Old Loaves—Bad Rides 7″/Drowser LP.

Old Loaves—Bad Rides 7″/Drowser LP. June 2012 has to go down as a damn near perfect month for Old Loaves. The band released their debut full-length, Drowser, on Bandcamp on the 21st, and watched it shoot to the top of the bestseller list. Available in varying formats, Drowser is a formidable debut (I secured a copy of the Bad Rides 7″/Drowser combo deal, and I’ll be reviewing both). The band may well be tagged on Bandcamp as “alternative... Read More

Arc of Ascent—The Higher Key

Arc of Ascent—The Higher Key Space-rockers Hawkwind don’t get enough credit for helping to imbue the psychedelic spectrum of metal with a distinct accent. Lyrics from the band’s ’74 release, Hall of the Mountain Grill, (“We’re astral-planing, floating free / On our continuum frequency / Spacing out, we’re spacing in …”) underscore the mantra of mind-bending metal to this day. That same searching tenor... Read More

High on Fire—De Vermis Mysteriis

High on Fire—De Vermis Mysteriis (eonemusic, 2012) High on Fire’s sixth album, De Vermis Mysteriis, is the Oakland, California trio’s best work yet. A spectacularly convoluted conceptual gambol, it draws from the esoteric works of H.P. Lovecraft, and marries those references to frontman and famed guitarist Matt Pike’s ponderings about Jesus having an unborn time-traveling twin. It all makes for a complicated narrative arc.... Read More