Sunday 31 March 2019

DUEL - Valley Of Shadows (Album Review)

Release date: May 17th 2019. Label: Heavy Psych Sounds. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Valley Of Shadows – Tracklisting

1. Black magic summer
2. Red moon forming
3. Drifting alone
4. Strike and Disappear
5. Broken Mirror
6. Tyrant on the throne
7. I feel no pain
8. The bleeding heart


Tom Frank - guitar, vocals
Shaun Avants - bass, vocals
Justin Collins - drums
Jeff Henson - guitar


Greetings all,

Sometimes you come across a truly amazing, inspired record that just sort of creeps up on you. I had heard of the Texas psychedelic occult rock band Duel, but wasn’t familiar with their output. I will be forever grateful that their third record, Valley of Shadows, landed in my lap. The band has an intense hard driving, 70’s classic rock sound with a real heavy dose of stoner vibe and grunge fuelled muscle. Valley of Shadows is a powerful blast of eight epic slabs of rock n roll. The band is tight, the production is top notch and the songs are solid through and through. The band uses the basic two guitar, bass, and drums sound with a vocal style that reminded me at times of Orange Goblin and Mos Generator.

Black Magic Summer opens the record with a massive riff and larger than life chorus. One of my favorite tracks on the album follows, Red Moon Forming, rocks ferociously with the band channelling their inner Thin Lizzy. The band keeps it coming with the psych heavy leanings of Drifting Alone. Their guitars and drums ooze a dark psychedelic feel that blends perfectly with the dark lyrics throughout.

Strike & Disappear slows things down a bit, but only for the first part. The jangly off kilter rhythm and ominous warning to “Take back your heavy trip and be gone” then morphs wildly into a high octane/thrash influenced close. The next track, Broken Mirror, opens with a massive metal inspired riff that brings in a later era Sabbath vibe to this killer track.

Tyrant on the Throne brings the heavy with big riffs and a killer classic rock feel. The ultra catchy I Feel No Pain follows with some killer lyrical storytelling and crunch, grunge inspired feel. The band brings the full on, ZZ Top on steroids/Texas boogie with The Bleeding Heart

The album closer is an absolute monster guitar heavy beast that closes the record on the highest of high notes.

Duel has given unto us an amazing album. Plain and simple, Valley of Shadows delivers the goods. This album will definitely stay in constant rotation, while I go back and dive head-first into the bands back catalogue. Go grab a copy of this album. It will floor you!

- Todd S - Instagram @alltheghoststhathauntyou

Words by Todd Stealey

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for the promo. Valley Of Shadows will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Heavy Psych Sounds from May 17th 2019.


Saturday 30 March 2019

The Devil And The Almighty Blues - TRE (Album Review)

Release date: March 29th 2019. Label: Blues For The Red Sun / Stickman Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

TRE – Tracklisting

1.Salt The Earth 12:31
2.One For Sorrow 05:13
3.Lay Down 07:16
4.Heart Of The Mountain 08:25
5.No Man's Land 06:56
6.Time Ruins Everything 08:11


Arnt Andersen
Petter Svee
Kenneth Simonsen
Torgeir Waldemar Engen
Kim Skaug


TRE is the 3rd album from Norwegian Heavy Blues/Stoner Rockers – The Devil And The Almighty Blues and I will admit this is the first time I’ve ever listened to any music from this band. I was aware of them before hearing TRE but I never give the band a second thought and that’s a damn shame on my own part. As TRE is an excellent collection of Heavy Blues/Stoner Rock songs that acts as music for the soul.

The Devil And The Almighty Blues are one of most soulful bands I’ve heard in a long time whilst still creating heavy Blues Rock based riffs. TRE is an album that’s never afraid to lay it’s soul on the line for everyone to hear and experience. Take the opening song SALT THE EARTH as an example. This song does take time to fully get going but the lyrics and vocals have a deep meaningful existence to them and ones which are heavily inspired by 60s and 70s Classic Sounding Hard Rock.

