on 24 October 2013
It takes a special band to release the remixes album months before the actual album!
This has been a long time coming but it's well worth the wait. One of the problems, apparently, was reproducing the sonic assault and organised chaos that is the average Blizzard gig. This has been accomplished.
There is a mixture of new and old songs. Some have grown and developed over a couple of years since the Whalebomb ep. The addition of a couple of extra bass guitars no doubt helped. The newer songs have been played at gigs in all their chaotic glory and have transferred well to cd. The classics have been polished - if that's the right word - and Whalebomb coming in at just under 20 minutes is just that - a classic.
My personal favourites are Slimy Creatures and Clones. Wind up the volume, wind up the bass and enjoy!
Got the CD just need the lp on pink vinyl to arrive and I'll be happy.
on 21 October 2013
It's finally here after what seemed like an eternity of waiting
Was it worth the wait? Of course it was!
If you've heard of Evil Blizzard, then you will no doubt of heard about the anarchic, chaotic, sonic, incendiary and downright freaky liveshow, 6 members comprising of a singing drummer, 4 bass players, all wearing disturbing latex masks, boiler suits,rock god leathers or 70s porn kingpin suits, and a smoke machine wielding pig!
To see them live is an experience in itself, but this band don't just rely on an image and a stageshow, they have the songs and the talent to add to the visual assault, creating an effect laden, bass HEAVY, tribal and technical drumming mash up with clear vocals, and it works!
They have managed to re-create the freakiness from the offset with the disturbing musical box intro before the explosion of Feed The Flames almost destroys your speakers
Clones and (Open Up The)Red Box with their chanting hooks, feed their way deep into your head, making them nigh on impossible to get rid of
Sleep lulls you into a false sense of security with an almost dub feel, before it punches you in the face with full on heads down thundering bass frenzy
P.U.N.I.S.H.M.E.N.T. is the sinister hammer horror soundtrack that never was
Slimy Creatures showcases the drumming skills to even more effect alongside the dirty fuzzy bass and the dentist drill like sound assault
Fear Of Judgement has been totally re-worked from a previous demo version and has been given the full on Evil Blizzard treatment creating a whole new beast of a track
Finishing with legendary Whalebomb in an epic wig out over 19 minutes long,this shows they are a band with total confidence in what they do
With all that bass you'd think the sound would be muddy, far from it, the production is crystal clear enabling you to hear the sound effects in their full glory alongside strong vocals (and eerie whispering)and yes of the course the mighty bass
I've been asked many times to describe who this band are like and have always struggled up until recently, there's been mentions of P.I.L, Hawkwind, Sabbath, The Fall, prog rock, death /doom metal, but I know who and what they sound like now - Evil Blizzard!
Buy this album now!
on 5 February 2014
You're not entirely sure what just happened after listening to The Dangers of Evil Blizzard for the first time. You knew you like it, in fact you liked it a lot and your faith in primal ballsy Rock n Roll reaffirmed and duly restored. They look like post apocalypse Droogs and you feel they've press ganged you into servitude on a ghost ship and set sail to the furthest shores of reason where they cut lose and leave you to drift with nothing more than your own neurosis for company. It's that unsettling.
Post punk touchstones are PIL, The Virgin Prunes, Cabaret Voltaire. By turns the album offers prog whimsy, glam stompers and space rock wig outs. What they leave out sonically is as important as what they leave in and this lends a dubspace which intensifies the psych shredding assault you've just subjected yourself to.
Fear of Judgement is Fad Gadget's The Box rewritten for the new millennium, all claustrophobia and anxiety. Slimy Creatures a full frontal bass attack detailing what appears before you once the acid's kicked in. With the final track, Whalebomb, The album doesn't so much end as tie you to the mast as you gather speed and intensity and career headlong to it's extremity. A trip indeed.
A stunning debut by a band with four bass players (yes, four! An idea that seems as revolutionary to me as The Cramps when they played with none) from Preston. The North will rise again! But then we've always known that. As it's written, so it shall be.
on 5 February 2014
I received this CD a few weeks ago but wanted to take it in before review...well I have listened quite a few times and what has it left me with?..after seeing the live show that left me puzzled,in awe and freaked out I was hoping the album would deliver and I am pleased to say it does. The songs are well played and sound great. Some songs are doom laden,some are dub and some pshyc but all through they are a refreshing change to what's out there...I hope this is not a one off but if it is I'm glad I've got it now..buy this album and take the four bass journey...
on 1 March 2014
Heavy, hypnotic, stomping, strange and somehow singalong too! Once these songs get into your head, you'll know you've been Blizzed. Evil Blizzard came along just as I was looking for something new and fresh to listen to.They are basstastic, bonkers and wonderful and I have never heard or seen a band quite like them. I can't wait to hear more...
Buy it....you'll be so glad you did.