Friday, 28 April 2017

Elephant Bell - Gates Of Dawn (Album Review) - Exclusive Video Premiere


Release date: April 28th 2017. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Gates Of Dawn – Tracklisting

1. So Pure
2. Demon Seducer
3. The Sun Is Going Down
4. Come To See the Show
5. Escape
6. Dreamwheel
7. Bug In the Soup
8. The Sweet Babylon
9. Mojo Filter
10. Straight to Hell
11. The Last Scene

Members:

Tommy Waits - vocals, guitar
Tom C. Johnson - guitar, vocals
J.J. Strangler - bass, vocals
Migis Thunderthrone - drums

Review

Elephant Bell's debut album - Gates Of Dawn - was originally released digitally back in 2011 though it has never officially been released until now. Thanks to the good folks at Argonauta Records. I remember buying a copy back in the day. Don't know if it was BandCamp or some other digital platform.

This version of Gates Of Dawn is slightly different to the original version that was released years ago. The album has been re-mastered and mixed. Plus the band have added a couple more tracks. This album is never going to change the world of Stoner Rock/Metal. Though if you're a fan of bands such as Kyuss, Fu Manchu and Truckfighters it will entertain you from start to finish.

Songs such as So Pure, The Sun Is Going Dow, Come To See The Stone, Escape and The Last Scene show that the band should have had a slightly bigger impact back when the album was originally released. The band blend elements of Stoner, Desert Rock, Psych and addictive Fuzz for an exciting ride.

The album does veer into Truckfighters style Fuzz/Stoner Rock at times. Then again which band doesn't nowadays or indeed even back then? I did enjoy the album more when Elephant Bell opt for a more classic desert/stoner rock sound. As the album has a playful attitude with spiky lyrics to match. Gates Of Dawn has quite a raw feel which allows the album not to feel over-produced.

The instrumental work is excellent for the most part though there are a few rough moments that take the edge off slightly on a couple of the songs. It won't stop your overall enjoyment of the album and it does indeed sound better than the original version. The vocals have more volume and the guitars sound more fresh.

Gates Of Dawn is a very good album indeed. As it shows that Elephant Bell are a band who truly deserve your time. Let's hope there is a new album from these guys soon as I want to hear more from them. Hopefully an album that allows the band to create their own identity within the Stoner Rock world. If that isn't to be, at least Elephant Bell can rest easily knowing that the definitive version of their album is now available the way it's meant to be heard.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to the cool folks at Argonauta Records, you can now watch the exclusive new video for Demon Seducer from Gates Of Dawn.


Thanks to Barbara at NeeCee Agency PR for the promo. The album is available to buy now from Argonauta Records.

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An Interview with Chris Peters from SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT


Psychedelic Stoner Rockers – Samsara Blues Experiment have been going as band for 10 years now. Starting in 2007, the band have released a string of acclaimed albums that's seem them built up an impressive worldwide fanbase.

The band are about to release their excellent new album – One With The Universe. It features the band's trademark style of heavy psychedelic sounds merged with strands of Stoner Rock and Eastern style noises.

I was given the chance to catch up with Christian Peters (Guitars/Vocals) from the band to discuss their new album and how they will be celebrating their 10th anniversary as Samsara Blues Experiment.

This is what Chris had to say....

Hi Chris. Long time. Good to hear from you. How are things with you today.

Yes it´s been a while... I am fine, super busy though. I feel like SBE turned into a 60hr (or more) job, but I can´t complain since I wanted, and still prefer it this way :-). You know we still do most things ourselves, like promoting, marketing, playing the instruments ;-) etc...

Congrats on your new album – One With The Universe. Such a great album. What can people expect from the album.

Thank you! Oh please don´t expect and just listen to it. And hopefully enjoy!

The new album is perhaps your more progressive and spaced out to date. I feel it sounds like your earlier albums but with a heavier progressive style. Is that a fair assessment to make.

Well, I would say “Waiting...” maybe was our more `progressive` but maybe a bit over-analyzed by ourselves. While now we got back to a more fundamental approach of “how does a song work” and still ROCK?! I think it´s more fluent as the last two albums, all songs blend into each other, which is what I really like in particular. It has maybe more of a “concept album sound” even though it´s not a concept album.

Was that the original plan with the new album. Release something that reflected on your earlier sounds but whilst still offering something new.

