Friday, July 21, 2017

Night announces new album Raft of the World


September 1st marks the release date of Night's third full length album "Raft of the World" which will be released through The Sign Records. The album consists of 9 ravishing rock hymns forged together by the band during the fall of '16, and signifies a musical progression of the band towards a more rock-based sound - without leaving their trademarked sharp edged NWOBHM attitude. With a modern take on classic rock 'n' roll combined with more sinister lyrical themes, this album invites the listener on an increasingly organic and diverse journey compared to its predecessors. "Raft of the World" was recorded, produced and mixed by Ola Ersfjord (Tribulation, Dead Lord, Lizzies, Honeymoon Disease) with additional recordings (drums & bass) by Linus Lundgren at Studio Ganymeden in their hometown Linköping. Ola Ersfjord contributed to a broader production and soundscape including instruments such as organs, acoustic guitars and percussion to name a few, which they consider has brought the album a unique sound that stands out in comparison to other contemporary rock bands. Mastering was done by Chris Common (The Mars Volta, Chelsea Wolfe, Mastodon) and the artwork is made by the talented artist Mattias Frisk (Ghost, Vanhelgd, Vampire, Trap Them).

Night is a quartet hailing from the plains of Östergötland, Sweden. They started out back in 2011 and have released two full length albums and two 7" singles followed by several tours and festival gigs (Muskelrock, Hell over Hammaburg, Headbangers open air, Metal frenzy) all over Europe. Known for their fierce and intense live performances, Night have built up a reputation as an entity to count on. Today the band consists of Oskar (vocals, electric guitar), Sammy (electric guitar), Joesph (electric bass guitar) and Dennis (battery).

"This album is a progression of the whole concept that is Night - both personally and musically. I felt a dire need to express myself on a more personal level, which hasn't really been a priority for me before we started to work on the new songs. Living in a world gone mad, constantly surrounded by people who's lifestyle is basically rooted in greed unfortunately brings out the worst in otherwise "good" people. It makes you think about what is actually important in life which also triggers the creative and philosophical flow that I really think has been manifested in the new songs."
- Oskar, Night

The album is released on CD & Vinyl.

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Track list:
1 - Fire Across the Sky
2 - Surrender
3 - Under the Gallows
4 - Omberg
5 - Time
6 - Strike of Lightning
7 - Winds
8 - Coin in a Fountain
9 - Where Silence Awaits



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Second Coming of Heavy Chapter 6 - Kayleth/Favequaid

Many of us know Italy by their cars. Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, some of the most beautiful, exotic, and fast cars that the world has ever known. If Ferrari could solve their Formula 1 woes, I'd be a happy guy, but that's a completely different article. Italy is famous for music, some of it going back centuries. Some of the most soul stirring music ever written can be found in the classical music and operas of this country. This newest offering from Ripple Music, the latest in their series of splits, bring us some newer vintage of Italian music.

The Italian heavy music scene is ripe with many bands creating some unique and wonderful sounds. This release brings us two of those bands, Kayleth and Favequaid. Hopefully you already know them both, but if one or both of these bands are new to you, this is a fantastic way to take the plunge and hear something outside of what you regularly listen to.

Kayleth start us off on side A. Their first track comes shimmering in like a mirage far off in the desert, which is probably appropriate, given that the track is called “Desert Caravan”. It doesn't take long, though, before the heaviness kicks in. Their style seems to be a form of heavy rock that veers a little off to the spacey side, not so much that they ever become full on psychedelic, but in a way that is a bit unique to the world of heavy. The songs are full of grooves and some most excellent guitar work, and as I said, just the right amount of trippy. I also enjoy that just when you think you know where a song is going, they turn it around and make something else entirely out of it. This is some very good stuff and you'll want to check out their other releases.

Favequaid, meanwhile, come out roaring like a top fuel dragster, daring your ears to keep up with what they are laying down. I love their singer's voice. It fits perfectly with what they are doing musically. They also throw in some tasty treats, like the bass breakdown in “Everytime”, and the guitar work on their tracks is also first rate. Did I mention the riffs? They have 'em for days, in just about every variety you would want. “Hypochondria” is a perfect example of this. You could almost call it their exercise in variations on a riff. They take the same riff, at different tempos and with some twists and turns, and make something very cool out it.

