Jul 10

Band of the Month: Cockpit

Previously known under the name of The Cock Rockers, this month’s Band of the Month are known for their energetic and entertaining live shows. Cockpit first caught our ears and eyes (with that unapologetically cocky name) back in 2010 with their performance at Singapore’s alternative music festival Baybeats. 5 years on, the band finally releases their debut album, Four Horsemen Riding in the Sky (Behind Got Sun), tongue-in-cheek yet not lacking in the musicality department at all. We catch up with the band after half a decade, to find out what’s up.

Cockpit-2013

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Jul 30

Fredag den 13:e – Domedagar

Fredag Den 13-e - Domedager

Fredag den 13:e [Sweden]
Domedagar
2015
Full Length
EveryDayHate
Crust Punk/Hardcore

As it has already become rather obvious, there has been very few extreme releases this year that has managed to catch and retain my attention for more than a few listens. Just as I was about to give up on finding potential new extreme records for the year, a friend recommends Fredag den 13:e to me, with their brand new full length, Domedagar. Describing themselves as nummerpunk/Motörhead scandicrust, one instinctively knows that one is in for one hell of a ride.

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Jul 18

FOGG – High Testament

FOGG - High Testament

FOGG [USA]
High Testament
2015
Full Length
Tee Pee Records
Psychedelic Rock/Doom/Stoner Metal

From the label that brought you bands like Sacri Monti, comes yet another psychedelic act, FOGG and their debut full length album High Testament. The psychedelic album artwork already promises a trippy affair, and the music certainly lives up to the first impressions that the band gives off.

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Jul 07

Sacri Monti – Sacri Monti

Sacri Monti - Sacri Monti

Sacri Monti [USA]
Sacri Monti
2015
Full Length
Tee Pee Records
Psychedelic/Hard Rock

I’m not sure if it’s me or if there really is an increasing trend of psychedelic, retro rock in recent months. Flipping through the pages of magazines such as Terrorizer, I got introduced to quite a number of these bands that claim to play rock in the old school style. While each of them do indeed sound good, few leave a deep impression on me as San Diego’s Sacri Monti.

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Jun 28

Albatross – Fear from the Skies

Albatross - Fear from the Skies

Albatross [India]
Fear from the Skies
2015
Full Length
Transcending Obscurity
Heavy Metal

I’ve been following Indian heavy metal band Albatross since their very first release back in 2010, the Dinner is You EP, and right from the start, the band has established their love for story-telling through their music, often sending chills down the listener’s spine. The highlight of the band’s career up to last year though was the 2012 split with Vestal Claret, which became one of my favourite releases of the year. The band finally releases their debut full length album 7 years into their career this year, Fear from the Skies.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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