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November 17, 2018, 12:16 pm

 

STREETCLEANER LIVE AT ROADBURN 2011

Band:GODFLESH
Album:STREETCLEANER LIVE AT ROADBURN 2011
Label:ROADBURN
Format:2LP
Genre:INDUSTRIAL/DOOM/ROCK

Godflesh are the the genre-blurring band founded by Justin Broadrick and G.C. Green in 1988. Their approach melds electronic/dub influences with the aggression of the metal and punk world. This forward thinking style has made Godflesh one of the most important bands to ever surface from the “extreme” music world. Laying the foundation for the blossoming post-metal world that dominates heavy music today. Godflesh frontman Justin Broadrick believed that this performance was "the most coherent version of Streetcleaner ever played." The Quietus writer Jamie Thomson said this about the performance: "As [Godflesh] pummeled their way through a complete performance of Streetcleaner in the main theatre, the jackhammer drum machine and guitar crunch invoked more of a physical rather than emotional response – that response being: 'Ouch'." Thomson later wrote "Rather than being dwarfed by the occasion, the image of Justin Broadrick and G. C. Green stood alone on the giant stage reflected perfectly their stark, tormented sound." The debut full-length from industrial mastermind Godflesh is suffocating as a live recording. Rumbling bass, squealing guitars and strong vocals bring Streetcleaner to life in a different way than on the studio album, but it works to Godflesh’s benefit. The songs are more dissonant and, at times, cacophonous, a powerful incarnation of the record more than 20 years after its release. (Decibel Magazine)

 

 

LIVE AT ROADBURN 2010, 2012, 2014

Band:BONG
Album:LIVE AT ROADBURN 2010, 2012, 2014
Label:ROADBURN
Format:3CD
Genre:DRONE DOOM

On the triple-set release we get a neat showcase of the three, four and five person line-ups of Bong, the core trio of Dave Terry and two Mikes, Smith and Vest, with Benjamin Freeth joining on Shahi Baaja in 2012 (those unmistakable twinkling zoings on ‘Dreams of Mana Yood Sushai’), and then Pete Ryde a further addition on guitar for 2014. Mike Vest’s guitar is all intense dread psych, from endless dirt krssshhhh, to a hurricane wheeling and whirling churn. ‘Trees Grass and Stone’ is stunning, starting with fully ten minutes of just pure wild electricity, like you’ve plugged your mind into the thick fuzz cable. There’s unhinged insect skittering at the end of ‘Dreams of Mana Yood Sushai’, and great crackling thunder shards of guitar are thrown down at the end of ‘Onward to Perdondaris’. Across the band’s releases, Vest seems to be assisting Dave Terry’s bass in a shadowy heist where they’ve constructed some sort of occult sonic drill which just grinds and grinds away, threatening to break into the abyssal vaults of the universe’s sonic consciousness. (Echoesanddust)

 

 

LIVE AT ROADBURN 2010, 2012, 2014

Band:BONG
Album:LIVE AT ROADBURN 2010, 2012, 2014
Label:ROADBURN
Format:3LP
Genre:DRONE DOOM

On the triple-set release we get a neat showcase of the three, four and five person line-ups of Bong, the core trio of Dave Terry and two Mikes, Smith and Vest, with Benjamin Freeth joining on Shahi Baaja in 2012 (those unmistakable twinkling zoings on ‘Dreams of Mana Yood Sushai’), and then Pete Ryde a further addition on guitar for 2014. Mike Vest’s guitar is all intense dread psych, from endless dirt krssshhhh, to a hurricane wheeling and whirling churn. ‘Trees Grass and Stone’ is stunning, starting with fully ten minutes of just pure wild electricity, like you’ve plugged your mind into the thick fuzz cable. There’s unhinged insect skittering at the end of ‘Dreams of Mana Yood Sushai’, and great crackling thunder shards of guitar are thrown down at the end of ‘Onward to Perdondaris’. Across the band’s releases, Vest seems to be assisting Dave Terry’s bass in a shadowy heist where they’ve constructed some sort of occult sonic drill which just grinds and grinds away, threatening to break into the abyssal vaults of the universe’s sonic consciousness. (Echoesanddust)

 

 

LIVE AT ROADBURN  2018

Band:CAVE IN FT. STEPHEN BRODSKY AND ADAM MCGRATH
Album:LIVE AT ROADBURN 2018
Label:ROADBURN
Format:CD
Genre:SINGER/SONGWRITER

On March 28 of this year, Cave In bassist, Caleb Scofield, died in a car accident leaving behind his wife and two children.
The Cave In inner circle rallied around Caleb’s family, fundraising and arranging benefit shows; it was clear that their aim
was to do what their friend tragically no longer could – provide for his family.
At the 2018 edition of Roadburn, Stephen Brodsky and Adam McGrath paid a moving tribute to Caleb with an acoustic set of covers and Cave In tracks. As the audience and band members alike found catharsis through music, we wouldn’t have begrudged them one bit if this performance was the closest we ever got to Cave In at Roadburn. As communicated at the time: On Saturday, 21 April, Stephen Brodsky and Adam McGrath will unite to play a very special set at Het Patronaat in honour of Caleb Scofield, their long time bandmate, collaborator and friend, who sadly passed away last month. The pair comment: “Please join us for an afternoon of Cave In songs and cover tunes dedicated to Caleb Scofield, our best friend and bandmate who passed away tragically and suddenly on March 28th, 2018. Sincere thanks to the good-hearted people of Roadburn for swiftly and gracefully giving us an opportunity to honor Caleb’s life and legacy.” We, at Roadburn, are honoured to be able to host such a special tribute to Caleb– a musician who not only performed at Roadburn himself (as part of Old Man Gloom in 2014), but whose influence can be seen in many of the bands that pass through the festival.
Vinyl will follow in early 2019. Part of the proceeds will go to the Caleb Scofield Memorial Fund.

