Saturday, 10 April 2021

The Great Red Dragon - The Gread Red Dragon (Album Review)


Release date: March 22nd 2021. Label: Independent. Format: CD/DD

The Great Red Dragon - Tracklisting:

Sunset (4:00)
Slide (3:14)
Ancient Voices (3:16)
Annihilation (1:32)
Arabic (2:03)
Cosmic Mantra (6:00)
Birds (2:15)
Southern of Nowhere (2:02)
Thelma (8:28)
Sacred Riddle (3:20)
70’s (1:51)
Falling (2:33)


Members:

Rolo Riemer - everything

Review:

If you are specifically and strictly looking for a heavy and energetic or something similar stuff for this moment then I recommend you think twice before giving your time to “The Great Red Dragon”, this pleasant solo release conceived by Mexican guitar player and singer Rolo Riemer (member of bands like Rivers of Gore and Powertrip). Please don´t understand this as a disappointment or depreciation: it is a filter that can help a lot to better enjoy the experience with this intimate, climatic work. It can end up being valuable advice.

Immersive to the core and introspective in their influences rooted in World Music, Psychedelic music and Folk, without peaks of sound elevation, the album is a diversified work by a musician more accustomed to the dense and heavily lysergic nuances in their other projects. Uniform, rectilinear and perhaps "strange" in some moments, yet the work sounds like a breath of sensitivity and externalization of feelings in the midst of a chaotic world. It may not be your next favorite album or it may even become: in any case, this "perspiration" of calm and placidity can fit in very well depending on your moment and energy.

The work seems to demonstrate throughout his hearing nuances of artists such Carlos Santana, Pink Floyd and others similar supported by details that sometimes pass almost imperceptibly, but that attentive ears can find and add to the appreciation for this work. Strings, ambiance, nothing else. Minimalism is the law in "The Great Red Dragon" and makes every atom of the essence of “minimalism” count, giving itself over to this concept and investing energy and spirit.

As in my own case, perhaps Rolo's solo album may not seem at first look to be a potential favorite work of your life. But it can be observed and absorbed as an honest and witty manifestation from the inside, as a projection of feelings like anguish and anxiety and s a search for internal realization. Allow yourself to try to listen to this work with an open mind and heart, and you can possibly enjoy it in its entirety with all your heart.

Words by Matheus Jacques

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BUZZARD - Eye Of The Sun (EP Review)


Release date: April 02nd 2021. Label: Tape Dad. Format: CD/DD/Cassette

Eye Of The Sun – Tracklisting

1.Eye of the sun 04:59
2.Higher 07:19
3.Mantis 06:17
4.Sonne 02:55

Members

Suyanne Gabrielle (drums/vocals)
André Leoni (bass/vocals)

Review


Eye Of The Sun is the debut release from Ambient and Psychedelic Doom/Stoner Metal Duo – Buzzard who arrive from the Brazilian underground scene. The band only formed in August 2020 but they show plenty of early promise with their debut EP. The record is inspired by bands such as Mars Red Sky and SLEEP but with a more “ritual” style of Doom/Stoner Metal. There are elements of Spaced Out Rock and slabs of Progressive Rock/Metal to elevate their music to a heavier level.

Opening song – Eye Of The Sun – shows off Buzzard’s powerful Bass/Drum combo with heavy levels of distorted groove and slow paced violent energy. The FUZZ volume levels is LOUD to say the least with the band showing their impressive musical skills from start to finish. This is purely an instrumental song but if you dig SLEEP style heaviness then Buzzard will have you on board with this cool song. Shades of Sabbath reign supreme towards the end of the song for an exciting finish.

Second song – Higher – sees vocals from both Suyanne and André being added amongst the down-tempo bass-heavy grooves and pounding drums leading the way. The song is cautiously slow yet again but allows the listener to draw everything in. There is a slight “Blues” based twinge on the early stages of the song before Buzzard move onto a distorted style of Grunge, Doom, Stoner and Prog Rock with a Punk Rock aesthetic.

Third song – Mantis – carries on the slow style of music with Suyanne taking centre stage for the first part of the song with an excellent vocal performance. André drifts in and out with a drone based chant and the song does take time to fully get going. I wanted the music to appear sooner but it gives both Suyanne and André to impress with their vocals. Once the heavy riffs do appear the song becomes the most heaviest and exciting in the whole record.

