Thursday 18 April 2024

Exclusive Album Premiere Of Doom/Stoner Rock/Hard Rock Collective LIE HEAVY Debut Album BURN TO THE MOON


LIE HEAVY brings together notable rockers, Karl Agell, JD Dennis, TR Gwynne and Graham Fry. You may know them from some of their musical forays with Corrosion of Conformity, Leadfoot,The Skull/Legions of Doom, Confessor, Patriarchs in Black, The Point, Deltoid and The Backsliders..

LIE HEAVY draws on the original hard 'n groovy jams of Sabbath, Mountain, Lizzy and Purple, fused with their own massive experience. So, it is not difficult to fathom why LIE HEAVY sounds like a well-oiled, hard working band of 30 years rather than a new entity. Their pedigree does not belie their power. Collectively, they have spent tens of thousands of hours in practice spaces, studios and on stages around the world, honing their vast skills, to find one another in this moment being among the top guardian practitioners at the gates of transcendently HEAVY music.


Thanks to the cool folks over at Purple Sage PR and Heavy Psych Sounds, you can listen to the new album Burn To The Moon below with this exclusive album premiere.


Debut album "Burn To The Moon" is out April 19th on Heavy Psych Sounds

Links 


Thanks to Purple Sage PR for all of the details.

Party doom riff merchants GURT return with new album 'Satan ETC' & share new single


It's been five long years since "party doom" riff merchants GURT released their last crushing opus "Bongs of Praise", now on June 7th 2024 they are set to return with their latest, crushing-ist opus yet, "Satan Etc".

A lot has happened in the band members lives since 2019, some suffered tragic losses, some welcomed new life into the world, some grew awesome skullets. Not to mention that global event in 2020 that kept us all inside.

Left to ferment in frustrating circumstances has led to the new material being more aggressive and abrasive than previous offerings, whilst still retaining that signature GURT silliness and swagger.

In January 2024 GURT took these new songs into the mighty Monolith Studios in London and under the watchful eye of Steve Sears, they birthed the magnificent, monstrous "Satan Etc". This album marks GURT's 5th collaboration with Sears, who always coaxes the best out of the band with a healthy mixture of positive support and scathing insults.

When asked about the influences and inspiration behind this album vocalist Gareth Kelly states "it's about survival in the very fucked up world we live in, but of course delivered in the bands tongue in cheek style".Drummer Bill Jacobs says " we wanted shorter punchier songs to go with the new aggro vibe, nothing to do with us being older and fatter" whilst bassist David "Spicy" Blakemore enigmatically adds "I've been listening to lots of Slavic hardcore!".

Delving into varied topics, from bodged vasectomies to the beauty of brown cars, from self pleasure on Arrakis to the wholesome matter of how damn much Gareth loves his kids, "Satan Etc" is the sound of the band ready to get back to doing what they love most: having a great big sludgy party with their rabid fans. PARTY DOOM HAS EVOLVED.

On first single ’Knife Fever’, vocalist Gareth Kelly comments,

This song is simply about the sheer incompetence of the geriatric surgeon that operated on me, and best of all it was a fucking vasectomy! Simply harrowing, so much so, I wrote him a love letter in this song!

Listen to ‘Knife Fever’ now - https://youtu.be/_PHkANe6T3Y


During the cold and unforgiving British weather in January 2024 GURT once again took refuge in the legendary Monolith Studios under the watchful eye of Steve Sears (Gallows, Conjurer), to create this new selection of future hits! There the magnificent “Satan ETC” was born.

For the 5th time GURT have worked with Steve, having created EPs DIYMCA (2015), their split with Trippy Wicked ‘Guppy’ (2016), and both ‘Skullossus’ (2017) and their previous full-length opus ‘Bong of Praise’ (2019).

Gareth from GURT adds “Steve really knows how to get the best out of us and continues to act as a great producer when we are in the studio together, the banter and insults are strong and relentless, the vibe is always positive and he always comes up with a way of adding something unique to our sound, be it a unsuspecting Saxophone solo, to a full wind instrument orchestra, he is an absolute legend in the business!”.

