New Reviews 4/10/2010
The Vision Bleak- Set sail to mystery-CD (Prophecy Productions)
There is always an air of uncertainty to this project. The cross the lines of many genres, Goth, Ethereal, Black Metal, Avant Rock and Prog elements . The Vision Bleak have always reminded me of Arcturus, Sisters of Mercy and Devil Doll all rolled into a tasty aural attack on the senses. This time around there are moments were Borknagar, Bogus Blimp really shine on their sound. I love the work of Clean more gothic vocals with the harsh and grim vocals mixed within. The music is Acoustic, Symphonic and full on Black metal at time as I was talking about. These two masterminds behind the project layer so many feelings and emotions with each track they are the same from track to track. With Set sail to mystery The Vision Bleak have come in to the Symphonic Post Metal world with a fire I have not heard from them before this is a massive undertaking its of a cinematic journey they just a simple musical release. There is not really much more to say then WOW... And if The Vision Bleak can keep this up there legions and legends will nothing but Grow.. Mr Doctor would be so proud for you my friends...
Karma to Burn-Appalachian Incantation-CD (Napalm Records)
When I heard Karma to Burn a long running Instrumental Fuzz Rock outfit signed to Napalm it really took back as labels like Meteor City, SPV, Tee pee or even Rise Above would have been a much more a place a band like this would fit. With there lazy blues meets 70's Rock sound. Karma to Burn are really good at the sound they create actually there quite brilliant . They have all the elements to make them an Area rock fave minus a vocalist. Think Mountain, Grank Funk Railroad, Triumph and Kiss all rolled into one then just for the hell of it Had the Country element so Southern fry the sound. Karma to burn make you feet move and make the stress of the day just go away and sometimes you just really need a kick ass rock band you know what this is what you have here. They do get into the Kyuss sounds but never that low end. So I guess Desert Rock is a strong influence of it all as well. Napalm this will take you into uncharted areas and maybe that what a label mostly known for Goth Metal and Black metal needs.. My hats of to you all for this signing . I really needed this album this is driving music for sure...
Culted- Of Death and Ritual-CD (Relapse)
This band just reminds me of all things I love about Doom music . The Ritualistic Slow almost Hypnotic sounds of a Blackened Hellish world where most hope is lost.. Culted are at home with bands like Thergothon, Ancient Wisdom, Mournfull Congregation and even label mates Unearthly Trance. I love the very sludge sound that vocals and guitars have its almost that raw punk element that bands like Eyehategod and Cavity used so well over the years. There are just 4 tracks on this undertaking but where this record really give me a major hard on is with the cover of Whore by Swans... Culted give a bands that invented a genre of Gloom and Doom the most amazing retelling of a great Swans songs to being with. I would like to think that Culted could be an Industrial Doom force like Godflesh or Phobos if they continue down this path. Of Death and Ritual is 4 tracks of Doom perfection...