We didn´t really have a plan I think. We just wanted to write new material, also to show how well the three-piece works. The new rhythm section is really great IMHO. Thomas and Hans play really tight stuff. That alone gives me a great fundament to build up all my stuff on there. I played a lot with synthesizers in the last years and I think you can hear that.

There´s less traditional guitar solos maybe, and therefore more SOUNDS. I for myself listened to much different music than only five years ago. I practically almost stopped listening to traditional (70s) Rock, or any of this guitar-based music for quite some time. It really brought a broad horizon to everything. There´s so many amazing sounds out there (Jazz, Electronica, even Pop), just try the internet ;-). I also sold most of my record collection, but that´s another story...

Did you do anything differently recording this album compared to your previous albums.

Not really, we recorded the basic tracks (guitar, bass, drums) live and I spent some more days to do all the keyboard overdubs and vocals. The only real big difference was, we now had to pay Richard (our former bass player, who owns a studio) for this record LOL, so we had to do it all in less than three weeks, while all our earlier albums have been recorded in time stretches up to several months. A lot of stress, but good stress!


What influenced you when recording this album. As the album has some dark themes running throughout.

In the recording process I was pretty much in this positively stressed phase of creativity, for instance some vocal lines just came out while we recorded this and I played so much keyboard my hands actually hurt LOL. But speaking of the song topics itself and the process of writing the album, a lot of it again is influenced by another girl-leaves-boy drama. I thought I had this figured out finally, but turns out I still have no idea how people maintain to keep up relationships.

A lot of the songs are my sort of "nerdy" dedications to this girl-woman I have spent some of the best months of my life with, maybe then a bit lazy music wise but I think I was really happy... while now the Blues returned. But I refuse to have it take over all of me ;-)... I believe all the songs still have a positive turn out, anyway.

The artwork is stunning. Who designed the cover. Did you have much input into the final version.

The original artwork already existed. I think it is a drawing from the late 80s or so. I found it while more or less randomly surfing the internet. He is a French surrealist painter by the name Michel Bassot. We contacted him but he did not reply, probably because he doesn´t speak English, so we had Claire of Purple Sage PR do a second try - et voila - he agreed and seemed interested in our music as well. I just had to add the fonts (tough job) and changed the background color to purple, as I didn´t like it in the original black. But these are the only things, we added some pictures from our trip around California in 2015 in the CD and LP-layout. By the way this was where the band really got together again, after Richard left there was a little “instability”, but this trip really “fused us together” I believe.


How hard is it being a band in today's world. What are the most difficult aspects in being in a band.

It´s not hard. People who say its hard, come on... Okay let´s put it like this, when you are a lazy person who thinks a label should make you a big cock rock star, please stop making music now. If you live and love music, please... you need to work, work, work (play, play, play) and at some point things will “pay off”, probably in ways you would have never expected. But before just work, work, work and don´t give up. I play in bands since 1999. I play psychedelic “retro” music since the year of 2000! I played for 2 people, I played for 20 people, I now play for an average 200 or more. I am doing this a long, long time now and these times, man, it is just great!! We owe so much to the internet which helps connecting people. It is just amazing. People who complain about these times, I mean come on... get a life LOL!

Will you be doing an extensive tour for this album. Or will you be taking things much easier.

We take things much easier :-). Sometimes we even won´t sell merch or do interviews or any of these time-consuming things ;-), just because we want to enjoy our time too, you know... I know it may be a rather “strange concept” in these days, but life is there to be enjoyed. And we can not play everywhere anyway, Hans and Thomas have jobs, family and stuff. Things which are important too, and deserve their time.

And then some big countries across the pond still don´t really seem to know how to thread you at least in a decent humane way – and we are not spoiled at all!! – but when I have to pay some thousand dollars to play a few gigs because local bookers have this wild west concept of not giving a band food or accommodation or anything which would make a person happy and feel welcome, man it is just not possible, plus all other expenses that you have when touring other continents.

Then there´s a lot of countries in this world where we feel welcome, where people are beyond grateful... and as I said our time is limited. In general, I wish people would be more open, and speak and travel and reflect on their lifes... not to get me wrong, I hope!

Samsara Blues Experiment have been going as a band since 2007. Did you ever imagine the journey that it has took you on. Would you change anything you accomplished with the band.

Actually - and despite I had always have had quite some confidence in us as a band - I expected MUCH less! I never expected us to play in South America (and get this HUGE response from the people - like WOW!!), two times in the USA (well we miraculously made it), the Rockpalast TV-show, have so many fans in ALL of the world including “remote” countries like Iran or Iceland or Malaysia. The internet changed a lot for the better! I wish more people would finally realize it and not cut off their own potential by not promoting their music in networks like YouTube.

