A serious deluge of new things to listen to this week so without further ramblings straight into the fray:
Celtic Frost the Swiss extreme metal band from Zürich is being honoured in a new various artists compilation released on November 13th by Corpse Flower Records.
Sample tracks will be featured in Sonic Attack Podcast 130.
There are lot of bands around here that sound like New Order. Men in the Sky (MITS) is a British-Canadian collaboration between founder Gary Roberts (guitar and synths) and Simon Mawson (vocals), Gavin Thomas (vocals) and Chad Montgomery (guitars). A chance meeting led to Men In The Sky forming a partnership with Factory Records’ lead engineer Michael Johnson, (“Blue Monday” and‘Closer’) Johnson has produced their latest single ‘If I go’. It echoes the classic 1980s New Order and Frankie era Trevor Horn and is a bit too pop for my podcasts but no doubt Monty (Tuesday nights at 9pm Salford City Radio) will be all over it like a rash.
Talking of things which aren’t quite brimming with newness there’s a definite Scouse sound to Oranj Son, in that they reminded me of The Farm with a rhythm stolen from Parallel Lines. The promo says “Ellesmere Port. Home of the Vauxhall Astra, oil refineries, and now of Oranj Son, one of the most exciting and talked-about bands (by who I wonder) to emerge from the North West of England in 2015. Comprising Kieran Linford (guitar, vocals), Lew Yii (percussion), Brad Welch (bass) and Matt Linford (keys, guitar), their brand of infectious and hypnotic groove-laden rock brings to mind classic East and West Coast US Psychedelia, Northern European Electro and 80’s Post Punk – influences they wear as proudly as Phil Daniels wears his parka.” Well having listened to is a couple of times it still sounds more Merseyside than American to me. Apparently Oranj Son are the latest band to join the roster of Edge Hill University’s The Label Recordings, the team who discovered Hooton Tennis Club, who I can quite honestly say I have never heard of. Once again not for me but I’ll zap it in a Monty direction as it’s more his cup of tea.
Back to more noisy things for the next one. Creator-Destructor Records have announced the impending release of the brand new, self-titled 12″ EP from one of San Francisco’s heaviest bands, Mohicans. The self-titled six tracker clocks in at just under fifteen and has the brutal attack of Motorhead at their best.
A couple of excellent albums in from the marvellous Cardinal Fuzz arrived this week. Out in late November Black Bombaim, Isaiah Mitchell, Rodrigo Amado, Shela – Live at Casazul is a mammoth 40 minutes plus improv at a festival in BB’s home town. The second is from a band formed 2008, called the band whose name is a symbol aka TBWNIS and/or TBWNIAS. The promo advises they are “…about about creating the ultimate marriage of improvisation and hard rock edged psychedelic music”. Originally a 4-piece and now 6 TBWNIAS are based out of Birdman Sounds record shop in Ottawa. They have now released 9 vinyl only LPs in miniscule editions (Private Press and Lathe Cuts) in which their underground reputation has made them a cult among aficionados of hard thudding, rock riffing kraut. Cardinal Fuzz are at last able to bring the sounds of TBWNIAS to a wider audience and on “Masters Of The Molehill” TBWNIAS take their “free wheeling fanaticism for experimentation and sprawling psychedelia and lace it with some major psych burners”. Imagine High Tide – Death Warmed Up or maybe Hawkwind (with Simon House on Violin) via Acid Mothers Temple with Krautrock, progressive and middle-eastern tones to get an idea of what it’s all about. Only 350 are being pressed complete with Screen Printed Sleeve with Insert and all Black Vinyl. The release date is 16th November. Highly recommended! A radio edit of the Black Bombain tracks and two tracks from “Masters of the Molehill” will be on next weeks Sonic Attack podcast.
Big|Brave have released the first video from their latest album “Au De La” ( as reviewed here), released on Southern Lord earlier this autumn, with the nearly 12 minute epic track ‘Look At How The World Has Made A Change’. Influenced by installations and video screenings that you expect to see in art galleries and museums, the video sees two images changing in contrast and hue. These subtle changes are reminiscent of the album’s evolutionary progression from minimalist to mammoth sonic heaviness.