Fester’s Lucky 13: 2015 Year-End Summary

Fast 'n' Bulbous Best of 2015

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In years past, I often got outraged about albums that got critical conensus while other great ones were ignored. I’m passionate about the music I love and try to spread the word on, and can get a bit worked up. I’m feeling a bit more accepting this holiday season. While the diversity of what I cover has diminished somewhat in recent years, it’s also harder to piss me off about the stuff I care about getting ignored for Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett and Father John Misty. Continue reading

New Albums of the Week, March 31

albums-week-2015-03-31It’s a good day for heavy and trippy today.

Ufomammut – Ecate (Neurot) – Italian cosmic doom sludge psych lays down their heaviest album (their 7th ) in years like the intergalactic space lord bosses they are. | Full Fast ‘n’ Bulbous Review | Spotify | Buy

The Lucid Dream – The Lucid Dream (Holy How Are You?) – Second album from UK psych rockers, this is going to be popular, and for good reason. Songs Of Lies And Deceit (2013) was a hidden psych treasure, and folks will want to make up for being late comers and fully embrace this dark but super accessible second album. | Full Fast ‘n’ Bulbous ReviewSpotify Continue reading

Ufomammut – Ecate (Neurot)

Ufomammut - Ecate (Neurot, 2015)I’ve raved so much about Tortona, Italy’s intergalactic psychedelic cosmic sludge doom space travelers, most know that Ufomammut are one of my all-time favorite heavy bands. Despite nailing it from the beginning with their debut Godlike Snake (2000) and topping it with the classic Snailking (2004), the band were still a somewhat unknown quantity at least in North America until third full-length album Idolum (2008).  As far as anyone with ears, a brain and good taste are concerned, they cemented their status as legends with the perfect Eve (2010) and sprawling two-part Oro: Opus Primum & Opus Alter (2012). Confusingly, Oro is two albums, but also make up one long, long-ass song. Continue reading

UFOMAMMUT Finally Tours North America

Italian stoner/doom/sludge/psych pioneers UFOMAMMUT celebrated their 15th anniversary as a band last year by releasing a retrospective XV DVD and Magickal Mastery live album. Incredibly, they have never before toured North America. They played a couple dates in L.A. and San Francisco back in 2009, and that’s it. With a string of incredible albums, each topping the last — Idolum (2008), Eve (2010), and the double album Oro (2012), the band clearly has a substantial audience patiently waiting for them to tour the states. Labelmates Neurosis and YOB receive rapturous responses and acclaim with each tour and album, and I keep thinking, but what about Ufomammut? Before the final headliners were announced for Psycho California fest, I was positive Ufomammut would be announced. It makes zero sense to me that they would play Maryland Death Fest rather than that. But all is forgiven, with new album Ecate set for a March 31 release, and a real honest to goodness tour, kicking off at my favorite metal club, Reggie’s on May 13 and ending at the Metal Grill in Milwaukee, site of last year’s final Days of the Doomed Fest. Continue reading

Double Trouble: Double Albums Are Still A Thing!

There was once a time when double albums were kind of a big deal. Even established artists had to often fight with their labels to release double albums, because it meant more packaging, more expensive studio time, and ultimately less profit for the labels. It was an audacious move, to have the confidence and/or ego to think one could fill two LPs, usually more than an hour of music, with consistently great songs. Dylan, The Beatles and Hendrix weren’t the first to release double albums, but they definitely made a statement with over 1:13, 1:33 and 1:15 worth of pretty amazing music, respectively. Blonde On Blonde, The Beatles and Electric Ladyland continue to haunt the upper slots of all-time best of lists, and show no signs of going away. More major landmarks followed with Trout Mask Replica (1969), Third (1970), Tago Mago (1971), Something/Anything and Exile On Main St. (1972). Continue reading

New Album of the Week: Ufomammut – Oro: Opus Primum & Alter

Remember when laser light shows were a thing? The local planetarium would feature albums, often Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, where people would sit back in darkness and do some deep listening while spacing out to the laser lights. Ufomammut’s (the Italian pronunciation for the unidentified flying mammoth is “oofomammoot”) latest opus would be perfect for that, and the band is certainly aware of the possibilities, providing videos for each cut of their double album, Oro: Opus Primum & Opus Alter. An homage to Pink Floyd’s “Echoes” (the 23+ minute song that closes 1971 album Meddle), Oro is actually a single 94 minute song broken up into two albums and ten tracks. The second installment, Oro: Opus Alter came out today. Continue reading

Cover Art & First Two Video Installments from Ufomammut’s Oro: Opus Alter

The cover art for Ufomammut’s second installment of their epic Oro piece, Oro: Opus Alter, which is to be released on 17 September on Neurot Recordings. As usual, it’s by the talented Malleus art collective.

The full tracklisting:

1. Oroborus
2. Luxon
3. Sulphurdew
4. Sublime
5. Deityrant
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Most Anticipated Releases – Fall 2012

Summertime is usually kind of slow for new releases, leaving me time to look forward to what’s coming in the fall. That isn’t quite the case this year, with often several great albums coming out nearly every week. In fact, I put extra focus on the new releases from the likes of Dawnbringer, Gojira, Baroness, Orcus Chylde, At Devil Dirt, Kadavar and Alunah just to avoid going crazy wondering whether Colour Haze would ever finish their album! But with 13 Before ’13 — Albums Not to Miss Before the End of 2012, The Obelisk reminded me that there is indeed much to look forward to. Until recently, I wasn’t even sure if Colour Haze, Graveyard and Spiders were even coming out at all this year. To me, this top 13 is almost too good to be true! Continue reading