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June 28, 2017, 2:07 pm

 

CAULDRON OF THE WILD

Band:WITCH MOUNTAIN
Album:CAULDRON OF THE WILD
Label:Profound Lore
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Portland’s oldest doom metal band, WITCH MOUNTAIN, have had quite the interesting history leading up to the present day. Initially formed in 1997 by guitarist Rob Wrong (Iommi Stubbs, ex-M99) and drummer Nathan Carson (Point Line Plane, Two Ton Boa, Sunn0))) collaborator, etc), the band released heir debut album “…Come The Mountain” to critical acclaim in 2001. The album wouldn’t take long to ultimately go out of print not too long after its release. But between 1998 and 2002 Witch Mountain became a live staple in the Northwest and on the national circuit, touring with Weedeater and Spirit Caravan, and gigging with the likes of Lost Goat, Bongzilla, Goatsnake, Acid King, High on Fire, Orange Goblin, Electric Wizard, YOB, Unsane, EyeHateGod, Alabama Thunderpussy, Clutch, Unida, Solitude Aeturnus, Unorthodox, Sour Vein, Isis, Soilent Green, Karma to Burn, Nebula, Penance, Raging Slab, Warhorse, Agalloch, Thrones, etc, etc. After that, a period of hibernation was in effect. That is until 2009 when WITCH MOUNTAIN would re-surface with an addition to the band, the soulful, soaring, and unparalleled female vocalist Uta Plotkin. Her addition to the fold would make the analogy that WITCH MOUNTAIN were what Black Sabbath would sound like if Janis Joplin fronted them.

In 2010 WITCH MOUNTAIN recorded their sophomore album “South Of Salem” with mega-producer Billy Anderson and the band would release “South Of Salem” themselves on vinyl only and was officially in April of 2011. The record garnered exceptional press as well as serious nods from NPR (which named it the #4 metal album of 2011), Decibel magazine, and beyond. The band would then forge an agreement with Profound Lore, as the label would immediately issue the CD version of “South Of Salem”, to make it more readily available, and prepare for the band’s follow-up full-length album “Cauldron Of The Wild”.

“Cauldron Of The Wild” is easily WITCH MOUNTAIN’s mightiest release to date. and will bring proper recognition and awareness to this veteran American doom metal band.

RIYL Black Sabbath,Yob,Pentagram,St Vitus,Jex Thoth and The Devil's Blood. 

 

 

INTO THE LAIR OF THE SUN GOD

Band:DAWNBRINGER
Album:INTO THE LAIR OF THE SUN GOD
Label:Profound Lore
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

DAWNBRINGER were always seen as one of the most underrated American metal bands, heralded by many as the best and most unique American metal band you’ve never heard and at the time, the one band that mastermind Chris Black had been involved in that many people who knew his body of work with the other bands he’s involved in, hadn’t even heard of, even though DAWNBRINGER was the band that Black had been involved in the longest. When Profound Lore released DAWNBRINGER’s “Nucleus” album in 2010, four years after its “In Sickness And In Dreams” predecessor (in which said album was released six years after the band’s second album!), the metal world took notice as DAWNBRINGER finally began getting the recognition they deserved as one of America’s most prominent heavy metal bands as “Nucleus” took on year end reigns on all 2010 best-of lists.

In what will easily be seen as one of the best American heavy metal albums to be released in 2012, “Into The Lair Of The Sun God” continues in the DAWNBRINGER fashion by providing unique epic forward-thinking heavy metal that captures the classic metal spirit of the past, and forges the heavy metal movement forward to the future. An album that’s warmer with tighter performances and ultimately, one that is the most musical DAWNBRINGER album to date. And of course it’s an album that fully opposes the novelty poser heavy metal bands of the modern day.

 

 

THE TIME LORD

Band:PAGAN ALTAR
Album:THE TIME LORD
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

PAGAN ALTAR is a legendary dark doom metal band hailing from UK, led by Terry (vocals) and Alan (guitar) Jones. Formed back in the late 70s, PAGAN ALTAR wasn’t able to gain the success they deserved during the NWOBHM explosion, being their proposal quite out of the Metal classic schemes of those days. The band was put on hiatus. Nevertheless the cult-status of the band only grew stronger with time, and definitely exploded in 1998 with the official re-release of “Volume I”, the only album recorded by the band at that time and that had never seen the light, except as a bootlegged tape. The release brought interest on the band and enthusiasm in the same band-leading members. Then the reformed Pagan Altar recorded and released two more full-length albums, “Lords of Hypocrisy” and “Mythical and Magical” in 2004 and 2006 respectively and are on the verge of releasing their new album “Never Quite Dead” (a title that quite sums up their career) in the second half of 2012.

