Review

SR388 - "Where No Clouds Go"

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SR388 - “Where No Clouds Go”

(Bonding Tapes)

Plucky electronic beats with plenty of buzzy, lo-fi synths for good measure characterize Where No Clouds Go, which, according to the cover art, is an album that relates the story of a little green person who is interrupted by a shark whilst swimming to an enormous strawberry floating in the ocean.

Each of these chilled tracks has the perfect balance of thumpy beats and ponderous synth lines for a cool and fresh musical experience. The album is well represented by the second track, Braindead, which has an infectious repeating melody that is absolute ear candy. This Mess We’re In is built from a distinctive loop of 8-bit sounds, layered over with meandering winds of electronic ooze and chunky rhythms. Loaded Handshake feels like a chilled-down prologue level of Streets of Rage, featuring a building tension and driving drums.

Overall, Where No Clouds Go, is a brightly decorated collection of cool beats with some nice electronic seasoning, and just the right mixture of vintage sounds and original artistry for durable repeat plays.

https://bondingtapes.bandcamp.com/album/where-no-clouds-go

Gray Lee

HIGH PRIESTESS - "High Priestess"

High Priestess - “High Priestess”

(Tridroid Records)

Driving bass, deadly guitar riffs, and soaring, melodic vocals make this enchanting mixture of classic death metal and psych rock and a powerful dark magic aesthetic a must listen record. Imagine if you could take all the driving rhythms, crunchy guitar riffs, and screaming guitar solos of classic death metal and shroud that sound in a veil of enchanted mysticism, and you might be close to imagining the sound of High Priestess.

Originally released in May of 2018, the Los Angeles trio's first full length album, self-titled High Priestess is a dark declaration of the bands intent to ensnare the hearts and minds of every listener with their well-honed incantations. Crunchy bass lines by Mariana Fiel and infectious guitar licks by Katie Gilchrest work in tandem to create a swirling atmosphere of tantalizing death metal propelled forward by the mesmerizing drum work of Megan Mullins. Over the top of this hammering doom, fly the harmonized and commanding vocals that can both simmer and soar or howl and growl all within the scope of one song.

The opening track, Firefly is an 10 minute rock excursion that leads in with a slow boil of churning drums and mounting tension of throbbing bass that culminates in an all out sludge thrash with both Fiel and Gilchrest providing call-and-response style vocals that echo down into the underworld. Summoning powers from far below in the tracks such as Banshee, High Priestess creates a tangible atmosphere of shadowy mystique punctuated with intense doses of good old fashioned slow doom thrashing.

High Priestess is now re-released on cassette through Tridroid Records. It’s 40 minutes of high-quality rock and roll with all the pounding rhythms and ancient magic that you don’t want to miss.

Gray Lee

https://tridroid.bandcamp.com/album/high-priestess

VRSA - "Cvlt of Machina"

VRSA - “Cvlt of Machina”

VRSA’s latest EP Cvlt of Machina is a three-track tour de force of brutality, precision and dynamics. Each track ebbs and flows between intensely heavy riffage and pensive interludes. Their sound takes doom and sludge metal to new technical heights with odd time signatures and dynamic shifts that turn on a dime. This makes this 15-minute EP one hell of a ride and a worthy addition to the collection of any metalhead or hard rocker. Click the link below to join the Cvlt! No defooing required!

https://vrsa.bandcamp.com/album/cvlt-of-machina

Theron Willis

w i n t e r q u i l t 愛が止ま - "Haunted House Vol. 1: Texas Boneyard"

Liverpool artist w i n t e r q u i l t 愛が止ま releases an album filled with enough spooky vibes to fill up an entire haunted house, while still making listeners nod their heads to driving electronic beats. Haunted House Vol. 1: Texas Boneyard is a sample based project released on vaporwave adjacent label, Flamingo Vapor - but the interesting thing is, all of the samples come from the artist’s own work.