The songs on “Satan ETC” have a much more aggressive feel and sound so much heavier than anything heard from the band before but they still have that GURT “swagger”. When asking David ‘Spicy’ Blakemore what influences he had when writing the riffs for ”‘Satan ETC’” he simply commented:

“I’ve been listening to a lot more Slavic Hardcore!”.

Whether that sums up the sound for this new album or not is to be seen!

The lyrical content is vast in its concepts and more than albums before it is a direct comment around the dislikes and pure hatred of the world around Gareth and the band, in the usual sarcastic and tongue in cheek presentation! Everything from bodged vasectomies, to their simple delight in seeing brown cars on the road, are covered. But most songs on here are about the complexities of getting older and the troubles of life along the way (with a cheeky song about how much Gareth loves his kids thrown in to lighten the mood somewhat!).

“Satan ETC” is a statement of intent for a band that want to show that 5 years out of the game, only makes GURT more thirsty to have a damned good party with its rabid fanbase! ‘Party Doom’ can and has evolved!

“Satan ETC” is released on 7th June via When Planets Collide and is available to pre-order from - https://gurt.bigcartel.com

GURT have previously toured with Dopethrone and supported the likes of Eyehategod, Weedeater, Red Fang, Black Tusk and Cough alongside appearances at Bloodstock Festival and Desertfest London.

GURT are:

Gareth Kelly - Vocals
Rich Williams - Guitar
David Blakemore - Bass Guitar
Bill Jacobs - Drums

Follow GURT online:

https://www.facebook.com/GURTsludge
https://www.youtube.com/@GURTSLUDGE
https://www.instagram.com/gurtsludge/


Thanks to For The Lost PR for all of the details.

Virgin Vacation - Dapple Patterns (Album Review)

Release Date: April 02nd 2024. Record Label: Various. Formats:CD/ Cassette/Vinyl/Download

Dapple Patterns - Tracklisting


Yellow Scissors

Ghost

RED

Jupiter

Dapple Pattern Prelude

Dapple Pattern II

Forest

Forest Reprise

Dapple Pattern I


Members

 

Chan Chin Ho - bass

Wing Chan - guitar, synthesizer, glockenspiel

Step Ip - drums, programs, glockenspiel, electronic percussion

James Woodbridge Hedges - guitar, sitar guitar, synthesizer, percussion, glockenspiel, electric piano.


Review


Dapple Patterns is the new album from Hong Kong based Instrumental Post-Rock collective Virgin Vacation with the band focusing on various levels of Experimental sounds that ventures through areas of Cosmic Rock, Psych Rock, KrautRock, Jazz. Surf and Ambient Rock. The sound is a tapestry of magical Post-Rock expressions which are quite flamboyant and wickedly over the top but never boring.


The whole album is wonderfully weird with Virgin Vacation clever use of Feedback loops, distorted guitars, electronic beats and the multitude of different instruments that the band used within the whole album. Virgin Vacation feel stuck in a never-ending time warp with their music inspired by multiple eras of music ranging all the way back from the 1950’s upto the present day. 


There is a certain “KITSCH” and free-flowing film soundtrack element which would make Quentin Taraninto blush with envy when the throwback Jazz/Pop/Rock energy of tracks such as Yellow Scissors, Ghost and Red allowing the band to have a deep meaningful creative energy which allows them to wholly original within the Post-Rock field.


There’s a lot to take in with this album as Virgin Vacation march to the mood of their own beat. However, there’s an epic distorted Cosmic Rock sound that leads the band to heavier areas of music which stay firmly in the background.


Other standout tracks include: Jupiter, Dapple Pattern II, Forest, and Dapple Pattern II which sees the band become more dramatic and focusing more on Ambient sounds with the dub-step grooves not feeling out of place from an Anime Series or Anime Movie.