The final song - Sonne - is the shortest on the EP that offers more of the "Blues" based Doom/Stoner Rock and it's a soothing experience. It's a shame there are no heavy riffs on this track. It would of ended this EP on high and instead of a whimper. However, that's my only complaint for this excellent debut release.

Overall, Eye Of The Sun is an action-packed ride which allows Buzzard the opportunity to show folks what they can do. If you're in the mood for a more "Ritualistic" style of Doom/Stoner Metal then get on board with BUZZARD. As this great duo aim high with this release and leave you wanting to hear more.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Matheus Jacques for the promo. Eye Of The Sun is available to buy now on DD.

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Friday, 9 April 2021

Filthy Hippies Release New Ethereal Video For Mystified

"The eternal question of what happens when we die… Is it just the end? Or a new beginning? The answer will be made know to all of us one day... until then... Mystified.”


Cape Town based psychedelic noise-mongers Filthy Hippies have released the video for their new single Mystified. Formed in 2018, the trio quickly established themselves in the rising South African psych scene and list supporting Post-punk band Dangerfield’s album launch, and 2019’s Endless Daze Festival as current highlights.

With four albums and three EPs under their belt, Filthy Hippies feel that forthcoming new album Departures (out April 2021) showcases some of their best work.

Watch the video for Mystified


Buy // Stream Mystified - https://orcd.co/mystified

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Evert Snyman Releases New Video For: DUMB AND DEAD

South African producer and songwriter Evert Snyman has released a live studio performance video for his track Dumb and Dead, taken from his well-received second solo album Hot Mess.


Based in Johannesburg, Snyman has launched and collaborated on various projects, cementing himself as a versatile multi-instrumentalist. He’s best known as the guitarist and vocalist of alternative rock band Pollinator but has been involved in various bands over the years such as synth rockers Swandy, doom-metallers Mad God and experimental alternative noise-rock project Bombaby. He has most recently joined South African stoner rock cult Ruff Majik as a fulltime member after handling production duties on their last couple albums.

“When I wrote Dumb and Dead I was listening to a lot of Pixies and was inspired by their song Baal’s Back, where Black Francis only screams throughout the entire song. Stiaan Du Preez’s lead guitar was the last thing to really tie the track together. Let’s just say I felt a lot of relief after screaming my brains out that day” laughs Evert.

Watch the video below


Dumb and Dead is available now on all digital platforms https://orcd.co/dumbanddead

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Thursday, 8 April 2021

Blues Funeral Recordings announce REZN and VINNUM SABBATHI for new PostWax Vol. II series; Kickstarter for subscription signups live now.


Blues Funeral Recordings announce REZN and VINNUM SABBATHI for new PostWax Vol. II series; Kickstarter for subscription signups live now
.

Hot on the heels of the Acid King and Josiah announcement, Blues Funeral Recordings reveal Chicago's REZN and Mexico City's VINNUM SABBATHI as the next two bands to take part in the second volume of their PostWax vinyl subscription series, this time for a special collaborative release.

The joining of REZN's gargantuan heaviness and lysergic dreamscapes with VINNUM SABBATHI's hypnotic and jammy superscience soundtracks is the exact type of aural mind-meld that PostWax was conceived to present. These two avant-garde outfits will deliver one massive and ground-breaking effort, one that has chance to make an impression among heavy music lovers and beyond.

REZN guitarist Rob McWilliams elaborates: "Our intention is to give this collaboration a solid REZN foundation with Vinnum Sabbathi providing the cosmic textures and atmosphere to align it all under the same sonic storyline. We've been talking about doing something together for a little while now, since our bands are a great match sonically and already sync up in a lot of ways. In the end, we'll have a roasty REZN dish with a decadent Vinnum Sabbathi glaze."

VINNUM SABBATHI guitarist Juan Tamayo adds: “For us, this collaboration with REZN is very special. From the day we played with them in Mexico, we knew we wanted to create something together, and being able to do it with Blues Funeral for the PostWax series is a great privilege. We can't wait to make something truly unique by adding a story to the sonic landscapes, and all the fans are in for some cosmic epicness.”