The lead vocals feel inspired by The Who’s legendary vocalist Roger Daltery and that speaks volume to me personally as he’s one of my all time favourite vocalists. The Devil & The Almighty Blues perfectly capture the feel and essence of the 60s/70s Classic Hard Rock/Blues Rock scene whilst adding a trippy Psychedelic/Stoner Rock vibe.

The band are also not afraid to add strands of Progressive Rock into the mix especially on songs such as Salt The Earth, Lay Down, Heart Of The Mountain and my favourite song Time Ruins Everything.

TRE is perhaps not the most easiest album to listen compared to their previous two albums. This be the first album that I’ve listened to from the band but I did my research and listened to their other albums before writing this review. The other albums actually maybe more easier and more welcoming to listen to. However TRE is the better album. As the band have tried to do something different with their music and succeeded on all levels personally speaking.

The production is immense and only adds to the overall sound and experience of the album. TRE is a must have album and proves why The Devil And The Almighty Blues are one of the best Blues/Hard Rock bands currently around within the Hard Rock scene.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for the promo. TRE is available to buy now on CD/DD/Vinyl via Blues For The Red Sun / Stickman Records

Friday 29 March 2019

Witchfinder - Hazy Rites (Album Review)

Release date: April 1st 2019. Label: Black Bow Records. Format: CD/DD

Hazy Rites – Tracklisting

1. Ouija
2. Satan's Haze
3. Covendoom
4. Sexual Intercourse
5. Wild Trippin
6. Sorry
7. Dans L'Instant

Tom - drums
Clement - bass/vocals
Stan - guitar


French Doom/Stoner Metallers Witchfinder impressed me with their 2017 S/T Debut Album with it’s epic use of Psychedelic Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal. The album had a great sounding retro feel to the album as well. Now, fast forward to 2019 and the band will be releasing their 2nd album – Hazy Rites.

This album is a different sounding beast compared to their debut album. As the album is heavier and way more progressive. Witchfinder even managed to include a harsher style of Rock/Metal in certain parts of the album and may leave some listeners fully out of their comfort zone. The band take influence from MONOLORD, CONAN, Weedeater and SLEEP on this album. However this is still Witchfinder’s show. They create an influx of different sounds that have a nightmarish creepy edge to them.

The opening 3 songs – Ouija, Satan’s Haze and Covendoom offer 25 minutes of the heaviest and most thrilling Doomed Out Riffs held on the album. The music has a nightmarish and Droned Out quality to it. The Doom/Drone/Chant based Vocals from Clement has a hollow edge to them and they only add to the eerie and Progressive atmosphere the band expertly create on this album.

The later stages of the album is where Witchfinder impress the most perhaps creatively speaking. As the band decide to experiment with their sound and opt for a more disturbing Hardcore based vision. Songs such as Wild Trippin, Sorry and Dans L'instant will leave you looking over your shoulder with it’s heavily stylish use of Psych, Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal that allow Witchfinder to create a truly exciting sound of their own.

Overall, Hazy Rites is everything you could want from a Doom/Stoner Metal album. As it offers a thrilling and challenging audio sonic experience you’ll be listening to over and over again.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Curtis at Dewar PR for the promo. Hazy Rites will be available to buy on CD/DD via Black Bow Records from April 1st 2019.


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Gandalf The Green - A Billion Faces (Song Review)

Release date: March 28th 2019. Label: APF Records. Format: DD

A Billion Faces – Tracklisting

A Billion Faces


Andrew Flint - Vocals/Guitar
Jack Walker - Vocals/Drums
Danny Wrigley - Bass


A Billion Faces is the new 13 minute song from UK Stoner/Doom Metallers – Gandalf The Green. I’ve been keeping a close eye on these guys ever since I saw them supporting Mexican Spaced Out Doomsters – Vinnum Sabbathi – in a small pub in Dewsbury outside Leeds, UK. I was mightily impressed what I saw. A band with raw potential but one that plays epic Stoner/Doomed Riffs especially if you’re a fan of Sleep and CONAN.

A Billion Faces sees Gandalf The Green build upon that potential with an all out attack on the senses that sees the band playing a heavier, richer and progressive sound. The WEEDIAN influences are there to be listened to and worship from afar. The heavy SABBATHIAN grooves is what really holds everything together as the band even experiment with the standard Doom/Stoner Metal sound by adding Distorted Droned Guitars and a cool sounding Psychedelic Grooves in certain parts of the song.

