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Blood Ceremony- Living With the Ancients

Posted in Doom Metal, Doom Rock with tags , , , , , , , , on 28/05/2011 by co)))ven


DOWNLOAD- Living With the Ancients (2011) Rise Above

The great god Pan approves of this release and blows his pipe in salute to Blood Ceremony‘s latest output.

Finaly I got this album after three weeks of eager waiting. Even though I’ve just had the time to listen to it a couple of times I’m pretty sure it tops it’s predecessor! I read an interview with Blood Ceremony in Terrorizer magazine yesterday and they themselves state that they were more certain of what they wanted to achive with this release.
To my ears it sounds like singer Alia O’Brien’s vocals have matured, or at least taken on a darker tone, making her vocals sound more powerful. I also think the guitar riffs are knockin a bit more on Living With the Ancients compared to the first album. Guitarist Sean Kennedy knows when to punch the heavy out of the guitar and when to let the softer jazzy stuff kick in, creds to him for that.

Though fans of their first album wont be dissapointed, it’s still the same pagan flute-infested doomfest topped with a hammond organ.

The Great God Pan
Song of the woodlands
Pan Pipes are crying reeds
His maddened tune will lift the autumn leaves
We see the horned-one
We see his shape assume
The form of laughing wines & sandalwood fumes

Blood Ceremony - Photo

When listening to Blood Ceremony it’s hard not to think about what inspires them!
It came as no surprise to me when i read that the main inspiration comes from 70’s Hammer horror movies, novels by Edgar Allan Poe and H.P Lovecraft etc. Alia O’Brien recently graduated with a degree in ethnomusichology, after studying ritualistic music as a project she states that she tries to bring the feeling of that into Blood Ceremony. I think she is doing a great job.

Now download the album, or better get yourself a cd or vinyl copy.
DOWNLOAD- Living With the Ancients
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Witchcraft- The Alchemist

Posted in Doom Metal, Doom Rock, Swedish Hardrock with tags , , , , , , , , , on 25/05/2011 by co)))ven


DOWNLOAD- The Alchemist (2007) released on Rise Above

About time I wrote a post about Witchcraft, after all they are one of my favourite bands and in my opinion the best musical output that my bullshit hometown has come up with . My friend walked past Magnus Pelander, singer and guitarist in Witchcraft, the other day and he had cut off his long hair. That made me a little sad to hear.  Well… hopefully his singing and guitarplaying wont be affected by it. Time will tell. I hope they will conjure a fourth album soon, it’s about time.

The Alchemist however is fucken awesome and you should stop listening to whatever you might find worthy of your time if you haven’t heard it yet. As on previous releases they are walking the thin line beetwen doom, stoner and hardrock. The doom riffs brought back from the 70’s are still the backbone in the music. There’s some diffrences though.  I think all Witchcrafts releases are analouge recordings, though this one has a much cleaner production than the previous two.  There’s also a lot of instrumental mainly acoustic parts incorporated in many of the songs on The Alchemist. I liked the track Schyssta Lögner on the first selftitled album because it featured lyrics in swedish. They do this on The Alchemist as well in the song Leva.

Witchcraft - Photo

I think I have the japanese cd edition of The Alchemist , it features a cover on Sweet Honey Pie as a bonustrack.

… Anyway Bobby Liebling, Rocky Erickson and Toni Iommi are all clapping their hands and so should you.

DOWNLOAD- The Alchemist

Blood Ceremony- Blood Ceremony

Posted in Doom Metal, Doom Rock with tags , , , , on 10/05/2011 by co)))ven


DOWNLOAD BLOOD CEREMONY
What do you get if you combine Black Sabbath riffs with a Jethro Tull flute? then add some female vocals that belong back in the 70’s.
The answer is simple, you get Blood Ceremony!

Blood Ceremony are one of the latest bands to be signed to the highly respected Rise Above Records label, a label that specializes itself in doom metal and doom rock. They are really on the fast track to a great muscial career and are now present with there second fullenght release.