Ripple has once again struck gold with this split, matching two bands that go together very well. Check this one out and then go find some of the other awesome Italian bands out there. It's a scene that doesn't seem to be too well known but you will be very satisfied with what your research turns up.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

MAYA JANE COLES Announces Major New LP // Pre-Order Today!

Maya Jane Coles is set to release her second studio album Take Flight, due out August 25 on her own label I/AM/ME via Skint Records/BMG. Take Flight is her most substantial body of work to date and is the long-awaited follow-up to her debut album Comfort (2013) and her Nocturnal Sunshine project (2015).

Take Flight will be released in the US on digital and vinyl formats. Fans can pre-order the album HERE. The two tracks "Won't Let You Down" and "Cherry Bomb" are available now for streaming and instant download with the full album iTunes pre-order.

Take Flight has been preceded by the critically-acclaimed EP Won’t Let You Down, which is receiving worldwide support from DJs in the clubs and on the radio - Pete Tong made the title track his “Essential New Tune." Featuring remixes of "Won’t Let You Down" from Catz ’n Dogz and Paride Saranceni, "Cherry Bomb," plus "Round In Circles," the EP’s various tracks saw premieres with Wonderland, Mixmag, Complex, Groove, and Huffington Post. A further EP entitled Weak/Werk will drop imminently!

Maya is an enigma in today’s music world. On this album – as with all her releases – she has written, produced, engineered, arranged, mixed, and performed every track, even designing the artwork herself.

Opening track "Weak" kicks off the album with sublime soundscapes and low-slung drums, with title track "Take Flight" offering a trip-hop inspired beat with a psychedelic twist. In addition, the album sees guest appearances from acoustic-songwriter Chelou on "Darkside," which is slow, vivid and totally immersive. Wendy Rae Fowler (of We Fell To Earth) sings on "A Chemical Affair" and "Misty Morning," with GAPS singing on the track that follows entitled "Keep Me Warm."

From the high octane "Passing Me By" to the visceral "Trails," Take Flight offers an eclectic selection of immersive tracks that are certain to excite old and new fans alike, all over the world.

Maya has already experienced a phenomenal year of global gigs, starting with a double-header at Coachella in April and UK festivals such as Parklife and Wildlife, as well as on going appearances throughout the Summer in Ibiza at Ushuaia and Pacha. Maya is also on the road this July supporting electronic titans Depeche Mode on the European leg of their tour. Additional upcoming festival appearances include Tomorrowland (Belgium), SW4 (UK), Creamfields (UK) and Rock in Rio (Brazil), amongst others.

To date, Maya has played in over 40 countries worldwide, released mix compilations for DJ Kicks and Fabric Live, been sampled on Nicki Minaj’s mega hit “Truffle Butter,” as well as remixed artists from The XX, Bonobo, and Little Dragon.. to Florence & The Machine, Sam Smith and Ella Fitzgerald.

Maya Jane Coles - Take Flight Artwork

01. Weak
02. Bo & Wing
03. Old Jam
04. Take Flight
05. Darkside (feat. Chelou)
06. Lucky Charm
07. Blackout
08. Unholy
09. A Chemical Affair (feat. Wendy Rae Fowler)
10. Misty Morning (feat. Wendy Rae Fowler)
11. Keep Me Warms (feat. GAPS)
12. Let You Go
13. Won’t Let You Down*
14. On My Way
15. Go On And Make It Through
16. Cherry Bomb*
17. Chasing Sunshine
18. Golden Days
19. Werk
20. Passing Me By
21. Trails
22. Stay
23. Pulse
24. Starlight

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Märvel release new single "Goodluck Sandy" and announces new album "At the Sunshine Factory"


Goodluck Sandy is green sunlight sifting through slender birch branches while you're enjoying a glass of ice cold sparkling wine in the company of long lost friends. A far stretched field of rye is moving to the late evening breeze and the sky is endlessly high.

