Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Moonstone - 1904 (EP Review)

Release Date: December 03rd 2021. Record Label: Galactic SmokeHouse / Interstellar Smoke Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl/Cassette

1904 - Tracklisting

1.Magma 14:55

2.Spores 13:48


Review


Poland’s Heavy Atmospheric Doomsters Moonstone come back after a two year absence with their latest EP - 1904. An EP that explores the heavy and fuzzier side of Atmospheric Doom with the music bringing plenty of Psychedelic and Progressive Muscle that has elements of Sludge and Stoner Metal to bury listeners expectations with.


The music draws influence from the usual suspects of Black Sabbath, SLEEP and Electric Wizard but Moonstone add a more Progressive creative flavour to their sound that even may see people hear other bands such as Pallbearer and Bongripper. 1904 feels like a band trying to make their own way into the Sludge/Stoner Metal world on their own creative merits which Moonstone ultimately succeed at doing.


I feel the band takes direct influences from the Polish and Swedish Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal scenes on this, especially with the Psychedelic and Swirling Atmospheric moments that appear on both songs of Magma and Spores. Both tracks run for almost fifteen minutes and fourteen minutes respectively. The vocals/chants that appear are kept down to a bare minimum and it’s the music that’s the real star here. With Moonstone playing a very cool style of slow paced and fast paced grooves that expand the entire modern day Doom/Stoner Metal box of musical tricks.


The slow parts are quite majestic and often goes into Post-Rock territory but still retaining a heavy sound that can be quite heavy and distracting but in a good way. There is also a lot of sonic experimentation and the AMPLIFIER RIFF worship that is becoming quite popular recently. 


The production is excellent with Moonstone giving every chance to shine with the heavy gloomy RIFFS that ultimately make this EP such a winner. I can see why this release is getting a multiple format release. It’s bound to sound great on the whole range of releases that 1904 is getting now and in the future.


1904 is another gloriously EPIC release from Moonstone and showcases another quality band from the Polish Heavy Rock Scene.


Excellent and Highly Recommended.


Words by Steve Howe


1904 is available to buy on Various Formats from Galactic SmokeHouse / Interstellar Smoke Records

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Introduce Yourselves: THREE BIRDS WHISPER

What is the name of your band?

We are Three Birds Whisper


What is the genre of music that you play?


Our music style is ranged from folk through to spacey, psychedelic times and heavy Rock'n Roll colored with saturated vibrations. The lyrics are engaged and with a poetic visions of the world...

Our creations are influenced by musics like those of Nirvana, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Kyuss or The Clash but also music from everywhere like Siklawa, Idir, Camaron de la Isla, Salif Keita, Victor Tsoi...


If our band could be compared to anything, it would be a cloud in pants with a candy for spirit.



Can you give a brief history of the band of how it came together and where it is today?


Based in Beaune (21) France, the band began in the late 2011 founded by Oli, and then picked up in August 2013. Musicians who have left their mark on the band were: Thomas Malecki, Bruno Valentin, Cedric Peyrot, Christian Trouvé, Michel Maussire, Ary Chotkan. 


We are now Stil on drum, Yuliya on keyboard an Oli on guitar / voice.


We are preparing a third album.


What can people expect from your music?


Take refuge in the bottom of your soul.

Empty yourself of all your pain inflicted by this world and let yourself be carried away.

This music was created with all our guts for your happiness and to change this world lost in its futile and destructive material quests.

It is created to wrap you in spiritual sweetness, protect you and accompany you on the path that leads to the ultimate dream ... 


What is the best release that folks should check out from your band?


Our most successful song is Tsar Bomba from the album Kindness is Intelligence.


Where can people find you on Social Media?


https://tbw.fr

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7CLfyXK1V1a4QOK6pkLQ8F?si=EXVf8zz_Qk6uuYBanw6IPg

https://music.apple.com/artist/three-birds-whisper/1524263862

https://www.deezer.com/fr/artist/101383832

https://soundcloud.com/tbwband/

https://www.facebook.com/tbwband/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBYWIVCf9IYenYiDVtQ06ig/featured

https://twitter.com/tbwfr

https://tbwtbw.bandcamp.com/

https://fr.napster.com/artist/three-birds-whisper


Introduce Yourselves: DARK SUN KULT


What is the name of your band? 

Dark Sun Kult

What is the genre of music that you play? 

We’re a Heavy Rock/Hard Rock band that incorporates elements of Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Stoner Rock, Space Rock, Proto Metal, and Doom. We where dubbed Sci Fi Stoner Rock by a member of one of the bands we’ve played with and that seems like s pretty accurate description.

