Get Prep’d: The Quaternary Period

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In this, the fourth edition of Get Prep’d, we return to induct you into the hall of wisdom, just in time for new releases from Mammoth StormSofy Major and Intronaut.


Mammoth Storm

Swedish doom merchants Mammoth Storm have been stomping around since 2012 but are yet to release a full length album; 2015 will see that change with the release of Fornjot on November 6th. Resident TovH beast Smohlg alerted me to this Scandinavian trio last year following the release of their two-track but two-tonne EP Rite Of Ascension, and I’ve been riding on the back of that 25 minute behemoth ever since. You can go pick it up for the utterly ridiculous fee of name your price, right here. So go and do that now. Go on.

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Alright, now that you’ve just picked that up, apart from feeling swole as fuck, you can check out one of the new tracks they’ve just uploaded prior to the album release. I chose this one as it hooked me with its tuskiness first. The blend of the dense doomy riffs and the gruffly sung vocals really gel together well. I spent a minute trying to think of whose voice I could hear echoing in Daniel Arvidsson’s pipes and for some reason Troy Sanders’ earlier work with Mastodon kept coming up, I’m sure there are better comparisons but I think my mind rightly united them into the overall Mammut cohort. Have a listen below and let me get out of here before Joe truncates my time here for all these terrible elephant references. – Lacertilian.

Pre-order now through Napalm Records and keep up to date with the band here.


Sofy Major

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The story behind Sofy Major’s second album, Idolize is one that will certainly make you appreciate what this noise rock trio from France had to go through in order to create it. In the fall of 2012, the band decided to tour North America. In addition to that, they squared away some time to record a new album with Andrew Schneider at Translator Audio studio in Brooklyn, NY. Shortly after arriving in New York to begin recording, they were greeted by Hurricane Sandy which destroyed the studio they were supposed to record in and all their gear in one fell swoop. With no gear and no place to record, Schneider and the band vowed to make the record by finding another studio and borrowing gear from those who were kind enough to provide it. The entire story is told in a very well done documentary called Sofy Major – Buckets, Curtains & More Noise. Without knowing any of that, you’d think that Idolize was recorded under normal circumstances. The end result is an album that sounds like Unsane meets Queen of The Stone Age.

Fast forward to 2015 and Sofy Major are about to release their third album entitled Waste. If the single “We See Fire” is any indication, the band have improved upon the elements that make Idolize such a good noise rock record.  All the hallmarks are there; immaculate sounding cardboard box drums, clanking bass lines, thick and fuzzy guitars and a vocal delivery that shouts and screams at the same time. The video for “We See Fire” is a compilation of the world’s politicians and scum of the earth throwing punches at each other over who knows what and is bound to be the best thing you’ll see all day, possibly all week. The song is simple yet catchy with a strong Unsane and Helmet influence that will easily get stuck inside your head after just one listen. Waste – Out October 30th on Solar Flare Records  – Ron Deuce


Intronaut

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It’s likely that many of you have slept on Intronaut due to some of the genre appellations commonly affixed to them. Yes, the Los Angeles quartet dabbles in post/experimental metal, but the group’s lively output is far greater than those specific subgenres may imply. Over the course of their 11 years as a band, the group has constantly evolved, always working from a semi-solid sludge bass but continually exploring new corners of extreme music with each subsequent release. Debut album Void is by far the group’s most extreme album, sounding like a step-child of the raw, temperamental sludge spawned from the backwater swamps of the Savannah scene. However, after original guitarist/vocalist Leon del Muerte left the group to focus on Murder Construct, replacement axeman/vocalist Dave Timnick brought with him more progressive flourishes that better complemented chief songwriter Sacha Dunable’s own style. This allowed sophomore album Prehistoricisms to explore some very strange and psychedelic areas. Techniques like pick-scrapes, tapping, extended progressive passages, and psychedelic chords would see further refinement on Valley of Smoke, but the guitars themselves are only a part of the story. Joe Lester’s bass is quite often the focal point of each song as he taps and slaps along to give each tune a grounded, earthy tone; this rhythmic approach is augmented by the exceptionally tasteful Danny Walker, a man who knows precisely how to play to suit every song, blasting along in double-bass, laying a thick groove, or jamming a polyrhythm only when appropriate.

Interestingly, Habitual Levitations found the band drifting further from a heavier sound into more progressive rock territory. This new direction was most audible in Sacha Dunable’s usage of almost solely clean vocals on the album. However, the two tracks from The Last Direction of Things seem to indicate a return to form of the more extreme approach, with the vocals and instruments all bringing the heavy. I’m curious to see if the whole thing will be true to Dunable’s words that this album will be quite a bit more brutal than Habitual Levitations. I suppose we’ll find out on November 13 when Century Media releases The Last Direction of Things. W.

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  • Sofy Major got some face on his beer.

    • Maik Beninton™

      Have a Tyree, beer.

    • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

      Go home, drunk, you’re Tyree.

    • more beer

      I got this today. It seemed mandatory for me to own one.

