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SOLARIZED Neanderthal Speedway (Man's Ruin) cd 11.98
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A perfectly titled album in which 4 longhaired stoners jam on low-IQ thud rock loaded with huge riffs and solos. Pretty soon, you're liking it. Members of Monster Magnet, dude.

album cover SOLARS Eyes (Vacant Tapes) cassette 7.98
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So, for those poor folks who missed out on the first cassette we listed from our absolute favorite Vancouver psych/drone duo Solars, here's your chance to pick up their latest slab of gloriously executed, beautifully layered drone-gazeeee!
Eyes begins as a faint wave creeping up from beneath the tides, only to slowly shift into a blossoming crescendo of layered electric guitar, vocal decay and an avalanche of ecstatic, chakra-melting bliss. Imagine Eliane Radigue somehow jamming with Slowdive, then picture those recordings mixed by William Basinski, and you pretty much have this tape. Swarming overtones arching from the wavering drones, rich synth-like low end hovering under the placid wash of shimmering, heavy nu-new age. Similar to the heavy-gazing alchemy of their first cassette Shadow/Cave, this single-sided, long form track is patiently sculpted with close attention to sonic detail, each new listen revealing a hidden world of buried beauty. If you can't tell already, this is criminally limited to an edition of 50. Yep, only 50 of these out there, not sure if we can get more than the 10 we already have, so act fast if you want one! Don't want folks missing out TWICE....

album cover SOLARS Shadow / Cave (Pop Drones) cass 7.98
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If you're a loyal aQ follower, you already know how much we love to discover new and awesome music from all over this dusty planet. And you probably already know that what makes us even more excited is being able to share it with all of our fellow music nerds! With that in mind, we absolutely could not wait to share with you our newest obsession and latest discovery, Vancouver's best-kept dream drone secret, Solars!
This brand new tape from the heavy hitting drone-gaze duo completely hits the spot, super unique and magical stuff here. Imagine the slow creep of distant bells growing louder and louder until you're bundled in a blanket of rich, metallic swell, then massive layers of thick guitar wash expand over you into monolithic chords that shimmer and morph in the blinding sunlight. Like taking the crushingly heavy, melodic smear of MBV's loveless, and combining it with the melodic richness and orchestral detail of Stars of the Lid, and there you have Solars' Shadow/ Cave, their debut cassette on Pop Drones Records. Somber melodies wrapped in cocoons of fuzz and buzzing heaviness, echoing electric guitar lulling you deeper and deeper into the night's hazy mist, completely blissed out and amazing!! Though the duo have also released a 7" in the past, this is their most recent release and a fine representation of what these sonic magi can conjure up. With a tape debut as killer as this, we seriously cannot wait to hear what else these Canadian conjurers cook up in the future. Super duper limited to an edition of 30, we only have a few, so you better be quick if you want one, they will be gone in no time!!
MPEG Stream: "Shadow"
MPEG Stream: "Cave"

album cover SOLDIER, DAVE Yol K'u Sonal Yil Yinhatil Nab'en (Mulatta Records) cd+dvd 15.98
The man behind awesome and bizarre musical adventures like the Thai Elephant Orchestra teaming up with Mayan Indian schoolchildren to create joyous sounds that make us think of some cool mix of El Guincho and Konono No. 1.
MPEG Stream: "Oracion De La Cruz"
MPEG Stream: "Xan Matin Mix"
MPEG Stream: "B'erech Kaxlanh"

album cover SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE Ball Strenth (Mexican Summer) 12" 19.98
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MPEG Stream: "Yes To Everything"
MPEG Stream: "Tunnel Rats"

SOLE cd 14.98
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Originally a tour only cd, we managed to snag a handful of these full length cds from Anticon all-star Sole. Recorded, according to the liner notes, "in midnight rampages" and assisted by Odd Nosdam, Jel, Why? and Dose One, this stacks up pretty well against his other two full lengths considering this was done on the fly. A little more lo-fi than his proper albums, Mansbestfriend still manages to capture all the stuff that makes Sole, and Anticon for that matter, so exciting: Dark and creepy ambience, weird and unlikely samples, off-kilter and stuttering beats, and of course Sole's spastic, whiny flow, extrapolating on everything from politics to dreams to sex to outer space to sucka mc's to the enviornment and anything else that strikes his fancy. The lo-fi production actually works in his favor, adding lots of distortion and crunch and grit to the already expansive sonic palette.
MPEG Stream: "Poor Is Cool"
MPEG Stream: "The Devil's A Travelling Man"

album cover SOLE Bottle Of Humans (Anticon) cd 14.98

album cover SOLE Learning to Walk (6Months / Anticon) cd 14.98
Man, these Anticon folks are prolific. Seems like someone from this crew has a new disc every couple weeks. This is a collection of previously recorded stuff spanning 1994-1998 from Anticon head honcho Sole. The tunes on 'Learning To Walk' sound a lot more simple and less experimental than a lot of the Anticon stuff. That's not to say it isn't good, 'cause it is. It's just straight ahead. But it still manages to be dark and creepy and catchy, with Sole's nimble white boy flow over looped downtuned guitars and simple funky beats. If you dug the Them record and the Aesop Rock definitely check this out.
RealAudio clip: "3rd Person"
RealAudio clip: "Prosperity"

album cover SOLE Live From Rome (Anticon) cd 14.98
Live From Rome is not in fact live at all. And was not recorded in Rome. But IS the new record from Sole. And the latest in the neverending Anticon onslaught. And as always, it's a perfectly peculiar slab of outsider hip hop full of tweaked samples, unlikely arrangements, skittery loops, and weird white boy flow, dense and tongue twisting and confusionally clumsy, but in a good way. Production duties are split between the usual Anticon suspects: Odd Nosdam, Alias, Telephone Jim Jesus, and Controller 7 except for two tracks which are produced by Gooom bliss pop hip hoppers Abstrakt Keal Agram, and those two tracks are probably the strangest of the lot, which is saying a lot since on most Anticon records ALL the songs are strange. AKA add some of their Gooomy magic to the mix, a little disco groove, some fuzz guitar, some shuffling glitch and bass, some weird sing songy pop, and plenty of cut and paste and stop and stutter. Those may be the weirdest tracks but the record as a whole still manages to push the musical envelope just a little further, twisting and tweaking traditional hip hop into weird and wonderful new sonic shapes.
MPEG Stream: "On Martyrdom"
MPEG Stream: "Drive By Detournment"

