Saturday, May 27, 2017

Bandcamp Bonanza – Monsters Who Want Your Money



We’ve got a fresh batch of monster albums just in! Hurry, get to your paypal and push the pay now button. Thank me later and then scold me for causing excessive wallet rash. Don’t worry its common place in the hard rock village of camp.

Geezer – Psychoriffadelia
So you thought their self-titled released in 2016 was trippy, wait till you hear the brand spanking new one. It’s also offered up in multiple packages via the Indiegogo campaign which is out to help generate money for the new album and a tour in Europe.
Not only does it live up to the album title but Psychoriffadelia devours all high expectations coming hot the whiskers of the self-titled released just last year. The Beard of Doom jams us with hot crusty psychedelia and slathers with distorted riffs hallucinating with a sinister twang. Favorite track: Stressknots.

Brother O’ Brother – Neon Native
Boy oh boy does Brother O’ Brother have a killer thing going on. Molten fuzz meets hard banging blues.
Brother O' Brother incorporate a rowdy punk energy within a signature delta blues based duo tone. Mean Fu Manchu fuzz meets a smoked out Jack White.

Electric Mountain – Electric Mountain
These guys have stormed the scene with this new album gaining the attention of all the regulars in bandcamp. Not only does it deserve the attention, but it is yearning for new ears such as yours reading right now. Check it out.
Sounding like the Sasquatch of the Mexican desert, Electric Mountain combine some of the most authentic Kyuss induced groove that side of the Rio Grande. Weighing in at over 5k tons of super fuzz distorted with equal amounts of head bobbing bass, upbeat rhythm, and vocals rivaling John Garcia, these young lads have showcased a rock solid stoner rock affair.

Operators – Revelers
What we have here folks is a fantastic new album by a band who should be huge. I’m hearing all sorts of influences ranging from 70’s classic rock, to 90’s grunge to modern alternative metal. This stuff is flat out amazing. Available on vinyl all over European stores now, don’t sleep on this band. I’m telling you now. It gets better with each listen.
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.

The Ossuary – Post Mortem Blues
This one came out early in the year and I can still remember the first time I heard the promo. I was totally blown away. The guitar tones are tremendously heavy, razor sharp and outweigh all others on the same playlist. The vocals are very strong and the overall vibe screams early Doom without overemphasizing any particular niche. For whatever reason it took me a couple months to finally order the vinyl, which is still available and limited which results in another fine album competing for top 10 honors for heavy album of the year. Don’t pass up on The Ossuary, it may be THE most underrated album of the year at this point.

The Big Motif – Does it Weigh Heavy
This album was apparently released some years ago and I am just getting around to discovering it. Loaded with succulent blues grooving at lounge room pace the vibes are chill and the riffs are hot. A blues album at heart, This thing not only weighs heavy but it’ll bring you to your knees pleading for another round of aural stimulation.  I am certainly investigating these guys full bore at the moment and really dig this name your price album.

It’s a new week, a new batch of records, and a fresh perspective on the state of the heavy underground. It’s thriving. You all should know that by now. What are you waiting for; immerse yourself into the wormhole of rock n roll pleasure known as bandcamp.

-The Huntsman

Friday, May 26, 2017

Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand



Are you ready waveriders?  It's controversial opinion time here at The Ripple Effect!  Although it will surely cost me readers I am willing to stand by my convictions.  Yes, despite the overwhelming opinion of the listening majority I declare that Mastodon is a good, nay, terrific band!  That's right.  I said it.  Terrific.  And furthermore...what's that?  A tremendous number of music fans are quite fond of Mastodon?  Oh.  Perhaps I was misinformed.  Well in that case let's simply move on and discuss their newest release, Emperor Of Sand.

This album rocks!  From the moment I first hit the play button I immediately connected with these songs.  Emperor Of Sand sees the band tweaking their sound and musical approach again, but this go around those elements demonstrably hearken back to Blood Mountain and Crack The Skye.  These eleven tracks effortlessly combine the hard-edged muscularity of Mastodon's earlier records with the generous accessibility displayed on their more recent releases.  The results are phenomenal!

