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Badmotorfinger (25th Anniversary)
Celebrating The 25th Anniversary Of Badmotofinger
Gatefold Jacket With Removable, Limited-Edition, 3D Lenticular Silver Foil Litho Cover
Vinyl Etching On Side Four
Beloved Seattle rock band, Soundgarden, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 2x platinum album,
"Badmotorfinger," with a special 2LP reissue. The original album, newly-remastered, will now
be available on 180-gram audiophile black vinyl. Expanded to a gatefold jacket with a removable, limited-edition, 3D
lenticular silver foil litho cover, it also features a vinyl etching on side four.LP 1
1. Rusty Cage
3. Slaves & Bulldozers
4. Jesus Christ Pose
5. Face Pollution
7. Searching With My Good Eye Closed
8. Room A Thousand Years Wide
1. Mind Riot
2. Drawing Flies
3. Holy Water
4. New Damage
Side Four - 25th Anniversary Vinyl Etching$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path (Awaiting Repress)6LP Picture Disc Box Set
Grammy-winning, multi-platinum selling and legendary rock band Soundgarden, have announced the vinyl release of their highly acclaimed rarities collection, Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path. Hard on the heels of the 20th anniversary deluxe re-release of their chart-topping, five-times-platinum 1994 album, Superunknown early last year, the new vinyl package, first released as a 3-CD collection and as a 14-track single CD last November, will feature the three album thematic collection on six LPs with three separate jackets, each sporting its own unique art and housed in a slipcase wrapped in foil paper designed by Josh Graham.
The collection was curated and hand-selected by guitarist Kim Thayil. Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path is the first time an official Soundgarden release has included more than 26 years of rarities that have appeared as B-sides, album bonus tracks, EPs, soundtracks, compilations and live recordings, a must for any fan of the band.
LP 1 & 2, dubbed "ORIGINALS," is filled with Soundgarden-written songs, mainly B-sides along with some soundtrack and compilation selections in addition to two unreleased songs on vinyl which go back as far as "Sub Pop Rock City," originally included as part of the 1988 compilation, Sub Pop 200. The two unreleased tracks on this disc are "Kristi," a 1996 outtake from the Down on the Upside sessions which is reportedly drummer Matt Cameron's favorite Soundgarden song, and "Storm," a brand-new track recorded in early 2014.
LP 3 & 4, "COVERS," offers a stellar showcase of songs from bands who Soundgarden love and admire, from classic rockers The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Doors, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone to punk pioneers The Stooges, the Ramones, Fear and DEVO. Showing their sense of humor, Soundgarden also cover songs by Spinal Tap and Cheech & Chong. The two unreleased tracks include the Beatles' "Everybody's Got Something to Hide " and the Sly Stone track "Thank You ", both of which were originally recorded for a BBC Radio 1 John Peel session in 1989.
LP 5 & 6, "ODDITIES," offers a wide-ranging combination of instrumentals, remixes and demos. The unreleased tracks on vinyl include "Twin Tower," penned by Matt Cameron, which was originally recorded at Seattle's London Bridge studio in December 1988 during the sessions for Louder Than Love. "Night Surf" is an instrumental performed by bassist Ben Shepherd which the band used to open their 1994 tour in conjunction with an introductory film which screened before they took the stage. Steve Fisk's new remix of "The Telephantasm (Resurrection Remix)," a song originally released for 2011 Record Store Day, has also never been available on vinyl before.LP 1 - ORIGINALS
1.Sub Pop Rock City
4.Fresh Deadly Roses
8.She's A Politician
LP 2 - ORIGINALS
1.She Likes Surprises
2.Kyle Petty, Son of Richard
7.Live To Rise
LP 3 - COVERS
1.Swallow My Pride - Green River
2.Smokestack Lightnin' - Howlin' Wolf
3.Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (John Peel BBC Sessions) - The Beatles
4.Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (John Peel BBC Sessions) - Sly and the Family Stone
5.Come Together - The Beatles
6.Stray Cat Blues - The Rolling Stones
7. Into The Void (Sealth) - Black Sabbath
LP 4 - COVERS
1. Girl U Want - DEVO
2. Touch Me - Fancy
3. Can You See Me? (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions) - Jimi Hendrix
4. Homicidal Suicidal (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions) - Budgie
5. I Can't Give You Anything(Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions) - The Ramones
6. I Don't Care About You (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions) - Fear