      • If there’s anyone that should own it, you’re the guy.

      • Boss the Ross

        That my friend is bad ass! Where did you find it?

        • more beer

          One of the cooler people on that other blog sent me a link to it. here it is http://atomageindustries.bigcartel.com/

          • Boss the Ross

            That site has all kinds of awesome things.

          • more beer

            It does. That is why I bought that and got out. Too much cool stuff to blow my cash on.

          • Boss the Ross

            Yeah, I had to stop myself from looking at the site for too long.

          • more beer

            That is the best course of action on sites like that.

          • You are a bastard man for sharing this. I wanna buy so much of this shit.

          • more beer

            The man asked me a question I only answered it. I always thought sharing was caring. It`s not like I also don`t want to buy a ton of stuff from there.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
  • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

    Is it me or does Mammoth Storm’s logo look a lot like the Starbucks logo?

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    About to hit the sack, will check out Mammoth Storm at least – because of the Draconian connection if nought more.

    Need to dig into Intronaut too. Haven’t really listened to them too much. Fast Worms wasn’t that great but the second song off of this new sounded better.

  • GORAK INTENSIFIES!!111!!!!11!

    I’m jamming Sofy Major because they’re communists. Good roundup.

    • Maik Beninton™

      Getting stuff for free?
      Communists!

      • Óðinn

        Communism: money for nothing and chicks for free.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      This is America, not Communist Land!

      • Jajajajaja! You have so much to learn…

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          No I dont! I’m a proud American like Jackson from Danger 5! Everyone should watch that show.

          • I watched this once but my friends weren’t feeling it. I’ll have to try again.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Mmm…free stuff (drool)

      • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

        You know what isn’t free? FREEDOM!!!!!

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVkTmnJkAN8

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          I thought it cost about three fitty.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Amen.

      • Óðinn

        That’s true. Nobody gets anything for free in America, except for corporations and billionaires of course.

  • Intronaut vocals are like… Bad. The first song is bad. It is not good. The song is poor or, lousy. One could call it good but I’d call it not satisfactory. The way they created this song and thought it out was not very rad. Perhaps they could have thought it out more and made it better. Or maybe just suicide.

    http://allstonpudding.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/bill-with-toaster-1024×576.jpg

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        Is that the pissgrave cover?

        • The inside cover, yes.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Huh. I assumed they chucked an animal bone into a bathtub full of curry sauce but I guess I was kidding myself.

          • Vote for Jeb

            Dude cooked himself. Human soup.

          • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

            I sorta recall you saying that he had a hot water heater on while he was in the tub, had a heart attack, and pretty much became human souffle.

        • Not to be confused with shitcoffin.

      • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot
        • more beer

          I got to hang out with these guys about a year ago. All of them were very cool. I`ve always really liked this band. Murder music.

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            DAHMER ROCKS!!!

          • more beer

            All of their shit rocks. Dahmer is excellent.

          • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

            My friend got me into them in high school way back when. Sadly, I’ve missed their near-constant Chicago shows.

          • more beer

            You should see them if you get a chance. They are very good live. Plus Lance tells a little story about each serial killed before every song.

          • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

            If they ever tour here in southeast VA, sure, but doubt that’ll happen.

          • more beer

            They do tour.

          • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

            Nobody tours here. Gyaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! At least any bands I really want to see. #TrappedInJasonMrazAndDaveMatthewsLand

          • more beer

            I thought maybe it would ave changed at least a little bit there since i was there last 30 years ago.

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            Every state like that should use the slogan

            #AtLeastIDontLiveInSC

          • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

            Except the people in the Dakotas, Idaho and Nebraska. Why do those people bother with living at all?

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            Id rather live in any of those states over SC

          • more beer

            How about Arizona, Mississippi, Arkansas or West Virginia?

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            West Virginia is at least pretty

          • more beer

            That`s also what they say about their sister wives.

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            Hey, man. They gotta bang somebody. Look at Utah.

          • more beer

            Utah is a whole different story. First of all Mormons. They are not having any problems getting laid. Their biggest problem is deciding which wife they want to bang next. I worked for this guys son` briefly. In the link I am leaving in this post. Read this it is some crazy shit. The thing is you would never this family was involved in some shit like this. They were always very nice always paid me correctly. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1987-12-06/news/8703310556_1_polygamy-daniel-ben-jordan-cult-murders

          • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

            Good point!

          • more beer

            Or how about this slogan. Why did you come here This place sucks.

          • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

            It’s changed drastically since I first lived here for a short while in the late 90’s, but it’s still not quite party central in NN or Hampton. Virginia Beach, perhaps.

          • more beer

            Virginia Beach was the worst beach city I have ever been to. That is something I`m sure hasn`t changed.

  • I slept on Habitual Levitations for no good reason. Corrected that mistake last month and it has me geared up for the new Intronaut.

    • Boss the Ross

      I find it a pretty excellent album.

      • I literally forgot about it and checked it out once the new album news starting making the rounds. Definitely a good album.