The PostWax series present exclusive limited edition records from some of the best stoner rock, doom and heavy psych bands on the planet. Benefiting from a spectacular Kickstarter success in 2018, PostWax Year One debuted monster releases to subscribers first — including Elder's "The Gold & Silver Sessions" and the seminal comeback album "Refractions" from Lowrider — which were subsequently released in standard retail versions to the public several months later. PostWax Vol. II will unfold as a series of 9 deluxe releases on gorgeous vinyl, with each record including at least one exclusive track only available to PostWax subscribers, also featuring next-level sleeve design, hand-crafted art and illustrations, and behind-the-scenes liner notes by JJ Koczan of The Obelisk. The first PostWax Vol. II release will be delivered directly to subscribers in the summer of 2021.

=> Get more info and subscribe to PostWax Vol. II at this location

About REZN

The music churned out by Chicago quartet REZN somehow manages to convey both crushing mass and cosmic weightlessness. The seed was planted when guitarist Rob McWilliams and bassist Phil Cangelosi began jamming together at age twelve in the DC commuter town of Leesburg, VA. They relocated to Chicago in 2015, recruited Patrick Dunn to bash on the drums, and set about recording their debut album 'Let It Burn' after playing just three shows together. Spencer Ouellette rounded out their bottom-heavy sound with the hum-and-squall of modular synth, and the added textural component immediately became a key facet to their sound. REZN quickly established their footing in the heady-and-heavy Chicago rock community, playing with esteemed riff barons like Bongripper and Oozing Wound, as well as landing coveted slots for Conan and Acid King. The 2018 sophomore album 'Calm Black Water' continued the band’s penchant for molasses-thick guitar-and-bass punishments with soaring minor key vocal melodies, but Ouellette further pushed the dreamscape envelope by supplementing the synth duties with blissed out saxophone passages. REZN’s newest offering 'Chaotic Divine' continues their melding of gargantuan heaviness and lysergic calm, as well as the band’s penchant for tying the music to a visual landscape.

About VINNUM SABBATHI

Formed in 2012 in Mexico City, Vinnum Sabbathi merge loud, slow and distorted riffs with samples from science and sci-fi to create a unique sonic experience. From 2013 to 2016, the band released two EPs and two split albums, but it's their 2017 debut album 'Gravity Works' (LSDR Recs) that really caught the international scene's attention. Their space-themed doom traveled from Mexico to the Old Continent's shores, leading them to play at Bristol Psych Fest, Doomlines and Sonic Blast Moledo. Between 2018 and 2019, the band released two more split records including 'The Good Earth is Dying' with Cegvera, also playing shows with Red Fang, Rosetta, Rezn and Truckfighters. Early in 2020, their sophomore album 'Of Dimensions & Theories' sees the light of day and slowly but steadily proves that science, space and riffs belong together, leaving an elephantine trail for their works to come.

Blues Funeral Recordings is an independent label created by the founders of MeteorCity and Lowrider, and releasing music from luminary artists in the heavy/stoner/doom/psych ecosphere. While issuing stellar albums from Domkraft, Howling Giant, Lord Buffalo and Somnuri, the label has also gained attention through PostWax, a groundbreaking subscription-style series of lavish custom releases featuring exclusive music from Elder, Daxma, Spotlights, Lowrider, Besvärjelsen, Big Scenic Nowhere and Domkraft.

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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Zac Crye - All The Same (EP Review)

Release Date: 16th April 2021. Record Label: Self Released. Formats: DD


All The Same - Tracklisting


All The Same

Look Out Above

Roachweeds

Firewater

The Roads


Members


Zac Crye - Everything


Review


All The Same is the new EP from Zac Crye who played and recorded everything on this release. This EP is a collection of Psychedelic Stoner Rock tunes with Zac on fine form across the 5 songs held on the release. The music is constantly engaging with a warm sunny attitude from Zac which explores the finer moments of the Stoner Rock genre.

Opening song - All The Same - is what you expect from a title track of the EP with Zac playing a heavy style of music that allows him plenty of opportunity to show off his fine musical skills with the grooves being a taste of Classic Desert/Stoner Rock to the heavier Hard Rock moments. The lyrics and vocals are superbly handled and drive this song to a fine and heavy conclusion,

Second song - Look Out Above - is perhaps the most rebellious track on the EP with Zac writing some spiky based lyrics that gives this song a more mature and grown-up sound. The song does take time to get going but once it does the heavy psychedelic moments become more focused with Zac revelling in his almost “Outlaw” persona I feel he uses for this song. The music is the real highlight here with the Stoner Rock grooves being effortlessly cool from start to finish.