Before I get too carried away I need to specifically highlight one aspect of this album which deserves special recognition, the vocals.  Emperor Of Sand, in my humble opinion, features the best vocals that Mastodon has recorded to date.  Troy Sanders and Brent Hinds sound stronger and more emotive than ever while Brann Dailor continues to evolve into an increasingly formidable singer.  In fact, on many songs I'd say Brann's vocal contributions steal the show.  The bottom line however is that when the power of the three vocalists combine, which is on pretty much every song, the listener is treated to endless peaks with no valleys in sight.

Waveriders this is an album you need to own/experience.  Emperor Of Sand rockets out of the gate with "Sultan's Curse" and doesn't let up until the closing notes of the epic final track "Jaguar God".  If you're a long-standing Mastodon fan this record won't disappoint, and if you've never investigated Mastodon and want to know why so many people adore this band Emperor Of Sand is a fantastic introduction!
 
-Penfold



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sacrament Ov Impurity – The Purest Of Sins



Those of us who like to talk about music, such as yours truly, sometimes mention that a band has “arrived”. To me that means we have seen potential, we have watched a band grow in their abilities, and they have put all of that together in a way that showcases what they are capable of. I have followed this band for several years now and I have to say that with this new release the beast has been fully unleashed.

Sacrament Ov Impurity are a two piece back metal band hailing from Mount Vernon, Washington. Its a rural, agricultural area far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. I imagine that, just as many European black metal bands come from small towns, there is something about the distance and isolation from urban chaos that allows bands to focus on their creativity and bring life to this music.

And what music this is. Black metal is full of grimness;listening to it often evokes feelings of loneliness, isolation, of being in a cold, frostbitten landscape devoid of any colors except black and white and shades of grey. Yet to me, it is also very beautiful and trancelike, and when done with the right touches it is music that takes you away from the normal drudgery of existence and moves the listener on to a different plane, almost as though it pulls the listener into another dimension. There is some incredibly moving music on this album. The opener, “An Apparation of Bygone Lament”, is like a journey through the history of black metal, sharing various tempos and styles and melding them all into a cohesive blast that frees the spirit. “Sepulture Of Modern Man” is a masterpiece, the kind of song that allows you to close your eyes and feel the different places where music can take you. The middle section of this song is simply epic in the way that it made me feel.

I also enjoy hearing the growth in the songwriting, the extra little touches that went into these songs. There is some experimentation with black and roll types of beats in places. There are some very judiciously placed synths that add just the right touch to these songs. The overall feeling is that this band is very confident and assured both in the songwriting and performances captured here. To my ears there is tremendous growth just in the roughly 18 months since their last release. This is a band that deserves to be heard and hopefully this album will be the springboard that allows them to do more touring and take part in more festivals.

Black metal is seemingly a limited sub-genre, yet bands like this take the basics and move the music forward in all sorts of new directions. As a big fan of this style of music I love to hear releases like this. It gives me hope that the music will continue to grow. Do yourself a favor, head to Bandcamp and pick up a copy of this one. Black metal is alive and well and this album is all the proof you need.

-ODIN





Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ragin' Ripple Sale Happening now! Plus Steak, Doublestone and the new Thin Lizzy Tribute with Mothership!




Time for a huge, ragin' Ripple sale!  Let's clear some space in the warehouse for some new, killer releases comin' down the line.  While supplies last: $5 CD's and $7 LP's on selected back catalog titles.  2xLP's as low as $10 and limited edition vinyl going for $15! If you've been dying to fill some holes in your Ripple collection, now's the time.  We haven't run a sale like this in a long time, and don't know when we'll do it again, so take advantage while you can!  www.ripplemusic.bigcartel.com
Steak "No God to Save" is here and the press is buzzing.  "Steak have once again staked their claim to the very finest of heavy rock with ‘No God To Save‘." -- Riff Relevant.   Limited Edition, Black Edition and CD's are all nearly gone as of this writing, but a scant few remain.  Don't hesitate, this one really is tasty.
The Press is also buzzing about the latest offering from Danish retro-heavy psych rockers, Doublestone.  Firmly in the vein of Graveyard, Uncle Acid and Kadavar, but plowing a road all their own.  Organic and heavy, a true treat.  Two vinyl versions and CD's still available.
Our good friends at Glory or Death Records have announced their first vinyl release, the first in their series of Bow to Your Masters tribute albums. They chose a special band to pay tribute to: Thin Lizzy.  They've got some killer bands, including three from the Ripple family so far (Mothership, Mos Generator and Red Wizard - with more to come!) putting their unique spins on classic Lizzy songs:

    Mos Generator (Seattle)
    Egypt (Fargo)
    Mothership (Dallas)
    High on Fire (Oakland)
    White Dog (Austin)
    Red Wizard (San Diego)
    Slow Season (San Diego)
    KOOK (San Jose)
    Great Electric Quest (Oceanside)
    Sacri Monti (Encinitas)
    Harsh Toke (San Diego)

The Kickstarter featuring limited vinyl and art packages ends on 5/30/17.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Noiseworks - Noiseworks



Back in the late eighties an Australian friend of mine, whom I've sadly lost touch with since, sent me a cassette of a Sydney-based band. It was their self-titled debut and the band in question was Noiseworks. At this point in time, this five-piece were completely unknown to me and based off of the artwork, a photo of the band against a white backdrop with the logo above, I had no clue what to expect. However, once the music started I was sold - hook, line and sinker!

Australian rock and pop of the eighties had a particular sound. Can't honestly describe it in words but to this day that sound is very identifiable in a good way. And Noiseworks are not exempt of this. They deftly embrace their heritage while going full tilt with awesome hooks, great lyrics and a lot of emotion. What baffles me is that the guys were labeled a pub rock band. Maybe that was the case in their infant years but ‘Noiseworks’ is anything but. Then again, we all look at things differently.

Several permeating features throughout ‘Noiseworks’ are, amongst other things, the prominent bass guitar. It keeps the rhythm but at the same time goes off on it’s own excursions, which gives the music more substance. The guitar tone is airy, free and floating both in the riffs and the lead work. And the way it tag teams with the keyboard is refreshing. Almost like a twin-axe attack. Lastly, Jon Stevens’ voice is something else. Beautiful, yet desperate with great range which brings out the meaning in the lyrics perfectly.

This is a great debut album through and through with no low points at all. Still, as always, I find some tracks that stands out more than the others. ‘Burning Feeling’ is a mid-tempo rocker with hooks to kill about yearning for an adrenaline rush no matter what. A heartfelt plea for forgiveness and redemption ‘Take Me Back’ hits home with anyone who’s lost someone and it’s irreversible, forever. ‘No Lies’ picks up the pace as the band ponders the devious ways of an ex-partner who’s pulls out all the stops to reel you back into a bad relationship. ‘River Of Tears’ tells the tale of finding yourself while watching others, maybe a loved one, remain in limbo not wanting to change. ‘Welcome To The World’ is a song telling two sides of the coin. One child is born into a nice safe world being fed from a golden spoon, while another is born to fight. Stand up and make a difference wherever you come from.

Despite not having released any studio albums since ‘Love vs. Money’ in 1991, Noiseworks have been active on and off with various old and new members. The latest I heard the ‘Noiseworks’ lineup was back and recorded an album slated for a 2016 release but as far as I know that wax is still locked up in a vault somewhere.
In between all this bassist Balbi and keyboardist Stanley formed the semi-successful Electric Hippies before working with David Bowie, Tom Jones and Michael Hutchence(Balbi) and Beck, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow and Prince(Stanley). Singer Jon Stevens has, besides a long solo career, worked with INXS and Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as forming the music collective The Dead Daisies, whom he no longer performs with.

-Swedebeast

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Flying Eyes Sign to Ripple Music for New Album Due Out This Fall


“…The Flying Eyes appeared and cast their hypnotic power over the crowd.”

