SPOTLIGHT 463

14/08/2014 15:36

Welcome to the Spot Light! Get your weekly fix of heavy riffs, psychedelic rock, 80's punk, NWOBHM, R&B, exotica, electronics, etc.!

 

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE

 

HYPNOS - THE MOUNTAIN (7"/CRUSHER)

This debut single contains the album track The Mountain and the non-album track Viper. Heavy riffs, killer drums and singer Philips smashing voice is all to be found on this single and gives a good hint of what to expect from the forth-coming album.

Check out the official video HERE.

HYPNOS - HYPNOS (LP/CRUSHER)

Hypnos plays heavy action boogie rock and is one of the fastest growing bands on the Swedish heavy rock scene. This self-titled debut album contains eight tracks of high octane heavy rock. SIDE A: 1. Hands Of Evil 2. Hypnos 3. Nightmares 4. Moving Too Fast. SIDE B: 5. The Mountain 6. Invaders 7. Abracassus 8. How To Handle Madness.

POLSKA RADIO ONE - COSMOS INSIDE (LP/CLOSTRIDIUM)

Polska Radio One is a group from the cold and gloomy Ural city of Yekaterinburg. They started out as a garage combo but soon drifted towards seriously psychedelic territory. The music is a combination of influences, including British '60s psych-rock, modern fuzz-psych and '70s Kraut. This awesome debut full-length is sure to please fans of a.o. early-mid period Pink Floyd, Hawkwind and Can! Edition of 300 hand numbered copies on 180-gram black vinyl, housed in a glossy gatefold. Included are four black and white cards (14 x 14cm) enclosed with pics of each band member.

Stream the full album HERE.

SPACE DEBRIS - PHONOMORPHOSIS (2LP/COL) (LP/BREITKLANG)

Repress on coloured vinyl. 'Phonomorphosis' is the first studio album from Space Debris since 2008's legendary 'Elephant Moon'. Recorded in Mannheim by Jan Dewald, the sound is richer than usual. The record contains four 20-minute tracks, merging psychedelic rock, hard rock and fusion with remarkable result.

Stream the album HERE.

TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE, IL - LIVE IN SEOUL (2DVD) (DVD/BLACK WIDOW)

Il Tiempo Delle Clessidre is the brainchild of keyboardist Elisa Montaldo, who formed the band with Stefano Galifi a.k.a. "Lupo", the vocalist from the legendary Museo Rosenbach, to play the renowned 'Zarathustra' live. This Double DVD is a 4-hour documentary of Il Tempio Delle Clessidre, "Lupo" Galifi Era, beginning with first live appearance of the band at Teatro Della Gioventu in 2009 and with some other cuts from their concerts during that period. A must have for all fans of progressive music!

Check out a live video HERE.

 

PSYCH/PROG/FOLK

 

MIN BUL - MIN BUL (LP/PANORAMA)

Repress of 200 copies on black vinyl. Limited reissue of this highly obscure Norwegian album from 1970 featuring Terje Rypdal, Bjorn Anderson and Espen Rud. A short lived trio that made one album featuring some heavy guitar extravaganza by Terje and a 11 minute free form improvisation called 'Champagne Of Course'.

Listen to a track HERE.

UNIVERS ZERO - RELAPS: ARCHIVES 1984-86 (2LP) (LP/SUB ROSA)

First limited edition on solid blue, black and clear mixed vinyl. Founding members of the original 'Rock In Opposition' [R.I.O.] movement and the inventors of 'Chamber Rock', mythic Belgian band Univers Zero have continued to change and grow and develop over their entire career, while still keeping a ensemble sound and spirit that is easily recognizable. These recordings were unavailable before as LP format. Longstanding Belgian chamber rockers and avant-garde pioneers led by drummer/composer Daniel Denis, Univers Zero was formed in 1974 with co-composer and guitarist Roger Trigaux (who left the band in 1980). This double-LP documents the final 1980s line-ups before the band's long sabbatical from recording and touring. Despite many line-up changes over the years, their overall sound remained fairly consistent.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/PSYCH/MOD

 

RETROVISORES - EN EL SURCO (7"/SOUNDFLAT)

Again this Spanish super party band delivers a magical and soulful '60s inspired beat-cocktail with the best ingredients you can get! On offer are four hipshaking hits, all ready to set the floor on fire.

