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 90â€™s riffs nor with ambient and natural sound themes.
Itâ€™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 â€œDying Lightâ€. 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
Meet BROTHERS-IN-ARMS, the brainchild of guitarist/composer Jack Frost, who along with several recruited iconic rock brothers, has made it his mission to prove rock music will never die.
The guys unified to take a stand against the doubters and cynics who have claimed that it's simply not possible to resurrect this celebrated music in which so many lasting and fond memories were built around.
Banding together, Jack & the Brothers forged ahead with one main goal: To make quality music that would both represent and immortalize the days of the sold-out legendary rock venues, to show the world that rock is not just a thing of the past.
Featuring: Jack Frost (Savatage, Lizzy Borden, Seven Witches, Belladonna (Anthrax), Bronx Casket Company, Jean Beauvoir, Aldo Nova), Karl Wilcox (Diamond Head), Alex Jansen (session bass for Hardline), Charlie Calv (Angel, Shotgun Symphony, Bronx Casket Company) - Special Guests: Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent), Mick Mahan (Pat Benatar) All-Star Vocalists, Keith St John (Kingdom Come, Montrose, Lynch Mob. Burning Rain), Andrew Freeman (Last in Line, Lynch Mob, Hurricane), Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot, King Kobra), Steve Overland (FM, Overland), Nick Walsh (Slik Toxik), Jesse Damon (Silent Rage), Todd Poole (Roxy Blue, Saliva).
For fans of Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Motley Crue and Arena Rock!
Tracklisting: 1. Bitch Is Crazy 2. Last To Know 3. The City Never Sleeps 4. Feel The Love 5. To Make You Mine 6. The Ties That Bind 7. Long Way From Love 8. My Heart Knows 9. Wasting Light 10. Voices Are Calling
YOVA comprises Macedonian vocalist and lyricist Jova Radevska and multi -instrumentalist Mark Vernon.
The new single ‘Where There Is Smoke’ is out now.
The band’s debut album ‘Nine Lives’ features nine shapeshifting songs and a stellar line up of musical contributors including multi-instrumentalist Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey / Anna Calvi), Daniel O’Sullivan(Grumbling Fur, Tim Burgess) bass, viola and keyboards; Terry Edwards (Nick Cave, Tom Waits) baritone sax; David Rhodes (Kate Bush, Scott Walker) guitars; Anna Phoebe (Roxy Music) violin; Nick Holland (Balanescu Quartet) cello; Alex Thomas (John Cale, UNKLE) drums; Ian Olliver (PJ Harvey) on bass and legendary pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole.
The album features an array of unusual and exotic instruments including the Ondes Martenot, the Marxophone and the medieval Sackbut. Jova was born and raised in Macedonia. “A sunny and warm country, with a rich history,” she says. “I came to the UK out of curiosity as an eighteen-year-old. I very much like the diversity. The UK is bursting with music history and one meets many like-minded people. I met Mark at a gig I was doing in London. We never know where our collaboration will take us. This way or that, it is always different”.
Mark has both managed and recorded with John Cale amongst others, and also co-produced tracks on PJ Harvey’s debut album ‘Dry’, including the iconic debut single ‘Dress’. On Nine Lives, Mark reunites Rob Ellis and Ian Olliver - the original rhythm section from those recordings.
Mark Vernon: “Once the structure of the nine songs had been written, each song then developed naturally with the musicians, initially Rob Ellis and Daniel O’Sullivan, reacting intuitively in terms of their playing and the instrumentation. In terms of genre, the music of each track is allowed to inhabit its own universe. So there are no pre-ordained or fixed common denominators, other than the voice, the personnel and the song structure. The musicians had the freedom to shape-shift the songs playfully throughout the album. I think of it as nine different rides on a trip to a sonic adventure park."
A Look Back - DogTown & Z-Boys is the first short documentary by legendary artist/photographer Glen E. Friedman.
The film looks back on an essential period in the history of skateboarding, but more directly on how the original award winning documentary affected the original surviving members of that influential team (Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, Peggy Oki, Wentzle Ruml and others) and what they thought about the original film itself, 20 years after its release.
