Against All Odds

25 Jan

Against Nature

Just a quick one tonight:

My favorite heavy rock blog, Ray’s Realm, recently pointed me toward a beautiful, mind-blowing 2007 heavyass release by Maryland’s AGAINST NATURE called Anxiety of Influence. Oh boy: 2 tracks, both 24+ minutes long. Contemplative, definitely. Hypnotic, perhaps – but this ain’t no drone-doom by a long shot. These are really well-paced, thoughtfully-constructed prog guitar suites, rockin’ dark and hard and smooth, from unique riff/gtr idea to unique riff/gtr idea, in a manner more akin to a 1/2 tempo CAPTAIN BEYOND than any OM. And when they start quoting Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” . . . well, doncha just know this be doom of a different color. Actually saw these guys play recently, opening for London’s mighty PAGAN ALTAR, and they didn’t leave much of an impression either way. BUT hey, they weren’t doing either of these monumental tracks! Definitely deserves to be shoe-horned into my Top Rockin’ Releases of 2007 list.

And how amazing is this: they’ve gone and made the whole shebang freely downloadable – ok, “donation optional” – on their website. Yes, all you luddites who retain some vain hope that the entire major label music industry isn’t going the fuck under (hurray!) in the wake of all this “illegal” information being passed easily through cyberspace . . . well, this eve, your downloads are GUILT-FREE! Though, if you’re like me, you’ll click and follow their $10 PayPal link.


3 Responses to “Against All Odds”

  1. mark January 26, 2008 at 3:10 am #

    Crazy! I saw Revelation at the Hung Jury Pub in D.C.! Even ordered their demo tape. Wow.

  2. mrowster January 26, 2008 at 4:11 am #

    Was this recently or way back when? I’ve heard one early REVELATION thing on Hellhound, but I really don’t have much of a sense of how A.N. compares.

  3. mark January 26, 2008 at 4:17 am #

    Many years ago. Hung Jury was a place where a lot of the non-Dischord affiliated bands seemed to play. Saw COC there, once, too. We’re talking 87-89-ish. I think Revelation played with Scythian and Press Mob. I’m assuming it was these cats, cause they’re from Maryland and all.
    PS-really wish I could get in on all the banjo/acoustic talk. Metzger’s improv CD is available at the Oakland Public Library. They’ve got some hip music selections, especially at the Piedmont branch!

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