Watch the video for Goodluck Sandy here:

Märvel's first single from their upcoming 7th album "At the Sunshine Factory" is an instantly likeable song that showcase the band's broad musical influences while still being well recognized as a trademark Märvel song. On the surface, the soulful and catchy song comes out sunny side up while the lyrics questions the idea of taking the easy way out of complicated relations.

The stomping drums, the playful bass lines and the roomy guitar melodies transports the listener to the 60's but as always Märvel has a way of making their unique blend of music sound fresh and interesting.

"Goodluck Sandy" will grab you by the hand, lead you to a deserted beach and sit by your side as the sun sets where the ocean meets the sky.

The album ”At the Sunshine Factory” is set for release the 6th of October on The Sign Records. The band have worked hard to create a ”larger than life” sound, building a studio of their own to get enough time to develop their songs to perfection. A cheerful production disguises a darker lyrical theme affected by today's world situation. Märvel, known for their contagious hooks, pop melodies and rock 'n' roll soul, have tightened the bow and made braver decisions to make this the stand out album of their career. The album's spine is still very much vintage Märvel, yet each of the twelve songs have got more of a character of its own. The Swedish rock veterans are set for new challenges and conquests. Märvel have never been this well equipped and ready to make a first and lasting impression on a new audience and deliver something fresh and virgin to their old fans. The band shines like never before.

”At the Sunshine Factory” is a self-produced album recorded by the band at studio Solskensfabriken. Mixed by Stefan Brändström at Dustward Studios and mastered by Magnus Lindberg. Märvel have been an active band since 2002.

The album is released on CD & Vinyl.

Watch the video for Goodluck Sandy here:

Track list:
1 - A Killing View
2 - The Secret Grand Prix
3 - Goodluck Sandy
4 - Heart & Balls
5 - Smile Mr. Steen
6 - Monsters Grow In The Dark
7 - Child
8 - Step Closer
9 - All Over The News
10 - Live & Learn
11 - Vinegar
12 - Angela



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

You Can't Take Our Shirts!

There was a great article recently on Loudwire about how metal has become a “fashion statement”

It was basically everything I wanted to say when I started writing a similar piece a few months ago.  I'm still waiting for the “K” family to disappear like too many of their kind in the past (anyone remember Paris Hilton – no – the skank not that hotel...??) . 

Back in my day band t-shirts, motorcycle jackets, long hair on guys, black hi-top Chuck Taylor's or that one style of mid-top Reebok's – denim vests and jackets with patches, band logos drawn on everything from backpacks to sneakers – was a way of fellow metal fans to identify each other.  You could go into any social situation not knowing a soul, but if you saw someone you recognized as being a fellow listener to the same type of music there was an instant connection.  One of my favorite memories when I was a teenager hanging out with my dad in the city (what those of us in the outer boroughs call Manhattan) is my dad and I were walking through subway cars while going over the Manhattan bridge , and passing through one car all of sudden these guys were like “MAIDEN! MAIDEN RULES!! MAIDEN!!!” And they started trying to sing in Dickinson's falsetto. My dad was confused, but I was wearing (and I don't know how I remember this) the Iron Maiden “Decennium” shirt from the box set.  The bros and I flashed the horns at each other, and when we got to the next train car I explained to my dad what had just happened. 

The first band shirt I ever bought was the Ozzy Osbourne/ Randy Rhoads “tribute” t shirt – I think I paid $5 at a going out of business sale at the Plum Tree in Kings Plaza.  I remember wearing that shirt to see my grandmother and she said “Who is that on your shirt? Is that your boyfriend?” and I said “Oh grandma -that's a famous English Musician....” you could say she planted a seed in my then 15 year old brain.  When I was older and started dating musicians she would always disparage me saying “Who are you going with? Is it the guy in the group ? They smoke the dope? You want to be with the dope in the group?” So the running gag with my then boyfriend was he was the dope in the group.  I loved my grandmother.

A friend of mine told me a great story about when he lived in low-income housing in the Lower East Side, and saw a Puerto Rican kid wearing of all things a Marillion t-shirt.  Delighted to find a fellow fan of such an obscure band – and in the “hood” of all places, my friend started gushing about how much he loved Marillion, asked what this kids favorite songs were.  The kid stared at him blankly and it took him a few seconds to realize he was talking about the shirt. And he was like “oh, I found this somewhere and thought the picture was cool”.  If that kid ended up interested enough to at least buy one album then my friends efforts were not in vain. 

