the Spot Light #359
d.d. Monday, July 23rd, 2012
ORANGE - TA THA TA (2LP/HERZBERG VERLAG) A sublime double LP, recorded live at the 2010 edition of the Herzberg festival. Orange put electronics and programming into world music. They put didgeridoo into techno. They put the audience into a trance, no one excluded. Let your mind go and let Orange take over your ass as you move to their tribal rhythms and overtone melodies. Pressed on orange vinyl, and presented in a wonderful gatefold sleeve.
DENIZEN - WHISPERING WILD STORIES (CD/SELF RELEASED) Energetic stoner rock'n'roll from France. This band goes for a fresh and straight forward sound, at times with a hardcore twist. Denizen's third offering rocks from beginning to end, and that's where it's at. 'Whispering Wild Stories' offers a convincing collection of heavy, sludgy rock, including a daring cover of Cream's 'Sunshine Of Your Love'.
FABIO ORSI - WANNSEE (LP/RICERCA SONORA) Fabio Orsi's 'Wannsee' is a composition -divided in three parts- made up of field recordings in their purest form. A nostalgic work done exclusively with environmental sounds, captured on location. This is a one sided LP, released in a limited edition of 200 copies.
PHILIP CORNER/MICHEL VOGEL/PHOEBE NEVILLE - MUSIQUE DES AILES/WINGED MUSIC (LP/RICERCA SONORA) A highly intriguing collaboration between three respected improvisational musicians. Metallic resonances, obscure low frequencies, pure vibrating sonorities, drones, silences... Only 350 copies pressed.
ALAN DAVEY - CYBER TOOTH (CD/HBR) The latest solo album by ex-Hawkwind bassist Alan Davey! All material written and entirely performed by the man himself. Though there are traces of jazz and some mainstream'ish ingredients, 'Cyber Tooth' mainly offers heavy, psychedelic space rock and floating cosmic ambient sounds.
ABE DIDDY & THE KRAUTBOYS - FOLLOW (CD/OFFICE 39) The second full length by this Dutch heavy rock three piece, who are appreciated by fans of stoner, heavy bluesrock, hard rock and psychedelia alike. This CD-release will be followed by a deluxe double vinyl (180 gram) edition on Kozmik Artifactz, including two bonus tracks.
CANCER - SPIRIT IN FLAMES (LP/NIGHT OF THE VINYL DEAD) First ever vinyl issue of this cult metal masterpiece. Limited edition of 250 copies on flaming splattered vinyl, hand numbered.
AF URSIN - TROIS MEMOIRES DISCRETES (LP/LA SCIE DORÉE) On LP, here are three introspective instrumental compositions, performed with English horn, flute, percussion, double bass and Hammond organ. Recorded and mixed by Timo van Luijk during the years 2010-2012. Edition of 400 copies.
60’s & 70’s & 80’s (RE-)RELEASES AND ARTISTS + OTHER OLDIES
LANG'SYNE - LANG'SYNE (CD/GARDEN OF DELIGHTS) Following its reissue on vinyl, here is the CD edition of this legendary underground album of first class Kraut-folk. Taken from the original master tapes and including no less than 15 bonus cuts.
EMERALD WEB - DRAGON WINGS AND WIZARD TALES (LP/SEBASTIAN SPEAKS) Vinyl reissue of an obscure and very unique album. Rooted in mid '70s prog, Emerald Web's 1979 debut-LP stands as a milestone in electronic psychedelia. Highly recommended to fans of Tangerine Dream, Popol Vuh and the 'Blade Runner' soundtrack.
ÖRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE - WEST, SPACE AND LOVE (LP/SPACE ROCK PRODUCTIONS) Repress of this popular title from the Collective's back catalogue. Co-featuring members of Siena Root (for the occasion), this 2009 set contains five psychedelic jams, some of which with sitar. A welcome new edition with great new artwork!
HELLWELL - BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES OF SIN (LP-CD/HIGH ROLLER) The debut solo LP from the side project of Manilla Road's guitarist and vocalist Mark 'The Shark' Shelton. On both CD and (black and coloured) vinyl, the latter including gatefold cover, 20-page booklet and poster.
TANTARA - BASED ON EVIL (LP/HIGH ROLLER) The debut album (on black and coloured vinyl) by a Scandinavian thrash metal band, with its HQ located in Norway. Including a couple of songs from their 2010 EP, this set features excellent guitar work, aggressive vocals and drums, and strong melodies. 'Based On Evil' was produced by Flemming Rasmussen, who's also worked with Rainbow, Metallica, Blind Guardian, Morbid Angel, and many other big names.