7. Waiting For The Sun (Live) - The Doors
8. Search And Destroy (Live) - The Stooges
9. Big Bottom (Live) - Spinal Tap
10. Earache My Eye (Live) - Cheech & Chong
LP 5 - ODDITIES
1. Twin Tower
2. Jerry Garcia's Finger
4. Night Surf
5. A Splice Of Space Jam
6. The Telephantasm
7. Black Days III
LP 6 - ODDITIES
1. Fopp (Fucked Up Heavy Dub Mix)
2. Big Dumb Sex (Dub Version)
3. Spoonman (Steve Fisk Remix)
4. Rhinosaur (The Straw That Broke The Rhino's Back Remix)
5. Dusty (Moby Remix)
6. The Telephantasm (Resurrection Remix)
7. One Minute Of Silence$139.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc Box Set - 6 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Badmotorfinger (Awaiting Repress)25th anniversary remastered edition of Soundgarden's 2x platinum album,"Badmotorfinger on vinyl.1. Rusty Cage
3. Slaves & Bulldozers
4. Jesus Christ Pose
5. Face Pollution
7. Searching With My Good Eye Closed
8. Room A Thousand Years Wide
9. Mind Riot
10. Drawing Flies
11. Holy Water
12. New Damage$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Down On The UpsideRemastered Reissue On 180 Gram Vinyl
After the huge commercial breakthrough of Superunknown-where Soundgarden expanded its attack to include pop hooks, psychedelic riffage, and production values-the foursome decided to work harder at rocking harder.
From the opening chords of Pretty Noose, the group brings out the brawny guitars and slightly leavens them with sweet harmonies. With Rhinosaur, Kim Thayil churns out more guitar-hero riffs for young America to master. Zero Chance turns to the quiet side as Chris Cornell ruminates in a depressive mood: Born without a friend/And bound to die alone. Ty Cobb floors the acceleration with no brakes. Robin Trower's Bridge of Sighs is evoked within Tighten & Tighter, while No Attention ventures toward Rocks-era Aerosmith, an occasional Soundgarden touchstone.
The album's obvious centerpiece, however, is Blow Up the Outside World, with its mix of acoustic and electric guitars; it builds toward a cathartic chorus that rings true of everything Soundgarden could ever be.LP 1
1. Pretty Noose
3. Zero Chance
5. Ty Cobb
6. Blow Up The Outside World
7. Burden In My Hand
8. Never Named
2. Never The Machine Forever
3. Tighter & Tighter
4. No Attention
5. Switch Opens
7. An Unkind
8. Boot Camp$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Louder Than LoveRemastered Reissue On 180 Gram Vinyl
Louder Than Love is the second studio album by the American rock band Soundgarden, released on September 5, 1989 through A&M Records. After touring in support of its first full-length studio album, Ultramega OK (1988), Soundgarden signed with A&M and began work on its first album for a major label. The songs on the album featured a metal-leaning grunge sound with some songs featuring unusual or unorthodox time signatures.
Due to the nature of some of the lyrics, a Parental Advisory sticker was placed on the album packaging. Louder Than Love would become the band's first album to chart on the Billboard 200. The band supported the album with tours of North America and Europe. It was the last Soundgarden album to feature the band's original bassist, Hiro Yamamoto.1. Ugly Truth
2. Hands All Over
4. Power Trip
5. Get On The Snake
6. Full On Kevin's Mom
7. Loud Love
8. I Awake
9. No Wrong No Right
11. Big Dumb Sex
12. Full On (Reprise)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Screaming Life/FoppFrom the depths of the Sub Pop archives comes a reissue of
Soundgarden's thunderous opening salvo, Screaming Life, plus bonus
tracks from the Fopp EP and Sub Pop 200 compilation. This reissue
marks the first time these tracks will be available digitally, and their first
appearance on vinyl since the original, late-80s pressings (notwithstanding
a long-gone, late-'90s repress of Screaming Life). All tracks have been
remastered by Seattle studio wizard and producer of the original Screaming
Life and Sub Pop 200 sessions, Jack Endino, who had this to say about
"Ah, Screaming Life, Soundgarden's debut, and one of the first real
records I made for anyone outside my own band. I already knew
Soundgarden pretty well, since they and Skin Yard had shared the stage
many times in Seattle's tiny club scene circa 1985-1986. Soon after
opening Reciprocal Recording in July 1986, there I was with Soundgarden,
trying to make the most of our eight tracks. Somehow, we found room
for all of Matt Cameron's 'bonus tubs,' Hiro's primordial Fender bass,
and a whopping four tracks to share between Kim Thayil's mad guitar
psychedelia and Chris Cornell's still-expanding voice. 'Nothing To Say'
was the song that made us all look at each other and go, 'uh, holy crap,
how did we do this?'
