Thursday, February 28, 2008

Clark Hutchinson - Discography

"Andy Clark and Mick Hutchinson recorded four semi-legendary LPs of drug/scatter/raga-blues between 1969 and 1971. Mick Hutchinson was -- and still is -- a gifted guitarist who had began his career playing Indian style music with the tabla expert Sam Gopal. Although he never recorded with Sam Gopal's Dream -- a young guitarist named Lemmy eventually fulfilled this role -- Hutchinson and Gopal played together at the legendary 14 hour Technicolour Dream at London's Alexandra Palace in April of 1967. Later, he teamed up with the multi-instrumentalist Andy Clark. They both played a variety of instruments and this abundance of talent was brought to bear on the extraordinary two man album A=MH² which they recorded during two hectic 12 hour sessions in 1969 ... "~ Simon Smith

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1968 - Blues
1969 - A=Mh2
1970 - Retribution
1971 - Gestalt

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The Giant Hogweed Orchestra - Self Titled

"In case you’re wondering, neither the band’s name nor their music bear any relation to GENESIS. This all-instrumental Finnish quintet produces highly guitar-dominated material that has the fluidity of PINK FLOYD, the intensity of PORCUPINE TREE and the obsessive rhythmics of OZRIC TENTACLES. The band, who uses no synthesizer whatsoever, consists of two electric guitarists (Antti Aalto and Mika Muinonen), a bassist (Turo Sinkkonen), a drummer (Jaako Kakko) and a flute player (Jyri Traskelin). Some of them contribute acoustic guitar and piano whereas additional guests supply bits of mellotron and trumpet on their only album to date.
Their one (eponymous) album is a combination of symphonic space rock and art rock with hints of jazz fusion and space metal. Over the three epic pieces that dominate the 6-track album, the twin guitars soar, duel and strike with amazing firepower, challenging each other as well as the flute, bass and drums; the music can also be very melodic and flow most beautifully. The rhythm section, produced to perfection, sounds crisp and solid, but it’s the guitar work that takes center stage and will delight fans of early HACKETT, early WISHBONE ASH and DJAM KARET alike. A brilliant piece through and through.
Highly recommended to anyone into classic symphonic space rock." ~

Artist: The Giant Hogweed Orchestra
Album: Giant hogweed Orchestra
Year: 2004
Genre: instrumental psychedelic space-rock

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The Devil And The Sea - Heart vs. Spine

The Daily News - Pittsburgh, PAFebruary 12th, 2008
Formed from members of Icepick Revival and Collapsar, the Devil and the Sea’s “Heart vs. Spine” is a long, sludgy, grimy, doom-minded slab of death that just might violently force itself into your collection before Mastodon and Unsane (because you have to do this alphabetically) on your future-minded, I-can’t-really-describe-this-to-actual-people metal shelf. You have one of those, right? Ten-minute opener “Batwing” speeds up and slows down so many times, it’s enough to unload the contents of your stomach. “Monolith” and “Tea Pinky” cut the running time nearly in half, but it just means they have a smaller hole in which to jam their savagery. The epic title track pushes 15 minutes but never seems as long, and 17-minute closer “Abra Cadaver” cannot even be classified as actual music — it’s a raging, boiling cauldron of feedback foam, guitar crunch, and relentless, throat-gauged ranting that only serves the purpose of ridding their hearts of blackness so that they can fill them up again. (BK)

Artist: The Devil And The Sea
Album: Heart vs. Spine
Year: 2008
Genre: Sludge Doom

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Incredible Expanding Mindfuck - I.E.M.