Stream the single HERE.

 

PUNK/HC

 

CONTINGENT - HOMME SAUVAGE (7"/DANGER)

After playing in various legendary Belgian punk bands such as Chainsaw, Streets and X-Pulsion, Contingent was born. They released their first single with 4 smashers including 'Nuit Blanche' and 'Police Control' in Brussels in late 1979. They recorded new material in July 1981 and wanted to release a new one but they split up in September 1981. Now this unissued single is being released for the first time on vinyl. Co-release with Poch Records.

Stream the single HERE.

PLASTIX - KONSUMIER MICH (7"/DANGER)

Female fronted DIY punk from Vienna formed in 1980 til 1981. Plastix was formed by guitarist Christian Gruber and drummer Stivie Vukics in 1980, both students at the music academy in Vienna. At the time, they invited singer Andrea Bartl to join, as well as bass player Baby Stoyka, who was later replaced by Paul Frey. Finally Martin Jakowitsch joined the band doing vocals and synthesizer. Andrea's eccentric outfits made from clear plastic and her squeaky voice soon made them popular in the Vienna punk/new wave scene. However in late '81, Martin, Stevie and Paul left to form Westblock, and this was the end of Plastix. Plastix released only 3 songs in 1981 on 'Die Tödliche Dosis' compilation. The record contains the 3 songs of this sought after compilation. Includes booklet with rare pictures, interview and liner notes.

Listen to the single HERE.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

 

SIDEBURN - RAINBOWS END (BLACK) (7"/TRANSUBSTANS)

SIDEBURN has gained a solid reputation in the classic rock genre, mixing hard rock, doom metal and a dose of blues/progressive with today's metal sound, appealing to both friends of SABBATH/early SCORPIONS, RAINBOW/CANDLEMASS as well as newer bands like ALTER BRIDGE. Expect heavy guitar attacks, and intense solos backed up by a steady rhythm section that we could hear in classic bands such as DIO & UFO and powerful vocals who carry on the spirit of Ronnie James Dio/Ian Gillan!

Check out the single HERE.

HOLLOW GROUND - WARLORD (BLACK) (2LP) (LP/HIGH ROLLER)

Edition on black vinyl with an insert and poster. Hollow Ground are a great Newcastle NWOBHM act that plays what can really be described as the straight up, no nonsense, classic style of NWOBHM. This is their first official release, save the compilation they appeared on in the same year, and was released the year after they formed. Evident on this album is a band with confidence, and a good grasp of melody, and significant allegiance to the '70s hard rock sound.

Listen to the single HERE.

MEDIEVAL - MEDIEVAL KILLS (BLACK) (LP/HIGH ROLLER)

Presented in a heavy cardboard cover, with bonus track, insert and poster, the LP is on black vinyl and limited to 150 copies.

Listen to 'Somnambulism' HERE.

MEDIEVAL - REIGN OF TERROR (BLACK) (LP/HIGH ROLLER)

Presented in a heavy cardboard cover, with bonus track and poster, the LP is on black vinyl and limited to 150 copies.

Listen to the track HERE.

RED KUNZ - TEETH, HAIR & SKIN (LP/DIVISION)

Edition on 180-gram vinyl with deluxe newspaper insert. The great collaboration that teams up Aaron Beam and John Sherman from heavy-rock heroes RED FANG with Louis Jucker and Luc Hess (ex-The Ocean Collective, Coilguns, The Fawn) from Swiss noise rock outfit KUNZ. 'TEETH, HAIR & SKIN' is the title of Red Kunz's debut album. The album displays 20 minutes of raw bass riffing and double drum battles that somehow manage to sound like proper catchy songs.

Stream the album HERE.

IRONBIRD - BLACK MOUNTAIN (CD/TRANSUBSTANS)

The astonishing debut album from Swedish IRONBIRD, a band formed by Transubstans veteran Magnus Jernstrom (Mangrove). Combining skilled musicianship and a clear vision, IRONBIRD manages to create a unique mixture of the best '70s rock and the heavy sounds of the '90s. If you're into BLACK SABBATH, IRONBIRD will blow you away.

