Wednesday, 30 June 2010

New Review for Hunter.S.T from Ninehertz

Domes Of Silence
Hunter S.T. [Single]

By pull-my-plonker, Sun 27th June 2010

/incoming/domeshunter250.jpgThere's one word always hits me every time I listen to the ‘Domes, whether that be live in a sweatbox pub or moping around in the drizzle with my headphones, "textbook". Their enviable habit of hitting the stoner-rock cactus thorn on the head reigns supreme again here on this CD/download single which serves as a tasty titbit to hook in gaping-mouthed, head-nodding listeners for their soon-to-be-released debut album.

Domes' direct, yet oh-so warm and cuddly, take on fuzz-ed up hard rock continues to act as a vehicle on the title track for Sean Parkin's gruff, authoritarian musings on the quirky late journalist and author, Hunter S Thompson. Backed by a meaty bout of solid riffage, with a tone at times reminiscent of Kyuss' "Hurricane", Sean's high position in the mix gives excellent weight to the rock n' roll story element of this groover; a must-hear for fans of Truckfighters and Dozer. "EJM" continues the dictionary definition desert worship with its slowly building drum-heavy intro opening up into a riff a little more reminiscent of bands from the heavy grunge era, like Primal Scream and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Guitarists Carl Bickley and Richard Aitken quickly lock into a chug tighter than vacuum-packed plastic with Charles Lane on bass and remain as one unit throughout, with Sean's slower, more calculated throaty tones supervising a darker lyrical theme. "Nightbus" is a chirpier number, lyrically about, well, errrr… shitty dickheads on buses! Judging by the giggling backing vocals towards the conclusion of the last track, I'd say this is definitely a band who've found their sound well and are just as happy rocking away to themes as diverse as ‘Gonzo journalism' and pissed-up nob-jockeys!

Overall, this is a very solid effort from one of the purest-sounding bands on the circuit, and even comes complete with the colourful and retro pencil-strokes of acclaimed scene artist Michael Cowell. It's already a hot summer, so light the BBQ, chill the beers and stick this through your garden-speakers while you wait for the full album!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Uberrock Review !!!

Domes Of Silence - 'Hunter ST' (Self Released)PrintE-mail
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Written by Nev Brooks
Sunday, 20 June 2010 05:00

domesofsilenceWhat more can I say; for me a cracking introduction to a band that deserve to make big strides onwards and upwards this year.

Stoner rock definitely, reminded me in parts of the seminal Masters Of Reality album. Throw in an element of The Doors in the vocal delivery and, to tie it off, for me the standout track 'Night Bus' which leans so heavily on Iggy and the Stooges it could have been written by the man himself, even though the opening riff has elements of both 'Road Runner' and 'Suffragette City' - respect!!!!

This EP is the precursor for a mini LP due this year. Out of interest they are playing in the Wheat Sheaf in Oxford in September 2010, well worth a look.

Domes of Silence consist of Sean Parkin (vocals), Charles Lane (bass), Alex Lane(drums) coupled with the twin guitars of Carl Bickey and Richard Aitken. They recorded the EP live, with very few overdubs, cut as simply as possible (easy to see where the power will come from live). For any stoner virgins out there, get into it and what better starting point can you ask for?

Monday, 21 June 2010

A Review From Sleeping Shaman

Domes Of Silence 'Hunter ST' EP 2010

When I first encountered Domes Of Silence live a couple of years ago I was immediately struck by their marriage of fuzzy stoner guitars with some mesmeric, almost baggy like grooves. It was almost as if someone like the Stone Roses or Primal Scream had been pumped full of Kyuss. I made a mental note then to keep an eye on them.

So here we are two years down the line and with one line-up change, serious illness and a previous digitally released EP, the awesome "Temple of the Wasp" under their belts Domes of Silence hit us with their latest and greatest piece of aural candy.

Since that first fateful encounter the band have toughened up their sound and now deliver a tighter, leaner mix of razor sharp fuzzed out guitars and concise song writing. Lead off track "Hunter ST", a tribute to the great Hunter S Thompson if you hadn't figured that out, is by far the finest tune I have heard so far from these guys as it drives along on a cheeky verse that simply explodes into a massive chorus. Previously I have described vocalist Sean as sounding like the love child of Iggy Pop and Jim Morrison as he delivers a most un stoner like croon. Those elements are still in place but there's also something new here in his deliberately enunciated style that brings to mind Justin Sullivan from New Model Army. Whatever Sean is doing and whoever his influences may be it's working as this is easily the most confident and strident vocal performance from him yet.

Things get a little darker on the second track "EJM". The tune is propelled along on a rolling cavalcade of tribal drumming and features a much sparser guitar arrangement than its predecessor. Not as immediate or catchy as the title track but if this was the only thing you'd ever heard by these guys it would still be head and shoulders above the rest of the pack. This drive-by-rocking of an EP is finished off with the killer blow of "Night Bus". This shows the more visceral side of the band and possibly betrays some punk roots in their collective psyche as Sean delivers the track with a sardonic snarl.

Domes of Silence still claim allegiance to the stoner flag and, yes, the big assed guitars and fuck off grooves do plant a size nine boot firmly in that camp and tip a nod to bands such as Fu Manchu…etc but on this evidence there is a whole lot more that this band has to offer that the restraints of the stoner scene won't be able to contain. This is simply a dazzling display of muscular heavy alternative rock that actually puts many so called stoner bands to shame. If Queens of the Stone Age grew some fucking gonads and stopped letting the ginger whiner sing they may possibly be able to dream of being Domes of Silence!!!

Contributed by: Ollie on the 21/06/10

    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    A New Review from Captain Beyond Blogspot

    The brand new single ‘Hunter S. T.’ from Domes of Silence sees the light of day, a tastemaker for a mini album later in the year. And what can I say, Domes of Silence are masters in writing catchy songs. This is nothing new since their previous single 'Temple of the Wasp' had the same qualities. But please note the new single 'Hunter S. T.' has got more to offer. The sound is brilliant and the music is perfectly balanced between heavy, fuzzy stoner rock and psychedelic garage rock. The rhythm pounds like an old steam-engine and the guitar riffs are sharp like razor blades. The Oxford based five-piece band Domes of Silence releases an energy like a hydroelectric power station - multiple Gigawatts. And the best of the lot is Sean's very powerful and passionate voice, which is fragile and vulnerable at the same time, towers over all. Sean queues into the list of great rock singers like Rob Younger (Radio Birdman), Kim Salmon (The Scientists) and Iggy Pop (The Stooges).

    The single starts with the catchy guitar riffs of the mid-tempo song 'Hunter S. T.'. We know that Domes of Silence are fans of mescaline (named their full length album), Sean now reveals that he is a fan of Hunter S. Thompson: "When I'm down, I walk the line, Hunter Thompson in my mind". Darker and more grim the second song 'E. J. M.' crawls out from the speaker boxes but with the same strong ingredients - Sean's majestic voice, the precise drumming like a Swiss clockwork, the booming and ear-piercing bass lines and the heavy stoner guitar riffs with psychedelic and spacey excursions. In the end the third and fastest song 'Nightbus' with its infectious groove doesn’t let you sit still and asks you for the last dance. The song radiates charm with its snotty attitude and is the crowning finale. The cover art is supplied by stoner scene artist Michael Cowell.

    The new single was released on iTunes and other digital formats.

    Track list:
    1/ Hunter.S.T.
    2/ E.J.M.
    3/ Nightbus

    Sean Parkin – voice
    Charles Lane – bass
    Alex Lane – percussion
    Carl Bickley – guitar
    Richard Aitken – guitar



    Tuesday, 8 June 2010