"The Incredible Expanding Mindfuck is an occasional Steven Wilson project, in which Steven produces psychedelic experimental music inspired by material from the '60s, '70s and beyond (particularly the Krautrock of Neu!, Can and Faust, post-rock, Frank Zappa and the cosmic jazz of artists like Sun Ra). The music is a mixture of motorik grooves, textures, speech cut-ups, scientific psychedelia and organic dreamscapes." ~ No-Man

Artist: Incredible Expanding Mindfuck
Album: I.E.M.
Year: 1996
Genre: Space-Rock, Psychedelic, Instrumental

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Phafner - Overdrive

This band formed in Marshalltown, Iowa in 1969 playing a form of hard-edged, drug-induced rock'n'roll. Their album was recorded in a basement studio in 1971 and just 50 copies were pressed on the Dragon label. Overdrive features some pretty fine and varied guitar work. The opening cut, Plea From The Soul, has lots of fuzz and mouth harp; Uncle Jerry and Rock n Roll Man feature breckneck guitar work whilst by contrast Whiskey Took My Woman is slower and bluesy. ~ Last.Fm

Artist: Phafner
Ablum: Overdrive
Year: 1972
Genre: Garage-Rock, Heavy Psych-Rock


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Architectural Metaphor - Odysseum Galacti

They are a three (now four) piece space rock band from the west of Massachusetts. Sometimes described as the best Krautrock band in the US, their sound and name are linked. The name,thought of by founding member and keyboardist Paul Eggleston, comes out of the way the band composes songs through jam sessions. "Our music is constantly improvisational. It turns into something eventually, like architecture. It's sort of a psychedelic process". The band usually performs one or two covers in their sets,by bands that they have obviously been influenced by such as Hawkwind, Roxy Music, King Crimson, Pink Floyd and Tangerine Dream. The band's sound used to be very heavy on the synthesizers with the guitar laying down a spacey wave through the music as opposed to a standard song riff, with the songs free flowing in space. The only words were the occassional poem. The freeform lineup varied from 4-6 members and recorded the bulk of Odysseum Galacti before paring down to a trio in 92. ~ (more info on MySpace)

Artist: Architectural Metaphor
Album: Odysseum Galacti
Year: 1994
Genre: Space (rock), Ambient, Psychedelic, (mostly) Instrumental


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Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Kings Of Frog Island - Self Titled

" THE KINGS OF FROG ISLAND crash landed the game during the summer heat of 2003. Mark Buteaux (Guitars) and Dodge Watson (Percussions) had laid down three or four open ended grooves together at Amphibia Sound just for the hell of it. Enter Josiah front man Mat Bethancourt (Guitars, Vocals and Bass) to work on some demo recordings with Mark, The Kings Of Frog Island are born. Drawing on a collective passion for cult movie soundtracks and mammoth riffs the Kings had some high times making this, their eponymous debut album. Stashed full of heavy psych rock and fragile laments to love, life and the eternal sleep. This album is truly a rollercoaster ride across the mountains of madness, beyond the beyond to the shores of Frog Island and the gates of Amphibia. Come take a trip……….." ~MySpace

Artist: The Kings Of Frog Island
Album: The Kings Of Frog Island
Year: 2005
Genre: Psychedelic Stoner Rock


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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Danava - UnonoU

"Epic sludge riffage and hallucinatory fervor..." - Entertainment Weekly

"The progressive modulation of hard rock penetrates your eardrums like an Ampeg hurled at you from a sixth floor balcony" - Anthem

"Darkly hypnotic...a chaotic psychmetal brew." - Guitar World

Get more info and their albums @ Kemado Records

Artist: Danava
Album: UnonoU
Year: 2008
Genre: Psychedelic Heavy Hard Rockin' Stoner


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From their new album UnonoU
~ Where Beauty And Terror Dance~

