Tuesday, 20 February 2018

THAL - Reach For The Dragon's Eye (Album Review)

Release date: 16th February 2018. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD

Reach For The Dragon's Eye – Tracklisting

1.Rebreather 06:40
2.Under Earth 02:57
3.Her Gods Demand War 06:01
4.Thoughtform 03:48
5.Soulshank 05:55
6.Death of the Sun 04:41
7.Punish 03:20
8.Reach For The Dragon's Eye 04:58


John "Vince Green" Walker - Vocals, Guitars and Bass
Kevin Hartnell - Drums, Guitars and Synth


A lot of things have changed for THAL since their debut album. Newly expanded to two members now and newly signed to Argonauta Records. THAL's new - Reach For The Dragon's Eye - is a more aggressive sounding Stoner Metal album with the band adapting Kyuss/DOWN style Stoner Metal sounds with a classic Heavy Metal approach. THAL are confident from the start with the heavy layered sounds offering a different kind of Psychedelic Desert Rock journey.

The whole journey of the album is one of steel-eyed confidence with the Stoner Metal riffs portraying a band at ease with their own sound. Opening track - Rebreather - is my favourite song on the album as it opens with a cool psychedelic desert/stoner metal riff before John's vocals appear and take you back to the Stoner Metal scene of the nineties where Kyuss and Fu Manchu reigned supreme.

To THAL's credit they manage to create their own style and deliver a more modern sounding hard rock. The other seven songs on the album easily match the addictive vibes of the opening song. The lyrics on the album are superbly written and realised when matched against the heavy stoner metal sounds. As THAL aren't afraid to experiment with their sound. One moment you could be enjoying a straight-forward Stoner Metal riff and then THAL opt for a heavier Grunge/Garage Rock style of music.

The second song - Under Earth - sees THAL adapt a more classic sounding Thin Lizzy approach with their music. Though it's more distorted with the whole atmosphere being slightly dirtier than you originally expect. THAL embrace the sound of 70s Doom Rock in a big way on songs such as Her Gods Demand War, Thoughtform and Death Of The Sun.

If you ever wondered what Kyuss would sound like adapting a classic seventies rock sound then Reach For The Dragon's Eye would be that album. The overall sound of Reach For The Dragon's Eye is very diverse and makes for a bold and superbly entertaining album.

The instrumental work is a major step-up from their debut album and could help THAL establishing their reputation even further within the Stoner Metal scene.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to NeeCee Agency for the promo. The album is available to buy on DD/CD now via Argonauta Records.


Album Premiere Of Nick Olivieri's NO HITS AT ALL Vol 4 (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Here it is, folks! The last episode of the “N.O. Hits At All” compilations, that put together the very best as well as some exclusive, unreleased tracks from NICK OLIVERI’s numerous projects and collaborations over 20 years of career. It will land on February 23rd through HPS Records.

Following the successful issuing of his “N.O. Hits At All Vol.1“, “N.O. Hits At All Vol.2” and “N.O. Hits At All Vol. 3” compiling rare an unreleased songs from his numerous projects and collaborations over the past 25 years (QOTSA, Dwarves, Kyuss Lives!, Death Acoustic, Winnebago Deal, Royale Deamons with Wino and Joey Castillo…), 

NICK OLIVERI returns next February 23rd with the final episode of the series, comprising tracks by The Dwarves, Death Acoustic, Rattlin’ Bones and Loading Data!


1. “WALK ON” (written by The Uncontrollable)
2. “IDENTIFY, ISOLATE, MANIPULATE” (written by biblical proof of UFOs)
3. “ENDLESS VACATION” (written by Ramones and performed by DEATH ACOUSTIC)
4. “HANGING LOW” (written By Loading Data)


1. “FUCK YOU UP AND GET HIGH” (written by The Dwarves)
2. “SUPER HERO” (written by He Who Can Not Be Named)
3. “DONT BELIEVE” (written by Rattlin’ Bones)
4. “SUSY IS A HEADBANGER” (written by Ramones)

The good folks at Heavy Psych Sounds and Purple Sage PR have arranged you to hear this bad-boy in all it's colourful glory. The last chapter in this greatest hits story from one of Stoner Rock's true renegades.

