Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Xroadie Files



Deathcrush – Hell
Luigi Cara – Vocals/Bass, Andrea Sechi – Guitar, Giampiero Serra – Drums

Incest Of The Wretched is Slayer thrash with death metal vocals and blast beats.  Eucharisty Of Worms more annihilation of sounds and grinding riffs.  Lost In The Vortex of Heretics just grinds thru you and tears you apart.  Blasphemik Souls has more of a classic metal riff then the deep vocals just pound into your very being.  Dethroned Archangels is Metallica meets Slayer meets Death.  Mors Mori 3002 evil slowly builds into Crowning The Beast which just grabs you and slams you to the ground over and over.  Spreading The Chaos is just that, a chaos of sounds that just runs you over. King Of Rats keeps up the blast beats and fast riffs along with the demonic vocals.  Deny The Cricifix starts slow and steady boring into your very essence and dragging you to hell.


Diuna – The Very Best Of The Golden Hits
Maciek Klimiuk, Patryk Mitzig, Jakub Didkowski, Konstanty Mierjewski

Smiec W Czerwcu is a very blues based stoner style of song that just has your head a bobbin and feet tappin that also has some interesting twists and turns.  Klamstwa Szatana is blues mixed with stoner mixed with psychedelia very interesting to sit back and trip to.  Uczta is mid-tempo song that has a very Sabbath style to it.  Zielony Syn slow steady and plodding with rough deep vocals.  Szron has a guitar riff that is Hendrix meets Stevie Ray Vaughn with a slow bluesy riff with a very strange ending.  Afekt Bladawy blues meets stoner meets psychedelia.  Filozofia Dialogu a fast tempo bluesy rockabilly riff mixed with stoner rock vocals has a Motorhead sound to it.  Telmo Sisso slow and melodic then a grinding riff moves in and goes back and forth for 9 minutes of pure musical tripping. 


Eccentric Pendalum  - Tellurian Concepts
Vibhas – Drums, Ankit – Guitar, Arjun – Guitar, Arun – Bass, Kaushal – Vocals

Tellurian I Nil strange sounds and moods that just make you trip away to a far place.  Tellurian II Accelerated Extinction old style Pink Floyd psychedelia with death metal vocals strange and different.  Tellurian III Contrivance is more of a metal riff with some blast beats and prog keyboards very different.


Fragarak – A Spectral Oblivion
Supritam Sen – Vocals, Kartikeya Sinha – Bass, Arpit Pradhan – Guitar, Ruben Franklin – Guitar, Louis Rando – Drums

In Rumination 1 The Void excellent acoustic guitar then a riff that melds in with some deep evil vocals in the background that slowly move their way to the front then back to the acoustic guitar.  In Rumination II Reflections melancholy and moody with some very evil intent.  The Phaneron Eclipsed more great acoustic guitar work with choral vocals the music builds and builds along with some demonic vocals.  Alucinari 1 Transcendence a classical style of song that melds into Fathom Of Delirium which is a straight forward death metal song with some prog elements.  Alucinari II Revelations is a very folky style of song that leads into Spectre An Oblivion Awakens that is classic progressive death metal with a few twists and turns.  Alucinari III Reverie is a great acoustic melancholy style of song to just drift along with.  This Chastising Masquerade is death metal screams and heavy riffs that just pound you into the ground.  Of Ends Ethereal 12 minutes of just pure progressive death metal with many changes that take you down a weird winding path.  Alucinari IV   The Fall acoustic guitar and spoken words that drift off into the distance.


Invertia – The Crimson Screen Vol 1

David Coppola- Guitar/Bass/FX/Samples, Tim Winson – Drums/Programming/FX/Keyboards

Lykanthropos in your face rammed down your throat death metal with vocals from the depths of hell. Cast No Shadow weird sounds building with a strange riff and deep growling vocals.  Face On His Face industrial sounds and a rumbling bass that builds till it rips your face off.  Created From Cadavers more industrial sounds and tv sounds with weird heavy riffs that just kick you in the teeth.


