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

Grave Pleasures – Dreamcrash (2015)

Author: Jan Jakobsen (VENOM_IST_FALSE)

Band: Grave Pleasures

Album: Dreamcrash

Label: Sony Music / Columbia

Grave Pleasures is a Finnish post-punk band made up by former Beastmilk members. They formed as a new band after the departure of Johan “Goatspeed” Snell and added Juho Vanhanen of Finnish psychedelic black metal act Oranssi Pazuzu as a direct replacement. Current members of Grave Pleasures include Mat “Kvohst” McNerney of Hexvessel and Dødheimsgard fame, Linnèa Olsson from the now split-up band The Oath and Uno Bruniusson from Swedish heavy metallers In Solitude. As you can see, Grave Pleasures sport a lineup of incredibly talented and well known musicians with a record of creating solid rock and metal material. Continue reading