Tuesday 23 July 2024

ELEPHANT TREE and LOWRIDER to release "The Long Forever" split album on Blues Funeral Recordings this fall; preorders and first track available!

Blues Funeral Recordings unveil all details for the widely anticipated split album between London psychedelic doom pillars ELEPHANT TREE and Swedish stoner rock giants LOWRIDER, to be released worldwide on October 25th. Discover the first single with Elephant Tree's new video for "Long Forever"!

Like two timelines converging, Elephant Tree and Lowrider come together to present the collaborative album "The Long Forever", easily one of the most eagerly awaited split releases in the history of heavy rock.

Arriving in the wake of two landmark 2020 releases ("Habits" from Elephant Tree and "Refractions" from Lowrider), "The Long Forever" finds both bands at critical junctures: each has a broad and expanding influence, each is revered onstage and off, and each is delivering its first proper new release in four years to tremendous anticipation. Despite that pressure, Elephant Tree and Lowrider have seized the opportunity to redefine who they are and declare where their musical voyages will go next. Bringing these bands onto a shared collaborative platter would be an event regardless of the surrounding circumstances. As it is, though, the significance of this album is even greater.

Watch Elephant Tree's new video "Long Forever" + listen to the single on all streaming services

"The Long Forever" takes its title from the nickname Elephant Tree singer/guitarist Jack Townley gave to the multi-week coma he was kept in for medical reasons following a near-fatal biking accident in early 2023. Dreaming without waking and losing all sense of time as his mind attempted to process and cope with the ordeal, that lyrical description can only hint at the enormity of Jack’s experience.

And yet, the year or so that followed manifested a musical freedom in the bands’ respective approaches. Lowrider has grown more complex and expressive, while Elephant Tree has chosen a rawer, set-up-the-mics-and-go approach. "The Long Forever" is the vehicle through which the bands meet, subverting and superseding the expectations on them, with a traumatic nexus as the gravitational singularity around which the entire LP orbits, bending and shaping every note that escapes forth.

"This record is a huge moment for us as it marks our return to creating new music after my accident. This process was all about getting back into the room together, and the recording was just a small part of this track's journey out of the ether," says Jack Townley.

Stress, trauma, time, gravity, sound, joy, catharsis and texture all find a place across the record’s 43 minutes, but what resonates is the stridence with which Elephant Tree and Lowrider meet at the convergence of timelines and complement each other in evolving listeners’ ideas of who they are. In the end, perseverance, healing and stubbornness of passion are what made "The Long Forever" a reality. We invite fans to listen with open minds and love in their hearts.

“The Long Forever” will be issued on limited vinyl, classic vinyl, CD digipack and digital formats on October 25th following a highly limited release as part of the revered Blues Funeral Recordings PostWax series, with preorders available now.

ELEPHANT TREE & LOWRIDER "The Long Forever" split album
Out October 25th on Blues Funeral Recordings (LP/CD/digital)
Preorder on Bandcamp, Bluesfuneral.com and SPKR shop

1. Lowrider - And The Horse You Rode In On
2. Lowrider - Caldera
3. Lowrider - Into The Grey
4. Lowrider - Through The Rift (feat. Elephant Tree)
5. Elephant Tree - Fucked In The Head
6. Elephant Tree - 4 For 2
7. Elephant Tree - Long Forever (feat. Lowrider)

Formed in London in 2023, Elephant Tree has spent the past decade delivering their heavy, melodic sound to audiences across the international scene with their 2016 self-titled album winning praise from critics and fans alike. Early 2019 saw the band enter The Church Studios to deliver their third album 'Habits' (2020) with engineer and producer Riley MacIntyre (The Horrors, Thurston Moore, Adele) at the helm — an ambitious, emotion-driven journey made of spacious yet heavy-as-ever soundscapes, a scintillating blur of prog, psych, and melodic heavy rock.
 2020 was, as foreseen by the clear-sighted, the year they bloomed out of best kept underground secret into a household name, making it to the top of year-end lists and making an appearance on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show as well as reaching number 14 on the Official Charts Rock & Metal and number 25 on the Official Charts Indie lists. After a series of acclaimed festival performances across the UK and Europe, all band activities were unexpectedly put to a halt in the winter of 2022 after frontman and guitarist Jack Townley was severely injured in a bike accident. Elephant Tree is now set to release their anticipated split record with Lowrider on October 25th via Blues Funeral Recordings.

