Yuma Sun – Watch Us Burn (2016)

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Author: Jan Jakobsen

Band: Yuma Sun

Album: Watch Us Burn

Label: Membran

Genre: Occult Rock/Post-Punk/Country

Is occult country-rock a thing? Should it even be a thing at all? Well, Yuma Sun, the Bergen based quintet is as close to occult country-rock as it is possible to come. Gothic country or death country is already a thing, but those tags do not do accurately reflect on what Yuma Sun tries to embody with their music. The underlying theme of Yuma Sun and especially on Watch Us Burn and their previous two albums is the occult side of US southern evangelical Christianity and by combining elements of 60’s and 70’s occult rock together with a dark and mysterious country sound they manage to nail the sound of impending doom.   Continue reading

Ghost – Meliora (2015)

Author: Jan Jakobsen

Band: Ghost

Album: Meliora

Label: Loma Vista Recordings

It is remarkable how Ghost have gone from being an underground sensation to being a massive rock phenomenon in less than five years. Back in 2010, Ghost were featured in Fenriz’s Band of the Week segment and three years later, they had the honor of finishing Hellfest 2013 and delivered quite possibly my favorite concert of all time. Fast forward two years and they are playing in stadiums together with Foo Fighters. Some might say that Ghost became big only because of their gimmick and not their music, but I would say that it is a mix of the two. When Opus Eponymous first came out it became an instant occult rock classic. Ghost managed to seamlessly blend Blue Öyster Cult and Mercyful Fate into one catchy package. The added gimmick of being anonymous certainly helped in catapulting their fame, but there were no denying that Opus Eponymous was a special album. Continue reading

Year of the Goat – The Unspeakable (2015)

Artist: Year of the Goat

Album: The Unspeakable

Label: Napalm Records

Reviewer: Jan Jakobsen (VENOM_IST_FALSE)

¨Lucifer is not fallen, he is the force that rises above such silly concepts as moral absolutes and eternal torture for non and petty crimes.¨

The satanic psych/doom rockers of Year of the Goat areback with their sophomore album, The Unspeakable and tasked with a difficult job in trying to outdo their debut Angel’s Necropolis. They emerged in the scene in the aftermath of the Ghost hype together with loads of other bands that took heavy influence from Pentagram, Lucifer’s Friend, Black Widow and Blue Öyster Cult. Year of the Goat managed to make a name for themselves by creating a brand of neo psych/doom rock that sounded epic and majestic while also having lyrics that sounded more mature and more refined than Ghost. The satanic imagery and theme is 100 % there, but the lyrics are more akin to orthodox black metal than any other genre. Continue reading