A massive live set from Cannonball Adderley – and a record that really shows the growth he'd undergone in just a few short years! The album's done in close collaboration with David Axelrod – who'd handled Cannon's big live dates for Capitol in the 60s – but this record is much more freewheeling, open-ended, fuzz, funky, and electric overall! Tracks are all nice and long, and really trip out in the best way – with keyboards from George Duke in the core group, plus some heavy basslines from Walter Booker, drums from Roy McCurdy, and guitar from Mike Deasy on a number of key tracks.
Fifth full-length from this German Viking/pagan/folk metal band, featuring the four-song 'Naglfar Saga' plus a cool tribute to Candlemass with "Into the Unfathomed Tower," and more Black Messiah original compositions throughout this 55-minute work. Heroic choruses, variable speeds, folk instrumentation and bitterly cold atmosphere…everything you want from this style is right here!
The Bay Area band Oxbow have been putting out noisy, experimental rock music and putting on intense and confrontational live shows since 1989; frontman Eugene Robinson probably still holds the informal “toughest man in underground rock” championship. But it’s been a solid decade now since the band put out their last album, 2007’s The Narcotic Story. So it’s very cool to learn that Oxbow will return this spring with a new LP called Thin Black Duke. Just like Oxbow’s other records, this one promises to be equally influenced by classical music and mash-your-face hardcore.