1000mods - Repeated Exposure to… (IMPORT) (LP)
Limited edition of only 800 copies180 gram vinyl.
Here's the 2016 full-length by the excellent Greek heavy psych-rock band. The music features big amps, downtuned guitars, groovier-than-life drum parts and some of the band's best vocals to date. Suitable for fans of '70s Sabbathic rock and the '90s heavy rock movement.
16 - Lost Tracts of Time (Color) (LP)
Limited edition of only 500 copies on color vinyl. B-side features an etching.
Stark, harsh and brutal are the only words that give weight to the sound of Southern California's (16). These three tracks are previously unreleased, recorded during the Zoloft Smile sessions. Prepared for vinyl by former White Zombie guitarist J. Yuenger, these songs have been born again with renewed fury for enhanced listening. Lost Tracts of Time includes the eerie midnight forest jacket and sleeve artwork designed by Lindsey Kuhn. The color of the vinyl is midnight sky mixed with opaque and translucent hues. The A side of the record showcases the three songs at 45 RPM while the entire B Side is an etching by Kuhn.
A Storm of Light - As the Valley of Death Becomes Us Our Silver Memories Fade (IMPORT) (2LP)
Guest appearances by Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Jarobe (Swans), Kris Force (Amber Asylum), Nerissa Campbell, and members of Book of Knots, and U.S. Christmas.
Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
By initially combining elements of sludge and doom metal, post metal, and epic ambient soundscape experimental music, with their third album, “As the Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade”, A Storm of Light have developed even further into a much more potent and cohesive unit with what ultimately is easily their strongest release to date. By embracing musical templates more associated with traditional metal (i.e. mid-era Metallica) and traditional rock (i.e. AC/DC, QOTSA), while still maintaining the band’s forward thinking progressive vibe, “As the Valley of Death Becomes Us...” presents a more song-oriented A Storm of Light while at the same time, a band that has incorporated a heavier, harder-hitting, and ultimately darker and more crushing vibe to their music. Out of all of his musical and artistic endeavors Graham has been involved in the new A Storm of Light album will stand as one of his most prominent accomplishments.
Acheron - Lex Talionis (Red) (IMPORT) (LP)
Limited edition on red colored vinyl.
"Lex Talionis" is highly enjoyable old-school death metal with solos that bring in a traditional heavy metal feel. Acheron managed to carve out their own niche in the death metal scene, as their stuff is neither typically early 90s US or Swedish death metal.
Across Tundras - Dark Songs of the Prairie (White Splatter/Clear) (LP)
Limited edition of only 100 copies with white splatter on clear vinyl!
If you play that Neurosis/Isis strain of music, how are you going to set yourself apart from the likes of Tides, Mouth of the Architect, Souvenir's Young America, Angel Eyes, Disappearer, and all the other groups that have tread the same narrow path this year? If you're Denver's Across Tundras, you embrace your inner shitkicker and bury the vocals low in the mix. Acorss Tundras' sprawling compositions have more of a rock feel. It's as if they're playing something that, if sped up, could actually boogie. There's also a twangy aftertaste, a hint of alt-country. That could draw comparisons to Earth's Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method, but Across Tundras isn't that ethereal and sparse. They're melancholy yet forward moving, and overall they live up to their billing of unleashing a "powerful new statement of rustic, crushing Americana".
Can't avoid the Isis comparisons but these guys do stray from the rigid mold. Songs are sprawling and the playing is really loose but stays heavy.