  • Oh man… This album cover gets me every time. Kitty ov gory death.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_wCJ6aH_M0

  • Guacamole Jim

    Dat Intronaut is sounding damn good.

    • Based Potoo

      Nice to see that you’re still alive.

      • Vote for Jeb

        you don’t mean that

        • Based Potoo

          You see right through me.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      You’re still alive? Yay!

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Mammoth Storm are sounding much as I hoped they would. Big big and fuzzy. I like mammoths, and one day hope to implant mammoth DNA into a human foetus for science.

    • Vote for Jeb

      I volunteer as tribute.

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        I assume that the child would grow up mostly normal until their late teens, at which point they would transform if the weather dropped beyond a certain temperature.

        • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

          Things might go awry and he ends up morphing into Big Van Vader.

          https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B7RR4PACIAAMKCC.jpg

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            He looks dangerous!

          • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot
          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Man, it’s been so, so long since I saw that.

          • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

            Mel Brooks says the sequel is a go, but highly doubt Rick Moranis will be in it.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            That’s a much better evolution in my opinion. Vader Time is the only time!

  • got dayum “Fast Worms” is such a good song, with such great vokills. definitely digging the way they created this song and thought it out

    • even that second song is great! man oh man, it’s time to dust off my Intronaut shirt and wear it with pride again.
      TOILETCONFESSION: i kind of shit-talked their previous two albums in the past. @old_man_doom:disqus, i am sorry for doing this. i understand that they are loved by many, they just aren’t for me. but i shouldn’t have said bad things about them.

      • Vote for Jeb

        I can understand why people may have disliked Habitual Levitations.

      • Count_Breznak

        Dunno how many albums they did release since “Void”, but they all sucked.

      • Old Man Doom

        All is forgiven. I will admit that Habitual Levitations seemed to lack a bit of energy. I’m also diggin’ the old style collage artwork for the new one too.

  • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

    In other news, Susanna Hoffs (ex-The Bangles) is releasing a new CD. Couldn’t care less about that, but goddaymn she is looking hot as fuck for 56!

    http://www.superdeluxeedition.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/sh-480×536.jpg
    http://img.fark.net/images/cache/850/4/4F/fark_4FkASyuT97oWicxkAHJqOKuQn28.jpg?t=wyPtYSzdaYTX4SIavMazYA&f=1446436800

    There’s an Eternal Flame in my pee pee parts.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Wow, seriously.

      • more beer

        No shit.

    • BEARD-SPLITTER

      Im not a milfhunter but id kidnap that
      http://media3.giphy.com/media/141xSPZMjqbO3m/giphy.gif

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I wouldn’t kidnap her. I don’t kidnap women. It doesn’t matter if they’re so pretty I’d go blind if I looked at them. I’m not that type of person who kidnaps women. They’ve always been very good to me.

        • more beer

          You`re young give it time. Some female will find a way to break you and your spirit.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m sure it will happen. I haven’t been broken yet but I’m sure some girl I care about will break me eventually. I’m much less trusting of women I don’t know but when it comes to women I care about I may trust some of them too much.

          • more beer

            It is the one true skill American woman have. Especially in this day and age.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            There’s one person I trust fully and that’s my best friend Samantha. She’s more of a sister than my twin sister. She’s an amazing person who I could never see abandoning me. God knows a lot of women I know have.

          • more beer

            You know the one person I fully trust is myself.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I know that. She’s the only person I trust outside of myself. I’ve lost a lot of people I cared about since 2013. They all left but she’s still there. I’ve reconnected with a few people but I only trust Sam. She’s seen me when I was depressed, angry and she knows I’m not perfect. I know she isn’t either but she’s the best friend I got at the moment.

          • more beer

            People are going to come and go for your entire lifetime. If you have one or two that you can depend on for anything consider yourself lucky.

          • …and Richter

          • more beer

            You are much more trusting than me.

          • Now if you can’t trust this face, who can you?http://www.keepitfast.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/richter.jpg

          • Based Potoo

            I trust no one. Not even myself.

          • more beer

            I am not surprised.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Aye matey

      • I’m But A Knave Too…
    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      She’s very pretty. Would take out to nice restaurant/10.

      • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

        Eh, save all that money and cook a lady a nice meal. Pretty much anything from Mastering The Art Of French Cooking should bowl her over, and it’s easy. And a lot cheaper than eating out at a fancy place. A bottle of Thunderbird and a dub of good weed probably works just as good too.

    • Lacertilian

      So basically, what you’re saying is “In Other News: 56 year-old woman is hot”.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      God damn has she aged well.

  • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

    This came out today as well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGZ3FFKvdsA

    • BEARD-SPLITTER

      Lolzy

  • Super Nintendo Chalmers

    MAMMOTHSTOMPAGE

  • Boss the Ross

    That Mammoth Storm crushes!

    • Lacertilian

      I’m sure Gorak and his pals could give us first hand accounts of such things.

  • Gotta bookmark that new Intronaut…