Yawning Man - Historical Graffiti (CD)
Since 1987 this unique and influential band from the Southern California desert has been leaving their mark on bands such as Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age, and countless other alternative rock musicians making them one of the defining forces in the desert rock scene for over 20 years both in the U.S. and in Europe. Pinning Yawning Man to a specific genre is difficult, letting the music speaks for itself has fans from all over the rock, indy, psyche and alternative spectrum are discovering the passion and dark beauty in Yawning Man's music. Throughout the instrumental cinamatic rock landscapes of Yawning Man, the post-Ventures, haunting melodies & composition of guitarist Gary Arce are constantly being stretched, up-ended and sent deep into dark Joy Division territory, by the weird chords and heavy bass grooves of Mario Lalli and drummer Bill Stinson. The result is the kind of brooding and thunderous atmosphere that draws you constantly inward. In this very special recording session done during the bands 2015 South American tour while in Buenos Aires, Agentina, the band was invited to record for one evening at the world famous and legendary ION Studios.The session featured guest appearances by Argentininian tango musicians Sara Ryan on violin and Adolfo Trepiana on bandoneon accordion as well as Malene Arce (wife of Gary Arce) on the Mellotron. An Argentinian newspaper once wrote that the "condensed history of the nation's music" was to be found behind Ion's doors, and they were spot-on with this description. Some of the country's brightest musical legends, such as Astor Piazzolla, have reacted like ions with other musicians, and the energy that was released during this process condensed in the form of numerous classic records.. As the largest and most legendary sound studio in Buenos Aires, Ion remains one of the most remarkable recording venues in the world. It's energy is evident in the spontaneous edgy beauty created by the band in this collaboration of special artists in a very special place.
Yawning Man - Pot Head (IMPORT) (CD EP)
Featuring Alfredo Hernandez - drums (ex-Kyuss, ex-Queens of the Stone Age); Billy Cordel - bass and Gary Arce - guitars (The Sort of Quartet, Oddio Gasser).
Until this past year, Yawning Man was one of those highly regarded but seldom-heard bands, the type that only those “in the know” are aware of. Put it this way - they’ve been covered by Kyuss and the groups that Mario Lalli (bass), Gary Arce (guitar), Alfredo Hernandez (drums) have been in reads like a laundry list of essential stoner rock acts. But until now, their profile was so under the radar it was almost non-existent. Pot Head, Yawning Man’s four song follow up to Rock Formations, finds the band capitalizing on their elevated profile. For those familiar with the full length, Pot Head is more of the same, albeit with a slightly darker, heavier tone - possibly due to new bassist Billy Cordell (from Unida, another essential act in the genre). The trio specializes in sweeping instrumentals that are as much in tune with the ocean as they are with the desert. It’s the type of music that taps directly into nature – it’s organic and free flowing.
If you haven’t gotten acquainted with Yawning Man, do so now. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, try Pot Head on for size. The four songs show why those “in the know” have been quietly raving about this band for years.
Yawning Man - Rock Formations (Re-issue) (CD)
Cheaper reissue of the debut album by the godfathers of the Joshua Tree desert/stoner rock scene. The band is comprised of Alfredo Hernandez (KYUSS, QOTSA, CHE, DESERT SESSIONS) on drums, Mario Lalli (FATSO JETSON, ORQUESTA DEL DESIERTO) on bass, and Gary Arce on guitars (the album is all-instrumental).
Yob - Atma (IMPORT) (CD)
Guest appearance by Scott Kelly (Neurosis).
YOB have once again created another opus of doom metal mastery that will go down as one of the great American doom metal albums of our age (even though you can pretty much say that with any album within YOB’s repertoire). But with “Atma” the Eugene, Oregon three-piece, led by vocalist guitarist Mike Scheidt, have unleashed a new level of dynamics and depth with an album in which many will call the band’s magnum opus. Transcending (there’s that word again) the foreboding darkness and oppression that was “The Great Cessation”, “Atma” sees YOB continue their soul searching cycle of reaching that higher state of being through five crushing spiritually levitating tracks of pure doom metal mastery. The word “Atma” is defined as the existence of the core of the soul and that the highest value of knowledge comes from one’s true self. In turn, “Atma” is the culmination of YOB’s career that has reached a current self-reflective peak in their musical journey.
