Heavy fuzzed out desert rock from Portugal.
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Heavy, no-frills, groove-locked, head nodding, knuckle-dragging, drive-fast, fuzz rock from Italy. This is a re-mastered re-release of Isaak's second album, and features 4 bonus tracks - including a cover of Pink Floyd's "Fearless" and Iron Maiden's "Wrathchild".
Stacked full of thick bass, chunky guitar tones, Mad Oaks crushing drum tone, Supermachine has made a steady as she goes modern rock album. Some people kind of get up in arms about that term these days (ironic, right?), but in all reality it is a compliment. Many bands call for a revolution in “modern rock” and hide in the sludge and mire of 70′s rock worship. That’s all fine and dandy, but it misses the point. The band hugs through 11 songs; all of which clock in between the 3 and 4 minute mark. Supermachine is set up for radio domination…if only Clear Channel wasn’t a Bill Hick’s joke…especially with the catchy and melodically overdriven vocals of Dave Nebbia. Since rock radio is a joke and you obviously take the time to find music, this record won’t disappoint many fans of hard rock, unless of course you don’t like kick ass guitar driven hard rock.- Ian GerberSoda Shop
Summary: Constantly oscillating between rampant and infectious, Hydra is a resounding triumph for Swedish heavy rock.Swedish heavy rock bands have always been inclined to deliver amazing 1970s-inspired music. On their third album, Malmö-based Deville are at the top of their game following the footsteps of such acclaimed outfits as Dozer, Lowrider and Truckfighters. Even though their prime influences are rather apparent, Deville opt for modern production that accentuates their fuzzy guitar tone placing their style in a distinctly contemporary context. The foursome ventures into heavy metal, alternative rock and even pop making all these arbitrary influences integral ingredients of their style. That's why, Hydra sounds more like an extension to the booming stoner rock scene than a relic of the past, embracing various directions that the quartet's peers usually steer clear of.Sputnik Music
The coup-de-grace however is vocalist Marc Gaffney who easily gives John Garcia a run for his money when it comes to his blues soaked vocal stylings especially on tracks like the fuzzed out “Disco Related Injury” and “Traci Lords” (Both of which feature some simply incredible riffing provided by Gaffney and Doug Sherman). It’s all of Gozu that makes The Fury… work, though, and I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t mention how true that is after you listen to the epic “The Ceaseless Thunder Of Surf” which closes out the album after clocking in just under 24 minutes.Grade: A
"Woke up at dawn and felt a presence, nature spirits, observing me. Looked out through the window. Black shape. I wentto the nearby forest and the journey had begun. Without a direct way, I went through the woods and crossedmountains. Suddenly elated by light, I was under the raven's wings. Numb. Awakened by a thud and the silhouettes of thethree. Embrace. The circle was complete.” -- Mother of God
Five Horse Johnson’s latest effort, The Taking of Black Heart (Small Stone) is a fantastic record. This band lays down heavy blues rock with a swagger and a sledgehammer, simultaneously sounding sexy and pissed. The musicianship is exquisite, and the tunes are superb.- Brett CallwoodMetro Times, Detroit
Eric Oblander: Vox & Harp Brad Coffin: Guitar & Vox Steve Smith: Bass Mike Alonso: Drums & Percussion Additional Musicians: Phil Durr: Ridiculator & Guitar Solo on "Cry Rain" Ethan Daniel Davidson: Backing Vox on "Blood Don't Pay" Executive Producer: Scott Hamilton Produced by Al Sutton Engineered by Al Sutton, Dave Allison, Sam Vail, & Mr. Robert Burrows. Mixed by Al Sutton. Recorded and Mixed @ Rustbelt Studios - Royal Oak , MI. Mastered by Chris Gooseman @ Solid Sound - Ann Arbor, MI. Fine Arts: Mark Dancey
Astute observers of the rock will recognize Alexander von Wieding’s name as the artist behind album covers for the likes of Monster Magnet, Karma to Burn, Wo-Fat, and countless others. Over the last several years, the German illustrator has contributed art to Small Stone releases from Freedom Hawk, Tia Carrera, Infernal Overdrive, Sun Gods in Exile, Sasquatch, Gozu and many more. With the second album from von Wieding’s musical solo-project, Larman Clamor, put out by Small Stone, that relationship grows even deeper.Frogs follows 2011’s self-titled EP and Altars to Turn Blood, both self-released, and refines Larman Clamor’s swampy psychedelic blues to its greatest execution yet. Taking blownout influence from the likes of Mississippi Fred McDowell and boogie stomp from John Lee Hooker (see the opening title-track, “Frogs”), von Wieding pulls off an atmosphere coated in humidity and rife with mosquitoes, toe-tapping his way to a throaty-delivered oblivion. A track like the slow-grooving, mellow-fuzzed “Mill Wheel Alchemy” comes straight off of an algae-covered porch, and others like the riotous “Mudhole Stomp” or more rock-derived “Black Cylinder” – short and sparse compared to a lot of today’s amp-wall overload – feel born of some alternate reality Delta. But Larman Clamor’s songs are catchy and memorable. Von Wieding’s guitar pulsates with a raw distorted tone that perfectly suits his old-road gravel vocals – and a countrified sense of foreboding is never far off. There’s something dangerous about this music.
