Thursday, August 17, 2017

Geezer/Psychoriffadelia/Kozmik Artifactz/2017 CD Review


  Geezer are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  cosmic  stoner  blues  with  touches  of  psychedelic  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Psychoriffadelia"  which  was  released  by  Kozmik  Artifactz.

  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  hard  and  heavy  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  first  track  is  a  cover  of  Nazareth's  "Hair  Of  The  Dog"  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  clean  stoner  style  and  while  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  70;s  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  retro  and  melodic  style  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  psychedelic  and  blues  rock  elements  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  song  is  all  instrumental  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or mid  paced  musical  direction  and  slide  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Geezer  plays  a  musical style  that takes  psychedelic,  blues  and  stoner  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Geezer  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  mixture  of  blues  and  stoner  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stressknots"  and  "Dirty  Penny".  8  out  of  10.  

DemonAuta/Tierra Del Fuego/Kozmik Artifactz/2017 Vinyl Review


  DemonAuta  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  desert  style  of  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Tierra  Del  Fuego"  which  was  released  by  Kozmik  Artifactz.

  A  very  distorted  and  fuzzy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  after  awhile  clean  stoner  style  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  70's  metal/rock  in  with  a  more  modern  musical  style.

  Touches  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  a  very  retro  rock  and  proto  metal  style  along  with  clean  playing  and  psychedelic  elements  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  they  also  add  in  influences  from  the  90's  to  modern  times  along  with  a couple  of  the  tracks  being  instrumentals  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  DemonAuta  plays  a  style   of  stoner  rock  that  adds  in  more  of  a  desert  and  psychedelic  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Spanish  and  English  and  cover  metaphysical  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  DemonAuta  are  a  very  great  sounding  desert  style  stoner rock  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Into  The  Darkness"  "Astro  II"  and  "Psiconauta".  8  out  of  10.

Domadora/The Violet Mystical Sukuma/Kozmik Artifactz Records/2017 Vinyl Review


  Domadora  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  shamanistic  mixture  of  psychedelic  and  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Violet  Mystical  Sukuma"  which  was  released  by  Kozmik  Artifactz  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  which  also  leads  up  to  the  music  getting  more  psychedelic  as  well  as  adding  in  some  hard  and  heavy  riffing  while t he  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  more  of  a  70's  hard  rock  tradition  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  elements  of  proto  metal  along  with  an  improv  feeling  at  times  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  a  great  portion  of  the  songs  being  instrumentals  and  the  vocals  are  done  in   a  very  melodic  yet  retro  style.  and  at  times  the  music  speeds  up  a  little  bit  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Domadora  plays  a  style  of  stoner  rock  that  is  very  heavy  and  psychedelic  while  also  mixing  in  more  of  a  shamanistic  atmosphere  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  shamanism,  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Domadora  are  a  very  great  sounding  shamanistic  mixture  of  psychedelic  and  stoner  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Indian  Depression"  and  "Jack  Tripping".  8  out  of  10.

Hair Of The Dog/This World Turns/Kozmik Artifactz/Bilocation Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Hair  Of  The  Dog  are  a  trio  from  Scotland  that  plays a   mixture  of  psychedelic,  retro  and  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "This  World  Turns"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Kozmik  Artifactz  and  Bilocation  Records.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  70's  influenced  rock  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  mixing  it  in  with  some  modern  stoner  elements  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  give  the  songs  more  of  a  proto  metal  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  retro  rock  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  blues  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing,  psychedelic  synths  and acoustic  guitars  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  sticking  to  either  a  slow or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Hair  Of  The  Dog plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  psychedelic  and  70's  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  modern  stoner  rock  sound  to  create  something  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Hair  Of  The  Dog  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  psychedelic,  retro  and  stoner  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Keep  Watching  Over  The  Night"  and  "4AM".  8  out  of  10.

Void Cruiser/Wayfarer/Oak Island Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Void  Cruiser  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  psychedelic  rock  and  stoner  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their 2017  album  "Wayfarer"  which  was  released  by  Oak  Island  Records.

  A  few  seconds  of  silence  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  more  of  a  sci-fi  atmosphere  and  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times and  when  the  drums  and  bass  guitars  kick  in  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  and  psychedelic  elements  are  also  used  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  a  stoner  rock  style  while  all of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  guitar  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  elements  of  90's  era  grunge  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Vocals  are  done  in  a  clean  singing  style  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  of  the  heavy  riffing  adding  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  aggressive  screams can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  songs stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  acoustic guitars  are  also utilized  briefly.

  Void  Cruiser  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grunge  and  psychedelic  rock  and  mixes  it  with  the  heaviness  of  stoner  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes  along  with  the  last  track  being  written  in  Finnish.