Another friend told me a few years ago when she was wearing a Maryland Death fest t-shirt I bought back for her, she was waiting for a bus and someone got in her face ranting about how she was going to hell unless she repented for her sins.  Her response was classic metal-head, “I may be going to hell but we have the best music”.

There are uplifting stories though. A few weeks ago a friend was wearing her Metallica Tank she had just bought at their recent concert, and a stranger approached her and started talking about the recent tour, and they ended up exchanging contact info and he sent her pro-quality video he shot in New Jersey!

About 10 years ago I had a great job doing data entry in a liberal arts college in Western Massachusetts.  The two things that made the job great were we were allowed to listen to music with headphones all day and there was no dress code except “don't wear anything you would wear on the beach”.  At the time I was living with someone who's band played a lot of the bigger European metal festivals, and I would proudly wear the festival shirts he brought home.  One of my fashion forward co-workers had asked me if I ever heard of Ed Hardy's line of clothing – that if I liked shirts with skulls and guitars I would like Ed Hardy's shirts.  I had to explain to him the difference.

A few months ago I wore my Saxon “crusader” shirt when I went out to see my friends band.  A few people complimented me on it and it started conversations about what was the best Saxon album (Denim and Leather fyi).  One slightly drunk friend came up to me and said “Oh I love your shirt, it's got a horse, do you like horses?”

Sure a lot of band logos have become “corporate” - you can't walk into a Wal-Mart or Target without seeing AC/DC, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix  and even sometimes Black Sabbath shirts.  But that doesn't bother me because I have half a dozen AC/DC shirts and they were very easy to find (the girly fit ones too – not the boxy men shirts).  It does rile me up when I see kids wearing Ramones shirts without a clue.  I remember loaning my brother a Maiden shirt years ago and our friends ripped him a new one because he couldn't name one song.  That's how brutal it used to be.  Now I've seen old Russian grandmas wearing Sid Vicious shirts they bought in Value Depot (I'm not kidding and I wish I had taken a picture).

I think the rock music listening populace should take it upon ourselves to approach anyone who has co-opted our logos and actually grill them.  OK you're wearing a Clash shirt? Name one song that wasn't on Combat Rock? What do you mean what's “Combat Rock?? Give me that shirt!”


Monday, July 17, 2017


Wolves in the Throne Room re-imagine black metal as an ode to rain storms, wood smoke and the wild energies of the Pacific Northwest.  They are considered as one of the most potent and highly regarded bands in heavy metal today.  Now, a portal into their mythic ethereal heathen landscape opens once again.  On September 22nd the band will release Thrice Woven on their own label Artemisia Records.  It is a glorious return to the blazing and furious Black Metal that they alone can create.

The album begins with "Born From the Serpent’s Eye" a true thrashing black metal epic that is bisected with a haunting northern lament sung by Swedish star Anna von Hausswolff.  The band worked with metal documentarians Peter Beste and Nico Poalillo to create a video for this track which captures a bonfire-lit performance in the forest near their Olympia compound. More on this very soon; to tide us over, check out a trailer that hints at what's to come. 

"The Old Ones Are With Us" opens with the crackling of a fire and the voice of Steve Von Till (Neurosis) invoking the springtime thaw.  It then storms into a dirge inspired by 90’s Finnish doom with lyrics that celebrate Imbolc, the holy day which marks the end of winter and the first stirrings of spring. Figures from Norse mythology intertwine with personal heartbreak and rebirth in the bleak "Angrboda".  The song is named after a frost giantess who birthed Fenrir Wolf, a beast who was destined to destroy the world and murder the gods.

Fenrir Wolf also appears on the cover of Thrice Woven in a painting by Russian occult artist Denis Forkas.  Forkas’ obscure medieval painting techniques perfectly compliment the music of Wolves in the Throne Room, you can explore the glimmering painting at the bottom of this post.

