Category Archives: Demo Reviews
Sons of the Stone Empire may have a moniker that sounds like a Hollywood blockbuster, but it’s their ability to coax maximum power out of ‘70s proto-metal riffage, while mimicking their Californian cousins, that will attract the plaudits.
Wild Rocket’s motto is simple: “You have to be good to yourself,” however, what this has to do with the cosmos is a mystery. Together since 2011, this Dublin quartet’s early output is an even balance between heaviness and ethereality. If you like space-rock, you’ll like this.
Special bands exist within their own timeframe: Allergic to trends and suspicious of new technologies, it’s the loners and freethinkers that, ironically, appeal to the masses. Electric Citizen is yet to play their debut show, but they’re already creating quite a stir: A hauntingly beautiful combination of West Coast psych and dark, medieval folk that the summer of ’68 longed for.
If there’s any justice in the world, Labradoodle should be signed-up pronto – their artwork would look great on merchandise stalls. As it happens, the music isn’t bad either: a grinding, detuned mountain of anvil-heavy riffs and psychedelic explorations that don’t sound forced or dated.
If Frank Zappa and Deep Purple had ever jammed together during Purple’s ill-fated trip to Switzerland, Jumbo would have been the result: tight, unpredictable hard-rock.
Titanis are obviously an ambitious bunch: The band’s initial six recordings could quite easily be mastered, marketed and sold to the avant-garde masses, without any tinkering whatsoever – If you like your metal rinsed through a gauze of filters – think instrumental, prog-blues riffs by-way-of Metallica’s ‘The Call of Ktulu’ and Black Sabbath’s’ Planet Caravan’– then you’re in luck.
Precious few revivalists are able to blend in with their influences. Bishop, a power-trio from the United States, could easily be a lost band from a golden age – you can envisage them popping-up on a ‘customers who bought this’ Amazon search. With great vocals and gusty grooves, this is a band to watch.
Domadora bare all the hallmarks of a typical retro-revival band: They combine amped-up blues with hypnotic psych. Despite its lack of originality, the French trio’s nostalgia-inspired grooves are likely to appeal to a new generation of devotees. Old heads may want to check this out, too.
Together for less than 12 months, Ronnie & The Reagans have already found their blues-rock sweet spot; stumbling their way through a minimalist storm of scraping guitars and bruised skins.
SnOre’s alternative brand of rock is hard to pin down: Whether the band is veering towards militaristic punk or grungy noise-rock, they never stay still for very long. In short, their early output is a schizophrenic mess: angst-ridden hooks lead to the calmest of comedowns. Whatever the genre, this Jacksonville trio deserves to be heard.
Soviet Space Dog is the kind of band you’ll find bumming around on every college campus, offering a familiar blend of lo-fi -rock to anyone who will listen; proving that off-the-cuff oddities contain plenty of charm.
The prelude to the band’s forthcoming, yet-to-be titled LP, is rooted in Ramones-like punk and pile-driving rock & roll, while containing the storytelling qualities of a wry, self-effacing outlaw – although the acoustic-driven ‘No Chance Saloon,’ is a vulnerable, heartfelt admission.