Monday, January 20, 2020

Lucius Fox new album "Quaternary Panorama" sticks & strings metal concept album

Lucius Fox new album "Quaternary Panorama"
Lucius Fox new album "Quaternary Panorama"
Fuzzy loves the sticks & strings setup (check out The Swamp's DOS BRUJOS and my Bandcamp comp "Sticks & Strings vol. 1") and Fuzzy loves instrumental (my next comp is 100% instrumental stoner), AND Fuzzy loves a good concept album (I produced CROW & POE), so when LUCIUS FOX sent me their new album "Quaternary Panorama" which is all of these things wrapped up into a mind-blowing instrumental prog metal guitar & drums concept album, what else was my reaction going to be except to say, this album is EPIC!! Have a listen to "Quaternary Panorama" and then I'll break it down:


Right off, this album is non-stop energy. The drums never let up, the riffs always keep it fresh, and even a slower song like "Extinction/Rebirth" is still full of more than enough metal. That's a hallmark of sticks & strings: each instrument has to pull way more than its own weight and it really pays off with this album.

Next thing, there is an incredible flow to this album. (Excuse the pun, since the concept that ties the songs together is glacier flows and timelines.) This plays out like a rock opera, with ebbs and flows and a consistency to the riffs that ties it all together without ever getting repetitive. This album rips it up for nearly an hour without missing a beat.

So technically, when an album is instrumental, you might argue that it's not a concept album since there are no lyrics to tell the story. Fuzzy disagrees with that. The music sets the mood and tells the story with sound, and if you insist on "lyrics" then read along with the copious album notes (and you might just learn something, too). Metal for nerds? Maybe, but I'm a nerd so I dig it. A lot.

Each song is tied to a geologic era focusing on the Great Lakes, from long ago until after humanity's demise. Check out the liner notes on the album page. From the band:
Quaternary Panorama is a 20,000 year timeline of the Great Lakes region; beginning during the final advance of the Laurentide ice sheet and ending just after the extinction of the human race. It spans the formation of the Great Lakes, migration of indigenous peoples to the region, colonialism, anthropogenic climate change, mass extinction and the aftermath. It’s hyper specific to the Great Lakes region and mega nerdy, but it also gets down really hard and we are incredibly proud of it.
Photo taken by: Teresa O'Riley — at The Music Factory.
Lucius Fox is from Kalamazoo, Michigan with members:
  • Jeremy Cronk - Guitar
  • Paul Joseph Drake Jr. - Drums
MERCH!! Get the artwork and the CD from the Lucius Fox Bandcamp page.

SHOWS!! Next up are a couple of gigs in February; follow the band's Facebook page for dates.




 

Fuzzy Cracklins Presents 
heavy underground music from The Swamp featuring

ADVENT VARIC blackened stoner metal
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
OPIUM WARLOCK psychedelic doom legion
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
CROW BALLARD folk psych
KAVOD meditative doom
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Psych rock OVERDRIVE ORCHESTRA new single "HCBM"

OVERDRIVE ORCHESTRA new single "HCBM"
OVERDRIVE ORCHESTRA new single "HCBM"
Psych rockers OVERDRIVE ORCHESTRA have a new album out on February 2, and it promises to be a very heavy affair based on the sound of the new single "HCBM." I like how heavy this sounds without getting into doom, and the combination of lead vocals, with backing from the whole band, are killer. Check it out:


Overdrive Orchestra is is from Michigan with members:
  • Chris Cranick - lead guitar, vocals, harmonica
  • Adam Bogues - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Shaun Sova - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Cameron Hill - drums, backing vocals
  • James Blevins - synth, keyboards, backing vocals

From the band web site at https://overdriveorchestra.com:
Progressive-stoner-rock-jammers, Overdrive Orchestra is an orchestration of sound, soul and energy influenced by the wide range of talent they surround themselves with. Founded by Michigan-natives Chris Cranick (guitar) and Adam Bogues (bass), OO learned quickly that artists of all backgrounds have something to contribute to their own sound. With the addition of Shaun Sova (guitar) and Cameron Hill (percussion) in 2016, and James Blevins (synth) in 2018, Overdrive is back in the studio recording their third album to be released in 2019. The band previously released two independent EPs-- 407 (2012) and Heading East (2013). In addition to their recordings, you can catch O2 rocking out local venues in Grand Rapids, Detroit, and surrounding areas.
The full album drops on February 2 on White Elephant Records.




