So the last week brought forward a handful of new/re-released albums/compilations and what have you from the more extreme end of the sonic spectrum – examples of each of these will be aired on this weeks Sonic Attack podcast.
First up is the recently demised Ramesses members of which have gone on to other things (see later) – hailing from Dorset the band have been described as ”One of the most important bands in UK metal” – “Misanthropic Alchemy” is released on 8th July and is a retrospective collection reissuing the original album, recorded and mixed by Billy Anderson (Melvins/Sleep/Neurosis), on double CD and double LP complete with previously unreleased live material and the EPs “We Will Lead You to Glorious Times”, “The Tomb”, plus “The Glorious Dead” – until now both of which were only available on vinyl.
Larynx damaging vocalising with intense guitars and extremely heavy bass plus drums makes this an album only the most committed metal-head will want to spend time with – a combination of slow doom dirges and speedy riffing gives variety in some part but in the most part this is a dense and unforgiving collection of extreme hard rock – most enjoyable.
In the same melting pot of noise you will find Integrity who release “Suicide Black Snake” round about now through a joint collaboration with A389 Recordings(LP) and Magic Bullet Records(CD). The band has been around since 1988 and has a massive back catalogue – whilst adopting the usual intense vocal approach their music has a more considered and varied instrumental feel. This is perhaps at times closer to punk than the usual metal sound with some very fast passages. All in all a good listen for those who like the faster end of things and don’t mind being shouted at for just under 30 minutes.
Continuing the theme of this little peroration we have a band called Full of Hell who begin their new release “Rudiments of Mutilation” with several minutes of feedback and intense howling before launching into a barrage of scabrous metal , psycho-drone feedback, and noise-drenched riffing which calls to mind a noxious brew of Converge, Cursed and Pageninetynine hurtling inexorably towards Bastard Noise, early Napalm Death and Discordance Axis. Only those who like noise rock should apply. The album was recorded with Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations and mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Old, Phantomsmasher), and was released on June 10th on A389 Recordings. With ten tracks clocking in at just under 25 minutes you will no doubt be aware of what you are letting yourself in for.
Also released on June 10th is the debut album from Noisem entitled “Agony Defined”. This one is very fast indeed being a perfect example of thrash metal. The group is young, both as a unit and in actual age, the four members all between fifteen and twenty years old, their energetic youth showing through in the blistering fast nonstop assault. Boasting high-octane death/thrash tracks in the tradition of early Slayer, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Kreator and Nuclear Assault the album unloads nine neck-mangling tracks in under twenty-six minutes, every attack surging with massive dive-bomb guitar solos and punishing beats. The best of this bunch of albums in my opinion.
8th July 2013 will see the release on Ritual Productions of the debut from 11Paranoias. After a jam on 11th November 2011, members of Ramesses (Adam Richardson and Mark Greening) and Bong (Mike Vest) decided to put together a new band. Adam Richardson describes the new band as ”…..more psychedelic rock and it’s still experimental and a bit crazy, but it’s a bit less Ramesses. It’s less aggro, but weirdly there are few parts that surpass even Ramesses for heaviness, which does make it a bit of a weird one……a combination of Loop, Monster Magnet and Hawkwind, plus of course a bit of Ramesses and Bong…”. Called “Superunnatural” the album is packed with ridiculously heavy riffs and bass-lines The freedom of expression and experimentation are particularly fluid throughout ‘Ossuaries’ and ‘Deceiver Of The Deep’, with a mutant psychedelic approach at play on ‘Inside Eusas Head’. Intriguing stuff and certainly a curates egg of an album.
And finally I’m pleased to advise that the excellent Isis reissue their landmark full-length debut, “Celestial”, on July 8th via Ipecac Recordings. Originally released in 2001 this is regarded by many critics as their best work with it’s structured approach combining hard rock with passages of quieter and more considered music involving electronics and noise. If you want a good example of how to combine intense rock with effective repetition and dynamic changes then this is the one for you. More rock than metal and definitely a landmark album at the time with a nod towards post-rock in places. The key players in the band are now part of the excellent Palms.
I approach this review with some trepidation as I am partly responsible for the item I am about to describe to you.
