Archive for the Rise Above Category
You can probably feel it already. Amid the shimmering haze of dusk. In the marrow of your bones. The darkness is getting darker. Malevolent forces are on the prowl. The wasteland is beckoning. Uncle Acid is on his way home. A disorientating journey through Kevin Starrs (AKA Uncle Acid)’ wonkiest […]
Witchcraft is a record which conjures up the macabre essence of vintage Pentagram and, of course, Black Sabbath, whilst incorporating influences as wide apart as the Jethro Tull-esque folky Prog of “Her Sisters They Were Weak” and the bludgeon riffing style of early 70s Bang in “I Want You To Know”. Elsewhere, Schyssta […]
Originally released in 2000 on Rise Above Records. The LP version was released by The Music Cartel. In 2004 Rise Above Records re-released the album and included a bonus track, a cover of Black Sabbath‘s “Into the Void”.
In late January 2011, Rise Above Records reissued the album in a digipack form containing three bonus tracks; No Law (taken from the earlier High Times release), No Class (Motörhead cover) and Freelance Fiend (Leafhound cover).
Thieving from the House of God is the fifth full-length album by Orange Goblin.
Rise Above, The philosophy behind Witchskull’s take on the essence of primeval heaviness is simple enough. Listen to the first few seconds of the Australian trio?s brand new, second album Coven?s Will and if the vibe doesn?t instantly grab you by the balls and the synapses then maybe you walked […]
Formed in 2008 by guitarist J Frezzato (ex-Electric Six) and vocalist Masha Marjieh, this ten-legged groove machine began as the channelling of a nocturnal hallucination. Where many other like-minded bands adhere rigidly to an ethos of total-retro-or-die, Octopus sound neither like the past nor the present. Instead, this is a […]
The long out of print Doom Metal classic Sun Meditation, by cult German band Naevus, will be available on vinyl for the first time from October 27th 2017. It is a limited pressing in gatefold sleeve with insert. Sun Meditation was originally released on CD only by Rise Above records back […]
Recorded on a tight budget of stashed dole money and with little knowledge or regard for conventional recording techniques, the chaotic results speak for themselves. Distorted vocals, out of tune harmonies, ragged musicianship and everything pushed to the red. The clatter of mic stands falling over mid performance, the rustling […]
Inside the Skull is an inviting listen, opening with a bombastic guitar lick, showing off a fuzzy, old school production. Slippery, horror-inspired leads clash with earth-heaving riffs as Church’s aching, nasal-toned voice envelops it all in a doomy haze. Songs like “Give Me a Sign,” which appears right in the […]
It seemed like Swedish classic heavy rockers Troubled Horse kind of went to ground after the cycle ended for their 2012 debut, Step Inside (review here). They played a few fests, some shows besides, and put out a video for “Bring My Horses Home” (posted here) in 2014, but half […]
Horse was formed in South London during the late sixties. They created occult influenced progressive hard rock that was ahead of its time. Guitarist Rod Roach had briefly played in an incarnation of British psych-rock legends Andromeda before forming Horse with other key member, vocalist Adrian Hawkins. Alongside bassist Colin […]
This whole retro occult rock/metal movement fronted by serpentine women is honestly pretty neat when I think about it, as it’s a full-blown revival of a scene that never actually existed in the first place. In Blood Ceremony’s case, their format can be defined as being built around early Black […]
For the last two decades, Church Of Misery have sawed off only the finest in uncompromising doom. The revered Japanese masters are lifelong practitioners of the genre, honoring and extrapolating upon the Sabbathian legacy from which all detuned life springs forth. Church Of Misery’s sixth and latest album, And Then […]
“Contained within are ten tracks of the type of sonic psyche-frazzling heaviness and blood-drenched pop that have made Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats one of Britain’s great cult bands. Recorded at Toe Rag studios in early 2015 with engineer Liam Watson (White Stripes, Tame Impala, Electric Wizard), their fourth opus […]
“Sheavy’s second album, and first for The Music Cartel, is another diverse set mixing heavy metal, stoner metal, and space rock in equal measures, with an extra set of bones thrown at psychedelic and folk music as well. The band’s songwriting skills were still in their developmental stage at this […]