Epic solos, funk, progrock, vintage sounds and goddamn jazz all mixed together in the absolutely awesome debut album of Mexican band Rostro Del Sol. The biggest problem with bands like this is that it is just a bit all to much, but not with Rostro Del Sol, they have succeeded in makin a epic prog album that has both heavy riffs in it and soothing jazz ssssounds. This is very trippy and fun stuff to listen too.
Well, the title says enough doesn’t it. Ryley Walker and Kikagaku Moyo together working their fuzz and psych and folk magic together creating gorgeous sounds live at Le Guess Who?! Two tracks of 18 minutes each that you can buy on CD or on a goodlooking vinyl. I promise you that this vinyl will make you feel good, it will make you feel happy and peaceful! Tune in and enjoy these trippy sound. And if you do not have enough then you can check out The Cosmic Side of Japan, a list filled with all kinds of Japanese psych and noise.
Lush Worker is Mike Vest wich we know from bands like Mienakunaru, Ozo, Blown out, Melting Hand, 11 Paranoias and more. As Lush Worker he released a new album called ‘Immunosuppression / Preacher / Cygnus / Consort’ on Cruel nature Records. The whole album has a very cosmic spacerock atmosphere filled with experimental trippy guitar work and ambient vibes.
Sonic Flowers has grown out of Church of Misry around 2000. They released their self titled album in 2003 via Leaf Hound Records. The band went on hiatus somewhere in 2007 while making stuff for their second album. Now the band has returned with a vocalist and new line up. They signed to Heavy psych sounds and released their second album ‘Rides Again’ on January 29, 2021. Get yourself ready for some absolutely gorgeous heavy psych.
If you are into Japanese psychthan I got a ridiculously long list for you called ‘The Cosmic Side of Japan’ and Sonic Flower is now on it too ofcourse. Enjoy.
From Portugal comes the heavy psych band Miss Lava, their sound is very trippy and they already have a a new album out called ‘Doom Machine’. The album is out out since January 15 on Small Stone Records and Kozmik Artifactz. ‘Doom Machine’ is gorgeous heavy psych that makes me think a bit of kyuss. Tune in for 15 really good tracks.
Fuzz (Ty Segall, Charles Moothart, Roland Cosio) released their album III on 23/10 on in The Red Records. And now we get a live set at gold diggers.
Lush Worker is Mike Vest wich we know from bands like Mienakunaru, Ozo, Blown out, Melting Hand, 11 Paranoias and more. And now lush worker is back with a new album wich is called ‘Immunosuppression / Preacher / Cygnus / Consort’ and will be released January 29 on Cruel nature Records. The first track is out and is a marvellous piece of cosmic trippy music.
The Brazilian band Firefriend is atrio from São Paulo that makes psychedelic rock mixed with shoegaze and cosmic vibes. The have released some gorgeous trippy music in the past and I am happy to present you their latest release ‘Fantasma’. The Album is out since November 26. While you listen to their new music take a bit of time to read the interview Kevin did with the band too!
Now and then I give you an update n the evergrowing list ‘The Cosmic Side of Japan’ wich is filled with heavy psych, japanoise and noiserock from, guess it or not, Japan. This is Update number 5. Tune in and if you have not checked out the immense full list, then do it HERE.
The Black Editions release remixed and remastered by Asahito Nanjo
Vinyl Mastering by JJ Golden, Golden Mastering. Musica Transonic (Asahito Nanjo, Makoto Kawabata, Yoshida Tatsuya) released this in 1995 on P.S.F. Records.
Mike Vest (wich playes in a lot of bands like Blown Out, Melting Hand, 11Paranoias,..), Junzo Suzuki (20 Guilders, Astral Travelling Unity, a lot of solo work and a lot of collabs) and Dave Sneddon are Mienkakunare and you can buy their new album on bandcamp and check out the 17 minute first song.
Fuji are Mik Quantius, Bart De Paepe, Louise Frères, Warre Fungus and Junzo Suzuki. in November 2018, they did their first time touring around Belgium/Nederland with Junzo and legendary Mil Quantius of Embryo. this recording is the Document of their Complete Show at Barley in Brussels.
