Saturday, 14 December 2019

END BOSS Announce Their Arrival With Awesome New Song - FERAL

Feral is the debut recording of Wellington, New Zealand heavy, sludgy, bluesy rock band End Boss. Featuring the vocal talents of E.J Thorpe, the down-tuned twin guitars of Greg Broadmore and Christian Pearce of Wellington via Hamilton punk band Ghidoragh and Nato from Beastwars on drums.

E.J says about the track "The lyrics are loosely based on an experience someone close to me had after they turned down the advances of a rather dark, witchy woman. She threatened them with a curse, which became a particularly terrifying experience as the ride home from her place in the middle of nowhere became a very close call with death. Because the music reminded me of the sound of a motorbike speeding away from something, the lyrics ended up being based on the story."

With a huge amount of material already written expect an album later next year.

End Boss play Obey the Riff festival at Panhead Brewery in Upper Hutt alongside Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Beastwars, Earth Tongue, Witchskull and Potion on March 7 2020 and support Nebula (USA) at Valhalla on 19th March 2020


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Marijannah - Istanah (Album Review)

Release date: December 06th 2019 (Digital) / January 31st 2020 (Vinyl). Label: Cursed Tongue Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Istanah – Tracklisting

1. Bloodsucker
2. 1966
3. Full Moon
4. Shapeless
5. Spider Walk With Me
6. Pluto


Muhd Azri – bass guitar
Nicholas Wong – drums and vocals
Rasyid Juraimi – guitar and vocals
Nicholas Ng – guitar and vocals


My favourite Singaporean hoodlums, Marijannah, are back with the follow-up to their excellent debut, ‘Till Marijannah’. The new wax, entitled ‘Istanah’, is equally great in all aspects as its predecessor, any way you look at it. Even better, Marijannah are not playing it safe. It still sounds like them but a really nice strong twist, akin to Mars Red Sky, has been added and this turned out perfect. They have also gotten heavier and trippier on top of this, so naturally, ‘Istanah’ is absolutely brilliant!

Opener ‘Bloodsucker’, also the first single off of ‘Istanah’, epitomises the entire album and the change Marijannah has gone through. It explodes out of the gates being almost Death Metal…for about 75 seconds. Then the band settle in with the Mars Red Sky vibes which flows so eloquently through the songs from then on, you know what I’m talking about. Stoner rock and trippiness. Although ‘Bloodsucker’ retain more of the new-found heaviness, just listen to those riffs and the solos, man. And that earth-shattering middle section. Fantastic! ‘1966’, the second single of the album follows keeping the pace a touch slower with elegant hints towards the old Palm Springs scene. All while hypnotising and mesmerising the listener. The music envelops you immediately and doesn’t let go until you are cleansed and reinvigorated. Beautiful, indeed. ‘Full Moon’ is by and far the shortest song Marijannah has ever released. At 1.38 with only a minimalistic yet disturbing music background, this brief composition hits all the emotions there is.

‘Shapeless’ really brings the stoner metal mixed with doom. Slow, menacing, heavy and trippy it simply crushes anything in its way. It is one of those amazing songs where you can lose yourself, as long as you want to and you should, trust me! ‘Spider Walk With Me’ opens up in full punk mode before switching to something akin to Voivod playing stoner. This weaves back and forth until they drop in tempo and goes into a spaced out trippy mode. Kind of claustrophobic and disturbing but in the best possible way because music shouldn’t always be easy. It should be challenging at times and keep you, the listener, on your toes. And that’s what ‘Spider Walk With Me’ does. ‘Pluto’ is the last song out and it starts out kind of like its predecessor. Full of slow, lurking doom and stoner rock which turns into a space journey through exploding super novas during the solos. Marijannah definitely takes you somewhere new and uncharted and I am absorbing and loving every little bit of it!

Marijannah blew me away with their debut especially because the music was great but also since I knew nothing of them back in 2018. And I love it when unknown bands through me of my foundations. Again, they kind of surprised me because I didn’t know the sophomore record was in the making. As with the debut, the new wax, ‘Istanah’ simply clears the playing field letting Marijannah dominate and take control. And that’s how it should be. These guys are fantastic and deserve so much recognition, so don’t miss out people. Watch out for the Singaporean juggernaut!

Words by Håkan Nyman

Thanks to Niels at Cursed Tongue Records for the promo.

Istanah is available to buy digitally now. The vinyl will be available to buy from January 31st 2019 via Cursed Tongue Records.


Problem With Dragons Announce US Tour

Problem With Dragons announces US Tour in February in support of new full length album Ascendant.