Can you give a brief history of the band of how it came together and where it is today?

DSK was formed in December of 2012, when Eric Burke (Lead Guitar), David Littell (Bass), and Shannon Bowlin (Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar) started playing Drummer Josey Byustrom. Eric, David, and Shannon had all three been in three previous bands together going back to 2002.

This original line up jelled quickly and performed it’s first show on 7/12/13 at the World Famous Milestone Club in Charlotte NC. After playing multiple shows at various venues across the state of North Carolina, they entered the studio to record their debut album “Year Of The Astronaut.”

In 2018, Dillon Warren became the second drummer for DSK. After playing a number of shows, DSK returned to the studio to record their second album “Holy Motivator,” which was released just prior to the COVID 19 Pandemic.

Dillon Warren had to step down in early 2021, on amicable terms and Logan Bowlin then became the third Drummer for DSK.

DSK will be returning to live performance early in 2022.


What can people expect from your music? 

We refer to what we do as our Secret Science of Sonic Alchemy, because from day one our goal has been to create Heavy Music that’s not limited to any one style or genre. Each member of DSK brings a lot of different influences to the band, but among the common influences we share, Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Blue Cheer, and Monster Magnet are the most prevalent.


What is the best release that folks should check out from your band? 

We’ve released two albums “Year Of The Astronaut” and “Holy Motivator.” Both are pretty good representations of what we do, but since “Holy Motivator” is the most recent, it’s probably the best one to check out first. “Holy Motivator” is available on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, and pretty much every major platform for Streaming and Downloads. There’s also a link for physical copies on our FB Page.

Where can people find you on Social Media? 

DSK can be found on Facebook and YouTube

Monday, 6 December 2021

Introduce Yourselves: BLACK SOLSTICE

What is the name of your band?

Black Solstice and we’re based in Stockholm, Sweden.


Magnus Lindmark – vocals and guitars

Peter Eklund – drums

Lelle B Falheim – bass guitar

Anders Martinsgård - guitars


What is the genre of music that you play?


We might perhaps have a foundation built on stoner rock/doom rock and such but we have expanded the horizon to a more hard rock/heavy rock approach. A bit of this and that so to say.



Can you give a brief history of the band of how it came together and where it is today?


Peter and Anders go back together many years as the musical foundation of Ponamero Sundown. And you might say that Black Solstice is what came next after that band disbanded. But it wasn’t really a straight path at all so to speak.


Magnus and Lelle joined in early 2019 and that was more or less the start of what Black Solstice is today. Things kind of went from there. The band recorded a couple of demos, then an ep which led to a deal with Ozium Records and Majestic Mountain Records.


Right now, we’re rehearsing a live set for some upcoming shows in 2022. And we will be starting to jam out some new material as well.


What can people expect from your music?


A lot of riffs and kind of upbeat music. The vocals are rather mid ranged and there are more details in the music than reaches the eye.



What is the best release that folks should check out from your band?


We just released our debut album Ember through Ozium Records. The vinyl version is handled by Majestic Mountain Records and will be released hopefully in the second quarter of 2022.


Where can people find you on Social Media?


https://blacksolstice.bandcamp.com
https://www.instagram.com/blacksolsticesthlm
https://www.facebook.com/blacksolsticesthlm
https://www.blacksolstice.se


Introduce Yourselves: DARK OCEAN CIRCLE


What is the name of your band?

Dark Ocean Circle

What is the genre of music that you play?

Fuzz Rock

Can you give a brief history of the band of how it came together and where it is today?

Dark Ocean Circle was founded during the Covid-19 pandemic in Stockholm by friends and by advertisement, as it usually are. The idea and purpose is to play Heavy Music in genre´s like Heavy Rock, Riffrock, Stoner, Desert, Fuzzrock and Fuzzy doom. 

Our influences are broad and starts in the late 60´s early 70´s with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. As life goes on the music that affected us was the 80´s metal and 90´s grunge together with the stoner, doom, trash and death music that arose during this time. Now we look back at our musical influences and close the Circle with heavy fuzzy riffs, a progressive touch, psychedelic jams and a willingness to add something extra. Now we just released our first EP in digital and in 2022 we will release a CD and Vinyl with Oziumrecords.

What can people expect from your music?

We call it Fuzz Rock as we don't stay in one genre such as stoner or doom, we also pick groove from the seventies, energy from heavy rock and mix with grunge and parts of psychedelic.