Angel’in Heavy Syrup
This is gorgeous psychedelic rock from this Osaka band that started in 1990. They made four albums and a best of and afterwards fallen into indefinite hiatus status it seems.
The year is almost finished and it is time for my end of the year list, made by myself with extreme care. This list contains my favourite music of the year and is about 50 releases long. It was very difficult to make a selection but I really tried to add only the stuff I thought was exceptionally good and so ended with a really long list but I could not delete more bands, I just could not.
As you probably know this lists contains mostly Noiserock and Psychedelic rock and things that fit in between. Their is some very intense and heavy stuff but also some trippy chill hypnotic tunes although I believe this list is heavier then other years.
If there are bands on this you haven’t heard off I strongly suggest you check them out and that you buy the stuff you like to support the artists because they can use it in this sucky year. Most of the links are bandcamp links so if you click it you can buy straight of the bandcamp page.
I hope this list will make your end of 2020 a bit better, warmer, noisier and trippy.
Ah Yes, Oh Sees or Thee Oh Sees or Osees or one of these names. One of my favourite bands on the planet. They have released three albums this year and all three of them are awesome and some tracks are more chill and kraut others are wild garage and psych.
Extremly awesome Irish noiserock. Easily one of the better noiserock records of the year.
Quebec rockers Population II released their album on Castle Face Records (the label from John Dwyer from Thee Oh Sees) and it is a refreshing take on Kraut and psych and instantly one of my favourites of the year.
Jordan Sobolew is Reptoid. Reptoid is Jordan Sobolew. Reptoid is a one man noiserock deity. Reptoid is pure, raw, industrial tinged heaviness. ‘WORSHIP FALSE GOD’ is Godlike noise.
‘Atlas Vending’ is a bit different then their previous albums but they are as ferocius as ever and this album may even be more evolved. Metz is one of the leading noiserock bands in the universe and with this album they have proven it again.
Mong Tong 夢東 are a trio from Taiwan with the Brothers Hom Yu and Jiun Chi who also play in Prairie WWWW (落差草原 WWWW) and Dope Purple. And now they released their new album ‘Mystery’ on Guruguru Brain. influenced by scifi/horror flicks and filled with samples and Taiwanese influences this album is extremely original and a fun listen from start to finish. They have released two albums this year, the latest one ‘Corps of light’ is more meditative and ambient.
Fast, wild, noisy and in your face punknoise. A very cool sonic rollercoaster. Listen to it and tell your friends and pets.
‘Top Ten Zen Meditations’ is all about amosphere, feelings, and intensity but it is most of all a very layered album wich makes you discover new dimensions with each listen. A brilliant album!
I guess everyone knows who Napalm Death is. But this album, good lord, this album is goooood.
This is some groovy noiserock, riffs that wanne make you wanne wiggle. Buy it, you get a Cookbook with it too.
This is the most hypnotic album of the year. carefull if you press play, you can easily lose yourself for an hour or two.
Very dirty music, very very dirty.
Riffs so heavy and slow it is difficult to do something else then lay on the ground and you let it destroy you.
Exhalants are intense and do not dissapoint. Very awesome riffs that keep on giving.
The band is John Dwyer, Ryan Sawyer, Peter Kerlin, Kyp Malone, Brad Caulkins, Tom Dolas, Marcos Rodriguez, Laena “Geronimo” Myers-Ionita, Joce Soubiran and Andres Renteria. Together they make this jazzy and krauty stuff that is really nice for the ears.
Bruges creates a very eerie atmosphere on their new records, one that easily grips you vy the balls and does not loosen.
Ty Segal and his buds made this really cool records that filled with heavy psych and garage with some winks to Black Sabbath.
Fast paces, riff fueled noiserock of the highest order. Wild!
Always been a fan of Pretty Lightning, their hypnotic tunes are very good in their louder strongs as in their softer tracks.
lack Pus is a one man band, and that one man is Brian Chippendale (you know, the drummer of Lightning Bolt). And he is back with a new album that is called ‘Def Vesper’ wich is a series of improvised songs, first thought/best thought, recorded over a few days from 2/18-2/28/20 on a Tascam 424 cassette 4 track.
Frontman Alex Maas of The Black Angels released his first solo album called ‘Luca’ and it is a gorgeous psychedelic folk album.