Graveyard - Self Titled

"One listen to the self-titled debut from Sweden's Graveyard and you swear that this thing was recorded in 1971. Psychedelic, often times bluesy yet heavy guitar riffs, enchanting atmosphere, swirling drum patterns, and hazy vocals, all permeate this wildly seductive hard rock album. Think Cream, Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, The Doors, Pentagram, Grand Funk Railroad, or newer acts like Witchcraft, Gentleman's Pistols, and Danzig. Produced by Don Ahlsterberg, who did a fantastic job of really honing in on a classic vibe here, Graveyard just drips with psychedelic menace from start to finish, and everything from the guitar riffs to the vocals is so retro 70's that you gotta love it. Hard to pick highlight tracks here as all of them are enjoyable in their own right, but the Jim Morrison meets Ozzy bluesy strut of "Right Is Wrong", the haunting doom of "Satan's Finest", "Evil Ways" (featuring some wicked wah-wah guitar solos), and "Blue Soul", or the out-and-out stunning hard rock of "Thin Line", "Submarine Blues", and "Lost in Confusion" all warrant your immediate attention." ~ Sea of Tranquility

Artist: Graveyard
Album: Graveyard
Year: 2007
Genre: Psychedelic Stoner-Rock


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Tristeza - A Colores

"A colorful journey beyond instrumental post-rock, delving into the darker realms of modern psychedelia."

Artist: Tristeza
Album: A Colores
Year: 2005
Genre: Instro Post-Rock

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Kamchatka are a Swedish power trio highly influenced by late 1960s and early 1970s blues-rock bands. Their sound combines elements of blues-rock, stoner rock and psychedelic rock. ~ Wikipedia

Kamchatka - Self Titled Album

Kamchatka - Volume II

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The Mermen

The Mermen are a psychedelic surf band from San Francisco, California. whose sound harks back to surf music of the 1960s, but is altered by a blues-psychedelic neurosis a` la Neil Young and by devastating spasms a` la Jimi Hendrix, thanks to guitarist Jim Thomas' flights of imagination. ~ Wikipedia

The Mermen - a glorious lethel euphoria

The Mermen - the amazing california health and happiness road show

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Charlie & Esdor - Charlie & Esdor

Formed through the combo of Edmund "Charlie" Franzen and Esdor Jensen.The group was part of the incredibly productive Swedish psychedelic scene. They began playing together with a few friends in a band that never materialized, recorded several singles and almost enough material for an album that was never formally released. Heavy acid guitar rock with a pounding backbeat and sitar galore. If you have any interest in Dungen, you can really see hear that sound as it existed in its own time. The folkier raga tracks stand up but it's the heavy guitar oriented ones that really propel this into essential territory ~ Last.Fm

Artist: Charlie & Esdor
Album: Charlie & Esdor
Year: 1970
Genre: Psychedelia


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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

5ive - Hesperus

Review by John Pegoraro (
5ive has always excelled at making more with less, creating a swirling tapestry of jam-like psychedelics and doom-heavy riffs with just drums and guitar. Since the band is stripped down to just two members, drummer Charlie Harrold and guitarist Ben Carr know that in order for the songs to work, they have to be locked together, each pushing the other forward. Listen to the way the two play off each other in tracks like “Gulls,” “Big Sea,” and “Polar 78” - there`s a wealth of subtle phrasings and no wasted notes. Each one counts as much as the next.Those familiar with the band`s first two albums will note that Hesperus doesn`t have that same sludge-thick tone, but it works in the band`s favor. As with the excellent Versus EP, 5ive creates a strong sense of dynamics by alternating between propulsive distortion and moody, lighter passages. The reflective “Heel” is one example, but it`s better to call out “News I” and “News II,” the two tracks that close out Hesperus. In both songs, the band sounds progressively bigger and bigger, piling on layers of sound, to the point where it`s almost suffocating. And then, just like that, they pull back, giving you a moment`s breath, before diving back into the controlled chaos again.It`s been too long since we`ve heard from 5ive, but Hesperus delivers and then some. If you haven`t heard the band before, you`re missing out. Highly recommended.