What is the best release that folks should check out from your band?

Our EP ”Bottom of the Ocean” contain the mix and variety we want to spread from doomy riffs to kicking rock´n´roll.

Where can people find you on Social Media?

https://www.facebook.com/DarkOceanCircle
https://www.instagram.com/darkoceancircle/
https://darkoceancircle.bandcamp.com/

Blue Heron - Black Blood Of The Earth/A Sunken Place (7 Inch Single Review)

Release Date: December 03rd 2021. Record Label: Blues Funeral Recordings. Format: DD/Vinyl

Black Blood Of The Earth/A Sunken Place - Tracklisting

1.Black Blood of the Earth 07:14

2.A Sunken Place 04:58


Review


Black Blood Of The Earth/A Sunken Place is the debut 7 inch single from Domed Out Desert/Stoner Rockers Blue Heron. A band who focus on their own “authentic” take on Desert Rock as the band members grew up around the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The band offers 12 minutes of Desert/Stoner Rock with flashes of Gloomy based Doom Rock grooves.


There are swirls of Monster Magnet based noises before a Punk Rock fury settles to an offset of gloomy Psych Desert Rock. The vocals aren’t what you expect from a self proclaimed Desert Rock band at the start with heavy growls being the main order of choice before a Psychedelic and Classic style of vocals appear before moving back to the original harsh growls. Black Blood Of The Earth sees Blue Heron do a grand job of playing the majestic style of Desert based Stoner Rock/Metal with the band playing a slightly Monster Magnet influenced sound with even nods to SLEEP and KYUSS.


Final song A Sunken Place is where the band really take flight as this is a more exciting song with Blue Heron leaving some of the experimental spaced out parts of the first song and focusing more on a straight-forward and hard edged style of Desert Rock/Stoner Metal.


The 7 inch single is an excellent release for Blue Heron to get themselves noticed with. If you’re looking for “AMPLIFIER RIFF DRIVEN AND DISTORTED” Desert/Stoner Metal that even has flashes of Cosmic Spaced Rock then Blue Heron are the band for you.


The band's debut release is one that ticks all the right boxes with it’s exciting atmospheric take on Desert/Stoner Metal.


Excellent and Highly Recommended.


Words by Steve Howe


Thanks to Red Lead Media for the promo.


Black Blood Of The Earth/A Sunken Place is available to buy on DD and 7 inch vinyl now via Blues Funeral Recordings.


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Sunday, 5 December 2021

Attention For All Bands/Artists Within Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Scene - Introduce Yourselves


I'm introducing a new feature on the blog called "Introduce Yourselves" where bands/artists within the Hard Rock/Heavy Metal genres can promote their bands. All genres of music within Hard Rock/Heavy Metal can submit this article to the blog.

This is for folks to promote their music for people to check out.

There are a basic set of questions held within this Word Document. You can add your own questions if needed and I will publish what is sent back to me.

Please send photos and promotional pieces along with the article as well.

A link for this article is also at the left hand side of the screen under Introduce Yourselves.

Thanks for your time.

Steve (Editor In Chief/Head Honcho)

Thursday, 2 December 2021

40 Watt Sun release second single from upcoming album, 'Perfect Light'

40 Watt Sun release second single from upcoming album, 'Perfect Light'

40 Watt Sun has today released the second single from their upcoming album, Perfect LightUntil is streaming on all digital platforms from today, and follows the first single, The Spaces in Between, which was released in October. Perfect Light will be released on January 21 - digitally via Cappio Records and on physical formats via Svart Records. Pre-orders are live now.

Joining Patrick Walker (guitars and vocals), the track features guest musicians Andrew Prestidge on drums, and Roland Scriver on bass guitar (both also of The Osiris Club). Backing vocals are sung by Nicola Hutchison.
 

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Perfect Light is a collection of eight songs recorded across a year, in Hertfordshire (Chat Bizarre Studios) and London (Holy Mountain Studios). Whilst Patrick's vivid melodies remain as powerful as ever, and his familiar lyrical themes and fixations continue to haunt this new album of material, the music itself marks another transition in the development of his songwriting. 

The well-crafted, personal songs range from sparse, unaccompanied voice and guitar, through gently layered instrumentation featuring piano and delicate brush work, to moments more reflective of the warm, subtle overdrive of the band's previous album, Wider than the Sky (2016). Like Patrick's best work, the songs quietly build with emotion, and ache with a darkness and melancholy beauty.

