Thursday, October 20, 2011


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First take: Hull "Beyond the Lightless Sky"

I really like Hull.  They are a 5 piece out of Brooklyn and have a kind of sludgey sound that's gets kind of tripped out.  Their new one "Beyond the Lightless Sky" came out on October 11.  I've only listened to it twice. But, my first take is that this will be high on my best of list. 

They are definitely carrying on from where they left off with 2009's "Sole Lord" but this has a stronger, more comfortable in their skin feel to it.

No Clean Singing did a great job of describing Hull's sound in their review:

There’s a point at which the vector lines of blackened sludge, doom, stoner metal, and psychedelia intersect, and at that point sits Hull. That realization is evident from the opening track of this remarkable Brooklyn band’s new album, Beyond the Lightless Sky. “Earth From Water” has it all: lurching, catastrophically distorted, cavernously tuned guitar and bass, crushing all in their path; tripping psych-blues guitar leads designed to give you a 1,000-yard stare and solos that would make Jimi Hendrix smile if he were still with us; skull-fracturing drum progressions; vocalizations that mimic the sound of a man with his intestines being pulled out with hot pincers — all of it dense and dark and hopeless, and yet utterly enthralling.

When you listen to it, you'll see what they mean.

There were some live streams of this out there, but I think they're all off now, anyways, you can go here for a listen:  Or check out their webpage for info.

They're starting a US tour, but not coming to Chicago.  Damnit!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Mastodon The Hunter

There's been alot written about Mastodon's new album, The Hunter.  Here, here,  here and here  just to name a few.

Here's my brief take.

I chalk The Hunter up to Mastodon not wanting this piece of work to have to be so cohesive.  Think about it: for 4 straight albums, they told a cohesive 60 minute long story, both lyrically and musically.  The Hunter let them break free from that and just write, sing and play.  I saw the Crack the Skye tour.  At times during the first set where they played the whole album, they looked stressed to make it all work.  Now they don't have to do that.  They can play whatever songs they want in whatever order they want.

Sure its more polished production wise, but The Hunter doesn't deviate from their previous work musically, what's missing is that cohesive story that we have all gotten used to.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Heavy Rotation

2 new ones, from 2 of my favorite bands.

Mastodon "The Hunter"

And Machine Head, "Unto the Locust"