A raven’s wings stir the air in the interlude "Mother Owl, Father Ocean".  Anna von Hausswolff returns in a duet with Turkish harpist Zeynep Oyku, forlorn industrial atmospheres haunt the mix, Hausswolff’s lyrics, sung in Swedish, echo over a barren grey seascape. "Fires Roar in the Palace of the Moon" is the classic Cascadian Black Metal epic, the third eye opens to see holy rivers being born from the ice on the tallest peaks, the lyrics offer blessings to the waters of the earth as they flow from the high places to the source of darkness, the ocean. 

When the band returned to the road in summer 2016 long-time touring guitar player Kody Keyworth was welcomed as a full member of Wolves in the Throne Room.  On Thrice Woven, Kody contributes raven’s screams and some of the most brutal and dark riffs.  The live line-up also features Peregrine Somerville (Sadhaka) playing 3rd guitar and Brittany McConnell (Wolvserpent) on keyboards and percussion.  The effect of three guitars on stage is mesmerizing and reflects the dark psychedelia of the band’s albums. 

Look for Thrice Woven to be available on September 22nd and stay tuned for more news from Wolves in the Throne Room to surface soon.

1. Born from the Serpent's Eye
2. The Old Ones Are With Us
3. Angrboda
4. Mother Owl, Father Ocean
5. Fires Roar in the Palace of the Moon

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bandcamp Bonanza –Bonanza Mid-Year Recap

The year is already halfway over and the rate at which we discover new albums sometimes leaves the ones we loved just weeks ago buried in the stack of albums that really do deserve more listens. I’m going back to the beginning of the year hear to recapture a string of albums that were good enough then and should be good enough now. I need about twice the time I have to just solely dedicate to music listening.

The first thing that’s been the best of bandcamp is the Ripple Music Subscription. $5 a month gets you everything in the catalog as it’s released. So far there has been 13 or more releases in 6 months, so you don’t have to worry about paying for a dry month. It comes out to a couple bucks per album, which are all rippers.

Orango – The Mules of Nana
Thanks to Michæl here on bandcamp for introducing me to this lovely band. Take note, this may be a contender for album of the year. Haven't heard the heavy blues rock n roll styling done so well perhaps ever in my entire life. This is a masterpiece, as is every other one of their

DSW – Tales From the Cosmonaut
Heavy ass bluesy affair of riffs dusted with gargantuan vocals veering between Graveyard at their meanest, Brain Police at their stoniest and Truckfighters at their fuzziest!

Val Cale – Black Stuff
The ringing psychedelics permeate with progressive blues, balanced by heavy grooving riffs and cool, crisp vocals piercing like a primitive spear through a savage summer hide. Black Stuff Matters!

Scuzzy Yeti – Scuzzy Yeti
They sound like their name suggests. This is steeped in Proto-blues and basted with bong water low and slow in a gristled serving of hard and heavy vintage rock and roll.

Dryland – Dryland
The massive riffs chop by way of blunt force crushing in all directions with progressive tendencies and hardcore roots. The vocals scream with infectious vigor and the bass cleans up the remains with a sweeping groove. Album of the week 1-6-17.Favorite track: Mirrormaker.

Stone Cream – Slaves of Doom
After blowing everyone's mind in early December 2016, Stone Cream are back with another full length album. This is smoking hot. The riffs remain slathered in vicious blues and the vocals stench of whiskey and bacon. More stone than cream, but an invigorating listen either way. Perfect rock and roll album length with high volume, foot stomping groove, and bar room stoner blues.

Book of Wyrms – Sci-Fi Fantasy
Moments of skull crushing riffs hammer with rhythmic bliss matched by angelic vocal tones. The psychedelic meanderings peak with doom laden bass lines, serrated guitar chords, and ravishing vocal hymns. However just as impressive as the vocals are the instruments. The guitar riffs are righteous!

Highlights Rock – Shine On

Black Prism – Black Prism
With the relentless rise of Sabbath Worship in today's heavy underground scene the jadedness has already set its hook. Black Prism swap Sabbath with Prism utilizing an Ozzy-esque tone to annihilate the stage riffing with a bit more a hard-edged stoner swagger as compared to the classic Sabbath fuzz. Sabbath influence is a given here, but Black Prism are an easy pick out of a modern Sabbath Worship lineup and guilty on all counts of rocking the fuck out.