It is just amazing to have one album with almost 4 MILLION plays there, I mean we are still a small band, no big label, so no big label money AT ALL. Still three regular dudes with cheap sunglasses, and in there just for playing our hearts out basically. So it is just amazing to be rewarded like this, honestly and directly from THE people, not by some fat big dollar media-dinosaur who just writes about us because a label paid him for this.


Will you be doing anything special to mark your 10th anniversary as a band. A one-off gig to celebrate your music.

Yes we will do this on May 13 in Berlin. Richard will return for one gig and play his trademark “Army Of Ignorance” with us. We will also introduce the original line-up of founding members playing a “Singata”-jam. I hope there will be an atmosphere of PURE BLISS because that is what the world needs most, not another super negative Sludge Doom band. Please.

Are you still involved with different musical projects such as running your excellent record label. Any new musical projects on the horizon. Or is SBE your main focus for the time being.

I do my solo stuff as SURYA KRIS PETERS. But my label activities have been pretty much cut down to releasing more or less only our own outputs, also because I am still a bit disappointed in some of my earlier band-releases who at first chance jumped on the big label / big show off-boat. Hans has another band with Rodeo Drive, but they are a total “hobby band”, not playing live that much or doing much in general except for band internal drinking contests maybe LOL. Thomas is totally absorbed by job and family, and SBE, I think. He once had another project, but time flies you know... we have to make compromises all the time. It´s just like that.

Before you go, do you have anything to say to your fans.

THANK YOU! So much, I can not speak to everybody personally nor even reply every mails especially in these days where I have like a 7 day job with the band and my other things, but really I am overwhelmed by the many many great people out there! 

And to those who keep complaining (about my voice, about the songs, about the artworks LOL!!), rating music after two plays, comparing us to any random band out there : Music is not about competition!! Can you imagine?!

Well Chris, thanks for doing this. All the best with the new album as its' a superb album.

Thank you, and keep enjoying whatever you do!

Words by Steve Howe and Chris Peters

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for arranging this interview. Thanks to Chris for taking the time out to talking to me. Out With The Universe is available to buy now.

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Samsara Blues Experiment - One With The Universe (Album Review)


Release date: April 10th 2017. Label: Electric Magic / World In Sound. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

One With The Universe – Tracklisting

1.Vipassana 10:43
2.Sad Guru Returns 07:55
3.Glorious Daze 06:01
4.One With The Universe 15:02
5.Eastern Sun & Western Moon 07:37

Members:

Christian Peters – Vocals/Guitar
Hans Eiselt – Bass
Thomas Vedder – Drums

Review

Samsara Blues Experiment (SBE) returns with their fourth album - One With The Universe. Expect an album immersed in psychedelic progressive riffs with the band including a more seventies stylized sound. SBE have decided to return to their earlier albums for inspiration and merge it with trippy eastern psychedelic sounds. It's quite a heavy affair with SBE drifting effortlessly between familiar Stoner Metal riffs and the more experimental droned out noises.

SBE have always experimented with their music on each album they've released since their debut album. Though One With The Universe is perhaps their most enjoyable since Last Distance Calling. Well it's my favourite album of theirs since that album. As SBE seem to have a found a new purpose after the last couple of albums.

Opening track - Vipassana - is one of the heaviest songs that SBE have released to date though the band still add moments of mellow played post-rock vibes. The vocals from Chris are different as well. They have a more reflective mood to them especially when matched against the superb lyrics.

Second track - Sad Guru Returns - opens with a slow-paced riff with a haunting voiceover about the current state of the planet. This album is purely an instrumental track as SBE return to their earlier sounds. This is an interesting and progressive style of music we haven't heard from SBE in a long time. It's more of a psychedelic stoner metal song and it's good to hear SBE create noisy heavy moments to lose yourself in.

Third track - Glorious Daze - has a more tantric/eastern feel with slowly played instruments creating a soothing atmosphere. This song does take time to fully get going as it's more of a slow-paced and philosophical affair. Though the guys inject a more classic psych rock style that becomes quite gloomy at times.

The fourth track - One With The Universe - is perhaps the standout on the album. Fifteen minutes of intense trippy sounds that has a slight Monster Magnet feel at times. This is the type of sound where SBE always excel at. The song takes it time in bringing the heavier sounds though before then you will experience moments of experimental style post-rock, doom and psych sounds. It's all keeping with the progressive feel and nature of the album. SBE even mange to find the time to include moments of progressive jazz based instrumental work.

