Cinema Suicide Best of 2013 - Music
You may think, based on my top 5 records of 2013 that I smoke a mountain of weed every day but I don’t. It’s just that this trippy, stony, evil occult rock stuff really works for me lately because I’m old and blast beats just don’t do as much for me as they used to. I’ve also always had a soft spot for smoky hard rock from the 70’s. So imagine my glee when over the last five years or so this kind of shit started making a comeback in underground circles until eventually the big players in indie metal started signing them.
Kadavar - Abra Kadavar: I don’t even know how you actually pronounce their name. A part of me wants to say it like cadaver but they just don’t strike me as that kind of band. The song Doomsday Machine off this record has basically been my theme song in 2013. I tried to get permission to use it in an episode of Cinema S but they blew me off (no hard feelings, these dudes have basically been on tour all year long). This is a record LOADED with tight riffs and a great fuzzy guitar and bass sound. They’re definitely one of the best bands working in the whole throwback/stoner thing that’s going on right now.
Mansion - We Shall Live: Mansion, from Finland, is a late entry into the list and it’s amazing because this pick is based entirely on a single 4 song CD-R. There was an entire five day stretch where I just had this record on repeat. They remind me of Purson, Jex Thoth and Blood Ceremony but their edge is that everything about this six piece is based on some cultish offshoot of Lutheranism. It’s a super spooky theme and the lyrics represent this in a big way. The vinyl and the CD-R are long gone but you can buy the MP3s here and I strongly recommend that you do: http://weshalllive.bandcamp.com/music
Ghost - Infestissumam: It was a tough call for best record of 2013. I was torn between this one, Kadavar and Purson’s The Circle and the Blue Door but I had to go with Ghost, which I’m sure drives some folks nuts. I don’t know where the backlash is coming from, nor do I care. I have an unapologetic love affair with this band. I prefer the previous album to this one as I feel like it lacks a track like Ritual or Elizabeth but in other ways it’s just as catchy to me as the last record. Year Zero is the absolute standout track, though. What a song!
Purson - The Circle and the Blue Door: I feel like this whole occult rock thing might achieve critical mass sooner rather than later. That groovy, stony riffage paired with flutes and organ feels like the formula can only go so many ways but thankfully Purson stepped in and knocked it out of the park with this record. Sure, it lacks novelty but they’re such great song writers and Spiderwood Farm has, hands down, the best riff of 2013. That their singer is cute as hell is a nice bonus. This record is making a lot of best of 2013 lists and it’s really no surprise.
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - Mind Control: Uncle Acid never lets down. They have been consistently great from day one and with a couple of great records already under their belt, I was afraid that Mind Control might not live up to the standards set by Blood Lust but not only did it live up to it, it surpassed it. Without compromising their trademark sound, they managed to experiment a bit and do something slightly different. Uncle Acid still sounds like the soundtrack to a bad trip but the sound is a bit more conventional these days where before they sounded like a fan soundtrack to a Hammer Horror movie. Evil Love appeared in the music bed of an early Cinema S episode this year and remains my favorite track off this record.