Though, it’s the little sonic sounds, glitches and beats which impressed me the most. As Virgin Vacation explored into realms of Post-Rock that I didn’t think were possible or would go together. Surf, Dubstep and Jazz are not normally associated with Post-Rock but the band pull this off with magnificent style within the forty minute runtime of Dapple Patterns.


Dapple Patterns is full of cinematic wonder and a fearless creative direction which will leave you breathless. The musicians who make up Virgin Vacation are brilliantly talented and they prove this time and time again throughout the whole album. 


Though, the record won’t be for everyone. You may have to fully appreciate the Avant-Garde attitude of Virgin Vacation’s music. However, folks willing to take the journey with the band will be rewarded with a breathtaking Post-Rock album unlike you’ve ever heard before.


Excellent and Highly Recommended.


Words by Steve Howe


Thanks to Virgin Vacation for the promo.



Links


Spotify | Instagram | Facebook | Youtube

Yellowknife's GNARWHAL Look Inwards With Provocative Title Track From Upcoming EP “Altered States” Out May 2024


Gnarwhal, the genre-bending rock phenomenon hailing from the remote northern Canadian city of Yellowknife, continues to captivate audiences with the release of their latest single, the title track from their upcoming album “Altered States”. The single is out now and the remainder of the fuzzy, doomy album is being released on May 24, 2024. The emotionally charged track offers a profound exploration of resilience and memory, weaving together intricate melodies and haunting lyrics that resonate with listeners on a deep and personal level. The band comments on the creation of the track:

“Altered States is interesting because when we went into the studio we hadn’t even fleshed the song out and it wasn’t near complete. Mark hadn’t finalized the vocal melody or lyrics and structurally the song wasn’t making a lot of sense. We were actually a bit tentative about including this in our studio time and having it on the EP. It was the last song we tracked. Once Layne laid down the drum tracks and we started working on bass and guitar, we knew we were onto something a bit different and cool.”

“Altered States” delves into themes of personal transformation and the enduring power of memory. The track serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of embracing our past experiences, even as we navigate the uncertainties of the present. The upcoming EP promises to deliver a diverse and introspective musical journey in which the band artfully navigates the realms of heavy alternative fuzz rock and progressive metal, creating a sound that is uniquely their own.

Powerful and personal, the single “Altered States” invites the listener to look inward. It is recommended for fans of Kyuss, Mastodon, and Elder.

Listen to the lyric video for the EP's title track “Altered States” via its premiere on Outlaws of The Sun HERE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLtXbxLuFrY or below:

“Altered States” is due out on May 24, 2024, and available for pre-order at https://gnarwhalband.bandcamp.com



Previous single - “Tides” - https://youtu.be/o6TqlRt_D4Q


Track Listing:​

1. Tides (3:37)
2. The War / Nothing More (6:36)
3. From Her Hands (3:46)
4. Altered States (3:19)

More info: Gnarwhalband.com | Facebook.com/gnarmusic | Instagram.com/gnarwhalsounds

Thanks to Asher Media Relations for all of the info.​

Wednesday 17 April 2024

Old Painless - Demo Songs (EP Review)

Release Date: April 05th 2024. Record Label: Self Released. Formats: DD

Demo Songs - Tracklisting


1.Deep And Wide 05:04

2.Fleetfooted Mankiller 04:25

3.Just Another Case Of Bad Luck 05:10

4.Rusty Hammer 06:50


Members

 

Andy - Bass

Dave - Vocals

Lewis - Drums

Nathan - Guitar


Review


Old Painless are from Manchester, UK and play a great style of Desert/Stoner Rock with the right level of Metal aggression that allows their Fuzzed Up Sound to combine for a damn cool time which sees moments of Classic Rock, Punk Rock and Garage Rock starting to emerge throughout their debut release Demo Songs.


With the word “Demo” in the title, the EP does have a raw-sounding background with a proper DIY flavour to the EP. The songs are quite melodic with Dave’s vocals coming from the old school of Punk Rock/Stoner Rock. 