You can buy N.O. Hits At All Vol 4 from Heavy Psych Sounds now

Thanks to Heavy Psych Sounds and Purple Sage PR for the promo.

Monday, 19 February 2018


Leeds-based sludge-metallers Nomasta have released their debut music video 'House of the Tiger King'. Shot on green-screen and featuring a mix of animation and performance footage with artwork from Pyreclimber and Visual Effects from AmmoniteFX the video has been picked up for distribution by BlankTV. The video was created by Nomasta's bassist/vocalist Kris Allen and is inspired by the original, animated Lord Of The Rings by Ralph Bakshi.


, a 3-piece forged in the fires of the Leeds underground, deftly infuse doom-laden thrash with bursts of elephantine riffs and dancing time signatures. 2017's debut album 'House of the Tiger King' has complimented their ferocious live shows and merchandise through alternative clothing label Pyre Climber. In 2018 several tracks from the album have gained airplay on BBC Introducing, the band have released their debut music video and are currently on tour with Gizeh Records' Hundred Year Old Man.

Nomasta’s writing force, previously behind disbanded UK noise rockers CANAYA (feat. members of Dragged Into Sunlight, Evisorax & Krokodil) firmly cemented their profile in Metal Hammer, Kerrang, Rock Sound & Terrorizer magazine whilst gaining the support and air play of Radio 1 DJ Daniel P Carter.


website: http://www.nomasta.com
twitter: https://twitter.com/nomastaband
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nomastaband
instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nomastaband
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaAOLcQkPh0qf3Ywy-tm_gA

Album Premiere Of AVON New Album - DAVE'S DUNGEON (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Release date: 23rd February 2018. Label: Heavy Psych Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Dave's Dungeon – Tracklisting

Red barn
Hero With A Gun
Mace Face
Space Native
On Fire
Dungeon Dave
Was Ist Los?


Alfredo Hernández
James Childs
Charles Pasare

The Lowdown

This Friday sees the release of AVON's stunning second new album - Dave's Dungeon. If you don't know who AVON are by now. You should make amends now. Look at the all-star line-up of Alfredo Hern├índez (KYUSS, QOTSA, Brant Bjork), James Childs (AIRBUS) and Charles Pasarell (WAXY).

That's a seriously kick-ass band. I reviewed their debut album Mad Marco back in 2016. Bruno B reviewed their upcoming new album Dave's Dungeon just recently.

Newly signed to Heavy Psych Sounds. We are excited to premiere the full album below for your musical enjoyment.

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for the promo. Dave's Dungeon will be released on CD/DD/Vinyl via Heavy Psych Sounds from February 23rd 2018.


Saturday, 17 February 2018

An Interview With Tom Young From ESTUARY BLACKS

Estuary Blacks are a new band from Swansea, South Wales. Made up of members of Bomb The Sun and Tabularasa, Estuary Blacks play a more Psychedelic Stoner Rock sound with elements of Post-Rock being woven into the background.

The band have just released their superb debut album and it's a fantastic sounding record that will appeal to fans of Elephant Tree and the members previous bands that I mentioned before.

I wanted to find out more about Estuary Blacks and how they recorded their epic sounding new album. Tom Young (Drums) from the band was more than happy to do this interview.

Hi Tom. Thanks for doing this interview. How are things with you today.

Yup, all good here....excited to release the album.

Before we discuss your new album. Can you give a brief overview of how the band formed and where it is today.

We grew up together, went to school together and Dan and Al were doing a band called Bomb The Sun who unfortunately disbanded a good few years ago, I've played in other bands and always loved their style together so we decided to give it a shot!

Why did you choose Estuary Blacks as the name for your band.

Me (Tom) and Dan grew up on the North side of the Gower Peninsula and it's all Marshland with a large Estuary. There are horses that live on the marsh and when the tide cones right up, the horses get to the higher parts of the marsh and get semi-submerged in the tide. They have to wait there until the tide goes back out again until they can move for fear of falling into one of the groynes and drowning!! In the evening you can see their black silhouettes standing motionless....these are Estuary Blacks!!

How would you describe your overall sound.

That's always hard......big...!!

You’re about to release your superb debut album. What can people expect from the album.

It's quite a diverse album, from big heavy climaxes like Puris Prass to the delicate spacey interlude, Hank Carmarvin......