This song shows that Gandalf The Green are wiser, older, mature and more confident from their 2016 debut release. The music is bold, daring and even challenging in places. A Billion Faces could have been a risky creative decision for the band to release. However this is brilliantly entertaining and epic sounding song and proves that Gandalf The Green could be at the forefront of the UK Doom/Stoner Metal scene in the years to come.

Obviously we will need to hear a new EP or hopefully full length album to see the guys reach their full potential. However, until then, A Billion Faces proves that the future is bright for these guys.

Do yourself a favour and immerse yourself with the epic sounding riffs of GANDALF THE GREEN.

Words by Steve Howe


Thursday 28 March 2019

HEMPTRESS - Alchemy (Album Review)

Release date: March 2nd 2019. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Alchemy – Tracklisting

1.I Hear You Howlin 06:10
2.Moonlight Gunnin 06:13
3.Alabaster 04:15
4.When The Sun Goes Down 04:38
5.Mind Corruptor 07:46
6.Electric Fire 04:40
7.Maniac 06:14
8.Alchemy 11:38


Jesse : Vox/Guitar/Drums
Jordan : Bass
Jordan : Guitar


Alchemy is the debut album from Canadian Sludge/Stoner Rockers HEMPTRESS who incorporate Blues Rock and Doom Metal into their music. The album has a very distinctive sound with the band playing a direct style of Sludge/Stoner Rock. HEMPTRESS are very hard to pin down to one particular genre as they move from different sound to the next. Though the album is pure ROCK & ROLL EXCESS and is the better for it.

Opening song – I Hear You Howlin – shows you how HEMPTRESS play around with their sound as they offer a Sludgy and Doom based atmospheric style of music. The song has an almost vintage feel to that sees the band move towards the realm of Classic Rock but still maintaining a fresh modern sound as well. The vocals take some getting used to but Jesse’s vocals soon shine through.

Second song – Moonlight Gunnin – shows the bands love for all things Psychedelic merged with a heavy Blues Rock vibe. The song does take time to fully get going but it’s always an engaging and vibrant affair. HEMPTRESS have over 6 minutes to play with on this song and they build up to a thunderous and exciting finish. Fans of CLUTCH will no doubt enjoy HEMPTRESS style of music.

Third song – Alabaster – is more laid-back compared to the opening two songs. However the band still play some heavy stylish sounds. This song sees HEMPTRESS remain within the Classic Style of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Jesse’s vocals are inspired by 1980’s Heavy Metal Excess and he runs away with that style. The vocals maybe brief but it what sells the song as one of the standout moments on the album.

HEMPTRESS carry on that style of Sludge Rock. Stoner Rock, Doom Metal and Classic Hard Rock for the remainder of the album. Songs such as Mind Corrupter, Maniac and the almost 12 minute final song – Alchemy set the scene for an excellent sounding album.

It’s good to see HEMPTRESS paying respects to their musical influences on this album whilst managing to create their own superb sound. I can see why the band are starting to receive some great praise from the Stoner Rock/Metal community with people such as Steve Woodier (Deathrattle Podcast), Steve Rodger (BandCamp Doom/Stoner Metal Expert) and Bucky Brown (Ripple Effect) singing this bands praises most recently. These guys know what they’re talking about. As they’re some of the most prominent BandCamp supporters within the community and they know a thing or two about good music.

So take their advice and listen to this epic album. As HEMPTRESS have delivered the goods with this album. You’ll be hearing a lot more from these guys in the near future.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe


Wednesday 27 March 2019

The Pilgrim - Walking Into The Forest (Album Review)

Release date: April 26th 2019. Label: Heavy Psych Sounds. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Walking Into The Forest – Tracklisting

Peace Of Mind
The Time You Wait
Sunset In The Desert
When I Call Your Name
Suite 2


Walking Into The Forest is the new solo album by The Pilgrim. The Pilgrim is the solo project of Gabriele Fiori from famed Psych Stoner Rockers – Black Rainbows and Killer Boogie. Gabriele is also the owner of Heavy Psych Sounds. Walking Into The Forest is very different to other musical projects Gabriele is currently involved with. As The Pilgrim is a semi-acoustic Psych/Classic Rock/Folk Rock album with its heart and soul firmly rooted in Sixties and Seventies Rock.

