2nd Look – Fellwoods – Wulfram
This is a new feature that I think I’ll run when the time comes. This column will be serve as my own little “Epic Album of the Week” only not weekly like what Ian writes. The firstalbum that I want to write about is Portland, OR trio Fellwoods. The band was formerly known as The Moss and my review of the album is here.
Here’s an album that I listened to just now and thought that this is some bad ass stuff. The band is The Moss from Portland, OR. They’ve been together for a little over a year now and put out a 12 track “demo” titled Wulfram. The Moss seem to play a unique brand of psychedelic blues with a lot of Sabbath inspired doom, plenty of great sounding riffs and some 70′s progressive hard rock ala Hard Stuff, Fuzzy Duck or Atomic Rooster.
Those were statements I made in my review. That’s the basic. I discovered them when I received an email from singer Adam Burke. It was the typical “Hey we’re band X, check us out.”
I play in a band in Portland, OR called The Moss. We’re influenced by heavy psych, hard rock and proto-metal from the late 60s/early 70s. We’re been together for about a year and a half. We recorded a 12 song demo last winter and are shopping it around a bit while we get ready to record some newer material.
When I get those emails I usually sample them to see if it’s something we cover (believe me, I get an ungodly amount of rap emails). So upon the first few notes of “Mercenary” I was hooked. “What the hell?” I remember asking. It wasn’t a bad question but more of a “shit I like this” type. Anyways I went on a few more tracks then as the album is halfway through, I opened the laptop to write my review. Very rarely will an album grab me within the first few tracks and I already know what I’m going to write of the album. Sweet Kiss Momma’s Revival album was the last one I remember to grab me in the same way.
When the album was done, shortly afterwards my review was too. I kept listening to the album. I listened a total of 4 times that night before deciding to head to the desktop to actually buy my copy. No physical? Bummer (more on the in a few minutes). Oh well, digital it is then. FLAC of course.
In between the band had changed their name from The Moss to Fellwoods.
Now here is an album, that I’m listening to as I write this article, that has me so damn hooked that I personally blame it for a lack of writing on my part. I simply can not stop listening to this album. It’s catchy as hell. There are so many catchy riffs like with “Mercenary,” “Widow Trakk,” “Fell Wood,” and “La Cantina.” I tell you, it’s hard as hell to get “La Cantina” out of your head. It’s that damn catchy. I haven’t had heard an album that catchy since Gozu’s Locust Season.
One thing about this album, when you listen to it you get the feeling that it was recorded professionally in a huge studio with a ton of cash right? Wrong! It was recorded in a basement. “We recorded it in our basement and just obsessed over the mixing.” Adam had said in an email to me. Well that obsessing had paid off. Wulfram is about nearly a perfect album as one can get. Across the internet, reviews were very positive on the album. The whole proto metal thing is true but I also hear blues rock, doom, classic rock and perhaps a little Black Sabbath and Trouble influence in there as well.
Wulfram is due out on CD and LP soon. According to a past status post on Facebook, the album has been slightly remixed and touched up so it’ll be interesting to compare the sound. I’ll be getting both formats for sure. The band is also slatted to release a split with Ice Dragon as well as release a separate EP as well. I believe that Fellwoods is going to be huge. This is a band that’s getting bigger by the day. I see great things for this group. I’ll even be bold as to say that they will play Roadburn and other big festivals as well at some point. Listen for yourself on the Bandcamp album. Do you agree that they’re good? How good? Hate them? You shouldn’t but tell me why in the comments.
This entry was posted on February 14, 2012 by Bill Goodman. It was filed under Album Reviews and was tagged with doom metal, Fellwoods, Hard Rock, Portland, protometal, Stoner Rock, The Moss, Wulfram.