The fifth song - Eastern Sun & Western Moon - is one final slice of sixties/seventies guitar driven music as SBE create another thought-provoking song about the environment. If you're not to bothered about the overall themes of the album then you can just enjoy the stunning music on show.

One With The Universe is SBE's most diverse album to date and one that solidifies SBE's reputation within the Psych/Stoner Rock scene.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for the promo.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

An Interview with Aaron from RED BEARD WALL

Red Beard Wall have had quite a journey in releasing their excellent debut album. Due out on Argonauta Records from May 12th 2017. Starting as a one-man project with Aaron Wall – writing, recording and performing the instruments all by himself.

Roll onto 2017 and Red Beard Wall are a hard-hitting Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal duo with George Trujillo joining Aaron on drums. Red Beard Wall are now ready to face the world with their bombastic style of Sludge/Doom/Stoner riffs with a deadly appetite for Noise Rock sounds.

I've reviewed the album here and I wanted to find out more about Red Beard Wall. As they seriously impressed me with their debut album. I'm happy to say Aaron Wall (Guitars/Vocals) has kindly agreed to this interview.

Hi Aaron. How are things with you today.

Greetings Outlaws of the Sun! Really appreciate you having me. Everything is going really well. No complaints whatsoever. It's an exiting time for us.

Can you give a brief history of how the band came about and where it is today.

I'll try to keep this a short version of a long story...

I had been out of music for 3 or 4 yrs, mainly because of life bullshit. So I was itching for a reason to get back into it. I had slowly started working on a demo in January 2016 just to appease myself really. I wrote 3 songs and I was so damn proud of them. I put the demo on BandCamp and got a great response. That got me back to being serious about it. After that man, the songs just spilled out of me and were getting better and better. In my humble opinion anyway. Ha ha.

So I decided to move forward. I set up a lil studio at my house, went on a crash course in recording, engineering, and mixing. I was a sponge, I just soaked up every bit of knowledge of could. Then I performed and recorded all the instruments and vocals Then mixed the record. Dan at Mammoth Sound handled mastering. I was just going to release it myself but I thought it was really good, so I took a shot and sent it out to 5 or 6 labels. Argonauta jumped on it. As far as where we are now...

George, the drummer in the band now heard the demo and dug the songs. As fate would have it we live 45 min apart so he offered to help me if I needed a drummer. I went and jammed with him and it just clicked. So we're now a 2 piece of destruction.

How would you describe your overall sound.

When people ask I always describe it as sludge rock. What I've heard from others is Helmet or Butthole Surfers mixed with Black Sabbath. It's interesting to hear the different things people get out of it. It's just an amalgamation of everything heavy that we like...

Which is a lot. Lol.


We are here to talk about your debut album. What can people expect from the album.

Briefly put, people can expect...

Simple and to the point songs. Massive, crushing guitar tones, and drums of thunder. Blistering screams of discontent, alongside vocals melodies that soar. And groove. Can't forget the groove.

What influenced you all when recording the album.

The main influence was to have a vessel for myself to purge the discontent I have with the world around us. Especially at this point in history. Also just to write songs that fucking jammed. Intelligent tunes that were also somewhat easy for people to wrap their heads around. Thoughtful, head bobbing music.

Will you be touring this record heavily in the United States.

That's most definitely the goal, and we're taking offers...any offer! Ha-ha!

Right now we have a bunch of dates lined up this summer all over the South-west US, and booking and trying to book more as we speak.

What is the song-writing dynamic in the band. Is it a group participation or down to one individual.

On this record specifically, I did it all. Wrote, performed, recorded and mixed the record. Now that George is in the band and our chemistry is off the charts, moving forward, the plan is collaboration.

What influences you when writing music.

It's really hard to explain. When I write or do anything musically, I basically immediately fall into a meditative (flow) state. A hyper focus I'd say, and the songs just spill out of my soul. Not to get to philosophical. Lol.

But honestly, there is never any premeditated thought or direction. It's just all of my knowledge and influences being regurgitated in, the form of sound.

Are you all involved with different musical projects or is Red Beard Wall your main band.

Red Beard Wall is what we're 100% focused on. Especially at the moment with the record coming out soon and all the shows lined up. George does play in band as well as Red Beard Wall called Bummified that's a straight doom band. Killer stuff.


What is your musical setup when performing or recording live. Is it a an advanced setup or a basic setup.

