Aaron's 2013 Year End List Part 2
A list of bands that have no Bandcamp, but are among my albums of the year.
(Here is Part 1)
Corrections House - Last City Zero
Just a great album all the way through. But what would you expect when you have a band consisting of Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest), Mike IX (Eyehategod), and Sanford Park (Buried at Sea, Minsk)? This not a an album that sounds like parts of each members other band pushed together to make an album. Instead their influences come together to make something new that is the sum of it parts. Thier industrial tinged Sludge coupled with lyrics inspired by Mike’s book Cancer as a Social Activity make for one of the best “super group” albums ever and certainly the best of the year.
Wrekmeister Harmonies - You’ve Always Meant So Much to Me
One song. Thirty eight minutes. Some of the most moving and amazing droning Ambient I have ever heard. Like the glacier that adorns the album cover, the music is slow and moves with purpose. But the slow build of the album makes for one tremendous payoff when it all comes to ahead before crashing down into silence once more. Wrekmeister mastermind J.R. Robinson enlists help from Jef Whitehead (Leviathan), Sanford Parker (Minsk, Twilight), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), Drew Markuszewski (ex-Nachtmystium, Avichi), and jazz cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm to bring this album to life. Could not hear this album enough.
Tomahawk - Oddfellows
Mike Patton is a genius. Of all his post Faith No More projects Tomahawk is my favorite. After the amazing Anonymous album who knew where they would go next. Oddfellows is a rocker. In fact it may be the most straightforward record they have made, or at least by Tomahawk standards. First album with new bassist Trevor Dunn(Mr. Bungle). He holds his own with Stainer’s metronome like drumming, Denison’s angular riffs, and Patton’s array of vocal gymnastics. Had the pleasure of catching them live this year. Great show.