 


Fuzzy Cracklins Presents 
heavy underground music from The Swamp featuring

ADVENT VARIC blackened stoner metal
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
OPIUM WARLOCK psychedelic doom legion
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
CROW BALLARD folk psych
KAVOD meditative doom
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock


Grunge psych "Lustitia" by T'SUN on Big Wood Records

"Lustitia" by T'SUN on Big Wood Records
"Lustitia" by T'SUN on Big Wood Records
T'SUN is a solo instrumental grunge psych band that recently released "Lustitia" on Big Wood Records. It's nearly 30 minutes over 2 tracks that deliver a very mellow and engaging set of songs. There is a melody that ties them together in a slow pace that makes this album a great choice when you need to hear something more on the relaxing side, or in the background while you're focusing elsewhere. There's a smattering of sound effects to lend to the chill atmosphere. Take a break with "Lustitia" by T'SUN:



Lustitia was written, produced, recorded by Brandon Welch. From the band:
This Album is the audible story of  life before and after  tragedy. Part1 touching on the weeks and months of optimism  and tranquility that life can offer you moments before it decides to challenge you. Part2 opening with a loud crash followed by a new level of emotion. Not as upbeat and social. Part2 carries a moody less hopeful, darker undertone than Part1 initially presents. During the recovery process of silence we find find a new sound to push us forward. We need to find patience and an even darker moment of silence before the music finds us once again. This album finish with hope truth and the feeling of wanting more......
BIG WOOD RECORDS is a new label in the PNW focusing on unsigned local bands. Check out their roster at the link below which includes TOAST who have a track on Fuzzy's Psychedelic Circus digital compilation on Bandcamp. There is a lot of musical talent up there so it's great that Big Wood Records is giving their music a home and the support it deserves.

From the label:
Our main goal at Big Wood is to share, promote and help facilitate our artists into becoming the best versions of themselves. We like to think of ourselves as a hands on team Helping  our artists when needed from writer's block to lyrics, bookings, promos, recordings, album art,  etc... We are a full platform creative agency providing a forward  moving direction for all our artists. We welcome all local music and artists musicians to reach out and allow us at Big Wood Records to help assist you in your musical journey.




 

Fuzzy Cracklins Presents 
heavy underground music from The Swamp featuring

ADVENT VARIC blackened stoner metal
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
OPIUM WARLOCK psychedelic doom legion
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
CROW BALLARD folk psych
KAVOD meditative doom
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock

Fuzzy's Fresh Picks on Par9noid's Underground Metal Show January 8, 2020


Join Fuzzy on Par9noid's Underground Metal Show every Wednesday @ 6PM Eastern for hear an hour of fresh music from the heavy underground.

The live stream is at http://chronixaggression.com/grit

Join us in the chat room at http://chronixaggression.com/chatroom

Fuzzy's Fresh Picks for this week are:










 

Fuzzy Cracklins Presents 
heavy underground music from The Swamp featuring

ADVENT VARIC blackened stoner metal
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
OPIUM WARLOCK psychedelic doom legion
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
CROW BALLARD folk psych
KAVOD meditative doom
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock

Monday, January 6, 2020

Stoner punk SLUMLORD RADIO new single & Stooges cover

Stoner punk SLUMLORD RADIO new single & Stooges cover
Art by Steven Yoyada
Michigan stoner punks SLUMLORD RADIO have dropped a 2-track blast of noise with their new single "Gonna Be A Riot" along with one of the best covers I've ever heard of one of the best Stooges songs "Now I Wanna Be Your Dog." These loud ass dudes hail from Michigan -- it's no coincidence that is also the home state of Iggy Pop. I dig how fuzzed-out this version is. Check it out:


Slumlord Radio is:
  • Tommy "Capt. Hollywood" Erickson- Vocals/Guitar
  • "Rattlesnake" Matt Claucherty - Drums
  • Michael "The Westside Wolfman" Todd - Bass/Backing vocals

From the band:
Formed in the slums in '10. Scuzzy and fuzzy w/ a side of fancy. The devilicious handsome quartet, bashes out the rock as if they were a dirty version of RUSH. Just some good ol' Action rock/stoner/punk n roll for the kids, cuz givin' back is what it is all about.




