Don’t let the album cover or the fact that this band is from Sweden fool you, this is not death metal by any stretch of the imagination. Instead, it’s an album of pure blues-based heavy rock in the vein of The Sword, early Iron Maiden, Dio-era Black Sabbath, with some Wolfmother thrown in for good measure. It has a great 70s metal vibe from start to finish.
Nekromant (formerly Serpent) recently signed to Ripple Music, a small but mighty label known for hand picking the best up and coming pysch, stoner and heavy rock. The Nekromant Lives is the third album from the heavy metal trio and the first on Ripple. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more from these guys in the future!
Standout tracks: The Nekromant Lives, Scorpio, Blood for Walpurgis. Available on Bandcamp and from Ripple Records.
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Good god y’all, Tom Morello just dropped his latest solo album The Atlas Underground, which is as chock full of collaborators as a Snickers is full of nuts. Artists like Big Boi, Gary Clark Jr. and more are featured on each track of the ex-RAtM and Audioslave guitarist’s album. It’s a testament to his musicianship that this album manages to hang together as a work despite the range of influences and artists.
Part hip hop, part avant-garde alternative rock, and with a thread of Rage throughout, this is a must listen album. Standout tracks: Battle Sirens (feat. Knife Party), Every Step That I Take (feat. Portugal. The Man and Whethan), and Vigilante Nocturno (feat. Carl Restivo)
Release date: Oct. 12, 2018. Download or stream on your choice of sites, find the links here!
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I loved Fire Down Below‘s debut so much that their sophomore album arrived with some admittedly unreasonable expectations from me. I mean, Viper Vixen Goddess Saint was my literal favorite album of last year, kind of hard to live up to. This one, however, just didn’t grab me…. Not right away, anyway. But after that initial letdown, I gave it another go and it got under my skin. And it started haunting my dreams. And then I couldn’t stop listening to it. And now it’s my belated Pick of the Week, after having listened to it many times over the last month since its release.
Hymn of the Cosmic Man is basically a concept album, loosely based around the story of a man who volunteers to go into space to save the planet, with what are, let’s say, some mixed results. Along the way we get treated to our own trip as the music twists and turns from laid back instrumentals to driving rock and spacey mixed key interludes… and then is over before we’re ready to be brought back to earth.
Standout tracks: Ignition/Space Cruiser, Saviour of Man.
I am loving these Belgian blokes and their imaginative heavy fuzz rock, and until I can see them live I’ll just keep blasting these albums as often as I can!
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