As the preeminent band out of the gate in the late 90s post-Kyuss wake, Lowrider's debut EP and seminal album 'Ode to Io' were foundational slabs at the dawn of stoner rock. The swinging metal offshoot grew quickly into a worldwide phenomenon, with Lowrider established as one of its undeniable trailblazers. Following those early releases with a handful of compilation and soundtrack appearances and a period of relative inactivity, the band re-emerged at DesertFest Berlin in 2013. 
They've since blown minds at Hellfest, Keep it Low, DesertFest London and Belgium, Stoned from the Underground and Up in Smoke, and issued expanded remastered versions of their original records. All that was left was to give the world something new. Released in early 2020 through Blues Funeral Recordings, their long-awaited sophomore album 'Refractions' explodes with all the churning fuzz and expansive riff-heaviness for which the band are beloved, shot through with re-energized purpose and maturity. All throughout the year, "Refractions" has garnered high praise from international press, being awarded "Best Album of 2020" on Magnet Magazine, Metal Hammer's staff lists, The Obelisk, Doom Charts, as well as being featured on top of numerous end-of-year lists such as on Metal Injection, Rock & Folk Magazine, New Noise, Invisible Oranges or Guitar Part Magazine

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Doom/Sludge/Stoner Rockers GIGANTUM Show Off Their Doomy Rock Stylings With New Single/Video For “Necron99” From Upcoming New Album

GIGANTUM Show Off Their Doomy Rock Stylings With New Single “Necron99” - Debut S/T Album Out Sept 2024

L-R - Mia X – Vocals/Bass, BlareNBitch – Guitar/Vocals, Chase Manhattan – Drums, Mark Lüntzel – Guitar/Vocals. 

Photo Credit Mariana Fiel

Gigantum, the innovative hard rock band from Los Angeles, USA continues to experiment with the genre norms as they release their second single “Necron99” from their upcoming self-titled debut album slated to hit online retailers on September 6, 2024. Following the successful launch of the single “Monkey King” last month, this new track delves deeper into the band’s eclectic influences and creative synergy, offering fans another taste of what’s to come. 

Vocalist/bassist Mia X comments on the single:

“A lot of the songs are about conversations that we have at practice. Necron99 came about when Mark told us about this movie he was really into and wanted us to check out called, WIZARDS. After watching it, I went down a rabbit hole to learn more and when he started playing the riff that is now Necron99, I started thinking about the importance of what the movie was portraying.”

“Necron99” has a very heavy, doomy industrial feel that takes the listener into darkness. Gigantum works collaboratively, coming up with riffs that bounce off each other, and in each track, the different ideas and musical influences of the musicians can shine through. The result is an EP that is as complex as it is compelling, offering listeners a glimpse into the band's creative process.

“Necron99” could be considered the modern-day “War Pigs” and is recommended for fans of Fu Manchu, Mastodon, and Red Fang.

Watch and listen to the lyric video for “Necron99” via its premiere below thanks to the cool folks over at Asher Media PR

Due out on September 6th, 2024, Gigantum's self-titled album is available for pre-order at https://gigantumband.bandcamp.com.

Track Listing:​

1. Monkey King – 6:11
2. For All My Friends – 5:38
3. Forever Dreaming – 7:02
4. Brain Haze – 8:36
5. Rock Box – 3:38
6. Necron99 – 8:48

Album Length: 39:52

More info: https://linktr.ee/gigantumband

Thanks to Asher Media PR for all of the info.

Norwegian Desert Rockers SLOMOSA Reveal Album Details & Brand New Video Single "Battling Guns"!

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Norwegian desert rockers SLOMOSA have finally revealed new details about their forthcoming, sophomore studio album! Slated for release on September 13, 2024 via Stickman Records"Tundra Rock" will see the Bergen-based four-piece double down on all expectations!


The album pre-sale has just started at:



Following previously-released, much acclaimed album tracks, "Cabin Fever" and "Rice", SLOMOSA have just premiered a music video for their new single "Battling Guns", a stoner rock track featuring gritty riffs and powerful vocals! Says vocalist and guitarist Benjamin Berdous: 


“This song shows a grungier side to our songwriting, as we wanted to add something new to our catalog. As history repeats itself, their triumphs are cheap and their followers are sheep. The song symbolizes the disbelief and anger at this development.” 


"Battling Guns" is now streaming on all digital services at

Watch the new clip premiering here:


SLOMOSA were formed in Bergen in 2017. Driven by their passion for catchy songwriting and groovy riffs, the band has embarked on a unique journey that blends stoner rock, grunge and hardcore into their signature blend, dubbed "tundra rock"; a northern twist on California desert rock.