-Xroadie

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

BLACK WIZARD: Heavy Metal/Stoner Rock Collective To Release Livin' Oblivion Full-Length This February Via Listenable Records; Artwork And Track Listing Revealed




Canadian heavy metal/stoner rock collective BLACK WIZARD will release their brand new full-length Livin' Oblivion this February via France's Listenable Records. Their second release on Listenable and fourth album overall was produced and engineered by Michael Kraushaar in Vancouver, BC, and comes sheathed in the cover art of renowned Berlin, Germany-based illustrator Eliran Kantor (Testament, Crowbar, Satan).

Livin' Oblivion centers itself on the obliteration or slow decay of one's self, morals, and life as we know it. "We are living in an age where the powers of the World are taking steps backwards and moving away from a positive future," the band elaborates. "There is a large number of disenfranchised youth and young adults that would rather live their lives in oblivion -- drinking, drugs, partying etc. -- than chasing any kind of future or dreams, simply because the rest of the world seems to be falling apart around them." 

Further info on BLACK WIZARD's Livin' Oblivion, including final release date, teaser tracks, and preorders, to be released in the coming weeks. Stand by.

Livin' Oblivion Track Listing:
1. Two Of These Nights
2. Feast Or Famine
3. James Wolfe
4. Livin Oblivion
5. Cascadia
6. Portraits
7. Poisoned Again
8. Heavy Love
9. Eternal Illusion

Hailing from Vancouver, BC, BLACK WIZARD was forged in 2009 between high-school friends. Some years and personnel changes later, the band is going stronger than ever. Founding members vocalist/guitarist Adam Grant and drummer Eugene Parkomenko were both working underwhelming construction jobs at the time, passing the days to the sounds of Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Witch, and Electric Wizard. Today Parkomenko and Grant are accompanied by guitarist Danny Stokes and basisst Evan Joel. Having followed a true DIY aesthetic, the band has released three full-length LPs along with a 7" single independently and sold over five thousand copies worldwide. In classic WIZ fashion, Livin' Oblivion has evolved from their previous efforts boasting a bigger, heavier, sharper, and louder approach than ever before. Faster thrash elements have been added, while staying true to that sultry, Thin Lizzy-esque twin lead vibe throughout.

Since their first Listenable album release, New Waste, in early 2016, the band has toured non-stop including a Canadian mini-tour with Red Fang, a six-week stadium tour with Killswitch Engage and Volbeat, a month-long US tour supporting Brant Bjork and Royal Thunder, a month-long North American tour supporting Weedeater, and so much more. At home on the road, BLACK WIZARD is ready to take to the streets again kicking 2018 off with their fourth European run.

BLACK WIZARD is:
Adam Grant - vocals/guitar
Eugene Parkomenko - drums
Danny Stokes - guitar
Evan Joel - bass




Doomstress To Release Second Rite EP via No Slip Records on December 1st!




Texas doom metallers Doomstress are set to release their new EP, The Second Rite on CD via No Slip Records on December 1st.  The EP contains remixed versions from the original, very limited self release and 7" DHU single.  The EP also features the new song "Bitter Plea" which was recorded at the end of the Wicked Summer tour and featuring additional rhythm guitar by guitarist Joe Fortunato (Sparrowmilk/Venomin James/ex-Ancient VVisdom).  The artwork was done by renown psychedelic artist, Goatess Doomwych.


Song List for The Second Rite EP CD via No Slip Records:
1-Way of the Mountain
2-Bitter Plea
3-Rainbow Demon*
4-Sleep Among the Dead
5-Wicked Woman**(7" version: CD only bonus)

*Uriah Heep cover 1972
**Coven cover 1969

Monday, November 20, 2017

FRACKTURA - Oculus



Self-released

This progressive rock trio from Cincinnati, OH features Karis Tucker (voice), André Machado (8-string guitar, bass), and Henry Conde (synth, piano). Guest musicians include Julio Oliveira on drums, Ander Peterson on saxophone, Soojin Kim on piano, and with lyrics by Diogo Oliveria. With 2016 being the official start to the band, this new EP continues on and expands from the first single “Reality.”