Third song - Roach Weeds - offers a more twisted style of music with an almost “Doom” based distorted sound opening the song before the Desert/Stoner Rock riff appears. This has an early Fu Manchu vibe to it all as Zac once again emits “Desert/Stoner Rock” Outlaw Cool. A song of simple means but one that packs some fine heavy ideas of its own.

The final two songs - Firewater and The Road is where Zac excels the most on this release. As these two songs are more daring, bolder and even darker with some of the creative choices that Zac has made for this part of the EP. The music drifts from Heavy Stoner Rock to one of almost Americana based Doom especially on Firewater. I can detect a slight “Brant Bjork” influence on these two songs and that is no bad thing.

All The Same is a gloriously hip and supremely entertaining release that you can’t help but be swept along with. Awesome stuff….

Words by Steve Howe


Thanks to Infecting Cells PR for the promo. All The Same will be available to buy on DD from April 16th 2021

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Acid's Trip Premiere New Song - JUST A MAN - From Their New Album STRINGS OF SOUL Due Out on HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS RECORDS


Acid’s Trip from Gothenburg was formed in late 2018 by Acid, former guitarist of Honeymoon Disease, with a clear vision of performing high speed rock’n’roll. With blasting guitar riffs, punchy melodies and a shitload of attitude the band delivers full tilt boogie action on vinyl & live on stage! 

With two shreddin’ guitarists in the front and a dynamite rhythm section, this power house is running over the garage rock scene – with rapid electric guitars, groovy riffs and chopper culture! The music is best described as a hard rock action mix of the speedy Mc5, a touch of Thin Lizzy and Lynyrd Skynyrd soul. 


The quartet has already proven themselves on tour in Europe and the band blew the roof at the legendary "Flanders Chopper Bash" while the success became a fact. The bands 12” vinyl “Rock’n’Roll Speedball” sold out quickly and the awaited debut album ”Strings of Soul” will be released soon on Heavy Psych Sounds Records! 

The tracks come with the raw power of furious motor engines and Gothenburg groove. With a growing fanbase all around Europe and the states Acid’s Trip is now hittin’ the charts to reclaim the rockin’ vibes and fill your heads with groovy rock’n’roll!

You can hear the excellent new single JUST A MAN from their forthcoming brilliant new album STRINGS OF SOULS due out on CD/DD/Vinyl via Heavy Psych Sounds Records from May 7th 2021.


Thanks to Mona at All Noir PR for all of the details.

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Monday, 5 April 2021

Mothman And The Thunderbirds - Into The Hollow (Album Review)


Release date: May 21st 2021. Label: Self Released Format: DD

Into The Hollow – Tracklisting

1.Mothman Takes Flight
2.Hollow Earth
3.Nomad 
4.Indrid Cold
5.Infinite Ocean 
6.The Simpsons = Real Footage
7.Agarthan Riders
8.Cloud Giant
9.Squonk
10.Roko's Basilisk
11.Hollow Sun

Members

Alex Parkinson - guitars, bass, vocals, vocoder, programming, mixing, mastering

Guest Thunderbirds:

Jason Roberts (of Breaths/CHNNLR) - Lead vocals on verses 3 & 4 of "Infinite Ocean"
Kirby - lead vocals on "The Simpsons = Real Footage"
Sam Parkinson - guitar solo on "Agarthan Riders"
Joe Sobieski - lead vocals on "Cloud Giant
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Review

Into The Hollow is the debut full length album from Mothman And The Thunderbirds (MATH) and it’s an album that’s very hard to describe. The best way I can describe this album is “Imagine if Devin Townsend decided to start a Sludge/Stoner Metal band”. Well that’s how to describe MATH and their wildly exiting and deeply creative new album.

The album consists of 11 tracks and sees MATH or Alex Parkinson who is behind this outrageously blend of Doom, Sludge, Stoner, Thrash and Heavy Metal. Alex is deeply influenced by Devin Townsend with a touch of Sludge/Stoner Metal heaviness on this album. The album does take a few listens to fully understand and become associated with the crazy turns the album takes from beginning to end.