The four tracks on the record sees Old Painless continuously impress even further with their music becoming more adventurous especially on tracks such as Fleetfooted Man Killer, Just Another Case Of Bad Luck and Rusty Hammer. The whole sound becomes more metallic along the way with Old Painless starting to bring a Thrashier sound to the record. 


There’s a lot of very cool instrumental sounds and muscular vocals from Dave. The band aren’t reinventing the wheel but their promise and huge potential shines throughout and with a better produced release then Old Painless could be on the right track making a name for themselves within the UK Stoner Rock scene.


Overall, Demo Songs is an action-packed release with heavy grooves and movements influenced by bands such as Orange Goblin, Clutch and Valiant Thorr that will no doubt allow the band to gain some followers along the way.


Excellent and Highly Recommended.


Words by Steve Howe


Links


Facebook | BandCamp | YouTube


SKIRMISH" + "MY ONLY LINK" IS THE NEW DOUBLE SINGLE BY PSYCH ROCKERS MARAGDA FROM UPCOMING NEW ALBUM TYRANTS


The second album by the Barcelona-based band Maragda will be titled 'Tyrants' and will be released on May 8, 2024, via Spinda Records - pre-orders are now available.

After teasing the title track last month, today they unveil a double single comprising the songs "Skirmish" and "My only link", presenting them in both studio and live versions, with the latter extracted from the live session they recently recorded at Siete Barbas Estudios.

Melodies, atmospheres, compositions of great complexity, and a garage attitude are the main components of 'Tyrants'.


This way, Maragda continues to unveil this highly anticipated album, which serves as a follow-up to their successful self-titled debut album (2021, Spinda Records) and the live EP "The Reckless / Evil Seed" (2022, Spinda Records). In this new musical journey, the band immerses listeners in introspective themes ranging from self-imposed limitations to the fight for values, love, hope, and farewells. All of this unfolds in a hypothetical fantasy universe, where psychedelia and progressive rock continuously merge, adding nuances of other styles like garage.

For the creation of the album "Tyrants", Maragda embarked on a creative journey that took them to the Big Snuff Studios in Berlin, where they collaborated with studio engineer Richard Behrens, renowned for his work with bands like Kadavar and Elder. Subsequently, the mastering was handled by acclaimed engineer Peter Deimel (known for his work with bands like Motorpsycho) at the Black Box Studios in France, solidifying a successful collaboration that began with their debut album.

In the visual department, the band has once again partnered with Error! Design studio (known for works with Explosions In The Sky, Russian Circles, Mastodon) for the album's graphic design, ensuring a cohesive and captivating aesthetic experience for their followers.


TRACK-LIST

1. Tyrants
2. Skirmish
3. Endless
4. My only link
5. Sunset room
6. The singing mountain
7. Godspeed
8. Loose

PRE-ORDER: 22 March 2024

RELEASE DATE: 8 May 2024



'Tyrants' will be available on May 8 through Spinda Records, although it can be pre-ordered in CD and vinyl formats. The vinyl edition will be part of the 'Trippy Series' from the Andalusian label, alongside acts such as Viaje a 800, Moura, The Silver Linings, Empty Full Space, or Moundrag. It will be limited to 400 copies on white vinyl with orange splatters and 100 copies on standard black vinyl.


LIVE SHOWS

May 04 | Tenerife (ES) @ Volcano Fest
May 17 | Madrid (ES) @ Madrid Psych Sessions
June 8 | Barcelona (ES) @ Sala Upload (release party)

more to be announced

Links


Thanks to Spinda Records for all of the details.

Noise/Doom/Stoner Rockers ZOLLE Premiere New Song FIOCCO From Upcoming New Album ROSA


Zolle return with an album where the heavy parts are lovingly heavier and the melodic parts are monstrously more melodic than in the past. Imagine Crowbar, on a diet, singing The Ramones refrains at an AC/DC show with Metallica as an opening act.

ROSA is the Italian word for PINK but it also means ROSE, the flower. ROSA tells, in a universal language, of different elements united by belonging:PINK, as artwork and titles suggest.