Oculus is meant to be listened to in one sitting to absorb its power and meaning with the main theme being about reconciling the individual’s outer persona with their inner self running through the four songs on the EP.  Opener “You” starts acapella and then the piano comes in to make a song that reminds me of a Depeche Mode quiet piece. “Gold Spectrum” is an avant garde jazz piece with wailing and squawking sax and discordant sounds that bring to mind the Contortions. “The Fear Peddler” has a more strait forward sound than the previous song and adds some interesting spaciness in the sound, kind of like drifting in the sky high above the earth. Finishing with “Identidade,” a quiet, yet powerful song that has sweet vocals and a haunting piano that grabs your ears and pulls you into the depth of the song.

A very interesting EP that will have you putting on your headphones to listen to so that you don’t miss one bit of sound that they have produced here. From beauty to quirky and back to beauty all in under fifteen minutes, and fifteen minutes that you will no doubt be listening to again and again.

-Rick Ecker

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ripple Music releases the self-titled album by Heavy Rockers, Freedom Hawk




It's finally here!!  Out of print for years, Ripple Music is proud to unleash the self-titled album by Stoner/Doom legends Freedom Hawk!  Unavailable on vinyl for years, we'll be releasing two editions, the "Red Freedom" Limited Edition milky clear vinyl with Red and Gold splatter, and the World-wide "Midnight Black" Edition.  "Red Freedom" limited to only 80 copies available, so you may want to hurry.  CD digipack also available.

All editions on sale now at www.ripplemusic.bigcartel.com/products and be sure to check for digital and vinyl over at www.ripplemusic.bandcamp.com.

Wrapped in core metal tones with slight psychedelic edges Freedom Hawk’s driving beat and heavy guitars offer the kind of timeless vocals that gave light to the dawn of the new and heavy revival.

“Freedom Hawk, for instance, is the soundtrack to cold kegs, warm weather, and backyard barbecue. Jams like “On the Other Side” and “My Road” were made for: worshipping at the Super Fuzz altar. James Gang riffs groove it up behind singer T.R. Morton’s excellent Ozzy/Pepper Keenan impression throughout seven songs of bong-loaded bliss.” --- Invisible Oranges
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Ripple Music, based in California, is widely regarded as one of the world's leading purveyors of Heavy Psych, Stoner, Doom, and Heavy Rock.   All releases are available world wide through our distributors and the Ripple website.  Check us at www.ripple-music.com

Friday, November 17, 2017

Ripple Music sets December 8th, 2017 as official release date for Switchblade Jesus / Fuzz Evil "Chapter 7: The Second Coming of Heavy" split!




Fuzz Evil:
Formed in 2014, Fuzz Evil is a chug-heavy 3 Piece that tames the fuzziest guitar and bass tones on the planet and wields them to blast a monolithic speaker-ripping fuzzapocaplyse for your ears and soul. Raw and dirty in "Stooges-like" fashion with soaring soulful vocals. Fuzz Evil released their first single, “Glitterbones” on a 7” split with the California trio Chiefs on Battleground records in 2014. In 2016 they followed up the single with a full self-titled debut release on Battleground records.  In the past few year they have gone through a few line-up changes. The current line-up is Orgo Martinez on drums, Wayne Rudell on guitar and vocals, and his brother Joey Rudell on bass and vocals.



Switchblade Jesus:
From the depths of Texas, Switchblade Jesus returns with a heaviness and deep grooves that succeed their previous recordings. Mixing southwestern boogie, desert-worn blues, retro-metal assault and fierce rocking into a sound that screams Texas–at times sanguine and starkly beautiful, at others full of damn sexy groove and assaulting violence can only describe the music of Texan power rocking, fuzzed out stoner blues trio, Switchblade Jesus.