Yob - Catharsis (Re-issue) (IMPORT) (CD)
Re-mastered from the original tapes by Tad Doyle. Features new artwork and presentation design by Aaron Edge. Liner notes by Mike Scheidt.
Fuck yeah! 3 songs...just under 50 minutes. If you haven't heard YOB, now is a good time. It's heavy driving doom that slays and punishes the whole time. Those that have seen or heard YOB only know the kind of heaviness they possess. Mike's vocals are incredible- the high range and the vibrato sends across a message that is a fine spot between King Buzzo and Rob Halford with a twist of hardcore growls Mike Patton style. Great long intro and simple clean guitars...then it breaks out of nowhere with heaviness. It pummels your brain into mush while your fists and head will bang without missing a beat. It gives you the sort of impact Jerusalem does, but way more extremities. Check out the latest from YOB- fans of hard rock, metal, and doom will dig it. Get it if you like all that is heavy- Sleep, Melvins, and High on Fire. I can't stop listening to YOB over and over.
It must be something in the Pacific Northwest water that makes for uncanny and unpretentious metal of righteous fashion. Fans are still cowering in the aftermath of what used to be Sleep (hail - rock on High on Fire!). However, the rising mighty that is Portland's YOB come blazing forth with a record of such gargantuan status that it will leave you a mere spec of doom ooze just waiting (more like begging) for another dose. Catharsis is the label debut from this three-piece that is sure to find its way to the hearts of doom and rock fans world-over. Vocalist/guitarist Mike Sheidt is truly a man possessed. His demon-enticed delivery on each of the album's meaty tracks single-handedly makes this a band to watch as doom's new gods. And the pleasure does not stop there.
You Will Die - Self Titled (CD)
Indianapolis-based trio You Will Die wheels out the instrumental magic on their frantic nine-track self-titled debut. Heavy and dark with a stoner rock edge, this group takes pieces of Keelhaul and Karma to Burn with a dash of The Fucking Champs and come out with a feral display of what goes down when three seasoned noise rock veterans ditch convention and mesh all of their wares together to make an explosive entity.
At the core of You Will Die's mantle exists a solid foundation of unrelentingly punishing percussion, meat-n-potatoes style guitar shred, and bass tones that only come up from the swamp because they need the air. As riff begets riff, tempos change on the drop of a dime, and torrents of punishment blare forth from amp and drum. No gimmicks, no vocals, no front-man, no samples, no political posturing, and no keyboards: You Will Die is unapologetically instrumental, unabashedly abrasive, and unmistakably distinct.
Aside from having the coolest name ever, You Will Die is a trio from Indianapolis that plays instrumental metal. The Fucking Champs and Pelican come to mind, but You Will Die lean more towards the caveman side of things. There's a bit of '70s metal influence, with bluesy bass lines and thundering drums. For three guys, this group can sure fill up space — although some riffs are just begging for a vocalist. Crack open a cheap beer and break out the Atari for this one.
Yuri Gagarin - At the Center of all Infinity (IMPORT) (CD)
Much like the debut, this Swedish band's sophomore album is highly recommended for fans of trippy, instrumental, melodic, heavy and dirty spacerock. The music reminds of early Hawkwind, or early Monster Magnet, but is more melodic.
Yuri Gagarin - Self Titled (Re-issue) (IMPORT) (CD)
Reissue of their debut album on CD! Features 2 bonus tracks, both taken from their 2015 "Sea Of Dust" EP, recently reissued by Sound Effect Records as a 10" vinyl. Beautiful custom-made, oversized, gatefold CD-packaging, courtesy of Sound Effect Records of Athens. Limited edition of only 300 copies.
Yuri Gagarin are a Progressive, Psychedelic Rock band from Gothenburg Sweden that formed in 2012. The band's music blends several genres into one driving force that has garnered them a wide fan appeal across the shoegaze, psychedelic rock, progressive rock and heavy rock circles. Yuri Gagarin’s music will remind seasoned fans of Hawkwind with their space progressive psychedelic driving sounds. Their self titled debut album “Yuri Gagarin” was released in 2013 and received high praise by their fans. September 25th, 2015 saw the release of a two song EP titled “Sea of Dust” and it didn’t disappoint either, as their fans have heaped much praise on this solid emerging band from Northern Europe.