Sad news: The music world mourns the loss of Ray Manzarek (74), founding Member and keyboarder of The Doors, White Zombie drummer Phil Buerstatte (44) and Uriah Heep bassist Trevor Bolder (63). R.I.P.!
German Hardrockers BERSERKER will donate 18.000€ to the Berlin cancer charity for children on May 25. November 2011 BERSERKER front man Schröder was diagnosed with cancer, now he is cancer-free. In 2012 the band collected money for this charity at their concerts and will also continue to do so in the future. Slayer´s Jeff Hanneman is dead: he passed away at about 11AM on May 2nd near his Southern California home because of liver failure due to an infection after a spider bite. R.I.P. Jeff!
The Siberian Jay music video "I´m Holding" featuring Mikko Sirén from Apocalyptica on drums - we reported about the videoshoot in our "1h with" Special - can be watched here: http://youtu.be/C-hSNurZVcs
Heavy and gooey as cooling lava is the sound of those 3 Norwegians, and without knowing why I have to admit that I like it! Totally pragmatic sound construction, green grass approach, no superfluous fiddling lead you directly to your first spring depression. Despite the fact that I didn´t quite enjoy the first riff because of this rough pitch-least-2-octaves-lower guitar sound, but slowly the CD was growing on me. Stoner Doom is the name of this Metal variation, and it will still not be quite one of my favorites, but here you learn how to appreciate it a bit.
Summary: Intentional garage sound, low-pitched guitars (and I think even the drums were tuned to lower registers...) and an unobstrusive chant-vocal style is formed into a cohesive and quite interesting piece of final depression. Being new – as mentioned – to this melancholic genre, I don´t dare to exaggerate my praise and treat the band with 8 elks.
My recommendation: The title track ´Year Of The Burial´
02. Silent Voice
05. Year of the Burial