Void Omnia is a five-member black metal outfit from Oakland, USA, created in 2013 and bringing together former members of Apocryphon, Mutilation Rites and Tombs among others.
This is their first full-length album album is a typical example of the quality the releases from the American north have in recent years.
Void Omnia are, in terms of atmosphere, one of those bands who although are diligent students of both classic diabolical Scandinavian sound and the naturalistic US and Canadian black metal, their own atmosphere is not built with eerie, naked 90’s riffs nor with ambient and natural sound themes.
It’s rather based on well-written and well-played guitar riffs that create a sense of melancholic paranoia, a constant state of emotional over-stimulation.
Add storming blast-beat and a very talented singer in the mix and you have “Dying Light”. Cover art is the work of designer and cartoonist Glenn Schon.
Tracklisting: 1. Remanence Of A Ghost Haunt 2. Fallowed Remembrance 3. Singularity 4. Of Time 5. Emptied Heartless
"Melody Of A Muddled Mason" is the natural successor to "Neo Dada", Jono´s masterstroke from 2009. Some of Jono´s finest writings can be found here, and he has refined his already considerable arranging skills to perfection, just listen to Bach's Beach and the title track for evidence.
Jono lists movements like Rock in Opposition and the Canterbury scene and artists and composers like Frank Zappa, Stravinsky, Magma, Henry Cow and Gentle Giant as sources of inspiration. With his releases and stage shows he has now established his own signature, with mature compositions, refined arrangements, improved guitar playing and the introduction of subtle vocals.
"Melody Of A Muddled Mason" is the sound of a composer and producer at the peak of his powers. The mint green vinyl and Kim Hiorthøy´s strikingly original artwork completes this extraordinary release.
‘You Made Me’ is a Pete Astor album of other people’s songs. It was recorded with producer Ian Button and features Dave Tattersall (Wave Pictures) playing guitar and Andy Lewis (Spearmint, Blow Up) on bass and synth, with Pam Berry (Black Tambourine, Withered Hand), Sean Read (Edwyn Collins, Pretenders, and a mass of brilliant others) and Nina Walsh (Woodleigh Research Facility, Fireflies) joining on vocals.
From the pure pop ache of Gen X’s ‘Dancing with Myself’ to the stoic heartbreak of Cat Power’s ‘Manhattan’, via the shadowy rider in Elvis Presley’s ‘Black Star’, to the teenage ’50s gangster of Richard Thompson’s ‘Vincent Black Lightening’, You Made Me marks some of the way stations of a life in music, songs to make sense of time passing and what that passing time can mean. Pete Astor shares his thoughts on You Made Me.
Like everybody, my life has been sound-tracked by the songs I listen to and sing along with. And a bit like a collection of photographs, I’ve lost some while some never even got taken. Nonetheless, some really good ones did get through. Here they are.
1. ‘Dancing with Myself (1980)’ Gen X, the song articulated the loneliness of the long-distance musician – and it sounded great. 2. ‘Black Star (1960)’ Elvis Presley This was intended as the title song to a so-named 1960 Presley film that got retitled Flaming Star. The title track of David Bowie’s swansong album is widely thought to have been inspired by this song. 3. ‘Chained to an Idiot (1974) This is the only original on the record – my response to the history that these songs have made; the tale of the permanent teenager chained to his needs, forever defined by the purest, libidinous pop – turning Kingsley Amis’ quote, the provenance of the title, on its head. 4.‘Manhattan (2012). Cat Power This is Chan Marshall’s paean to lost love and lost places, an elegy to the way we locate our lives and love affairs in times and locations – a hazy New York or London, say – that have now disappeared. 5.‘Nitcomb (1999’). Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros. ‘Nitcomb’ will ring very true for anyone who remembers all the long evenings spent combing out those stubborn insects. As a musician, Strummer was a lifer, and like those nits, so very tenacious. 6.Vincent Black Lightning (1952)’ Richard Thompson This modern-day outlaw ballad tells the story of tragic love around the centrepiece of the mythic and very English titular motorcycle. 7.‘Solid Air (1973)’ John Martyn John Martyn’s plea to his lost and fading friend, Nick Drake, which becomes a touchstone and document of any lost and fading friends any of us might have had. 8.‘Can’t Hardly Wait (1987)’ The Replacements Paul Westerberg writing and singing about how it feels to be away from home, on tour, magnificently lost, aching to be. 9.‘Courage’ Villagers (2015)’ Conor O’Brien’s document of the heart’s travails re-imagined as lovers rock, making a gentle, steadfast march out of changing love. 10.‘Suffering Jukebox (2008)’ Silver Jews We recorded this in tribute to the passing of Silver Jews’ songwriter David Berman, a song about the plight of the record machine in the corner, devoid of agency, speaking for everyone who wishes things were different. Neil Scott (Felt, Denim, Everything But the Girl) joined us for this one on guitar. 11.‘One Man Guy (1985)’ Loudon Wainwright III Loudon lived in London in the mid ’80s. I once saw him eating alone in Parkway, NW1. Now I know how he must have felt.
Releasing their first ever anthology after 25 very productive years is asking for trouble.
There must surely be as many possible track selections as there are fans and we guess the discussions will be many. As the subtitle indicates, the main motivation behind this release - apart from the anniversary and the Rockheim exhibition - is to present an introduction to newcomers and latecomers.
Mostly concentrating on the "ordinary" studio albums and a couple of outsiders and edited versions, we really think the band have made a fantastic selection. Helge "Deathprod" Sten has remastered all the tracks from the original masters and the non chronological order makes for a very natural flowing and intriguing travel through the Motorpsycho universe.
If that isn´t enough, an up to date family tree is for the first time made official by being included in both formats. All of which means you will need this one even if you´re a long time fan. We will get back with the track selection later...
Tracklisting: CD 1 1. Nothing To Say 2. Little Lucid Moments Pt1: Lawned 3. Vortex Surfer 4. Dominoes 5. Starhammer 6. The Nerve Tattoo 7. Starmelt / Lovelight 8. In Our Tree 9. Psychonaut
CD 2 1. The Other Fool 2. The Afterglow 3. Go To California 4. Cloudwalker 5. Cornucopia (...Or Satan, Uh...Something) 6. Serpentine 7. The Golden Core 8. Toys
For 20 years Rune Grammofon have made a habit of releasing music that is beyond easy classification, in later years typified by Swedish trio Fire!, consisting of Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling and Andreas Werliin.
All three are highly accomplished musicians, but Fire! music is not "difficult" in the sense that jazz and especially free jazz is often perceived. Very much a tight knit unit with three equal players, Fire! has been likened to powerful guitar led trios such as Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, but with Berthling´s heavy, doom laden basslines being such a typical identifier, we can´t help but thinking of Black Sabbath´s debut album when it comes to hypnotic impact.
The Hands is the trio´s sixth album and once again displays a totally uncompromising and intriguing mix of (mostly) heavy, dark and intensely burning music whether one decide on calling it jazz or rock.
The album closes on a quiet and reflective note with the appropriately titled "I Guard Her To Rest. Declaring Silence". And we say it´s easily their best so far.
Tracklisting: 1. The Hands 2. When Her Lips Collapsed 3. Touches Me With The Tips Of Wonder 4. Washing Your Heart In Filth 5. Up. And Down 6. To Shave The Leaves. In Red. In Black. 7. I Guard Her To Rest. Declaring Silence.