album cover SOLE Live From Rome (Anticon) lp 14.98
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Live From Rome is not in fact live at all. And was not recorded in Rome. But IS the new record from Sole. And the latest in the neverending Anticon onslaught. And as always, it's a perfectly peculiar slab of outsider hip hop full of tweaked samples, unlikely arrangements, skittery loops, and weird white boy flow, dense and tongue twisting and confusionally clumsy, but in a good way. Production duties are split between the usual Anticon suspects: Odd Nosdam, Alias, Telephone Jim Jesus, and Controller 7 except for two tracks which are produced by Gooom bliss pop hip hoppers Abstrakt Keal Agram, and those two tracks are probably the strangest of the lot, which is saying a lot since on most Anticon records ALL the songs are strange. AKA add some of their Gooomy magic to the mix, a little disco groove, some fuzz guitar, some shuffling glitch and bass, some weird sing songy pop, and plenty of cut and paste and stop and stutter. Those may be the weirdest tracks but the record as a whole still manages to push the musical envelope just a little further, twisting and tweaking traditional hip hop into weird and wonderful new sonic shapes.
MPEG Stream: "On Martyrdom"
MPEG Stream: "Drive By Detournment"

album cover SOLE Mansbestfriend cd 14.98

album cover SOLE mansbestfriend pt 3 myownworstenemy cd 13.98

album cover SOLE New Single (Anticon) 12" 6.98

album cover SOLE Selling Live Water (Anticon) cd 14.98
As much as I love almost everything on Anticon, the two MC's who can seem to do no wrong are Dose One and Sole. And on this, Sole's sophmore full length, he proves himself to be the one true Anticon visionary. Like all the Anticon records that came before, the production is out of left field, totally off kilter with unlikely loops and bizarre samples. But the production manages to stay totally head nodding and super funky. Unlike the hyper-production-centric Def Jux camp, here it's ALL about the flow. And the flow is mind boggling, a stacatto and relentless avalanche of tongue twisting, verbally dense extrapolations on white boy blues, hip hop haters, as well as ruminations on all sorts of more esoteric topics. All delivered in a manic whine-y white boy drawl. This is most definitely the future of hip hop, lyrically challenging, musically complex, totally original and weird as fuck. A contender for 2003 record of the year and it's still only January!!
RealAudio clip: "Da Baddest Poet"
RealAudio clip: "Shoot The Messenger"

SOLE Selling Live Water (Anticon) 2lp 14.98
As much as I love almost everything on Anticon, the two MC's who can seem to do no wrong are Dose One and Sole. And on this, Sole's sophmore full length, he proves himself to be the one true Anticon visionary. Like all the Anticon records that came before, the production is out of left field, totally off kilter with unlikely loops and bizarre samples. But the production manages to stay totally head nodding and super funky. Unlike the hyper-production-centric Def Jux camp, here it's ALL about the flow. And the flow is mind boggling, a stacatto and relentless avalanche of tongue twisting, verbally dense extrapolations on white boy blues, hip hop haters, as well as ruminations on all sorts of more esoteric topics. All delivered in a manic whine-y white boy drawl. This is most definitely the future of hip hop, lyrically challenging, musically complex, totally original and weird as fuck. A contender for 2003 record of the year and it's still only January!!

SOLE Skin Deep (Dreamworks) cd 16.98
Our newest discovery, thanks to KMEL keeping us company as we tool around town, imagining that our crappy little tape deck is actually a 'boomin' system'. Sole manages to out-nasty even Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown. Wicked stuttering Timbaland style beats and streams of nasty sex style vitriol.

album cover SOLEFALD In Harmonia Universal (Century Media) cd 14.98
Been meaning to review this for a while now. But we realized we would be hard pressed to come up with a review better than this one from AQ pal Roberto's Maelstrom Descent online magazine (www/maelstrom.nu) written by mysterious Maelstrom staffer The Condor:
Not sure what it is that turned Solefald from their grim blackness into a goofy electronic/metal hybrid, then into a super technical genre hopping 'modern' black metal band and finally into a melancholic dark metal prog band. But whatever it is, I love it. Very few bands have been so interesting to watch and remained so totally unpredictable. While this unpredictability has not always served them well (the musical mis-step that was the sort of appalling Neonism) it has managed to keep them sonically original and served to alienate their core fan base with every new release. And c'mon, you gotta love a band with that sort of single mindedness. This time around their overt weirdness is blunted a bit and it serves them well. The songs are still weird, but subtlely, in structure and melody, rather than the brick-in-the-face, over the top weirdness of their past efforts. The sound here is melancholy and mournful, with lots of acoustic guitars and piano, chantlike clean vocals and really catchy hooks. The first band I thought of when I threw this on was definitely Katatonia. Midtempo minor key epics with gorgeously sorrowful melodies and amazing production. The occasional circusy/ prog rock keyboards or Gerry Rafferty (remember "Baker Street"?) saxophones won't let you forget that you're still listening to Solefald, and the once-in-a-while bursts of furious blast beats and growled guttural vocals help remind us that the band we're listening to was actually once a real black metal band. Not their best record by a long shot (that would be the amazing and fucked up Pills Against the Ancient Ills) nor the heaviest (that would be their debut, The Linear Scaffold) just a gorgeous chunk of sad heaviness, and the next perfectly illogical step in Solefald's musical evolution.
MPEG Stream: "Epictetus Irreversibility"
MPEG Stream: "Mont Blanc Providence Crow"

