Category Archives: New Album(s) of the Week

Autumn Rocks: The Season Kicks Off with a Fierce Foursome

The dearth of high-profile releases during the summer ends early this year, with four excellent new albums. Three of them had a fair amount of pre-release build-up to the point that I had pre-ordered the releases by Kadavar, Ghost and The Sword without … Continue reading

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Sacri Monti – Sacri Monti (Tee Pee)

It’s official, Tee Pee is on a roll. While last year Detroit’s Small Stone had a remarkable run of releases for such a small label, rivaled only by the UK’s Rise Above, this year is all about the New York … Continue reading

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Psychedelic Psummer: Tame Impala’s Synths Vs. All the Guitars

After listening to psych noir non-stop for over two months while working on Kaleidoscopes & Grimoires: Psych Noir, it’s time to switch it up. Life sometimes necessitates that you exhume yourself from the empty bags and bottles, turn off the … Continue reading

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Goatsnake – Black Age Blues (Southern Lord)

I can’t believe it’s been over 10 years since I was mourning the breakup of Goatsnake. Time flies man, and now they’re back. In addition to creating one of the all-time classics of stoner doom, Flower Of Disease (2000), the band … Continue reading

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Ceremony – The L-Shaped Man (Matador)

When they formed in 2005, the Bay Area-based Ceremony were a hardcore punk band. After three albums, they did a 180 with Zoo (2012), which explored 80s-era British post-punk and even a bit of jangly indie rock and new wave. … Continue reading

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Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last (Castle Face)

Back in 1992-93, I used to love this band called Th’ Faith Healers. I felt like I could listen to their mix of Can/Neu! worshipping motorik rhythms and fuzzy garage psych forever. Sadly they broke up pretty quickly, and a … Continue reading

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Hard Rock Ascending

Anyone watching That Metal Show can be forgiven for thinking hard rock is dead. Eddie Trunk smooching the wrinkled asses of washed-up rockers is not a pretty sight, and their focus seems to be forever on side projects of former … Continue reading

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Demon Eye – Tempora Infernalia (Soulseller)

With the average time span between album releases being somewhere between three and four years these days, it’s kind of thrilling when a favorite new band follows up their debut with another album in just a year. You’d think it … Continue reading

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Arenna – Given To Emptiness (Nasoni)

During the five year lapse between Colour Haze albums, Arenna emerged with their full-length debut at the perfect time with Beats Of Olarizu (2011). While it seemed they were simply hatched in perfection, with just the right fuzzy guitar tones, … Continue reading

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Monolord – Vænir (RidingEasy)

It was only a year ago that Gothenburg, Sweden’s Monolord released their debut, Empress Rising. Putting out a second album in just a year could be some kind of record in the world of psychedelic doom. When some bands wait … Continue reading

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