Numero Group, record label of the gods, always does a spectacular job with music archaeology and reissues. Their bread and butter has been funk and R&B regional releases, but they have been branching out into other areas as of late. A few years ago they put out a remarkable reissue of Chicago heavy rock wizards Medusa that blew our minds, and they have ventured into that domain again with their newest release, which hits the streets today.
Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles is a collection of sixteen insanely rocking regional bands celebrating dark wizardry and heavy riffs. From the Numero Website:
With Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, the impacts of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on US shores and heartlands is revealed as a bludgeoning previously undescribed. In this collection, medieval Bonham thunk and febrile Iommi guitar leads crowd out the bluesy Americana that foregrounded those bands, replacing hippie pastoralism with mythology, armored conflict, sorcery, and doom. From legions of occult-obsessive 1970s bonehead teens, we summoned a horde of 16 bands, cloaked in eons of tortured obscurity, whose sole release amounts to a blistering chapter ripped free of rock’s lumbering mythos.
This music hails from an occluded realm, somewhere just beyond the pot-addled minds of its creators. Lyrically, the Darkscorch Canticles trifle with themes most grave: crippling fear, pagan hostility, paranoia, power addiction—even necromancy. Satan’s name is openly invoked, alongside Sauron’s. These worried, warlike Canticles occupy a miniscule niche in the American underground of self-released rock, but their appeal is more broad today than in any previous era.
Tune in this Thursday night at six p.m. for a show dedicated to the newest Numero Group release. Minds will be blown!
Shuffle Function Presents
Thursday, March 6th @ six p.m. CST
KMSU 89.7fm/KMSK 91.3fm/kmsu.org