Saturday, 25 January 2014

Doom Chart: Most Paranoid Albums of 01/25/14

Top 30 Albums
#). artist - album title
Cover artwork by John Hitselberger.
  1. Demon Eye - Leave the Light
  2. Satan's Satyrs - Wild Beyond Belief
  3. Blackwitch Pudding - Taste the Pudding
  4. The Great Electric Quest - Chapter II EP
  5. Moosataur - ST
  6. Earth Witch - Earthbound EP
  7. Doctor Cyclops - Oscuropasso
  8. Blizaro - Strange Doorways
  9. Sangoma - Diviner
  10. Ancient Warlocks - ST
  11. Breathe Fire - EP
  12. Sonic Mass - All Creatures Strange
  13. Black Majik Acid - ST
  14. Doctor Smoke - ST EP
  15. Dirt Wizard - No Son of Mine
  16. Buzzherd - On Sinking Ships ... Rats Drown
  17. Vykanthrope - The Devil's Waiting
  18. Stone Dagger - The Siege of Jerusalem
  19. Birch Crown - ST
  20. Arrowhead - Atomsmasher
  21. Cave of Swimmers - ST***
  22. Nigromante - Black Magic Night***
  23. *The Electric Revival - Pirate Radio***
  24. Space Mushroom Fuzz - Burning the Almanac
  25. Asomvel - Knuckle Duster
  26. Ordos - ST***
  27. Wizard Union - Smoking Coffins
  28. Slown - Cosmic Hellrock Deluxe***
  29. Lizardia - ST***
  30. Funeral Horse - Savage Audio Demon***
*Album available on itunes but is to be re-released by Cruzar Media on Feb. 14.
*** New Listing

PARANOID Spotlight on:
SLOWN – ‘Cosmic Hellrock Deluxe’
'Cosmic Hellrock Deluxe' (subtitled 'The Lost Tapes') is a 7 track collection of Desert / Stoner jams, performed with a sleepy eyed enthusiasm which makes up for the album's shortcomings in recording fidelity.  Apart from the factoid on their bandcamp page that the band is from Hamburg, Germany, it's hard to find any information on Slown, due to their name.  A google search assumes you've made a typo and searches for "Slow - Hamburg" or "Clown - Hamburg", etc. instead.  The best I could do is find Ascii Disko an electronic artist who is "guitarist Kat D.D. Rokk, former guitarist of the band Slown and current guitarist/keyboardist of the sci-fi indie-rock band Venus Vegas."  I have a feeling that this band is no longer around.

The bandcamp page doesn't help much either with a release date of June 6, 1966 (06 / 06 / 66), I don't even know when this thing was put up on bandcamp, let alone when it was recorded.  It might have been recorded in 1966 for all I know, but if I had to take a guess I'd say it was recorded sometime between 2003-2007 or later.  Of course, it might have been recorded a week before it was released, which I assume was sometime around January 10, but I don't think so.  By the way, I would love to be stood corrected on any of this.

But getting back to the only stuff that really matters, 'Cosmic Hellrock Deluxe' offers some meaty stoner grooves with some tasty tones, you just have to be able to look, or rather listen past the poor recordings.  I'm not an audiophile so I'm fine with it.  The most memorable track here has got to be "Mr. Flametongue" which has an excellent desert rock sound where you close your eyes and it's just you, a campfire and a case of beer surrounded by the canyon cliffs, the indigo mantle of the milky way the only roof over your head.  You can track the album down by clicking the link on the #28 listing.

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