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Telepathy – 12 Areas

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Instrumental music is a rising voice in the modern metal scene. There were always ensembles that created such music but with recent releases like Animals as Leaders and Conquering Dystopia, 2014 is already set to be a great year for instrumental metal. Into the broil we can now add Telepathy with their intelligent and emotionally taxing 12 Areas. Telepathy bring a unique sound to the instrumental arena: instead of focusing on technically extravagant passages, they turn instead to overbearing, post-metal sensibilities. 12 Areas is a dark and somber creation, channeling influences from Isis and other post-metal ilk.

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townes van zandt

File this one under ‘something a little different’, because this is a world away from the standard distortion parade that usually reigns here.

You may have been aware of Songs Of Townes Van Zandt, the 2012 tribute album dedicated to blues/country artist Townes Van Zandt that featured artists such as Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint VitusThe Obsessed), and Steve Von Till and Scott Kelly of Neurosis giving their take on some his classic songs through their Neurot Recordings outfit. Well, the project has returned with Volume II, this time featuring a diverse line up including Mike Scheidt (Yob), Stevie Floyd (Dark Castle), John Baizley (Baroness) and Dorthia Cottrell (Windhand).

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floor oblation

The amount of legendary bands coming back from the dead recently is quite staggering. Last year, we got rather excellent comeback albums from GorgutsCarcass, and Extol, and later this year, At the Gates is set to release a new album. In addition to these, there is yet another lesser known, albeit equally important band set to release their first album in 11 years. Stoner metal trio Floor may not be immediately familiar to followers of heavy music, but they helped to pave the way for the onslaught of stoner/sludge bands that have popped up in recent years, including Baroness, Kylesa, and Red Fang. Most importantly, thunder-pop connoisseurs Torche were formed from the remnants of Floor, with frontman Steve Brooks performing vocals and guitars in both bands, giving them remarkable sonic similarities. In other words, if you like Torche, you’re going to love Floor.

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john skibeat

2013 has seen large growths in the, quite frankly, already sweaty regions of punk n’ roll, progressive metal and retro blues rock. Naturally, this has made me a very jolly fellow. You might be able to spot a few of the more impressive additions in my all-singing, all-dancing end of year list. Happy xmas to one and all!

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converge live at BBC

You may have noticed a growing trend of live sessions coming out of BBC’s Maida Vale Studio. Just this year, Tesseract, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Baroness have released music performances from the studio, with hardcore act Converge being the latest band to come out with their session in the form of a limited 7″ EP to be released soon on Deathwish, Inc.

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So here I am, minding my own business, trying to find the Baroness interview that was recently on BBC Radio… When I notice the most recent post from the band is the picture above and simply says ‘God City’.

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Red Fang – Whales And Leeches

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Whales And Leeches

 

01. DOEN
02. Blood Like Cream
03. No Hope
04. Crows In Swine
05. Voices Of The Dead
06. Behind The Light
07. Dawn Rising
08. Failure
09. 1516
10. This Animal
11. Every Little Twist

[10/15/13]
[Relapse Records]

Although Red Fang made their entrance into the metal-world with the beer-swilling raucous stoner rock of ‘Prehistoric Dog‘, anyone who has delved into their albums knows that there’s a lot more their sound. Previous records, Red Fang and Murder The Mountains were comprised of equal parts head swinging rock ‘n’ roll and mopey-faced dark stoner jams and that juxtaposition is all the more clear here on Whales and Leeches.

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baroness early learning

The earliest years of a band can easily be some of the most interesting in retrospect. They say you have your whole life to write your first album and only a few years, at best, to top it with it the second — this leads to some of the most revealing, raw and albeit less focused music you’ll hear in their entire career. With this in mind, I decided to take a look at some of the earliest work from bands that have carved out their own niche and tried to take a look at how these early sounds connect with their more recent work.

 

Baroness are somewhat standalone these days. Yellow & Green saw the band take their usually more vicious approach to proggy sludge metal and make it more introspective and subdued with huge infectious choruses and more standard song structures being a feature throughout both discs. And while they have their ties to the Savannah sludge scene, one listen to ‘March To The Sea‘ or ‘Sea Lungs‘ will convince you that no one does it quite like they do.

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 baroness video

March To The Sea‘ is just one of those songs I’m having a hard time getting tired off. For a band that once stole my heart as an angular and progressive sludge beast, Baroness‘ transformation into a gargantuan festival anthem machine has been a fascinating one, but their latest release Yellow & Green was too infectious and well-crafted to even worry about whether they would return to their roots. And ‘March To The Sea‘ is just that — thankfully it’s now been given the ‘high-quality live footage’ treatment now so you have another excuse to listen to it:

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Baroness bus crash

It’s been a whole year since the tragic bus crash that nearly stomped on the lives and careers of Baroness. The whole situation was a terrifying reminder of just how dangerous touring can be sometimes and even caused a two members of the band to quit completely while guitarists John Baizley and Peter Adams strived onwards. It all cuts a little close to home for me, as I still drive that hill on occasion and often wonder how the hell they managed to navigate a tour bus around some of it. Nevertheless, the band took to Facebook late last night to deliver their thoughts on the matter and how they’ve managed and coped since the crash:

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