Since their sudden appearance on the scene with the self-titled debut album in 2020, SLOMOSA have hit the ground running with frenetically-acclaimed festival appearances and relentless tours with more than 130 shows in twenty countries alongside bands such as Orange GoblinElderKing BuffaloSasquatch or Stöner

Their explosive live performances have earned them an enthusiastic fanbase, both nationally and internationally. SLOMOSA's music has even captured the attention of rock greats like Tool guitarist Adam Jones, who recently shared his enthusiasm for the band on his social media, or Kyuss legends Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri, who have expressed their love for SLOMOSA's sound and riffs. With a steadily growing fanbase from all over the world, more than 10.000,000 Spotify streams alone, a busy touring schedule featuring recent shows with heavy weights Fu Manchu in Oslo or UK dates with Alkaline Trio, an upcoming European run with GREENLEAF and their first-ever live appearance in the States supporting ALKALINE TRIO, the future is definitely bright for the band between the seven mountains. Find all upcoming live shows listed below!


On top of continuous touring, SLOMOSA has been channeling all their creative energy into their second, hotly-anticpated studio offering "Tundra Rock", scheduled for a September release on Stickman Records. The nine album tracks were produced by Eirik Marinius Sandvik at Polyfon Studio and Marinius Studio, and were mastered by Jørgen Træen. The cover artwork was created by Elsa Enestig. 


Pre-Order "Tundra Rock" HERE!


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"Tundra Rock" Tracklist:

01. Afghansk Rev
02. Rice
03. Cabin Fever
04. Red Thundra
05. Good Mourning
06. Battling Guns
07. Monomann
08. MJ
09. Dune



27.07.2024 Misery Fest (BE)
02.08.2024 Åndalsnes (NO), Raumarock 

01.10.24 (DE) Berlin, Lido *

02.10.24 (DE) Hamburg, Gruenspan *

03.10.24 (DE) Köln, Club Volta *

04.10.24 (DE) Bielefeld, Forum *

05.10.24 (NL) Leeuwarden, Into The Void *

06.10.24 (CH) Pratteln, Up In Smoke *

07.10.24 (AT) Innsbruck, PMK *

09.10.24 (AT) Vienna, Arena

10.10.24 (HR) Zagreb, Vintage Industrial Bar *

11.10.24 (AT) Graz, PPC *

12.10.24 (DE) München, Keep It Low *

13.10.24 (DE) Leipzig, Werk2 *



North America


Sept 11, 2024 - San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theater
Sept 12, 2024 - New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
Sept 15, 2024 - Charleston, SC, Charleston Music Hall
Sept 17, 2024 - Wilmington, DE, The Queen
Sept 18, 2024 - Wallingford, CT, The Dome
Sept 20, 2024 - Wantagh, NY, Mulcahy’s
Sept 21, 2024 - Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
Sept 22, 2024 - Hampton Beach, NH, Casino Ballroom
Sept 24, 2024 - Buffalo, NY, Riverworks
Sept 26, 2024 - Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection
Sept 27, 2024 - Milwaukee, WI, The Rave
Sept 28, 2024 - Columbus, OH, Kemba Live!
Sept 29, 2024 - Newport, KY, Megacorp Pavilion 


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Benjamin Berdous - Vocals/guitar

Marie Moe - Vocals/bass

Tor Erik Bye - Guitar

Jard Hole - Drums

Thanks to All Noir PR and Action PR for all of the info.

Barbarian Hermit - Mean Sugar (Album Review)

Release Date: August 02nd 2024. Record Label: APF Records. Formats: CD/DD/Vinyl

Mean Sugar: Tracklisting

1.Mean Sugar 04:58

2.Battle Of Kompromat

3.Out Come The Boasts

4.Who Put 50p In You?

5.Stitched Up


7.Kick Up The Dust

8.Stranger Than Fiction

9.Heal The Tyrant


Mike Regan (guitars)

Adam Robertshaw (guitars)

Rob Sutcliffe (bass)

Gareth Manning (drums)

Simon Scarlett (vocals)


Mean Sugar is the new album from Manchester, UK, Sludge/Stoner Metallers Barbarian Hermit and it’s their first new album in six years which sees the band add a more subversive Psychedelic and Groove Metal orientated sound. Though, the album acts as the perfect follow up to their celebrated debut album Solitude And Savagery. 

With a thuggish attitude being the main powerful force for Barbarian Hermit to deliver their music with, there’s still some welcome warm-hearted Psychedelic Melodies which bridges the gap between Progressive Sludge grooves and an almost Stadium Rock style delivery which can see the bands compared to acts such as Mastodon, Baroness and TORCHE in places.

The opening tracks of Mean Sugar, Battle Of Kompromant and Our Come The Boasts are fueled by real life UK based NORTHERN GRIT which shines through with their lyrics and high voltage based vocals. Barbarian Hermit go under a DOOM-POP and POST-PSYCH transformation on the outstanding Battle Of Kompromant which features one of the most outstanding and highly melodic instrumental passages which brings a focused Post-Rock and Shoegaze attitude.

