Portal – Ion (Album Review)

Where do I begin…I have mix feelings about this band, not because I dislike them or I am not a fan but how much fear and anxiety they give me when I listen to them. Today I’m reviewing the new “Portal” album titled “Ion”. Let us begin shall we, so we when you first throw on this album you get this very atmospheric beginning, it’s almost in the same vein as Sunn o))) or something that Eagle Twin would do, so it sets a real good tone throughout the whole record. Now when the instruments start it almost feels like an intruder has entered your home and you feel so helpless and you have so much fear running through your veins, plus the guitars sound like there’s a million little bugs crawling all over you with demonic vocals piercing your eardrums. Trust me I’ve listened to many bands but I’ve never ran Into a band that’s given me such anxiety, but I think overall that’s a great thing because, music should make you feel emotions (good, bad or indifferent).

There’s not much on this album I didn’t really like, even though the songs become repetitive and kinda sound the same, they put very creepy and atmospheric fillers in between songs so you don’t feel like your being mutilated the WHOLE time.

These mats hail from the wonderful land of Australia and have been striking fear into people since 1994. You can go listen for yourselves over on Spotify or Bandcamp.

http://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/ion

Today I’m giving this album a 8/10 here on Mammoth Tongue Reviews.

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Foot – Buffalo (Album Review)

Today I will be reviewing the absolutely beautiful album by “Foot” titled “Buffalo”. Now where do I begin? Well let’s just take a moment to point out the artistic duel guitars that’s on this album, at some parts of the album it sounds like they reincarnate Pete and johns duel guitar parts from baroness almost to a tee! And I think that’s just a wonderful thing to create because in this stoner/sludge genre it almost gets repetitive of just over fuzzed guitars and muddy bass tones, so it’s great to hear something thrown in the mix and I think Foot definitely achieve that.

Going from track to track feels like your floating down a river that has all sorts of twists and turns and bumps along the way but overall it flows very nicely together. Some more notable tracks to me are “Thunder Cave”, “Buffalo” and “Lied”, but I think all of these tracks are just fantastic, and I hate to blow smoke up bands butts but “Buffalo” is a near perfect album. I mean even in their description of their album it says ” This album was written after spending time in country Victoria and forms the over-arching concept of using a beautiful piece of nature as an escape or healing mechanismhttp://footmelb.bandcamp.com/album/buffalo

This is a Mammoth Tongue first but I’m giving this album a 10/10, go out and support “Foot” from Australia.