Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Rabbits by Brume

Brume Rabbits CoverBrume is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s semi-secret treasures, an eclectic heavy rock trio that’s become a cornerstone of the local metal scene since their inception in 2014. Their last doomy full length, Rooster, was released in 2017 to some acclaim. In the interim they’ve released a 2 song split and contributed a Black Sabbath cover to an upcoming compilation. Their latest album, Rabbits, released in November 2019 on Magnetic Eye Records, is nothing less than a bold leap beyond their previous work.

Led by enigmatic singer and bassist Susie McMullan and backed by guitarist Jaime McCathie and drummer Jordan Perkins-Lewis, Brume seems poised to break out and receive the recognition they deserve as one of the best heavy bands to come out of the Bay Area.

The emotional and sonic rollercoaster of Rabbits goes from wistful solitary guitar lines to hair raising crashes of thunder; from heart-wrenching cello passages to soaring vocals that are at turns angry and ethereal. To call this doom metal is limiting. To call it psych rock doesn’t do it justice. This is simply a fully realized emotional and sonic landscape that you experience as much as listen to.

I highly encourage you to put this album on, lie back, and let it wash over you.

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Flames Arise by Lowcaster

Lowcaster Flames Arise CoverSan Francisco’s Lowcaster have arisen from their own ashes to produce a complex and emotionally mature sophomore effort, Flames Arise. A quantum leap above their rollicking 2016 debut, Flames Arise is born from “two years of tragedy and loss”, according to the band.

Susie McMullan from Brume supplies background vocals on one of the featured tracks, Shore up the Ashes, adding another layer of harmony and emotion to an already amazing song. Flames Arise is already a contender for one of my favorite albums of 2019.

Standout tracks: Flames Bemoan the Tide, Shore up the Ashes

If you’re in the area, catch Lowcaster at their album debut show at SF’s Thee Parkside with Brume on November 9, 2019! In the meantime, buy or stream Flames Arise at the usual outlets.

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Judas Priest

Firepower Tour LogoThe Metal Gods are back! The almighty Judas Priest is out on tour to promote their 18th studio album “Firepower”, easily their best since 1990’s classic “Painkiller”. I had the pleasure of seeing them this week in San Francisco with the equally venerable and hard rocking Uriah Heep.

The opening song “Necromancer” was one of only a few select cuts from Firepower, as the rest of the set drew from the band’s 50 year history and included deep cuts like Starbreaker, The Sentinel, Tyrant, and the classic Victim of Changes. Yes, the Metal God can still hit those high notes!

The faces may not be the same but the Priest still rocks hard and rides free. Founding member K. K. Downing retired from the band in 2011, replaced by Richie Faulkner who fills the role with new energy. Glenn Tipton announced his retirement from touring in 2018 due to development of Parkinson’s Disease, with guitarist/producer Andy Sneap rocking that studded leather jacket in his place. Drummer Scott Travis (ex-Racer X) has been around since Painkiller and brings the heavy. Only bassist Ian Hill and frontman Rob Halford remain of the original lineup, but this is still a show not to be missed.

Halford still hits the high notes and the low growls, and turned the set into a metal fashion show with his jacket changes for literally every song. Openers Uriah Heep, on the verge of their own 50th anniversary, played a retrospective set of their own Deep-Purple-ish proto metal with great energy and good vibes.

Rumor has it that the Priest is going to be working on another studio album, if it’s anything like Firepower it should be great!

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