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/

Thursday, June 3, 2021

VINYL PRE-ORDER for BLACKJACK MOUNTAIN "Holding Time"

 

VINYL PRE-ORDER for BLACKJACK MOUNTAIN "Holding  Time"

PRE-ORDER now for BLACKJACK MOUNTAIN on vinyl! 

Signed posters available with art by Steven Yoyada.

Pre-Order now at TheSwampRecords.com

Ships on June 15.

A small number of copies are available online. Local copies will be available at the band's release party and at The Vinyl Frontier in the Atlanta area.

Listen to the band's interview on WRUU.org at 4pm Eastern on Monday with DJ Tom from The Way Left of the Dial show. 

Right on!

Fuzzy 🤘🐊 


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Friday, May 28, 2021

Psych rock debut EP from FAIRYPORT CONVENT

 

It's official -- there's a lot of great psych rock coming out of Poland these days! Readers of this blog already know Fuzzy digs JAMES BUTTON BAND, and today I'm listening to the debut EP from FAIRYPORT CONVENT. This band covers a lot of psychedelic territory, with vibes from 60s psychedelia, 70s space rock, and even venturing into the fringes of industrial and Krautrock. Listen FAIRYPORT CONVENT on Bandcamp and read Fuzzy's review after the jump:

Monday, May 24, 2021

SOLO BANDS -- submit by June 15 for Loud & Lonely vol. 2

 

Loud & Lonely vol. 2
Cover art by The Electric Stoner
@theelectricstoner

SOLO BANDS!! Get your song on Volume 2 of the Bandcamp compilation that is in almost 500 fan collections.

Major solo bands are already lined up with pre-release music which you'll hear for the first time here, and all one-person bands are welcome to join us. Let's make this epic!! Stoner, psych, doom, rock, metal, all solo bands are encouraged to get on here. More details after the break....

Thursday, May 6, 2021

How (and WHY) to send out download codes on Bandcamp


TLDR; Send free download codes to reviewers and super fans to quickly get the word out on your music. Here's how!
This post is for all the bands out there who are trying to get the word out on their music. Well, that should be EVERY band regardless of their size, but especially new underground bands who don't have a label and a PR company and all that. Bands have to get things done yourselves.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Heavy psych debut "GLöD"

 

Heavy psych debut "GLöD"

With so much amazing music in the Underground, it can be a challenge for a new band to break into the scene with a sound that is fresh and unique, while still appealing to the heavy riff lovers. The debut EP from Sweden's GLöD ("glow") certainly fits the bill for a unique (and killer) sound. Take your favorite hard rock riff from the 70s, add a dash of your most beloved 80s heavy metal, run it through a 90s grunge playlist, and fine-tune the whole thing with the modern stoner and heavy psych scene. The result is one badass album. Listen to GLöD on Bandcamp: 

"Cyanide Nights" rips it open but things only get heavier with "Reign of Fear." GLöD pulls no punches, piling equal parts fuzz and wah wah pedal to support the gritty vocals. (It's important to point out that each member of the band is a vet from previous bands, which helps to explain how GLöD is able to burst out with such a brutal debut.)

Fuzzy's Favorite: "Vintern 1867" in part because I always prefer longer tracks which give each instrument some solo time to shine, but mostly because it's riff ends with a mind-hammer that is superb in its relentlessness. And also it's got a title ("Winter 1867") which seems to be based on the severe famine in Northern Sweden in 1867: https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missväxtåren_1867–1869

Heavy psych debut "GLöD"

The Swamp's heavy psych music compilation curator SARGENT SIGNALS says, 

What we have RIGHT HERE is the finest example of Heavy Psych/Desert Rock done up Hellhammer/Celtic Frost/St Vitus style that I have heard in a LOOONG TIME...

So YOU KNOW what to DO... Put DOWN The BONG And PICK THIS UP!!!


Heavy psych debut "GLöD"

GLöD hails from Sweden with members: 

  • ANDERS LUNDIN: Guit, Vox (ex Makabert Fynd)
  • MATHIAS ÖJERMARK: Bass, Keys (ex Obrero, Natthimlen)
  • JOSHUA ATLAS: Drums (ex Parakeets) 

From the band: 

Glöd is a three-piece stoner/psych/doom/metal band from Stockholm, Sweden. Josh (drums) had moved to Stockholm from his native NYC. He met Anders who had been involved with the underground hardcore punk scene for a long time. The two of them started to jam out some fuzzy stoner riff and went searching for a bass player. Mathias was found and the lineup was complete. Not long after its formation the group entered D-beat studios in Uppsala, Sweden to record with sound wizard Janne Jutila. The resault is what you can now listen to at Glöd’s Bandcamp site. Hours of new material is just waiting to be recorded. Expect some pretty extreme sonic adventures...!

Right on!

Follow GLöD band -- and grab a shirt! -- on Bandcamp at https://glod.bandcamp.com

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