27 June, 2012

Full Album Stream: Old Man Gloom: No – new album

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Visit their BanCamp page here or make use of the player available to you below and listen to OLD MAN GLOOM's fifth album ‘No’. You can also visit Self-Titled magazine here and read track by track explanations by guitarist and vocalist Aaron Turner (“ Kneel all you who seek to be cleansed. Silence! This is a Holy Place and as such, the sanctity of it must be observed through your obedience. Prepare to be scoured in the white hot flames of Salvation.”) and drummer Santos Montano (“This is a track that no one will put up on YouTube, and jerks who like to post comments will write “tHiS AlBumZ CooooL but eye SkiPz the nOyze traCKz LoL”… for example) while thou listened to ‘No’. The tellingly titled album is out and conquering the masses since yesterday, June 26th, 2012 on Hydra Head Records. ‘No’ was recorded and mixed by Kurt Ballou at God City Studio, and mastered by James Plotkin. The album's artwork was created by Aaron Turner and Faith Coloccia. Buy the album here (BandCamp) or here (Hydra Records) and get your latest favourite OLD MAN GLOOM T-shirt here (OMG webstore):

 

OLD MAN GLOOM: No

 

Massachusetts-based group OLD MAN GLOOM was founded in 1999 by ISIS guitarist Aaron Turner and (these days ZOZOBRA) drummer Santos Montano. Their debut album, 2000's ‘Meditations In B’, was described as “a solid - not a brilliant - first step” by Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic, that “determined the blueprint for hard/soft sonic extremes to be further played out on subsequent efforts” (more here). You can listen to ‘Meditations In B’ here (BandCamp) or below, courtesy the band, and buy it here:

 

OLD MAN GLOOM: Meditations In B

 

OLD MAN GLOOM released two albums simultaneously in 2001: ‘Seminar II: The Holy Rites Of Primitivism Regressionism’ and the single-tracked ‘Seminar III: Zozobra’ featured CAVE IN's Caleb Scofield on bass, CONVERGE's Nate Newton on guitar and the electronics man, Luke Scarola alongside founding fathers Turner and Montano. On ‘Seminar II’, Steven Brodsky (of CAVE IN) wrote the lyrics for one song, and Jay Randall of AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED contributed on electronics:

“On first hearing, this album can seem a bit schizophrenic – it’s really loud and intense one minute, quiet and eerie the next - so it requires some patience and attentiveness, but it is well worth it, especially if the thought of NEUROSIS, EARTH, LED ZEPPELIN and GODFLESH holing up in a studio together sounds like an appealing combination,” [found his way through ‘Seminar II’ William York, AllMusic – more here. Listen to the album here (BandCamp) from where you can purchase it as well, or below:]

 

OLD MAN GLOOM: Seminar II: The Holy Rites Of Primitivism Regressionism

 

Mister York was even more impressed with its companion, describing ‘Seminar III: Zozobra’ as “far from being an afterthought”:

“It begins with near-silent electronic hums and static noises before giving way to several minutes of slow, despairing guitar chords; the drums don’t kick in until nearly one-third of the way, but after that point, there is plenty of heavy, almost tribal guitar riffing, accompanied by agonizing, semi-buried screams and sampled voices (mostly talking about destructive primates, in keeping with the band's running theme),” [more here and yes, OLD MAN GLOOM's interests lay with primates, science and research]

Again, visit the OMG Institute here (BandCamp) to listen to and to buy ‘Zozobra’. Or indulge your senses below:

 

OLD MAN GLOOM: Seminar III: Zozobra

 

Before they took their well deserved break, OLD MAN GLOOM released ‘Christmas’ in 2004, their third long-player. As were their previous releases, ‘Christmas’ was issued through Tortuga Records:

“… you don’t have to be a musical masochist to love OMG, but it sure does help. Maybe it’s the harsh disparities in volume from song to song, which make the use of headphones almost mandatory, or perhaps the disappointing brevity of so many positively stunning compositions (cruelly snatched away like candy from a child, after just a few licks), compounded with the knowledge that had they fallen under the aegis of sister band ISIS, these hypnotic wonders would have been stretched almost indefinitely,” [approved Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic – more here]

Reward your open-mindedness here (BandCamp) or listen to ‘Christmas’ below, courtesy OMG:

 

OLD MAN GLOOM: Christmas

 

OLD MAN GLOOM features: Aaron Turner – vocals and guitar, Santos Montano – drums, Nate Newton – guitar and vocals, Caleb Scofield – bass and vocals and Luke Scarola - electronics

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