Fu Manchu provided the entire soundtrack for the film with the songs personally curated by Glen E. Friedman. This official soundtrack recording release features all 9 tracks featured in the film in the order that they appear.
The music spans the band’s entire career from “Free And Easy (Summer Girls)” from the band’s 1994 debut album, No One Rides For Free, to “Il Mostro Atomico” featuring Alex Lifeson of Rush, from their most recent full length album, Clone Of The Universe.
This is the only release from the band that features two instrumentals: “Out To Sea” from 2004’s Start The Machine and “Hanglider,” which was originally released on the Japanese version of 2000’s King Of The Road.
This limited edition double LP run is pressed on one purple and one green vinyl and features an etching from legendary skater, Lance Mountain. The gatefold jacket features rare photos from Glen E. Friedman including an incredible shot of the late Jay Adams across the inside. All tracks were remastered specifically for this vinyl release.
The limited edition 1,000 unit CD run also features the same photos and a digital specific remaster.
Tracklisting: 1.Trapeze Freak 2.Travel Agent 3.Hanglider 4.Mongoose 5.Out To Sea 6.The Last Question 7.Tilt 8.Free And Easy (Summer Girls) 9.Il Mostro Atomico
Debut album from Wyndow, Laura J Martin and Lavinia Blackwall’s (Trembling Bells) new Kosmiche-Psych-Folk project.
Woven from threads sent across the wires, Wyndow strikes new ground. Following the success of their first two singles ‘Take My Picture’ and ‘Two Strong Legs’ Wyndow (Laura J Martin and Lavinia Blackwall) return with their eponymous debut album.
The project was ignited by a love of Robert Wyatt and an off hand idea of collaborating on a version of his song ‘Free Will and Testament’. In a time of weird interludes the self examination of the song’s lyrics opened the pathway to themes examined throughout the record, that of being and wanting and the battle between knowledge and knowing.
Who am I and do I see myself the way others see me? What follows is an exploration of the uncertain and the impermanent. According to Martin, they are “tunes for whacked out worriers lifting weights in the worry gym,” where “feeling uneasy never felt so easy." Reflections flit between two pendulums as each wrote and recorded remotely and exchanged these dog eared musical postcards to see each others’ response.
Eschewing the “band in a room” aesthetic out of geographical necessity they focussed on maximising the sonic palette of each song, doing exactly what each piece demanded without thinking about who had to play each instrument. The songs on Wyndow exist in the space between waking and sleeping, hazy tales that unfurl and engulf the listener in a slightly uncanny sense of familiarity.
Album standout ‘All Cameras Gone’ is a paean to the dust and crackles of the analogue age and the shadows of a lonely projectionist leaving the booth and memories for the final time. ‘Pulling On A String’ is based on the feeling of walking familiar routes and wishing they took you elsewhere, the duality of holding on to the familiar yet pulling yourself nearer to the beyond and the unknown.
Taking inspiration from the atmospheres and repetition of ecstatic minimalism and the joyful experimentation of Penguin Cafe Orchestra, songs were built from small fragments and loops, recorded spontaneously and sent to each other across the wires.
Recorded and produced in Liverpool with Iwan Morgan (Euros Childs, Gruff Rhys, Cate le Bon) and in Clydebank with multi instrumentalist Marco Rea (Euros Childs, Alex Rex) new textures with copious analogue synthesis and treated acoustic instruments were mined, even fretless bass was not off limits.
Recalling the tender pulse of Cluster on ‘Take My Picture’ and the late night hues of La Dusseldorf on album closer ‘Tidal Range’, Wyndow strikes a new path for both artists. On ‘Pulling on A String’ the close foregrounding of both voices call to mind The Roches, another key touchstone for the sound of the record.
The result is a melting pot of influences with both artists at the top of their game, reflecting on the smallest human experiences set against a galactic sonic canvas.
Tracklisting: 1. Never Alone 2. All Cameras Gone 3. Take My Picture 4. Free Will and Testament 5. Third Tea of the Day 6. Two Strong Legs 7. Pulling on a String 8. Flattened by the Wind 9. Woven In Thread 10. When Winter Comes Shadowing In 11. Tidal Range