Fleshless – Expelled – Audio

The quartet of Vladimir (Vocals), Michal (Guitar), Luděk (Guitar) and Vitys (Drums) who form the death metal band Fleshless, from Děčín (Czech Republic), released the LP Doomed on the 15th.

Fleshless - Photo by Rafal Kotylak
Fleshless – Photo by Rafal Kotylak

An eleven track album (available on bandcamp) which finds a point of differentiation in a crowded genre by paring back the growling vocal from the spotlight to the footlights which enables the interplay of frenetic percussion to interplay with the foiling guitars to take centre stage thereby giving the music a more balanced and expressive foothold.

The fifth track is Expelled.

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Serrabulho – Pito Sem Penas – Audio

The quartet of Carlos Guerra (Vocals / Sampling), Paulo Ventura (Guitar / Vocals), Guilhermino Martins (Bass / Sampling / Vocals) and Ivan Saraiva (Drums) from Vila Real (Portugal) who form the alt-metal band Serrabulho released the LP Porntugal (Portuguese Vagitarian Gastronomy) yesterday.

Serrabulho
Serrabulho

An eleven track album (available on bandcamp) which has something of the theatre of the absurd about it with the mélange of disney cartoon snips, screaming hardcore and sampled human and animal sounds being sellotaped in to each other as though someone has cut through a reel to reel tape and put it back together in a random sequence. 

Consequentially this will divide the listeners between those who will immediately reach for the off switch and those reaching for the volume increase button, that I am suggesting you spend time in their company alerts you to my speaker system playing at full volume.

In addition to instruments / percussion listed a plethora of others including bagpipes, rabel and radufe feature as well as additional musicians to the members who form the band – in the roughly thirty eight minutes of the LP.

 Pito Sem Penas is the fourth track.

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Freedom Candlemaker – Astral Body – Audio

Freedom Candlemaker , the trippy-funk project from the Republic Of Cyprus, is set to release the début LP Beaming Light in February 2019.

Freedom Candlemaker - Astral Body
Freedom Candlemaker

A couple of tracks have surfaced from the album, the most recent of which – Astral Body – was released as a standalone single yesterday.

A song marked by the contrasts between the distinctive falsetto vocal, pulsing beat and elasticated synth which creates a multi-layered dynamism to the tripped out composition.

Αstral Body – Single – Freedom Candlemaker is available on iTunes.*

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The Chocolate Watchband – This Is My Voice – Audio

On the 22nd of February 2019 the trippy-garage quintet of 
David Aguilar (Lead Vocals / Harmonica / Keyboards / Percussion), 
Gary Andrijasevich (Drums / Vocals), Tim Abbott (Lead Guitar / Electric Sitar / Harmonica /keyboards / Vocals), Derek See (Rhythm Guitar / Twelve String Guitar / Keyboards / Vocals) and Alec Palao (Bass / Vocals) from San Jose (USA) who form The Chocolate Watchband will release the LP This Is My Voice.

The Chocolate Watchband

The Chocolate Watchband


The eclectic range of instrumentation and variety of voices to hand enable the quintet to deliver music of both varied weave and texturing, though they never dig in to the toolbox in an attempt to add frippery, rather keep the music well rooted in raw garage freshness.

The eleven track album (available on bandcamp) invites the listener to slough off the trials and tribulations of the day and join them robed in a tie-dyed kaftan.

The third and title track on the LP is the tripped out and sitar laden This Is My Voice.

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Protovulcan – The Force Remains The Same – Audio

Surfacing from Chicago (USA) the trio of Nicholas Ammerman (Guitar), Deric Criss (Drums) and Will MacLean (Moog Bass / Wurlitzer / Vocoder) are the dystopian-rock band Protovulcan who on the 25th of January 2019 will be releasing the double LP Life Is Twigs / Psychic Pinball.

Protovulcan
Protovulcan

Three years since their last LP, Stakes is Low (available on bandcamp), their return is more than welcome.

The first track to surface from the release – The Force Remains the Same – is marked by a darkness that rumbles through the room in which extensive use of delay pedal gives the music its irrepressible oppressive presence, laying all ground to dust in its wake.

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