‘Fantiastic Man’ is a fantastic album. I said it.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
‘K.G.’ is a really good psych album and I am really glad we got at least on king Gzzard this year.
This newish trio has only three songs out yet but it sounds so promising it has to be on this list.
Noiserock so loud that is almost grindcore.
Not so casual rock, filled with psych and noiserock. Cooler than you or your friends.
The humans in this new band called Cower are also known from the other bands they play in, Gareth Thomas plays in USA Nails/Silent Front, Wayne Adams in Petbrick/Death Pedals/Big Lad and Thomas Lacey in Yards/The Ghost Of A Thousand. Together they mix new wave, gothic and noiserock.
Tribal and ominous. Kooba Tercu can mold sounds into something very psychedelic and intense.
The Psychotic Monks
The French band has proven yet again how strong their songwriting is on their new album ‘Private Meaning First’.
Luminous Bodies (Terminal Cheesecake, Part Chimp, We Wild Blood, MGF, Melting Hand and Gum Takes Tooth) released “Nah Nah Nah Yeh Yeh Yeh” on Box Records and is deranged rock for deranged people.
Frankie and the Witch Fingers
Frankie and the Witch Fingers make fast paced garage and psychedelic rock and are getting better eacht time they release something.
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Thunderous riffs, stoner and noise on this great new record by PigsX7.
The notoriously hard to google London band USA NAILS returns with their noisy postpunk wich offers eleven tracks of furious and noisy punk.
Michael is made up mostly of Bad Guys, Notorious Hi-Fi Killers, Hag, Lucozade, Black Shape and Princess Headbutt members. give it a spin, you will be addicted instantly.
Fake Indians are a band from Antwerp, Belgium with and insane level of rocknroll, heavy fuzz and punk atmosphere. “The Pest” is one of those albums that is impossible to pin down, to much energy, to much of a fuck you.
All Them Witches
All Them Witchers is one of these bands that are always good for me, the music from All Them Witches always swings between psychedelic rock, blues rock and stoner and it is always good in my opinion. I always love their softer tracks too, on most albums you get a track like that and this time we get ‘Everest’ and ‘Children of Coyote Woman’
Long ango I listenened mostly to metal but for years now I have been listening mostly to psych and noiserock and here and there some metal albums but I have to say this Eyes Flys band with members of Full of Hell, Backslider and Triac and stuff brings it all back for me. This is just no nonsense riffing heaviness.
“Raving Drooling” is an album made of riffs, riffs that we need, that you need, riffs that i am pretty sure could save us against the virus, they are so heavy and dense they could level a building with the first chord of the first track.
S.H.I.T. makes really really dirty hardcore punk, the kind that sounds vomity and agressive
Type II” is out on Rocket Recordings! The album by Sex Swing (members an contributers from Mugstar, Bonnacons of a Doom, Part Chimp, Dethscalator, Earth, Dead Neanderthalls and Idles and who the hell knows who else) is released and is a ominous feast. The music Sex Swing makes is something in the psych/noise/postpunk spectrum but it is pretty bleak, their is an unnerving atmopshere throughout the whole album
Well this is quite something, this NY band is called Raspberry Bulbs and makes the most dirty punk and noiserock I have heard in a while. Their music is raw, catchy and really really dirty. Their new album “Before The Age of Mirrors” is freshly released and contains 13 tracks of singalong heaviness, you can just feel the fuck you punk attitude dripping of this record.
It is not so surprising that this new album “Fungus II” by Wasted Shirt (Ty Segall and Brian Chippendale) is extremely enjoyable. These are two are masterperformers and original rockers that have released a crapload of awesome music in the past. Put these two together and you get some kind of fast paced noise and garagerock. This LP is superfast and superfun to listen to.
Crowd of Chairs
Very intense Belgian noiserock!
Heads. released their new album ‘Push’. This German trio has upped their game it seems after their previous album ‘Collider’. This album is a perfect dose of noiserock and postpunk. The chaos and agressive guitars combine perfect with the vocals. This album is really strong, the sound quality is superb and the tracks alternate between brutal and eerie postpunk.
Ominous drone and saxy sound + evil vocals. Yes Please.