 


Fuzzy Cracklins Presents 
heavy underground music from The Swamp featuring

ADVENT VARIC blackened stoner metal
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
OPIUM WARLOCK psychedelic doom legion
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
CROW BALLARD folk psych
KAVOD meditative doom
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock




Sunday, January 5, 2020

Prog stoner metal ORC S/T lays the pedal down with bass & drums

ORC S/T
ORC S/T cover art by Sly Me Illustration 
All I really need to say about this debut album from ORC is how many times I've listened to it in the past 2 days since it was released. Over twenty times. It really is that good. Have a listen and then I'll break it down why I dig this album so much:


There is so much to like here, but in particular I have always dug a setup where the bass is the lead string instrument. (Check out my comp from last year Sticks & Strings vol. 1 for some more bass & string setups including Eats Batteries and Bardo.) It's pounding fuzz-ed out non-stop energy, and the drums have to work extra hard to make up for the low number of instruments.

Then there is the blend of progressive and stoner metal sounds. The band took it as their goal to mix these two genres together, and the result is way beyond anything you could hope for. The fuzz never stops, the heavy riffs never quit, and now you are getting an idea of why I've played this so many times in the past couple of days.

If this album was instrumental, I would still be raving about it. I would still have listened to it as many times as I did. (For example, check out last year's MOOZOONSII debut album with its instrumental stoner groove metal.)

But this album ain't instrumental. It has vocals, and does it ever! Andy Jeglic's singing piles onto the constant energy so well that it takes this album up to a new level. Andy's singing is the perfect match for this hard-driving music.

Orc says they were going for a mix of progressive and stoner metal, and Fuzzy says they found it!

I don't usually do the FFO thing but I will say this has me thinking fondly of the debut album from Montrose with its ultra fuzz, heavy riffs, and killer vocals. Yea I think it's OK to compare a band to Ronnie Montrose and Sammy Hagar without saying it's derivative in any way.

ORC prog stoner metal band from Lansing, Michigan

Orc is out of Lansing, Michigan with members:
  • Andy Jeglic - Bass / Vocals
  • Connor Peil - Drums
From the band:
Orc is a two-piece band from Lansing, MI, that was founded after members Andy and Connor attended a Primus and Mastodon concert. The goal of the project was to seamlessly weave progressive influences into a stoner-metal outfit.


 

Fuzzy Cracklins Presents 
heavy underground music from The Swamp featuring

ADVENT VARIC blackened stoner metal
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
OPIUM WARLOCK psychedelic doom legion
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
CROW BALLARD folk psych
KAVOD meditative doom
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Blues rock split MISTER EARTHBOUND / SIBYL "Hypnotic Rhythm" drops January 11


MISTER EARTHBOUND / SIBYL "Hypnotic Rhythm"
MISTER EARTHBOUND / SIBYL "Hypnotic Rhythm"
MISTER EARTHBOUND and SIBYL are releasing a split EP, Hypnotic Rhythm, on January 11th with a tape out on Deckhead Records.  The split has 2 tracks from each of these Richmond, Virginia bands which show off their bluesy rock roots and complementary vocal styles. Mister Earthbound brings a new track "Hot Foot Powder" along with a cover of "I Put a Spell on You." Sibyl brings two new tracks "Rottweiler Smile" and "Love/Violence." You'll be able to hear a pre-release of the singles on January 4 on their Bandcamp pages (links below).




Hypnotic Rhythm is a solid rocker split and anyone in RVA on the 18th will want to check out this release party along with Snake Mountain Revival at Fuzzy Cactus. CLICK FOR SHOW INFO


The tape release party is at Fuzzy Cactus which has recently begun having shows. It's quickly making a name for itself in the Richmond music scene. The show is on the 18th which kicks off the tour running until January 29th with shows in Richmond, Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, Asheville, and Raleigh. CLICK HERE FOR TOUR INFO

Get the Hypnotic Rhythm cassette tape from Deckhead Records.

MISTER EARTHBOUND has a track on Fuzzy's THE HEAVY SOUTH rock compilation last year on Bandcamp, and SIBYL released an album in 2019.