HANS JOACHIM ROEDELIUS & CHRISTOPHER CHAPLIN - KING OF HEARTS (CD/SUB ROSA) In 2011 Roedelius was invited to play a live piano set for the BBC, which would be recorded and remixed by a musician of his choice, but with whom he had never worked before. Roedelius chose Christopher Chaplin for the task. The result was broadcast on BBC Radio 3's show 'Late Junction Sessions' in June 2011. Roedelius then asked Christopher to collaborate further on his material, in view of a possible album. Now 'King of Hearts' sees the light of day.
URANIUM COMEBACK - URANIUM COMEBACK (10"/P.TRASH) On 10" vinyl, this is an energetic release of stereoactive power-punk-pop from Ottawa, Canada! For fans of Steve Adamyk Band, Wipers and '77 punk.
60’s & 70’s & 80’s (RE-)RELEASES AND ARTISTS + OTHER OLDIES
WILD YOUTH - A LEOPARD NEVER CHANGES HER SPOTS (CD/FRESH RECORDS) For the first time on CD, here's the long awaited retrospective of South Africa's legendary original punk band, Wild Youth. This massive 23 track set includes all of Wild Youth's late '70's seminal singles, live and demo tracks plus several songs from the band's alter ego outfit The Gay Marines. Wild Youth are prominently featured in the film documentary 'Punk In Afrika', currently showing in key US and European film festivals.
TETRAGON - AGAPE (CD/GARDEN OF DELIGHTS) Previously unissued '73 recordings from this excellent German band. Organ-driven instrumental jazz-rock of the highest quality! Four original compositions, plus covers of songs by jazz musician Eddie Harris and Keith Emerson and Lee Jackson (The Nice). The sound is taken from the original master tapes!
MANILLA ROAD - MYSTIFICATION (2LP/HIGH ROLLER) Reissue of the 1987 album by these US metal giants. 'Mystification' showcases a strong thrash influence and is one of the band's most popular titles. On black and coloured vinyl, including heavy gatefold sleeve and poster.
DOOMSTONE - THOSE WHOM SATAN HATH JOINED (LP/TO THE DEATH) Remastered vinyl reissue of the 1994 debut by Doomstone, a band specialized in disgusting and horror soaked death metal. Includes two bonus tracks from a rare promo tape. Very limited edition (only 100 LP's pressed!) with 16-page booklet.
LUSTMORD - HERESY: THE SIXTYSTONE EDITION (2CD/SOLEILMOON) 'Heresy: The Sixtystone Edition' celebrates the 22nd anniversary of the 'Heresy' album. It consists of a newly remastered version and comes together with 'Heretic', a second disc of early versions and alternate mixes. The CD's are packed in a carved soapstone box containing seven printed inserts. A small embroidered bag with three enamel pins, a sew-on cloth patch and a silicone 'Heretic' wristband also is included, and everything is kept together by a large cloth bag. Each copy is hand numbered and signed by B. Lustmord.
VARIOUS - ASTRAL DAZE, VOL. 3 (CD/FRESH MUSIC) Volume 3 of the excellent 'Astral Daze' series offers more gems from the South African scene during the late '60s and early '70s. Includes tracks by the country's best known underground bands s.a. McCully Workshop, Freedom's Children, Third Eye, Tidal Wave, In Set, Abstract Truth, a.s.o. Also included is Sharon Tandy's awesome version of 'Hold On' (backed by the UK's Fleur De Lys), which also was issued in South Africa. You get 20 classic tracks in total.
In order to check out -or simply enjoy- the latest album by DARXTAR ('AGED TO PERFECTION', LP and CD on TRANSUBSTANS) please visit http://www.progstreaming.com/_wb/index.php . Enjoy the trip!
SELECTED PRESS QUOTES
VESPERO - SUBKRAUT: U-BOATS WILLKOMMEN HIER (CD/R.A.I.G.) reviewed by André de Waal for IO Pages (translated excerpt) These Russians put a lot of space rock, with a pinch of EM, in their long stretched tracks.
WIGHT - THROUGH THE WOODS INTO DEEP WATER (CD/FAT & HOLY) reviewed by Cosmicmasseur for ConcreteWeb (excerpt) Overall, a fantastic album with great pacing and a genuine adoration towards '70s heavy psych rock. (rating: 95/100)
INCOMING CEREBRAL OVERDRIVE - LE STELLE: A VOYAGE ADRIFT (CD-LP/SUPERNATURALCAT) reviewed by Cosmicmasseur for ConcreteWeb (excerpt) The songs on this opus are extremely technical and complex, with breaks and tempo-changes everywhere... (rating: 90/100)
SEID - AMONG THE MONSTER FLOWERS AGAIN (LP/SULATRON) reviewed by Carry Munter for Carry's New Underground Music (translated excerpt) With 'Among The Monster Flowers Again' Seid have delivered a masterpiece...