The opening few songs – Mothman Takes Flight, Hollow Earth and Nomad – follows a Psychedelic Sludge/Stoner Rock narrative with the music being sandwiched between heavy slabs of Experimental Rock/Metal with the vocals being slightly different. The lyrics tell a story of crazy conspiracy theories. Do things make sense. Well not to me but it doesn’t stop me enjoying the wild ride of it all.

The music is always constantly evolving if Alex is aiming for an Experimental Narrative or just focusing on good old fashioned Sludge/Stoner Metal grooves. Not one song sounds the same and you’re always guessing where the album will go next or what punishing style of music Alex or MATH will throw your way.

Alex brings many more musical influences such as GOJIRA, Mastodon and Torche onto this album whilst retaining his own sense of creativity on the album. The music is very fast-paced which it has to be to justify the 11 tracks within the very short 30 minute running time. Even though there are no long “progressive” based songs that hasn’t stopped Alex adding many Progressive Rock/Metal themes on the record especially on songs such as: Nomad, Indrid Cold, Infinite Oceans and my favourite track – Agarthan Riders.

Alex and the “guest” members that’s he’s brought together for this album instrumental work is simply breathtaking in places and makes you appreciate the underground Sludge/Stoner Metal scene even more. Sure, some of the crazy ideas on the album don’t always come off as they should but they’re wrapped up in some beautifully addictive music that you can’t help but be swept by everything contained on the album. 

Overall, Into The Hollow is a refreshing blend of Sludge/Stoner Metal that takes the right amount of creative risks to standout from the crowd and still leave you wanting more. I want to hear more from the crazed world of Mothman And The Thunderbirds and I believe the Sludge/Stoner Metal community will want to as well.

Words by Steve Howe

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Saturday, 3 April 2021

Uncle Woe - Don't Look Down (EP Review)

 

Release date: March 30th 2021. Label: Self Released. Format: DD 

Don’t Look Down – Tracklisting

1.Keep the Dead Parts Around 09:17
2.That's Not the Sun 03:24
3.Casket Masquerade 13:07

Review


Don’t Look Down is the new EP from Canadian Progressive Sludge Rockers Uncle Woe and comes a month after their last release Seasick & Old Friends which I originally missed. The band also released their their last album Phantomescence back in Oct 2020. So I was excited to hear what the band have been upto recently.

Don’t Look Down is almost 26 minutes long spread across 3 tracks. The band offer 2 epic songs and one running under 4 minutes. The production is quite raw with the band recording the whole EP in double quick time during March 2021. About a week and a half I believe. This is still a well-produced and fantastic sounding record.

The first song – Keep The Dead Parts Around – sees Uncle Woe bring their usual style of Psychedelic Sludge and Progressive Stoner Metal based grooves fused around superb vocals. The music is the main thing here with a “Post-metallic” element being the main driving force. There are other elements such as Psych Rock and Doom Metal allowing Uncle Woe to create a world-weary and slightly depressing feel. Though the Post-Rock/Post-Metal dynamic has it’s fair share of cool moments as well.

Second song – That’s Not The Sun – is a sullen Post-Doom and almost Folk based interlude with an “EARTH” style Drone atmosphere before heavier sounds appear to give this song a more nightmarish feel. This is my favourite song on the record despite it being the shortest. As it shows a wealth of creativity with a sense of gloomy minimalism I didn’t expect to hear on this release.

The final song – Casket Masquerade – is 13 minutes of Uncle Woe channelling their inner “NEUROSIS/YOB” riff-worship. Well that’s the idea I get from this track. Uncle Woe play a slow-brooding style of music that captures the bleaker elements of Post-Doom/Post-Metal at it’s very best. The song does start off very slow before moving at a faster pace with the song becoming ever slightly more hopeful but not venturing far away from it’s Doom based message.

Don’t Look Down is a bleak and thrilling ride into Uncle Woe’s dark world that sees the band releasing another excellent record to impress their fan-base with and possibly gain a few more admirers along the way.