“Time Lord” collects material written and recorded around 1978 and 1979 in different studios and later saved for posterity on cassette format (thus the “original” sound quality of this release). So far it has been released only on vinyl format, originally by I HATE RECORDS in 2004, and later in 2011 by BURIED BY TIME AND DUST. Both editions were quickly sold out.

 

 

WISH UPON A BLACKSTAR

Band:CELLDWELLER
Album:WISH UPON A BLACKSTAR
Label:FIXT
Format:CD
Genre:Dance/Electronica

Wish Upon A Blackstar, the sophomore Celldweller album, is here. The product of six years of writing, demoing, and refining, Wish Upon A Blackstar is a masterwork by a master artist: Klayton. Sixteen songs seamlessly blend genres from electro and dubstep to rock and orchestral with an intricacy and precision seldom heard in today's music. But it's not all just studio wizardry and digital complexity; Klayton brings his deeply honed songwriting ability to bear, making Wish Upon A Blackstar an album that will long outlast its contemporaries. Truly epic in scope and execution, Wish Upon A Blackstar will not only leave a lasting mark on the always-changing landscape of electronic music, but will also stand steadfast as a remarkable statement of artistic virtue in a sea of disposable trends.

“Klayton (Celldweller) has ruthlessly forged a fantastic metal-infused dubstep sound tainted with unholy guitar riffs and haunting, glitchy, and highly nostalgic melodic work. When accompanied by a growling and slightly robotic lead synth capable of shredding the very fabric of reality, nothing can stand in the way of Celldweller.” - Dubstep.net

 

 

BLUE STAHLI

Band:BLUE STAHLI
Album:BLUE STAHLI
Label:FIXT
Format:CD
Genre:Dance/Electronica

Blue Stahli arrives at your party in suave style with a bombshell on each arm, martini in hand, but by night's end he will be throwing burning couches into your pool. Such is the one-two punch of the debut Blue Stahli album - ten tracks of cathartically vengeful alternative rock with a streak of Ray-Ban-sporting electro-funk that gives it a sexiness punk never had. Stahli doesn't shy away from playing with the reigning dance styles of our day but each track retains the distinct Stahli flavor that wrenches your head open, climbs in, and uses your brainy bits to pantomime Pete Townsend's entire history of guitarsmashing. With powerful vocal hooks and a knack for hybridizing genres, Blue Stahli is an album aimed squarely at the front lines of alternative music.

"The all encompassing vocal range combined with anthemic songs and well thought out lyrics has made this one of the best debut albums I have heard in a long time, and will be a part of my music collection for a long time." -Coma Music Magazine

 

 

BEAT BOYS

Band:BEAT BOYS
Album:BEAT BOYS
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

“Caetano called the Beat Boys, an Argentinean group settled in São Paulo who had been inspired by the Beatles, to accompany him in ‘Alegria, Alegria.’ That, in fact marked the beginning of the Tropicalista thing.” —Gilberto Gil

Along with Os Mutantes, the Beat Boys represented the most radical element in Brazilian rock: their name, clothes, hair—and intense fuzz guitar raves—were all fierce indicators of a rebel spirit, and this in a dangerous time for such self-expression. The simple truth: The Beat Boys were at the very epicenter of the cultural revolution that convulsed Brazil during the late 1960’s, that movement of rupture, that bringing together of electricity and avant-garde erudition that has come to be known as “Tropicália.” They backed Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil for their defining moments as artists—both live, and in the studio on tracks which became the opening Tropicalist salvo (a rare EP). So, what were this group of Argentine rock musicians doing in the forefront of all things outrageous in Brazil? More to the point, why is it that few people, even among the Brazilian music cognoscenti, have heard of them? One explanation must be that the band were essentially outsiders to the Brazilian music scene. As unlikely as it was for them to penetrate the inner circles of Brazilian elite musicians (it was unlikely), it was even more unlikely that they would remain there once their closest friends, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, were exiled from Brazil. This disc includes the Beat Boys entire output under their own name: their sole album—an exercise in what one might call “controlled Tropicália”, laden with torrid psychedelic moments (1968), as well as a rare singles track from the same year. A 20- page booklet includes lyrics, and an exploration of the Beat Boys’ fascinating story.