Fuzzed out psychedelica, the likes of which hasn’t been heard since the heyday of real rock in the 70’s, oozes from the amps and tears across the landscape like some kind of lawnmower on acid. The world starts to spin; everything goes black and then several shades of purple. All that, and then the songs kick in...
Amazing classic rock vibes from some brand new kids showing the old folks that Rock is far from fucking dead.Recommended if you like: Cheap Trick, Infernal Overdrive, Skanska Mord, Queen, Thin Lizzy, Aerosmith (on drugs), Kyuss, Dozer, Greenleaf, Brain Police, Deep Purple, Puny Human, Sasquatch, Monster Magnet, Clutch, Lo-Pan, Freedom Hawk, Novadriver, Lowrider, Nightstalker, Dwellers, Roadsaw, 7Zuma7, Kiss, The Quill, Cactus, Black Sabbath (with Bill Ward).
Nightstalker's newest dark masterpiece, "Dead Rock Commandos." Another albums worth of raw rock 'n roll simplicity, filled with stunning riffs and electric haze. More heavy sounds, groovy rhythms and intense bass playing all merging with the power of Argy’s vocals, which is the secret to the music of Nightstalker that has kept the band going for more than 20 years and made them one of the most important bands in the history of the European Hard Rock scene. Call it whatever you want, but do so at your own risk.
Slow and heavy pretty much sums up the new album from the Northern Psych Doom Kings, Sons of Otis. Expect visions and vibrations.If you would prefer, for $2 more, you can pre-purchase this album from Bandcamp and get an immediate digital download.
Greenleaf is:Tommi Holappa: GuitarBengt Bäcke: BassOskar Cedermalm: VocalsJohan Rockner: GuitarOlle Mårthans: DrumsGuests:Fredrik Nordin : Vocals (Nest of Vipers)Per Wiberg: Organ (Lilith and Nest of Vipers)Peder Bergstrand: Vocals (Sunken Ships)Drums,bass & guitars recorded at Studio Gröndahl by Karl Daniel Lidén.Vocals recorded at Bombshelter studio by Oskar Cedermalm.Mixed by Karl Daniel Lidén at Tri-Lamb Studio.Mastered by Magnus LindbergCover illustration by Gem (twizzlez.com)Logo by Daniel SjödinLayout by Johan Rockner
Produced by Niklas "Nicke" Björklund, co-produced by the rest of Mangoo.All song arranged and performed by Mangoo.Publsihed by Small Stone Records (ASCAP).Orchestral arrangement on track 2 by Sam Fröjdö, orchestra provided by Klosse J. Wistbacka.Trumpet on track 11 by Matias LångbackaAll songs recorded by Niklas Björklund, except acoustic drums recorded by KariNieminen at Musamuusa Studios. Mixed by Benny Grotto @ Mad Oak, except tracks 7 and 12 by Niklas Björklund.Mastered by Chris Goosman @ Baseline Audio.Album artwork and layout by Alexander von Wieding.
Abrahma are four piece psychedelic stoner/desert rock band from Paris, France. They originally formed in 2005 under the name of Alcohsonic and they released one album, one EP, and a single under this name. Through the Dusty Paths of Our Lives is their debut full length for Small Stone Records and the first under their new moniker.For fans of Kyuss, Dozer, Greenleaf and Monster Magnet to name but a few. Indeed former Monster Magnet and current 9 Chambers lead guitarist, Ed Mundell guests on the track Big Black Cloud.— The Sludgelord (Blog UK)
Saddle up the horses and take your guns to town boys because the Sun Gods in Exile are back. After a three year silence Portland's God's of Southern FriedBiker Boogie Rock have cowboy-ed up and returned to shake the dried clay from your boots and put a little swagger in your step. Ten thunderous trackstitled "Thanks for the Silver" that add just a little more southern than fried this time around and take aim with their six shooters hitting the target everysingle time.
If you are a fan of Grand Funk, Cactus, Blue Cheer and Led Zeppelin, then this is the next album you need to purchase. Heavy riffs and killer song writing.
Dwellers is Joey Toscano (Iota), Dave Jones (Subrosa) and Zach Hatsis (Subrosa).Their debut Small Stone record, "Good Morning Harakiri", combines the psychedelic soupy sludge riffery of Iota's 2008 debut, "Tales", with Subrosa's slow and low 2011 breakthrough album, "No Help for the Mighty Ones". Already being tagged as Ritual Rock, Blessedly Doomed, and Deranged Blues - this album will scratch the itch of folks who like their Rock to be dark, moody, and easy to sing along to.6 tracks filled with slide guitars, vibraphone, fuzz-drenched leads, exotic drumming, melodic vocals, and Earth moving low end.
The new album from Texas legends, Dixie Witch. For fans of ZZ Top, Grand Funk, Humble Pie, etc...
The new album from Gideon Smith & the Dixie Damned, 30 Weight (Small Stone), is a dark and gloomy, filthy beast of a record, blessed with Nick Cave-esque vocals and some some very cool tunes that, at times, even dance into Danzig territory. Much fun to be had here.Brett Callwood, Metro Times