Black Helium – Primitive Fuck

Alright Tzertzelos followers, it’s been quite a while since we posted any reviews as current crew members have been quite preoccupied lately. Nevertheless, let’s kick off again with underground band Black Helium that I feel will ascend to great heights through the release of this debut album. Comprised of heavy friends Stuart Gray (vocals/guitar), Beck Harvey (vocals/bass) Davey Mulka (guitar) and Ben Davies (drums), this band brought a truly unique mix of sound to my ears.

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Photo Steve Gullick

The album art shown in the first image will give you the right impression right off the bat. Imagine encountering your sludge demons on Psilocybin, while huddled together in a galactic orb swooping criss cross through “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. As said in the press release “‘Primitive Fuck’ represents the birth of a band your psychiatrist warned you about”.

Okay that sounds like a completely insane trip but let me take you through this festivity of delirium track by track:

Beginning with “Drowsy Shores“, you start wondering if this might be a country album until at 1:43 it hits you with heavy riffage and the rolls on the snare combined with some nimble-fingered bass brings you to an awesome metal theme that will also perfectly finish this track.

After that it’s time to start moving. Reminding me of those ZZ Top booty shaking tracks, “Love The Drugs” brings the boogie until the band decides space is the place for a laid back intermezzo which I’m sure could be even more elaborate on a live session of this track. Bass and drum announce the return of the main riff and I’m easily bouncing around again.

Wicked Witch” I consider to be narrative poem guided musically by pretty sweet doomy riffs ending in a QOTSA like eeriness fitting to the lyrics. This continues right into the next track “Summer Spells” until a little over one minute in sludge is calling you for a head bang. After a return to the ghostly theme, you are met yet again with the heavy double guitars before slowly fading out.

Into something I hear as a heavy version of a Sonic Youth type of intermediate track “Videodrone“. A short one riff themed song with chaotic horns proving again that you can expect the least expected from this band.

Now we get to my personal favorite “Curtains At The Mausoleum“. Being a big fan of an expansive build up in songs, this song represents what I love about psych and space rock. Solid drum and bass keeping the groove with guitars and noise just lifting you off to higher grounds. Absolute love for this track!

But hey get back to earth and dust off those boogie shoes for the heavy yet glam track “Do You Want To Come Out Tonight?” and to answer that question, “for damn sure if you guys are playing”!

Last track, title track “Primitive Fuck” has the heaviest and sludgiest score off the whole album but first we pass an uptempo start before they get to that loud and (s)low goodbye. With noise sounding like screams straight out of purgatory you are left wondering what the hell did I just experience. In my case going back to the first track after this made me think this album’s tracklist is set up like an ouroboros, a great example of cyclicality.

The album releases 20th of July but you can hear two released songs, see a promo video and pre-order here!

 

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Big thanks to Andi of Riot Season for access to the tracks!

 

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Kaze’s favorite album list for year 2016

Dear readers,
the current article type is one of my favorite; an article that I am working on during the whole year. Every time I am preparing to listen to a new release, I am thinking ‘Let’s see, if this is quite addictive & exceptional!’. If I listen to the album N times in a row (where N >= 30), then it is a potential candidate for my favorite album list! Of course only a few albums are able to make their way in that list. The following albums were released during 2016 except laCasta’s Encyclia which was released in December 2015, and I listened to it for the first time in January 2016. For each album, I provide some information such as a link to a review if there is one, and a link to the bandcamp page of the release, allowing you to easily access the material and check it out for yourself. My favorites for 2016 include 16 releases where only the last 3 are ranked. For me, a favorite album means a 10/10 album and the first 13 albums fall in this category; all of them are quite addictive & extraordinary. But the last 3, they really talked to my soul, that is why I would like to differentiate them from the rest. I hope you enjoy!

