As Paradise Falls – Starblind – Video

The Australian metal quintet As Paradise Falls will be releasing the LP Digital Ritual on the 21st of July.

As Paradise Falls

As Paradise Falls

Pugilistic percussion and guitars launch through the room as snarling vocal joins in with the affray, though there is far more than ill-temper to the music. As Paradise Falls are also able to underlay the tracks with expressive melody and intonation with everything held in tight rein allow them to deliver compositions containing multifarious texturing.

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DOOMSQUAD – Sun. March 1st 2015: Snow falls on Manzano – Video

The Canadian psychedelic-trance trio DOOMSQUAD released the EP Unconscious Transmissions From The Manzano Mountains on the 27th of April.

DOOMSQUAD - Unconscious Transmissions From The Manzano Mountains - artwork

DOOMSQUAD – Unconscious Transmissions From The Manzano Mountains – artwork

An almost forty minutes, four track, release (available on bandcamp) in which the listener is invited to unwind their body and mind in an EP which is partly retrospective to the LP Total Time that came out last year and as a healing process out of that context.

The four tracks are not cuts which didn’t make it to the album, rather the way they approached the writing of those songs writing these pieces specifically as part of preparing their consciousness in the right frame to be able to create the songs for Total Time.

Over half of the run-time is contained in the opening track, with my selection being the penultimate – Sun. March 1st 2015: Snow falls on Manzano.

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Na’an Stop – Eponymous – LP Review

The US ska quintet Na’an Stop release their eponymous LP on the 3rd.

Na'an Stop - eponymous LP review

Na’an Stop

A nine track reveal in which the quintet put in to the display cabinet a range of ideas for consideration with songs threading through different moods and tempo allowing Na’an Stop to showcase their considerable talent, yet not surfacing as a hodgepodge of ideas, rather a roughly thirty three minute album the listener immediately wants to replay.

Opening with Lazy Suzan – a track regular readers will know, having been reviewed a couple of months ago.

Next up is Why You Runnin a song of similar temper, though with a heavier dub step.

Positivity brings a different balance to the table with a guitar led soul feel to it with piano playing a mood setter in a track that switches through tempo and mood, that minds of early summer café evenings.

Rapids skips to caribbean sunshine with deeply carved moonstomps as the notes sharply and cleanly drop in and out of earshot and my pick of the release for its booming bass.

Halfway is marked by Big Box a track which on its own is worth the cost of the LP as brass pipettes tiny breaths giving the song a broad sonic range.




You has a soundscape of its own as the instrumentation submerges behind the vocal giving it spotlight – and we are not let down as the voice is able to carry and pinpoint the stretch of octaves without faltering.

Question heads back towards soul territory with big dips that swoop through the room.

The penultimate track Hot Coffee is another track I recommend heading towards as it offers a new space for the quintet, and uniquely on the release, an intricate instrumental only composition enabling the listener to hear distinctly the structures of their songwriting.

The closer is Lady which again strikes a space of difference with acoustic guitar and vocal leading the way in a ballad and another song in which the voice shines brightly.

An album that is definitely one to add to the collection the moment it becomes available.

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Gioumourtzina – Fayum – Audio

The Greek electrowave duo Gioumourtzina release the AA side single Fayum / Mouthless tomorrow.

Gioumourtzina - Fayum

Gioumourtzina

Fayum (available on bandcamp) finds Gioumourtzina with a more regular template from which they work than previous music of featured, whilst equally turning up the wick.

The combinations of bass and electronics come tumbling out of the speakers like ants scurrying back and forth with an unrelenting flow of activity and similarly akin to an army of ants, rather than the seemingly frenetic bustling, as the various textures come in to earshot, so the elements takes on a purposeful and organised shape, much like as can be seen when taking a birds eye overview of a colony on the march.

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