 Perfect Light track list

 1) Reveal 
 2) Behind My Eyes
 3) Until
 4) Colours
 5) The Spaces in Between
 6) Raise Me Up
 7) A Thousand Miles
 8) Closure

Perfect Light will be available as a 2CD numbered digibook containing a 38-page booklet of lyrics and photography by Patrick Walker bound within the gatefold. The second disc contains a 26+ minute live EP recorded at United Reform Church, Hertfordshire. 

The vinyl edition will be available as a 2LP gatefold set on black vinyl, with a 28-page booklet featuring lyrics and photography. There will also be a limited edition pressed on yellow vinyl.  

The first vinyl pressing will also include a bonus 12” single in a unique picture sleeve, featuring two alternative versions of album tracks, including a version of Reveal recorded with Emma Ruth Rundle. 

Signed/personalised copies are available direct from the band web store.

Thanks to Pioneer Music Press for all of the press details.

KILLER: 50 Years Later (Album Review) by Various Artists

Release Date: November 27th 2021. Record Label. Pale Wizard. Format: DD/CD/Vinyl

KILLER: 50 Years Later - Tracklisting

1.Green Lung - Under My Wheels 02:48 video

2.The Grand Mal - Be My Lover 03:11

3.Sergeant Thunderhoof - Halo of Flies 08:39

4.Ritual King - Desperado 04:40

5.1968 - You Drive Me Nervous 03:34

6.Trippy Wicked & the Cosmic Children of the Knight - Yeah, Yeah, Yeah 03:01

7.Mos Generator - Dead Babies 05:42

8.Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Killer 06:54

9.Alunah - I'm Eighteen - Bonus Track 03:15

10.Suns of Thunder - Billion Dollar Babies - Bonus Track 04:08

11.Possessor - Muscle of Love - Bonus Track 03:52

12.Sound of Origin - Sick Things - Bonus Track 06:06


Review


Releasing a tribute album to one of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Outrageous Personalities such as Alice Cooper was always going to be full of surprises. Pale Wizard Records have gathered some of the best underground Stoner Rock bands around to perform on a tribute album of KILLER: 50 Years Later. With the original album being a Hard Rock/Glam Rock/Garage Rock classic from 1971, bringing the album up for a modern day release then a tribute album is the best way to go.


This record is more Doom Rock/Stoner Rock orientated compared to the original but still maintains the original record’s gloriously rebellious sound with Alice Cooper’s music shining through once again. You have artists such as Green Lung, Alunah, Mos Generator, Sergeant Thunderhoof and Possessor appearing among many others. Each of the bands bring their own style and interpretation of the song whilst remaining quite close to the original.


Opening up the album is rising Doom/Stoner Rockers Green Lung performing Under My Wheels and I would never have thought about putting Green Lung to work on this song. It’s a gloriously epic performance with Green Lung not being themselves and playing a subdued Hard Rock/Glam Rock style of music with elements of Doom Rock here and there.


Up next is The Grand Mal who revel and bring raw party going excitement on Be My Lover. A seedy and romantic offering which is almost as good as the original. Spiky vocals and frantic instrumental work make this another winning track.


Pale Wizard Records owners or should I say Sergeant Thunderhoof take the longest track with perhaps my favourite track on the original album - Halo Of Flies. A Psychedelic and Murky Stoner Rock makeover that sees the guys make the song truly one of their own compositions. An alternative feel with the vocals and synths make this the best cover on the record. As it’s quite progressive and offers emotional depth when the slower parts of the song appear.


I’m not going to have time to review every band that appears but all of the bands who perform on this album bring their “A” game even being given one song each. Mos Generator, Ritual King and Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell are my other favourite performances from the album with things becoming quite frantic, freaky and wonderfully psychedelic. 


The original KILLER was ahead of its time back in 1971 and it’s good to see 50 years later the record still has the power to delight and entertain different generations of music fans. This tribute album is one of the best I’ve experienced in years and it shows a different style of Doom Rock and Stoner Rock with Alice Cooper not associated with those genres of music. 


KILLER: 50 Years Later is top-tier entertainment and I persuade you all to go over listen to this and purchase a copy. If you’re a fan of Alice Cooper and this classic album then this is a must have purchase. Awesome stuff.


Words by Steve Howe


Thanks to Dan from Pale Wizard Records and Memphia Music PR and Management for the promo. 


KILLER: 50 Years Later is available to buy now on CD/DD/Vinyl via Pale Wizard Records


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