Wooly Mammoths – Water Slide – Audio

The Belgian psychedelic quintet Wooly Mammoths are finalising details of an EP for possible release in May.

Wooly Mammoths

Wooly Mammoths

Whilst much is tentative about the full details one thing that is assured is that Water Slide will be on the as yet unnamed EP.

A just under four and a quarter minutes of dreamy synth and guitar combinations which even through the speakers trace a sweet smelling smokiness that slows down the synapses to a more gentle pacing. The delayed echo on vocal is deftly framed by the punctuation marks daubed by precise drums, giving Water Slide a definition by which the whole composition is able to flower, like petals gently unfurling in Spring sunlight, elegantly and gracefully, yet, with purpose.

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Hitherside – Unsanctify Me – Single Review

Unsanctify Me is the 17th single revealed by the Belgium based rock quartet Hitherside.

Hitherside - Unsanctify Me

Hitherside

Regularly present on the live circuit Hitherside are still able to find time to head back to the studio to reveal new songs and deliver tracks of driving heavy-metal influenced rock to which they add their own flourishes, perhaps, due in part to their different backgrounds and influences with members coming from Belgium, The Netherlands and the USA, that, enables them to always offer something new for the audience.

Unsanctify Me, which appeared earlier in the week, is a furnace of guitar and instrumentation which breaks to strong melodies and pace changes over which the distinctive vocal gives the composition an expressive finishing coat.

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Candlebags – Do That Thing – Video

The Belgian alt-rock duo Candlebags released the EP Voyager on the 8th.

Candlebags - Voyager - artwork

Candlebags – Voyager – artwork

With each track on Voyager offering something fresh as is the wont of Candlebags who approach songwriting and delivery with a completely open mind, resultingly each composition having its own distinctive quality. The first of the five tracks Do That Thing having a vaguely garage-dance feeling.

Voyager – EP – Candlebags is available on iTunes.*

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Firefang – Waiting List – Audio

The Belgian rock trio Firefang will be releasing their eponymous LP on the 13th.

Firefang

Firefang

The fuzzy barrage of sound that escapes in to the room on hitting play grabs hold of the listener and has them captivated by the Firefang offerings of rock ‘n’ roll and dirty blues.

Able to deliver sound in a blaze of speed as well as slowing the tempo the trio superbly control what could easily become a chaotic confusion which they turn in to music that holds the attentions and makes the audience look forward to catching up with more of their compositions.

Guitar can at one moment be bursting with distorted garage chords, the next delicately picking its way along the fret-board whilst vocal ranges from scratchy larynx to delicately pivoted ballad. The percussion equally runs between storming the gates and providing a measured framework for tracks. Bass sometimes takes the place of supporting pivot other times bludgeoning the eardrums.

Wherever they turn their focus in the roughly thirty four minutes ten track album (available on bandcamp), Firefang play a deft hand, with two guest instrumentalists joining in on various songs, keeping  the listener enthralled.

My selection is the third and longest number – Waiting List.

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Hitherside – Say Goodbye To The Enemy – Single Review

The Belgium based rock quartet Hitherside revealed their latest track in the past few hours.

Hitherside - Say Goodbye to the Enemy

Hitherside

Say Goodbye to the Enemy identifies precisely why Hitherside have been a feature on the various sites since 2012. Powerful bass and percussion thud through the speakers with guitar creating clouds of melodies which spread around the room while the distinctive vocal harnesses the sounds and captures the listeners attention in its expressive timbre.

Always a pleasure to return to I look forward to Hitherside gathering a collection of songs for a fuller release as they predominately reveal music as stand alone singles yet they are a band that once you have hit play you immediately want to hear more from.

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