Quick-fire round-up of the last couple weeks’ best bandcamp investments…
Lucid Sins – Occultation
The aural equivalent of watching The Wicker Man with Jim Morrison maybe?
Phenomenal psychedelic, retro, rock though it may be, Occultation is so much more: relaxed yet dark; spacious yet stratified with riffs and guitar work which give the album a palpable rock groove; retro but encompassing an enigmatic appeal to acid/stoner rock, metal and doom fans equally. It might be a bit much to ask for sun this summer, but maybe if the mysterious Scottish band could muster a live apparition the soundtrack to the season would at least be spot on…(8.5/10).
Highlight: The Witcher
Available at: https://lucidsins.bandcamp.com/album/occultation (name your price)
Acid Goat – Acid Goat EP
While lusting over the Doom for the Doomed 2015 all-day gig poster, there was no-way I could notice a band called “Acid Goat” near the bottom and not immediately go and check them out – and thank the lords of all that is loud and slow I did: another riff-centric, UK act adding to the growing crop of high-reverb, high-quality stoner/doom. Though it takes a couple listens to recognise and appreciate the layers of grim sound building the heavy drone, in a way, the EP is all the better for it with instrumental opener Demonstash a perfect example. The cutting vocals in the following tracks add a further deranged quality, as do the nevrotic guitar solos – both of which are utilised to great, grisly effect on their warped closing cover of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall – Part 2 (7/10).
Available at: https://acidgoat.bandcamp.com/album/acid-goat-ep (name your price)
Goat Wizard – Goat Wizard EP
Further evidence to support the theory that the word ‘goat’ in the name increases a band’s likelihood of being good by at least 66.6%, Goat Wizard bring not only this post’s second bovidaen instalment, but also another EP of rather excellent stoner metal. Conversely, unlike the aforementioned, Goat Wizard occupy a far groovier, psychedelic space on the stoner spectrum, about a thousand guitar licks away from, and a tempo ahead of the alternative, heavy, droning, sludge extreme. The clean vocals give their sound a bit more of a stoner rock feel, but the heavy riffs keep a cloven foot submerged in the doom trough, while making waves with their psychotropic solos. For a stoner band the tracks are refreshingly concise, whetting the appetite rather than indulgently meandering – fingers-crossed for a full-length and maybe even a trip to the UK from these Pennsylvanian wizards soon! (8/10).
Highlight: Nosferatu (Yes, really, they too have a song called Nosferatu – I kid you not…)
Available at: https://goatwizard.bandcamp.com/album/goat-wizard ($6/£3.95)