What industry crisis? Cult progressive alt-metal label Shelsmusic just hit their 10th anniversary. How? As Alan Partridge once nearly said, the proof is in the pudding. And the pudding, in this case, is a backcatalogue. Thing is, a decade leaves a hell of a lot of intense post-metal and atmospheric folk for a newbie to wade through. So when we caught up with Mehdi Safa, Shelsmusic commander-in-chief, we set him the following poser…
Black Sheep Wall
Black Sheep Wall formed in 2006 in Moorpark, California. They play down tempo music influenced by many bands focusing on more minimalistic approaches (post-metal, sludge metal, drone doom, djent bands). The band named themselves after one of the cheat codes for one of the most played computer games of all time, StarCraft - an idea originally coined by the late Daniel Kraus of Admiral Angry (RIP). The band consists of Brandon Gillichbauer on bass and vocals, Scott Turner on guitar and Jackson Thompson on drums. Read more on Last.fm
Black Sheep Wall on Thrash Hits
May 27th, 2013
We’ve always had a soft spot for labels who think differently. Shelsmusic – born in the UK, bred in California – has made its name on atmosphere, from tremulous folk and consciousness-expanding walls of sound, to muscle-shredding, gut-pounding metal. Albums from artists as diverse as Black Sheep Wall and Ancients make regular dents our end of year top tens. In recent months, they’ve not only expanded into production, through their Purple Buffalo Studios, but to mark their 10th anniversary, they’re re-releasing Mahumodo’s cult record Waves on vinyl. High time to catch up with label head and *shels frontman Mehdi Safa, we reckoned…
June 29th, 2012
Raz is back in “the studio” for this week’s podcast, where he joins Hugh in looking back at the best albums of 2012 so far. There’ll be bands you’ve heard of, bands you’ve never heard of, and bands you’ve criminally under-rated up until now because they had stupid names. We’ve got the lot.
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