WINO ‘Forever Gone’ LP Review.

Words El Jefe.

So here we have Scott “Wino” Weinrich’s third solo LP, the poignantly titled Forever Gone and another addition to his acoustic work from recent years. With a great interpretation of the Joy Division track ‘Isolation’ released a couple of months back as a “teaser” for the new record, it wasn’t hard to see this was gonna be another commanding album.

The move to acoustic material after decades of bulldozing doom and stoner rock may have come as a surprise to some, although something that immediately came to mind was reading of the Birthday Party, after relocating to England and having limited access to equipment, writing their darkest and most menacing material on acoustic guitars while delving into lounge music. An excellent example of how the discrepancies between influences and style in any creative medium don’t necessarily determine the output. Continue reading

WINO ‘Isolation’ (Joy Division Cover) Single Review.

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So Wino is a man who really needs no introduction (but here’s a brief one anyway!) when you’re talkin’ heavy rnr. From St Vitus, The Obsessed through to Spirit Caravan and beyond, and his more recent folky acoustic material, he is someone who has always delivered the goods, and never compromised his vision. So a cover of ‘Isolation’ by Joy Division, who also happen to be an old fave band of mine, struck me as an interesting choice. Continue reading

DESERT STORM ‘Omens’ LP Review

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Desert Storm, outta the UK, are a new band for me. And I’ve gotta say, if Omens, their new LP is anything to go by, I reckon I’d dig their prior releases too. They meld metal, grindy-sludge and even some sounds that brought to mind earlier ‘80s post-punk bands like Bauhaus and Joy Division. Everything gets tossed into a fat cauldron, and boiled down into their own brand of chili.

The album is heavy and bleak, but that’s ok. It’s just another instance of art imitating life, and the band mix things up quite a bit regardless. From the melodic guitar line strung through ‘Pain, Grief And Suffering’, which also has some pretty keyboards fluffing out the middle of the song before they stomp back into the heavier side of things, and also ‘The Path Of Most Resistance’, with an almost pop-rock vibe to the guitar riff and also the most dynamic, “composed” kinda track on the record. It was while listening to this song that I picked up on the post-punk element to Desert Storm. Continue reading

THE SECOND COMING OF HEAVY – Chapter X (The Final Chapter!) LP Review.

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So those familiar with Ripple Music will no doubt have already checked out the earlier installments of this series, The Second Coming of Heavy, and Chapter X is bringing the series to a close.

The W Likes are from Norway, and lay down a cool hand in groovy doom. Not so sure about the name, but each (band) to their own. Hell, I once played in a band called Caesarian Salad, so who am I to throw stones!

The opening track ‘Ghost’ leads the way with a classic sounding doom riff, all dark energy and guttural vocals. The fuzzed-out bass has some excellent-sounding low notes as well. Continue reading

SPACESLUG ‘Eye The Tide’ Album Review.

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Taking the journey by ‘slug through this Polish doomscape can prove to be quite an epic trip. Cruising in from the Outer Rim Territories to settle in Wroclaw, and in the wake of stark politico-anarchic punk/rock of ‘80’s brutal communist regime, where skinhead gangs were often encouraged by government agents to attack the punks at gigs, citing them as “enemies of The Peoples’ Democracy”, the broad expanses of this LP are the antithesis of the dark times and violence in Poland’s past. Not sure if there are any remnants of the agro political attack left behind in Spaceslug’s lyrics.

‘Obsolith’, with its dark crusty bass and droned vocals is the first leg of this trip. Spaceslug don’t wanna play 2.5 minute pop songs, and this is no different. 8 minutes of doomy drone. And don’t get any ideas about vocal hooks to latch onto. There ain’t a hook to be heard. Continue reading