Saturday
Mar032018

Papir - III

8.0 - Denmark - 2013

Instrumental space rock from a Danish trio. More melodic and textured than the work of their usual peers in the genre (Colour Haze, for example). The opener, "Papir III.I", is a particular highlight, and the whole record is generally solid. Still, I can't completely endorse bands that can't be bothered to give their tracks proper titles! Come on, lads, don't be lazy arses!

Saturday
Mar032018

Colour Haze - Colour Haze

7.0 - Germany - 2004

Self-titled, but not a debut from the established German spacerock trio. Like all Colour Haze records, it prominently features that same sludgy fuzz guitar sound. Opener "Mountain" -- which as far as I can tell is only present on CD pressings -- builds to a thrilling climax and the epic centrepiece "Peace, Brothers and Sisters!" does not wear out its twenty-minute plus runtime. It's the quieter pieces that most let down this otherwise decent record. "Love", which is mostly a solo vocal/guitar piece involves a lot of waiting around for the inevitable build-up when the rest of the band comes in. And, as with most Colour Haze records, it's the vocals and lyrics that bring things down. Stefan Koglek does not have a particularly good voice (there's always something slightly off whenever Germans sing in English!), and the hippy-dippy lyrics are a bit naff. Still, the riffs are killer.

Saturday
Mar032018

Filter - Short Bus

6.0 - USA - 1995

Debut album from the industrial music project fronted by former Nine Inch Nails guitarist and brother to the T-1000, Richard Patrick. Lead single and first track, "Hey Man, Nice Shot" -- a tribute to the suicide of R. Budd Dwyer -- was a big hit and most certainly the soundtrack to innumerable rounds of DooM, which was also exploding in popularity around this time. The rest of the record is largely mid-nineties sub-NIN industrial slog. There's nothing overtly bad, but it all gets a little dull after a while. Still, if you like "Hey Man, Nice Shot", there are at least half a dozen tracks here that a basically just different versions of that track, although it's a little like that scene in Alien: Resurrection where Ripley finds the room of failed Ripley clones. Elsewhere, the most notable track (and not necessarily in a good way) is "Stuck In Here" in which the group depart from their usual fuzz-toned "heavy" riffs to produce a strangely prosaic acoustic indie-song that sounds like something Hayden might have cooked up on a slow day, with Patrick's erstwhile expressive scream muted into a rather flat and not particularly great "sensitive" vocal. Meh.
 

 

 

Friday
Mar022018

Pink Floyd – 1971: Reverber/ation (The Early Years 1965-1972, Volume 5)

7.5 – England – 1971/2017

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Sunday
Jan282018

Pink Floyd – 1970: Devi/ation (The Early Years 1965-1972, Volume 4)

9.5 – England – 1970/2017

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Pink Floyd - 1969: Dramatis/ation (The Early Years 1965-1972, Volume 3)

8.5 - England - 1969/2017

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Sunday
Aug062017

Pink Floyd - 1968: Germin/ation (The Early Years 1965-1972, Volume 2)

7.5 - England - 1968/2017

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Thursday
May042017

Michael Head & The Strands - The Magical World Of The Strands

8.0 - England - 1997

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Tuesday
Apr042017

Miles Davis - Big Fun

9.5 - USA - 1974

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Tuesday
Apr042017

Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera - Vai Gorilla (Original Soundtrack)

8.5 - Italy - 1975

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