16. The Black Furs (Argentina)- Doomed Blues

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Death blues, garage, rock’n’roll

Listen to The Black Furs in Bandcamp


15. Atomikylä (Finland)

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Psychedelic, black metal

Listen to Atomikylä in Bandcamp


14. laCasta (Italy) – Encyclia EP

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Blackened hardcore

Album Review

Listen to laCasta in Bandcamp


13. Baestien (Czech Republic) – Uroboros

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Neocrust

Listen to Baestien in Bandcamp


12. Ancst (Germany) – Moloch

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Blackened crust

Album Review

Listen to Ancst in Bandcamp


11. Eave/Galarre (US) – Split

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Blackgaze, depressive black metal

Listen to Eave/Galarre split in Bandcamp


10. Suuns (Canada) – Hold/Still

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Indie, post-punk

Listen to Suuns in Bandcamp


09. Hemelbestormer (Belgium) – Aether

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Doom, sludge

Listen to Hemelbestormer in Bandcamp


08. Oranssi Pazuzu (Finland) – Värähtelijä

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Psychedelic black metal

Album Review

Listen to Oranssi Pazuzu in Bandcamp


07. Sarabante (Greece) – Poisonous Legacy

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Crust, d-beat

Album Review

Listen to Sarabante in Bandcamp


06. ΚΑΤΑΧΝΙΑ (Greece) – Στη Σκιά Μιας Λαιμητόμου

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Crust punk

Listen to Καταχνιά in bandcamp


05. Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas (Sweden & US)- Mariner

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Post-metal

Album Review

Listen to Mariner in Bandcamp


04. Russian Circles (US) – Guidance

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Instrumental post-metal

Listen to Russian Circles in Bandcamp


03. Teksti-TV 666 (Finland) – 1,2,3

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Garage, rock’n’roll

Listen to Teksti-TV 666 in Bandcamp


02. Martyrdöd (Sweden) – List

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Metal, crust, d-beat

Album Review

Listen to Martyrdöd in Bandcamp


01. Morrow (UK) – Covenant Of Teeth

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Neocrust

Album Review

Listen to Morrow in Bandcamp

Cough – Ritual Abuse

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You know … OH MY GAAHD!

Αφού ακούσεις το Black Mass από Electric Wizard ήρθε η ώρα να ανάψεις τα μαύρα κεριά πάνω στον κυκλικό βωμό και να φέρεις την κατσίκα γιατί αυτός ο δίσκος είναι ένα ritual για να καλέσεις τον ΣΑΤΑΝΑ .

Από που να ξεκινήσω? Από τις αργές riff-αρες που σταματάνε τον χρόνο? ‘Η τα βοθρο-ειδή και άλλοτε πεντακάθαρα φωνητικά? Μπασίθρα που σε ζαλίζει μέσα σε μια σκοτεινή, μονότονη ατμόσφαιρα που σε προκαλεί να κλείσεις τα μάτια και να κουνάς το κεφάλι σου με αργές και κυκλικές κινήσεις ( Doom headbanging bitch)  για να απολαύσεις αυτή τη δισκάρα. Από το πρώτο κομμάτι (MIND COLLAPSE) σου εξηγεί πως εδώ φίλε μου έχεις να κάνεις με μπαφο-σατάνια καρφώνοντας την κραυγή τους από την αρχή στο μυαλό σου κι από πίσω τα τύμπανα να σε βαράνε σε νωχελικούς ρυθμούς .Ευτυχώς δεν μένουν στα συνηθισμένα και χρησιμοποιούν και synth ήχους μιας και δίνουν μεγάλη βαρύτητα στην ατμόσφαιρα που δημιουργούν. Δεν ξέρω τι άλλο να πώ. Μέχρι και το εξώφυλλο σου δείχνει καθαρά πως δεν παίζουν οι τύποι. Καταλήγοντας ,για να περιγράψω πλήρως τον ήχο τους, θέλω να πώ πως είναι μια μίξη των αργών μπασσο-ριφς των Electric wizard με φωνητικά που θυμίζουν Dopethrone. Doom Sludge και ο χριστός και η παναγία.

Ο δίσκος περιέχει 5 κομμάτια που είναι όλα ένα κι ένα . Σου κρατάει παρέα άνετα καθώς πηγαίνεις στη σχολή ή ρίχνεις κανα διάβασμα (λέμε τώρα) μιας και τα κομμάτια τους είναι 12-λεπτα. Από κάτω θα σας αφήσω λινκς για να τους τσεκάρετε .Cheers.

http://cough.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Cough666

πλοκαμάρης (plokamar1)