We are talking Kill Pretty, a band which has taken up a serious amount of my time over the last two years, and which continues to amaze me with it’s invention, work ethic and generosity of friendship.
A band, also, which is developing a growing reputation and following – notwithstanding two of the members going through some form of surgery, one major, in the last 18 months – as the pre-eminent live act in the region of late.
So the brief introductory background to this was that, after some initial experimentation with a number of their tracks, I was invited by Ian “Moet” Moss to see if I could “develop” some of the recordings the band had laid down in a couple of separate recording sessions. I was duly sent a serious amount of stems, most of them rather obliquely labelled, so I spent around a month working my way through numerous wave files to find out the best of the material. At the same I had also recently acquired Ableton Live and was enjoying the freedom it gave me to play around with and indeed manipulate both virtual synthesizers, drum machines and samples.
As with most of my work I adopt a rather unstructured approach to composition and production – working late at night – generally over a couple of glasses of Merlot or Shiraz – and taking an organic approach to the development of the material. I had not got any fixed ideas and Moet gave me a few broad directions but was not too specific about what I should do.
The material developed over a couple of months and it became clear that there would be two distinct approaches – firstly tidying up and toughening up some of the tracks with very little additional musical changes to the core recordings – and secondly a radical reinterpretation of some of the tunes – to take them to another place entirely and to put the band in a different context. Once these basic approaches had been developed it also became clear that in some cases putting some sort of linking theme across the piece as a whole would give it a structure.
So the final product is called “Snake Sheds Skins” and is now released on All The Madmen as a pay what you like release with any proceeds going towards future recording projects.
The release comprises seven separate pieces:
- a reworking of “Emperors New Clothes” from “In 80 Days” with the addition of a guitar part from Larry Gott and some synth string pieces from me….
- a straight remix of “What About Me” from “In 80 Days” with a complete disregard for the niceties of time signatures – the aim being to reflect the incoherent madness of the protagonist in the song
- a complete reworking of the previously unreleased “Kill Pretty” – with significant use of the warping technology in Ableton – all the instrumentation is virtual and only the backing vocals and Moet’s lead vox remains.
- A remix of “Clever Men Who Have Thin Arms” from “Dark Heart” – the intention being to toughen up the sound, specifically bringing the drums to the fore in the mix, and to make it sound more like the band live.
- a complete reworking of “Thirteen Moons” from “Dark Heart” with the emphasis on creating a completely new sound – again only Moet’s vocals remain from the original – but a little bit of Josh’s bass is mixed in there somewhere.
- A remix of the previously unreleased “Limboland” which again, ignoring the conventions of recording techniques, mixes together several takes to create a new sound. It took a great deal of effort to find exactly the right bass part for this song but it was eventually tracked down.
- A reworking of “What About Me” using a Josh bass line, and one of Moet’s early guide vocals, and some of the many backing vocals the band put down.
So there you have it. Kill Pretty in a slightly different context. As I write this the band have been working on new material and I have no doubt that they will move on to yet another range of musical formats in course. They are ferociously inventive in their approach to music and I wait with some degree of expectation for what emerges from the creative brew of Moss, Dutton, Dutton and Leigh.
With a new a line-up Soul Saboteur moves on from “Clip Your Wings” retaining the blue eyed soul rock which characterises their output but with perhaps a more controlled feel. With only Jason Griffiths remaining on drums from the first EP James Stone has rung the changes in the bass – Andrew Hall – and lead guitar – Carl Morgan-Peters - departments. And it’s in the latter area that the band has developed with Carl playing with the tune and building on it’s structure, and adding to the composition.
A great soul ballad with the usual stunning vocal from “Stonie” ….. the new single demonstrates positive development for a band which sets the bar high for its contemporaries and cements their position as the leading outfit in this genre in the North West. I will be featuring the song this weeks Aural Delights Podcast.
Recorded at West Orange Recording Studio in Preston, it was engineered, mixed and mastered by Alan Gregson who has had success working with many artists including Cornershop (5 albums, 1 gold record single), multi-platinum-selling singer Russell Watson, Badly Drawn Boy (2 Singles), Rick Guard (international hit single), and platinum-selling opera singer Jon Christos.
