Monday, March 25, 2019

ELECTRIC MARY ~ Mother (2019)

Electric Mary ~ Aus

Look, when I first posted this album on Facebook I described it as Led Zep worship and I still stand by that........partially. The first seconds of the opener 'Gimme Love' gives testimony to that, but on repeat listens it dawned on me that there is also a fundamental difference between 'Mother' and the bands previous studio full length III. Now, the sleaze of Guns N' Roses has seeped into the majority of the songs making 'Mother' sound like a dirty little secret. This album rocks hard, it rolls and funks its ass. It grooves itself into a frenzy turning you into a twitching marionette with a vitality and verve aided and abetted by an exemplary mix injecting each track right into the bloodstream like a shot of adrenaline. 

My favourite track on the album is ' Long, Long Day' This track may be the most melodic on the record but its broody in a way that only Alice In Chains could consistently muster. You may have noticed that I've mentioned some pretty big hitting bands as a comparison, but with 'Mother'  Electric Mary has demonstrated that this is a band on the top of its game and must surely dive straight into the big league, if they aren't already there.

Deathrattle Podcast is usually known for favouring the heaviest music structurally possible, but sometimes instead of listening to riffs that drive you to your knees in stupefaction, you need to listen to something that you can close your eyes to and nod your head with a huge shit eating grin adorning it. You wouldn't go too far wrong by choosing Mother to do it to.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

LA GRANDE ARMÉE ~ La Grande Armée (2019)

Three tracks of mellow,spacey jams that ebb and flow keeping you transfixed like the contents of a lava lamp. Starting off gently, each song builds on a foundation of trance inducing rhythms interwoven with languid guitar, locked together in a flux of hypnotic pulses. This is one of those albums that you play, close your eyes that are heavy from herbal assistance and lose yourself in, swept along on a sea of reverb and delay

The track 'Normandia' is a personal favourite. Here, the lead guitar is allowed to dominate more and splinters off from the base of the song, sounding more aggressive in the process.

I'd love to hear more from this band.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

EARTHWORM ~ Demo (2017)

Starts off with a blast of feedback like all good sludge albums should. Kind of straddles the middle ground between the dragging a corpse across the road, tortured type of sound that Grief used to churn and the sick, drug crazed groove of Eyehategod. One of the main things I dig about this demo is the flow of the tracks, aided and abetted by the weight of the droning riffs that add a momentum that only a glacial shift could match.

Favourite track is difficult to call as I love them all but 'Call Of The Void' might just snatch it due to its relentless pounding and sickly groove.

Sound quality, particularly for a demo is top notch, ensuring the heaviness is rammed straight down your throat. Fucking choke on those droning sludge riffs!