 

Fuzzy Cracklins Presents 
heavy underground music from The Swamp featuring

ADVENT VARIC blackened stoner metal
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
OPIUM WARLOCK psychedelic doom legion
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
CROW BALLARD folk psych
KAVOD meditative doom
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock

Stoner fuzz & heavy psych DENIZEN new album "High Winds Preacher"

Stoner fuzz DENIZEN new album "High Winds Preacher"

DENIZEN is a fuzzed-out stoner 4-piece from southern France with a new album of heavy music that barely fits onto a vinyl. "High Winds Preacher" delivers non-stop desert stoner with more than enough groovy fuzz and heavy psych to please any fan of stoner music. Check out Denizen's "High Winds Preacher":


Fuzzy's favorite picks are "The Beast" which is slower with a nice long burn, and "Chasing the Guru" which captures the band's sound at its best. Overall this is a very solid album with fuzz on top of fuzz and killer vocals. Dig it!

Denizen's "High Winds Preacher" vinyl and CD are available from Argonauta Records at this link.

FFO: The Black Angels.


Denizen is:

  • Fabien Aletto : Vocals
  • Yann Chinette : Guitars
  • Andreas Goumy : Drums
  • Colin Trognée : Bass

From the band: 
Denizen is a Stoner/Heavy Rock band formed in the South of France between Montpellier and Sète. We played a lot of shows everywhere in France and shared the stage with bands like Mars Red Sky, Yawning Man, MaidaVale, Glowsun, The Re-Stoned, Steak, Black Rainbows, Lo Pan, Abrahma, Mother Engine, Doctor Doom


 

Fuzzy Cracklins Presents 
heavy underground music from The Swamp featuring

ADVENT VARIC blackened stoner metal
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
OPIUM WARLOCK psychedelic doom legion
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
CROW BALLARD folk psych
KAVOD meditative doom
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Fuzzy's Fresh Picks on Par9noid's Underground Metal Show


Join Fuzzy on Par9noid's Underground Metal Show every Wednesday @ 6PM Eastern to hear an hour of fresh music from the heavy underground.

The live stream is at http://chronixaggression.com/grit

Get in the chat room to tell us how you like the music at http://chronixaggression.com/chatroom

Par9noid's Underground Metal Show plays Monday through Fridays from 5pm to Midnight Eastern.




 

Fuzzy Cracklins Presents 
heavy underground music from The Swamp featuring

ADVENT VARIC blackened stoner metal
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
OPIUM WARLOCK psychedelic doom legion
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
CROW BALLARD folk psych
KAVOD meditative doom
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock

Psych metal FARSEER's S/T album debut


I'm finally catching up on my reviews after the holidays, but I was listening to a lot of music and one album that got a lot of spins in The Swamp in December was the self-titled debut album from Chicago's FARSEER. This album sounds way beyond the typical debut effort and it delivers 47 minutes of a mostly instrument mix of progressive psych and sludge metal with two different singing styles added onto a few of the songs. I really dig this album. Take a listen:


I picked "Mouse Utopia" as one of Fuzzy's Fresh Picks on last month's show on Par9noid's Metal Underground so I guess that's my favorite song from the album. It's got a nonstop pounding rhythmn combined with guitars floating over the top, and vocals that kick in at just the right time. But it was not easy to pick a favorite from this album because it mitaintains a nearly perfect blend of progressive psych and sludge for the full 47 minutes.

The vocals do not dominate this album. Half the songs are instrumental, and when the vocals kick in they blend so seamlessly with the music it's like they are another instrument. That being said, I really dig the two styles of vocals. "Mouse Utopia" is full-bore gritty then when it gets to "Sleep in the Sound" we have a mix of those along with more angelic vocals.


Farseer is:

  • Brendan McCarthy: Guitar + Vocals
  • Ted Ballantine: Guitar
  • George Burrows: Bass
  • Kyle Curtis: Drums

From the band:
Blending post-metal and Floydian psychedelics with crushing riffs and consuming atmosphere, Farseer is a dynamic 4-piece progressive metal project from Chicago.

Influenced by / FFO: 
Led Zeppelin, Modest Mouse, Baroness, Torche, Deafheaven, Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, Pink Floyd, Mastodon, Pelican, Russian Circles
Upcoming shows:

  • January 10 at Penny Road Pub in Barringon, IL with The Darkhorse Collective show info 





 

Fuzzy Cracklins Presents 
heavy underground music from The Swamp featuring

ADVENT VARIC blackened stoner metal
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
OPIUM WARLOCK psychedelic doom legion
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
CROW BALLARD folk psych
KAVOD meditative doom
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock