Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hip Hop Legend Rammellzee Dies at 49

I've been slippin lately, this news went right by me. Graffiti writer/artist/musician Rammellzee died on June 27th after a long illness according to his wife Carmela Zagari Rammellzee. One of the earliest (if not THE earliest) graffiti and Hip Hop artists, Rammellzee performed in self-designed masks and costumes that were truly unique and out of this world. His vocal styles was as much of an inspiration to MCs as his art was to graffiti writers. He was the founder of Gothic Futurism, a school of thought where "the battle between letters and their symbolic warfare against any standardizations enforced by the rules of the alphabet."

He later expanded this idea by making his graffiti letters into sculptures, like armored vehicles, a style & philosophy he dubbed “Ikonoclast Panzerism.”
His song "Beat Bop" (which was produced by legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat) was featured in the early Hip Hop documentary "Style Wars" which was my first exposure to the man. He also had a small part in the 1984 Jim Jarmusch movie “Stranger Than Paradise.” Rammellzee was a one of a kind figure that inspired Hip Hop and the world around it.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Destroyer Armor and Thor Helmet Movie Pics

More Marvel movie madness from the San Diego Comic Con weekend! Along with the Avengers cast and Infinity Gauntlet Marvel revealed the indestructible Destroyer armor and the helmets of Odin, Loki and Thor himself. With the appearance of this Destroyer replica Marvel shows that they aren’t just making a simple origin and intro movie with Thor, it seems they intend to explore the full lore and mythology of the Asgardian Universe as well! This is truly the definition of being “geeked.” I’ll probably be bringing my Stormbreaker replica to the premier of this movie, and maybe I’ll be able to get my Thorr’s Hammer shirt in time to rock as well. Thor comes to theaters May 6, 2011.

Infinity Gauntlet Replica Revealed at The San Diego Comic Con

So images of this starting popping up recently and for those with nerd knowledge you aren’t dreaming – this is in fact a picture of an Infinity Gauntlet replica that was also revealed at Comic Con this past weekend! Damn I really need to start visiting San Diego during this time of year! The Infinity Gauntlet was a weapon in the Marvel Universe used by the mad god supervillain Thanos. On the gauntlet are the six Infinity Gems that when combined gave the user infinite power.

The fact that this even exists is enough for nerdgasms, but the reveal of such an item can also mean a possibility of Thanos showing up in The Avengers movie in some capacity! There are rumors that the Skrulls are going to be the main villains in the movie but even if that’s true we can’t rule out a Thanos cameo now that this possible prop has surfaced! Fuck I wonder what else I missed from not being at the con! Wizard World you are really starting to look less cool by the minute (I use the term “cool” loosely.)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Avengers Movie Cast Announced

Avengers Assemble! I'm pissed that I wasn't in San Diego for Comic Con since a lot of news was announced there, including the cast and crew for the upcoming Avengers Movie! From

"It's official: Mark Ruffalo is Bruce Banner... Last night at Marvel Studios' presentation in San Diego Comic-Con's mammoth Hall H, producer Kevin Feige brought the actor onstage with the rest of the cast for "Marvel Studios' The Avengers" as well as the film's director, Joss Whedon.

The award-winning actor will Hulk-out in director Joss Whedon's "Marvel Studios' The Avengers," alongside Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson). The film opens on May 4, 2012.

One of the original Avengers in the Marvel Comics universe, the Incredible Hulk has had a long association with the team both as ally and enemy. Bruce Banner has always struggled to contain the monster inside himself, though whether or not he'll succeed this time out is anyone's guess. As for what role he'll play in "Marvel Studios' The Avengers," well, we can't give everything away all at once! But you can probably count on at least a little smashing being involved."

I personally wish there were more heroes involved, but as long as we have the Big 3 I’m happy. And with Joss Whedon directing I dare say that I have nothing to worry about, but I’m still pissed that with all this inter-movie crossovers happening they still cast the same guy that plays Human Torch as Captain America. C’mon guys, there really wasn’t ANYONE better that could play Cap?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Message Board Poster Hall of Fame #3

"Best Buy's protection also does not cover damage as a result of war or terrorism. Deal breaker for me."


Posted in a thread on the android forum on debating Best Buy Protection Plan VS Sprint Insurance for cellphones. This may be a "you had to be there" kind of thing in retrospect...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"Phoning It In" a FREE Hydra Head Sampler

I know ya'll been dying for some free music so let's get right to it. Hydra Head Records may charge an assload for shipping but they have an insane (albeit hipster-accused) roster. You don't have to take my word for it however cuz Hydra Head is releasing this nifty little compilation/sampler so you can hear for yourself. You can find tracks from Oxbow, a 15 minute song from the Pyramids/Nadja collaboration, a track from the new Hayaino Daisuki EP I put up for download a while back and a track from post-Discordance Axis band Gridlink. And if you liked any of the tracks from the new Harvey Milk album I streamed they're offering "I Know This Is No Place For You" for free on this comp as well. There's actually an insane amount of sick ass free music here so cop this quick and hopefully you'll get exposed to new artists and future purchases. The download link can be found after the tracklist:

Track List

  1. Oxbow + Philippe Thiphaine - "Coalking" From Songs for the French (5:46)
  2. Daughters - "The First Supper" From "s/t" (3:18)
  3. Bohren & Der Club Of Gore - "Unkerich" From Dolores (5:31)
  4. Knut - "Calamity" From Wonder (1:43)
  5. The Austerity Program - "Song 27" From Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn (4:04)
  6. Pyramids With Nadja - "Another War" From Pyramids With Nadja (15:27)
  7. Helms Alee - "Lionize" From Lionize/Truly 7" (2:45)
  8. Hayaino Daisuki - "Ghosts of Purgatory" From The Invincible Gate Mind of the Infernal Fire Hell, or Did You Mean Hawaii Daisuki? (2:43)
  9. Harvey Milk - "I Know This Is No Place For You" From A Small Turn of Human Kindness (5:07)
  10. La Gritona - "Tony Alamo" From Demasiado Tonto Para Los Ninos Listos. Demasiado Listo Para Los Ninos Tontos (4:38)
  11. Stephen Brodsky - "Here In Spirit" From Here's to the future (5:54)
  12. Jodis - "Continents" From Secret House (7:27)
  13. Nihill - "Mundus Subterreanus" From Krach (5:16)
  14. Cave In - "Retina Sees Rewind" From Planets of Old (2:30)
  15. Kayo Dot - "II. Whisper Ineffable" From Coyote (11:13)
  16. Keelhaul - "THC for One" From Keelhaul's Triumphant Return to Obscurity (3:34)
  17. Clouds - "New Bombs" From B Chuggas May Be Logging (2:08)
  18. Xasthur - "UNTITLED 4/05" From 2005 Demo (7:02)
  19. GridLink - "Amber Gray" From Amber Gray (1:06)
  20. Greymachine - "Wasted" From Disconnected (8:43)
  21. Bergraven - "Hunger" From Till Makabert Vasen (7:08)
  22. Torche - "UFO" From Songs For Singles (2:01)
Download Here: Hydra Head Sampler: Phoning It In

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Guitar

Nerd Alert!: Okay this is probably way too nerdy even for me but the fact that someone took the time to build this is pretty impressive. Some guy named Travis S. built this thing on weekends during the course of a month. Not too shabby. Here's an interview excerpt on the construction of the Guitar:

"I used a vintage Millennium Falcon toy / playset for the body. As it's an electric guitar, the body material is relatively unimportant (in comparison to acoustic instruments) so i just had to concern myself with building the necessary structural elements of the instrument into the toy.

Since the aging plastic wouldn't be able to withstand the tension of the strings, I pieced together a maple block running from end to end inside the ship. The bridge, neck, and strap pins connect to this piece; while attached firmly with some powerful glues the toy itself is almost entirely cosmetic.

The top of the toy has been routed out for the electronics, including some switch activated LEDs. Those required separate battery packs, which I made accessible using the structure of the toy; one pack is hidden in the original battery compartment while the other is attached to the ramp door that was designed to open.

Finally, to save time I bought a used guitar neck online, figured out the scale length, built a block coming up from the maple piece (through the top of the ship) to attach the bridge, and made various essential adjustments. After a paint job based on images of the movie prop and some design ideas I had (the lightspeed peghead with a Micro Machines Millennium Falcon truss rod cover) it was basically finished.

There are some things I would change the next time I build one, but overall I'm very pleased with the result."

Travis also stated that this guitar was designed to play and that "After this I'm creating a Lord of the Rings bass for a friend."

Full Interview Here:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Slum Village Breaks Up, Releases Last Album This Year

Late Pass: So this gets a bit confusing. Last month I heard rumors rumbling about some bad news coming for Detroit Hip Hop favorites Slum Village. Now it seems that the rumors turned into news of a break up, "seems" being the key word here. A couple of weeks ago Hex Murda, eLZhi's manager, issued the following statement to

"For all intents and purposes concerning eLZhi, Slum Village is defunct. This is the last SV LP. We look forward to bringing you eLZhi's solo project, The Feed. Until then, check him out on Black Milk's new opus, Album Of The Year, [in stores] 9/14." (XXL Mag)

Now this is where it gets confusing. In response the manager for Slum Village then releases a statement that seems to say that founding member T3 won't be retiring the Slum Village name:

"...taking the Slum Village legacy into hip-hop's new millenium, founding SV member T3 has also set out to take Slum Village as a brand to the next level."

Slum Village has been through its share of troubles. First label bullshit prevented their 1996 debut from seeing an official release until 2005. Then its former member J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) dies of Lupus in 2006. Founding member Baatin then leaves the group due to health problems only to die of unknown causes last year. The remaining duo of T3 and eLZhi was able to keep Slum Village going but with eLZhi leaving and T3 being the sole member left I'm wondering what kind of group (if any) could continue with the SV name. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what T3 has in mind. In the meantime "Villa Manifesto" is set to release July 27. At least I found out that Black Milk is releasing a new album this year. That's good news.

RIP Slum Village.

Slum Village Website:

E1 Music Website:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

China’s Life-Sized Optimus Prime Statue [Where are our Robots?]

Seriously, ‘Merica needs to catch up on the World Weapons Race. We’ve been concentrating too much on “missle-this” and “dirty bomb-that” when we should be concentrating on fucking some shit up with giant fucking robots! Take a look at China, they now got their own 33 feet, 6 ton Optimus Fucking Prime statue made out of Junk and recycled shit. That’s OUR fucking robot design! And they made the thing out of their garbage! It’s not as impressive as Japan’s 60-foot Gundam RX-78-2 with full scale light saber though- but at least they’re trying. What that fuck we got? V.I.C.I., Number 5 and Herbie the fucking Love Bug? My American car still gets 15 MPG!!!! We’re screwed.

Isaiah Toothtaker - Yiggy [Free Download]

Here's some left-field, underground Hip Hop I've been enjoying lately. Isaiah Toothtaker hails from Arizona and is co-signed by fellow under-rapper MURS. He is also a tattoo artist who owns his own Tattoo shop and is rumored to have gotten his name for knocking out dudes' teeth and collecting them in jars. Not sure how true those rumors are but he has at least one felony assault charge set against him which he luckily dodged (ask DMX, that Arizona prison system ain't no joke.) He has an unorthodox style and cadence that reminds me somewhat of a slower, less whimsical E-40. There's a lot of syllable bending and odd behind-the-beat emphasis, which makes for an extremely unique and entertaining listening experience. The industry seems to be overrun with writers & "lyricists" who like to celebrate the fact that they can rhyme 2 syllables together like it's some huge deal (as if being a step above monosyllabic rappers makes them g.o.a.t.s.) but It's hard to find some truly unique voices in Hip Hop and Toothtaker is definitely one of the few.

Isaiah is offering his newest album "Yiggy" for free download on his bandcamp. The album seems to be a collection of songs from various sources and time periods, yet it sounds quite cohesive despite that fact. A number of talented producers contribute to his album but I think he sounds best over the synth-filled production of Megasoid or the bleak boom-bap of Chicago expatriate Meaty Ogre. I would love to hear an entire album of his produced by Megasoid but for now we'll have to settle on rumors of his upcoming collaboration project with Galapagos 4 artists Meaty Ogre & Mestizo entitled "Human Suit" (and you can hear a sample of what that group has to offer on the song "I Gotcha.") Check the video for "Biters Eat a Dick" below, which is taken from his album MursS 3:16 Presents Isaiah and is produced by Megasoid. Download Yiggy at the link below the video and celebrate one of the few good things happening in Arizona right now.