DARXTAR - AGED TO PERFECTION (LP-CD/TRANSUBSTANS) reviewed by Patrick Bruneel for Gonzo Circus (translated excerpt) ...like a jammin' Hawkwind caught in a bluesy mood...
ODYSSEY - ABYSMAL DESPAIR (CD-LP/TRANSUBSTANS) reviewed by Patrick Bruneel for Gonzo Circus (translated excerpt) ...an album that sounds like a stoner version of the releases on legendary noise label Amphetamine Reptile...
60’s & 70’s & 80’s (RE-)RELEASES AND ARTISTS + OTHER OLDIES
COSMIC DEALER - CHILD OF TOMORROW (CD-LP/WORLD IN SOUND) reviewed by Gerald van Waes for Psyche van het Folk (excerpt) ...On the LP there are some very good ideas in arranging the electric guitars with harmonies...
OUTSIDERS - MONKEY ON YOUR BACK: THE 45'S (2LP/PSEUDONYM) reviewed by René van Kaam for Platenblad (translated excerpt) ...to cut a long story short, this is a brilliant compilation...
HOOKER - ROCK AND ROLL (CD/ROCKADROME-LP/SHROOMANGEL) reviewed by Cosmicmasseur for ConcreteWeb (excerpt) Apart from the delightful vocals, the songs feature some excellent twin guitar work...
J. TEAL BAND - COOKS (CD/ROCKADROME) reviewed by Cosmicmasseur for ConcreteWeb (translated excerpt) ...I enjoy this album a lot because it has these flying twin guitar duels and booming rhythm section... reviewed by Evil Dr. Smith for Lords Of Metal (translated excerpt) ...this album definitely is enjoyable and back in the day it deserved better than sinking without a trace...
MONSTERS (VOODOO RHYTHM) August 3: Eindhoven, NL (Rambler) / August 4: Liège, B (Micro Fest.) / August 9: Antwerp, B (Trix)
EXCITEMENTS (PENNIMAN) AUgust 5: Venlo, NL (Parkfestival) / August 5: Roermond, NL (Solar Weekend)
GEORGIO ‘THE DOVE’ VALENTINO (GET HIP, S.R.) August 24: Helmond, NL (Lakei) / August 25: Gouda, NL (Studio Gonz) / August 26: Haarlem, NL (Irrational Library)
BLACK TO COMM (DEKORDER/DE STIJL) August 27: Brussels, B (Feeërieën Fest.) / September 16: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
WAR (AVANT) September 10: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
DIGGER AND THE PUSSYCATS (P.TRASH) September 12: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
PRETTY LIGHTNING (FONAL) September 13: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
MIK QUANTIUS (TOZTIZOK ZOUNDZ) September 13: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
DAGORA (TOZTIZOK ZOUNDZ) September 13: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
DAMO SUZUKI (EKTRO, ALONE) September 14 + 15 + 16: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
RAMESES (RITUAL, HYDRO-PHONIC) September 14: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
NURSE WITH WOUND (BETA-LACTAM RING) September 14: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
NEKROMANTHEON (HIGH ROLLER) September 14: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
DARKWOOD (HEIDENVOLK, TESCO ORG.) September 14: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
GNOD (BLACKEST RAINBOW) September 14: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
CON-DOM (OLD EUROPA CAFÉ, TESCO ORG.) September 15: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS (RRRECORDS) September 15: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
LA IRA DE DIOS (WORLD IN SOUND, NASONI) September 15: Zwolle, NL (Eureka)
TWINSISTERMOON (BLACKEST RAINBOW) September 15: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
LUST FOR YOUTH (AVANT!) September 15: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
CULT OF YOUTH (AVANT!, DER ANGRIFF) September 16: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
PRIMORDIAL UNDERMIND (STRANGE ATTRACTORS AUDIO HOUSE, SEPTEMBER GURLS) September 16: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
STARVE (BADGER) September 16: Tilburg, NL (Incubate Festival)
HAWKLORDS (HAWKLORDS) September 21: Eindhoven, NL (Rambler) / September 22: Drachten, NL (Iduna)
OS HAXIXINS (GROOVIE) September/October t.b.a.
DEAN ALLEN FOYD (CRUSHER) Autumn/winter t.b.a.
SIENA ROOT (HEAD SPIN, TRANSUBSTANS, a.o.) November 16: Helmond, NL (Lakei) / November 17: Leuven, B (Sojo)
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