Red Bowling Ball – Alongside the Traveller
Red Bowling Ball deliver all strikes with a damn near perfect game of heavy ass blues. Alongside the Traveller is both an invigorating listen as it is an example of artistic grit and pummeling rock and roll ecstasy.

Sons of Morpheus – Nemesis
Nemesis is fully loaded with a high caliber raucous blues rock heavy as it is catchy. Equal parts poppy blues meets shit kickin', space trippin' grungy groove .
Favorite track: All of the Above

Operators – Revelors
The Operators operate the airwaves with retro driven intent showcasing a gravel packed vocal wail skirting the divide between NWOBHM and melodic stoner rawk. The riffs revel with intensity and the groove tangles the listener between bluesy solos and punk rock energy staking claim as a modern day version of Deep Purple.Favorite track: Rolling Hitch.

Humanoid – The Mists of Pluto
Humanoid take the heavy spaced out blues to the next level. Dreamlike guitar strums meander over super fuzzy bass lines with enchanting vocals sounding like 'All Them Witches' jamming on their way to planet Pluto. It's what that bearded dude on the cover has playing over in his head.

Regulus – Quadralith
Fuzzy layers of heavy blues build within strapping vocal chops and stoner-fueled groove. Regulus have arrived by way of Quadralith with a 10-song set of powerhouse, riff-driven heavy rock n roll.

Earth Witch – Out of the Shallow
The massive doom throbs like Sabbath at a blues fest summoning a tone reminiscent of the first The Sword album. The vocals are burly yet intoxicating without being overbearing, and the riffs are meaty with a bluesy swagger. For fans of uber doom and hard rock n' roll with a knack for heavy psychedelics.

Topplock – Overlord
Ruler of the new wave of retro heavy blues. Topplock have crushed the competition with a signature Swedish heavy rock and roll album on Overlord. Nevermind the comparisons mentioned below, while they are apt, Topplock has them beat with this one. Stunning.

Buttered Bacon Biscuits – From the Solitary Woods
What a well executed and masterfully written album. If you're here you probably have the Witchwood stuff already and this is the prelude to that. If you're new, sit back, relax and let the melodies drift you away to a time when the sun baked oranger and the smoke rung heavier. BBB bring classic rock full circle including haunting keys, arena filling rhythm, mind-melting psych, and deep brooding blues with a vocal package soaring at the crossroads of Dickie Betts meets Use Your Illusion era Axl Rose.

Surfing in Hell – Catch a Wave
 Infectiously catchy hard rock gleaming the cube of torrential riffs. Surfing in Hell hangs their blazing stoner metal hooks ten toes deep beneath a fiery tube of fuzz. For fans of that Fu Manchu / Truckfighters groove accented by proto-metallic vocal tones. Favorite track: Surfers-up.

Humulus – Reverently Heading into Nowhere
 Reverently Heading Into Nowhere, graciously warps us into a parallel dimension radiating with heavy psychedelic fuzz, stampeding riffs and staggering groove. Vocals hit the auditory G-spot stimulating an ongoing eargasmic sensation sure to keep you glued to your headphones.

The Acid Guide Service – Vol. 11
If there's something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? The Acid Guide Service. If there's something weird and it don't look good, who you gonna call? The Acid Guide Service. Yep. They ain't afraid of no riffs!

Sarah Shook and the Disarmers – Sidelong

Meteor Chasma – A Monkey Into Space
Meteor Chasma have stolen the spotlight in heavy, hard-edged rifftown taking their music beyond the limits of atmospheric psych. The burly vocals strike cold and calculated with elements of Floydian Heavy Psych calming the distorted fuzz to the point of no return. The intergalactic groove will induce a ten ton head bob causing the tide to turn on Jupiter. Absolutely righteous!

Drude – Drude
Yep, totally blown away too. This thing is so god damn heavy, yet so intriguingly groovy. Its got that spacey atmosphere lurking and colliding with a post-metal type vocal which I've always adored. Reminds my of the band VYGR kind of, but even better.

