Meduzer & Vanta – Pulse 2.0

A few months ago, a video interview with the post/stoner electro rock band Meduzer was published on The Highly Creative, and as a part of the session, we had a conversation about their self-titled debut EP.

If you liked the EP, and the song Pulse in particular (if you missed the video, watch it, highly recommended), then we have good news for you! Meduzer teamed up with stoner/sludge/doom metal duo Vanta to create the 2.0 version of Pulse, which is a combination of a remix and a cover of the original version.

Vanta added vocals, additional guitars, drums, and also kept the original vibe, making Pulse 2.0 a catchy, yet heavy stoner piece with philosophical astronomical lyrics, a personal 2001: a Space Odyssey or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

You should definitely check out what Meduzer and Vanta came up with, you can find Pulse 2.0 on Bandcamp:

Fun fact: the vocals start at 0:42.

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Tool – Fear Inoculum : A First Impression Review

Considering the impact of Tool on rock and roll, it’s not a surprise that today is a very special day for the whole community. After almost five thousand days of waiting since the release of ‘10,000 Days’, the new album is out, and you may ask the question: what have these guys been doing all along? If you listen to ‘Fear Inoculum’ (which is a must, no matter whether you like Tool or not), you will hear the answer.

The guys have found a 50-50 balance between experimenting and remaining Tool-esque. You can hear the former in totally new concepts for percussions, exciting synthesizers, and novel vocal harmonies (which are beautiful, by the way). Altogether, Tool literally took the time to come up with something unexpected. You can also hear the latter: familiar riffs from the days before the long wait, Tool-esque polyrhythmic moments, and tasteful effects on the guitar and bass. But what’s more important, everything that Tool does is a whole new universe worth exploring.

You might have been waiting for The Album That Will Blow the Mind of All Mankind, or something very similar to your favorite Tool album. Either way, you wont get disappointed, because ‘Fear Inoculum’ is something in between. What will definitely blow your mind, though, is the audio quality, which is beyond words.

This is a day to remember if you are a metalhead. Before you go to sleep tonight, take the time and listen to ‘Fear Inoculum’.

Here’s the title song as an appetizer:

Interview with Arsis Thesis

An interview with doom metal band Arsis Thesis, a journey to the world of Pangea.

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Concert review – Dürer Kert, Budapest, Hungary, May 15th 2019

Ænthropy – it is rare that you see and hear a cellist in a metal band. Here, the sound of the cello gives the music a special taste (a feeling of contemporary classical music). Furthermore, these guys operate outside the good old 4/4, and mix beautiful harmonies with unconventional grooves. The show was solid and sounded great.

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Her Highness – a duo of a bassist and a drummer, bringing you a slow (not extremely, but comfortably slow) storm of sound, with really intense distorted bass. All riffs are heavy and of the stoner kind (hence the name), and the whole thing is so well orchestrated that it made the whole place resonate.

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Dungaree – the only band with vocals at the party, and those vocals were impressive. And so was the performance: modern rock and roll played with confidence. Someone mentioned the influence of Audioslave, others felt a hint of Clutch, with some additional twists, of course, and some very satisfying riffs.

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Methadone Skies – as one can guess it by the name of the band, this is some serious stuff, with epic song structures, bittersweet melodies, and interfering echoes. Those who were there, were lucky because Methadone Skies played a magnificent show, with professional sound magic and great enthusiasm.

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Photos by Ádám Bálint / Tadder Művek

Concert review – Auróra, Budapest, Hungary, April 30th 2019

King Furia – opening with a mixture of doom, death, and black metal, King Furia brought some melodic darkness and ghost noise infused dissonance to the place. They showed that they know how to capture bitterness and dark moods with music in an enjoyable way, and how to use guitar effects wisely. It was a rock solid performance, a great start for a great night.

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Arkas – you can call it aggressive jazz, experimental instrumental metal, or whatever that pops into mind, the music of the duo Arkas is very intriguing, and hard to summarize in a single word: full of tempo changes, twists, blast beats, unexpected shouting, and surprisingly satisfying melodies. They played with confidence and high energy, and covered a wide spectrum of sound.

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Pressor – headbangers’ heaven from Russia. These guys are doing the math (sometimes literally, with time signatures), and know exactly what metalheads want, and it’s obvious why Pressor is quite popular among sludge lovers. Dirty, loud, heavy, and distorted, a combination you would need after a couple of hours of beer and thc consumption. It was a hell of a show!

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Hladna – this was not a concert, but a ritual. Before it all began, a shaman took a handful of white powder from a sack and covered his face with it. Hladna started to produce noise with brass and woodwinds, guitar and human voice, which all ran through different effects, producing feedback and interference. Time evaporated in a whirlpool of heavily modulated noise and strobe light. The whole thing was quite unbelievable.

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Photos by Ádám Bálint / Tadder Művek

Underground bands that worth paying attention to, part 2

Hi, stoners! This is part II of the series, another short journey around the planet with some awesome underground bands. Again, here you have some recommended releases to listen to, and if you like what you hear, spread the word, support these bands, support the underground.

Hombrehumano from Argentina – recommended release: ‘Crepuscular’. This band brings you a really unique kind of stoner rock with oceanic atmosphere, recognizable by the use of additional special percussions and vocals sung in Spanish.

Crow Ballard from Portland, Oregon – recommended release: ‘Electric Paradox’. Short songs, almost miniatures, each one is a different world. Still, you will find coherence in Crow Ballard’s music, in solid vintage guitar sounds and bluesy vocals.

Shy Lizard from Swansea, UK – recommended release: ‘The Sun That Burned Too Long’. With influences from grunge, british rock, and more, this band is a great example of modern alternative garage rock with a lot of sunshine.

Hoof Over Head from Denver, Colorado – recommended release: ‘Celestial Creeper’. Noisy, doomy, beer soaked lo-fi music, tasty riffs with a feeling of 1970s rock classics. Dominant bass, comfortably slow tempo, everything you need for a smoky experience.