album cover SOLEFALD Pills Against The Ageless Ills (Century Media) cd 14.98
The first Solefald record 'The Linear Scaffold', knocked our fucking socks off. Furiously heavy and relentlessly crushing (with amazing cover art courtesy of Norwegian artist Odd Nerdrum). So we were so excited for the arrival of their second album 'Neonism' only to be surprised, and completely disappointed. 'Neonism' was all silly techno metal or industrial pop metal, with stupid lyrics about Calvin Klein and crap like that (that album marked the birth of their 'Designer rock and roll' concept). So we were a bit worried about the new record, only to be surprised and completely AMAZED. This record is so fantastic, falling somewhere between Solefald's two extremes, managing to be weird but not stupid, heavy and totally metal, but not in the least bit generic. Crushing blasts of black metal are sparsely dotted throughout a landscape of soaring melodic vocals, catchy pop songs cleverly disguised as metal, garage-y bits complete with jangle guitar and tambourine, and weird new wave parts with eighties synth and faux British accents. The record starts off with weeping violin that is buried beneath a furious avalanche of black metal noise with some of the best singing we've heard in black metal, and we mean -SINGING-, as in: great voice, belting it out, not like that fake Viking chanting bullshit that is the 'clean singing' on most black metal records. And the record continues to get weirder and catchier and is coming dangerously close to being my favorite metal record of the year. Weird vibrato guitar melodies, and super melodic syncopated math-rock rhythms butt up against gently strummed guitars and super catchy vocal lines. Staccato strings and harmony vocals weave in and out of massive riffs. The sound veers crazily from Nordic black metal to Faith No More to Katatonia while the vocals similarly flit from Faith No More-era Mike Patton to the melancholy sorrowful wail of Katatonia, to that sort of half sung / half spoken Einsturzende Neubauten vocal to sexy Marilyn Manson-ish growls to a spot-on Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs) complete with the British accent. Made Allan and Andee think that if those punks in The Breakfast Club listened to black metal we'd be hearing Solefald on the radio two decades later instead of the Simple Minds. This record is so good it seems hard to believe these guys are even slightly joking, but you be the judge. This is from their website:
"We all know how difficult it is to cultivate good taste in music. If you do have good taste in music, of course you know about SOLEFALD! We are the only band in Metal music with good taste.
But what about the music? Do we laugh at our music? Of course not. We are Metal's sensitive guys. You know us. We can safely affirm that NOTHING is more serious than our music. Yes, correct! We can even affirm that nothing is more IMPORTANT than our music!
Our music is perfect. What does it mean that it is perfect? It means that you will die when you listen to it. Death will sweep you under Solefald's wings like seven winds sweep seven oak leaves swiftly away into the winter sky!
But we can assure you: You will not die if you listen to our advice. Solefald believe it helps talking about the things that hurt. How can we help you? It is nothing Solefald want more than to be able to help you. Sit down and relax. Have something to drink, and try to forget about death. If you still feel bad, let us talk about it.
We are good boys. Our music, though, is so perfect it is lethal. It is not our fault that we are just TOO good.
Solefald dream about a happy life for everybody. That is why we make an effort to warn you. We warn you because we care about you. Because we want to live with you and everybody else in the best of all possible worlds! Be reasonable, burn our album before it burns you.
We called it Red Music with Black Edges.
We called it Radical Designer Rock'n'Roll.
IT DID NOT HELP. THEY DIED ANYWAY."
If only all records were this unpredictable and exciting and kick ass. Andee's metal record of the year for sure!!
RealAudio clip: "Hyperman"
RealAudio clip: "Pornographer Chin"
RealAudio clip: "Charge Of Total Affect"

album cover SOLEFALD Red For Fire (Season Of Mist) cd 15.98

SOLENOID Services Rendered (Emanate) cd 11.98
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New on Emanate (if.then.else, o.s.t., sybarite, lilienthal), Portland's David Chandler's latest release is a schizophrenic collage of Aphex-Twin skitter, Eno ambient, Adult electro and Reichy-Glasssisms. Nice.
RealAudio clip: "Batesian Mimicry 2"
RealAudio clip: "Nuprecon"

SOLENOID Services Rendered (Emanate) lp 11.98
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New on Emanate (if.then.else, o.s.t., sybarite, lilienthal), Portland's David Chandler's latest release is a schizophrenic collage of Aphex-Twin skitter, Eno ambient, Adult electro and Reichy-Glasssisms. Nice.

album cover SOLEX Laughing Stock Of Indie Rock (Arena Rock Recording Co. ) cd 12.98
Instantly engaging, Ms Elisabeth Esselink returns with another lively frolic-filled Solex full length. It's another funky cut'n'paste style collection of songs pieced together from fragmented samples of saucy horns, piano tinkles, and sound effects over which she applies her own effected girlish vocals, electric guitars, assorted percussion and the wonderfully bizarre deeep voice of guest vocalist Stuart Brown. After all the dizzying, off kilter numbers, she brings the listener gently back down to the ground with the comparatively somber final track "You've Got Me". If you haven't already discovered the smart, fun, action-packed rollercoaster ride that is Solex, you should definitely check this gal out. Although she does have some earlier releases that are fine introductions, this new one is a pretty great place to start too. Dunno about that title though! If, we assume, she's being self-deprecating, it's totally off base 'cause she's creatively and skillfully head and shoulders above most slouchy 'indie rock' folks.
MPEG Stream: "Yadda Yadda Yadda No. 1"
MPEG Stream: "On An Ordinary Day"

album cover SOLEX Low Kick and Hard Bop (Matador) cd 14.98
Dutch solo gal Elisabeth Esselink creates some real trippy, dippy music incorporating and manipulating found sounds into her mix. Check out the sly "Peter Gunn"-esque bassline on "Comely Row" or the funky rhumba shake of "Not A Hoot!". Although her voice can be a bit shrill / nails-on-a-chalkboard at times, her music's definitely all about the kooky, groovy fun, and she succeeds once again. Playful, campy and ramshackle - drawing on somewhat more tiki-jazz sounds than previous efforts. For fans of Cibo Matto, StereoTotal, and Tipsy.
RealAudio clip: "Comely Row"
RealAudio clip: "Not A Hoot!"

album cover SOLEX Vs. The Empty Bottle (Arena Rock Recording Co.) dvd 7.98
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Now you can see Solex live (well, sorta!) for less than the price of admission! This new low-priced dvd features that delightful Dutch gal Elizabeth Esselink performing her funky, groovy collaged pop at Chicago's Empty Bottle club earlier this year!

