Album Review: DART BUMMIN LIZARD: The Red Flags

Coming back strong with their second release in the past year, The Red Flags are here to show that ain’t no quarantine gonna keep this flag burning any less bright!

On March 20, 2020, The Red Flags released their official second album, Dart Bummin Lizard. This album is everything I’ve come to expect from The Red Flags…and by that, I mean I’m always wrong with what I expect, but always pleasantly wrong. I should know by now that trying to guess what direction this band is going to go in is a futile point. The Red Flags are always creating new, exciting, unexpected, and unprecedented sounds, and Dart Bummin Lizard is a good figurehead to explain to the new listener what these rock n roll reptiles from Janesville are all about.

Mixing old school funk with classic rock and roll, The Red Flags come through yet again with this new record by putting their chaotic, and sometimes maniacal, experimental twist in the fires from the walls of their home studio.

Within the first second of the first track, “Danuh”, you get a less-than-fair warning for what a banger you’re about to be in for. I for one was not prepared for the amount of ear-fucking that this record made me endure. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not complaining!

My favorite song by The Red Flags, titled “There’s No”, has now FINALLY been recorded on this new record and I’m so excited about it! Anyone who has ever seen The Red Flags live knows this song as a solid staple of their set and with good reason. Personally I’ve seen them play more times than is probably considered healthy, and I have been waiting at least four years to be able to play this in my car!

Dart Bummin Lizard sounds like one long bop that refuses to stop; smells like one too many cheap beers and cigarettes; tastes like summer dirt under your toenails; and makes you feel like …

Well. It makes you feel like you’re not in quarantine from a pandemic that halted the entire economy and took away live concerts and put our whole scene on pause for an undetermined, but certainly unbearable amount of time.

I’m just saying.

Long story short, Dart Bummin Lizard is the exact pick-me-up that I think so many of us need right now. Gabe, Jonah and Abby have delivered above and beyond yet again. Not a bad effort at all, considering the world is ending and we are all losing our collective shit.

In short, I recommend blasting this record from a boombox stereo delicately placed over your shoulders on our way to overthrow the government.

20/20 darts in the pack, highly recommend.

Dart Bummin Lizard, as well as their first record, Summer Dirties, are both available to listen to, download, and buy physical CD’s at theredflags.bandcamp.com

Also make sure to check out their fanTASTIC homemade music videos for

“Dart Bummin Lizard” HERE

Cat Sullivan

Album Review: COYOTE MAN ‘PRECOGNITION’

What’s up local music lovers- long time no read! This time I have a really unique and kick-ass instrumental album for you- HAPPY 420!!!

Coyote Man of Chicago, IL is a legendary two piece who has just released their killer progressive instrumental masterpiece ‘Precognition’! This has to be one of the coolest local albums I’ve heard in years..and actually one of the coolest albums in general-So lets just jam it!

“Blatherskite” has a big synth intro which I can dig! The drumbeat in the background before and during the guitarist’s entrance was great I’m loving the warm tone of the bass fills as well. Everything blends together effortlessly. The dynamic nature of this song really keeps your brain active and intrigued. “Remnants” hits you right in the jaw just to slow down and tell you an enticing story. I really get into the band’s ability to paint you a picture-especially without vocals. Many bands/artists do that, but many of the very same artists are rather sporadic and fickle in the composition. This second track, although slower, was huge and heavy.

“Perilous” has more of a groove style tempo that pushes more emotion into the track. This wouldn’t be the same had it been overly technical or fast. The rests are perfectly timed with great composition; the percussion really shines during this track as well. Every feeling is perfectly set out for you with a perfect sense of space and understanding. “The Unseen Hand” has that creepy ’80’s’ horror delay and build up- very great timing in the bass as well! That specific to the second rhythm gave the second half of this track a huge push.

“Death Before Dishonor” has some serious Queensryche vibes, and I mean that entirely as a compliment; they were prog GODS to my early self and there was something in the way that they wrote that I still hold dear to me. A mystery aesthetic if you will. “Apocalyptic” has an intro that I would say is an accurate assessment of the track title. It definitely validates my thoughts of an apocalyptic perception. However, I also get some cosmic images as well; epic to say the least. Amazing layering throughout as well as a superb build up to the climax. The guitar solos sing with a heartfelt melody what I personally feel hold much more passion than any vocals.

All in all I was very impressed! The style was something I have not heard in an instrumental release before, and it somehow made me feel nostalgic after my first time hearing it. I can’t get over the warm tones and the spot on production. If Steven Wilson got his hands in this band- the world wouldn’t know what to do!

Don’t forget to follow Coyote Man on all their socials including Youtube! Remember your support matters-especially during times like these! Stay safe and thrash fast!