Stuff started happening. A&M came calling. SST agreed to put out
their next record. But Soundgarden was not finished with Sub Pop. They
contributed 'Sub Pop Rock City,' about Seattle's then-rising 'grunge'
scene, to the Sub Pop 200 comp; and they threw everyone a curveball
with Steve Fisk-produced Ohio Players and Green River covers on the
The glorious vistas of a major label future awaited them. To quote Kim
from an old interview, 'It was karma, it was dogma, it was dog breath.'"1. Hunted Down
3. Tears to Forget
4. Nothing to Say
5. Little Joe
6. Hand of God
7. Sub Pop Rock City
9. Fopp (Fucked Up Heavy Dub Mix)
10. Kingdom of Come
11. Swallow My Pride$18.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Original Album Remastered
In 2014 we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Soundgarden's massive album Superunknown which to date has sold 9 million albums worldwide and is
certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the US. Both a critical and commercial success, in 1994 Superunknown debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts
and earned the band two Grammys® for the singles "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman" in 1995. As relevant today as they were in 1994, the multplatinum-selling Soundgarden continues to be in the Top 10 most played artists on Active Rock radio and the band's top 4 most played radio songs accumulating over 1 million in total airplay and 4 billion in total audience to date - are all from this very beloved album: "Black Hole Sun," "Fell on Black
Days," "Spoonman" and "The Day I Tried To Live." In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked the album as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and the 100
Greatest Albums of the Nineties.
The 20th anniversary of Superunknown is a global priority and the band is very involved in the reissue celebration. In 2014 Soundgarden is touring the US and Europe in support of this Superunknown 20th anniversary and their latest album, 2012's King Animal - their sixth album total and their first in sixteen years - debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 and
has scanned over 222,000 albums to date.1. Let Me Drown
2. My Wave
3. Fell on Black Days
6. Head Down
7. Black Hole Sun
9. Limo Wreck
10. The Day I Tried to Live
12. Fresh Tendrils
13. 4th of July
15. Like Suicide
16. She Likes Surprises$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Ultramega OKThis remixed and expanded reissue of Soundgarden's Ultramega OK is a long-planned "correction" of the legendary band's Grammy®-nominated debut full-length. The album was originally recorded and released in 1988 on SST Records. While the band enjoyed working with the original producer, Drew Canulette, they soon realized they weren't quite happy with the final mix. Thus, shortly after the album's release, the band decided to remix the album for subsequent pressings. However, success intervened: the band rapidly scored a deal with A&M and began work on their major-label debut, Louder Than Love, and the Ultramega OK remix project fell by the wayside as Soundgarden climbed their way to (ultra)mega-stardom.
In 2016, after worldwide success, a breakup, a reunion, and many albums and tours, the band finally acquired the original multi-track tapes to Ultramega OK and carved out time to dig into the remix. They handed the tapes over to longtime friend and engineer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Mudhoney, Screaming Trees, Skin Yard), who worked with the band to create a fresh mix of the album that, for the band, ties up this persistent loose end and remedies the sound of their debut album.
While they were at it, the band dug out six early versions of tracks that wound up on Ultramega OK. The songs were recorded in 1987 on 8-track tape by Jack Endino and Chris Hanzsek at Reciprocal Recording in Seattle, and mixed by Jack Endino in 2016. These versions feature the band in raw, powerful form -sonically closer to the band's Endino-recorded debut EP Screaming Life - and provide a fascinating window into the development of songs that eventually became staples of the band's set. The six songs comprise what the band refers to as Ultramega EP, and they are included in this reissue.