I like to plug and play. The tone that tickles my soul is Orange OR tone. I'm using an Orange OR100 and PPC412 with a octave pedal used subtlety for a little extra low end since we're a 2 piece. I'll keep adding as I go. Working towards Conan like setup. Volume!

You're from Texas which seems to have a great Doom/Stoner Metal scene thanks to bands such as Wo Fat, Mothership and Project Armageddon to name but a few. How is the local scene perceived in Texas. Is there a local scene for you to perform regularly.

The Texas scene is badass!! Those bands you mention are carrying the flag of stoner/doom high! Proud to be a part! We have a Our local scene is getting better. We're doing all we can to help it.

Do you perform many local gigs or do you have to travel further afield.

We play locally and we get out and play as well. We'll play anytime, anywhere.

Before you go, do you have anything to say to your fans.

We just wanna say thanks to everyone for the support, big and small. This is our dream so it means everything. GO GET THE RECORD MAY 12!


Well Aaron, thanks for doing this. All the best with the new album.

We can't thank Outlaws of the Sun enough for the support and opportunity. All Hail!!!

Words by Steve Howe and Aaron Wall

Thanks to Barbara at NeeCee Agency for arranging this interview. Thanks to Aaron for taking the time out to talking to us. Red Beard Wall S/T debut album will be available to buy on CD/DD via Argonauta Records from May 12th 2017.

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Red Beard Wall - S/T (Album Review)


Release date: May 12th 2017. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD

Red Beard Wall – S/T – Tracklisting

1. Beauty In
2. I Am
3. Switching Circuits
4. Alive
5. Born with a Hammer
6. Top of the Mountain
7. Bottom of a Well
8. March in Time
9. Beauty Out

Members:

Aaron Wall Vocals/ Guitar
George Trujillo Drums

Review

Time for another release from Argonauta Records and this time we have the debut album from Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal duo - Red Beard Wall. I've been waiting anxiously for this album to arrive as I've thoroughly enjoyed the little teasers I've heard through social media. Now it's time for the main event. Red Beard Wall self-titled album is one that will appeal to a wide majority of the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal community.

Taking cues from band such as Torche, Floor and the mighty CONAN. Red Beard Wall play a more disjointed brand of Sludge/Stoner Metal. They have a very cool punk driven sound lurking in the background. Some people may have trouble getting used to the vocals. Though give that time as it gives the album quite a unique sound.

Opening track - Beauty In - has a familiar Torche/Floor feel but it has quite a solid addictive and heavy edge with the guitars working superbly well with the drums. It's an instrumental song that shows the listener what kind of music to expect on the rest of the album. The production is handled superbly well from the start.

Second track - I Am - opens with a heavy pounding riff with moments of Noise Rock allowing for the dual vocals to appear. A mixture of clean and harsh vocals work surprisingly well and this is where you start to feel the DIY Punk vibe that the band play so well. The lyrics may have a simple feel but they're strangely addictive as Red Beard Wall delve further into classic grunge sounds.

Third track - Switching Circuits - opens with a cool psych/distorted riff that allows the band to play a slower style of sludge rock. It has quite a drone based feel. but the heavy vocals are never too far behind.

Fourth track - Alive - has quite a "poppy" feel but buried under a ton of dirty heavy sludgy grunge and stoner sounds. The band have written some playful lyrics as well to make this one of the standout tracks on the album. Top marks to the production yet again as this sounds super fresh.

The whole album has quite a rebellious and playful attitude. For a duo these guys are remarkably heavy whilst creating a poppier kind of sound. Though I've now learnt that Aaron recorded this album all by himself.

Obviously Red Beard Wall aren't the first band to do this kind of sound. Nor will they be the last. I admire bands that can merge the heavier sludge sounds against a more "radio-friendly" style sound. Torche and Floor are perhaps the innovators of the sound that Red Beard Wall play so brilliantly well. 

Don't worry though as Red Beard Wall are primarily a Heavy Rock/Metal band first. As the second half of the album veers into into Doom/Sludge Rock territory  with songs such as Born With A Hammer, March In Time and Beauty Out. Red Beard Wall's debut album is one of those albums that I wish was on slightly longer. As the album runs for a brisk thirty five minutes.

My final thoughts on Red Beard Wall's debut album is an exciting and action packed album with its playful take on all things Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal. Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Barbara at NeeCee Agency for the promo. Red Beard Wall S/T debut album will be available to buy on CD/DD via Argonauta Records from May 12th 2017.