The album is constantly engaging and mellow from the start. If you’re looking for the heavier sound that Gabriele is known for then it’s best to look elsewhere. Though the album does have its fair share of Heavy Rock moments. This album sees Gabriele offer a more emotional and heart-warming sound with personal lyrics holding everything together.

The vocals are engaging and offer a different perspective from what I’ve heard from Gabriele before. This is a good change of pace from Gabriele as he lives up quite rightly to The Pilgrim persona. The songs are very similar to each other but they all have their own distinctive sound and identity. Songs such as Peace Of Mind, The Time You Want, Sailor and Dragonfly show you that Gabriele has a cool deft touch at writing the calmer style of music compared to Black Rainbows.

Walking Into The Forest has an excellent cover of Hawkwind classic – Brainstorm– and it’s more a laid-back cover compared to the original. There are times on the album that Gabriele is laying his soul and personal feelings to closely to the bone at times and I admire his approach to the overall flow of the album. As this is perhaps his more personal and soulful album to date.

I’m always slightly wary when members of bands that I love and admire announce solo albums. As most of the time they’re so different from we’ve heard from the artist before that I kinda lose interest quickly. Wino and Scott Kelly are perhaps the only solo output that I enjoy from the Heavy Rock/Heavy Metal spectrum. Well you can add The Pilgrim to that list.

Walking Into The List surprised me in a huge way. It’s been on constant rotation since I’ve received the album to review. A good sign, personally for myself. The album is an excellent addition to Gabriele’s already impressive resume. I hope we hear more from The Pilgrim in the future as I feel there is a lot more to come in the years to come. Unless Gabriele is keeping this as a one-off release. I hope not.

Overall, Walking Into The Forest is a superb sounding album that has quite an emotional depth and a few hidden surprises along the way. You don’t have to be a fan of Black Rainbows to enjoy this album. You just need to be a fan of great music in general and that is what Walking Into The Forest actually is. A great album that offers a wide range of different musical elements and leaves you with a warm happy vibe that’s totally addictive and very hard to beat.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Claire at Purpler Sage PR for the promo. Walking Into The Forest will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Heavy Psych Sounds from April 26th 2019.


Tuesday 26 March 2019

DRUIDS - Monument (Album Review)

Release date: April 19th 2019. Label: The Company KC. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Monument – Tracklisting

1.New Breath
2.Iron Healer
3.Mirrors of Trigon
4.The Whip


Luke Rauch : Vocals/ Guitar
Keith Rich: Drums
Drew Rauch: Vocals/ Bass


Progressive Sludge/Stoner Rockers DRUIDS new album Monument is perhaps the record that will hopefully see them gain actual mainstream attention. As they’ve created an album that draws influence from Sleep, Mastodon and Baroness though an album still with its sound and identity. Newly signed to The Company KC who have are a building up a steady reputation in releasing quality sounding releases and Monument is no different.

Opening song – New Breath – has some epic Mastodon-esque riffs running through it’s veins though offering a more varied Progressive Rock sound. The sci-fi based themes are what makes DRUIDS music truly standout. As the mood becomes more volatile and allows the band to create a more thunderous style of Sludge/Stoner Metal with the vocals being more grounded as well.

Second song – Iron Healer – has a heavier and more direct sound compared to the opening song. The vocals are a cool mix of Clean Vocals and Heavy Prowls and is perhaps DRUIDS best vocal performance to date. The psychedelic and space rock riffs work superbly with the heavier Progressive Rock/Metal elements the band have included here.