Recorded and mixed by Giulio Ragno Favero (Zu, Teatro degli Orrori, OvO) in December 2023 At Macina Studio in Camposampiero (Pd) and mastered by Giovanni Versari (Muse, Verdena) at la Maestà Studio.

ROSA is released by Subsound Records. The Artwork is from Berlikete and Eeviac.


Zolle are an incisive, unconventional rock duo, featured by playful voices and melodies,powerful guitar riffs and super energetic drums. ROSA is conceived in the countryside close to the Po river.

ZOLLE finds their maximum expression playing live:smiling approach, guaranteed vibration.

Stefano and Marcello have been playing together since the last century, since 1995,they come from MoRkObOt, Viscera/// and Klown (and beyond). Enjoy!

You can listen to the new track FIOCCO from the upcoming new album Rosa due out on May 3rd 2024 via Subsound Records


Links

Zolle: Bandcamp | Facebook | Instagram

Subsound Records: Website | Facebook | Bandcamp | Instagram

Thanks to Purple Sage PR for all of the details

Cape Town’s Psych/Stoner Rockers We Kill Cowboys Unleash Raw Power With Their Video For Latest Single R.I.P


Cape Town based rock unit We Kill Cowboys release the video for their latest single R.I.P out now via Mongrel Records. Fronted by Alex Muller, whose sultry and gritty vocals lead the charge, We Kill Cowboys' sound is a blend of psychedelic rock, grunge, and stoner blues. Their music dives deep into anti-establishment themes, inviting listeners into a world of thought-provoking narratives.
 
The band's upcoming single, inspired by the pain of betrayal, is a personal yet universally relatable anthem. Muller comments, "The song is based on dealing with betrayal. It's a very personal song, one of those kinds that just pours out. They need to come out. You need to feel that shit and share it."




We Kill Cowboys' live performances are a visceral journey, with Jono's searing guitar riffs, Andrews' thunderous drum fills, and Danie's fuzzy bass grooves creating an immersive sonic experience that leaves audiences' ears ringing and minds reeling.

Prepare to have your senses ignited as We Kill Cowboys turn up the amps, delivering a musical experience that both blows earholes and expands horizons.

Follow We Kill Cowboys

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Thanks to Plug Music Agency for all of the details. 

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metallers LEATHER LUNG announce Southeast Tour 2024 live dates


LEATHER LUNG have announced new US live dates for this summer. The "Southeast Tour 2024" kicks off at Reggie's 42nd St. Tavern in Wilmington, NC on July 12 and will see the band hitting numerous states for the first time, culminating on the 20th of July at Milk Boy in Philadelphia, PA.

LEATHER LUNG comment: "We've got a Graveside Grin from ear-to-ear hearing y'alls response to the new album", vocalist Mike Vickers enthuses. "It's long overdue that we get this show on the road! This July we're bustin' through swingin' doors all down the Southeast. Don't miss the party!"

LEATHER LUNG will tour in support of their current album "Graveside Grin", which was released on March 15, 2024. Please find all details of "Graveside Grin" below.

"Graveside Grin" is now streaming in full at the link below: https://youtu.be/pjS4M-rdjr4


Live

12 JUL 2024 Wilmington, NC (US) Reggie's 42nd St. Tavern
13 JUL 2024 West Columbia, SC (US) Art Bar
14 JUL 2024 Atlanta, GA (US) Boggs Social & Supply
15 JUL 2024 Birmingham, AL (US) Firehouse Cmty. Arts Center
16 JUL 2024 Nashville, TN (US) Cobra Lounge
17 JUL 2024 Asheville, NC (US) The Odd
18 JUL 2024 Raleigh, NC (US) The Pour House
19 JUL 2024 Richmond, VA (US) Cobra Cabana
20 JUL 2024 Philadelphia, PA (US) Milk Boy

Photo by Raz Asraai

Let's get this party started! The incorrigible headbangers in LEATHER LUNG have heard the pleas of their enthusiastic following to bring forth a new album of substance-fueled boogie metal, and have obliged at last with the raucous new full-length "Graveyard Grin". The proper debut album from the New England five-piece has everything promised by their previous EP releases: a thick, chugging concoction of stoner metal, doom, and unrelenting sludge, blended into a refreshingly heavy brew with a catchy kick.