Hailed as grunge innovators, Soundgarden redefined rock music for a generation. In the '80s, the band - singer/guitarist Chris Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Hiro Yamamoto, and drummer Matt Cameron - combined a punk ethos, brutal metal soundscapes, and Cornell's ravenous roar to capture the attention of the masses. Jagged and ferocious, their music was deeply at odds with the synth-pop and hair metal which dominated the 80's airwaves. Early indie releases, including seminal Screaming Life and Ultramega OK, quickly led to a dedicated indie following as the band toured on both sides of the Atlantic. Subsequent albums, including Badmotorfinger, Superunknown, and Down on the Upside, achieved multi-platinum sales and launched the band to international fame.LP 1
2. All Your Lies
4. Beyond the Wheel
6. Mood for Trouble
7. Circle of Power
8. He Didn't
9. Smokestack Lightning
10. Nazi Driver
11. Head Injury
12. Incessant Mace
13. One Minute of Silence
1. Head Injury (Early Version)
2. Beyond the Wheel (Early Version)
3. Incessant Mace (Short) [Early Version]
4. He Didn't (Early Version)
5. All Your Lies (Early Version)
6. Incessant Mace (Long) [Early Version]$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
A-Sides (Pre-Order)'A-Sides' is released for the first time ever on 180g black double-vinyl. This classic compilation spanning the band's
13 year career was originally released in 1997, and features 17 of the band's best known and best loved singles.LP 1
1. Nothing To Say
3. Loud Love
4. Hands All Over
5. Get On The Snake
6. Jesus Christ Pose
8. Rusty Cage
2. The Day I Tried To Live
3. Black Hole Sun
4. Fell On Black Days
5. Pretty Noose
6. Burden In My Hand
7. Blow Up The Outside World
8. Ty Cobb
9. Bleed Together$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Euphoria MourningEuphoria Morning is the first solo studio album released by American musician Chris Cornell. Euphoria Morning sold over 75,000 copies in its first week of release and eventually sold 343,000 copies in the U.S. alone. While a large success critically, it did not sell nearly as well as Cornell's albums with Soundgarden. It is Cornell's only album between the split of Soundgarden until he joined members of Rage Against the Machine in forming Audioslave.1. Can't Change Me
2. Flutter Girl
3. Preaching The End Of The World
4. Follow My Way
5. When I'm Down
7. Wave Goodbye
9. Sweet Euphoria
10. Disappearing One
11. Pillow Of Your Bones
12. Steel Rain$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Siamese Dream (Awaiting Repress)Ranked 360/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Originally released in 1993, Siamese Dream is the breakthrough second album from the Smashing Pumpkins and of the the finest to ever come out of the alt-rock movement. Co-produced with Butch Vig and instrumentally recorded almost entirely by bandleader Billy Corgan himself, the guitar-heavy affair generated no less than four hit singles in Cherub Rock, Today, Disarm and Rocket. Built on rich, layered sonics and inherent dynamic tension, Siamese Dream stands alongside Nirvana's Nevermind and Soundgarden's Superunknown as the defining albums of the decade and alt-rock's Mount Rushmore.LP1
1. Cherub Rock
1. Geek U.S.A.
5. Sweet Sweet
6. Luna$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Stone Free - Jimi Hendrix TributeImport
Red & Purple Mixed Vinyl
Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix (1993) was recorded by various artists in tribute to Jimi Hendrix. The artists were drawn from many genres of popular music. Contributors include his classic rock contemporaries Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, blues man Buddy Guy, classical violinist Nigel Kennedy, alternative pop/rock bands Belly and Spin Doctors, hip hop artists P. M. Dawn, among others.
According to the liner notes, the artists were encouraged to not only record one of their own personal favorites but to also place their stamp on Jimi's songs. Several artists recorded radically different interpretations, particularly, P. M. Dawn, The Cure, Nigel Kennedy and Pat Metheny. Some artists, on the other hand, recorded versions that were rather similar to the originals.
The band M.A.C.C. is made up of Mike McCready (guitarist from Pearl Jam), Jeff Ament (bassist from Pearl Jam), Matt Cameron (drummer for Soundgarden and later for Pearl Jam), and Chris Cornell (singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave). The cover of Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun) is their only known recording. All four members of this group had previously worked together on the Temple of the Dog project.
