Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Black Skies-On The Wings Of Time


From the same area that brought us the Archers of Loaf, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Southern Culture on the Skids, Superchunk and of course Ben Folds Five comes the very interesting Black Skies. So what are we to make of Chapel Hill's latest gift? At first listen this three-piece band lays down a sort of Discharge induced sludge rock. Repeated listens though give the listener a heavy, proto-metal psychedelic lesson in rock. Drenched in feedback and layers of fuzz this hybrid band take a page from Sleep's playbook and then give it the garage rock treatment. Things get somewhat warm and hazy along the way as progressive rock does acid with Halo Of Flies resulting in an unholy sound that is strangely invigorating. Call this post-punk, psychedelic grunge if you want. I'll just call it intoxicating.


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