Articles by Jamie Jones
The world is not short on instrumental stoner/metal bands. Do we really need another one? With ‘In the Beginning’ Spore Lord make a compelling case that yes, we absolutely do.
The first part of a planned trilogy, ‘Projections I’ promises us a portrait of our fractured world painted in psychedelic doom hues. What it delivers is a some pretty solid, pretty vicious doom – and little else.
Portuguese instrumental psych outfit Black Bombaim are no strangers to collaboration – but they’ve never worked with anyone quite like free jazz legend Peter Brötzmann. The results are challenging, frustrating and exhilarating in equal measure. By Jamie Jones
It’s been over 20 years since we last recieved a transmission from Terminal Cheesecake. They might not be quite as weird as they used to be, but they sound bigger and meaner than ever – and have created a psych-noise monster that sounds less like a reminder of their past – and more of a portent of things to come. – By Jamie Jones
MoRkObOt may not be the most inviting band name, but if you like your noise rock a little mathy or your math rock a little noisey you’d do well to look past it. This is some of the most downright bewildering rock you’re going to hear this year. – By Jamie Jones
Featuring members of Terminal Cheesecake, Bong/Blown Out, Gum Takes Tooth and Luminous Bodies, Melting Hand isn’t so much a ‘supergroup’ as the seemingly inevitable collision of 4 psych/noise masters at the top of their games – with predictably fascinating results. – By Jamie Jones
Jamie Jones went to the second instalment of Cardiff’s Red Sun festival. “I finished the weekend utterly spent, having been riffed senseless for 3 days, with my liver feeling battered and my brain feeling bruised.”
They said it couldn’t happen again. In this case ‘they’ were the promoters themselves – despite a successful first year bringing 3 days of gloriously gnarly rock and metal to Cardiff’s Womanby Street the Red Sun team said they simply couldn’t repeat the trick this year. Then, just as it seemed all was lost, they pulled a surprise 180 and announced Red Sun II, set to take place this very weekend. By Jamie Jones
It’s only been a year since MAKE released their last record – but by god what a year it’s been. ‘Pilgrimage of Loathing’ is an appropriate response to living in what now feels like a world on fire – a ragged, cathartic and rather fine slab of seething post-metal. – By Jamie Jones
To keep creating such consistently majestic noise as this is something beautiful. But to do that and still have potential yet to unravel – that’s something special indeed. – By Jamie Jones
The delightfully named Khünnt (featuring members of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and Blown Out) celebrate 10 years of aural terror with their most clear eyed, focused and downright unsettling work yet. Be very afraid. – By Jamie Jones
Repent ye sinners! The Comet is Coming and with it a reckoning that will see the end of us all. But fear not – these cosmic jazz prophets are here to furnish us with a fitting soundtrack for the End of Days. By Jamie Jones
Before going on hiatus in 2011 Dälek occupied a space once held by Public Enemy – a hip hop act as beloved by metal fans as by rap fans. Now they’re back with a new line up – and have crafted a comeback record fans of music of any kind ought to hear. – By Jamie Jones
Polish post-metal monsters Coffinfish round off last year’s album ‘I am Providence’ with ‘Epilogue’, a single 20 minute piece. In flashes it shines brighter than anything they’ve crafted so far, but is weighted down by its own ambition. – By Jamie Jones
The Melbourne instrumental stoner/psych duo draft in an extra pair of guitar playing hands for their latest full length, a career best slab of searing noise that needs to be heard by anyone who likes their jams both cosmic in scale and red in tooth and claw. – By Jamie Jones
Following Beehoover’s triumphant return with excellent new LP ‘Primitive Powers’, Jamie Jones thought it would be a good time to catch up with them for a brief talk on the band’s evolution, influences, Claus’ nascent writing career and to try to get a few details on their rumoured upcoming UK tour…
Mike Vest’s Blown Out drop a half hour, 3 track collection of their trademark instrumental heavy psych jams ahead of their upcoming European tour. They sound suitably fried, wired and, well, Blown Out as ever. – By Jamie Jones
Following the release of their new album ‘Are You Land or Water’, Jamie Jones got in touch with Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O’s creative leader Alexander Kloster-Jensen (aka Alex K) about where the band are at now and the journey that led them there.
German two-piece Beehoover return with the most Beehooverian album they’ve ever Beehoovered. Their brand of bass n’ drum powered sludge stoner fury ain’t broken – so they don’t fix it. – By Jamie Jones
It’s been a long and interesting road for Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O. ‘Are You Land or Water’ suggests they’re still travelling – a collection of stylistically different but individually excellent tracks that don’t quite make for a coherent album. – By Jamie Jones
‘Black Snow Desert’ is doom/sludge stretched out and refracted into infinity, an occasionally arresting set of studies in tone and weight that, while in need of some editing, announces the arrival of a band that those who enjoy life in the slow lane should take note of. – By Jamie Jones