Biters Eat a Dick Video:

Download the album here:

Isaiah Toothtaker Myspace:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax Tour Announced

Fire Horns Up Pictures, Images and Photos

Wow. Fucking wow. Tickets for this tour will be bought so hard by me. Check the info:

"Metalheads, rejoice: North America's biggest thrash tour in 20 years is announced, as 1991's original American "Clash of the Titans" lineup - Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax - will tour together once again on Leg Two of the "American Carnage Tour." This trek kicks off September 24 at Center in Dallas, TX and will play 20 dates, including New York's Nassau Coliseum, concluding at Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on October 21.

On Leg Two of American Carnage, Megadeth will continue to roar through its landmark 1990 album Rust in Peace from front to back, while Slayer will rip the roof off by performing its much-lauded Seasons in the Abyss album, which was also released in 1990. Anthrax recently welcomed back singer Joey Belladonna, who defined the band during its heyday, and now permanently back in the band, will be front-and-center."

The public tickets go on-sale July 23.

Tour Dates:

24 Center, Dallas, TX
25 AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
26 Verizon Wireless Theatre, Houston, TX
28 Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA
30 Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN

1 The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Atlanta, GA
2 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
3 Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami, FL
5 Hampton Coliseum, Norfolk, VA
6 Eagles Auditorium, Baltimore, MD
8 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, NY
9 Toyota Pavilion @ Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA
10 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
12 Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY
14 War Memorial Coliseum, Ft. Wayne, IN
15 DeltaPlex, Grand Rapids, MI
16 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
19 E Center, Salt Lake City, UT
20 The Pearl, Las Vegas, NV
21 Gibson Amphitheatre, Hollywood, CA

Buy tickets when available here:
Evil, evil Ticketmaster

Slayer Website:

Megadeth Website:

Anthrax Website:

Monday, July 12, 2010

Harvey Pekar Dead at 70, R.I.P.

RIP 1939-2010

The literary and graphic world has lost an icon today. Harvey Pekar writer/creator of the comic "American Splendor" was found dead in his Cleveland Heights home early this morning by his wife Joyce Brabner. He was the one of the earliest writers to use the medium of comic books as an autobiography and an advocate of taking the graphic artform of comics seriously. Harvey Pekar was also a jazz critic, former recurring guest on the David Letterman show and star of the movie adaption of his comic series "American Splendor."

American Splendor was probably the best movie translation of a comic book I've ever seen. If you haven't seen it I highly recommend that you do, it's a great movie even if you aren't familiar with the man or even if you aren't a comic book fan. Harvey Pekar wrote with an "everyman" style that was honest, jarring, and charismatic. He never held back and was extremely open about his life, even to the point that he documented his struggle with cancer in his award winning graphic novel "Our Cancer Year" published in 1994. He highlighted everyday life without hiding it's ugliness, and that was the beauty of his writing.

Harvey Pekar Website:

"The Harvey Heads" Tribute:
The Pekar Project

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Converge to Release Limited EP 7 Inch "On My Shield"

One of the most consistent bands in extreme music is releasing a new "EP." I wish this was at least a 2 song seven inch but I'm not gonna complain about a new Converge song. "Limited" to 3000 so it shouldn't sell out too fast. Check the press release:

"Converge are proud to announce the self-release of their brand new 7" EP, "On My Shield."

"On My Shield" was recorded at Godcity studios in-between the band's 2010 "Axe To Fall" U.S. & Euro tours.

The release features the new song "On My Shield" on the A-side, while the B-side features a laser etching. "On My Shield" is limited to 3000 copies total, and is available in three different color variations (each limited to 1000 copies).

Each copy of the release (excluding Euro tour copies, sorry folks) comes with a FREE Digital Download Coupon (located inside the physical 7"EP packaging), good for a high quality MP3 download of the release."

