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Psych Rock Vinyl Records
Through The Dusty Paths Of Our LivesJust the name Paris evokes thoughts of romance. From tiny streetside cafes serving cafe au lait and fresh croissants to the breathtaking panoramic view as seen from atop the Eiffel Tower, the city simply oozes love. Thankfully the city of love also has a darker side. One just as dedicated to love, just love of a different kind. Love of all things heavy and all things rock. And that's the real Paris the one where Abrahma lives.
Formed in 2005 under the moniker Alcohsonic, this Parisian quartet epitimized the ideals of Rock and Roll. Blending the classic American 70's sound with blues, southern roots and just a hint of the modern Seb Bismuth, Nicolas Heller and the brothers Colin attempted to set Europe on fire. Their flame burned hot but far too bright and after five years, one LP and a scathing trail of live shows sharing the stage with the likes of Brant Bjork and Cactus, their course was run. But like a pheonix rising from it's own ashes Alcohsonic has been reborn as Abrahma.
''Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives'' is a self made monument to what might have been and an explosive first example what is yet to come. Five years on the road has hardened the sound and forged the new songs like iron in flame. Gone are any hints of 70's revivalism, buried beneath thick sludgy riffs and thundering basslines. Six hands play as one with the voice of an angry angel lighting the way. Featuring a guest appearance by Ed Mundell (Monster Magnet) and artwork designed by Alexander vonWieding ''Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives'' is a once in a lifetime debut. Catch a glimpse before the sparks begin to fly.LP1
2. Neptune Of Sorrow
3. Tears Of The Sun
4. Dandelion Dust
5. Honkin' Water Roof
6. Loa's Awakening (Prelude)
7. Vodun Pt. 1: Samedi's Awakening
8. Big Black Cloud
1. Headless Horse
2. Vodun Pt. 2: I, Zombie
3. Oceans On Sand...
4. ...Here Sleep Ghosts
5. Vodun Pt. 3: Final Asagwe
6. The Maze
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SeismicA good two decades after forming, Toronto ON’s Sons of Otis have evolved but stayed true to their roots by keeping things simple, engaging and absolutely bone-crushing. Seismic is an album of solid, bombastic steamroller rock’n’roll – slow, but deadly to anything in its path. It’s like Negative Reaction had a kid with Electric Wizard that was all heavy riffs and psychedelic psychosis, ready to rumble at the ring of the bell. Things even get Blue Cheer-y on the stomping, fuzz-laden rocker, “Never in My Life,” and a bit of Led Zeppelin blues comes out in the closing “Cosmic Jam.” Crack ‘em open, light ‘em up and brace yourself for the earthquake, because it’s coming.
April 2013 - Issue #72 - The Big Takeover1. Far From Fine
6. Never In My Life
7. Cosmic Jam
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Paths To CharonFans of the current 1970's retro rock explosion can add another band to their list of pick-me-ups: Sweden’s Skanska Mord are yet another Small Stone signee with a taste for the Nazareths and Atomic Roosters of old.
There is also something of the Seattle psychedelic scene in ‘Paths To Charon’. Wah-wahing guitars (think Valis and Screaming Trees) open up the first track ‘Dark Caves of Our Mind’ on this sophomore record, while Jan Benggtson’s bluesy howl owes a bit to the vocal work of Alice in Chains' Layne Staley and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell.
The band’s lyrics range from the traditional doom’n’gloom of metal’s pioneers, with tunes like the plodding ‘A Black Day’ making no bones about the terrible state of things, while ‘Lords of Space and Time’ and ‘Alien Encounter’ take the listener on excursions elsewhere. ‘Laggasen’ eases things back a bit for its intro, with some tootling keyboards parting briefly for some harder-edged guitar work.
Folks with Graveyard, Horisont and Kadavar on their playlist should check them out.
- Andrew Carver
Pennyblackmusic (UK) - March 27th, 20131. Dark Caves Of Our Mind
3. A Black Day
4. Lord of Space and Time
5. The Flood
7. The Ambas Sadeur
8. Alien Encounter
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Good Morning HarakiriSomething about Dwellers sounds oddly familiar, but it's hard to put your finger on it until the Salt Lake City group's debut, Good Morning Harakiri, really gets a head of steam going. Could it be the presence of previously known personages like former Iota vocalist/guitarist Joey Toscano, or Sub Rosa alums Dave Jones (bass) and Zach Hatsis (drums)? Nah, too obscure all around, so it's gotta be the neo-psych qualities of these songs, which at different times recall everyone from Dead Meadow, to Truly, to SST-era Soundgarden. You know what we're talking about: that period when post-punk lysergic vibes ran far deeper than the subliminal metal influences bubbling just beneath the surface, even on more insistent numbers like "Black Bird" and the intriguingly titled "Ode to the Inversion Layer." Toscano's wah-wah-lovin' geetar also conjures up old-school Screaming Trees on the extended jam "Vultures," where the long-term working relationship between his rhythm peers definitely comes in handy -- as it does on the slow-crawling, pent-up tension of closer "Old Honey," featuring echoed vocals in the Sons of Otis wheelhouse. Another cut, the punchy "Lightning Ritual," shows unusual restraint and succinctness, so at least we know Dwellers can accomplish such feats of self-editing, if they so wish. But something tells us to expect an even wackier acid trip next time around, if Good Morning Harakiri turns out to yield a sequel, in contrast with the finality of its title.
- Eduardo Rivadavia (All Music Guide)1. Ode To Inversion Layer
2. Secret Revival
3. Black Bird
4. Lightening Ritual
6. Old Honey
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