Words by Steve Howe

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Häxmästaren - Sol i Exil (Album Review)

Release date: March 12th 2021. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Sol i Exil – Tracklisting

1.Blood Moon 04:25
2.Millennium Phenomenon 05:47
3.Wavelurker 03:40
4.Dödskult Ritual 04:00
5.Children of the Mountain 04:52
6.Growing Horns 03:15
7.Sol i Exil 07:34

Review

Sol i Exil is the new album from Swedish Heavy Stoner Rockers Häxmästaren and sees the band bring a multitude of different based Doom/Stoner Metal tones and ideas to the record. The band add a splice of Classic Doom, Heavy Metal and a more brooding style of Stoner Metal. The vocals range from loud clean vocals to the more aggressive growls and this is only from the excellent opening song – Blood Moon.

Häxmästaren play fast and loose with genre rules and conventions which allows the band to be more on the adventurous and theatrical side. There is a distinct NWOBHM flying through the vocals and it’s a joy to listen to. The music does take time to get moving along but when it does Häxmästaren go off in full flight.

There is a sense of Groove Metal spliced throughout the album with Häxmästaren being superbly creative on songs such as: Millennium Phenomenon, Wavelurker and Dödskult Ritual bringing the best moments of the first half of the album. Häxmästaren play some epic progressive riffs which only endears you to their way of thinking and the musicianship is simply first rate. The production is solid which allows the listener to be front and centre of the action.

The album moves into “traditional heavy metal” territory on the 2nd half of the album but Häxmästaren still have the sense to include a few elements of modern day Doom/Stoner Metal to the overall flow of the album. 

Häxmästaren are from Gothenburg AKA “the epicentre of Swedish Heavy Metal” and they do themselves real justice with this album. As Sol i Exil is the type of top-notch album we expect to hear from a thrilling Swedish Doom/Stoner Metal Band. This album delivers on all fronts and deserves to see Häxmästaren gain wider recognition within the scene.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

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Friday, 2 April 2021

HOWLING GIANT issue cosmic first single off upcoming 'Alteration' EP; preorder available now!


Nashville psychedelic and prog metal warriors HOWLING GIANT issue cosmic first single off upcoming 'Alteration' EP; preorder available now!

Nashville, Tennessee's HOWLING GIANT invite you to a seven minute cosmic journey of fire and fury with their breathtaking new single "Luring Alluring Rings", streaming on The Sleeping Shaman. The band is set to release their fan-curated new EP 'Alteration' through Bandcamp on April 20th.



Clocking in at twenty minutes, HOWLING GIANT's cosmic-bound instrumental EP 'Alteration' is the unexpected outcome of numerous lockdown streams on Twitch, with each one of its four song titles being curated by the fans. "During the full band shows we ask the viewers to call out song names, then we wrote instrumental jams on the spot to match the song title. After going back and reviewing some of these jams, we decided it would be fun to actually record some of them in a more professional setting", says the band. 'Alteration' will be released on April 20th, 2021 through Bandcamp, coming together with a special livestream going live release day at 4:20pm CST at this location.

Says drummer Zach Wheeler: "The inspiration for this song came from our Halloween stream where one of the Twitch chat participants suggested the title “Luring Alluring Rings.” We kept this one the most true to “jam-form” with a few tweaks to leave a little more room for Marshall to explore the space. With this being Marshall’s first release with the band, we wanted to showcase what he’s been working on since the start of the pandemic."

Bringing together their masterful psych-prog songcraft and sci-fi imagery to create an epic and awe-inspiring sound all of their own, HOWLING GIANT have become an essential act of the forward-thinking heavy rock scene, and the indefinite world hiatus and global pandemic won't certainly prevent them from moving onward and upward. The 'Alteration' EO follows on from their widely acclaimed 'Turned To Stoned Chapter 2' split with Sergeant Thunderhoof (Ripple Music) and their latest album 'The Space Between Worlds'.

HOWLING GIANT New EP 'Alteration'
Out on April 20th, 2021 on Bandcamp

TRACK LISTING:

1. Understudy
2. Luring Alluring Rings
3. Enemy of My Anemone
4. Farmer Maggot’s Crop (feat. Mike T. Kerr)

Hailing from Nashville, TN, HOWLING GIANT blast forth a cosmic convergence of pulpy sci-fi themes and blistering psych-metal. Across a variety of recorded and live experiences since 2014, the band harnesses heavily nuanced progressive riff-rock complemented by otherworldly storytelling and the enduring message that the universe in which we live could stand to loosen up. Risk is their purpose. The universe is their playground.