SOLEX Vs. The Hitmeister (Matador) cd 13.98
This took a while to grow on us but everytime we listen to it someone goes "Wow." Elizabeth Solex is from the Netherlands where she owns a record/thrift store or something and thus has a formidable array of sources from which to sample. She also adds keyboards to the mix and has got a great ear for creating intensity and buildup, not just trip hop groove, and her lilting voice holds it all together. A pleasant surprise. For fans of PJ Harvey, Beth Orton. Also -- Solex is the first Matador artist in over five years to be signed from an unsolicited demo tape.

SOLEX Vs. The Hitmeister (Matador) lp 8.98
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This took a while to grow on us but everytime we listen to it someone goes "Wow." Elizabeth Solex is from the Netherlands where she owns a record/thrift store or something and thus has a formidable array of sources from which to sample. She also adds keyboards to the mix and has got a great ear for creating intensity and buildup, not just trip hop groove, and her lilting voice holds it all together. A pleasant surprise. For fans of PJ Harvey, Beth Orton. Also -- Solex is the first Matador artist in over five years to be signed from an unsolicited demo tape.

album cover SOLEX + M.A.E. In The Fishtank 13 (Konkurrant) cd 11.98
We got a new dose of the In The Fishtank Series this week! This one is Volume 13 featuring a collaboration between Solex and M.A.E. (the ten-piece Maarten Altena Ensemble) If you didn't know it was a collaborative effort, you'd probably think this was simply a Solex release. It's a heaping serving of her trademark quirks and quizzles. While we personally think she has yet to match her early Solex Vs. The Hitmeister album, her loyal following will surely be tickled just fine by it.
FYI: For those unfamiliar with this series... the Konkurrent label generously supplies two days of recording time to their fave touring artists who happen to be passing through the Netherlands, allowing them to do whatever they want with it. Some stick with their ol' tried and true, while others take full advantage of the 'free' recording time to experiment and explore.
MPEG Stream: "5 Superstar"
MPEG Stream: "Birthday Superboy"

album cover SOLID DUDES KITCHEN Season One (Gentlemen) dvd 11.98
We definitely love food, and eating, from shitty take out, to fancy pants high end dining. But we've never really found a cooking show we dug enough to watch regularly. One that spoke to us, regular dudes (and ladies) who like music, like to cook, but don't always want to spend hours making food, but do once in a while want to try something crazy.
And while we're not sure Solid Dudes Kitchen speaks EXACTLY to us, it comes pretty damn close. It's funny, there's music, animation, and some killer food. Not to mention two likable dudes manning the kitchen.
One guy cooks, the other watches and provides smart ass commentary. Which is probably a lot like lots of our kitchens. Plenty of swearing, jokes about balls, butts, farts, and other dude stuff. Both guys are tattooed and cool, used to play in rock bands, the key being, they're pretty funny, and seem like dudes you'd totally be into hanging out with and making dinner and drinking. And they do seem like out kind of dudes. For Superbowl Sunday, they make the least DUDE food possible, a beet salad, but moments later, they make pot brownies, the instructions delivered in a buzzing snarling metal / grindcore song. The next episode features the guitarist from the Dillinger Escape Plan, their pal, back from tour, and they're cooking him some comfort food, while said pal, straps on a guitar and rocks out in a computer generated hellish landscape, where he comments on each stage of the cooking, but wordlessly, just shredding wildly, subtitled of course, so you know what he's 'saying'. And that's another thing that makes Solid Dudes Kitchen so rad, some seriously high production values, the editing is amazing, the credits are different each time, super fancy, tons of animation, and variations of that stuff pop up throughout each episode.
And if you weren't sold already, wait til you get to the episode where they make a bacon burger, but not just ANY bacon burger, a bacon burger in which EVERY element is some variation of pork, called the pork motherfucker. There's bacon, but there's also self brined ribs, there's bacon fat mayo (!), there's also pickled onions, braised pork belly, pancetta and ground pork and breadcrumb patties on toasted buns, with cheese. Mmmmmmmm.
The episodes are short, so they're fun to watch, even if you don't want cook anything, although why wouldn't you? And after watching all these, we can't figure out why the heck these guys aren't Food Network superstars. Maybe it's all the metal and swearing and ass jokes...

album cover SOLID DUDES KITCHEN Season Two (Gentlemen) dvd 11.98
Finally! Season two of Solid Dudes Kitchen, which for those of you who missed out on season one, is exactly what the title promises, a couple dudes, solid dudes obviously, in a kitchen. It's a cooking show. Sort of. But it's a cooking show that's more like hanging out with your tattooed metal obsessed pals, one of whom just happens to be a pretty serious chef, the other more of a wiseass and designated taster. They're both pretty funny, tell stupid jokes, make obscure rock references, drink heavily, and then cook and eat some seriously awesome looking food. But that's only part of it, they're also master graphic designers, and the production values are through the roof, even more than the first season, with each show featuring a wholly original credit sequence, opening AND closing, that is some of the most eye popping and visually pleasing graphics we've seen ever, whether it's the wooden fish in the opening to the sushi episode, or the backwards pouring cocktails that spell out the titles in one of the hangover episodes (can't remember if it's 'Hang' or 'Over').
This time around the dudes attend a wild backyard Jalapeno festival, they apprentice with a sushi chef (who's hilarious), they drink a LOT and learn all sorts of crazy cocktails, they cook up the perfect hangover food, they prepare the meal that they would pick if they had to pick one meal for the rest of their lives and more more more!
Oh and did we mention the guitarist from the Dillinger Escape Plan returns as a sort of black metal greek chorus, with a wig, a legion of skeleton warriors, and a guitar that shoots rainbows. It's all pretty silly, but it's kind of a blast. It might be hard to make any of the recipes since they don't really do much instructing, but it's more about the vibe, if it looks good, you can fucking figure out how to make it yourself (so they might instruct!). Unruly and rude, and funny as fuck. The DVD includes a bunch of extra goodies, commentaries, trailers and other stuff. And we were actually inspired to make our own version of the O.M.F.T.R.O.Y.L (one meal for the rest of your life), which was some sort of heart stopping Monte Cristo.
MMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Urgh...

