Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard
Welsh doomsters M.W.W.B totally sound like their name. What really impresses me with this one-track 30 minute beast is that it slowly builds to epic proportions but at all times stays thoroughly enjoyable. As you would expect, the riffs are MASSIVE. Highly recommended for those folks into mammoths, weed, wizards and bastards.
Elder/Gold and Silver
I didn't think Boston's Elder could top 2011's brilliant Dead Roots Stirring, as the following EP, Spires Burn/Release didn't really blow me away. But their latest, Lore has exceeded all expectations. Heavy, melodic, top class musicianship, fantastic vocals. Already shaping up to be my album of year. Seriously, strap in for track number one, "Compendium" and be transfixed.
And as an added bonus, Elder guitarist Nick DeSalvo, along with Mike Risberg, have a brilliant release out: Gold and Silver - Azurite and Malachite. Very similar to Elder but a little mellower and jammier, without vocals. DiSalvo is really talented at playing the drums and keyboards, as well as sharing guitar duties with Risberg.
This split is from two of Kyoto's finest bands. W.D.L.K. open with two tracks that sound very much like Japanese legends Corrupted's older material, and go for around 17 minutes. Nasty stuff. Sobbed play a more traditional style of grind, like 324 or Realized, smashing out six tracks in six minutes. Thanks to old mate Emil Minty for the heads up. Melbourne's Die Pigeon Die recently played with both of these great bands on their Japanese tour in January - would have loved to have been there.
Gigs of the Week
Thursday 14 May at Transit Bar
Hard-Ons, Super Best Friends and Yoko Oh No
Thursday 21 May at Magpies City Club
King Parrot, High Tension and Colossvs
Playlist: Unkle K
1. Captain Cleanoff - Rising Terror
2. Elder - Lore
3. Witchskull - Promo CD
4. Year of No Lights/Bagarre Generale - Split
5. All Them Witches - A Sweet Release
1. Hydromedusa - S/T
2. Bell Witch - Four Phantoms
3. Sumac - S/T
4. Fu Manchu - Daredevil
5. Captain Cleanoff - Rising Terror
6. Zombi - The Zombi Anthology