World of Jazz 278


Ahmed Jamal – Children of the Night – ‘73
Don Pullen – The Sixth Sense – The Sixth Sense
Eero Koivistoinen Quartet – Illusion – Illusion
Espen Berg Trio – Hounds of Winter – Bølge
Wanja Slavin Lotus Eaters – Salvation – Salvation
Jason Moran – Music Boxing More News – Looks of a Lot
Jonas Cambien – Crib – We Must Mustn’t We
David Ake – Year In Review – Bridges
David Ake – Tricycle – Lake Effect
David Ake – Humanities – Humanities
Kaze – Morning Glow – Atody Man
Malachi Favors Maghostut – Au Privave – Live at Last
Marilyn Crispell, Gary Peacock, Paul Motian – Conception Vessel Circle Dance – Amaryllis
Mattias Risberg – Cobalt – Stamp
Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams – Ode To Imagination (Duet 1) – Duets and Solos
Steve Slagle – Sun Song – Dedication
Torben Snekkestad, Agusti Fernandez, Barry Guy – LV#1 – Louisiana Variations
Miles Davis – Doxy – Bags Groove


Chrch – Light Will Consume Us All

Sacramento, California based doom band Chrch has joined the Neurot Recordings family for the release of their forthcoming full-length, Light Will Consume Us All, due for release this spring.

About the signing the band remark: “We are very excited to be working with Neurot for our next record. To be able to share the continuation of our narrative with the world through them is thrilling. Neurosis is the apex of integrity in music to us and it’s an honor to work with like-minded individuals for this release.”

Standing at a crossroads of light and dark, Chrch create epic, lengthy songs, with a massive low end, and a supernatural vocal presence, in a perfect blend of height and depth. Chrch has been hard at work crafting their particular sound since 2013. There is no image or gimmick to uphold, only the humble glorification of their fundamental musical elements.

This purity and honesty comes across in a striking manner on the band’s debut Unanswered Hymns (Battleground Records, 2015), a sprawling roller coaster of an album. Long-form songs build and dismantle as the band reaches sonic heights and beautiful plateaus. Severe, sometimes unrelenting, guttural vocals contrast with melodic singing, just as massive guitar fuzz gives way to cleaner parts. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Patrick Hills at Earthtone Studios in Rocklin, California, it exudes a warm, organic tone that draws the listener in with a sound influenced by traditional doom, psych rock, drone, and ambience.

Chrch teamed up with Fister to release a split 12” via Battleground Records/Crown And Throne LTD, earlier this year. Their track, “Temples,” displays the increasing subtlety and intensity of Chrch’s songwriting. Intricate melodies and composition build upon the band’s thunderous drums, strong vocals, and gargantuan riffs.

The band’s second full length, Light Will Consume Us All, carries with it the same quality of songwriting that caught the attention of fans worldwide on their debut. Building upon this unyielding foundation, Light Will Consume Us All also continues Chrch’s narrative, traversing life’s epic journey of loss, reclamation and, ultimately, finding hope within the darkness.

Minimalist, indulgent, or straightforward? The music of Chrch calls the listener to inhabit it, allowing enough room for its transmutation into anything one desires of it.

Chrch is:
Eva Rose – vocals
Chris Lemos – guitar, vocals
Ben Cathcart – bass
Adam Jennings – drums
Karl Cordtz – guitar, vocals

Ghastly – Death Velour

While Finland’s Ghastly may be a new name to many, those who delve deeply enough into the Death Metal underworld will recall the band’s debut album ‘Carrion Of Time’ released a few years back on cult Death Metal tastemaker label Me Saco Un Ojo (Morbus Chron, Undergang, Phrenelith). A few years have passed and the band now resurfaces with their masterfully executed 2nd album ‘Death Velour’.

While there’s no question Ghastly’s ‘Death Velour’ is a pure Death Metal album, it could hardly be confused with most of the current bands making the rounds. The nightmarish hallucinatory sound Ghastly invokes conjures the horror of rotting in incomprehensible obscurity, passing into oblivion guided by a many-coloured spectre of strange origin across the Styx. An air of psych-induced weirdness and shrieking dread permeates the decomposed palette throughout the album’s cryptic duration.

Like discovering a forgotten relic of mysterious brilliance from the early Finnish Death Metal scene, Ghastly’s ‘Death Velour’ is a phantasm of blinding light onto the foreboding darkness of this mortal coil.



Human Cull – Revenant

HUMAN CULL release ‘Revenant’ on June 1st 2018, this will be the UK Grind trio’s second full length after 2014s blast exodus ‘Stillborn Nation’.

On ‘Revenant’ HUMAN CULL push their already frantic crust-tinged blast-heavy grind of the last release into overdrive, featuring a huge production from Will Blackmon (Gadget, The Arson Project) and furious instrumental performances running in the style of ‘FETO’ era Napalm Death or ‘Human 2.0’ Nasum.

Songs run between monstrous fleet-fingered trem picking blast-fests to open riffing frantic d-beats but rarely drop below FAST. Lyrics are primarily about totalitarianism, following the thematic setting of an imagined medieval cyber punk future. Think of the cover of Anticapital and imagine living there, feelings of monochrome horror and anxiety blend with commentary on modern stupidity, terrorism and propaganda.