album cover SOLID GROUND Made In Rock (Mellotronen) cd 17.98
Kick ass '70s proto-metal awesomeness alert! This Swedish band, who only managed one self-released LP back in 1976, combined hard rock panache with rough-edged rawness. This cd reissue is one we've been waiting for! Seriously, every time we do an order with the Mellotronen label over in Sweden (they're the folks responsible for that Charlie & Esdor reissue we love so much, among other things), we've been asking 'em, when are you gonna repress the Solid Ground? A cd reissue of Solid Ground's extremely rare Made In Rock album was actually the first thing their label ever did, but it had been out of print for years. Well, finally they got some bonus tracks rounded up and now present us with a new, deluxe version, in a digipack with liner notes from the band and all!
It's a powerful mix of all things cool about rock in the '70s, from the swinging stoner boogie of Sabbath and Budgie and UFO to the glammy uber-catchiness of KISS and The Sweet to the melodic guitar heroics of Thin Lizzy... all done with almost punkish, sassy attitude and energy.
And they've got some excellent, evocative of the era lyrics too, like these: "In the evening they go to discoteques / and drink champagne and listen to T-Rex / boys and girls look at each other / nothing happens no action no reactions" from the song "This Bloody Town". Meanwhile the production is in-your-face, plenty of distortion and reverb. HEAVY. Only 200 copies of the vinyl album were ever made, and the band eventually broke up in the wake of disco fever, a shame.
The 8 added bonus tracks include the two songs from Solid Ground's sole single, two more from the 1974 single by pre-Solid Ground band 4-EVER, plus four -new- tracks recorded in 2006 that aren't half-bad... harking back to their old sound with one foot in more modern grunginess (due to having new, younger singer perhaps). It's neat that they're playing again anyway -- we sure wish we could have made it over to Mellotronen's big 20th anniversary bash last January which featured not just these guys but also the reunited likes of Mecki Mark Men, November, Life, Flasket Brinner and others!! Wow.
NB. this Solid Ground are not to be confused with krautrockers My Solid Ground, another band from the '70s we love.
MPEG Stream: "Saturday Rae (Handrock)"
MPEG Stream: "Tombstone Kiss"

album cover SOLITAIRE Predatress (Ektro) cd 14.98
Pay attention, this may be confusing. First, look at the garish/ridiculous cover of this. A photoshopped (?) picture of a big, half-naked, long haired screaming man being tortured with a circular saw by a woman (?) in a spiky black wig. Spandex, leather, bullet belts, a toilet (with a foot sticking out?) are also part of the scene. Then take into account that this was released by Jussi of Circle's Ektro label, home of the NWOFHM (New Wave Of Finnish Heavy Metal, which isn't really heavy metal, not exactly - bands like Steel Mammoth, Krypt Axeripper and sometimes Pharaoh Overlord). So, is this yet another slice of NWOFHM weirdness? You might think so.
Nope, it's an ACTUAL Finnish heavy metal band. Nobody from Circle is in this group. And it's not even their first album (Jussi told us about these guys a while ago, and Andee and Allan even tracked down copies of one their previous albums, Invasion Metropolis, for themselves on his recommendation). They're the real deal, they've been around since 1995! But they're still somehow in the same tongue in cheek, awesomely absurd vein as the NWOFMH, just more "pro" sounding, nothing but metal, and maybe not a joke. And it's on Ektro, so of course we've got it. And we'd want it anyway, 'cause Solitaire play utter '80s sounding speed metal, sounding like Swedish retro metallions Wolf gone way over the top, with less taste but more of a sense of humor. Or even thrashier (and trashier) version of Judas Priest's OTT classic Painkiller.
It's all a bit chaotic and exhausting, a dense overdose of adrenaline and pure metal madness. Their frantic songs are packed with peals of guitar shred, hyperactive headbangin' riffs, Iron Maidenesque gallop, and screamin', screechin' vocals. Our favorite song titles here: "Rat Studded Maniac", "Leather Scream", and "I'm A Schizo (And So Am I)".
It's obvious why Jussi likes 'em. Us too.
MPEG Stream: "Murder In The Broad Daylight"
MPEG Stream: "Leather Scream"
MPEG Stream: "I'm A Schizo (And So Am I)"

album cover SOLITARY TORTURE s/t (self-released) cd-r 7.98
We love when weird stuff just shows up in the mail, especially when that weird stuff turns out to be some grim, rhythmic, experimental blackened industrial avant-noise, like this, the first we've heard from Solitary Torture, whose sound is tough to describe beyond the above. Somehow super varied, but woven into a strange black sonic ritual, beginning with whipping winds, and some glitched out primitive rhythms, which is soon swallowed up by a blast of howling heaviness, before transforming into a swirling psychedelic blacknoise freakout, moaning vocals, and gristly electronics. At that point, we were sort of expecting this to be a straight up noise record, but instead, the second track unveils a melancholy, buzz drenched black metal riff, but instead of exploding into your standard blasting metal, in stretches way out, for the length of the track, spaced out and truancy and minimal and super hypnotic, the final minute or two erupting into some speaker shredding crush.
The rest of the record splits its time between, grinding black electronica, post industrial thrum, woozy abstract black ambience, blurred grim riffage, strange minimal noise collages and dense, blasting blacknoise blowouts. Killer stuff for sure. Surprised this isn't on Crucial Blast.
Needless to say, we only got a tiny handful of these, so not sure if/when we'll be able to get more. Comes housed in a DVD style case, with two xeroxed black and white inserts.
MPEG Stream: "Black Vomit"
MPEG Stream: "Sick Man Lurking"
MPEG Stream: "Vicious Hands"