Human Worth Vol I and II
The first release from Human Worth kinda blew my mind. The label put together and incredible list of artists that each gave a track, a new one or an unreleased one or an older one. The compilation is to raise money for the Trussell Trust, to help support the food banks and people who need their support at this time of crisis.
Now only shortly after the release of the first volume (and the new album by Modern Technoly, wich is immense) we got the second volume. Now all proceeds for the second record are going to Harmless (To provide support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals).
New York Cronies make noiserock infused with heavy psychedelia. They have not only released a new EP, they have fited us two!
very fuzzed out French heavy psych.
Fuzzed out Belgian heaviness!
The record label The Weird Beard is three years and to celebrate that they made a compilation with a selection of tracks from what has been released and a couple from forthcoming releases. Tune in and check out some of these amazing bands.
The Swedish trio Melody Fields released their self titled back in 2018 and I am quite pleased they are finally back with new music. Four tracks of fuzzy neo psychedelia that instantly timetravels you back to the sixties. Put on your flower trousers, roll a big spliff and tune in to the new Melody Fields.
This Sydney based band with its seven members plays psychedelic music that is influenced by world music, Tuareg music and 60’s pop. Kimono Drag Queens will release their new EP ‘Songs of Worship’ on the Sixth of November and until then we can check out three tracks that sound very promising.
Expect hazy neopsych with indie influences that soothes the soul. Kimon Drag Queens are a band you need to know.
Finally, here it is in all its glory, number three by Fuzz (Ty Segall, Charles Moothart, Roland Cosio)! Out today (23/10) on in The Red Records. The album, titled ‘III’, is a gorgeous album filled with riffs, garagerock, psych and catchy stuff. Tracks on the album vary from classic heavy fuzz to more funky tunes. Sometimes they can sound so much like Black Sabbath (thank God for those gorgeous guitar solos) like on ‘Nothing People’ and Time Collapse’. Fuzz is one of the psychedelic garage forces of out times and again they show what they are capable of with the awesome album.
This is the third and final track that Fuzz is going to share before the release of their new album ‘III’ wich will be out this friday. ‘Returning’ and ‘Spit’ are already out and now we can check out the track ‘Mirror’ wich is nice and fuzzy and heavy. Tune in now and get warm for the release this friday on In The Red Records.
I have been a big worshipper of Gnod for a long time now, and It is not only the bonecrushing noiserock that our Gnod sometimes produces but I love Gnod for their experimentalism, their search for the divine sound in noise, ambient, tribal rythms, industrial and what not. Not every release is as easy as the other but now I can feel the hand of Gnod touching me with this new release. This sounds trancelike. They have collaborated with Jesus, eu, I mean João Pais Filipe to make this gorgeous new record called ‘Faca De Fogo’ wich is already sold out :(.
The LA garage/psych band Frankie and the Witchfingers are one of my favorite garage/psych bands that have emerged in the latest year. They posses this wild energy and fuzz and there is always fun in their sound. Their previous release ‘ZAM’ was great and they are only getting better. They just released a new 7″ wich is called is called ‘Cavehead’ and has the tracks ‘Cavehead’ and ‘Mind’s Eye’ on it. Out on Greenway Records and Levitation and their label The Reverberation Appreciation Society. Order it here. And now they have released their new album ‘MONSTERS EATING PEOPLE EATING MONSTERS…’ wich is released on Greenway Records and The Reverberation Appreciation Society
This album is high quality psych/garage that can easily ber put together with The Oh Sees and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
This is the second track Fuzz wich is absolutely great news. A while ago we got the first track ‘Returning’ from the upcoming album ‘III’ by the great fuzzrockers. It is time to check out the slightly calmer track ‘Spit’ before the release on 23 October.
A while ago I shared ‘Meltdown of Planet Earth’ by France in I was completely mesmerized by this records, I could not really find a lot about the band but I know I was hooked on their repetitive kraut and psych sound. The album was recorded in 2014 and released on the French Label Disastre and Standard In-Fi.
Now another album surfaces, a Live recording of one of their first gigs and now I learned this is a trio, a trio that is actually from France. Their live recording is one song called ‘Far Out Far West’ and is released on Mental Groove Records / Musique Pour La Danse.