The Ossuary – Post Mortem Blues
This album is immense in every sense of the word. From the guitar tone, metallic soloing and gruelingly refined vocals, The Ossuary straddle a fine line between Ozzy and Dio era Sabbath combined with the riffs and tones of modern bands such as Dawnbringer.

Scott H. Biram – The Bad Testament
A little bit of outlaw, little bit of heartache, whole lot of honky tonk, a touch of hard rockabilly blues and a big ass-whooping slab of heavy acoustic bliss. The Bad Testament carries on the trail forged by Nothin' But Blood with an all-out assault on the hard and heavy Americana meets deep throbbing desperado blues. This may be Biram's magnum opus record. Game over!

The Teskey Brothers – Half Mile Harvest

The Soul Jacket – (Untitled/Volume III)

The Familiars – This Water That is Warm
For those unfamiliar with The Familiars, I'll tell you this much; this single is one of the gnarliest 2 song sequences I've heard all year. By gnarly I mean thick burly riffs, hazy psychedelic vocals and mind altering rhythm that demands repeat attention. Blown away.

So I don’t even know how many albums I just listed. Its not nearly enough and I kind of tried to limit it to albums that may not have got the attention they deserve. I can certainly say I loved many more albums than this but it’s an idea of the first half the year recap giving a cross section of what kind of music you could expect to be recommended from me. You can always go visit my full collection and follow here:

-The Huntsman

Friday, July 14, 2017


In September, JOY is hitting the road with the crusty, hardcore band BLACK MASK (Get This Right / Reflection Records). Earlier this year JOY released a limited 7-in version of their highly acclaimed debut release, Of Nothing.

JOY Of Nothing is available worldwide via Blood & Ink Records.

09/01  Virginia Beach, VA @ Charlie's
09/02  Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar
09/03  Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire
09/04  Montclair, NJ @ The Meatlocker
09/05  West Haven, CT @ Crunch House
09/06  Syracuse, NY @ Spark
09/07  Shadyside, OH @ The Valley Inn
09/08  Grand Rapids, MI @ The Upper Room
09/09  Chicago, IL @ Subterrannean
09/10  Louisville, KY @ Spinelli's

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Salem's Bend and Ripple Music Release New Live EP and Kick off Western US Tour

On the eve of their two-week tour of the Western United States, Salem's Bend has teamed up with Ripple Music to release a live 2-song, free download EP and and a brand new video for the A-side song, Cold Hand.

As main man Bobby Parker tells it, "Before we started to work on the second album, we wanted to get a couple new songs out. “Cold Hand” is a song that we jammed out together, and we have been playing it live for the past several months. It’s fun to play, as it has a lot of improvisational parts that we feel out as a band, so its never quite the same twice. Because of that, we figured we’d record the song live to try to capture that essence. Kevin is a great director/cinematographer and has some killer film gear so we figured why not film it as well!

Since Cold Hand is such a long song, we figured we counter that with a faster and shorter track for the B-side “Winter Sunn.” We wrote this one really quickly together in the studio and recorded it the next week at the same time we recorded Cold Hand, in the parking garage. We’re happy with the way it turned out and think its a good counterpoint to the more epic A-side."

Salem's Bend are heading out on another summer tour of the Western US, covering some new ground and new states this time. The first half (minus a few dates on their own) will be with the Ripple Music labelmates,  War Cloud, and the second half will be with heavy San Jose rippers KOOK.    Kicking off the tour in Vegas on July 12th with Ripple Music labelmates and road brothers The Rare Breed for a rad show setup by Vegas Rock Revolution.

Check out the premiere of the new Live video for Cold Hand on The Obelisk and be sure to check out the free 2-song Live EP download at the Ripple Music Bandcamp.