“maintains a ton of riffage” -

“ an extremely wide range of influences including hardcore punk, grunge, and classic hard rock, this band is a true melting pot of sounds and styles” - 

“alienish riffs, and warish vocals” - Valley Show Girl, Valley Advocate 

“Built on the foundation of relentless kit-smashing drums, the riffs are thick and caked in dirty tone” - Stoner HiVe 

“is a deeply engaging and adventurous album with a richly creative narrative” - Outlaws of the Sun 

“Heavy, quirky and most importantly, very listenable” -

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GRIN - Translucent Blades (Album Review)

Release date: January 17th 2020. Label: Crazy Sane Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Translucent Blades – Tracklisting

2.Orbital Grace
3.Translucent Blades
5.Electric Eye
6.Holy Grief


Sabine Oberg – Bass
Jan Oberg - Drums, Vocals

Additional Guitars, Tin Whistle, Soundscapes


Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal Duo – Grin – are back with their new album Translucent Blades – and it continues their heavy down-tempo sound the band created with their excellent debut album from a couple years back. This album is perhaps way more psychedelic and sees the band more comfortable with their heavy surroundings. Grin feel inspired by bands such as Conan, Sleep and Ufomammut on this album but playing by their own heavy rules for an uncompromising sound.

Opening song – Helix – is the song with the heaviest vocals on the entire album with it’s mix of harsh and despairing growls. Though it’s the Psychedelic Post-Doom atmosphere the band weave into the mix that instantly grabs your attention. It’s a heavy mix of Ufomammut based Post-Rock, Doom, Sludge and Stoner based grooves that has a distorted feel to it. This is quite an interesting song to open the album with. As the vocals become cleaner and softer from this moment on. So expect a softer vocal delivery for the rest of the album.

Second song – Orbital Grace – has a more “way-out” there sound with a trippy groove being the main focus of the entire song. The vocals are excellent with an earthly style of their own. The music elevates from Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal with deft precision and allows Grin to weave a magical and heavy sound of their own. The ambient atmosphere can be quite intense in places but the music never feels forced and the band play a highly interesting blend of Cosmic Spaced Out Rock.

Third song – Translucent Blades – carries on the trippy Psychedelic and Spaced Out sounds with influences ranging from Conan, Sleep and Black Sabbath being heard and felt within every fibre of this song. Though it’s still Grin’s show and they prove they’re quite capable of playing addictive space rock grooves of their own. The ambient based atmosphere can be quite distorted in places but this allows the music and vocals to blend effortlessly together. Though the vocals are the best part of this song.

Fourth song – Husk – is a more Post-Rock driven style of music with distant vocal echoes slowly working their way to the front of the action. The heavy grooves take time to appear and this is a refreshing change of pace from Grin. As the music is more focused and calmer. The vocals are excellent yet again but the highly atmospheric music is what held my attention the most. The Post-Doom/Post-Metal style delivery has a classic vintage feel to it whilst retaining a modern sensibility.

Fifth song – Electric Eye – allows Grin to experiment with their sound yet again. The heavy bass is handled superbly well and one that brings a more menacing style of music for Grin to play with. The gloomy atmospherics is beautifully underplayed from start to finish. The vocals are quite gloomy and can be distracting at times especially when they move into more Drone based territory. The final moments are taken up by a hybrid Drone/Doom based sound and perhaps the most exciting part of the song.

The final three songs of the album – Holy Grief, Antares and Reviver – sees Grin perhaps play the heaviest and most exciting riffs on the album with Holy Grief and Reviver being the best parts of the album.

Translucent Blades can be quite a complex sounding album when you first listen to this. As Grin have included a high volume of different ideas within the albums short thirty-six-minute running time. Maybe the album could have been on a little bit longer for the band to explore and develop their sound even further.

However, this is still an epic and even more thrilling record compared to their debut album and one that allows Grin to enhance and grow their reputation even further within the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal community.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Chris at Crazy Sane Records for the promo. Translucent Blades will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl from Jan 17th 2020 via Crazy Sane Records.


Monday, 2 December 2019



Majestic Mountain Records is very proud to welcome Australian based Vessel to the label and we're so excited to bring the new album 'Vagabond Blues' to all of you in February!   

'Vagabond blues' is a 7-songs genre-defying tour-de-force album covering metal, doom and of course fuzz!  As can be heard with the first single 'Twenty Twenty' the current enviroment situation is one of the HOT topics on the album and something that Majestic Mountain Records supports to 100%. Albums like 'Vagabond Blues' is what keeps the Majestic Mountain machine rolling and we can't wait to share the album with you! 

'Vagabond Blues' drops the 7th of February 2020 and the vinyl pre-order will open in the end of January! Stay tuned for more information about the content of the vinyl release! 

To get you in the mood for the album you can hear this Exclusive Premiere of the new song TWENTY TWENTY from the upcoming new album from the link below:
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