HOWLING GIANT are live on Twitch every week at twitch.tv/howlinggiantofficial on:

Tuesdays 7pm CST - Dungeons & Dragons
Wednesdays 10am CST - Tom’s Guitar Brunch
Thursdays 6pm CST - Zach’s Drum Request Bonanza
Saturdays 5pm CST - Howling Giant Live from the Bunker

HOWLING GIANT is

Tom Polzine - Guitar and Vocals
Zach Wheeler - Drums and Vocals
Sebastian Baltes - Bass and Vocals
Marshall Bolton - Keys and Synths

HOWLING GIANT LINKS
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Desert Records Announce: Legends of the Desert: Volume 2 featuring The Penitent Man and Cortége


LEGENDS OF THE DESERT: Volume 2 brings us further into the 'desert' by showcasing new and classic Desert Rock bands geographically located in the Southwestern United States.Continuing the vision of Vol.1, the second installment will introduce the world to two new “Legends” bands, carefully curated by Desert Record's owner Brad Frye.

Desert Records is excited to announce the bands: The Penitent Man (Utah) and Cortége (Texas).


Side A: 
THE PENITENT MAN is a 5-piece from Salt Lake City.

Blending Desert Rock, Classic Rock, Heavy Blues.

These exclusive songs featuring the special guest, Todd Ogren from Rival Sons on keyboard for all three tracks!

Sounds like Led Zeppelin teamed up with Alice in Chains to make an album in the desert.

A Long Deep Breath of Sadness–4:26
The Butcher–6:32
Rest My Weary Head–9:01


Side B: CORT´EGE is a duo from Austin, TX.

They play Ambient Doom mixed with post-western cinematic scores. Heavy bass guitar, drums, and tubular bells. Sounds like if Earth and Pink Floyd teamed up to do a soundtrack to a David Lynch film.

1. As it Lay (Heavy in the Air) - 10:25
2. Circling Above - 8:39

Maintaining the quality and consistency throughout the 7-part series, we will see the return of the Legends team.

New & stunning album artwork by the series artist, Joshua Mathis, features an album cover with a Gunslinger riding a Gila Monster.

The timeless, classic looking graphics and layout from Garrett Hellman will be featured along with Mathis’s artwork.

Mastering will be handled by the series audio mastering engineer, Mark Fuller.

Vinyl LP’s will be available in a limited edition of 500, including highly limited special color variants.
CD’s and digital downloads will be available.
Digital streaming will be available worldwide.

Enter further into the desert...

Pre-order everything here via Desert Records BandCamp

Bones Of The Earth - II. Eternal Meditations of a Deathless Crown (Album Review)


Release date: April 02nd 2021. Label: Tape Dad. Format: CD/DD/Cassette

II. Eternal Meditations of a Deathless Crown – Tracklisting

1.Decline 02:41
2.Machine Rising 06:59
3.Peaceseeker 04:19
4.Inoperable 04:12
5.The Empire Never Ended 07:51
6.Reclamation 07:55

Members

Erik Ebsen - Guitar
Raif Box - Bass / Vocals
Cody Martin - Drums / Vocals 

Review

II. Eternal Meditations of a Deathless Crown is the 2nd full length album from Progressive Sludge/Stoner Metallers Bones Of The Earth. Coming two years after their excellent debut, this release sees the band return with a more aggressive tone and even wilder ideas held within the lyrics and striking album artwork.

The band continue their “Hardcore” quest fusing Sludge/Stoner Metal grooves against a Progressive backdrop with influences diverse as EyeHateGod and Mastodon with the Hardcore Punk/Metal doing a fine job of holding everything together.

The album runs for under 35 minutes and this is a great running time for Bones Of The Earth to give your entire body a full “Sludge/Stoner Metal” workout. The first track Decline is a solid instrumental offering which moves at it’s own steady pace but it shows small signs of the aggression that awaits on the album.

