HANGMAN'S CHAIR from Paris is back this year with its fourth album, This is not supposed to be positive produced by Francis Caste. Over the years and the records, the band has gone beyond their early stoner/doom sound and now finds its own style with colder and simpler songs (still heavy though) and more melodic vocals with Cedric (singer/guitarist) fantastic voice that reminds us of the 90s downtempo hardcore bands like LIFE OF AGONY, ONLY LIVING WITNESS or SECTION 8. Of course, the main inspiration is ALICE IN CHAINS but we can hear some gothic metal touches like TYPE O'NEGATIVE or even THE CURE. With this new record, HANGMAN'S CHAIR simply becomes the best French stoner/doom act.
Quote from label: "Here is the "hope///dope///rope" CD reissue, this is HANGMAN'S CHAIR third full-lenght originally released in 2012 just on vinyl format. This CD version comes with three bonus tracks taken from two split singles with DRAWERS and ACID DEATHTRIP. Following the success of their fourth album "this is not supposed to be positive" (2015), this reissue confirms the HANGMANS'S CHAIR trademark with multiple and dark stoner riffs and heavy and doomy drums parts".
Excellent first opus of this russian band. Stoner doom à la Electric Wizard, expect unholy mantras, fuzzy riffs, high in smoke incantations and hammer-like percussions. A satanic trip toward wisdom and elevation. Smoke weed in His name! On red vinyl. Highly recommended!
Quote from label: "AAM's Vow opens yet another chapter for this Brooklyn-based quartet, breaking new ground both sonically and progressively through the exploration of the realm of psychedelia. Dark melodic tones, vocal harmonies and heavy synthesizer presence accompany the listener in the shift towards NAAM's new-found astral plane. As deep, doom-ridden tones and tribal drums accompany the acid-casualty grooves and freakouts of NAAM past, NAAM future presents not only a more progressive and developed concept through music, but also through the concept of spirituality. NAAM's musical and lyrical evolution into darker territory once again focuses on the sacrament – this time through the rites of sexuality, the devotion towards hedonism and the mortification of desire. As the band's past concepts have dealt with higher powers, unknown beings and mysticism, Vow draws from a more personal, Id-driven nature, focusing on the animal/human duality within."
Quote from label: "There are very few bands in the known universe that can draw upon such varied influences as The Stooges, Hawkwind and Can, but NAAM certainly fits the bill. With The Ballad of the Starchild, NAAM creates spacey, spacious, garage-bluesy kraut-psych with an epic scope and altered state intergalactic musings about time, space and the future. A vintage-sounding offering that manages to include elements of trance rock, acid-blues and psychedelic star-gazing, The Ballad of the Starchild is the perfect accompaniment for "exploring inner space and imagining outer space." Over the course of the EP's 25 minutes of brain damage, NAAM aim to hold infinity in the palm of their hand, and eternity in a half hour. The sonic equivalent of a sheet of blotter LSD layered over hypnotically rhythmic bass lines, The Ballad of the Starchild is a far-out journey where riffs fall from the sky and float off to planets yet undiscovered by science!"