The 7" EP will be available exclusively through the following distribution methods:

Color #1 (limited to 1000) - Direct from the band on their "Axe To Fall" European tour (Note: No Download Coupon is available in this version)

Color #2 (limited to 1000) - Through the official Converge Estore powered by Kingsroad (made available AFTER the tour)

Color #3 (limited to 1000) - Vinyl retailers can purchase this release wholesale via Deathwish Direct Distribution (made available AFTER the tour)

Deathwish Website:

Kingsroad Website:

Converge Website:

Friday, July 09, 2010

THOR Movie - ET Set Footage "trailer-ized" Video

ET (Entertainment Tonight for the un-pop-cultured) recently did an on-set interview/exclusive featurette on the upcoming Thor movie. It was padded with a lot of boring interview footage and non-Thor-related banter and is pretty painful to watch. Luckily I found a video where someone took all the actual movie/filming footage and edited it together to make this sweet 44 second teaser. I can't wait for this fucking movie, they better not fuck it up. With Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins on board my hopes are high. Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Zoroaster: "Matador" Full Album Stream, US Tour & "Odyssey" Video

Atlanta Sludge/Doom trio Zoroaster will be releasing their new album "Matador" on July 13th. I enjoyed their first full length "Dog Magic" but was disappointed with their follow-up "Voice of Saturn." I have to admit, so far this new release has surprised me greatly. I normally don't like "clean" vocals in Sludge/Doom but it looks like Zoroaster finally made a way for it to work that's to my liking. The haunting, chant-like vocals on their upcoming LP is a perfect complement to their psychedelic stoner sludge and is even accompanied by the occasional growls (check the Black Metal tinged track "Black Hole.") This may be the most unexpected surprise for me this year, and apparently I missed them playing next door at the Bottle tonight. Fucking hell. They are currently on tour with Black Tusk and Dark Castle in tow. The tour is dubbed the “SUMMER SOUTHERN BURN” Tour and is presented by Brooklyn Vegan and Roxwel. Check back on the 13th at to cop the MP3 album for a special $6.66 price tag that will last through the end of the month. "Matador" can be found streaming below after the press release excerpt & tour dates:

"ZOROASTER (zohr-oh-as-ter) features guitarist / vocalist Will Fiore, bassist / vocalist Brent Anderson and drummer Dan Scanlan. The trio’s live show has been described as "an obliteration of the senses", earning it the distinction of “Atlanta’s loudest band". The group will headline a special Matador CD release show on July 17 at The Earl for its hometown fans. ZOROASTER’s heady mix of mammoth metal and psychotropic shoegaze has seen the trio hailed as "one of the U.S.'s most promising metal bands" and it has receiving shining praise for its explosive power, intriguing mysticism and unique take on heavy music."

Remaining Tour Dates:

July 6 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
July 7 Newport, KY Southgate House
July 8 Pittsburgh, PA 31st St. Pub
July 9 New York, NY The Studio at Webster Hall
July 10 Philadelphia, PA The Khyber
July 11 Harrisonburg, VA The Blue Nile
July 17 Atlanta, GA The Earl (* ZOROASTER Matador CD release show!)
July 30 Asheville, NC Stella Blue (* w/ Corrosion of Conformity)

Here is the direct link in case the above player doesn't work: Zoroaster - Matador

Zoroaster Myspace:

Buy the album on the 13th here for $6.66:

(*Editor Update: Since I liked what I heard so far I ran to the Empty Bottle to see if I could at least pick up some merch. I arrived just in time. I love living so close to an awesome venue. Win. Oh yeah, support music/musicians you like.)

And here's their video for "Odyssey" and a painful reminder of what I missed:

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Announce 2010 UK Tour

In case you haven't heard the news thundering through the ether Godspeed You! Black Emperor announced in April that their hiatus is over and they would be "reuniting" and curating/performing at ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas 2010. In addition to that show the Canadian Post Rock gods revealed that they would do a UK tour and play in 9 "American Towns." It seems that the lucky limey bastards in the "mother country" are up first.

Still no word on when and where the US dates will be, but we do know that Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s booking agents The Windish Agency previously listed the band’s availability as January 2011. There may be a short hiatus in posting for Idol Threat when the US pre-orders are announced, I may destroy my laptop from the sheer force of my enthusiastic clicking.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor 2010 Tour Dates:

12/03-05 – Minehead, UK @ ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas
12/07 – Manchester, UK @ Academy
12/08 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
12/12 – Bristol, UK @ Ansom Rooms
12/13 – London, UK @ Troxy

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Bastard Noise "A Culture of Monsters" Tour/Live at Ronny's in Chicago Review

I know this post is a little late (like most of the posts I intend to put up) but after seeing the Bastard Noise live last night I would be remiss if I failed to urge anyone who is able to attend one of their shows. Any show by the Bastard Noise (offshoot of legendary powerviolence band Man is the Bastard) would normally be a big deal but this particular tour was highly anticipated for a different reason. Their recent releases has seen the power electronics/noise group return somewhat to their powerviolence roots and more traditional instrumentation, making this incarnation the closest thing to seeing Man is the Bastard live again.

