I do follow this Belgian act as from the very beginning and I do appreciate the permanent positive evolution they made. In the early years, Gorath played decent yet somewhat faceless (Black) Metal, but by each recording they went stronger and more convincing. The continuously perfecting totality made both last Gorath-albums, MXCII and Apokalypsis (both reviews still available within the archives-section), make the top of my end year’s lists in respectively 2010 and 2011, and now it’s time to praise the Horned One once again.
Denver-based band Royal Talons debut with a self-called album that presents five tracks that last for forty six minutes. And honestly, this might be one of the most impressing debuts I’ve heard this year.
Royal Talons bring a firm, heavy, rather obscure and oppressive mixture of Sludge, Post-Punk, Stoner and Doom Metal with an own face. The whole sounds somewhat psychedelic, hypnotic and gloomy, with an experimental base to reveal tradition and creativity at once.
Auto-didactic musician / multi-instrumentalist / composer Mathieu Vandekerckhove might be known from his activities in acts like AmenRa, Caan, Sembler Deah or Kingdom, but since almost ten years, he acts as a solo-artist under the moniker of Syndrome as well. Last year, for example, he and ConSouling Sounds did release the surprising full length Floating Veins (on CD and LP).
ConSouling Sounds are a pretty young Post / Doom / Drone label from Belgium with more than just a handful of great releases in the past.
They are not that ‘big’, so one cannot expect a new release each week (unfortunately); but I do prefer a limited but well-thought emission of material, so you won’t hear me bitching; either about the (i-pooled) package we did receive recently, even though much of this stuff was released (or meant to be released) several months ago.
Retrovati is a one-man instrumental project originated by Panama City (Panama, Central America) born multi-instrumentalist Jose Pimentel, whom today lives in Chicago (Illinois, USA).
Dean Meehan is a Canadian (from Niagara Falls, Ontario) whom has been working in the music business for over 25 years now, both as a musician and behind the scenes with bands such as Blue Rodeo, Kiss, The Rolling Stones, The Tragically Hip, Great Big Sea, Kim Mitchell, Three Days Grace, Tom Cochrane, Matthew Good, The Guess Who and Saga...to name but some of the better known.
Not a lot of info on this English band, because the trio from the Essex region is only a young band, formed in late 2011 when, on December 19, singer/ guitarist Nathan “Papa Justify” Lusher and singer/ bassist Julia “Okra” Clark held an audition to incorporate Dan “Bongo Spud Gun” Brown into their band as drummer.
TSM/ SLW Promotion special, January 2013, Part 1 : Atrium – Junkfoxx – Dean Meahan – Retrovati
One of my favourite scenes, at least when it comes to Pagan / Viking / Epic-oriented Black Metal, is the East-European one, with countries like Romania and Hungary more specifically. When it comes to the first one, Romania, well, I guess I did pronounce my appreciation more than once in recent reviews for acts like Satanochio, Negura Bunget, Avatar or Syn Ze Sase Tri (check out the archives-section).
No, no...not a new album by this second band originated by Belgian Neo-Classic/ Symphonic guitarist-extraordinaire Dushan Petrossi, but merely a re-issue of the album originally released in 2005!