Alan Gregson brings his production expertise to Soul Saboteur, and also guests on keyboards for this single.
The single is available from digital stores worldwide.
Recommended for lovers of soul/blues rock.
This time the focus is on the excellent album by Mike Westbrook “On Duke’s Birthday” with some new and old things in between – listen in here
- Mike Westbrook – Checking in at Hotel Prieure
- Bob James & David Sanborn – Geste Humain
- Mike Westbrook – On Duke’s Birthday 1
- Coleman Hawkins – Quintessence
- Mike Westbrook – On Duke’s Birthday 2
- John Coltrane – Sun Ship (Take 2)
- On Duke’s Birthday (2007)
- Quartette Humain (2013)
- as 1
- Today and Now (1963)
- as 1.
- Sun Ship : The Complete Session (2013)
Main focus this time around is heavy-afro-psych band Vodun who have just released their first single (as above) …… i’m featuring some tracks from their 7 track EP “Eat Up The Sun” which you can get from Bandcamp for free – they are playing “Wahlbar” Manchester on June 26th along with Ghold and my near neighbours the impeccably hirsute Trojan Horse. Listen here…….
- Vodun – Eat Up The Sun
- Ghold – Breathe In Beast
- Trojan Horse – Laces and Racists
- Last Vendetta – Savages
- Vodun – Erzulie
- The Fallout – Species
- Ghold – Forged Death
- Inherit The Stars – Citizens of Earth
- Vodun – Bondeye
- Last Vendetta – To Be Continued
- The Fallout – Not Guilty
- Trojan Horse – Sex and the 6Eight
- Vodun – Mawu
- Causa Sui – Santa Sangre
- Eat Up The Sun
- Judas Ghoat
- Trojan Horse
- Poetry and Adultery
- as 1
- The Fallout Band
- Self Titled Demo
- Citizens of Earth Single
- as 1
- as 4
- as 3
- Summer Sessions Volume 3
Since the last podcast I have been to a rather marvellous event at Prestwich British Legion where I saw, not only Kill Pretty, but also two excellent singer-songwriters in Sarah De Warren (who is featured on this show) and Little Rach – whose debut recordings we await with anticipation. I was also very pleased to be sent the new EP from the best thing in Stalybridge (apart from the Station Buffet Bar) the rather marvellous The Cornelius Crane so i’m sharing that with you, as well as new things from Last Vendetta (a new punk band from Wales) the impressive EP from Arcade Parade, and a mysterious new band called The Swiss Alternative. The new album from Oathless is also out and is rather special, better than the new from Bored Of Canada (sic) methinks anyway. Add to that some psychedelic post punk from Puerto Rico (try saying that with a mouth full of Barley Sugars), I’m also featuring a one-off mix of the new Kill Pretty release “Snake Sheds Skins” and in between a generous smattering of classics and you have well over three hours of aural delectation – you can listen to the music here.
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- The Cornelius Crane – Needle and the Gun
- Dave Graney featuring Clare Moore – Mt Gambier Night
- Last Vendetta – To Be Continued
- The Hydromatics – Standing at the Juke
- Sarah De Warren – Dust
- Arcade Parade -Grace
- The Cornelius Crane – Oklahoma and Me
- Psiconautus – On My Own
- Sparrow and the Workshop – Valley of Death
- Oathless – I Thought I Saw Her In A Dream
- The Swiss Alternative – Rewind
- The Cornelius Crane – They Talk In Circles
- Half Man Half Biscuit – God Gave Us Life
- Moff Skellington – Navvy Work
- Sarah De Warren – Tear It Up
- Arcade Parade – Cave of Swimmers
- Dave Graney featuring Clare Moore – I’m Not the Guy I Tried To Be
- Last Vendetta – Savages
- The Cornelius Crane – They Sail Like They Never Heard A Song
- Husker Du – Sorry Somehow
- Sarah De Warren – I Dared
- Hatfield and the North – Son of there’s no place like Homerton
- Van Morrison – Gypsy
- The Cornelius Crane – Don’t Blame This Heart Of Mine
- Arcade Parade – Eyes Open
- The Swiss Alternative – The Day That Changed The World
- Sarah De Warren – Watching Lights
- Crystal Stilts – Departure
- Blue Orchids – Freak Show
- The Cornelius Crane – Silver Tongue of an Actor
- Arcade Parade – Out Of The Picture
- The Walkabouts – Nobody’s Fault But Mine
- Dave Graney featuring Clare Moore – The Postman always rings twice
- Johnny Dowd – Rockefeller Eyes
- Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Lip Boy
- The Cornelius Crane – The Difference Between You and Me
- The Disappeared – Eight Miles Down
- Subway Sect – Chain Smoking
- Kill Pretty – Snake Sheds Skins (the complete mix)
- New Self Titled Ep that the chaps sent through to me – very impressed so I am playing the whole lot and most of their second one as well. The new one is out on June 17th.
