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Bandcamp Recommendations 4/19/2012

First up, Electric Taurus. The band sound is strongly influenced by the ’60 and ’70 Rock Blues Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Grand Funk Railroad, Cactus, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Leafhound, Primevil, Buffalo, Blue Oyster Cult, May Blitz, Pentagram, UFO, Kyuss, Sleep,Trouble, Electric Wizard, Clutch, Down, Spiritual Beggars, Otis. Producing an heavy blues sound that include heavy grooves and fat riffs and leaves space for improvisation on stage.

They have 3 songs available but need to be downloaded separately.

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Bandcamp Recommendations 2/23/2012

There’s a cemetery in the south suburbs of Chicago called Bachelor’s Grove. It’s rumored to be haunted. Over the years many people have gone to the cemetery in search for such ghosts, myself included. Most chicken out at the gate, others do not. This isn’t  a haunted ghost story, this is about music. The band (whom I’m sure took their name from the cemetery) is from Chicago and play mellowed out, blues based stoner rock.

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Introducing… Planetoid

We are Planetoid
Our mission: to enslave the human race with our transmissions of face-melting rock. In the wake of an intergalactic war, the likes of which this universe has never seen, we have been cast backwards in time from the year 3032. Marooned on this accursed planet known as Earth, we have taken on the guise of the most highly respected and influential force this world has ever known: That of a rock & roll band.

Bludgeoning the drums with mechanical fury is Admiral Time: A cybernetic organism so technologically advanced he is able to bend the very fabric of the universe by force of will alone.
Incenerating the electric guitar is General Ovatus Talieah: A plant-based creature single-handedly responsible for the genocide of countless organisms throughout the known universes.
And finally, Locrius. Master of the bass-time continuum, preacher of Church of the Overdrive. A dread-goblin assassin turned demagogue, he is capable of shifting phase between dimensions and controlling the minds of his victims with but a word.
Together we have forged a ghastly tribunal of evil geniuses, war criminals, and abominations. The only other proof of our existence lies in the testimonials of the few who have survived our live performances. All who stand opposed will be destroyed.

Ovatus – Guitar, Locrius – Bass/Vocals, Admiral Time – drums

Yeah, the group shot looks a little silly. They look like something of a mix between Avatar and a bunch of cosplay kids at a sci-fi convention. So that’s their gimmick, so what. Gwar has one. IT works for them. Besides, their music means more. It’s a mix of hard rock with some prog and metal influences. There’s plenty of fuzz throughout too.


Review – Hollow Mirrors – Hollow Mirrors

San Francisco has long been known to be home of a lot of the US psych rock over the years. Hollow Mirrors joins that elite club. Formed in 2010, the band set fourth to play shows, write music and eventually record. The band recorded what became their self titled debut at the end of 2011. It has been said that the band shares a similar style to other psych bands such as White Hills and Wooden Shjips. After listening to their album I can safely say that those claims are true.

My first impressions of the album were pretty good. It is mellow, not to heavy, has plenty of psychedelics, some progressiveness, and some great guitar riffs and plenty to lose yourself in if that’s your type of thing. Really though, if you’re looking for an album to lose yourself into, Hollow Mirrors is a perfect choice. It’s mostly instrumental but there are some vocals throughout. It’s not very space rock-ish but more heavy psych and krautrock. “In A (more…)


Daily Bandcamp Album – Pyramidal – Dawn in Space

Recorded live at the Harbour’s Studio (Alicante) on March 2011.
Produced by Pyramidal.
Mixed and mastered by Lluís Mas.
Recorded & engineered by David Paniagua.
Artwork and design by Óscar Soler.

This is some fine ass spacey psychedelic stoner rock that you should all get. Farflung and Earthless comes to mind when I hear these guys


Introducing… Coogans Bluff

“Magic Bubbles” is the second longplayer of the young (Berlin based) hardrock quartet, Coogans Bluff. Their main influence goes back to the freewheelin´ 1970s , the time when music still was music. Fresh – with high octane and a lot passion these excellent musicians take you on a trip in time to present their synthesis of “natural-heavy-kickass-blues-rock&roll/krautrock”. The eleven compositions were recorded analog and express a soulful, intense and atmospheric vibe of straight forward heavy rock, with aggressive but also epic and melodic guitarwork, catchy and remarkable vocals, enriched with psychedelic, experimental elements by Hammond-organ, Rhodes-piano and trippy horn effects. The CB-music has its own appeal by a unique full range of sound, but you will notice flashes of various major acts in classic rock history, such as Thin Lizzy, Jimi Hendrix, Ufo, Golden Earring, The Stooges, Can, Pearl Jam, Mindfunk or Monster Magnet. The line-up consists of two brothers (dr./git.), and two schoolmates (bs./voc.), (more…)


Introducing… Lee Harvey & the Oswalds

In summer 2002 the band founded Florian Bätz Lee Harvey & the Oswalds. Bands have to set yourself the advantage that you can scare other people around, and generally determine everything. Just at this point, the band has a great bandleader. Christopher Muehlbauer, one of the few people with only two facial expressions (happy grin, laughter), founded with the same subject, but Florian at mentioned point and therefore can not determine and scare. After the band with another guitarist (MM) and a bassist (CH) in Death – Metal feet grabbed, 2004 saw the musical and therefore also personal changes – bass and rhythm guitar left the band. Since every band needs a bass, the actual guitarist Florian Wallisch was brought, the puzzling today over the terms “active” and “passive”, but looks good (believe it anyway) and because each band so someone needs (or at least any that do not woman on bass) has gaps in knowledge are forgivable. Hits during a nighttime drink Florian B. Manuel and Leupold is the ability of the question, “Hi, how are you and how heißt’n?” Answer after only 4:37 minutes to think correctly so excited that the same applies allowed henceforth sing in the band . Bandopa Czogalla Thomas finds himself a reason to join … he is old and is afraid for his pension. Can transfer to a (more…)