Performances are tightly controlled throughout ‘Revenant’ , layered chainsaw guitars and growling bass underpinned by clean and audible drums could almost be called clinical if it weren’t for the organic songwriting and gritty textures of call and response twin throat-wrenching vocals and crumbling valve-based distortion.

The band display clear death metal and crust influences here, and this is certainly the closest to death metal their sound has come. Strong tones from the likes of Unleashed, the ever present Swedeath classics like Entombed and Obituary are found rubbing shoulders with the angular notes of Discordance Axis and Doom, flowing together in one gribbly monstrosity of a release.

This album is the most polished example of contemporary grind from these veterans of the UK scene.

Aural Delights 281


Mesmer Disciples – The Big O – The Big O
Shifting Sands – Boyfriend – Beach Coma
The Braves – Behind The Red Door – Carry On The Con
The Apartments – Could I Hire Here? (A Little While) – Drift
Dave Graney – Heroic Blues – Heroic Blues
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers – Dwight Yoakam – A Few “Years”
Trent Miller – Lady Margaret Street – Time Between Us
The Green Pajamas – Monica Talks to Angels – Phantom Lake: Northern Gothic 3
Holy Wave – Nation In Regress – Adult Fear
Sarah Mc Quaid – If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous – If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous
Mankes – The Bitter Girl – Zelhem
Bunny & The Invalid Singers – Vandal Schooling – Fear Of The Horizon
The Lancashire Hustlers – Consider Me – Stuck In A Daydream
Sofia Hardig – My Week – Single
Shifting Sands – Unrelenting Surf – Beach Coma
Dave Graney – I Will Always Hate You – Heroic Blues
Mankes – I will never be yours – Zelhem
XOM – Underground – 8008
Mesmer Disciples – The Quest – The Big O
The Green Pajamas – Amy’s Gonna Take You Down – Phantom Lake: Northern Gothic 3
The Braves – The Good Son – Carry On The Con
Sarah McQuaid – Slow Decay – If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous
Mankes – The Castle of Grudge – Zelhem
The Lancashire Hustlers – Been – Stuck In A Daydream
Shifting Sands – Other Girls – Beach Coma
The Apartments – What’s Left Of Your Nerve – Drift
Sarah McQuaid – The Day Of Wrath, That Day – If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous
Peter Hammill – Time for a change – pH7
The Lancashire Hustlers – Have You Seen My Twin – Stuck In A Daydream

World of Jazz 277

Sons of Kemet – My queen is Angela Davis – Your queen is a reptlle
Kris Davis, Craig Taborn – Love in Outer Space – Octopus
Sun Ra – Sleeping Beauty – Sleeping Beauty
Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg – Dirt Part 1 – Dirt… And More Dirt
Tim Berne, Mat Mitchell – Starfish Blues – Angel Dusk
Jimmy Lyons, Andrew Cyrille -Take the “A” Train – Something In Return
Cecil Taylor; Ramsey Ameen; Raphe Malik – 3 Phasis #1 – 3 Phasis
Cecil Taylor – Bemsha Swing – Jazz Advance
Cecil Taylor – Conquistador – Conquistador
Oliver Lake Trio – Clicker – Zaki
Ivo Neame – Moksha Music – Moksha
Richard Beirach – Nardis – Eon
Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg – And More Dirt Part 1 – Dirt… And More Dirt

Aural Delights 280

Dave Graney – You’re All Wrong – Single
Kristin Hersh – Lax (Rough Version) – Possible Dust Clouds
Mistletoe – Another Drop – We See
The Planet Wilson – Sinister Dexter – In The Best Of All Possible Worlds
Peter Hammill – Not for Keith – pH7
The Apartments – Places Where the Night Is Long – Drift
Destroy All Monsters – Bored – Single
Ragweed – Backbiter – Breathing Holes
Elemae – Hospitals & Mazes – Fiction
The Braves – Gilda- Carry on the Con
Breakfast Muff – Patient – Crocodile
Tonota 80 – Could Do Better – Single
Miranda Lee Richardson – Ashes and Seeds – Existential Beast
Tom Waits – Earth Died Screaming – Bone Machine
Vika Souto – Mi boca en mi boca – ¿Qué es esto?
Streetwalkers – Run for Cover – Red Card
Destroy All Monsters – You’re Gonna Die – Single
Ragweed – Down the Drain – Breathing Holes
Peter Hammill – My Favourite – pH7
The Apartments – All His Stupid Friends – Drift
The Planet Wilson – Mouth to Mouth – Not Drowning But Waving
Breakfast Muff – Used – Crocodile
Malena Zavala – Moon Song – Aliso
The Fall – New Face In Hell – Grotesque
Vika Souto – Sacame – ¿Qué es esto?
Take Offense – Trust – Tensions On High
Berthold City – Moment of Truth – Moment of Truth
Mistletoe – Speed – We See
The Braves – Big Sleep – Carry on the Con
Low Standards, High Fives – Bite Me – Single
Genesis – The Knife – Trespass