RAMzine Issue 2 - Apr. 2015 - Page 13

Reviews Ape Machine Holy Serpent Whiskey Dick Turbowolf Graveyard Johnnys Live at Freak Valley Holy Serpent Welcome To Yeehaw Country Two Hands Dead Transmission Pagan Hel Ripple Music / Ape Machine Music When the mystical lyrics of vocalist Caleb Heinze lock in with the band’s stonecold groove, APE MACHINE demonstrate an earthshaking ability to rock. A true four-piece, the group has been called “a rock and roll band with a finger on the pulse of the 70’s and their asses firmly in the present” and “real heavy-psych for the iPhone generation” that delivers “true guts and glory rock and roll!“ Taking me back to my roots of the good old days when there was just rock, Ape Machine have that sleazy rock feel that impels you to move your head or at least tap your foot or both. The chunky beats are enthralling and thrilling. Constant excitement is reached in an instant by pressing play and the tracks bristle with lively rhythms and uncompromising riffs. Energy and thunderous rapture is set alight on the bands eleven track album ‘Live at Freak Valley’. It could be suggested that there are Sabbathesque riffs in the bands offerings, which should please a few like-minded people who are of the Sabbath persuasion, not that I am complaining, far from it, this album is alive with melody, hooks and grinding riffs all for your listening pleasure. You can’t beat a bit of purple and the band have added their lively swagger to the proceedings with a cover of ‘Black Night’. This is a superb album that plants you firmly back in the 70’s to re-live them vibrant times. Still un-mistakingly good to hear some great rock, played the good old fashioned way, and for those who missed the era – there is always You Tube! You have to remember that without ‘rock’ to underpin todays music there wouldn’t be metal, so it is good to explore various genres, even better to plonk yourself back to where it all started and Ape Machine have caught the vibe supremely! Released 26th May 2015. Pagan Hel RidingEasy Records Despite their relative youth the band has become remarkably adept at turning out some of the heaviest, most offhand and authentic sounds around. Holy Serpent rages with agitation and grazes with a simple chug that captivates as it swings us back into an era of Psychedelic and newer what’s now known as Stoner! Shroom Doom is laced with a caustic heavy riff that invites a swirling imagination, soaked in a rich rhythmic regime. ‘Fools Gold’ holds serious outpourings that are extremely muscular. ‘The Plague’ is a staggering ten minutes long and unmasks an unsettling swathe of euphoria. ‘The Wind’ has that certain magic of taunt and tease as it winds around the ears and squeezes tightly. It is amazing when you listen to stoner doom bands you realise that they do sound very similar to early Sabbath, although Sabbath were just simply known for being a ‘heavy rock band’ back in the day. The 5 track E.P is steeped in its own unique presence and explores a doom laden environment that increasingly grows darker with a forged emotion and sultry passion. ‘Stoner’ is a sub-genre combining elements of Psychedelic, blues, acid and of course heavy metal. Its slow passages feature groove laden and distorted bass and is a more ‘old’ kind of retro sound. Holy Serpent haven’t patented the sound, but they sure have made it more accessible and conclusive by adding to their ‘stoner’ stamp of the ever increasing genres. It is great music to chill out to and Holy Serpent are no exception to the rule. What you hear is what you get with Holy Serpent it is as simple as that! It improves with every listen and that has been at least three since starting this review, so get ready for a highly charged listen that eventually becomes addictive. Released 12th May 2015. Neale MGeever Rusty Knuckles On the Urban Dictionary ‘Whisky Dick’ is described