Eric Clapton's backing group on the title track includes the three original core members of Chic (Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson) and is the last recording on which all three played together.LP1
1. The Cure - Purple Haze
2. Eric Clapton - Stone Free
3. Spin Doctors - Spanish Castle Magic
4. Buddy Guy - Red House
5. Body Count - Hey Joe
6. Jeff Beck And Seal - Manic Depression
7. Nigel Kennedy - Fire
1. Pretenders - Bold As Love
2. P.m. Dawn - You Got Me Floatin'
3. Slash And Paul Rodgers With The Band Of Gypsys - I Don't Live Today
4. Belly - Are You Experienced?
5. Living Colour - Crosstown Traffic
6. Pat Metheny - Third Stone From The Sun
7. M.A.C.C. - Hey Baby (Land Of The New Rising Sun)$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Yield (Awaiting Repress)
Mastered Specifically For Vinyl By Bob Ludwig
Features Recreations Of Original Packaging
Pearl Jam reissues Yield on 150-gram vinyl for the first time since the album has been available on the format since its original release. The album is mastered specifically for vinyl, by Grammy Award-winning engineer Bob Ludwig and it features recreations of their original packaging.
On Yield, Pearl Jam and Brendan OBrien teamed up once again for a spirited session marked by the breakthrough of band members (guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard, bassist Jeff Ament and drummer Irons) bringing in finished songs for Vedder to add his signature lyrics to. With a more accessible mainstream rock sound and a full-scale tour that found the band relenting to use some Ticketmaster venues (and replacing Irons with Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, the bands drummer to this day), Yield became the bands fifth straight album to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.1. Brain Of J.
3. No Way
4. Given To Fly
7. Do The Evolution
10. Low Light
11. In Hiding
12. Push Me, Pull Me
13. All Those Yesterdays$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
In Deep OwlIn recent years, songwriter and Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd has been gradually moving away from the grunge rock aesthetic of his day job. (At least, as much as he can, given that the band are as synonymous with Seattle as its weather.) Spending the last four years stripping away the layers of grunge from his music, Shepherd turned introspective and acoustic. In fact, the songs which would form the basis of his upcoming debut record, In Deep Owl, were initially intended to feature only his voice and an acoustic guitar, but some longtime friends helped to subtly shift the sound and feel of the record.
Bringing on Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and former Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain to help fill in the gaps in the songs, Shepherd used their percussive presence to add a weight and resonance to the album. The result is a collection of tracks which retain their acoustic inclusivity while still feeling tied to the overcast dreariness of his hometown.
Having previously released the raw-edged rocker "Baron Robber," the second song released off the album is "Collide". Closer to Mark Lanegan than to Chris Cornell, the contemplative acoustic guitar and mandolin help to evoke a sense of folksy serenity. Forgoing percussion of any sort here, Shepherd emphasizes the rhythmic interplay between his voice and the minimalist stringed instrumentation. Born from a thousand campfire songs, "Collide" draws you into its inner sanctum and keeps you spellbound, firmly holding you in place without you ever realizing it.
- Josh Pickard (Consequence Of Sound)1. Stone Pale
4. Loose Ends
5. Neverone Blues
7. Baron Robber
8. The Blue Book
10. The Great Syrup Accident
11. The Train You Can't Win (Holes)$24.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge1991 will forever be remembered as the year that alternative rock broke through to the masses. It seemed like every other week there was another great new alt-rock album to discover, such as Nirvana's Nevermind, Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger, Primus's Sailing The Seas of Cheese, and the Smashing Pumpkins' Gish, so Mudhoney couldn't have picked a better time to issue their sophomore release. Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge was issued right in the middle of the whole grunge movement, and while it didn't sell in the vast quantities of some other Seattle bands' albums, it did stir up quite a buzz for Mudhoney. Some of the band's finest moments are included here, such as Generation Genocide, Let it Slide, Into the Drink, Who You Drivin' Now? and Fuzzgun '91.1. Generation Genocide
2. Let It Slide
3. Good Enough
4. Something So Clear
6. Into the Drink
7. Broken Hands
8. Who You Drivin' Now?
9. Move Out
10. Shoot the Moon
11. Fuzzgun '91
12. Pokin' Around
13. Don't Fade IV
14. Check-Out Time$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Audioslave may be one the rare cases of remnants of 2 great bands coming together and creating an even greater band. Consisting of three quarters of Rage Against The Machine plus former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, Audioslave came onto the music scene with a mix of 70's Zeppelin & Sabbath warped into the year 2000 and beyond. Having Chris Cornell as their leadsinger was producer Rick Rubin's idea and the band penned no less than 21 songs in a period of 19 days, jamming and rehearsing.