I like to think that it offers a lot...it's not just a stoner/doom/post-rock album......whatever people wanna label it as.

What is the main theme of the album.

The Sea and the seasons/weather........we get all the weather!

Who is releasing the album and what formats is the album being released upon.

Kozmik Artifactz are releasing the album on vinyl and CD but it will also be available through BandCamp as of February 16th.....then later on Spotify.

How did you hook-up with Kozmik Artifactz records to release your album on vinyl.

Bomb The Sun released their self titled (masterpiece in my opinion) through them which ,they loved. So when we formed Estuary Blacks we started sending them stuff and they liked it....

Here we are.

Did you have any other offers from labels to release the album on vinyl.

We haven't sent off any music to other labels yet.....Kozmik always seemed really keen to have us and they did a great job on the Bomb The Sun record we feel we don't need to go any place else.

What influenced you when writing and recording the album.

Where we grew up, the Gower......we have some characers .....musically we were listening to a lot of Goatsnake, Super Furry Animals, Ween and Mogwai while recording this.....Don't know if we have taken any of that!

Was recording the album an easy or hard experience.

Some came easy like Fat Jason and Caswell Brat......Puris Prass has been rolling around in our jams for around 2 years now! We didn't finish writing it till a week before we tracked it

What is the song-writing method in the band. Is it a group collective or down to one individual.

Dan's got a weird way of playing the bass.....

He plays it like a guitar and comes up with some great lines, me and Al are in charge of hacking him up and putting it back together again.

You’re from Wales and the Welsh scene has provided the Doom and Stoner Rock/Metal world with some amazing bands over the years. What is the scene currently like in Wales. Do you have an active scene to participate in. Do you get the opportunity to perform regular gigs.

South Wales had and still had an amazing array of bands.....what we don't seem to have (in Swansea) is a bunch of people who go out and see bands.....

We may play a gig to 5 people one night, play the same venue a week later and you got 50 people there.....you just never know........

Swansea is a fickle beast. But yeah, when we grew up we got to see band like Taint, Bomb The Sun, Black Eye Riot and The Death Of Her Money on a regular basis.....it was the shit!!

Will you be promoting and touring this album heavily within the UK. Or will you just be focusing on gigs closer to home.

We would love to play gigs about the country - hit us up!!

Words by Steve Howe and Tom Young

Their debut album is available to buy digitally now. CD/Vinyl will be released later this year via Kozmik Artifactz.


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Estuary Blacks - S/T (Album Review)

Release date: 16th February 2018. Label: Kozmik Artifactz. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Estuary Blacks – S/T – Tracklisting

1.Moorings 04:23
2.Trawlers 10:21
3.Fat Jason 06:23
4.Hank Carmarvin 04:11
5.Caswell Brat 10:26
6.Puris Prass 11:49




So this is what happens when former members of Bomb The Sun and Tabularasa decide to form a new band. Welsh Psychedelic Stoner Rockers – Estuary Blacks – deliver the goods with their intriguing and genuinely exciting debut album. The self-titled record sees the band in highly confident and inspired form. Playing a blend of ELDER style Progressive Psych Stoner Rock but merged with the doomy heaviness of Elephant Tree. It’s a sound that’s becoming really popular within the Psychedelic Stoner Rock scene. However Estuary Blacks deserve your attention and respect on their own terms.

Opening track – Moorings – is a doom/ambient driven Post-Rock/Stoner sounding number that shows you a brief glimpse on what to expect musically on the album. It’s a strong start to the album with elements of Psychedelic Rock really pushing the song along to an exciting conclusion.

Second track – Travellers – opens with a more sombre mood as the band play a laid back reflective song. The song soon changes into a heavier and progressive doom/stoner rock song. It has quite a raw feel and the superb vocals match the angry atmosphere being played around them. This is where you start to hear the Elder/Elephant Tree comparisons for the first time but Estuary Blacks slowly start to weave their own progressive magical spell. The music is deliciously addictive and heavy with the right amount of different progressive elements that make up the epic ten minute plus run time. The last part of the song makes intelligent use of a droned out sound that feels it’s being played by a different band.

Third track – Fat Jason – sees the band start playing a “Pelican-esque” style of music before sublime vocals return the album to a more upbeat and glorious Psychedelic/Stoner Rock sound. The music is very slow at times but the heavy psychedelic guitars make this one of the standout tracks on the album.

