E.P. Round-Up October 2016
A lot of great stuff is coming across the ol' sacrificial altar, so I thought a quick round up of some E.P.s would be a good way of getting them out there. So here they come, fast and furious, with a vigorous circular motion. Without further ado....
Boobs of Doom - (((WHITE NOISE)))
Now, I have been to Edinburgh, and also to Inverness. I have even made a pit-stop in Scrabster on my way to the Orkneys. But I have never had the distinct pleasure of going to Glasgow. So, the only conclusions about the place are drawn from my reading of the Telegraph (strictly for the cryptic crossword, you understand). Clearly what we must be dealing with here in Boobs of DOOM are a couple of hoodie wielding walking ASBOs from some Gorbals razor gang who have managed to get their mitts on misappropriated Arts Council funding, which somehow capillaried its way out to the hinterlands.
And they have managed, between hits of Rust-Oleum, to produce not one, but seven albums worth of blackout-fugue material. Their music is grimy, doomy, not a warm sound by any means. The trip-hop drums make you feel like the music should soar, but there is a nihilistic core here that keeps things off-kilter. Wings are too static encrusted to fly.
All their albums are free to download on Bandcamp. Throw them a tenner though - it’ll keep them in baggies and Aged Gold long enough to crank out record numero ocho.
Doomstress - Supernatural Kult Sounds
From Boobs of Doom to er, um…. oh nevermind. The mercurial Doomstress Alexis is back in a new incarnation, an eponymous band that dives back deep into vintage stoner sounds. EPs are a great excuse for covers, and Doomstress takes the chance to pay homage to their musical forebearers. Coven’s Wicked Woman is an obvious choice for Alexis to update, and Uriah Heep’s Rainbow Demon shows off drummer Tomasz Scull, late of Venomin James. Armageddon Guitarist Brandon Johnson brings both the guitar riffage and some nice melodic leads.
Even more exciting that the covers are the two originals. Way of the Mountain pummels out a primal beat that gathers impetus as it moves along. Sleep Among the Dead swaddles itself in more occult trappings, mixing the crunch of doom with sweet harmony guitar. There are some really great hooks in these songs, and I really look forward to hearing the guitar runs in Sleep live - I can see why they opted for the second guitar-slinger Matt Taylor on the road. And Brandon’s solo rips up the outro.
This is a fantastic teaser with perfect cover art to boot. Grab it now HERE with some cool kit to go along with it.
Crypt Trip - Mabon Songs
San Marcos’ own Crypt Trip are channeling a retro classic rock 70’s vibe while displaying some serious chops and melodic sense. Less doomy and more groovy than their debut, with warm, fuzzy bass lines that will carry you away on a wah drenched reverie.
Natural Chylde is a rocker that takes about a three minute break in the middle for a driving, upbeat jam with roiling drums blending into melting guitar leads. Tears of Gaia is starts out with a drum solo before the guitars tear your face off. Mabon Song is a lightly psychedelic acoustic number that brings us gently back to earth.
Even though this is a short set that leaves you wanting more, Crypt Trip show off the ability to floor the gas and get to the heart of the jam quickly. Hopefully another full length will follow soon - I’ll be curious to see what direction it takes. Meantime, get the EP HERE, and catch them live on the road this Fall with Mondo Drag and The Well.
Wildeornes - Wyrd Bið Ful Aræd
When this came through the Negalithic mail vortex straight outta Melbourne, I was pretty much hooked. Throw me a quote from The Wanderer, fully ‘Eth’ed up no less, and I am there. Wildeornes claim these tunes were surplus from their previous sessions for Erosion of the Self delivered up fast and raw, but this is as great a group of four sludgy songs as you could want. Epic doom with some skillful time changes to bring a little progginess to the proceedings.. Ulfberht's Blade - Shield Wall is a pummelling heavy hitter, while Kelt lures you in slowly - more of a Baroness feel maybe? The Longest Night starts off with a huge muscular riff - then surprises me with a sweet contrasting vocal melody. No Rhyme, No Reason hits a solid groove, feeling a little bit more stoner-y before the main verse riff kicks in.
Lyrically the EP seems to be of a theme - In the Wanderer, a man is adrift without a Lord. Here, wealth, power, relationships, even cultural norms all fail to provide meaning. Fate is inexorable indeed, and we all face a reckoning. Glad Wildeornes caught these tracks in the moment. Get them at Bandcamp.