Third song – Mirrors Of Trigon – is the song that is perhaps the standout song and the one that has been generating actual buzz within the scene for DRUIDS and rightly so. This is an epic reinvention of the modern sounding Sludge/Stoner Metal sound. The sludgy and droned out guitars slowly build up a cold rhythm before the doomier elements appear for a more varied and richer sound. The vocals have an alternative rock/metal feel to them and it works surprisingly well. The lyrics maybe OTT but it allows everything to flow naturally whilst telling an interesting story as well.

The final two songs – The Whip and Shivast – continues with the epic Sci-Fi based themes DRUIDS build their music upon. Shivast is perhaps the strongest of the final two songs as DRUIDS go all out on this song and perhaps perform some of the albums heaviest progressive sounds.

Monument is DRUIDS finest record to date and they deserve all the success and plaudits coming their way. This is a record you cannot miss.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to The Company KC for the promo. Monument will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via The Company KC from April 19th 2019.


Sunday 24 March 2019

Cowboys & Aliens - Horses Of Rebellion (Album Review)

Release date: March 15th 2019. Label: POLDERRECORDS. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Horses Of Rebellion – Tracklisting

1.Soaking 04:05
2.Still in the Shade 03:36
3.Two Time a Man 04:44
4.Sheep Bloody Sheep 05:01
5.Take a Good Look Around 04:21
6.Horses of Rebellion 03:58
7.Morning Again 04:14
8.Hollow 03:41
9.Refuse 03:10
10.Walk a Mile in my Shoes 04:20
11.Splendid Isolation 02:19


John Pollentier
Henk Vanhee
Peter Gaelens
Tom Neirynck


Cowboys & Aliens return with their 5th album – Horses Of Rebellion. This album sees the legendary Stoner Rock band add a more thunderous Alternative Rock groove to their classic Stoner based sound. The album is more aggressive compared to their previous albums and it’s good to hear the band trying something different instead of releasing the same album over and over again.

The album never stops with it’s fast-paced aggression from the opening song – Soaking – for the majority of the album. Cowboys & Aliens will please not only long-time fans of the and but also the casual observer or first time listener. As this album ticks all the right buttons with melodic psychedelic Desert/Stoner Rock sounds that bands such as Kyuss and Monster Magnet made famous back in the day. Though please remember this band has been going strong since 1996. Well they did have a brief 5 year hiatus from 2006 to 2011. The fact remains that it’s still great these guys are still around making great music such as Horses Of Rebellion.

Horses Of Rebellion has it’s fair share outstanding songs such as: Soaking, Two Time A Man, Sheep Bloody Sheep, Horses Of Rebellion, Morning Again, Hollow and Release. The only weak part of the album is the final song – Splendid Isolation. As the song doesn’t really go anywhere and leaves you wanting more. Maybe it was best to end the album with a different song.

Apart from that minor complaint, Horses Of Rebellion is a great album and sounds excellent from the start. The production is first-rate and this allows the album to flow at such a natural and addictive pace. If you’re in the mood for a heavier and different style of Stoner Rock then Horses Of Rebellion has you fully covered and proves once again why Cowboys & Aliens are one of the best Stoner Rock bands the European scene has to offer.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to POLDERRECORDS for the promo. Horses Of Rebellion is available to buy now via POLDERRECORDS.


EP News - KUROKUMA Announce New EP Details

Trippy Metal Trio KUROKUMA Announce New EP Details

Sheffield’s Best Metal Bands Vol. 1 to be released via Off Me Nut Records May 3rd 

Trippy metal trio KUROKUMA have announced their third EP Sheffield's Best Metal Bands Vol.1 will be released via Off Me Nut Records on May 3rd 2019 ahead of their appearance at Desertfest UK on May 5th. 

Check out their teaser here: 

Kurokuma - Sheffield’s Best Metal Bands Vol. 1

After earning acclaimed reviews for their Advorsus EP (2016) and Dope Rider EP (2018), KUROKUMA's cult-like notoriety for producing avant-garde music, heavy yet multidimensional, has continued to grow. Now, the band have teamed up with notorious electronic record label Off Me Nut Records for their latest release, which sees the label's first ever foray into the murky world of metal. 