Ripple Music is thrilled to welcome Baltimore's heavy psych rockers, The Flying Eyes, to it's roster of the best of modern heavy psych, stoner, doom and heavy rock.

The Flying Eyes name comes from a 1962 science fiction novel about giant, disembodied eyes that descend from outer space to control humanity...

Since forming ten years ago, they have released four albums, several 7" singles, and toured the world, supporting bands such as Dead Meadow, The Raveonettes, The Black Angels and Dan Auerbach among others.  The Flying Eyes have achieved a notable following in Europe with extensive club touring and festival appearances. Highlights include: Burg Herzberg Festival (sharing the main stage with Jeff Beck and Hawkwind), Rockpalast Crossroads Festival, Stoned From The Underground (DE), Desert Fest Belgium (BE), Trutnov Open Air (CZ) as well as the Synchronicity Festival in India.

After extensive touring in South America, playing shows and festivals in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, they linked up with producer Gabriel Zander (Mars Red Sky) at Super Fuzz Studio in Rio de Janeiro to record their upcoming Ripple Music debut album Burning of the Season. Season is a return to the band’s roots of fuzzed-out blues and soulful psychedelia with the maturity and craftsmanship of age. Coming out this fall on Ripple Music (US and non-European Territories), it is their heaviest statement to date.

California-based Ripple Music is one of the world's leading record labels for heavy rock, heavy psych, stoner and doom.  Ripple Music is distributed world-wide by MVD Distributors, as well as H'art, Plastichead, Borders, Suburban, Goodfellows and more.  All releases are available on the Ripple Website and Ripple Music Bandcamp.  Check out www.ripple-music.com for more info and news.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Midnight Messiah – Led Into Temptation




“Led Into Temptation” is the sophmore release from British band Midnight Messiah.  Formed by Phil Denton (guitars) and Paul Taylor (vocals) from the ashes of NWOBHM cult favorites Elixir.  Like it's predecessor, “Root of All Evil” - “Led into Temptation” has the sort of NWOBHM vibe but it , in fact the song “The Sinner Must Die” starts off with a moody into very reminiscent of Elixir's “Llagaren” from the “Sovereign Remedy” album.

I can go through every track and say “This sounds like Judas Priest, this sounds like Thin Lizzy...” yes Midnight Messiah wear their influences proudly. Just a sample lyric from “Hellbound” -”They Tell me Hell Ain't a bad place to be” - any band that cites Bon Scott era AC/DC has a special place in my heart.  “Second Coming” has a dual guitar solo very similar to Judas Priest's “Freewheel Burning”.  “Go to the Light” has an anthemic chorus like all the 80's Scorpions songs....see? “While Heaven Bleeds” is Dio-era Sabbath.   There's nothing wrong with paying tribute to the bands that helped shape ones musical direction.  There's cowbell on the intro to the otherwise very heavy “Merry Widow” - how cool is that?? HEAVY METAL COWBELL!!!

To be honest, it's going to be hard to write a non biased review of this CD.  I've loved everything I've heard from the Elixir family from the second they took the stage in NJ 11 years ago and my jaw fell on the floor when I heard the opening notes of “Star of Beshaan”.

The biggest compliment I can give is if I ever get good enough and form my own band they won't sound very much different than Midnight Messiah.  This is recommended for fans of the classics – but again with a modern twist and modern production. 

-Rys

Midnight Mesiah are:
Paul Taylor – vocals
Phil Denton – guitars, bass, keyboards
Darren Lee – Drums
Dave Strange – Lead Guitar on tracks 3, 4, 5, 10 & 11

Track Listing:
Second Coming
Led into Temptation
Hellbound
The Merry Widow
Go to the Light
Return of the King
The Darklands
While Heaven Bleeds

Bonus Tracks:
Right Place, Wrong Time
King of the Night (2017 remix)

Find Midnight Messiah online:


Photos by Electric Eye Photography.