Mitch Fulcer
Edited by Samantha Crocker

LUNAR MOTH Single Release ‘Valley of Fire’ 4/20

It’s finally here! Madison’s legendary three piece doomy, garage-rock outfit Lunar Moth has announced the release of their newest single ‘Valley of Fire’! As a huge fan of Lunar Moth, I couldn’t wait to have this track in my hands! This is a tune that transports you to another realm of sludgy riffs, spacey vocals, fuzzy bass, and let’s not forget the heart-stopping drums!

‘Valley of Fire’ is available HERE starting 4/20 and drops at 4:20 PM! I can’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate the holiday than with this absolute banger! Not every holiday has to be cancelled this year; so, while you are at home during these times, spark one up with Lunar Moth! Don’t forget to grab their self-titled release as well! You won’t regret it, we promise!

Find Lunar Moth online on Facebook and Instagram!

-Emily Mae
Edited by Samantha Crocker

Album Review: 5 R V L N 5 ‘The Black Mark’

Industrial Metal born from the underbelly of Chicago’s sprawling, urban landscape, 5 R V L N 5  (pronounced “surveillance”) is a solo/collaborative electronic based industrial project created by former Faces of the Bog guitarist/vocalist, Chuck Clybourne. Taking after the likes of influences such as Skinny Puppy, Ministry, and Godflesh 5 R V L N 5 creates an atmosphere that is unnerving, perverse, and dark. Pounding beats and despondent lyrics drive the tone of the music, inducing hypnotic chaos.

We were fortunate enough to get a sneak peak into their first album, The Black Mark, which is officially set to release March 13th, 2020.

It can be difficult to find just the right type of extreme metal for you, but the genre itself has quite the cult following! For those of you who are always on the search for something heavier- this is the band for you! It’s been awhile since I have really heard of anyone coming out with new industrial metal, so it’s cool to see that someone is taking a step forward and bringing life back to the semi-lost metal genre!

The Black Mark is 5 tracks (coincidentally as they have 5’s in their band name) and will be on the way soon! But, for now, you can check out their single release for their track “FLESH” which is in the video link above! Be sure to follow 5 R V L N 5 online and catch them at their release party! Event link HERE!

Don Niesen
Edited by Samantha Crocker

Single Review: COLOR KILLER ‘Not Your Valentine’

Marlborough (MA) punk prodigy band Color Killer is back in action with their latest single release Not Your Valentine!

This is a two minute straight up jam that speaks out against everyone’s favorite made up Hallmark Holiday. It creatively expresses how frustrating it is that we all feel like we ‘have to validate’ our love for one another with a box of chocolates or a stuffed animal with some kind of lame love related pun about you being PUURR-FECT. Color Killer always makes me laugh at the creativity of their tunes. They’re always relatable and quite obviously about things that would frustrate a young punker in their age group especially; however, they are also about things that us “older” folks are equally frustrated with as well; like how much winter sucks or how creepy spiders can be.

Color Killer has come a long way, in what feels like such a sort time, since the very first time I saw their video performance of “Down With Winter” about two years ago. They’re always so cool and so fun! Whenever I happen to see that they have a new release I know it’s always going to be worth my time to check it out! Not Your Valentine is available NOW on Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play! Be sure to give them a like and a follow if you haven’t already so that you don’t miss out on what’s coming up next!

Catch COLOR KILLER live at their next performance HERE!

Emily Mae
Edited By Samantha Crocker

Album Review: SUPERNAUT ‘The Green’

Hello again music readers and enthusiasts! Another jam-tastic album review here for you-SUPERNAUT has released their album The Green with fat tone and fuzz galore! Let’s dive into this one together shall we?

Track one-‘Spacewreck’ starts off with an opening hum and undertone of the intro really builds up in a subtle yet tasteful manor. It then takes a hard right turn into a straight forward punk-esque swing. The drummer really knows how to accent the little things on this album; the combination of dramatic intent and reverb really brings you right up front- even through your headphones. Topped off with a super tasty solo-you get a very organic vibe. The second track ‘Dream Eater’ is definitely much more progressive in ways, like the groove and dynamic in their composition. The quick wittily licks and ‘riffy’ rhythms shows you what the band is capable of standing them right long side of groovy-doom style bands such as The Sword and Redfang.

‘Third Circle’ is next and the first thing I can say I love about this track is how much voice the bass has. I can’t get over the way the band members of Supernaut stay in perfect harmony throughout. From the guitars’ fuzz in complimented by the bass fuzz; to the layering of the vocals-they really pull it together “Sound as a Pound” The slick blues licks and bass runs are solid as a rock, sliding right into a classic doom-styled breakdown adding yet another layer to Supernaut’s dynamic. “Honey Mountain” is a bit more on the jazzy side. I dig the idea of having a short ambient instrumental. Sometimes these tracks can seem a bit pointless to impatient listeners, but I love to embrace these short james and use them to build context to their albums as a whole.

