
Radio Moscow have been making heavy psychedelic rock and roll for 13 years, and it’s been two years since they put out an album: we’d argue we’ve been long overdue for a recording of one of their high-energy live shows. Live! in California delivers all the shredding guitars, 8-bar drum fills and infinite bass lines you could possibly hope to digest in a single sitting.
Radio Moscow‘s new album Live! In California was recorded absolutely live (no overdubs) over two nights at The Satellite club in Los Angeles in December 2015. The album features 76 minutes of the trio’s unique brand of high-energy psychedelic rock’n’roll. The material is pulled from all their studio albums and the songs feature new arrangements.
Live! In California also includes the previously unreleased song “Chance Of Fate,” a cover of the ’70s band Sainte Anthony’s Fyre.
Radio Moscow - Magical Dirt (CD)
Parker Griggs, along with recent partners-in-crime Anthony Meier (bass) and Paul Marrone (drums), have cultivated yet another blues-rock masterpiece that crossbreeds late 60s psych-rock and face-melting guitar histrionics with the foundation-crumbling rhythms from early 70s hard-rock, and even includes a couple of harrowing tracks built from the bedrock of rural Delta blues. But more than merely digging up fossils from rocks revered past, Griggs & Co. manage to translate the myths of rock'n'roll's golden age into modern day truths for a new, younger generation.
Radio Moscow - Self Titled (CD)
Like Parchman Farm and Orange Sunshine, Radio Moscow doesn't really fit in a modern context. The band exists out of time. And like those two bands, Radio Moscow also manages to take a well worn style and make it its own. An astonishingly good debut. Recommended.
Marrying the bluesy psychedelic fervor of Cream with the big, precise fretwork of Jimi Hendrix, Radio Moscow relish in distortion and grittiness.
Raise the Red Lantern - Breathe Fire (CD)
A metalcore alike to Rwake at times, mixing the tonalities and production of sludge with the speed and melodic sensibilities of your early Mastodons, your Keelhauls, and fuck, let's toss in the vocal style and general aesthetic of your Neurosis' and your Isis'. Breathe Fire is a satisfying and propulsive experience. The band is great at crafting a single, unified narrative out of the songs and riffs on the record, and it's a narrative that consistently entertains. I'm a sucker for it: the catchy heavy-ass riffs and the leads delicately melodic at times, but always very tastefully distorted. It's just a good thing then that aside from being the kind of music I like, it's also good music.
Throughout all of Breathe Fire is a manic energy, propelled primarily by the drumming. Following a close second are the guitar parts, which have a surprising (and refreshing) amount of melody to their angular dissonance. What also works is layering their songs with competing guitar parts. While the music is abrasive and forward-moving, it’s not a one-dimensional wall off riffs and attitude. What that adds up to is music that’s more than just thrashing out blindly. Raise the Red Lantern’ Breathe Fire is one of those albums that keeps drawing you in. I really dug its mix of pounding rhythms and subtle melody. For fans of Akimbo, Unsane, Black Flag, Mastodon, Jumbo's Killcrane, and Rwake.
Raise the Red Lantern - Self Titled (CD)
A metalcore alike to Rwake at times, mixing the tonalities and production of sludge with the speed and melodic sensibilities of your early Mastodons, your Keelhauls, and fuck, let's toss in the vocal style and general aesthetic of your Neurosis' and your Isis'.
Ramesses - Possessed by the Rise of Magik (IMPORT) (CD)
The time has come to unleash Possessed by the Rise of Magik, the eagerly anticipated, brand new full length from the widely acclaimed metal alchemists, Ramesses. Not just a title, Possessed by the Rise of Magik is more a statement in response to the cathartic affects of this album, once you submit yourselves it is impossible to resist its deadly charms. It sees the band capturing the ritualistic side of their nature to great effect without resorting to costumes, props and make-up. They incorporate the ideas, images, symbols and sigils of influential occult British artist Austin Osman Spare into their own spaced out grim craft to create a new magikal language. The spelling of the word 'magik' as opposed to the traditional word magic or Crowley’s own interpretation, magick, reflects this thought process. Recording in trances and automatic writing are key techniques in the creation of this next step in the Ram’s family journey to the end!