Monday, July 12, 2021

"Zero Kelvin" by VANTA

 

"Zero Kelvin" by VANTA

Just released on Bandcamp is the new album "Zero Kelvin" from Hungary's VANTA. I've always enjoyed Vanta's no-holds-barred approach to sludge and their fearlessness when it comes to trying new directions, and "Zero Kelvin" continues Vanta's reach into new sonic territory. Guest vocals, acoustic guitar, cello (!!), and spoken word -- Vanta is completely fearless in their approach to sludge. Listen to "Zero Kelvin" on Bandcamp: 

"Zero Kelvin" lights the fire with a 13-minute opener, which begins with acoustic guitar but that is just an intro to an explosion of sound. Next up is a previous release, "Church of the Holy Shit" which captures the epic guitar tone that Vanta has always delivered, along with a background of church organs. This is song is downright catchy in addition to smacking your face with broken pew. 

photo by Ádám Bálint

"Feel Alive" and "Invisible Parasite" contain some mind-blowing guitar solos, and the cello on the last & title song "Zero Kelvin" is surely one of the most unique moments of any sludge album this year. 

photo by Ádám Bálint

Hands-down, "Zero Kelvin" is Vanta's best work yet, and delivers a solid album with exciting experimentation that adds to the music rather than distracting from it.  Be sure to dive into Vanta's back catalog if you have yet to discover everything that Vanta has to offer. (Especially check out the split with HER HIGHNESS.)

From the band: 
Zero Kelvin is a collection of dystopian lullabies. A journey through landscapes of disphorian metaphors. A bottle filled with the frozen water of the black sonic river.

We are Vanta, a metal duo of long-time friends from Budapest, Hungary. We named the band after one of the darkest human made materials in order to reflect our musical intentions. We play a mixture of sludge, doom, and stoner metal. We spice our music with odd time signatures (used recreationally) and a guitar tuned to the depths of hell. We are pushing the limits of our instruments experimenting with heaviness, highly inspired by beer.  



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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Evil Notions by Clyde Von Klaus

Evil Notions by Clyde Von Klaus

Fuzzy is in Vegas this week looking for new digs (and keeping Mrs. C loaded with beverages) but I had to take a break to check out the new album "Evil Notions" from solo band CLYDE VON KLAUS. And I am really digging this one! This is a high-octane blend of doom, metal, grunge, and layers upon layers of killer vocals. Have a listen to  Evil Notions by Clyde Von Klaus on Bandcamp:

I gotta say, this whole album has me on a gigantic trip down memory lane to a time when bands like MOTHER LOVE BONE were laying the foundations of the grunge revolution that on the way. But that's not to say "Evil Notions" is exactly the same thing -- but it lives in the same world with its raw energy, killer riffs, and those awesome vocals. 

Some of the highlights for me include the vocals and guitar on "Freezing Drizzle" and "Fatalistic" and the slow, heavy riff of "The Futures Past." But every song on this beast is a winner.

From the band: 

Clyde Von Klaus is a one man band from Hutto, Texas. All songs created by coming up with some drum beats. Then I bring the songs to life by the drums commands. Spontaneously written and put together. Mistakes and drum clicks just add to the raw thrill of playing hard. No click tracks and no plan. The process is creatively and artistically rejuvenating. The closest thing to being in a band I’ve been able to recreate.  The thrill of putting ideas together on the spot and seeing what it creates and in the end it surprises me.  

Check out the CD and follow the band Clyde Von Klaus on Bandcamp for more music & news at https://clydevonklaus.bandcamp.com

Dig solo bands like Clyde Von Klaus? Be sure to check out Fuzzy's latest comp on Bandcamp with over 4 hours of music from solo bands. It's free on Bandcamp at Loud & Lonely vol. 2


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Thursday, June 17, 2021

LOUD & LONELY VOL. 2


 Over 40 solo musicians with more than 4 hours of heavy music! Free on Bandcamp! Check it out!







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Monday, June 7, 2021

June 11 -- "Winterized" bass-only sludge from SEUM

 

"Winterized" bass-only sludge from SEUM

Has it already been nearly a year since Montreal's bass-only SEUM crashed onto the sludge scene? This trio has managed to keep their music in our ears since then with a killer cover of Prince, and a 7" vinyl split with FATIMA. And on June 11, the band drops their new album "Winterized" which I'm here to preview. 

"Winterized" explodes with 7 tracks. The opener "Sea Sick Six" delivers the warning that Seum has kicked up their songwriting and production game from last year's EP. We've got new bass and vocal effects, and somehow the bass attack has gotten even louder -- although I have no idea how that was possible. There's an extra layer of filthy riffs on this album that make these songs even more repeatable than ever. The tracks are a little longer this time around, too. 

Next up is the lead single "Life Grinder" which you can hear on Bandcamp: 

#3 is "Winter of Seum" which continues the theme in titles from last year's "Summer of Seum" and slows things down quite a bit from the previous 2 songs. But fear not -- this one is just as thick and heavy and mind-crushing. This song definitely makes you reconsider what sounds that a bass is capable of producing.

"Broken Bones" shows off the band's ability to get downright funky, while giving the vocals a chance to really stand out. 

"666" provides a short instrumental interlude, and "Black Snail Volcano" sounds like the anchor to the album before wrapping things up with a cover song. "Black Snail Volcano" is dark without being depressing, heavy without forgetting the riff, and seals the deal that SEUM has brought their music up to a new level. 

And you can never go wrong with The Ramones! Seum brings their bass-only sludge attack to "Pet Sematary" which I will describe in one word: "EPIC" !! Fuzzy is a huge fan of cover songs, and Seum give this one a life of its own. Killer! What a great way to end an album.

Seum is a guitar-less 3-piece that delivers killer riffs, pounding drums, and brutal vocals. Don't miss their new album!

"Winterized" will release on June 11 on Bandcamp and all streaming platforms. Follow the band to get the news at https://seumtheband.bandcamp.com 

SEUM is from Montreal with members: 

  • Fred - Drums
  • Gaspard - Vocals
  • Piotr - Bass

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Top 10 Reasons to Share Bandcamp Codes

Top 10 Reasons to Share Bandcamp Codes

Fuzzy has given away THOUSANDS of album codes for bands on Bandcamp -- for my bands in The Swamp Records, and also for bands I have written reviews for here on the blog. Here's my list of why sharing Bandcamp codes is such a great idea: 

Friday, June 4, 2021

JUST RELEASED: CD & Album "Doom of Babylon" from WATCHMAN

 

JUST RELEASED: CD & Album "Doom of Babylon" from WATCHMAN

New sludge metal album "Doom of Babylon" from WATCHMAN is now available on CD at https://theswamprecords.bandcamp.com/album/doom-of-babylon


How (and why) to use Bandcamp codes for EFFECTIVE (and free!) promotion of your music. Fuzzy explains it all right here --

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TITANOSAUR gets in The Swamp!

TITANOSAUR gets in The Swamp!

TITANOSAUR gets in The Swamp! Fuzzy Cracklins and The Swamp Records are excited to announce the sludge metal solo band is bringing their music to The Swamp Krewe with a new album coming later this year. 

Titanosaur will have a new pre-release song later this month on LOUD & LONELY VOL. 2. 

Check out Titanosaur's music and CD at https://titanosaur1.bandcamp.com/

Follow the band here on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/titanosaurrocks/