Second song – Machine Rising – is where the album really comes alive with the hardcore vocals from Raif and Cody leading the way. They’re pissed off and remain firmly in the “growling” department but at least they’re easy to understand. The music has a slight early-Mastodon feel and Bones Of The Earth soon take hold of their own musical journey with epic “stop-start” progressive moments allowing a more Psychedelic flair to slowly creep in. There are some fantastic technical guitar solos towards the end of this song and this shows you how talented these guys really are.

Third song – Peaceseeker – keeps up the aggressive and volatile mood with a song that’s one of the darkest on the album and that’s down to the superb vocals and dark lyrics contained within this song. The “sonic” based riffs is another good thing that soon drifts into Psychedelic and Modern Hard Rock. This shouldn’t really work but Bones Of The Earth pull this off with great effect for one of the standout songs on the record. 

The second half of the album continues with the Progressive Sludge momentum with flashes of Stoner Metal aggression allowing Bones Of The Earth bringing a more “Apocalyptic” vision to their music. The “Hardcore” vibe is perhaps the standout part of this album. As you know everything is going to be LOUD and HEAVY without a care in the world.

The final two songs – The Empire Never Ended and Reclamation – is where Bones Of The Earth earn their Sludge/Stoner Metal stripes with almost 16 minutes of finely played Post-Metallic and Progressive grooves with the band finding the time to try different styles of music on the final parts of the album.

The overall sound of the album is excellent. It’s not too polished with the album retaining a more “LIVE ATMOSPHERE” feel to it all.

II. Eternal Meditations of a Deathless Crown is a superbly entertaining and well-made record and should hopefully allow Bones Of The Earth to gain greater exposure within the Sludge/Stoner Metal scene.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Earsplit PR for the promo. II. Eternal Meditations of a Deathless Crown is available to buy now CD/DD/Cassette via Tape Dad.

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Thursday, 1 April 2021

Draken - S/T (Album Review)

Release Date: 26th March 2021. Record Label: Majestic Mountain Records. Formats: CD/DD/Vinyl

Draken - S/T - Tracklisting


Realm Of Silence
Way Down Low
Grand General
(We Walk) In Circles
The Master
Strange Love
Mountain In An Endless Ocean

Members

Hallvard Gaardløs - Bass and lead vocals
Even Helte Hermansen - Guitar and background vocals
Andre Drage Haraldsen - Drums

Additional Musicians:

Per Spjutvøld (guest vocals on Way Down low)

Review

Draken's debut full-length album is one “bad-ass” record of different styles which veers into Hard Rock and Heavy Metal territory. The album manages to find a real creative “niche” by blending elements of Doom Metal, Psych Rock, Stoner Metal, Hard Rock, Prog Rock and even NWOBHM lurking in the darker corners of the album.

This album won’t be for everyone but if you’re in the mood for a challenging and hard-rocking experience then Draken will offer a different style of album with lots of different grooves to impress you with. All of the songs are quite different to each other and you would expect the rest of the album to follow the same structure as the excellent opening song Realm Of Silence. 

Realm Of Silence has a trippy nature before venturing into the darker corners of Heavy Metal spliced with modern-day Doom Metal attitude and when the band bring a progressive atmosphere to the album then all bets are off at how this album ends up. Draken revel in the fact of trying something different with the different musical aspects they have at their disposal. The vocals have a classical and modern feel at the same time that can be quite bombastic and OTT in all the right places.

Draken carry on with their Doom/Stoner/Progressive hybrid style of music across 6 more interesting songs where the band focus on trying different things but still retaining a cool classic Hard Rock and Heavy Metal style of grooves. There is a lot of Thin Lizzy or Twin Guitar riff-loving worship going on within this album and it’s quite exciting to hear at times especially on songs such as: Way Down Low, (We Walk) In Circles, The Master and Mountain In An Endless Ocean.

The album in sense should really lose steam with the many different ideas that Draken adapts for this record but it never does. As the band plays to their creative and musical strengths with a lot of cool surprises along the way.

Another highlight of the album is how Draken operates effortlessly between the many different styles of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal over the last 60 years. The progressive nature of the album offers a darker and gloomy path for Draken to show their impressive musical skills throughout the entire album.

Overall, Draken's debut album is a delightfully dark and different album to entertain yourself with.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Sheltered Life PR for the promo. The album is available to buy now on CD/DD/Vinyl via Majestic Mountain Records.

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