Articles 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
Whilst many of the sonic wanderings Mike Vest lends his name to are perhaps an acquired taste – nigh on 10 minute long drone jams are not everybody’s cup of tea after all – ‘Temporary Infinity’ is one that may intimidate even the converted with its full blooded dark magic. The places he’ll lead you don’t come much more twisted, blackened and scorched than the ones contained within ‘Temporary Infinity’. – By Jamie Jones
HAG refer to their sound as Eagle Metal – and on this, their début full length, their brand of sludgy High on Fire-esque metal comes tantalisingly close to sounding as awesome as that description suggests. – By Jamie Jones
Fórn aren’t for the faint of heart. It’s doom in the very purest sense of the word; an unshakable sense of dread, a gnawing feeling that everything is somehow fundamentally, irredeemably wrong. It’s sludge you have to wade neck deep through. It’s an EP that will make you feel like painting the windows black, cutting the phoneline, giving all your possessions bar your stereo away and existing entirely within its cavernous chords. – By Jamie Jones
The Moth Gatherer must be given credit for their ambition and for their emotional range, but as a record ‘The Earth is the Sky’ fails to quite come together. Whist there’s enough in the first two thirds to grab the attention there’s not enough to keep it and in the end a few moments that could sour your opinion of them altogether. The Moth Gatherer clearly have the tools to create something truly impressive. Sadly this isn’t it. – By Jamie Jones
Jamie Jones got in touch with bassist/vocalist Daniel Arvidsson from Swedish stoner doom metal band Mammoth Storm to ask him to introduce the band and to talk to him about mythological inspiration and why it is that Sweden keeps on producing such fine metal bands.
With a name like Mammoth Storm and a record titled for an ancient giant king you’d better be ready to bring the heavy. Thankfully on ‘Fornjot’ they don’t disappoint – delivering a selection of doom metal epics that don’t skimp on either the doom or the metal. – By Jamie Jones
“I may not listen to many of the same records as my mum or dad these days…But the attitudes they fostered in me run deep.” Jamie Jones writes about how his mum and dad’s influence affects his taste and attitude towards music, in the latest in our From My Parents series
They take the stoner party van from the cover of their début and power slide it through a bunch of rock sub-genres with glee, one hand on the wheel, one flicking horns through the window. – By Jamie Jones
Dope Body have often sounded like a band being pulled in several directions – their love of 90s US hardcore outliers and noisey alt-rock is evident but they’ve never sounded quite sure whether they want to take it in weirder or more accessible territory. On Kunk they almost manage to do both. They’re still a band at war with themselves; a struggle which every now and again brings out the best in them. By Jamie Jones
Evolution can be painful – but the trick The Sword have pulled here is making it seem as difficult as kicking back, opening a beer, dusting off a few old long neglected records and rediscovering how much you loved them back before you learned to worry about genre. – By Jamie Jones
Two bands flying high and doing what they please. If you’re already a fan of either band you’re probably already on this – if not then it’s as good a time as any to find out what you’ve been missing. – By Jamie Jones
Whilst they’re pretty derivative Destination Unknown is a hard record not to like, even when your mind drifts to the bands who they’ve drawn so much from. – By Jamie Jones
Not only have Mutoid Man pulled out one of the most jaw dropping and exhilarating metal/hardcore records released in a long, long time they’ve also put out a record that stands up to anything either of its more famous band members have ever put their name to. – By Jamie Jones
My revelation during ‘Watcher’ wasn’t quite that dramatic, but it shed light on the myriad details that set Coffinfish apart from their peers, and revealed that their best moments are at once beautiful and terrible enough to have been torn from pages of the Necronomicon itself. – By Jamie Jones
When they’re at their best they pull off the ever impressive trick of managing to not quite sound like anyone else despite sounding immediately familiar. By Jamie Jones
For those who like their sludge as miserable, myopic and misanthropic as possible – or just want a record to stomp around their living room to pretending to be Godzilla creating a ruckus in downtown Tokyo, Hogslayer have got your back. – By Jamie Jones
What they have in this little backstreet is a like a UK summit for fans of All Things Heavy, with a unique and wonderful atmosphere and space for some great unheralded bands to do their thing. By Jamie Jones
“The combination of Slowdive-esque waves of guitar noise, hook laden synth melodies and utterly beguiling vocals atop irresistible rhythms is undeniably potent.
Last year Big Business self-released their latest album ‘Battlefields Forever’, which recently got an official European release through Solar Flare Records. Jamie Jones asked bassist/singer Jared Warren some questions about the new record, signing to Solar Flare Records and more.