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bandcamp Bonanza – BBBBBB



The irony in today’s title is the featured album initials are BBB and the article series here is also BBB. Double Triple B’s. Killer B’s. I thought that was cool, what I also think is that you should listen to the recommendations in today’s feature of Bucky’s Bandcamp Bonanza.

Buttered Bacon Biscuits – From The Solitary Woods
What we have here folks is a reissue for the first time on vinyl the defunct band who later formed the monster what is Witchwood deep in the Italian woods. I urge you to grab the vinyl edition of this as Jolly Rogers Records is doing the world a service by putting this out there. Extremely limited, this will likely only get pressed once and you have your chance to be one of the few and one of the proud vinyl junkies. As there is only a couple tracks streaming on bandcamp, you get the full album with digital purchase and it is impeccable. Trust me.
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.


Mind Reverse – Mind Reverse EP
This one just ticks all the right boxes and is an enjoyable listen no matter what your mood.
Nice fusion of punky garage blues and progressive psych rock. One that gets better with each listen. Quite impressive.

This one may go down in many year-end lists. Interesting trivia, Tony Hawk’s kid is the frontman for this impressive band. Southern California skater rawk at its finest!!!
Petyr come launching out of nowhere with a blazing set of cosmic riffage on its self-titled smasher. Heavy psych hasn't felt this good since your first trip on magic mushrooms. The laser blues laced skater punk jam layers of extraterrestrial fuzz into empty pools of Witch meets Earthless. Hot damn!!

The Wicked Ones – The Wicked Ones
Ya, this is a wicked one. I especially like the hard edged groove and the vocal assault. So mean, yet so clean. Price is right too. Can’t afford not to.
This is where the Steve Rodgers in me says "Gods Holy Trousers" Ravishing vocals wailing over dominating bass lines and wickedly constructed metallic fuzz. Add in a distorted cover of Jefferson Airplane and I think we've got somebody to love. Holy fucking crap!

King Zong – King Zong
Sounds like the album looks, and seems to be getting welcomed attention in the heavy side of the heavy underground. Dig it.
King Zog comes out ripping hard on the riff bong taking the low and slow doomy blues to the 5th dimension

Feuerzeug – Dead Wahines and Psunamis
These guys just came on my radar and come to find out as blown away as I was about this old material, our president Racer was all over it back in the day. Review here. They’ve gone into hibernation but rumor has it they are back together and working on new material. Keep your ears out for Feuerzeug, as they’ve got big news to unleash soon.
Absolutely punishing fuzz catapulted by unrelenting groove after groove. The bass rumbles tirelessly beneath the distorted riffs which echo against a clean, powerful vocal.

Well that was fun. What do you think of all this madness? Give us your suggestions. What are you listening to other than the obvious albums mentioned here right this minute? Inquiring minds want to know. Don’t be scared join the party, pitch your tent, follow us on bandcamp, and comment below.

-The Huntsman

Friday, May 19, 2017

Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid



Greetings waveriders.  Today I have something a little different to present for your listening pleasure.  The Impossible Kid is the latest album from Aesop Rock.  Aesop Rock is an incredibly gifted hip-hop emcee/producer.  If you've been reading The Ripple Effect regularly you might recognize his name.  Back in November of 2016 I reviewed an album entitled Bestiary by Hail Mary Mallon, a group composed of Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz.  I love that album and would willingly use it as a straightforward introduction to this new solo work if I could.  The Impossible Kid however is an entirely different animal.

What makes this album different from other hip-hop albums you might hear, let alone Bestiary?  Good question.  First and foremost is the lyrical content and delivery.  If you want to hear the next good time jam or party anthem this is not your stop.  On second thought, I shouldn't say that.  What do I know?  Aesop Rock weaves intricate tales of adulthood, introspection, and melancholy that may in fact be just what your upcoming shindig requires to make it truly legendary!

