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maanantai 24. lokakuuta 2016

Astral Visions #69 online now!

Astral Visions #69 finally online with cool psychy tracks by The Astral Army, Goat, Kremlin, THE CULT OF DOM KELLER, Flowers Must Die, Gong - Band, The Fërtility Cult, Katla, Sundarata, The Orange Drop, TEKSTI-TV 666, Narcosatanicos, Sherpa, Cary Grace, Steve Hillage, Paul Marcano and Light Dreams, Ahkmed & Neil Anderson. Let the journey begin...

lauantai 22. lokakuuta 2016

Playlist at Blowup II Festival, Korjaamo, Helsinki, 14.10.2016

I had a really great time at the second incarnation of Blowup last weekend! It was so cool to meet so many friends old and new and hear some of the heaviest and best bands ever. I was the dj on Friday and this (I think...) is what I played:

Sleep of Monsters - The Devil and All His Works (thanks again Sami...)
Black Sabbath - Lady Evil
Flowers Must Die - Taskig Stämning Annars
Aluk Tolodo - Burial Ground
The Cult of Dom Keller - Broken Arm of God
Celtic Frost - Procreation of the Wicked
Seremonia - Hasiskultti
The Cosmic Dead - Gustav Björnstrand
Angel Witch - Angel Witch
The Skull - The Skull
Aleister Crowley - Excerpts from the Gnostic Mass
Kikagaku Moyo - Green Sugar
Minami Deutsch - Futsu Ni Ikirenai
Baby Woodrose - Reality
Coven - White Witch of Rose Hall
Black Widow - Come to the Sabbath
Blue Öyster Cult - Don't Fear the Reaper
Mercyful Fate - The Oath
Blood Ceremony - Return to Forever
Aphrodite's Child - The Four Horsemen
Mana Mana - Mikä on sun taivas
Earthless - Acid Crusher
Bathory - Enter the Eternal Fire
Venom - Manitou
Moon Duo - Sleepwalker

Thanks a lot everyone involved! Again next year?

torstai 13. lokakuuta 2016

Uluru - Imaginary Sun

Tonzonen Records (TON 018)

Uluru is a new psychedelic stoner rock band from Instanbul, Turkey. This is their first full-length album released on two different limited vinyl editions on the excellent Tonzonen Records. You can also get this as a double CD including two EP's: Imaginary Sun and Dazed Hill (seven tracks in total), and this LP version has five of those tracks. Two shorter pieces, the title track "Imaginary Sun" and "Set Loose" from Dazed Hill are missing from the LP. Confused yet?

So what do we have here? Long, instrumental tracks of rather heavy and gloomy, but also atmospheric stuff played by a trio of guitar, bass and drums with no (noticeable) overdubs. So it's all real and pretty simple yet effective played with a lot of emotion. These young guys know their shit and can play, and the music they make is rather interesting, but not really that psychedelic or spacey. The first track "Uluru" is slow and sort of bluesy, apart from the faster ending. "Demon Spirit" is similar in style, but has more soloing and also more laid-back jam parts. Cool! "Elegy" is one of my favourites with a bit mystical, melancholic and spiritual vibe. I'm somehow reminded of Finnish band Kingston Wall, very nice! Another slow piece. The almost 11-minute "Dazed Hill" starts off side B and yes, slow jamming again. Some excellent vibes in this one as well, although they might have done something different by now like exploding my brain with some faster psych rocking. Okay, they sort of do that after the seven-minute-marker actually when the track grows and gets more intense! More of that, please. The LP is finished with the dreamy "Blind Camel" that has some Oriental touch. I wish they would use some more Turkish / Anatolian influences since I think that would make their music more unique and memorable. There are just so many bands playing this kind of heavy instrumental jam music, that's it's easy to get lost in the middle. Anyway, Uluru is a very promising band and everybody into atmospheric, psychedelic stoner/hard rock should check out this album.