Mars Red Sky - Dawn Of The Dusk (Mrs Red Sound/Vicious Circle) [Rich Piva]Mars Red Sky is back with album number five, and we should all rejoice because the French heavy psych/stoner/doom band rarely disappoints, and they keep that streak up with the new one, Dawn Of The Dusk. The band has a very distinct sound, a clean sort of buzz that is double downed on Dawn Of The Dusk that makes this one of their best sounding outputs of their excellent career.
The first two songs, Break Even and Maps Of Inferno, as well as tracks like Slow Attack leverage Furguson’s vocals, creating a chill but somehow still heavy vibe, an almost Doomy Cocteau Twins, but only in MRS case sung in English. I love the low end fuzz the band creates as well as the complex clean psych ™ that The Final Round is all about.
All in all, the new Mars Red Sky is a beautiful, atmospheric, yet still heavy offering from one of the best bands doing this kind of stuff out there today. If you are not familiar with the band, Dawn Of The Dusk is a good place to start. If you are already a fan, you will not be disappointed, as usual, with the new Mars Red Sky. 9/10
Dan McCafferty - In Memory Of Dan McCafferty: No Turning Back (ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records) [Matt Bladen]
Sonny Vincent - Primitive 1969-76 (Ripple Music) [Rich Piva]
Man do I love finding proto metal gems from the late 60s and early 70s. The Brown Acid Series from Riding Easy Records and their new grail series makes me so happy, finding stuff that shaped what metal is today and defining what was heavy during that era.
Rippers such as Lament from his 1971 EP Distance and 100% Proof from 1972’s Fury are pure proto excellence. Concrete Bliss combines his proto leanings with his punk attitude which blend perfectly. The excellently titled She’s Like Hiroshima from 1969’s Distance is a chill slow burn with an amazing guitar line throughout and the primitive drum sound that makes proto stuff so endearing to me. Liquid Diamond’s AWMAW is some killer raw garage rock that sounds like it was recording on a boombox and that is alright by me.
All in all, you get twelve killer tracks that show Vincent’s early direction and what molded his output over the last number of decades. This is true proto greatness. Primitive 1969-76 belongs with all of those excellent Brown Acid comps…let’s hope this is not the last of these unearthed gems from Ripple Music. 8/10
Full speed ahead! Is the clarion call from this new album from German power metal band Starchild. Only releasing their third album in 2022, they have quickly followed or up with the fourth Magic Well.