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Summoner - Beyond The Realm Of Light (Album Review)


Release date: May 12th 2017. Label: Magnetic Eye Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Beyond The Realm Of Light – Tracklisting

1.New Sun
2.The Huntress
3.Beyond the Realm of Light
4.The Emptiness
5.Skies of the Unknown
6.Into Oblivion

Members:

Scott Smith, Chris Johnson, Joe Richner, A.J. Peters

Review

I was given the distinct pleasure of checking out the new record from Boston stoner rock band Summoner. Beyond The Realm Of Light is the band's 3rd record and I'm going to be brutally honest, this record kills. It didn't grab me right away, but after a couple of listens I was hooked like a riff obsessed crack addict.

Summoner doesn't really tread any new ground, but lay a heavy as claim to their own chunk of the sonic landscape. This record is rocking, it is catchy, it has huge riffs, gigantic drums and shredding solos aplenty.

The band wastes no time, as New Sun kicks in right away. It is the perfect intro for the next 30+ minutes. The Huntress follows and is littered with some NWOBHM style old school guitar solos. The title track, Beyond the Realm of Light, comes in as a slower heavier, more doom laden track and it is a monster.
Next is The Emptiness with a driving, heavy pace that grabs you right by the throat. Skies of the Unknown starts with a slower, spacey intro before kicking in big time with another hard driving finish. The record closes with Into Oblivion, a fitting closing that puts it's foot right on your throat.
After listening to this record, I was reminded of everything from Red Fang to Kyuss, Sabbath to Helmet, and about everything in between. This is a rock record. Period. Track this one down, give it a couple of spins, it won't leave your listening rotation, I guarantee.

Words by Todd Stealey
- Instagram @alltheghoststhathauntyou

Thanks to Jadd at Magnetic Eye and Carl at Action PR for the promo. Beyond The Realm Of Light will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Magnetic Eye Records from May 12th 2017.

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L'IRA DEL BACCANO - Paradox Hourglass (Album Review)


Release date: April 14th 2017. Label: Subsound Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Paradox Hourglass – Tracklisting

1.PARADOX HOURGLASS - Part 1(L'Ira Del Baccano) 11:10
2.PARADOX HOURGLASS - Part 2 (No Razor for Occam) 08:28
3.ABILENE 11:17
4.THE BLIND PHOENIX RISES 08:06


Members:

Alessandro “Drughito” Santori - guitar/direction and architecture of Baccano
Roberto Malerba - guitar/synth
Sandro “fred” Salvi - drums
Ivan Contini Bacchisio - bass

Review

L'Ira Del Baccano (LDB) returns with another round of heavy spaced out instrumental psych doom. Arriving two and a half years since their last album - Terra 42. Paradox Hourglass sees LDB carry on with the subtle psychedelic sounds from that album with a more progressive feel the album is split into four parts - Paradox Hourglass Part One, Paradox Hourglass Part Two, Abilene and The Blind Phoenix Rises.

The first track - Paradox Hourglass Part One - is LBD at their most addictive as they create heavy doom based sounds. The album feels like a natural progression from their last album. As the sound is very familiar if you're already a fan of the band. The instrumental work is superb and LDB show a keen eye for experimentation with their sound. This album isn't as heavy as previous albums as LDB play a more mellow style.

Second track - Paradox Hourglass Part Two - has a more jazz style approach. The song takes time to fully get going but once it does the band don't disappoint with dazzling riffs spliced with the top-notch drumming present throughout the album.

The final two tracks Abilene and The Blind Phoenix Rises is the exciting part of the album as the songs have a fresher feel than the opening two tracks. LDB feel they're having more fun with their music on the final two songs. They have a more interesting dynamic and feel more complete with the heavy instrumental sounds reaching their natural conclusion.

If you're a long time of this great band then no doubt you will find much to enjoy here. If you're new to the world of LDB then this is the best place to start as it offers the most perfect insight of what this band is all about. It's a stylish and heavy psychedelic affair with LDB becoming one of the more interesting Instrumental Psych Rock Bands currently out there.

I will say this is perhaps the best the band have ever sounded on record. The whole feel and mood of the album never feels rushed or forced and that's down to the production of the album. I still prefer Terra 42 to Paradox Hourglass but this is still another great album from LDB. If you're a fan of classic spaced out Hawkwind style riffs merged with a heavy sounding doomy atmosphere then look no further. Paradox Hourglass is the album for you.

Words by Steve Howe

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