  In  my  opinion  Void  Cruiser  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  psychedelic  rock  and  stoner  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  We  Speak"  and  "All  Over  Nowhere".  8  out  of  10.  

Kingsnake/Resonance/Oak Island Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Kingsnake  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  mixture of  heavy  and  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Resonance"  which  was  released  by  Oak  Island  Records.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  70's  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  proto  metal  while  the  music  also  mixes  it  in  with  a  more  modern  stoner  rock  style  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  very  rough  yet  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  more  of  a  retro  rock  style  while  touches  of doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  touches  of  blues  rock  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the t racks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  musical  direction.

  Kingnake  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  heavy  rock  and  metal  style  of  the  70's  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  more  modern  stoner  rock  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  fantasy,  anti  religion  and  mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kingsnake  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of heavy  and  stoner  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Diary  Of  A  Bad  Man"  "Miss  Sorceress"  "Athena"  and  "Phoenix".  8  out  of  10.

Necromandus Interview

Q. Update.

Answer. We don't let the grass grow! We are 5 tracks into another album and still writing. We are doing a “coming home” gig on September 22nd but probably won't do much more live work until we finish this next album. That gig will be dedicated to my late great mates, Baz, Billy and Dennis.  We are discussing opportunities for gigs and festivals in 2018 and expect to be performing in Europe.



Q. Musical sound.

Answer. We tried to keep faith with the true Necromandus sound,  Dean used Baz’s original guitar working with some of Baz’s unreleased recordings and also included period synthesizers. Our great producer Tom Tyson spent many hours keeping things the way I wanted them. Rolling Stone once described the sound as “Yes plays Black Sabbath”, I think thats fair although there’s a little jazz fusion in there now.



Q.The split.

Answer. The band split because our uniquely talented lead guitarist gave way to his depression and couldn't continue in our planned recording and touring commitments. You can't replace the north of England’s best guitarist just like that and Necromandus couldn't continue. I always wanted to re form it if I could find the talent and after many years I heard Dean Newton play and John Branch sing like his father - that, followed by a lot of hard work got us where we are now.



Q. Early Doom.

Answer. I don't like these tags but yes, if we’d stayed together, released the album in 73/4, toured the States with ‘Sabbath as we planned etc etc, our sound would have got through and had some influence.



Q.Lyrics.

Answer. We come from Cumbria, lakes, mountains - border country. Conflict and beauty are constant themes, people have to be tough, but art, prose and poetry have always featured. Many of our songs relate to that heritage, border battles, the sea and hardship.



Q.The name.

Answer. Honestly it was a bit of a mix up between Necromancer and Nostradamus after Tony Iommi told us we needed to change our name from Hot Spring Water.



Q.Best shows.

Answer. The best gigs were with ‘Sabbath, working with the great Bill Ward was always my inspiration and despite all the problems, Ozzy, or John as I knew him, was amazing. Really enjoyed being supported by Judas Priest as well.



Q. Plans.

Answer. As I’ve said theres the “homecoming” gig and we expect to do some solid dates next year.







Q. World feedback.

Answer. Its been astonishing, We’ve had great reviews in the USA, Australia, great support from fans in Brazil and Chile plus incredible press in France, Germany and Sweden. I’m doing interviews on almost a daily basis. Necromandus are definitely back!



Q.What did we do after the break up.

Answer. Baz, Dennis and I formed Blizzard of Ozz, when Ozzy “left” ‘Sabbath for a while. Baz was also with Violinski which featured John Marcangelo, Necromandus current keyboard player. We all continued to play in a number of bands and I regret not taking up an offer to play with Genesis when Phil decided to go up front and sing.



Q.New releases.

Answer. New album, probably released next summer on our Mandusmusic label. It will be a mix of old and new like the “NECROMANDUS” album.



Q.Music Influences.

AnswerI would still say Yes were and are a great influence but I love great drummers from all music genres and jazz fusion is having a real impact lately.



Q.Non music influences.

Answer. Oh dear!, I’m pretty much focussed on music, I practice 3 or 4 hours a day and because I’ve got some health issues, thats pretty much my main focus in life. I love my music and Necromandus is pretty much my obsession again nowadays.



Q. Final thoughts.

Answer. Well its been a real roller coaster, but to get to a position where I can proudly say we are producing great music, faithful to the amazing sounds that Baz, Bill, Dennis and I developed all those years ago makes me very proud. I’m lucky to have a great band around me and with old friends like Tom Tyson producing and Tim Knowles managing both the band and the Mandusmusic label, I really positive about the future.