- Fourth digital single for 2013. A remake of a track from “You’ve been in my mind”. Played here on acoustic and electric guitar with bass xylophone.
- More details in this blog post
- From “The Earth is Shaking”
- Saw Sarah at Prestwich British Legion and was impressed with her singing – she gave me a copy of her EP and I am playing all of it on this show
- From the “Cave of Swimmers” EP
- as 1 from “EP Too”
- Art Rock/Post Punk with a psychedelic flair, from Puerto Rico from “Psiconautus Contra Mothra”
- From “Murderopolis”
- From “Peripheral : Music From An Imaginary Film” – available from Bandcamp
- The Swiss Alternative are a musical ensemble from England. Born from a chance encounter of everyday life their mission is simple: to create the music they love whilst embracing everything old school. Their new EP is coming soon. Their first single and video is out now. http://theswissalternative.co.uk/
- as 1.
- A classic from “Back in the DHSS”
- Your weekly Moff moment from “Sperm Jingle Harvest”
- as 4.
- as 5.
- I’m not the guy I tried to be (2013 remake) is the first single in a series of individual digital releases by Dave Graney in 2013. This is a remake of a song that closed the 2012 album “You’ve been in my mind” by Dave Graney and the MistLY. Here it is recast in acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars strummed by Dave Graney against a sweet rush of vibes and bass xylophone played by longtime collaborator Clare Moore. Graney says“the song was inspired by something Willie Nelson said at a show once. The groove is JJ Cale. I like to have another shot at some songs, just to see how it flies with different fins on…The radio was full of adult country pop when I was a kid. Add this one to the pile.”
- as 2.
- as 1.
- From “Candy Apple Grey”
- as 4.
- From the eponymous first album.
- From “Saint Dominic’s Preview”
- as 1.
- as 5.
- as 10.
- as 4.
- From “Alight of Night”
- From “Mystic Bud” ….they are a playing a few dates in the coming weeks including “All Tomorrow’s Parties”.
- as 1.
- as 5.
- From “Slow Days With Nina”
- The Postman Always Rings Twice is the third digital single from Dave Graney in 2013. A song more than a little inspired by the famous first novel by James M Cain (1934) and the (1946) film of the same name starring Lana Turner and John Garfield. Dave Graney made a demo version of this song in 1987, as he embarked on a post Moodists career .(The Moodists being the first band for Graney and his partner Clare Moore) . The song was eventually recorded in 1998 as “between times” for the Dave Graney Show cd. Dave Graney had always thought it best to hide his stash of obsessions and that to call the song after the book and the film would be too distracting for people to experience the song itself. Now he’s restoring it. This is kind of a a “directors cut”. Dave Graney plays acoustic and electric guitar, along with Stuart Perera from their band , the mistLY. Clare Moore sings and plays keys, percussion and bass xylophone.
- From “Wire Flowers : More Songs From The Wrong Side Of Memphis”
- From “Untamed Beast”
- as 1.
- Demo track – ran into the chaps at the Kill Pretty gig last week and promised I would give them more airplay….
- From “We Oppose All Rock and Roll”
- Unreleased mix of the remix album “Snake Sheds Skin”
The special edition “Sign On” bundle single, including 3 live, acoustic bonus tracks is now available on Bandcamp for £1.
So here we have a brand new Welsh punk-rock band called Last Vendetta with their debut single and video release.