 

 

MEXICO

Band:ERGO SUM
Album:MEXICO
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

Along with the two records by Nurse With Wound favorites Moving Gelatine Plates, Ergo Sum’s weird and wonderful album “Mexico” is an unusual portal into the intense creativity of early 1970’s French music. True, the bands are not musically similar; yet these three albums are distinguished not only by their instrumental richness, but by their unceasing sense of adventure. We’d go so far to say that Ergo Sum presents one of the most distinctive experiences in a rock idiom (apart from Zeuhl music juggernaut Magma) to ever come from France. The band’s one and only album (1971) features the unique voice of Lionel Ledissez—his guttural sort-of-English language delivery described as being “somewhere between Family’s Roger Chapman and a drunken Champs-Elysees taxi driver,” although more sober comparisons to Tim and/or Jeff Buckley have also been made. The compositions develop at a relaxed pace; incredible jazz-inflected guitar, flute, piano and droning violin swirl around the vocals, and keep one submerged in, yet attentive to the intimate mood. Tracks full of instrumental richness—they simmer, rather than blaze, which makes the rewards ever so great for patient listeners. Bonus tracks include the superb ‘All’s So Comic,’ one of the highlights of the “Puissance 13+2” Thélème label anthology, as well as both sides of Ergo Sum’s musically relevant single from 1972. A fulsome 28-page booklet includes band history, photos, lyrics, and a contemporary 1971 review from Superhebdo magazine. A three o-clock in the morning, slow burn album if ever there was one.

 

 

BACK HOME; THE LOST 1975 SESSIONS

Band:OPA
Album:BACK HOME; THE LOST 1975 SESSIONS
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

This disc is a departure from the other reissues in our Uruguayan music series. It’s not remotely in a psychedelic or rock idiom; it was not released on the mighty Sondor label. Yet when given the opportunity to reissue these “lost” sessions, we did not hesitate for a moment. This music is funky and jazzy, groovy and urban, even sounding like Fela (on ‘Goldenwings’ at least); it has the sunny feel of sweltering days on South American beaches, but it also has a heavy dose of the grittiness of mid 1970’s New York City. There are connections to the great bands of Uruguay, of course: both Fattoruso brothers, so successful with their beat band Los Shakers, greatly admired the work of the much less successful Eduardo Mateo, Ruben Rada and their band El Kinto. Opa had their own style, and the critical acclaim for their recorded legacy would soon eclipse on an international level that of anything else from their native land.

After coming to NYC in 1969, a regular club gig led to Opa becoming backing band for Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira (Weather Report/Return to Forever); they toured the USA, working on a sound that resulted in the “Fingers” album for the CTI label (1973), Airto’s most successful record. Things looked grim when Flora Purim, Airto’s wife and singer of the band, was sentenced to two years in prison for drug possession. But drummer and producer Larry Rosen invited Opa to record in his small home studio. They recorded nine demos with Rosen during 1975 (all but one of the tracks that give this reissue a reason to exist, the other being the band’s first demo recording from 1972). Included are versions of songs which would later be re-recorded the following year for Opa’s debut album for Milestone Records. Rhythm-laden tracks that range from the heavily funkified to chilled out, shimmering, and trance-inducing. A 16-page booklet includes band history and photos.

 

 

OPHIUCUS

Band:OPHIUCUS
Album:OPHIUCUS
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

Ophiucus may be the name of an obscure constellation, but it's also the name of a French band that recorded an exceptional album in 1972 for the Barclay label. All the members of the band had already enjoyed ample success in music before musician/actor Emmanuel Booz brought them together in 1971: Jean-Pierre Pouret was a well-known session-man for Sylvie Vartan; brothers Alain and Bernard Labacci released albums as Tom & Jerry, and supported Jimi Hendrix for a TV appearance; Michel Bonnecarrere had founded the band Zoo (one of Andy Votel from the B-Music label’s favorites), and was one of the composers, arrangers and musicians for that group’s first two albums. Apropos of the period, the band members decided to live together as a small family in Flagy, a small town in France, where they lived a happy life, and wrote the tracks which adorn this reissue. The ambitious “Ophiucus” album somehow manages to blend grungy psychedelic rock, acoustic blues, and densely orchestrated French pop/psych (in an Ilous & Decuyper vein) into an impressive and cohesive whole. Sandy Spencer, cellist and member of Mormos contributed wonderful playing on ‘Ne cherche plus’ and ‘Inachevée.’ This reissue includes the original album plus eight bonus tracks in English meant to be the basis of an international album that was never issued. A fulsome 28-page booklet includes band history and commentaries on the songs written by Ophiucus, photos, lyrics (French and English), and a contemporary review.

 

 

CHEQUERED

Band:CHUBBY CHECKER
Album:CHEQUERED
Label:Sunbeam
Format:LP
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

Like several other icons of early 60s pop, by the end of the decade Chubby Checker was eager to update his sound and message. The result was this enigmatic set of raw, soulful, psych-tinged ballads and rockers. Overseen by Jimi Hendrix ‘s early producer Ed Chalpin, it was released in the UK only in 1971,complete with background notes and a stupendous bonus track. 

Lost classic - Long-awaited official reissue - Fully remastered LP.

 

 


 
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