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Bandcamp Recommendations 2/16/2012

Thanks goes out to A Distant Rumble for some of these recommendations. As usual, everything is free, no strings attached. Support the band in any which way you deem necessary.

Old Man Lizard are a sludge rock band from the UK that play a mix of sludge metal and stoner rock with some bluesy elements. Their self titled album is available for our consumption. Go. Go get it now.

“Stoner-thrash” is probably an over-used term. After all, how often is it that you actually hear the tumbleweed imagery and the lethargic song structures of the desert-scene colliding with the scything riffery and spit-in-your-face vocal assault of thrash metal? However, in this particular instance, The Bendal Interlude have absolutely nailed this description, then handcuffed it to the bedposts, slapped their business card on its chest and stomped out of the room.

It flows together like one long compostion, tracks on the cd serving more as mile markers as you travel down this lost highway, disoriented and unsure of what menace lurks around the next corner. The journey begins innocuously enough, with a serene, swimmy intro that could be something from Colour Haze, the calm soon being shattered by a jarring dissonant chord that announces the darkness within. What follows is 26 minutes of shadowy musical hallucinations, conjuring a mutated, psychopathic Radiohead mixed with a bit of Unsane(minus the bluesy aspect) and a heavier, less brittle version of Shellac. Introspective Indie rock moments morphing into heavy, monolithic, dissonant riffing, all the while with trippy delay feedback as a swirling, churning backdrop to the whole schizoid odyssey. -www.stonerrock.com

No band bio. All you need to know is that Predicted play deep and heavy doom metal with some sludge elements

Having perfected the controlled, well-structured output on Dividual – a relentless musical assault of tightness and timing – the band felt an urge to tackle the song-writing in a completely different way. Loosing up, Letting go. Trying to make the impossible, possible by making complex music flow in a more free form. After a swift and spontaneous writing-process, 4 tracks were ready to be captured.
Obstacles teamed up with their friend Sune Kaarsberg to begin the recordings of Oscillate in their studio. This was a very dynamic process filled with experiments in sound and form. The result is breathtaking. Like being caught in a beautiful storm where chaos and energy reigns.

There are guitar bands, then there are guitar bands. You know, the type of band that simply revel in a hint of a dirty edge to their psychedelia, one that is always searching for the perfect hook to layer an extra swirling guitar track over.One that possesses a latently menacing, swirling J Mascis-channelling rough crunch, who perhaps nod at the mention of Swervedriver and Guided By Voices. The type whose amps might be turned up pretty loud.

That type of band is Iowa.

I’d be surprised if the demo wasn’t recorded live, since it comes off so much that way, but rough production becomes part of the band’s character by the end of the five songs, and with the striking build of “Moody Hum” acting as a centerpiece, Eternal Fuzz show a surprising amount of clarity for an act who should still just be getting their bearings sound-wise. –The Obelisk

Smile Politely – “At points, Midnight Snakes conjures up submerged melancholy — a combination of underwater dementia and landlocked lust. At others, it resembles an adrenaline-fueled, peyote-induced roadtrip through the Mexican desert in a ’70 AMC Rebel, windows down and throttle wide open, undertaken from the discomfort of a long-since worn out basement couch…Imagine if Procul Harum had spent time in the desert listening to scratchy Tom Waits records while downing energy drinks and psychotropics. Additional psychotropics, anyway.”

Combining numerous styles of music with storybook-like lyrics and emphasis on verse-chorus structures, London, Ontario’s “Oh How It Ended” are ready to set their place among the global Hard/stoner-rock scene. Fueled by their love of big choruses and good-times with friends, Oh How It Ended have further developed their sound first explored on their self-titled debut released in 2009.

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