Sunday, October 25, 2009

Vere - We Are Time

Artist: Vere
Album: We Are Time
Label: Self Released
Year: 2009

01. Yop Rope!
02. Thanks Again
03. Yop The Plank
04. Pterodactyl


Vere is a Rock band from Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee. They formed in March 2008, and they self released an EP titled "We Are Time", recorded at Ardent Studio.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

The End Of The Ocean - Calm Seas Don't Make Sailors

Artist: The End Of The Ocean
Album: Calm Seas Don't Make Sailors
Label: Self Released
Year: 2009

01. Docks
02. Romancing The Stars
03. Setting Sail
04. Siren Sound


The End Of The Ocean is a five piece instrumental post-rock band based out of Columbus Ohio.
Engulfing listeners in waves of eerie nostalgia and sorrow, the ambiance of The End Of The Ocean becomes a self-voyage of life’s ebb and flow unfailingly finding a beacon of hope at the horizon.


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Collapse Under The Empire - Crawling

Artist: Collapse Under The Empire
Album: Crawling
Label: Believe Digital
Year: 2009

01. Crawling
02. Captured Moments


Collapse Under The Empire is an instrumental/post-rock duo from Hamburg / Germany. They formed 2007, when Chris Burda and Matthew Jason got together to develop their own music under the name of Collapse Under The Empire. They both released the first four songs for the EP Paintball in summer 2008.
After that they came up with their self-produced debut album, Systembreakdown, which was recorded in their own studio and saw the light as a digital album of day in spring 2009. The songs were praised by critics and audience alike and brought the young band a lot of attention on the scene.
For the second album the band were signed by the indie label Sister Jack. The new album Find A Place To Be Safe will be out over Cargo Records on Nov. 27th 2009. It was mastered by Michael Schwabe (Einstürzende Neubauten, Die Toten Hosen, Beatsteaks) at Monoposto Studio. The appropriate single Crawling was pre--publicized on Sept. 25th 2009 over Believe Digital.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Doomina-March On Dead Man

Artist: Doomina
Album: March On Dead Man
Label: Self Released
Year: 2008

01. El Magneto
02. Psychotron
03. March On Dead Man - Hypersonorous
04. Morbus Sacer - In The Absence Of God


Doomina is a combination of ELECTRIC WIZARD and ACID KING with a harmonic influence of late NEUROSIS pieces that in some parts even reminds you of MOGWAI and TORTOISE


Friday, October 9, 2009

Ahab - The Divinity Of The Oceans

Artist: Ahab
Album: The Divinity Of The Oceans
Label: Napalm Records
Year: 2009

01. Yet Another Raft of The Medusa (Pollard's Weakness)
02. The Divinity Of The Oceans
03. O Father Sea
04. Redemtion Lost
05. Tombstone Carousal
06. Gnawing Bones (Coffin's Lot)
07. Nickerson's Theme


Way back in 2006 Ahab released The Call Of The Wretched Sea, a crushing funeral doom album based on Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick". The album went on to win the Metal Storm Award in the Extreme Doom Metal category.

So how would 2009's follow up, The Divinity Of Oceans stack up?

For starters, the nautical theme continues with this album. The Divinity Of Oceans is based on "The Loss Of The Ship Essex, Sunk By A Whale" by Owen Chase and Thomas Nickerson. The book is about the horrors suffered by the crew of the Essex after the ship was sunk by a whale… some 20 sailors spent 90 days floating around the South Pacific, thousands of miles from home and hundreds of miles from land in small wooden boats. The book was also the inspiration for the climactic scene of "Moby Dick".

The album kicks off treading the same musical water as its precursor. A nice quiet, serene clean piece slowly ushers in the album until a tsunami-sized riff slams home and consigns you to a watery musical grave.

But whereas their initial offering was fairly one dimensional (albeit a fantastic album within that dimension), The Divinity Of Oceans has more depth to it, primarily in the vocal department. You aren't more than a couple minutes in to the album, with familiar riffs and growls before vocalist Daniel Droste switches to a clean tone, which is every bit as mournful as the growls are menacing. He alternates between both clean and guttural through-out the record.

The music itself has a bit more to offer as well. Aside from just crushing, slow riffs that seem to ebb and flow with the tide, there are some great melodic and melancholic guitar leads over the riffs adding to the atmosphere. At another point during a calm break around the four minute mark of "Tombstone Carousal" a nice clean, almost optimistic, guitar comes in for a few seconds that reminded me of acoustic wizard Adrian Legg's Guitar For Mortals and conjures images of the crew languishing in their little life boats during a light rain… Of course the peace is very short lived. It's as if they added a couple shots of darkwave to their own brand of nautic funeral doom.

The nutshell version? They took the same formula that spawned the immense The Call Of The Wretched Sea and built upon it, resulting in an album that surpasses their initial, award-winning offering.

Doom ahoy, mateys. -by BitterCOld @