Their live debut was a David Letterman gig on the rooftop of the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York, kicking off a successful world tour. Debut single 'Cochise' was a worldwide smash and the 2nd single 'Like a Stone' even topped that (certified Gold by the RIAA)! The album was certified Gold in the USA within a month after its release. 2 Audioslave albums followed, before the members parted ways to join their former bands.
We proudly present the album that left a deep and lasting impact on the music scene album as a double vinyl LP, in a gatefold sleeve and pressed on 180 grams audiophile vinyl.
LP1 - Side A
Show Me How To Live
What You Are
LP1 - Side B
Like A Stone
Set It Off
Shadow On The Sun
LP2 - Side A
I Am The Highway
Bring Em Back Alive
LP2 - Side B
Light My Way
The Last Remaining Light$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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
9. Rising$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
URPD-SMA-134xMother of God
Anthropos''Woke up at dawn and felt a presence, nature spirits, observing me. Looked out through the window. Black shape. I went to the nearby forest and the journey had begun.Without a direct way, I went through the woods and crossed mountains. Suddenly elated by light, I was under the raven's wings. Numb. Awakened by a thud and the silhouettes of the three. Embrace. The circle was complete.'' -- Mother of God
Born in 2008 and raised on rock in Morgårdshammar, Sweden, the four-piece Mother of God cast off a lot of the retro '70s mentality of their countrymen in favor of a more modern approach.Well, 20 years more modern, anyway. Mother of God no doubt have some appreciation for the finer things in '70s rock - there are beards to prove it - but musically they incorporate influences from grunge and the heavy grooves of the early '90s. Bands like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains mesh their downtrodden grunge melodies alongside classic inspiration drawn from Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.
These might sound like familiar elements - at least the names ring out - but Mother of God bring their own emotional spin to their Small Stone debut, Anthropos, and never quite cooperate with what you think they'll do next. The band has released two prior EPs - 2011's Forging a New Path and their debut - and they recorded and mixed Anthropos in BorlÄnge with Erik Nerback, Chris Goosman mastered, and Sanna Albenius, Robin Gnista and Alexander von Wieding provided art and layout design.
In addition to festival appearances at Getaway Rock, Wacken Open Air in Germany and Peace & Love, Mother of God have shared the stage with YOB, Dozer, Graveyard, Imperial State Electric and more, and they'll look to continue their live domination in Scandinavia and beyond in support of Anthropos, shoving their eclectic sound and undeniable hooks right in the faces of everyone who thinks they know what heavy rock should sound like.1. 2 3 0
3. The Forest
4. Aim For The Sun
6. To Live
9. Something From Below
10. R. McCord
11. Lucy$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HydraDuring many months of 2011 and 2012 Deville have been stuck in the studio most of the time except for some European festivals and random shows. After two full length albums and a couple of hundred shows all around Europe the new record is a product of that. Trying to take this experience of what the band does best and what works live this new record is wider than previous releases... This brand new recording will see the light of day in 2013 via the band's new home here at Small Stone.
In 2009, after more than 100 gigs all over Europe since the debut album release it was time for the album ''Hail the Black Sky''. Recorded during the early months in 2009 in Malmoe, Sweden by Markus Nilsson and produced by Deville. The band has taken a step to a more straight forward songwriting and this album has more of an album feeling than the last one recording the songs during the same period of time. It follows the pattern of significant Deville grooves and 70`s driven riffing of the darker school. Eleven tracks of rock in the veins of Black Sabbath. Kyuss and Soundgarden it takes you to the next level of 70's rock for the 21st century. This album proves the bands progress to their own sound in the genre of heavy rock and beyond and will definitely take the listeners for a ride.
