To the 3 of you that responded to my post for help with the blog, I would like to thank you. The new format will not take place until the beginning of the new year so stay tuned. In the meantime, I will continue to post when I can. Hopefully more than I have. This week I will have a couple "New Bands To Burn One To" as well as a an "Album Of The Week". I really didn't like the Two For Tuesday feature because I just felt like I wasn't giving each band the exposure they deserve. For your enjoyment, here is a list of a few stellar releases you should hear.
1. Shrinebuilder-"Self-Titled"-Supergroup featuring Al Cisneros (Sleep, Om), Dale Crover (Melvins, Porn, Altamont), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), and Scott "Wino" Weinrich (The Obsessed, The Hidden Hand, Saint Vitus and Wino).
2. Fu Manchu-"Signs Of Infinite Power"-2009 release, the 11th album from the SoCal Alt-Rock quartet. If life is a highway, Fu Manchu s its soundtrack. Over the last dozen years, the Southern California quartet has perfected the art of the riff, mastered the depth of the groove and sharpened the edge of the hook. As Signs Of Infinite Power proves, the group's always-rockin' van still has plenty of gas left in the tank. Although Fu Manchu's alumni include such decorated names as Brant Bjork (Kyuss, QOTSA), the group's lineup has been rock-solid since 2001. If you're craving a fix of unpretentious, classic-minded Hard Rock in its most timeless form, look no further than Fu Manchu.
3. Iron Age-"The Sleeping Eye"-Austin, Texas' Iron Age have been slugging it out in hardcore and punk circles since the middle of the decade, touring with such contemporary hardcore luminaries as Rise And Fall and Fucked Up, while steadily honing the riffed-out hardcore sound established on their 2006 debut Constant Struggle. With The Sleeping Eye, Iron Age remains a modern torchbearer for the long tradition established by the crossover classics but twists the NYHC-inspired thrash of their debut to create something bigger and darker, enhancing the violence of their former efforts with mammoth Lovecraftian atmopshere.
4. Naam-"Self-Titled"-Naam manifests a signature brand of super-sonic and ultimately mesmerizing heavy psychedelia. Trance-like and punishing at times, this trio of psychonauts (John Bundy-bs, vox; Ryan Lugar gtr, vox; Eli Pizzuto drms) mold elements of classic psychedelia and prog with modern elements of jam-heavy bliss and apocalyptic amplitude. Naam's self-titled debut is more so an aural-intoxicating odyssey than an album. In its increasingly dark and sinister progression, the album depicts an unholy spiritual journey in the search for a higher plane of enlightenment. RIYL: Deep Purple, Hawkwind, Sleep, Floyd.
5. Baroness-"Blue Record"-Blue Record announces the re-awakening of Savannah s rock giants BARONESS. The follow-up to 2007 s Red Album, Blue Record is an instantly-classic album, with all the peaks and valleys, textures, and nuances that timeless records yield over repeated listens. Deep and dark; Blue Record overflows with gossamer melodies and striking, earnest riffs that have become the band s signature. Swollen and Halo , Jake Leg , War, Wisdom, and Rhyme , The Sweetest Curse , are just a few of the tracks that are both instant and unforgettable, making Blue Record the most poignant moment in the BARONESS canon to date.