Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Well Mr Hank Williams the third... I must say thank you for this release!!
His seventh solo record, and first release on his own label "Hank 3", this is 2 of 4 albums he released simultaneously in September of 2011... and what a pair of records they are!! Filled with neotraditional, zydeco and outlaw country tones, and accompanied with guest appearances from the like of Tom Waits, Les Claypool, and Dave Sherman, Hank takes you back to the swamp and makes you long for an El Camino and a bottle of moonshine! If this is to be the new direction of Hank, than we are all in store for one HELL of a righteous ride my friends! So clear your schedule for the next couple hours, let your freak flag fly, and get into Hank 3's magnum opus! Did I mention this little miracle was recorded in his home studio on "Haunted Ranch"... I mean how cool must this guy be! Between his DIY attitude and his 3 hour powerhouse live shows, this country antihero is THE REAL DEAL!
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Welcome back all! Sorry about my lack of posts as of late, but I assure you with summer coming to an end I will have more time to focus on the Empire and bring you righteous tunes! So let's get down to it.... Sunn O)))'s 2009 monster album, "Monoliths & Dimensions". Now I will say this is a departure from what I normally post on here, but that's no reason to deprive you of a noise/doom/experimental masterpiece such as this! Steven O' Malley and Greg Anderson have been putting out there avant-garde tunage since 1998, and have had a variety of eccentric collaborators from Merzbow to the Japanese rockers Boris, and this album is no different! Featuring Atilla Csihar, the Hungarian black metal vocalist from the group "Mayhem" and an array of other musicians bringing different aspects to the table such as trombone, viola, and conch shell, the serve up a supremely diverse, dark, evil, mystical offering that's sure to have your eardrums ringing and your brain vibrating in and out of this dimensions for the 53 minutes this epic album lasts(and possibly longer!!). With only four songs I won't highlight any of them, just a recommendation that you clear your schedule for the evening as this will leave you on a new ethereal plane....... For those of you bong-tokers out there, blaze your grass and sink your teeth deep into this slab of heavy, intense and punishing drone fueled, cataclysm of doom! Dig It!