album cover SOLITUDE AETERNUS Alone (Soul Food) cd 17.98

album cover SOLITUDE AETURNUS Hour Of Despair (Metal Mind Productions) dvd 24.00

album cover SOLITUDE AETURNUS Into The Depths Of Sorrow (Brainticket) cd 13.98
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EPIC DOOM METAL. Nothing else better describes this band, the semi-legendary Solitude Aeturnus from Texas. In 1991 they debuted with this instant classic release. Back then, and even now, not too many bands were doing this style of metal. Heavy, slow, and emotive, with soaring guitar lines and equally soaring vocals, wailing in melodic, melancholic metal majesty, backed by the sheer weight of riff after massive riff. Candlemass (and by way of them, Dio-era Black Sabbath) were the obvious role models, along with Trouble, Witchfinder General, and a handful of others. Solitude Aeturnus are still with us today, but their first album was perhaps their best. Anyone who digs Candlemass -- not to mention the cultish likes of Solstice, Doomsword, Memory Garden, Thunderstorm, While Heaven Wept and other practicioners of EPIC DOOM METAL -- probably needs to have this album in their collection, and now it has been at last reissued by Solitude Aeturnus guitarist John Perez's own Brainticket label. He deliberately chose not to "remaster" it, preferring to retain the album's original feel, but this disc does add three bonus tracks that will make fans drool.
MPEG Stream: "Where Angels Dare To Tread"
MPEG Stream: "Mirror Of Sorrow (demo version)"

album cover SOLLUBI At War With Decency (Choking Hazard) cd 13.98
Another slab of crushing doomy filthiness from the Choking Hazard label, who we first heard about via that kick ass Ghast / Yoga split, and who also just released the Moloch cd reviewed elsewhere on this list.
Choking Hazard definitely have their niche, barring the anomaly of the Ghast / Yoga, it seems to be sludgey stonery crusty downtuned distorted drenched doom, whether it's groovy Eyehategod churn and crush, or pounding relentless ultrasludge, they got it covered.
Hard to tell where Midwestern quartet Sollubi fall, they veer chaotically from super slow sludge, to pounding almost AmRep style noiserock, even a bit of drugged out space rock, often careening back and forth between the three in a single song.
There's only three songs, but two of them clock in at over twenty minutes, the songs lock into pounding head banging grooves, seemingly looped, so hypnotic and heavy, "The White Witch" even adds some squiggly space-y effects, making it like the HEAVIEST space rock outro ever, and the outro lasts nearly 10 minutes. The title track is nearly a half hour of slow burning lope, the first half almost pretty, like a sludgey Low, until the song slips into some filthy slithery Killdozery chug, totally channeling old school Midwest thudrock, before spacing out and getting more and more abstract, slower and doomier, until the track finally, and begrudgingly, lurches to a halt. Awesome.
MPEG Stream: "In Violation"
MPEG Stream: "The White Witch"

SOLMANIA Psycledelic (Alchemy) cd 21.00

SOLMANIA Trembling Tongues (Alchemy) cd 21.00

album cover SOLSTAFIR Kold (Spikefarm) cd 16.98
You'd never know from listening to Solstafir's Kold, that this Icelandic post-black metal horde began life as a Viking metal band, since now they traffic in something much more spaced out and psychedelic. We've never heard any of those Viking records, but this one is for sure kicking our ass.
Barely even black metal, mostly their lineage tying them to the genre, the sound of Kold is droned out propulsive riff heavy space rock, think the Heads, Hawkwind, White Hills, the band locked into long stretches of totally hypnotic and propulsive heaviness, with guitar melodies pealing above the main riff. But they are heavy, and definitely metallic, crushing at points, but it's the vocals that will make or break it for most folks, totally emotional, anguished and passionate, a mournful wail, that fits perfectly when the band slow down to a waltzy doomy dirge, and offer a strange foil to the band's sound when they're pounding away full bore. Reference points would definitely have to include Katatonia, Lifelover, that sort of melodic post-metal heaviness, but these guys are definitely more psychedelic, letting many of the songs unwind into sprawling jams, many of them full on psychedelic metallic blues rock freakouts, others brooding drone drenched drifts, the vocals push the sound somewhere way more mainstream, they wouldn't be out of place on modern rock radio, so even at its weirdest or most distorted, when the vocals swoop in, the song immediately becomes more accessible, which is not at all a bad thing, in fact it's a nice balance to the way-more-gnarled and blackened parts that pepper the whole record. Might be too poppy for some metalheads, but if you're looking for something heavy AND melodic, epic and psychedelic, this might do the trick!
MPEG Stream: "78 Days In The Desert"
MPEG Stream: "Kold"
MPEG Stream: "Pale Rider"

album cover SOLSTICE Lamentations (Candlelight) cd 14.98
First album (from '94) by Albion's masters of epic Celtic/cosmic doom metal. It's nothing compared to their more recent masterpiece "New Dark Age" but if you're a fan already, check out their plenty heavy beginnings. Reissued with the artwork altered to look more like that of "New Dark Age" -- a pretty cheesy move on the part of their old record label!