Fourth track - Hank Carmavin – is a semi-acoustic instrumental track that has a slight “country” style vibe with the solitary guitar still offering a psychedelic vibe. It’s not the most exciting songs on the album but that’s not the point of the song. It shows the listener that Estuary Blacks can perform more delicate songs and leave the heavy riffs behind for a few minutes or so. The second half of the song veers into Post-Rock territory and actually leaves you wanting more.

The final two songs on the album Caswell Brat and Puris Pass offer twenty two minutes of heavy psychedelic sounds with the band playing some uplifting Stoner Rock music to end the album with. Caswell Brat is perhaps the more engaging of the two songs with the band showing a keen eye for experimentation and sonic melody. Puris Pass does end on an intriguing end with various UK Weather Reports being played against a subtle musical backdrop.

Estuary Black’s debut album is a highly emotional and uplifting slice of Psychedelic Stoner Rock with moments of Progressive Rock and Doom based sounds that show you there is more to Estuary Black’s music than you first experience. This album proves the Welsh Stoner Rock/Metal scene is more than capable in providing great bands for you to discover. This is an essential album to have in your record collection. It’s simple as that.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Estuary Blacks for the promo. Their debut album is available to buy digitally now. CD/Vinyl will be released later this year via Kozmik Artifactz.


Thursday, 15 February 2018

Sativa Root - Oneiroid (Album Review)

Release date: 16th February 2018. Label: Marijunaut Records. Format: CD/DD

Oneiroid – Tracklisting

1.Intro 00:09
2.Blood Rigs 07:36
3.Funeral of the Witch 08:24
4.Deathclaw 05:56
5.Tabarnak 05:56
6.Morlock 09:14


Stonerhead - Guitar
Pan - Drums
Doomster - Bass


Austrian Psychedelic Doom/Stoner Metallers - Sativa Root - finally bring their full length debut album - Oneiroid - after almost seven years existence as a band. They have released a couple of EP's over the years which did show the world their undoubted potential. Oneiroid has a dirtier, doomier and heavier feel compared to their previous records. With the band playing a heavier and doomier sound.

The album opens with a ten second sound clip that opens the album to Sativa Root. Nothing flashy. It's just there for a soundbyte of some sort.

The second track - Bloodrigs - is an almost down-tempo sounding number with a heavy bass-line allowing the drums and guitars to slowly infecting the people listening into this album. The song and album itself has quite a progressive feel with the doom and stoner metal sounds slowly building up to a confident gloomy rhythm. The majority of the album is instrumental but Sativa Root has included one or two surprises along the way which I will explain later.

Third track - Funeral Of The Witch - is perhaps the doomiest offering on the album. As it sees the band venture into darker and more down-tempo areas of the Doom/Stoner Metal world. Though it does take some time for the song to fully get going into a more exciting rhythm of its own. The psychedelic parts of the song is what makes the song truly standout on the album. As it's quite epic with the song running past the eight minute mark. Sativa Root show that they know how to play on this album with epic musical solos with all three band members all vying for your attention.

Fourth track - Deathclaw - opens with a bleak voiceover setting up the scene. The song once again starts off real slow before adding a heavier psychedelic stoner metal vibe. I think this is where Dave “Dixie” Collins of Weedeater appears. As the band have managed to convince Dave to provide vocals on the album though his vocals are quite brief.

The final two tracks - Tabanark and Morlock - perhaps offer the more exciting and heaviest moments on the album with Sativa Root finally showing their true potential. The final song - Morlock - is the standout track on the album with Sativa Root proving they have both style and substance played down to a fine art. The song is very progressive with the Doom/Stoner Metal parts working superbly well together. The psychedelic vibes is what holds everything together as Sativa Root brings this song and album to a highly satisfactory conclusion.

Oneiroid is parts Karma To Burn instrumental Stoner Rock and parts Black Sabbath/Saint Vitus style vintage Doom Metal riff worship. The sound and production of the entire album is very good indeed. There were a couple of moments that could have benefited having more volume added. Other than that minor complaint, Oneiroid is an album that will keep the Instrumental Doom/Stoner Metal masses superbly entertained for a long time to come.

Words by Steve Howe