Dark Psychedelia will be the name of the game around here for a little bit, and I wanted to start things out with an enigmatic album that I just recently stumbled upon: Don Bradshaw and a gal named Leather's soul-occult psyche freakout from '72. It's difficult to even describe this. I can only say it is haunting, powerful, horrific, insane, beautiful....I could go on but I think I'll stop right there. Do some research on this guy, it's fascinating the conjecture and mythology that people go into. Does no one actually know who this was?!? Anyway, I've been listening to these youtube clips the past few daze and I advise you to do the same. No link, but music this ephemeral should not sit on your computer anyway, it should settle deep in your mind only to come alive during those darkest moments when surreality can offer the only escape.
Do you like Metallica? Do you like Harps? Well your dreams have just come true then mutherfuckers. Seems like these two talented string plucking vixens are having lots of fun reworking the classics...Hopefully the follow-up Ride The Lyreing is already in the works.
I think if this demo would've come out nowadays it would go over huge. OOD's brand of technical murky Incantation/Portal type death metal is on the uprise, but back at the turn of the century, it was definitely not de rigueur. These 5 songs are actually pretty great, interesting riffs with a trebly guitar tone and drumming that at times can get super abstract (really cool cymbal work), which helps give everything an avant-garde ritualistic type of vibe. I actually designed a logo for this band. It was fuckin' tight with lots of spikes and snakes, but they went with this lame ass logo instead. No accounting for taste I suppose.
PS this is not the demo listed on Metal Archives...I got this in 2001 or thereabouts.
Ferocious...puzzling...spacey....all worthy adjectives to describe this incredibly obscure '97 German tech death/jazz dream. This is some unsettling shit all built around Cynic/Atheist style guitar acrobatics with an atonal avant-garde edge that places it on the weirder side of Pestilence's oft-maligned (but incredible nonetheless) Spheres. This is somehow even more "out-there" than any of those bands...if you don't believe, make sure to check out the incredibly fucked and un-fuckable with 10 minute closer "Yellow Puzzle"...it is fantastic, and addicting with half-sung vocals incoherently riding over unintelligible death growls, clean guitar passages and jazz bass fucking with your mind...ridiculous abstract/poetic lyrics about nature. I can't say enough good things about this demo....the only thing this band released by the way. Some members would go on to play with Necrophagist right around the release of Onset of Putrefaction...but I prefer Puzzled to anything by them. A technical masterpiece abstracted and reassembled by psychos. I can't recommend this enough!!
Stone were a great Finnish thrash band that pumped out some gems in the late 80's/early 90's. No Anaesthesia! was their sophomore release and is definitely my favorite, sounding like an even more melodic Ride The Lightning era Metallica...but instead of writing songs about Kt(h)ulu these guys penned an epic 10 minute song about...a dentist appointment?!
How do you want it?
He's the dentist, you are a patient in pain
You're a special client so he locks the door
Please dear doc, drill my hole with
Let's see what you can take 'cos he's no fake
FUCK YEAH!! This is thrash just hows I like it, and if you've got a thrashing bone in your body you'll be banging to these tunes in no time.
Happy Valentine's Day Fuckers...enjoy this lovely and loving brutal Dutch death metal treat with my compliments, and remember...
Oh, wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat with somebody
Yeah wanna dance with somebody
With somebody who loves me
I just found out about this stoner-psyche band from the good ol' STL. That they call themselves Rowsdower (after the infamous character Zap from MST3K's riff-tastic treatment of oddball Canadian cult fav The Final Sacrifice) is just the icing on the cake. Great guitar work, really cool stuff!
Download the full demo provided by the band here.
Ok, one more keyboard bloated late '90's Finnish black metal post...I just can't help myself, this stuff is just too good. And really, how can you go wrong with songs titled "Mechanical Hippie", "Acid Sex Marble Teeth" and "I Wish I Was Pregnant". Jesus, these guys are like an even more pretentious version of Solefald. Eat your heart out Cornelius von Mutherfucker!
Will finish up the late 90's/early 2000's keyboard bloated Finnish black metal cheesefest posts with the immortal Barathrum...Okkult is quite a departure from their early work, where they played a cavernous bass-heavy brand of primal black dirge that sounded more Greek (Necromantia in particular) than Finnish. Expect driving fist pumping keyboards, thrash to bang your head, and chorus' that will stick in it despite the most furious of banging. The keyboards are so predominant in parts of Okkult that it actually sounds like a Vangelis recording...epic, catchy and fun!
Bizarre Troll Technology is the psilocybin equivalent to Gloomy Grim's LSDisneyLand Fun. A fanciful romp of trolling, shrooming, sweet keyboards and unrelenting bloodshed. Hmmmm, now that I think about it there might be a little PCP in those caps.
If one were to take an LSD fueled boatride down Disney's It's A Small World exhibit (or maybe even Epcot's Imagination Land), Gloomy Grim should most likely be your soundtrack of choice...that Figment character always struck me as quite grim anyways.