There was no other bands touring with Bastard Noise which left slots free for local opening acts, with spots for the Chicago date being filled by
Sea of Shit, noise group Winters In Osaka, and Seventh Rule’s own Millions. Sea of Shit was a fitting choice to open for former members of Man is the Bastard since they count the band as one of their major influences, and Winter In Osaka’s multi-manned noise set left me wanting more and also disappointed in their lack of merch. The stuffy, humid heat and claustrophobic confines of the venue forced me to take a breather during most of Millions set as I walked to the nearby 7-11 for a non-alcoholic drink and ice cream (yeah that’s right, fucking ice cream. I wouldn’t have been able to last long chugging Jack Daniels and Hamms if I’m dehydrated from swamp ass and ball sweat.)

Bastard Noise took quite a while to set up, and for good reason - their set was plagued with sound issues right from the start. Even though I was in the front row I was not able to hear any of the Noise elements unless the drums and the bass weren’t playing and there was constant feedback and a near absent vocal mic presence as well. Despite these setbacks they performed an exhilarating set with nothing but a bass, drums and a guest (whose name escapes me at the moment) sitting in for noise duties. I was situated right in front of bass virtuoso Eric Wood and I watched in awe as he proceeded to produce riffs from his bass that astonished guitar nerds and layman alike.
Somehow in-between all this frenetic bass madness he was still able to be the most gracious person I’ve ever witnessed as he tried desperately to coerce the soundman to provide a decent mix. Nevertheless The Bastard Noise marched on, their jazzy drumming and bass making them sound like a sludgy/metal version of the Minutemen, and spirits was high all the way until they announced their last song - adding that they would play more songs for us if they knew any more. All in all I left satisfied in knowing that even though I never saw Man is the Bastard live I was able to see this performance.

ACOM / PINCERS' MOVEMENT from J. Randall on Vimeo.

Remaining Bastard Noise Tour Dates:
July, 8 THE TURF CLUB, St. Paul, Minnesota w/ Scaphe,Cock E.S.P.
July, 9 MIX TAPES, Moline, Illinois w/ Wolf Eyes,Wet Hair
July, 10 THE BOURBON THEATRE, Lincoln, Nebraska w/ Wasteoid,Violator X
July, 11 RHINOCEROPOLIS, Denver, Colorado w/ Demogorgon + Crawl
July, 16 THE BLVD., Los Angeles, California w/ PLUTOCRACY, LACK OF INTEREST, PROGERIA, etc.

Bastard Noise Website:

Friday, July 02, 2010

Il Velo Di Maya - Horizons&Gravity EP

Man I've been slackin on posting free music lately, hopefully that'll change during or after the long weekend. Since I've been enjoying Thou's new album "Summit" so much lately I thought it'd be good to post another Sludge album. Il Velo Di Maya's brand of Sludge is way more atmospheric than Thou's but that doesn't mean that it's not without it's heavy parts. Il Velo Di Maya hail from Napoli, Italy and they graciously give us this 18 minute song for free and it's pretty good. I'd like to hear more vocals in their songs and they're a bit low in the mix for my taste. I think a little more riffs and a little less atmosphere would make their sound stand out more, but this is their first release so I'm waiting to see what they bring us next. Here's a bio excerpt from their Myspace (I'm assuming that it's translated poorly from Italian):

"Il Velo di Maya is a project born in 2007, formed in NAPOLI (Italy). They need to create a claustrophobic and melancholic sound, in which noisy atmosphere and ethereal spaces collide to suffering hardcore resulting in long compositions.

Horizons&Gravity is the first release, registered at Sy6 studio and BlueRoom and mixed by Paolo Hamam."

Download here: Il Velo Di Maya - Horizons&Gravity EP

Il Velo Di Maya Myspace: