• album reviews Vol 2 (newest: deafheaven)

    24 Jan 2010, 20:15 by TrueMithrandir

    Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:00 pm

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    Oranssi Pazuzu - Muukalainen Puhuu 2009

    I love when two genres marry perfectly together in such velvety harmony; as is the case with Oranssi Pazuzu. These guys manage to create truly Progressive and Psychedelic Black Metal, without once ever seeming forced. There's been many bands in the past who've tried to do similar things but they always seem to be lacking a certain spirit...but these guys have it, oh yes they do! They seem to be in touch with that liberating heart and soul of the late 60s/early 70s. It's one thing to have a bubbly looking 70s logo and retro looking clothing and playing the same tired Sabbath riffs over and over again and claiming to be invoking the spirit of those times (inevitably becoming just another retro act), but none of that gives that true revolutionary spirit of those times when bands really were creating some new and uninhibited conscious heightening music . …
  • 10 Great Underrated Bands...And More!

    25 Aug 2009, 01:28 by MoogleFan

    (this was cross-posted to my music blog A Future in Noise, and here for your perusal!)

    Here, by 'underrated', I'm referring to artists that I enjoy that have a relative lack of mainstream acclaim and appeal in the present, though many (if not all) of the artists below have been critically acclaimed and some even did reasonably well sales-wise in their heyday. Check out the list below of my picks for best underrated bands, suggestions from Tumblr users, and be sure to name your personal favorites in the comments!

    The Cars
    Why They're Great: Ah, where to begin...The Cars are easily one of my most favorite bands ever, and while they've been reasonably respected by critics, particularly for their initial '78 album (one of the rare 5-star getters in my library at Rate Your Music), they continue to be underrated by a great many of those young enough to not have fond memories of hearing these tracks when they first came out. Luckily, I heard The Cars quite a lot growing up, thanks to my Mom playing tapes and later on…
  • GCVLP-002: Loto Ball Show - Levy on the Eyeway

    18 Sep 2008, 19:44 by giftedchildren

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    Loto Ball Show - Levy on the Eyeway
    LP w/ Digital Download (Ltd. 500)

    Ever hear of The Phantom Limbs? Ever see them live? Well, we did - And weren't sure if we wanted a baby bottle/our mother's breast or to throw someone into a wall. The Phantom Limbs left us a great legacy on Alternative Tentacles, one that made us follow (who was then known as Hopeless, but is now known as) Loto Ball on his journey from the Bay Area to Chicago, where he opened the Reversibe Eye Gallery and started his new musical endeavor, Loto Ball Show in 2005.

    Loto Ball Show screams out much of the same ferocity as The Phantom Limbs while bringing in more variety in mood, more shifts in volume and pace, and more eclectic sounds. A driving key-board driven form of No-Wave post-punk with hints of jazz syncopation and Middle-Eastern scales.

    Levy on the Eyeway is for the unique ear. Nine tracks packed with noise, percussion, energy, and "that voice."