Current Rotation – 8/18/2012
“Formed in 2007 by some friends that had played together in various bands over the years Seven Planets is an instrumental rock band from Beckley West Virginia ”
Seven Planets' style of instrumental rock is a nice healthy dose of stoner rock, hard rock, and desert rock. I liken Seven Planets to a more polished version of The Bakerton Group. Nothing against the Clutch guys, they're legends but I feel that instrumental rock should be left to others. Seven Planets kindly fills that void. Their self titled album will have you playing air guitar, drums, or whatever it is you do to move along with the music. This is one of those albums. It moves you and gets you in the mood. An excellent album it is and you need to hear it.
Larman Clamor's 4th release in 2 years is simply the best yet. It's 11 songs and 32 minutes of fine, bluesy stoner rock. Each song on the album has a nice, different and distinct sound to it ranging from straight up blues, southern “swamp” rock, and a little southern rock. The blues element is present in each. The tuning of the guitars has become this band's trademark and is easily recognizable. The songs are short and to the point. The longest song is just over 3 1/2 minutes long. There isn't a whole lot of vocals but the ones that are there are deep. Frogs is mostly ambient instrumental blues rock.
Frogs will be released this September through Small Stone Records on CD and LP. You can listen to, and download the title track from the album below.
No Holier Temple by Hexvessel is the band's latest and upcoming album. I'll admit, I never heard of the band before the hype started on this album. I do have to say that this is quite different. It's folky rock with a deep and dark persona. It's like Witchcraft but darker with more mystery behind it. The music is very ambient. Even after listening to the album I wasn't really sure what to think about it. Did I like it? Do I think this has a lot of replay value. Well yes and maybe. Yes I liked it. It's different from most of what I've heard. Replay value? Well, yeah. Personally I don't know how much but I'll certainly revisit this album from time to time. So I thought. So what did I do? I played it again. I really started to get into it the second time around. I like the deep and dark overtones. This is certainly something you'll want to load up on the poison of your choice and chill out too.
If you take the best of Graveyard, Witchcraft, Radio Moscow and add some of the best that classic rock has had to offer for the past 30+ years, you would be left with Captain Crimson. Without a doubt their debut album Dancing Madly Backwards is one fine tuned piece of art. There a lots of blues based rock riffs, killer hooks and howling vocals to keep you hooked. Transubstan Records has a tendency to find some of the best Swedish acts around. Captain Crimson is not exception. Dancing Madly Backwards is out soon on cd. Hopefully vinyl isn't to far behind.