GUNPOWDER POWER & GOLD: WOLF UNDER THE FLOOR LP (verdu-27)
This calls for a quote from the good’ol Blues Brothers: “What kind of music do you have here?”, “Both! Country AND western!”. Debut album and what an absolutely remarkable piece of work it is. They’ve got the songs and they’ve got the sound, it’s dramatic and it’s mighty. I’ll challenge you to listen to the few tunes from the album at their MySpace and try NOT to fall in love with the band. The album comes with stylish full-color gatefold covers and -for those of you who like things digital- an mp3 download coupon! Release date August 25th.
Joãnitor Muurinen (Xysma, Mannhai)
Lauri Kujasalo (Sergio, Domestica)
Jarkko Kujasalo (Seksihullut, Sergio)
Ville Vuorenmaa (Sur-rur, Seksihullut)
Jyrki Nissinen (Seksihullut, Jumalan Ruoska)
KIRLIAN CROSSING: THESE DAYS ARE STILL OUR FRIENDS enhanced CD (verdu-28)
Third full-length from this lovely avant-pop group. The band hasn’t changed much - and that’s only a good thing! They still deliver melancholic pop tunes with a good ear for imaginative arrangements and a sound pretty much their own. Enhanced CD with additional mp3 files - 104 minutes of music in total! Out now.
Other forthcoming releases:
Seriously, this one is a monster. Super intense ass-kicking by both bands. Hebosagil has a gigantic sludge/metal/hardcore sound with loads of potential for headbanging and fist-shaking. Nothing I scrible here can do justice to how totally blown away we were by their recent show in Helsinki. And what about Two Beats Off then? Well, overwhelmingly energetic noisy hardcore punk that has a charming messy edge into it. Adorable and exactly our cup of tea. Should be out within a couple of months. Co-released with Psychedelica and TBO’s own label Posion Idea.
The most ambitious domestic album of 2010? Who knows, but this one would have to be quite high up on such a list.
Plain Fade (Tampere, Finland) joins forces with Wiipurilaisen Osakunnan Laulajat (a 50-head choir from Helsinki) to perform a piece exclusively composed for this collaboration by Plain Fade, and sung in ancient Greek, Latin, Italian and English. Musically it’s somewhere between over-the-top prog-rock, modern classical, highly innovative choir music and whatelse. Nothing short of breathtaking, we tell you. To be released in Autumn 2010.
Candy Cane continues in the path of their previous full-length Jaula, digging deeper into black/death metal realms. Oranssi Pazuzu is a new Finnish group - delivering mesmerising psychedelic metal with hints of 70’s Finnish progressive rock. Check out their debut album Muukalainen Puhuu from 2009 on Violent Journey Records. Split CD is co-released with Firebox and will be out in Autumn 2010.