Artist: 5ive
Album: Hesperus
Year: 2008
Genre: instro atmospheric sludge-doom

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Atomic #76

Atomic #76 took their name from Atomic Metal Number 76, which happens to be the heaviest metal known to man. I guess that tells you something about this NYC band, but it hardly describes the classic metal sound they manage to pull off. The hooks are indeed heavy and memorable in the way that Led Zeppelins were not that they sound like that band or exactly like any other from that era. But they do have that familiar, old school sound that you can just groove to in a head-banging kind of way. In a trio, all this relies greatly on the expertise of the individual members - drummer Ronnie Seward, guitarist Mauro Felipe and bassist/singer Bingo Sanatra. When I caught a recent show, all three were ably pulling their weight. And heavy it was. Felipes extended solos were extraordinary, while Bingos bass was heavier than dirt and complimented his gritty voice which brings to mind Leslie West in his prime and Seward not only held it all together, but added thunderous fills that managed to both showcase his talent and fatten up the bands sound considerably. A power trio in the classic sense of the phrase. - MS, NEON Magazine


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Monday, February 4, 2008

Agitation Free - Discography

Agitation Free was a German avant-garde rock band. The band was formed in 1967 with Michael "Fame" Günther (bass), Lutz "Lüül" Ulbrich (guitar), Lutz Ludwig Kramer (guitar) and Christopher Franke (drums). They were initially called Agitation, a name they chose at random from a dictionary. The name later changed to Agitation Free as a reflection of their live performance style.
After losing guitarist Axel Genrich to Guru Guru in 1970 and drummer Christopher Franke to Tangerine Dream in 1971, the band recruited Jörg "Joshi" Schwenke (guitar), Burghard Rausch (drums), and Michael Hoenig (keyboards). They released their debut album, Malesch in 1972 on the Music Factory label. The album was inspired by their tour through Egypt, Greece, and Cyprus, sponsored by the German Goethe Institute. Later that year, they performed at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
A second album was released in 1973, but the band disbanded in 1974. Agitation Free reunited in 1998 and released River Of Return in 1999. ~ Wikipedia

1972 Malesch
1973 2nd
1974 Last
1974 Fragments (live)

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Hostile Calm- Hostile Calm (2007)

Artista: Hostile Calm
Album: Hostile Calm (2007)
Pais: Russia
Genero: melodic doom/death/black

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Hidria Spacefolk - Symetria

"Originally conceived in 1999, the group of five self-taught musicians soon evolved into its current embodiment as Hidria Spacefolk and having already seven releases in their catalogue. The outfit has performed over 200 shows in Finland as well as toured in the Netherlands and Denmark. Hidria Spacefolk's high-energy live performance is enhanced with a psychedelic video show that'll turn any venue into a mind-blowing cosmic spaceship - and make no mistake: this ship knows how to party! One of these days they may be landing in your town!" ~ MySpace

Artist: Hidria Spacefolk
Album: Symetria
Year: 2007
Genre: Space Rock


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What the Blood Revealed - ST EP

"What the Blood Revealed hail from Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland. They came together in late 2004 and have created a sound which lies somewhere between alt-rock and post-metal. They have already drawn comparisons with bands such as Mogwai, Red Sparowes and Isis."

Artist: What the Blood Revealed
Album: Self-titled EP
Year: 2007
Genre: instro post-metal - alt-rock


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Elnordia - Insight

Artista: Elnordia
Album: Insight
Pais: Rusia
Genero: Symphonic doom/death metal


Friday, February 1, 2008

Despond - Supreme Funeral Oration

Album: Supreme Funeral Oration
Artista: Despond
Pais: France
Genero: Atmospheric Funeral Death/Doom Metal



Latitudes - Bleak Epiphanies In Slow Motion [EP]

"Just a few months old, but driving forward like a rampaging mammoth, Latitudes is making a rumble that is dangerous to ignore. Emerging from the dark depths of forgotten English woodlands, Latitudes is preparing to feast on unwitting crowds. Armed with layers of rich melody and a unique ethereal pulse all of it’s own, the wake of Latitudes’ sound has already been experienced by a few, and having crushed audiences with brutal yet beautiful live shows, the gargantuan beast is on the move." ~ Last.Fm

Artist: Latitudes
Album: Bleak Epiphanies In Slow Motion [EP]
Country: UK
Year: 2007
Genre: Instro Post-Metal


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