Anyway, the subject matter covered by these fifteen tracks is often highly sobering.  I particularly appreciate songs like "Blood Sandwich" which examines vivid memories of Aesop's brothers and "Shrunk" which breaks down a combative back and forth between Aesop and a psychologist.  "Rings", "Lotta Years", and "Dorks" each reflect on mortality in their own unique way.  "Defender" is ostensibly about taking part in a neighborhood watch and then there's "Kirby", an epic and awesome ode to Aesop's cat.  "Shrunk" and "Lotta Years" happen to be my favorite tracks on the album.

Waveriders I know that you've come across reviews which proclaim that a particular album is "mature".  My friends, I'm here to tell you that The Impossible Kid is the perfect example of a "mature" work from an accomplished artist.  Aesop Rock has produced a collection of tunes that will provoke serious thought.  Add to that the extremely groovy production and we've got a winner!  Get your copy and start contemplating today!

-Penfold


Thursday, May 18, 2017

HE IS ME - Cleansing (Single)




Self-released

He Is Me is collaboration between Portland based songwriter and musician/producer Casey Braunger and Calgary, AB based songwriter/vocalist Steve Moore. Casey and Steve first collaborated on a 2001 track called "Silencer". Fast forward to 2016, when Casey reached out to Steve about guest vocals on a new song, Steve liked it so much that they decided to form a new project.

This fourth single that they have released is a down tempo, electronic/industrial song that has angst, anger and enough edge to grab you and pull your ears into the swirling morass that they have concocted. The vocals and subtle at time, but then they turn savage and the song goes into a pounding drill into your soul. The guys have come up with a song that takes a little from here and there and makes it into something that you will want to replay over and over again.

This certainly hits the right buttons and makes me anxious to hear what they will come out with in the future. Stop being a tease and get a whole album out already!

-Rick Ecker


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sacramento hard rock outfit Misamore Release Video For Bloody Mary




Sacramento based hard-rock trio Misamore have dropped their video for "Bloody Mary" online at https://youtu.be/cQt7PRMCZOs. The track is the new single from Misamore's brand new "Monolith".

"The song 'Bloody Mary' was written a few years before the recording of Misamore's full-length album, "Monolith". The song deals with the destruction of what little innocence we have and how it all fundamentally is the same feeling that sends us in the same direction," commented Misamore's Josh Amolsch. "Originally, the video was planned to be a woman losing her virginity and then giving birth in the snow and bleeding to death, but we thought that might be too graphic and "real" for people. There was also plans for the band to be in the video, playing around burning trash barrels in the snow. But the lyric video seemed more appropriate for a few reasons. Those being that the listeners probably want to understand what the lyrics are saying and the another was to focus on the story of how easy it is to make bad decisions and how quickly they will cause things to crumble."

Sacramento, CA-based power-trio titans Misamore refuse to rest. Misamores' drummer, Cameron Ellis, was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 20 years old which was immediately removed. Despite the struggles, music was always a driving force while he searched for solutions. He is now healthy and stable. Bassist Mike Dragony suffers from celiac disease, a long-term autoimmune disorder primarily affecting the small intestine that occurs in people with acute sensitivity to gluten and other foods that can cause severe abdominal pain. During the making of the album "Horizon" in 2010, Dragony was rushed to the hospital and almost died. While battling through health scares that would cause most people to throw in the towel, Misamore has persevered and continued to create infectious hard rock.
With fourteen years in, a five-song EP, a single and now a full length album to tout, Misamore has proven that it will take more than a pesky thing like a brain tumor or a near death experience from Celiac Disease to slow them down.

Misamore's new offering, “Monolith”, is what Loud & Heavy calls “a top to bottom solid body of work” with many peers in the Sacramento music scene praising the release as an “evolutionary piece” and “Flawless”.

GOATWHORE Announces North American Tour With Anciients; Band To Unleash Vengeful Ascension June 23rd Via Metal Blade Records




GOATWHORE, who are currently wrapping up a tour with label mates Amon Amarth, will play the Fort Worth Metal Fest at the The Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas at the end of the month before taking to the streets again for a near-three-week North American journey from June 9th through July 1st. Support will be provided by Vancouver metallers, Anciients. See all confirmed dates below.