Listen to a track HERE

 

ROCK/POP/WAVE

 

MARBLE ARCH - THE BLOOM OF DIVISION (LP/REQUIEM POUR UN TWISTER)

Yann is a discrete and full of charm twenty something boy. Member of the Nothing Collective (Venera 4, FUTURE, Dead Horse One, Saintes, DEAD etc.), he reinvented himself under the moniker Marble Arch. 'The Bloom Of Division', his debut album is a great collection of hazy luminous pop melodies. The guitars are crystal clear, synths are gentle and the rhythm machines are rickety. Recommended if you like The Wake, New Order, Beach Fossils, Craft Spells, Creation Records, Captured Tracks, Sarah Records, etc.

Streamt he full album HERE.

 

SOUL/FUNK/R&B

 

COASTERS - THE COASTERS (LP/BLACK ROOSTER)

Like most of the early-era R&B LPs, The Coasters' first album is more of an all-killer, no-filler singles compilation than a proper debut. Covering four years and two distinct lineups, including a good portion of the period when the group was known as 'the Robins', and including thirteen songs supplied by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller (probably the most legendary team of composers of the whole rock and roll era!), The Coasters is one of the most fun and entertaining R&B vocal harmony records of its time, from one of the few bands in rock history to successfully straddle the thin line between music and comedy.

 

EXOTICA/INCR. STR. MUSIC

 

AHBEZ, EDEN - THE EXOTIC WORLD OF EDEN AHBEZ (LP/DIONYSUS)

A compilation of rare Eden Ahbez performed and penned exotica tracks, several never before issued from the late '50s-early '60s! Full annotation, red vinyl. Limited!

Listen to 'La Mar' HERE.

 

ELECTRONICA

 

MARTIRANO, SALVATORE - THE SALMAR CONSTRUCTION (LP/SUB ROSA)

This LP represents a significant performance by Salvatore Martirano (1927-1995) on his unique instrument, the SalMar Construction. Under development from the late 1960s, the SalMar is believed to be the first interactive 'composing machine' with digital logic circuits at its heart. The performance took place in the spring of 1983 at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris. It illustrates the power that an electronic composition can achieve when the composer arrives at a true synergy with his synthesizer. When you listen to this recorded performance of Sal Martirano playing his 'Construction,' you experience such mastery. The instrument under his command does his bidding, and what you hear are compositions, not jams.

DISCODEATH - DISCODEATH (CD/NO EMB BLANC)

Discodeath is a new electronic project from Marco PiBalis and Roberto Nocco from Sardinia (Italy) both ex-members of Italian punk band TV Drugs influenced by German, French and Italian punk bands. They have a very unique, dirty but catchy sound. The vinyl version, released in cooperation with the Kernkrach record Label is already sold out.

Check out e promo video HERE.

 

INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT

 

KLEISTWAHR - THE WORLD IS NOT MY HOME (CD/FOURTH DIMENSION)

The latest album from Gary Mundy (Ramleh), who has been using this moniker since the early '80s to further furrow the worlds of intense electronics, harrowing psychedelia and violent or claustrophobic atmospherics. Less prolific than Ramleh, Kleistwahr began with several cassette releases on Gary's own much revered Broken Flag imprint and has subsequently been afforded more releases by labels such as Noise War, Noiseville and Harbinger Sound. 'This World Is Not My Home' collects seven pieces recorded between 2013 and 2014 of mostly instrumental sprawling guitar and electronic works. Released in an edition of 300 in a Broken Flag-type sleeve.

 

SHOWS

 

Blues Pills (Nuclear Blast)

10/10 Desert Fest, Antwerpen (BE)

13/10 Doornroosje, Nijmegen

 

Kadavar (Nuclear Blast)

10/10 Desertfest, Antwerpen (BE) 

25/10 Into The Void, Leeuwarden

21/11 Speedfest, Eindhoven

 

Horisont, Spiders and Vidunder (Crusher)

31/10 - Antwerp, Trix (BE)

01/11 - JC Elektra, Sliedrecht 

19/11 - Decadence, Gent (BE)

21/11 - W2, Den Bosch 

 

Sleaford Mods (Harbinger Sound)

15/11 De Kreun, Kortrijk (BE)

21/11 Doornroosje, Nijmegen

22/11 Melkweg, Amsterdam

 

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