“Fade Out” maintains a calm vibe while having a busy nature. It makes me really want to see their drummer in action especially. These is so much going on underneath the rest of the instruments that I feel I’d have to actually see the rhythm section live to catch it all. Side note: Nice use of cowbell!! The build and dives of this song are just gross in all the best ways naturally leaving us with a fade out- nice.

“Crimson Sea” has a lot of grind. It does indeed put you in the right mindset according to the first impression given by the title of the tune. Second by second the vocal desperation grows and draws you deeper and deeper. “Buglung”..well first of all HELL YEAH MAN! The crazy almost acid-rock jam style of this track is pure gold. As a fan of Primus, Opeth, Neck and a lot of other crazy artists; I am in love with everything this track has to offer.

We have arrived at the title track of the album “The Green” which has a Twilight Zone vibe in the chorus which really gives the lyrics power. I also feel a Druid vibe in there as well. It almost sounds as though the guitarist shapes their tone a little differently on each tune. I’ve always admired that and wished I had that kind of patience myself! “Owl” is a super smooth southern-blues adventure. I’ve always been inspired by tunes like this, especially lyrically. The attention to detail and an ability to personify is an art form.

We finish out the album with the track “Iron Goddess Of Mercy” There is so much attitude packed into this jam and the devil is definitely in the details on this one! The way the tune is brought up and down throughout the track with technicality and grace is very quality-“Go big or go home!” as they say, and Supernaut has proven to be nothing short of “Big” on this jam. They end this album with great intensity!

All in all- I honestly enjoyed this album in its entirety. I have yet to come across a band with this kind of nostalgic dynamic before. The Green as a whole made me think of many types of old-school down right dirty rock n roll artists. “Rock n’ roll is coming back baby!” as my friend Jeff Sandbom called it- and I stand by that fact!

Thank all of you who are reading this and I hope you are all jamming this album with me! You can find it for yourself- HERE!

Follow Supernaut in the links below!
Facebook
Instagram

Thrash fast friends!
-Mitch Fulcer

Album Review: BRUME ‘Rabbits’

The winter outside is frightful this November- so it’s time to hunker down, get your favorite warm beverage, and get ready for Rabbits! This release follows the epic 2018 album-Rooster which received endless recognition and praise! San Francisco doom-power trio, BRUME has brought us to our knees once again with 5 powerful tracks that are sure to make your heart ache in all the right ways.

The first track, ‘Despondence’ takes your hand and guides you into this album. There is powerful mystique as this track builds; Susie’s vocals grab hold of your soul and the instruments lock up together perfectly. ‘Scurry’ is more of what I would consider to be an upbeat sort of track, as it reflects that there is darkness in times of sorrow, but there cannot be darkness without the light. We all have experienced hard times, but we know that we will find our way in our own time. This track seems to have a quicker pace. The distortion just rings beautifully throughout and creates a comforting and nostalgic sound.

‘Blue Jay’ sounds like a dark fairy tale as a woman is struggling between love and woe. A blue jay seems to be offering her advice as her ‘inner voice’. This track features piano and cello as well which creates an entirely unique atmosphere. This track is the perfect climax of the album! ‘Lament’ is soft and atmospheric- creating a sort of calm in the melancholic state of mind. It becomes heavier as it progresses and, at times, this song has a grunge-like sound and attitude to it.

‘Audocrats Fools’ finishes off this release strong and heavy. The guitar riffs carry you off into another realm as the drums steady the pace. I feel like I am wandering through a forest of the mind as one searches through their own memories to discover peace within themselves.

In a way, this album is much like following that white rabbit into Wonderland. It’s lyrical content is full of themes I personally find relatable, such as sadness & self-doubt, anxiety and depression, toxic relationships, and what feels like endless melancholy of the soul; but ultimately, although these songs sound sad, they are actually happy, because when you catch up to the rabbit, you discover that all you needed in the end was to lead yourself into the light. Not because the rabbit lead you there, as it would seem, but because you pursued it.

Rabbits is available now! Get your digital, CD or LP copy from  Magnetic Eye Records HERE! Be sure to follow Brume on Facebook and Instagram as well!

Emily Mae
Edited by Samantha Crocker

Single Review: IMMORTALIS- ‘Leviathan’

Hold up- is that new Immortalis?! You betcha! Wisconsin Progressive/deathcore legends Immortalis are finally releasing their latest single ‘Leviathan’ and MAN this one is a BANGER! This is the first release since their debut EP Symmetry in 2017- so naturally there has been much anticipation surrounding this release; which is set for October 26th, along with a video (like-WHAT?!) which the band teased earlier this month. Check it out below!