The Swedish rock band Deville released their full length debut ''Come Heavy Sleep'' in December 2007 on Buzzville Records with great reviews. Two European tours took place in Jan/Feb and Nov/Dec 2008 that went through seven countries. Heaviness and grooves dominates ''Come Heavy Sleep'' that stretches from stoner rock to doom riffs. In 2005/2006 Deville released a record on Daredevil Records a split record (double feature CD/ LP). It was also released in Europe and in the US. The band have existed around six years and have done over 200 gigs and festivals in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain and the U.K the past five years with bands like Sepultura, Fu Manchu, Mustasch(S) and Brant Bjork.1. Lava
2. Iron Fed
3. In Vain
4. The Knife
5. Over The Edge
6. Burning Towers
7. Let It Go
8. Battles Will Be Born
9. Blood Crown
11. Stay A Little Longer$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Psychic Temple IIIt may seem hard to imagine a place where indie rock visionaries like Sufjan Stevens and Castanets' Ray Raposa could meld minds with the genius of Brian Wilson, where death metal pioneer Paul Masvidal might wield his legendary six-string chops on a blissed-out soul ballad, where adventurous young jazz players like Kris Tiner and Devin Hoff share credit with Mars Volta keyboardist Ikey Owens and singer/songwriter Aaron Roche.
Long Beach composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist (not to mention truck driver) Chris Schlarb has not only imagined such a place but has now made it manifest for a second time. Released by Asthmatic Kitty, Psychic Temple II is a labor of love, envisioned by Schlarb to bring his most far-ranging inspirations to life - as he puts it, "a dream ensemble that could never actually exist." The ensemble's sophomore release was painstakingly constructed over more than a year with the cooperation of some of the most progressive musical minds from a staggering variety of genres.
"I love interesting juxtapositions, where you bring together people from different communities," Schlarb says. He cites iconoclastic predecessors like Bill Laswell's ever-changing group Material, which once brought together a young Whitney Houston with jazz legend Archie Shepp and future Soundgarden and Red Hot Chili Peppers producer Michael Beinhorn to cover a song by Hugh Hopper of English prog-rock pioneers Soft Machine. On 2010's Psychic Temple, Schlarb assembled a 29-member ensemble that included Minutemen bassist Mike Watt, vocalist Julianna Barwick, and pianist Mick Rossi of the Philip Glass Ensemble.
"It seems like a crazy combination of people," Schlarb says, "but they're all just musicians. Why not bring them all together? It may not always work, but it's always worth reaching further."
Psychic Temple II reaches beyond the long-form experiments of its predecessor for a more tightly focused yet conceptually dense collection whose songs are no less exploratory for their briefer durations. "I never see the point in continuing to regurgitate," Schlarb says of the new album's unique direction. "What was natural at that time would now feel contrived. I have to keep moving forward."
Schlarb also includes three cover songs by composers who share his boundary-demolishing mindset: Joe Jackson's "Steppin' Out," Frank Zappa's "Sofa No. 2," and Brian Wilson's "'Til I Die," a gorgeous, lesser-known Beach Boys song that features vocals by Sufjan Stevens, Castanets' Ray Raposa, and Cryptacize's Nedelle Torrisi.
Psychic Temple had its origins in Create (!), a large improvising ensemble with which Schlarb used to perform. The free-form group would often incorporate multiple drummers, a concept that Schlarb decided to pursue in a more composition-oriented setting. No matter how much Psychic Temple mutates from track to track, the rhythmic possibilities of its two drummers (in this case, Tabor Allen and Andrew Pompey) remain intact.
Schlarb's imaginative leaps are evidenced from the outset of Psychic Temple II, on the intoxicating opening track, "Seventh House." Featuring the sinuous vocals of Sarah Negahdari, who recently served as touring bassist for Silversun Pickups, the song weaves together lyrical and musical references to Neil Young's "Will To Love," to the Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers album Pisces, and to Sheena Easton's notorious Prince-penned pop hit "Sugar Walls."
Then there's "The Starry King Hears Laughter" and "She Is the Golden World," two songs that pay simultaneous homage to poet William Blake and jazz legend Bill Evans; or "Solo in Place," Schlarb's attempt to filter classic soul through his own "weird prism," a missing link between the Isley Brothers and the Alan Parsons Project that features guitar wizard Paul Masvidal of the death metal bands Death and Cynic.
Despite such a mind-blowing array of talent from the farthest reaches of the musical spectrum, Psychic Temple II is a surprisingly cohesive album, a testament to Schlarb's clear controlling vision. "One of the fundamental flaws of modern music is the idea of the record as a pastiche," he says. "With hip-hop and R&R records starting in the '90s, you had ten tracks with ten different producers so every track sounded completely different. There was no aesthetic where you could just put on a record and listen to it beginning to end. I admire people who are control freaks."
