Wow. Epic doom from Sacramento, California's Church. This release is on the awesome Transylvanian Tapes label, which specializes in cassette releases. I expect this release will get the vinyl treatment sooner or later as it is, in my opinion, the best doom release of 2015. Three crushing tracks of epic psychedelic doom that absolutely crushes with its heavy parts and mesmerises with its slow parts. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Thank you for the heads up, JJ Doomeddisciple.
Dublin's Venus Sleeps continue the production line of great doom/stoner bands coming out of Ireland, along with Slomatics, War Iron, Wild Rocket, Weed Priest, etc. Venus Sleeps started out as a one man band but Sie Carroll seems to have got a full band together for this release. Most of the tracks have a bit of an E.Wiz feel, but they add enough of their own magic with fine results. Love the vocals, clear and creepy. I didn't know until I did more research that track 3, "Golden Hair" is a Syd Barrett cover.
What an album cover. Those responsible are Two Wolves from Auckland, Zealand. Two Wolves are terrific. They play dirty, sleazy, gritty, punky rock complete with heaps of slide guitar and harmonica, catchy tunes and gruff vocals. I could imagine this band being right at home on stage with The VeeBees or Boonhorse/LOG. This release came out in 2013 but is still worth tracking down. Two Wolves released a single, "Sand Purgatory" last year - the song rips but lacks the dirty sound of the The Roar and Peal of Distant Thunder LP.
1. Church - Unanswered Hymns
2. Two Wolves - The Roar and Peal of Distant Thunder
3. Venus Sleeps - Dead Sun Worship
4. Take That Vile Fiend - Excreted Brain Matters
5. Fought Upon the Earth - S-T
1. Tau Cross - S-T
2. Meatwound - Addio
3. Blackout - S-T
4. Church - Unanswered Hymns
5. Weedeater - Goliathan
6. Blockheads - Human Parade
7. Royal Headache - High
8. High on Fire - Luminiferous
9. Noisem - Blossoming Decay
10. Pod People - Mons Animae Mortuorum (first spin of this cracking vinyl pressing as I type!)