Anthroprophh - "Chubbuck's Last Tape (Another Nail)" (9:10)
Review: A split album with a difference, this release on esteemed psychedelic imprint Cardinal Fuzz sees a bunch of old hands at the fine art of synapse-shifting doing what they do best - the Big Naturals duo of Jesse Webb and Gareth Turner first deliver a bracingly out-there and darkly experimental 21-minute opus that blends droning intensity with percussive tumult. Yet joined on the other side of this slab of wax by Heads guitar genius Paul 'Prof' Allen as Anthroprophh, they lurch into early-'70s freakout of a particularly unhinged stripe, replete with treble-searing guitar overload and jazzy filligree. True heads and space cadets alike, step this way and fry thy mind.
Review: When it comes to plugging in mega stacks of amplified prog-rock, Vancouver-area band Black Mountain deliver a retro-futuristic sound that's as large as any Godzilla soundtrack. With Destroyer presenting a fifth LP on Bloomington label Jagjaguwar, Black Mountain go someway in delivering a bold cross reference of only the best and most legendary points of 60s, 70s and 90s rock n roll regalia. With keys and piano mixed with guitars, distortion and vocoders giving the band a futuristic, krautrock (Deutsche elektronik musik) edge, British psychedelic and raw but atmospheric arrangements give the band their own undeniable identity. With songs passing the bottle from slow dancing rock, flashy hair metal, to synthy guitars and cosmic arpeggios, the best metal of today is still way up there, on Black Mountain.