Schlarb has wielded control over a number of vastly different projects himself. The New York Observer called his debut solo album, Twilight & Ghost Stories, "40 minutes of avant-garde bliss," while Interoceans, recorded with experimental jazz duo I Heart Lung, was chosen by NPR as one of the top five jazz albums of 2008. He composed the score for Nicklas "Nifflas" Nygren's video game Nightsky and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Meet the Composer. In 2001, Schlarb founded the eclectic Sounds Are Active record label, which has released music by the likes of Nels Cline, Mike Watt, and Castanets.1. Seventh House
2. The Starry King Hears Laughter
3. Solo In Place
4. Bird In The Garden
5. 'Til I Die
6. She Is The Golden World
7. Steppin' Out
8. All I Want Is Time
9. Sofa No. 2
10. NO TSURAI
11. Hyacinth Thrash Quarter$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Jar Of Flies / SapImport
Music On Vinyl reissued ALICE IN CHAINS album DIRT.
Chronologically, that album fits right in between the two discs in this limited vinyl package, which
combines the JAR OF FLIES and SAP EPs.
SAP was originally released early 1992, half a year before DIRT came out. It features guest
appearances by Ann Wilson (Heart), Mark Arm (Mudhoney) and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden).
JAR OF FLIES was released in January 1994 and shows a side of the band that was unknown until then:
predominately acoustic songs and the use of instruments like the harmonica and a talk-box.LP 1
1. Rotten Apple
3. I Stay Away
4. No Excuses
5. Whale & Wasp
6. Don't Follow
7. Swing On This
2. Got Me Wrong
3. Right Turn
4. Am I Inside
5. Love Song
(Side D - Etch)$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
After releasing three albums with Greg Ginn's underground label SST, Screaming Trees broke through in 1991 with Uncle Anesthesia on major label Epic. The band, fronted by Mark Lanegan (who would go on to collaborate solo with band members of Nirvana, Queens Of The Stone Age, Guns 'N Roses and Foo Fighters) is known for its raw psychedelic, whiskey voiced garage rock. This harder edge set the band apart from Seattle grunge contemporaries Alice In Chains and Soundgarden, gaining a loyal fanbase in the process. Uncle Anesthesia is produced by Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) and metal producer Terry Date, known for his recordings of Pantera, Prong, Overkill and White Zombie.1. Beyond This Horizon
2. Bed Of Roses
3. Uncle Anesthesia
4. Story Of Her Fate
5. Caught Between
6. Lay Your Head Down
7. Before We Arise
8. Something About Today
9. Alice Said
10. Time For Light
12. Ocean Of Confusion
13. Closer$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Thank You Mr. ChurchillGuitar legend Peter Frampton returns in classic form on his first non-instrumental studio album since 2003 and follow-up to the Grammy-winning album Fingerprints. The album reunites Frampton with engineer/mixer/producer Chris Kimsey from Frampton Comes Alive! and features guest appearances by Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam / Soundgarden), Funk Brothers and Julian Frampton.1. Thank You Mr Churchill
3. Road To The Sun (Peter Frampton with Smoking Gun featuring Julian Frampton)
4. Im Due A You
5. Vaudeville Nanna And The Banjolele
6. Asleep At The Wheel
7. Suite: Liberte
9. Huria Watu
11. I Want It Back
12. Invisible Man
13. Black Ice$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-CAP-7311xRed Hot Chili Peppers
Uplift Mofo Party PlanOn 1987's The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, producer Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, Hole) helped the Chili Peppers incorporate more of a hard-rock approach to their already rich blend of funk and punk. This would be the best and unfortunately final album to feature the Kiedis/Flea/Slovak/Irons lineup as Slovak died from a drug overdose in 1988, and Irons exited soon after, turning up several years later as the drummer for Pearl Jam. Highlights include Fight Like a Brave, Funky Crime, Me and My Friends, Backwoods, Behind the Sun, No Chump Love Sucker and Special Secret Song Inside.1. Fight Like a Brave
2. Funky Crime
3. Me and My Friends
6. Behind the Sun
7. Skinny Sweaty Man
8. Subterranean Homesick Blues
9. Special Secret Song Inside
10. No Chump Love Sucker
11. Walkin' on Down the Road
12. Love Trilogy
13. Organic Anti-Beat Box Band$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now