LEATHER LUNG are a wild bunch that know the meaning of fun. This is hardly surprising as the band sprang into existence out of friendship and the punk and hardcore scene of Boston in 2012. Starting as a four-piece, they quickly gained an excellent reputation in their local scene, as well as plenty of critical attention through a string of EPs, starting with "Reap What You Sow" (2014) and followed in regular intervals by "Lost in Temptation" (2016), "Lonesome, On'ry and Evil" (2019), and "Dive Bar Devil" (2022).

'Dive Bar Devil' is also the name of LEATHER LUNG's own brand of lager beer, which has already sold out and been re-brewed multiple times. One may speculate that this is the liquid coming out off the can that the band's Green Lady mascot of each of their record covers opens forcefully in the artwork of "Graveside Grin".

Now a five-piece with the addition of a second guitarist, LEATHER LUNG are ready to take on the world. Following crushing live appearances at DesertFest New York and Psycho Las Vegas, the band return with "Graveside Grin", a massive sign that these freaks from Boston are ready for the road and amped to get the global party going.


Release date: March 15, 2024
Style: Boogie Sludge Metal
Label: Magnetic Eye Records
Review impact date: February 26, 2024

Line-up

Mike – vocals
Zach – guitar, vocals
Ben – drums
Jesse – bass, vocals
Greg – guitar

Recording & Mix by Chris Johnson at New Alliance Audio, Somerville, MA
Mastering by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, Portland, OR

Artwork by Mike Vickers
Illustrated by Ester Cardella
Layout by Mike Vickers


Available formats

"Graveside Grin" is available as digisleeve CD, and for pre-order on green re-vinyl . The marbled black and yellow vinyl, and the solid yellow vinyl editions are both sold out.

Links


Thanks to Magnetic Eye Records for all of the info.

High On Fire - Cometh The Storm (Album Review)

Release Date: April 19th 2024. Record Label: MNRK Heavy. Formats: CD/DD/Vinyl

Cometh The Storm - Tracklisting


1.Lambsbread

2.Burning Down 

3.Trismegistus

4.Cometh the Storm 

5.Karanlık Yol (instrumental)

6.Sol’s Golden Curse

7.The Beating

8.Tough Guy

9.Lighting Beard

10.Hunting Shadows

11.Darker Fleece


Members

 

Matt Pike - Vocals/Guitar

Jeff Matz - Bass

Coady Willis - Drums


Review


Sludge/Stoner Metal Titans High On Fire return after a lengthy six year absence with their ninth album Cometh The Storm. Teaming up once again with famed musician/producer Kurt Ballou, the band also have Coady Willis (Big Business) drumming for them since Des Kensel left back in 2019. Their 2018 album Electric Messiah saw the band reach greater creative heights which resulted in High On Fire winning the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance with their song "Electric Messiah".


Cometh The Storm sees High On Fire explore new musical highs with this record having a Middle Eastern flavour to the album especially within the more subdued and instrumental parts of the album. However, this is High On Fire we’re talking about here and they play their classic style of Thrash based Sludge/Stoner Metal grooves that made them such a well known destructive force within the global Heavy Metal scene.


Drawing upon sounds used on classic albums such as: Blessed Black Wings, Death Is This Communion, Snakes For The Divine and their last record Electric Messiah. There seems to be a more sense of primal urgency to the band’s music with Jeff Matz and Coady Willis forming a brilliantly thrilling relationship for Matt Pike to deliver his epic grooves from.