This post though is about their first selftiteled release. I’ve had the cd edition of it for a while and it’s awesome. What makes Blood Ceremony stand out in the croud are the fantastic vocals and the flute, both handled by female frontman Alia O’Brien. Alia’s vocals actually remind me a bit of Jefferson Airplane’s singer. In my opinion there’s not a bad track on this album. From the haunting opening track ”Master of Confusion” to the mad flute sessions in the last song ”Hymn to Pan”. And the lyrics..

Here’s a sample, how could you not love this!?
The season of the witch is autumn long
Weird silence falls upon the throng
They smoke black drugs with Saturn’s bong
And blast our mind with evil song


The band


Alia O’Brien

I really want to see Blood Ceremony live! got really dissapointed a while back when they cancelled a gig in Sweden i was hoping to attend.
Anyway.. if you are looking for a slab of doomy occult rock, look no further Blood Ceremony is on the menu.
and yeah i shouldn’t forget to tell they’re canadian.

DOWNLOAD BLOOD CEREMONY
Tracklist
1 Master of Confusion
2 I’m coming with you
3 Into the Coven
4 A Wine of Wizardry
5 Rare Lord
6 Return to Forever
7 Hop Toad
8 Children of the Future
9 Hymn to Pan

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Jex Thoth-Jex Thoth

Posted in Doom Metal, Doom Rock, Psychedelica, Stoner/Doom on 06/04/2011 by co)))ven

MMMM! sajkodellic doom från Kalifornien!

Jex Thoth har hängt runt sen 2007 och debuterade då på en split med doom legendarerna Pagan Altar. Sedan dess har de lyckats släppa en fullängdare vilken det här inlägget tillägnas, utöver de så har de släppt två ep’s. Jag skaffade mig fullängdaren på 12′ vinyl för två månader sedan och har spelat den dagligen sen dess. Bandet tar sitt namn från bandledaren vilken också är den mest karaktärskapande kraften i bandet med sina härliga vocals sprungna rakt ur 70-talet, bandet kommer ju från San Fracisco lixom. Himla kul att se att kvinnor börjar ta större plats inom doom-scenen. Nu genom Jex thoth (Jessica Thoth) men även genom doom bandet Blood Ceremonys sångerska, Triptykons basist är ju även rätt bra på det hon gör.

Utöver sången så har vi en rökig keybord som flyter igenom hela plattan, vilken tillsammmans med gitarren gör det hela till en rätt melodiös upplevels. Sån tur var så är det ju doom så tyngden går inte helt förlorad. Det ska dock tilläggas att några av skivans höjdpunkter kommer när bandet brister ut i lite mer psykedeliska partier. Ett bra exempel på detta går att hitta i låten ”Son of Yule” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-ckjRiwa48

Jag har inte lyckats luska fram huruvida Jex Thoth jobbar på en andra fullängdare, men jag antar att de gör det i och med att deras första platta fått sådan uppmärksamhet inom doom-scenen. Förutsatt att de gör det så kanske man redan i år kan få sätta tänderna i en andra fullängdare!

Jex Thoth- Jex Thoth får allafall 8/10 ormbunkar

hemsida http://www.jexthoth.com/

går att tanka här http://isohunt.com/torrent_details/58770141/jex+thoth?tab=summary

Magnus Pelander går solo!

Posted in Doom Rock, Folk on 24/02/2011 by co)))ven

Magnus Pelander! mest känd som sångare och gitarrist i Witchcraft släppte en ep för ett tag sedan med sitt självbetitlade soloprojekt. Eftersom jag håller Witchcraft kärt om hjärtat så såg jag till att skaffa den på vinyl. Skattade mig lycklig då jag beställde den från recordheaven.net på svart vinyl men fick en tryckt på gul vinyl av misstag:) Den finns fortfarande kvar i lager från recordheaven om man vill skaffa sig ett ex.

Jag hade strölyssnat på ep’n över youtube innan, men vart ändå glatt överaskad av vad jag fick höra eftersom jag inte riktigt var på det klara med konceptet. Magnus Pelander har fått ihop ett bra verk som drar mer åt folk än Witchcrafts doom/rock sound. Tror knappast att ett Witchcraft fan kommer bli besviken dock. Det är fortfarande samma gamla Pelander stämma som ekar genom hela ep’n vilken består av fyra låtar.

Här har vi min personliga favvo! sista låten kallad ”Stardust” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E00q_5F-IA