GOATWHORE w/ Amon Amarth [remaining dates]:
5/16/2017 The Cotillion - Wichita, KS
5/17/2017 Boulder Theatre - Boulder, CO
5/18/2017 Lookout - Omaha, NE * GOATWHORE only
5/19/2017 The Blue Note - Columbia, MO
5/20/2017 Mercury Ballroom - Louisville, KY
End Tour
5/27-28/2017 Fort Worth Metal Fest @ The Rail Club - Ft. Worth, TX
w/ Anciients:
6/09/2017 The Rock Box - San Antonio, TX
6/10/2017 Backstage Lubbock Depot - Lubbock, TX
6/11/2017 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
6/12/2017 The Green Rom - Flagstaff, AZ
6/14/2017 Stork Club - Oakland, CA
6/15/2017 Old Nick's Pub - Eugene, OR
6/16/2017 Northwest Terror Fest @ Neumos - Seattle, WA
6/20/2017 Generator Cabaret - Prince George, BC
6/21/2017 Distortion - Calgary, AB
6/22/2017 Brixx Bar & Grill - Edmonton, AB
6/23/2017 Riddell Center - Regina, SK
6/24/2017 Windsor Hotel - Winnipeg, MB
6/25/2017 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN
6/26/2017 The Metal Grill - Cudahy, WI
6/27/2017 Frankies - Bryan, OH
6/29/2017 George's Majestic Lounge - Springdale, AR
6/30/2017 Vino's Brewpub - Little Rock, AR
7/01/2017 Maggie Meyers Irish Pub - Huntsville, AL

GOATWHORE will release their anticipated Vengeful Ascension full-length worldwide on June 23rd via Metal Blade Records. The band's seventh full-length and second recorded reel-to-reel, Vengeful Ascension was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois near Champaign with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome).

The ten-track, forty-one-minute production - mixed by Chris Common (Tribulation, Pelican) and mastered by Maor Applebaum (Faith No More, Halford, Today Is The Day) - marches in, clutches its listeners by the throat and refuses to loosen its grip until the abrupt conclusion of "Those Who Denied God's Will." A sonic manifestation of war, chaos, desolation, and emotional conflict, seamlessly bridging twenty years of the band's signature brand of audio venom, it's a record that finds its members at their most accomplished both individually and as a cohesive unit. Guitarist Sammy Duet's dense, sub nuclear riff work and possessed solo blitzes are at their most devastating spiraling flawlessly and instinctually around drummer Zack Simmons' and bassist James Harvey's hammering rhythms while vocalist Ben Falgoust's distinctly commanding roar, his acidic prose more enunciated than ever before, complimenting the apocalyptic proceedings.

Vengeful Ascension will be available on CD, vinyl (in multiple limited color variations), and digital formats. Various Vengeful Ascension preorder options are currently available at metalblade.com/goatwhore where you can also sample the record's title track.

GOATWHORE Recording Lineup:
Louis B. Falgoust II - vocals
Sammy Duet - guitars, vocals
Zack Simmons - drums
James Harvey - bass

GOATWHORE Touring Lineup:
Louis B. Falgoust II - vocals
Sammy Duet - guitars, vocals
Zack Simmons - drums
Robert "TA" Coleman - bass




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mammùt Share New Track "Breathe Into Me" || Announce New Album 'Kinder Versions' Out 7/14 On Bella Union




Icelandic bands often resemble a force of nature, and Mammút are no exception. Today the band are thrilled to announce their spectacular new album Kinder Versions that is due for release on July 14th through Bella Union. Alongside this announcement Mammút have shared the powerful first track from the album, entitled “Breathe Into Me", which is streaming HERE.

Mammút is Icelandic for ‘mammoth’ – the name that singer Katrína Mogensen “plucked out of the air” when she joined guitarists Alexandra Baldursdóttir and Arnar Pétursson, bassist Ása Dýradóttir and drummer Andri Bjartur Jakobsson for their stage debut, aged just 14. Katrína is the daughter of bassist Birgir Mogensen, a former bandmate of Björk back when they were young post-punk adventurers; a questing spirit that Mammút have also unconsciously adopted, though without ever really discussing what kind of music they play. “We’re so close as a band, we have no limits for each other, no boundaries, we just follow our gut instincts,” says Katrína.