The band blast their way through an outstanding collection of opening tracks with Lambsbread, Burning Down and Trismegistus having that muscular THRASH METAL drive and Matt’s gravelled vocals being sung at a 100 miles per hour just like the music itself. The whole tone within these tracks is one of pure chaos and destruction with some epic guitar shredding that is built for METALHEADS and played by METALHEADS. The sound has a classic Speed Metal approach but one that allows the more modern sounding aesthetics breathe naturally especially within the more Progressive jams.


The lyrics feel more personal here which fully come into focus on the excellent title track Cometh The Storm with a seedy Sludgy groove that moves into dominant Stoner Metal territory the band have made their names with over their legendary twenty five year career. 


HIgh On Fire start to show their new found Psychedelic and Middle Eastern approach on the superb instrumental track Karanlık Yol (instrumental) which is a sound we haven’t heard before. I would expect to hear this style of music perhaps on a record by OM and not High On Fire. Though, it’s great to see the band trying new things and expanding their musical horizons which they used quite effectively on the later stages of the album. There’s a brooding and mysterious element to High On Fire when they add this style of music to the mix.


Cometh The Storm becomes even heavier within tracks such as Sol’s Golden Curse, The Beating, Tough Guy and Lightning Beard with a Motorhead based energy appearing at various times. This is where High On Fire perhaps play the most heaviest and loudest grooves on the whole album. Echoes of Thrash, Doom, Sludge and Stoner melodies are direct and very straight to the point which builds upto an endless cycle of violent head-banging moments.


The final two tracks of Hunting Shadows and Darker Fleece reminds me of Electric Messiah in many ways with stadium sized riffs being quite effective within the “less is more” style being used within the production side of the album. Darker Fleece is a long drawn out track with High On Fire using different levels of Psychedelic Distortion and Ambient Sounds for a slightly DOOMED out offering with various levels of different sounding vocals.


Cometh The Storm is another masterclass of Thrash/Sludge/Stoner Metal from High On Fire that will appeal to everyone within the global Heavy Metal community and cement their reputation once and for all as true legends of the scene. This will no doubt end becoming one of the definitive Sludge/Stoner Metal albums to own this year. 


Words by Steve Howe


Thanks to Hold Tight PR for the promo.


Cometh The Storm will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via MNRK Heavy from April 19th 2024.


High On Fire online:

https://www.facebook.com/highonfire

Monday 15 April 2024

Heavy rock festival PLANET DESERT ROCK WEEKEND V shares first names for January 2025 edition in Las Vegas; tickets on sale now!


Vegas Rock Revolution's Planet Desert Rock Weekend is back for its 5th edition and announces the first bands to play two Las Vegas venues across the Jan. 30-Feb. 1 weekend, with Fireball Ministry, Mos Generator, JIRM and more!

Curated by Vegas Rock Revolution founder John Gist, Planet Desert Rock Weekend has established itself as a major event for all heavy rock fans from the Las Vegas area and beyond, hosting a highly curated selection of international heavy rock and psych bands for three nights of intimate surroundings with amazing sound to capture the full spirit of the heavy rock world. More than just a concert, it's a celebration and an essential gathering of musicians and fans from around the globe. The shows are taking place at night, so that festival-goers can fully enjoy the unique city of Las Vegas, its museums, casinos or hiking spots.

This year, Planet Desert Rock Weekend brings in Californian label Ripple Music to curate an entire night by presenting some of their roster's finest live acts. Don't wait to book your pass as the final lineup will be announced soon!

PLANET DESERT ROCK WEEKEND V

From January 30th to February 1st, 2025 at Count's Vamp'd and The Usual Place (Las Vegas, NV)
EVENT & INFO // TICKETS

With Fireball Ministry (USA)
Mos Generator (USA)
JIRM (Sweden)
Samavayo (Germany)
Sergeant Thunderhoof (UK)
Omega Sun (Slovenia)
Fire Down Below (Belgium)
Valley of the Sun (USA)
Sons of Arrakis (Canada)
Mr.Bison (Italy)
+ more TBA!

