Monday, July 6, 2020

Covid Update 2020

Hello Folks

Thanks for supporting the blog and reading some reviews of new music.  Support for the blog has gone down a lot, sadly. Labels that used to send you a promo CD, just send you an email with a link and like the musicians who get screwed from youtube, Spotify, etc... and can't earn hardly any money, the journalist are expected to work for free and not even get a reward of a CD or LP, every now and then... Anyway, the blog is slowly winding down, I hate to say as only a few labels, Fruits De Mer, Zygmatron Promotions, and that might be it send me anything to review.  Still some bands from Denmark send me the record, which is nice and I get some CDs from some bands occasionally.

Anyway, I am super busy with music, my lands and soon my recording studio, which I hope they will start to build in a few weeks. Doctors of Space (all links below), we put out a 7" in December and the production of our first full length record has started. It is called First Treatment and features a great hand painted cover from Dr Weaver.  We also have been jamming almost every month this year except for April and May and have made some incredible music.  In addition, we have recorded another 8-10 studio tracks, some of which you can hear on our Covid Sessions on bandcamp. This might come out on a CD at some point, if there is enough interest.
http://doctorsofspace.bandcamp.com

Øresund Space Collective, despite not being able to play live this year (yet), have been digging in the archives and mixing material from 2010. Our bandcamp subscribers have had a preview and it has been really positive. I am waiting for feedback from the guys who played on the music to proceed.  Our next studio album is mastered now and we are just waiting for the artwork to be finished. We hope for an October release. We will see.  Another live CD from 2019 will be released to the bandcamp subscribers this summer and later to the public, whatever copies are left. http://oresundspacecollective.com
http://oresundspacecollective.bandcamp.com


 Aural Hallucinationswe finally got the albums and I painted 160 covers. There are 145 black and 15 white. 153 vinyls were produced and like 9 test pressings. I used blacklight paint on a lot of the covers and they look really cool. All the titles were hand written on the back by myself and my wife. I numbered them as well. most of the records are just the AH logo made with a stencil.  The CD-R version (100) and the tapes have arrived as well. Matt and I have been slow to make new numbers but there are a lot of sketches that just need more work when there is time.  Matt will have a solo tape release this summer, I think and will be doing some gigs as soon as it is possible.   Http://auralhallucinations.bandcamp.com

My friend Santtu Laakso from the band Dark Sun, also known as DJ Astro has been back making music after a 12 year break and I have mixed a number of tracks for him and Martin (DOS) has recorded some guitar as well. This is going to be a great record. I will keep you posted. You can hear the first track, Chrononaut on this radio show link below.
Radio Show

Dr Space, well, I have recorded a huge amount of solo material during the break and this will be released on some limited editions CDs (not CD-Rs) in 100 copies.  Scorpoodledoo is the first one.  There are two more to follow. My solo album, Nakawana is in production and this will only be made in 150 copies.  Much more on this in the coming months. http://drspace1.bandcamp.com 

Dr Space's Alien Planet Trip Vol 4- Space with bass also was just released on vinyl June 30th and this double LP turned out incredible. Cool poster and the reviews have been outstanding. It is the solo work that I am most proud of so far.  The material above is much more minimal in nature. The material on Vol 5 is also finished now with two extraordinary and very different guitar players. You have to wait til next year to hear this one though. Sorry...
https://oresundspacecollective.bandcamp.com/album/dr-spaces-alien-planet-trip-vol-4-space-with-bass

Finally, Black Moon Circle?? Remember them from Norway?  We still do not have a permanent replacement for Daniel, who left the band in December but if you have followed the facebook page you will notice the band was in the studio with Tomas, the current drummer in Motorpsycho. The chemistry of the band was amazing. Sadly, I was unable to fly up for the studio session due to the virus so my parts are currently being done remotely. Some of the material is brand new and some of is songs that we played last year on tour.  You will hear more about this later in the year.
Http://blackmooncircle.bandcamp.com






Saturday, May 9, 2020

Gas Giant- Earthward Ascend (Self Released)


Well, as you most know, I used to play in the Danish band Gas Giant.   They guys are still around and working on some archive releases but this is a new Dutch band. I was in contact with them saying that they should choose another band name but oh well. You can choose what you like. 

Anyway, I have been following them and they just released a few weeks ago this 5 song EP on bandcamp.  Liquid Core start things off with a sort of old school Obsessed like Doom rocker. Really nice psychedelic guitars in the mid section.  Electric Maze has a vocal like Fu Manchu at times and feel but slower and heavier until they decide to groove and rock out!! Kingdom starts with a heavy wah guitar and they kick into the groove and take off…  Gritty sound on this track and some intense guitar parts. Enlightenment is slower and doomy with some dark nasty guitar riffs. Powerful sound.  Venus ends this EP and starts slow and stoney with a longish guitar solo part. They totally rock out at the end.  Nothing like the Danish Gas Giant but some kick ass stoner rock with lots of cool guitars.. I dug it….



Sula Bassana- CV Sessions (Sulatron)


The virus pandemic has given everyone a good reason to make music, since we are all locked up..  It has been a while since Dave released something under this name.  This digital only (at the moment) release starts off with A nice Constellation of Planets.  A deep bass synth, a drum machine and some spaced out sounds sets the course for deep dark space. The bass synth slowly mutates into a sort of lead synth as the sound get more freaky and hypnotic. More layers are added as the track goes along. Trippy stuff..  Wtf? A repeated vocal sample, spaced sounds, sampled table like drums, deep bass synth and off we go.  The effected vocal is trippy. Love that analog bass..  Wollschweber features some guitar to compliment the slow dark mood of the bass synth.  Short track. What is Reality also features guitar and the mood is grim, like something bad is going to happen.  Ruins of Civilisation is a very long track and has a drifting feeling with the music coming in waves over the main bass line. Also a quite dark menacing creature lurks in the corner and smiles.  The guitar line brings him a bit of happiness. The mood changes when the more new age synth kicks in and everyone is happy again.  Hypnotic and a long journey into the unknown.. What can you say??? Dave is amazing and super talented.. A killer trip…. Take it….


Sky Cries Mary- Secrets of a Red Planet (Trail Records 022)


I was really surprised that this band had a new record. My friend Keith was a big fan of this band. The band have a very special style and still have both male and female vocals on a set of very emotional tracks. This is the bands first studio album in 11 years!!  It features 5 long tracks, each around 10mins and one shorter track.  Some of the stuff is really spacey at times and a mixture of cool electronics, guitars, effects, spoken words or sung. IT is a band that is quite hard to describe actually.  It only features one original member though and Ben, who has also played with the band in the past.  Psychedelic music for the 21st century??


1       Waves Of Mourning  7:31
2       Die Of Laughter         12:35
3       Intermezzo        3:50
4       Trapeze Dancer         11:45
5       Drunken Pilot   9:23
6       Born From My Mouth       9:14



Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Ministry of the Mind Music- Psychedelic Space Rock

Ministry of the Mind Music is a project by Duncan and Otis Sole who works with a lot of cool people to help them to bring together music and video in super cool ways.  In this case, he has taken my friend Donald Williams lyrics and created a song dedicated to Psychedelic Space Rock!!  IT starts off slow and spacey with some nice visuals.  The vocals are quite laid back to start.  The music is synth drones, pads, bass and guitars.  The programmed drums kick in after a few minutes. The track has a really nice vibe to it.  It builds up at the last two minutes and a nice psych guitar solo kicks in and the drums end but the synths and guitar take you out to the end.. Lovely track…  See the video below. 


Find the Facebook group below..

https://www.facebook.com/Ministry-of-the-Mind-Music-459490704083842