SOLSTICE New Dark Age (Misanthropy) cd 15.98
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From England, the second album by these champions of true, epic DOOM metal. Very metal indeed, with guitar harmonies, sad Celtic-folk motifs, clean vocals, and lyrical themes of weird fantasy. Massively heavy, sombre, and melodically grand. This totally grew on me, becoming one of my favorite metal records of the past year (sez Allan). In fact, Allan would go so far as to say that this is one of the best metal albums EVER.

album cover SOLSTICE New Dark Age (Cyclone Empire) cd 17.98
Originally released back in 1998 on the fabled Misanthropy label, this terminal masterpiece from England's truest champions of epic DOOM, Solstice (R.I.P.?), has now at long last been reissued, with two bonus tracks to boot. Old fans can take pleasure in purchasing this again (because it's an album so good, you'll WANT to buy it twice, so maybe you can fool yourself into that feeling of hearing it for the first time) and those that missed it the first go-round now have a chance to prove themselves as discerning metalheads.
When we first reviewed this, we said it was a grower. A record we came to consider one of the best of that year, of any year. In the near-decade since, this has only gained greater stature. In the realm of true metal, of epic metal, of doom metal, of pagan metal, of just plain pure heavy metal -- we proclaim New Dark Age to be an all-time classic. And believe us, few other albums from the late nineties qualify in that regard.
Such riffs. Such sheer heaviness -- heaviness that actually seems to be signifying something. Such FEELING. This is possibly the apex of epic doom. The guitar leads and harmonies are to die for, the sad Celtic-folk motifs and Lovecraftian lyrics of weird fantasy argue for an ancient intellect at work. The clean, somewhat delicate vocals of Morris Ingram and his abstruse vocabulary ("vermivorous", "tervous", "perpetuum", "axiom abhorrent, protean triumvirate"?) are at first a bit odd, but ultimately utterly fitting with the sombre and arcane, monolithic and melodically grand mood of this album. Certainly his performance on the acoustic "Blackthorne" would make any fan of '70s Brit-folk weep, while the other, fully amped tracks will make headbangers ready to both shed tears and storm the proverbial castle.
FYI, the bonus cuts consist of two NWOBMH covers ("The Prophecy" by Iron Maiden and "Stormchild" by Trespass). Cylcone Empire has also reissued Solstice's two prior discs, Lamentations and Halcyon, just like this one remastered, with bonuses, new liner notes and layout. We've got those as well and will get 'em listed when we can -- they're good too but THIS is definitely Solstice's finest.
Have we really heard the last of Solstice? Rumor has it that guitarist Rich Walker is assembling a new line-up, possibly featuring the singer from Primordial, to do a new album. If it actually happens we'll be eager to hear it, though it's hard to imagine they could ever top this!
MPEG Stream: "Hammer Of Damnation"
MPEG Stream: "Cimmerian Codex"
MPEG Stream: "Cromlech"

album cover SOLSTICE New Dark Age (Buried By Time And Dust) 2lp 36.00
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LAST COPY!!!
Wow! Now on vinyl, one of Allan's favorite metal albums EVER. Released in style by the same label responsible for the recent Witchfinder General box set, and Pagan Altar lps. This is equally worthy of their deluxe vinyl reissue treatment, and we mean DELUXE... super heavy duty gatefold sleeve, gorgeous cover with metallic blue lettering, and thick solid vinyl. Nice! And LIMITED, of course.
Here's what we said about the cd reissue a while back, and yes the vinyl does include the same two bonus tracks...
Originally released back in 1998 on the fabled Misanthropy label, this terminal masterpiece from England's truest champions of epic DOOM, Solstice (R.I.P.?), has now at long last been reissued, with two bonus tracks to boot. Old fans can take pleasure in purchasing this again (because it's an album so good, you'll WANT to buy it twice, so maybe you can fool yourself into that feeling of hearing it for the first time) and those that missed it the first go-round now have a chance to prove themselves as discerning metalheads.
When we first reviewed this, we said it was a grower. A record we came to consider one of the best of that year, of any year. In the near-decade since, this has only gained greater stature. In the realm of true metal, of epic metal, of doom metal, of pagan metal, of just plain pure heavy metal - we proclaim New Dark Age to be an all-time classic. And believe us, few other albums from the late nineties qualify in that regard.
Such riffs. Such sheer heaviness - heaviness that actually seems to be signifying something. Such FEELING. This is possibly the apex of epic doom. The guitar leads and harmonies are to die for, the sad Celtic-folk motifs and Lovecraftian lyrics of weird fantasy argue for an ancient intellect at work. The clean, somewhat delicate vocals of Morris Ingram and his abstruse vocabulary ("vermivorous", "tervous", "perpetuum", "axiom abhorrent, protean triumvirate"?) are at first a bit odd, but ultimately utterly fitting with the sombre and arcane, monolithic and melodically grand mood of this album. Certainly his performance on the acoustic "Blackthorne" would make any fan of '70s Brit-folk weep, while the other, fully amped tracks will make headbangers ready to both shed tears and storm the proverbial castle.
FYI, the bonus cuts consist of two NWOBMH covers ("The Prophecy" by Iron Maiden and "Stormchild" by Trespass).
We're still waiting to hear more from Solstice, rumors have abounded for years that guitarist Rich Walker (who also has played in Pagan Altar, by the way) has a new lineup for Solstice and is working on a new album, we'll believe it when we see it, and we want to... though we doubt they could ever top this!
MPEG Stream: "Hammer Of Damnation"
MPEG Stream: "Cimmerian Codex"
MPEG Stream: "Cromlech"

album cover SOLTER, SCOTT One River (Tell-All Records) cd 9.98
Some new gentle sounds from the bright SF indie label Tell-All Records! This is the latest album from Mr. Scott Solter, a gent who is perhaps most known for being the man at the helm of the recording board for numerous aural luminaries such as Mountain Goats, Spoon, Court & Spark, Tarentel, Crooked Jades, Okkervil River and 31 Knots. On occasion though he steps to the other side of the console to craft his own music. One River is a soothing, vaporous listen. Ambient drones drift in and out, evoking the tranquility of a calm lake rather than the flowing movement of a river. Very very nice!
MPEG Stream: "Desert Trains"
MPEG Stream: "The Palace Wedding"

