Tag Archives: rock

No Anchor – The Golden Bridge

‘No Anchor’ released ‘The Golden Bridge’ on the 26th of November.

Instead of going out, buying an electric guitar then using effects to make it sound like a bass guitar, ‘No Anchor’ have forgone that and instead have 2 bassists in their band, no electric guitarist needed.

‘Loose Gravel’ plays off gritty, strained vocals against groove-filled guitars that descend into chaos at the 3 minute mark.

‘Oh Kill’ is an absolute nugget of a track. Hard out, straight to the point all the while throwing in some pretty clever insightful lyrics.

‘Slabs’ is a perfected slow-build track, each riff gets louder alternating with an extra drum beat or cymbal smash till you are getting absolutely pulverized.

If this is a case that more sludge metal bands should just use bass guitars, I’m sold.

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Hot Magenta – Long Time Coming

‘Hot Magenta’ have their EP ‘Long Time Coming’ up on Spotify for you to check out.

Featuring groove infused tracks from the good old years of rock, all while playing off a honey sweet female vocalist against some of the dirtiest gravelly backup singers.

‘Better Off Alone’ is the stand-out song here, every note is in its place. Whipping out some nice solos, guitar duels, thick bass lines. It’s a song that happily surprises you with another verse and chorus when you expected it to end.

Until we find a way to travel back in time, and you don’t want to listen to washed up old musicians who are past their prime, your best bet is to give this EP a listen, then another listen.


The Neptune Power Federation – Mano A Satano

‘The Neptune Power Federation’ released ‘Mano A Satano’ on 22nd of October.

Reminiscent of the older days of metal, where you spent as much time on your blonde mullet as you did writing songs.

These guys have somehow found a way to bring together light-hearted lyrics ‘Be It Demon?’ with some serious rocking ‘Skies of Sounds’.

This album features some great 80’s power metal singing, fuzzed out guitars and convoluted guitar solos that would make Slash cry.

This band definitely doesn’t mind taking the piss out of themselves and seeing the funnier side of metal, although unlike most parody albums, this album can be listened to again and again.

 


Chelsea Wolfe – Unknown Rooms: A Collection Of Acoustic Songs

‘Chelsea Wolfe’ released the album ‘Unknown Rooms: A Collection Of Acoustic Songs’ on the 16th of October 2012.

As the title suggest, for the most part, this is an album packed full of acoustic eerie folk/rock, effectively using strings, keys and Chelsea Wolfe’s hypnotic voice to once again make hauntingly beautiful music.

Even though this album is a step away from ‘Apokalypsis’, it doesn’t sacrifice any of the raw emotion that fans would be familiar with.


Moghul – selftitled

‘Moghul’ released their self-titled album on September the 1st, 2012. Even though this album only has 2 songs on it, each song is an absolute marathon.

‘Dead Empires’ starts out a bluesy heavy rock affair which turns nasty along the way. The change is slow as the guitars and drums get louder and more aggressive and the vocals turn from gravelly to abrasive.

‘Hidden Hand’ once again slowly wanders through different genres and styles, touching on psychedelic, desert, drone and stoner.

This album is probably best appreciated on vinyl while wearing flares but if thats not possible, it’ll still sound good.


earthmass – Lunar Dawn (Keep, Relic & Ritual)

‘Lunar Dawn’ is the name of the one track EP by ‘earthmass’.

I feel that some people would be put off by the fact this song runs in at just over 20 minutes. If this EP was split up into individual songs it might be more accessible by listeners but it would lose some of its effect.

At the end of the 20 minutes you’ve been exposed to this bands complete showcase, they touch of a few different genres and aren’t afraid to switch things up from soft to heavy and vice versa.