A few words from the festival about the bands:

Fireball Ministry - Los Angeles

Rising from quietly smoldering for many years we are honored to have Fireball Ministry be a part of PDRW. This is a pure legacy band that has been rocking the scene since 1999 and have shared the stage with the likes of Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, Judas Priest, Slayer, Danzig, Anthrax, Motörhead and many others. Recently it was announced Ripple Music will be reissuing their catalog.

Mos Generator - Washington State

Mos Generator has been rocking for over 20 years and led by Tony Reed who is a monumental force within the scene. From straight forward heavy rock to heavy psychedelic they have always created music that elevates above many.

JIRM - Sweden

Ripple Music’s JIRM (formerly known as Jeremy Irons + the Ratgang Malibus) has built their reputation on an epic sound on each release regardless of the evolution and creativity of the album. They can range from a light summery psych song to a dark-tinged song describing inner turmoil. They are accented by amazing vocals. JIRM’s album “The Tunnel, The Well, Holy Bedlam” landed #4 on the Doom Charts for March 2022. This will be their 1st time in the States.

Samavayo - Germany

This German trio has been releasing amazing heavy rock since 2003! Their evolution of sound and influence have changed some over the years but at their core, they are a heavy rock band that writes rocking catchy songs yet get you moving. They have played with many of the top bands in the world, whether it was on tour or at a festival. Samavayo’s album “Payan” landed #2 on the Doom Charts for March 2022. This will be their 1st time playing the USA!

Sergeant Thunderhoof - England

These Brits have blown away fans in the U.K. for years and rocked amazing album after album of heavy rock for the world to hear. Touted for their live sets but their recent album “The Scripted Veil” took the scene by storm with incredible soaring vocals and superior songwriting to most. Landed #1 on Doom Charts for June 2022. This will be their 1st and only show in the States in 2025!

Omega Sun - Slovenia

Returning to Planet Desert Rock Weekend is Omega Sun whose recent 2023 release Roadkill captured many rocker’s ears with their powerful blend of heavy rock, doom, grunge and stoner rock. Recently the guys had the great fortune of opening up for USA supergroup The Winery Dogs and have embarked on a European tour. We love to bring back bands to the PDRW fold! Their 2023 release “Roadkill” landed #9 on the Doom Charts and VRR’s end-of-year list at #6 in 2023.

Fire Down Below - Belgium

Since their 2017 release “Viper, Vixen, Goddess, Saint” they have done a masterful job of blending desert rock, stoner rock and grunge elements to make music very easily accessible to people who want to rock. Their 2022 release “Low Desert Surf Club” on Ripple Music landed #5 on Vegas Rock Revolution’s end-of-year list and #3 on Doom Charts for September. This will be their 1st time playing the USA!

Valley of the Sun - Cincinnati

Super pumped to have Valley of the Sun return to Planet Desert Rock Weekend after performing at the inaugural one. Led by frontman Ryan Ferrier they deliver straight heavy rocking desert rock that sticks in your head. Their recently released album on Ripple Music landed close to the top of Vegas Rock Revolution’s top albums of the year.

Sons of Arrakis - Montréal

Early on Vegas Rock Revolution has been touting and working with Sons of Arrakis and after hoping to have them as part of PDRW IV, we are excited to have them for 2025! Their sound is an outstanding blend of heavy rock/ heavy psych/ progressive/ stoner with a backdrop of being a Dune-themed band. Their debut album ended #2 for 2022 on the VRR end-of-the-year list behind festival alumni Freedom Hawk (2). Their album landed #1 on Doom Charts for July 2022 and #8 overall for the year. SOA is finishing up their 2nd album which will be released on Black Throne Productions.

Mr. Bison - Italy

Mr. Bison has been one busy band since appearing at Planet Desert Rock Weekend II. Their latest album “Echoes of the Universe” has made an amazing splash in 2024 including landing #2 on the Doom Charts for February. Mr. Bison have continued to evolve and challenge themselves including adding a new member who is a multi-instrumentalist. We can’t wait to have them back and hear the new stuff live! Mr. Bison is part of the Heavy Psych Sounds label.

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