 

 

SLOW DAY

Band:GENA
Album:SLOW DAY
Label:BURNING WORLD
Format:LP
Genre:SHOEGAZE/POST-ROCK/DRONE/NOISE

Gena was chosen by Arctic Drones website as one of the top 5 doomgaze bands around. This among Jesu, The Angelic Process and Have A Nice Life. What is doomgaze you ask? Artic drones tries to explain: “Doomgaze is a crossover subgenre fusing deliberately paced, heavy and repetitive doom drones and mellower shoegaze layers. The style is typically defined by a heavy emphasis on atmosphere and an extensive use of reverb, distortion and feedback.” As a review on Slow day they state: “No one can question the power that Gena capture on their recordings, and the first song on their 2018 album Slow Day attests to that. “Past” is perhaps one of the best intro songs in the doomgaze genre, and it’s undeniable grandiosity will lock you in for the rest of the album. True to the name, the songs keep to slow tempos while doom-filled guitars crash against the droning undertones. While some lean toward instrumental bands in this realm of music, the vocals Gena present fit the aesthetic perfectly. Each song is a new concept, giving forth new ideas and various genre blends like post-metal and shoegaze while keeping the overall vibe of doom and gloom. This album should be a go-to for people looking to experience more in this realm of music, especially as it represents the genre well whilst simultaneously distinguishing its own distinct “Gena” sound. ”

 

 

THE PRISONER 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK & LIBRARY MUSIC REMASTERED

Band:ALBERT ELMS, WILFRED JOSEPHS, ROBERT FARNON, RON GRAINER
Album:THE PRISONER 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK & LIBRARY MUSIC REMASTERED
Label:NETWORK
Format:6CD
Genre:SOUNDTRACKS/CULT TV

The music of the Prisoner is, in its own way, as much of a puzzle as the series itself. No fewer than three opening title themes were commissioned, with the final choice subjected to extensive revision at the suggestion of Patrick McGoohan. Original incidental cues for the series were composed by Albert Elms, Wilfred Josephs and
Robert Farnon, with key episodes receiving their own score, whilst others were tracked using these same themes. In addition, dozens more pieces were sourced from the Chappell Music library, many of them as distinctive and characterful as the specially-composed cues. Together, these musical items provided a unique, surreal and sometimes disorienting audio backdrop to Patrick McGoohan’s visionary series. This release brings together all of the specially-composed music and libary tracks in one
collection for the first time, along with many alternate and unused takes. Carefully compiled and remastered from the best available sources, this 6-CD set is accompanied by detailed notes from TV historian Andrew Pixley.

 

 

SYNDESTRUCTIBLE

Band:SYN
Album:SYNDESTRUCTIBLE
Label:PLANE GROOVY
Format:LP
Genre:Prog Rock

First release on vinyl for this album which features frontman Steve Nardelli, Chris Squire (Yes), Jeremy Stacey (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, King Crimson), Paul Stacey (The Lemon Trees, Oasis, Black Crowes), Gerard Johnson (Saint Etienne). As an indication of the standard reached here, King Crimson biographer Sid Smith wrote: “Arguably the album could be regarded as a successor to Squire’s Fish Out Of Water although that would be to underplay the considerable and distinguished input of the Stacey twins and Johnson both in the writing, arrangement and delivery of sublime tracks such as the beatific closer, The Promise.”

 

 

WHEN AGE HAS DONE ITS DUTY

Band:COSMOGRAF
Album:WHEN AGE HAS DONE ITS DUTY
Label:PLANE GROOVY
Format:LP
Genre:Prog Rock

Vinyl release for this 2011 cosmograf album. Based around main man Robin Armstrong’s personal experiences as a boy, he has remixed and remastered the original, to “…address some of the issues that were less than perfect on the original recording. Many of the original guitar, bass and vocal parts have been re-recorded, new string arrangements added and a more dynamic low volume level master produced…”

 

 

HEAVY DREAMER

Band:VANISHING KIDS
Album:HEAVY DREAMER
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:PSYCH

The new Vanishing Kids album, their first in five years, sees the Wisconsin group turn up the volume and present a heavier approach to their unique brand of glittery dream-doom psychedelia. With members from Jex Thoth.

 

 

HEAVY DREAMER

Band:VANISHING KIDS
Album:HEAVY DREAMER
Label:SVART
Format:LP
Genre:PSYCH

The new Vanishing Kids album, their first in five years, sees the Wisconsin group turn up the volume and present a heavier approach to their unique brand of glittery dream-doom psychedelia. With members from Jex Thoth.

 

 


 
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