Consisting of Eric Calvert (Vox/Guitar) Jon Elizondo (Drums) and new comer Chris Black (bass) to the fold to create a new chapter in Switchblade Jesus, more Doom and Gloom but no lack of the groove that the Texan's brought in the beginning.

Influenced by Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Motorhead, High on Fire, Melvins, Church of Misery, Deep Purple, ZZ Top, DOWN, Orange Goblin, Clutch, Sleep.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

WITCHERY'S NEW ALBUM, "I AM LEGION", OUT NOW VIA CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

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The new album,“I Am Legion”, by Swedish blackened thrash metallers WITCHERY is out NOW via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS!

Read below to find out what the critics have to say about the release!

- 6/7 Points Review - # 1 in Soundcheck – Metal Hammer (DE)
- 8/10 Points - # 6 in Soundcheck – Rock Hard (DE)
- 11/15 Points - # 7 in Souncheck – Legacy (DE)
- 8/10 Points Review – Rock Tribune (BE)

- “…a perfect mix of death, black and thrash metal” - 85/100 Points Review – Aardschok (NL)
- "Fast and furious" - 7/10 Points Review – Metal Hammer (UK)

- "Another excellent release by these Swedes!” - 85/100 Points Review – Lords Of Metal (NL)

- "...a blackened treasure of metal oozing with maniacal fury" - 9.5/10 Points Review – Metal Wani

As with last year’s previous album “In His Infernal Majesty’s Service”, “I Am Legion” was created in the WITCHERY line-up consisting of Angus Norder (Vocals), Jensen (Guitar), Rickard Rimfält (Lead Guitar), Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass) and Chris Barkensjö (Drums). The album was also produced and mixed by Daniel Bergstrand at Dugout Studios (Behemoth, In Flames, Meshuggah) and comes packaged in powerful artwork by Andreas Diaz Pettersson.

WITCHERY – “I Am Legion” (39:50):
1. Legion (01:13)
2. True North (04:08)
3. Welcome, Night (03:55)
4. Of Blackened Wing (04:17)
5. Dry Bones (03:59)
6. Amun-Ra (03:29)
7. Seraphic Terror (03:34)
8. A Faustian Deal (03:41)
9. An Unexpected Guest (04:05)
10. Great Northern Plague (01:49)
11. The Alchemist (05:34)

The album’s first single “True North” and its video by Niklas Sundin / Cabin fever media is here: https://youtu.be/It1qQVwH6xk

The album’s second single “Of Blackened Wing” and its video by Martin Hultgren / Gryt Film is here: https://youtu.be/Lyy4LN2_7zc

The album’s third single “Welcome, Night” and its lyric video by Cloud Music Typography is here: https://youtu.be/3nQzRj637Es

A brief trailer for “I Am Legion” can also be seen here: https://youtu.be/xrc4VdkUQ4c

Stream /Download “I Am Legion” now at http://smarturl.it/WITCHERY-IAmLegion

WITCHERY Live:
11/25     Bogotá, CO - Festival del Diablo III
2/1-5     70,000 Tons Of Metal (USA) Cruise
3/2-4     Tilburg, NL - Netherlands Death Fest
4/27-28 Erica, NL - Pitfest

WITCHERY Line Up:
Angus Norder – Vocals
Jensen – Guitar
Rickard Rimfält – Lead Guitar
Sharlee D’Angelo – Bass
Chris Barkensjö – Drums

WITCHERY Discography:
Restless & Dead – 1998
Witchburner / EP – 1999
Dead, Hot And Ready – 1999
Symphony For The Devil – 2001
Don't Fear The Reaper – 2006
Witchkrieg – 2010
In His Infernal Majesty’s Service – 2016
I Am Legion – 2017

WITCHERY online:
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