List of dates is as follows:
July 12th – Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar and Billiards w/ The Rare Breed
July 13th – Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
July 14th – Los Angeles, CA @ The Lexington w/ War Cloud
July 15th – Atascadero, CA @ Camozzi’s Saloon w/ War Cloud
July 16th – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz w/ War Cloud and Kook
July 17th – Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp w/ War Cloud
July 18th – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge w/ War Cloud
July 19th – Eugene, OR @ Old Nick’s Pub w/ KOOK
July 20th – Portland, OR @ Highwater Mark w/ KOOK
July 21st – Seattle, WA @ Lucky Liquor w/ KOOK
July 22nd – Kennewick, WA @ Eagles Lodge 2485 w/ KOOK
July 23rd – Boise, ID @ The Shredder w/ KOOK
July 24th – Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s w/ KOOK

Salem’s Bend is:
Bobby Parker – Guitar and Vocals
Kevin Schofield – Bass and vocals
Zach Huling – Drums

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WITTERQUICK 'Lie To Me', out Friday 28th July

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Epic new British rock…full of big Mallory Knox and Young Guns style music”– Rock Sound

“Their rousing brand of pop-rock rivals any of their more experienced UK counterparts…crammed with the sort of dreamy, melodic anthems you’d expect from a band much further into their career” – Kerrang! Magazine

Highly regarded British rock quintet WITTERQUICK continue their ascent with the release of their immersing new video single, Lie To Me, which lands in stores on Friday 28th July. With UK tour dates confirmed to support the release, WITTERQUICK will blow up this Summer.

Over the last year, rock newcomers WITTERQUICK have emerged as one of the UK’s hottest new bands following the popular release of their singles (Soldiers, Rise, and Hiding Place), a sold-out UK tour with fellow rockers Nothing But Thieves, and piquing with their debut EP, Beneath the Spinning Lights, which saw them achieve UK chart success (alt chart #9, album chart #35), TV, and major radio play.

With growing support from fans in the media, the Exeter rock outfit have, to date, racked up song of the week titles from Kerrang! and BBC Introducing and plays from Virgin Radio’s Kate Lawler, Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, and Kerrang! Radio’s Alex Baker and Johnny Doom, as well as pinning down artist of the week in Kerrang! Magazine / TV. Without doubt, WITTERQUICK are proving themselves to be one of the UK’s most promising new acts.

The five-some now release their explosive new single, Lie To Me, which sees the rising rockers work once more with esteemed producer Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me the Horizon, Lower Than Atlantis, Twin Atlantic). The single is another slab of majestic ultra-hooky rock that’s just destined for the radio waves. With a new EP penned for the Autumn and another run of UK shows confirmed for July, nothing can stop this band from becoming one of the major players within the vibrant UK music scene.

Eric Wagner's BLACKFINGER: all information on their new album "When Colors Fade Away"

Singer ERIC WAGNER, formerly of TROUBLE and currently of THE SKULL, brings his unique and legendary voice to the next BLACKFINGER album, When Colors Fade Away. Now based in Pittsburgh, PA, Eric has a new BLACKFINGER lineup including another familiar name in doom circles, guitarist Terry Weston (DREAM DEATH and PENANCE). M-Theory Audio is pleased to announce a September 15th release date for the album on CD, limited edition colored vinyl and digital.

Featuring photos from Matt Bluejay and graphic design by Al Oaks, When Colors Fade Away is a striking and artistic package with a full color 12-page CD booklet and a 4-page vinyl insert.

“Colors were a common theme throughout the first record… I think it was a reference for life, or maybe it was hope…,” explains Eric Wagner. “What happens when colors start to fade or you feel like all hope is lost? I think there comes a time in everyone’s life when you need to confront your dark side in order to get to the light. When I saw the photographs of the old abandoned funeral home by Matt Bluejay, I thought it would make the perfect album cover for When Colors Fade Away, and the start of the journey to feel good about oneself again.”

Recently BLACKFINGER performed at Cleveland’s Agora Theatre as part of a live show captured for the forthcoming fictional film, Death Metal. Watch for more live show announcements, as well as audio samples coming soon.

M-Theory Audio is the new label recently launched by Marco Barbieri, the former president of Century Media Records, whose previous experience includes Nuclear Blast and Metal Blade. Joining Marco in this adventure are colleagues whose past experience includes work for labels like Century Media, Prosthetic, Victory and Epitaph. The label’s roster includes Mongolian/Nomadic Folk Metal band Tennger Cavalry, Traditional Metal Revivalists White Wizzard, Pagan Death Metal band Helsott, Las Vegas prog/power metal band Sicocis, Black Metal Ritualists Empyrean Throne and Nor Cal’s death/metalcore band Apothesary and more.

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