Sheffield’s Best Metal Bands Vol. 1 finds the band burrowing deeper into an atmospheric world of their own creation, producing four leviathan tracks that are a consciousness-expanding 24-minute refraction of monumentally unsettled ambient heaviness and blackened sludge. And there's even a Jamiroquai cover thrown in for good measure (Deeper Underground). This is some persuasively weird shit.

The band comments: "It's a product of being on the road a lot more this past year, seeing a lot of metal bands outside of just the stoner/doom circles, and then just bringing in a few influences from outside metal. We listen to things from all across the musical spectrum; lately it's been a lot of electronic music and beats, and that's nothing particularly unique, but we've never drawn lines between genres or been hesitant about bringing what we like to listen to into the band. 

There's a darkness and an intensity that you might find in unexpected places if you're willing to look. Reality is twisted, you'll never escape it. We're taking the weird shit that flows through our brains and in front of our eyes, cranking the volume and putting it on cassette. And when we took a step back and looked at the lyrics and song titles on this release, we realised that, if you had to describe it, everything related to a theme of weird creatures that are misunderstood by society at large, which, to be honest, is a good way of summing up who we are.“

KUROKUMA recently gained further spotlight after being featured in The Doom Doc, an independent documentary on the doom scene which followed KUROKUMA's drummer, Joe E Allen, and featured interviews with original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, Primitive Man, Conan, Slabdragger, and many others.

Having perfected their engaging sound on stages worldwide from the UK to Japan with bands such as Conan, Crowbar, Trap Them, KEN Mode, Boss Keloid, Primitive Man and Skeletonwitch to name a few, the next few months will see the band playing select dates and festivals including Desertfest in London in support of their EP.

Sheffield’s Best Metal Bands Vol. 1 will be released by Off Me Nut Records on May 3rd. Pre-orders will be available soon.

See KUROKUMA live at one of the following dates:

March 24th, Dreadfest, Leeds (UK)
April 12th, Record Junkee, Sheffield (w/ Author and Punisher) (UK)
April 13th, Replacement Weekender @ The Moon, Cardiff (UK)
May 5th, Desertfest, London (UK)
May 18th, The Rumble At Rebellion, Manchester (UK)

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Sheffield’s Best Metal Bands Vol. 1 Tracklisting

1: RVN
2: Wasp Nest
3: Deeper Underground
4: Wasp Nest (Memphis edit)

Saturday 23 March 2019

11PARANOIAS - Asterismal (Album Review)

Release date: March 15th 2019. Label: Ritual Productions. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Asterismal – Tracklisting

1.Loss Portal 08:16
2.Bloodless Crush 03:21
3.Vitrified Galaxy 06:32
4.Prelude 02:07
5.Slow Moon 09:07
6.Quantitative Immortalities 11:55
7.Chamber of Stars 06:14


Adam Richardson (bass/vox)
Mike Vest (guitar)
Nathan Perrier (drums)


Asterismal is the epic new album from Progressive Doom/Sludge Metallers 11PARANOIAS. This album is a very dense and heavy affair and I wouldn’t expect anything less from these guys. The album is a Space Rock odyssey though the band a nightmarish and surreal vision to their music. The music is constantly heavy and always evolving into a different style of Spaced Out Rock that only 11PARANOIAS could possibly make.

Asterismal runs for around seventy-two minutes and it’s epic as they come. The songs all have a deep meaningful sound and identity of their own. Each song sounds very different to each other. As the band play many different styles of Doom, Sludge and Psychedelic Metal. The whole feel of the album has an almost TRIBAL feel to it especially on songs such as: Loss Patrol, Bloodless Crush, Vitrified Galaxy, Slow Moon, Chamber Of Stars and the excellent two-part song of Acoustic Mirror.

If you’ve listened to previous albums by the band then you know what to expect. However, the band take a darker and slightly depressing turn on this album and it works wonders for their overall sound. Their music now has a more threatening purpose and the music becomes heavier as a result.

The vocals from Adam are superbly sung from the start. As they’re a mixture of clean chants, harsh growls and regular clean vocals. Though I do have an issue understanding what is being sung on certain parts of the album. It’s a good job that the music is brilliantly played and highly original in its own right. The heavy droned out sludgy guitars allows the band to have a more nuanced approach to their music.