album cover SOLTERO Hell Train (Three Ring ) cd 12.98
Oh such pretty gentleness or is it gentle prettiness? Whichever, if there was a contest for 'ideal lullaby singer' a frontrunner and perhaps winner would be Mr. Tim Howard, lead vocalist and central member for this Boston (but maybe now Philadelphia?) based project. The first song on Soltero's latest album Hell Train definitely makes for solid proof of this. On the follow-up to 2004's The Tongues You Have Tied, Howard is joined by a full band with sumptuous results. Many of the songs bring to mind the warm, enveloping likes of Yo La Tengo and Grandaddy, as well as the intimate melancholia of Elliott Smith and Sparklehorse. Achingly heartfelt and lovely.
MPEG Stream: "If I Had A Chance"
MPEG Stream: "Bleeding Hearts"

album cover SOLTERO The Tongues You Have Tied (Three Ring) cd 8.98
Soltero's mainman Tim Howard has a voice that bears a striking resemblance to that of Dean Wareham. However, instead of a backdrop of Galaxie 500/Luna-esque glistening indie pop/rock-ness, his vocals are placed predominantly within a really pretty, countrified-pop-occasionally encountering-lounge-jazz kind of setting. A very nice sunset-y kind of album for watching the gradual stretch and creep of shadows. Soltero's songs slips effortlessly from day into night. Nice!
MPEG Stream: "The Light Bulb Above You"
MPEG Stream: "Cloth River Song"

album cover SOLVENT Solvent City (Morr Music) cd 15.98
My oh my, here's some more Morr prettiness! The German label is positively overflowing with electronic pop treats these days. Yes, Solvent is totally for you if you've dug the recent gentle burst of soothing shimmery music from that label's stable of dreamy-tronica artists such as Styrofoam, Isan, The Go Find, et al. That said, unlike his Morr Music brethren who are predominantly Europe-based, Solvent aka Jason Amm is from Toronto, Canada. Solvent City is populated by plentiful well-crafted, light meringue-y IDM beats (and no, I don't mean "merengue"!) and frosty lacy melodies.
MPEG Stream: "Some Assembly Required"
MPEG Stream: "Not For Sale"

album cover SOLVENTS Manresa Castle (self-released) cd 9.98
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Not sure where this one even came from, but we just noticed a little stack of these hidden away in the back room, and judging from the packaging, an oversized brown paper booklet adorned with a black ink screen print of an octopus with its tentacles wrapped around an arm, and the band name, SOLVENTS, we were actually expecting this to be some sort of noise record, or some avant drone thing, but instead, we were treated to a gorgeous bit of lilting indie folk, piano and violin laced brooding strum and croon, a subtle Pink Floyd vibe happening, but filtered through more modern signifiers like Iron & Wine, Beirut, Bon Iver, Band Of Horses, Mount Eerie, the Low Anthem, a seriously impressive collection of stripped down twang flecked pop, the piano and violin elevating above most of the current crop of similarly sonic popsmiths, and Solvents main man Jarrod Bramson has an incredible voice, and knows his way around a pop song, and Manresa Castle definitely had us wondering what these guys were doing hiding way unreviewed on our shelves instead of being adored by legions of fans, and being worshipped by Pitchfork. Needless to say, for fans of this sort of thing, doesn't get much better. But be warned, we only have 4 or 5 of these, it's from 2007 and odds are it's long out of print...
MPEG Stream: "All Your Demons... Pulling"
MPEG Stream: "Death And I Talked Immortality"

album cover SOLYST s/t (Bureau B) cd 17.98
While there is no shortage of vintage kraut worship going on these days, Germany's Kreidler are one of the groups who have been doing their country's rich '70s underground music scene proud, since they formed in the late '90s. In fact their last outing, Tank, might even be our favorite record from them yet. So when we found out that Kreidler's drummer Thomas Klein had a new solo project, we were super curious and excited.
And we're happy to report that Klein has delivered the goods, as this record is filled with a hypnotic and suspenseful tone which takes us to a dark underworld filled with tribal beats, dubbed out repetition, and kraut like precision and intensity. There is no doubt that Klein's playing comes out of the direct lineage to the krautrock forefathers that so influenced the sound of Kreidler, and his drumming in particular. We think of Jaki Liebezeit (Can), Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru), and Klaus Dinger (Neu). But we could also see this record really appealing to everyone who has been going crazy for all the great John Carpenter/Goblin worship that's been coming out lately like Zombi, Majeure, Umberto, and Jonas Reinhardt. One of those records that gets people asking what is playing whenever we have it blasted on the stereo in the store. So good!
MPEG Stream: "The Swell"
MPEG Stream: "Melville"
MPEG Stream: "Cape Fear"

album cover SOLYST s/t (Bureau B) lp 23.00
While there is no shortage of vintage kraut worship going on these days, Germany's Kreidler are one of the groups who have been doing their country's rich '70s underground music scene proud, since they formed in the late '90s. In fact their last outing, Tank, might even be our favorite record from them yet. So when we found out that Kreidler's drummer Thomas Klein had a new solo project, we were super curious and excited.
And we're happy to report that Klein has delivered the goods, as this record is filled with a hypnotic and suspenseful tone which takes us to a dark underworld filled with tribal beats, dubbed out repetition, and kraut like precision and intensity. There is no doubt that Klein's playing comes out of the direct lineage to the krautrock forefathers that so influenced the sound of Kreidler, and his drumming in particular. We think of Jaki Liebezeit (Can), Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru), and Klaus Dinger (Neu). But we could also see this record really appealing to everyone who has been going crazy for all the great John Carpenter/Goblin worship that's been coming out lately like Zombi, Majeure, Umberto, and Jonas Reinhardt. One of those records that gets people asking what is playing whenever we have it blasted on the stereo in the store. So good!
MPEG Stream: "The Swell"
MPEG Stream: "Melville"
MPEG Stream: "Cape Fear"

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