It worked from the off; they quickly won the Músíktilraunir ‘battle of the bands’ and thereafter nominations and awards at the Icelandic Music Awards: their third album Komdu til Mín Svarta Systir won three of its eight nominations in 2014, including Album (Pop & Rock) and Song (Pop & Rock) for their epically slow-burning ‘Salt’. And with vocalist Katrína now singing in English, there’s a chance much more of the planet will discover what their homeland has known for a while.

Kinder Versions intense character is obvious from the get-go, with opening tracks “We Tried Love” and the title track the album’s two longest, at over seven and six minutes respectively, embodying everything that is thrilling about Mammút’s ebbing and flowing dynamic. “With those lyrics and the soundscape, those songs had to be the introduction,” Katrína vouches. “And with the [the sparser, gentler] ‘Bye Bye’ following, it’s the most honest way into the album.”

Mammút’s shows at last November’s Iceland Airwaves festival solicited rave reviews from The Arts Desk - “Hard-edged, rocky, circular songs with folky, spiritual melodies… Unreservedly fantastic” - and Rolling Stone, which referred to Katrína’s “icy, piercing vengeance” and the music’s “arena-worthy, shamanistic hard rock.”

Mammút will be one of three acts appearing on Bella Union's mini-tour later this month in Europe alongside their label-mates Pavo Pavo and Will Stratton, which marks the beginning of the label’s 20th Anniversary celebrations. They will also be appearing at Bella Union’s night at The Great Escape.
Kinder Versions track listing:

1. We Tried Love
2. Kinder Versions
3. Bye Bye
4. The Moon Will Never Turn On Me
5. Breathe Into Me
6. Walls
7. What’s Your Secret
8. Pray For Air
9. Sorrow

Pre-order Kinder Versions on iTunes

DESTROYER OF LIGHT: Austin quartet to unearth Chamber of Horrors this July | Stream and share new song ‘Prisoner of Eternity’




Hailing from Austin, TX, harbingers of doom Destroyer of Light are no idlers. Within a year of forming in 2012 and with little mind to wait around, the heavy-as-hell/louder-than-war quartet released their self-titled EP themselves and in doing so kick started what would became an ongoing DIY endeavor driven by huge riffs, hallowed tales and endless road journeys.

No matter which rock you look under there’s no hiding the fact that the band is heavily indebted to the darker side of stoner metal and everything that goes along with it. Bathed in an aural haze and ominous song craft, Destroyer of Light’s music is unmistakably one of grim theatricality and crushing heavy metal dirges. Influences such as Electric Wizard, Mercyful Fate, EYEHATEGOD and Autopsy serve as striking counterpoints to the literary and filmic references they dig up in Wiccan-stalked forests and horror anthologies. Following up on their debut in 2014 with their second release Bizarre Tales Vol. 2, if anyone just so happened to be in any doubt, death and destruction is very much the order of service and confessional sermons are delivered in a constant sea of feedback and percussive right hooks.

This July however Destroyer of Light are primed to unearth their latest album, a haunting and humid foray into the realms of doom rock, aptly titled Chamber of Horrors. Dragging their music into a cavernous basement to experiment freely with underground sounds, listeners are treated to a ritual ear beating and a memorable trip into psychedelic realms unknown.

Chamber of Horrors by Destroyer of Light will be released on 14th July on Heavy Friends Records. In the meantime, stream and share new song ‘Prisoner of Eternity’ here – https://soundcloud.com/sheltered-life-pr/destroyer-of-light-prisoner-of-eternity-heavy-friends-records

Destroyer of Light:

Steve Colca – Guitar/Vocals
Jeff Klein – Bass
Keegan Kjeldsen – Guitar
Penny Turner – Drums


Chamber of Horrors by Destroyer of Light is released on 14th July on Heavy Friends Records:
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