The promo people say:
Heavier than Pop-Punk, catchier than Rock and just as at home on a playlist with Foo Fighters as Funeral For a Friend, Last Vendetta are a band of opposites; often heavy and raw but always catchy and melodic, tugging on heartstrings with their tongues firmly in cheek. They effortlessly capture a nostalgic early noughties sound infused with their own unique, visceral style.
Brothers Matt and El have developed an almost telepathic musical connection, their driving rhythm section overlaid both by the energetic yet disciplined guitar partnership of Danny and Vinnie and Danny’s trademark melodic hooks. While Last Vendetta are new for 2013, their sound is the culmination of a musical friendship stretching back years. In 2012 they struck up a partnership with independent label Sonic Forge Music and began work on crafting their debut album ‘Poetry & Adultery’.
Their first single ‘To Be Continued’ will be released as a free download through SoundCloud on the 15th July.
Their second single ‘Savages’ will be released on the 12th August, followed by their debut album in September.
You can pretty much see for yourself what it’s all about – took me a couple of plays to get into it and once I had got my head around the D-Beat drumming with the buzz saw guitars juxtaposed with the melodic vocals I began to see the attraction. I’ll be playing both tracks on next weeks Aural Delights.
- Danny – Vocals and Guitar
- Vinnie – Lead Guitar
- El – Bass
- Matt – Drums
This time around an examination of bass player Drew Gress’s 2001 album “Spin and Drift” and in between music from the rest of the band. Listen here.
Recorded at Avatar Studios on June 10th and 11th 2000 the album features
- Drew Gress – Acoustic Bass, Pedal Steel Guitar
- Tim Berne – Alto and Baritone Saxophones
- Uri Caine – Piano
- Tom Rainey – Drums
The music featured is:
- Drew Gress – Disappearing Act 1
- Uri Caine – Steakjacket Prelude
- Uri Caine – Steakjacket
- Drew Gress – It was after rain the Angel came
- Tom Rainey Trio – Pool School
- Drew Gress – Aquamarine
- Tim Berne – Miniature
- Uri Caine – Toe Jam
- Tom Rainey Trio – Semi Bozo
- Drew Gress – Pang
- Spin & Drift (2001)
- Bedrock : Shelf-Life (2005)
- as 2.
- as 1.
- Pool School (2010)
- as 1.
- Fulton Street Maul (1987)
- Bedrock (2002)
- as 5.
- as 1.
This time around music from the re-released Rudimentary Peni 1988 classic “Cacophony”, plus tracks from the new Palms album….and local hard rock band The Fallout amongst a riot of rock, psych, and space – watch out especially for the massive 20 minute + version of “Set the controls for the heart of the sun” by Vibravoid and the amazing track from Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs……..listen here
- Defy All Reason – Shake It
- Rudimentary Peni- Nightgaunts /The Horrors In The Museum
- Killing Joke – Kali Yuga
- Palms – Mission Sunset
- Taste – Born on the Wrong Side of Time
- The Fallout – Found My Way
- Defy All Reason – Blame it on the Luck and Rock and Roll
- Pussy Galore – Adolescent Wet Dream
- Vibravoid – Set The Controls for the Heart of the Sun
- Rudimentary Peni – The Only Child/Architectronic and Dominant
- The Rip-Offs – Dolemite
- The Lost Cassettes – HD1
- Camera – Soldat
- Classhole – Full of Hate
- The Fallout – Reborn
- Pigs,Pigs,Pigs,Pigs,Pigs,Pigs,Pigs – The Wizard and the Seven Swine
- Palms – Antarctic Handshake
- Rudimentary Peni – The Evil Clergyman/Brown Jenkin
- New York Dolls – Who Are The Mystery Girls?
- Every Second Counts
- Cacophony (Remastered)
- In Excelsis
- Palms – released 27th June
- The Fallout Band
- as 1
- Sugarshit Sharp EP
- Live at Burg Herzberg Festival
- as 2.
- Got A Record
- What We Doing After?
- A 380 MMXIII Free Sampler
- as 6.
- The Wizard and the seven swines
- as 4.
- as 2.
- Live from the Bowery