Asterismal has a distinctive stop-start approach where the band could be playing an epic riff and they stop for a split second and decide to play a different style of music. For the most part this works in the bands favour. However, this style of music could be distracting to the more casual listener than a die-hard fan of the band. Asterismal is perhaps best suited to people who know what to expect from this great band.

Asterismal is a thrilling and very surreal album that delves right into the darkness of i 11PARANOIAS music. This is an album that you need to be in a certain frame of mind to fully appreciate and understand the whole meaning of the album. 11PARANOIAS have always been the type of band who are never afraid to experiment with their music and still make you want to experience more.

I may not fully understand the full themes and ideas of Asterismal yet but it’s going to be a great journey trying to figure this out for myself. Overall, Asterismal is a thought-provoking and complex album that ranks as one of the best albums the band have released yet.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Barbara at NeeCee Agency and Ritual Productions for the promo. Asterismal will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Ritual Productions from March 15th 2019.


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Thursday 21 March 2019

King Legba & The Loas - Back From The Dead (Album Review) And Album Premiere

Release date: March 22nd 2019. Label: Czar Of Crickets Productions. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Back From The Dead – Tracklisting

1. Black From The Dead
2. Ghost Train
3. Voodoo Witch
4. Moonchild
5. Resist The Gods
6. A Little Pity
7. No Surprise
8. Home


Tobi Glanzmann - vocals & guitar
Marco Grementieri - vocals & bass
Silvio Spadino - drums


King Legba & The Loas are a band that I hadn’t heard of before until I listened to their new album – Back From The Dead. The band play a heavy mix of Blues Rock, Garage Rock, Punk Rock and Stoner Rock and will appeal to fans of The Hellacopters but with a more Stoner Rock sound.

The album was recorded by legendary producer Tomas Skogsberg who has worked with acts such as The Hellacopters, Backyard Babies and Entombed. I can confirm the album sounds great from start to finish and allows King Legba & The Loas to show off their undeniable talent. The songs a mixture of different styles but all containing a hard-rocking Stoner based groove.

Opening song – Black From The Dead – is parts modern day Monster Magnet and even Motorhead in places. As the song can’t decide if it’s a glorious OTT Garage/Stoner Rock song or a classic balls-to-the-wall Hard Rock/Metal anthem that Motorhead were famous for. Add a few moments of Heavy Psychedelic Rock and you have one of the standout songs on the album.

Second song – Ghost Train – opts for a more classic The Hellacopters sound but the band add their own style of fast-paced Punk Rock and Blues Rock sound. The song is quite infectious and that’s perhaps down to the fantastic vocals of Tobi who feels that he has an easy-going persona despite the heavy rock vibe being played in the background.

Third song – Voodoo Witch – is a more Classic Rock/Punk Rock song with the band adding a more Doom/Occult Rock vibe to their music especially with the lyrics. It’s not one of the strongest songs on the album but it’s a song with bags of personality and shows that the band know how to have devilish demonic fun.

Fourth song – Moonchild – is perhaps my favourite song on the album as the band opt for a more modern Stoner Rock/Metal sound with elements of Punk Rock keeping the song moving along at a brisk pace. The lyrics are quite playful and seedy in all of the right places. The vocals from both Toni and Marco adds real SLEAZE ROCK attitude to the overall feel of the album.

The second half of the album carries on the Punk/Stoner Rock attitude the band created on the first half of the album with the album ending on an exciting conclusion.

Other cool songs to check out are: Resist The Gods, A Little Pity and Home.

Back From The Dead only lasts for 32 minutes or so and it would have been good if there were a couple of more songs to make the album last that little bit longer. As it’s over quite quickly and I wasn’t ready for the album to be over that quickly. However, Back From The Dead is superbly entertaining and will appeal to a wide range of fans across the Hard Rock musical spectrum.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Fredy at Czar Of Crickets Productions for the promo. Back From The Dead will be available to buy on CD from March 22nd 2019. The Vinyl can be ordered directly from the band. 

You can listen to the entire album with this exclusive album premiere of BACK FROM THE DEAD.