The beginning of this track reminds me of watching Midsommar, which may or may not be because I just watched it, but what I mean is it has a haunting allure to it that captivates you the moment the track begins. The vocals take hold of your soul with a vicious death-growl. As the track progresses I definitely get a Between The Buried and me vibe. As it bounces between death style and more progressive styles you get a bit of the clean vocals that play really well with the more aggressive vocals. As well as brilliant lyrical content- and for me, I am always there for those lyrics.

Photo: Stephen Hallam

This track is beautifully balanced in the instrumental aspects as well. The guitars have killer hooks and leads throughout the entire track and the rhythms are relentless! Some of the guitar riffs give me some real gamer-feels too; the guitar leads are simply EPIC! Not to mention a SUPER special and SUPER secret guest is featured on this release as well- we can’t give away everything before you get the chance to indulge in this for yourself but lets just say *insert mind-blown and shooketh emojis here*.

It’s difficult for me to find the right words to describe what I feel when I experience ‘Leviathan’– but what I can tell you is that it is no surprise to me that Immortalis fans old and new are at the very edge of their seats waiting for this release! I know that I am!

Catch them LIVE at the SV2 in Green Bay, WI on October 25th- event link HERE!

To keep up with what is new for Immortalis follow them on Facebook HERE or on other social media platforms!

-Emily Mae
Edited by Samantha Crocker

Album Review: HUNGER MOON ‘Fallen Pantheon’

Hunger Moon is a two-man Doom/Post Metal project from Janesville, WI. The band was formed by Avery Stage and Ryan Thomas in 2016. Recently they have released their album ‘Fallen Pantheon’. This album is based around themes from Greek Mythology and expands upon the bands unique doom sound.

Doom metal has been on the rise in the local and underground metal music scene lately and Hunger Moon is another excellent example of this! Their melodic tones capture the imagination and breathe new life into the old Greek Mythologies. Each track has its own style and groove, however, they all share a common ground; they balance brutality and tranquility. This album is 3 tracks which makes for a quick and easy listen. You can check out ‘Fallen Pantheon’ on Band Camp HERE or on YouTube. Experience track 2 “Eos” below!

Track list
1. Astrapios
2.Eos
3. The Fall Of Kronos

The band continues to write new music and expand the horizons of metal to create a unique sound to the group and is playing live shows. Be sure to Follow them online HERE!

-Emily Mae
Edited by Samantha Crocker

Album Review: CANDLEMASS ‘The Door to Doom’

Doom metal pioneers Candlemass have taken the metal world by storm with their 12th album, The Door to Doom. Released on February 22nd, through Napalm Records, it is their first album in over three decades to feature the band’s original vocalist, Johan Längqvist. Throughout the years, Candlemass have proven to hold consistency in their music, and subsequently their fan base, without sounding formulaic or overdone. The Door to Doom stays true to that statement, and its gloomy, dark atmosphere proves that Candlemass is a force to be reckoned with.

Right from the first track ‘Splendor Demon Majesty,’ the songs are noticeably reminiscent of the classic, old-school Candlemass that everyone knows and loves. The music itself is flawless, with guest work by Tony Iommi on the third track, ‘Astorolus – The Great Octopus.’ Additionally, Länqvist’s vocal work is remarkable; his powerful, distinct voice soaring overtop the heavy riffage of Lars Johansson and Mats Bjorkman. If there were a definition of what doom metal should be, ‘The Door to Doom’ would be it.

Formed in 1984 in Stockholm, Sweden, Candlemass is often credited as the originators of the doom metal genre, with albums such as Epicus Doomicus Metallicus and Nightfall being ranked among the greatest doom metal records of all time. Their unique blend of darkness and melody is one that is easily recognizable and often imitated. As they are currently embarking on a tour of Europe, they show no signs of letting up on their reign of darkness and doom.

All in all, Candlemass’ 12th full length album is masterfully composed, dark, and promising. ‘The Door to Doom’ has successfully captured all of the things that make doom metal great, and therefore will be remembered for what it is – a truly amazing piece of work.

Tracklist
1. Splendor Demon Majesty
2. Under the Ocean
3. Astorolus-the Great Octopus
4. Bridge of Tte Blind
5. Death’s Wheel
6. Black Trinity
7. House of Doom
8. The Omega Circle

Line Up
Mats Levén, Mats “Mappe” Björkman
Lars Johansson, Leif Edling
Jan Lindh
Per Wiberg

Label
Napalm Records

Follow Candlemass online HERE

– Zach Schmitt
Edited by Samantha Crocker