Though, the THRASH/GROOVE/SLUDGE grooves changes into a slightly APOCALYPTIC flow when the Ambient and Distorted SPACED OUT rhythms begin to breathe exciting possibilities into the album on Our Come The Boasts which then moves into similar themes heard from fellow Mancunian Sludge/Stoner Metallers BOSS KELOID.

Barbarian Hermit have named their album MEAN SUGAR perfectly as the record achieves the perfect balance of HARSH and POUNDING Sludge/Stoner Metal grooves against the Psychedelic Textures that allows the band to become more sweet-natured even when they write hard-hitting lyrics throughout the album on tracks such as Who Put 50p In You?, Stitched Up, Kick Up The Dust and Stranger Than Fiction.

Mean Sugar is a deliriously addictive record from start to finish that showcases why Barbarian Hermit are one of the most essential bands to rise triumphantly from the Mancunian Sludge/Stoner Metal scene. The vocals maybe harsh at times but they’re delivered with loving care which is the same melodic tone the instrumental sounds are built with as well.

Barbarian Hermit have created an album that has a fearless attitude and a ton of first rate grooves, sounds and melodies that will have you coming back to this album time and time again in the years to come. 

Mean Sugar is an unmissable album and one that you need to have in your collection right now….

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to For The Lost PR for the promo.

Mean Sugar will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via APF Records from Friday 02nd August 2024.


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Monday 22 July 2024

Lamassu - GUNS (Single Review)

Release Date: July 23rd 2024. Record Label: Self Released. Formats: DD

Guns: Tracklisting



Chris Fisher

Matt Dawkins

Nick Rad

Al Cooke


Grunge/Doom/Stoner Metallers Lamassu refined their hybrid “GRUNGE” sound on their stunning 2023 album Made Of Dust. The record was quite bleak and opaque with the band leaning into their Post-Doom and Post-Metal creative persona which allowed the album to be quite uncompromising whilst still maintaining a kick-ass STONER METAL attitude.

Lamassu have returned with GUNS, the new song from their upcoming “untitled” new album which dials back the Post-Doom perspective and offers a more classic GRUNGIER attitude that fans of Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, HELMET and Stone Temple Pilots will truly appreciate. 

The small bursts of Doomed Out Stoner Rock/Metal energy works amazingly with the solid and epic sounding SPACE ROCK foundations that allows Lamassu to build up an impressive array of Sludge Rock attitudes which can easily be comparable to CAVE IN for small moments on the later stages of the track. 

Guns does see Lamassu operate with a LESS IS MORE attitude throughout with the song being quite slow-to-mid pace which is one of the main outstanding aspects of the whole track. Lead vocalist Chris Fisher did advise me a while back that their new sound has gone into a slightly different direction and he wasn’t wrong. However, on this track alone, Lamassu could have something wholly spectacular and exciting for their upcoming new record. 

Guns is absolute DYNAMITE entertainment and offers one of the best GRUNGE tracks I’ve heard this year alone.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Lamassu for the promo..

Guns is available to buy from all good digital stockists now.


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Sunday 21 July 2024

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST LONDON to take place on November 2-3 with Dozer, Black Rainbows, Lord Dying, Black Tusk and more; tickets on sale now!

Desertscene London and Heavy Psych Sounds announce the long-anticipated return of HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST LONDON, with eleven acts from the international stoner, doom and heavy psych rock scene taking over The Underworld and Black Heart on November 2nd & 3rd. Tickets are on sale now!

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST returns to London after four years this fall to make Camden Town rumble and crumble under the mighty fuzz assault of some of the most revered bands in the stoner, doom, psych and heavy rock scene!

The festival will proudly welcome Swedish stoner rock royalty Dozer, Portland genre-bending heavy metallers Lord Dying, and Savannah swamp sludge specialists Black Tusk for the first time. Fuzz and buzz will be supplied by some of the finest live acts from the HPS roster with stoner rock icons Black Rainbows, Scottish space rock explorers The Cosmic Dead, Birmingham's soulful proto-rock merchants Alunah and occult doom revelers Margarita Witch Cult, Italian heavy psych goldsmiths Mr.Bison and speed stoner'n'roll unit The Clamps, as well as UK heavy psych veterans Josiah. Fans of the finest psychedelic blues be delighted by an exclusive UK appearance of Australia's own Child.

Curated by two major players of the European & UK heavy rock scene with London's fuzz-worshipping Desertscene and leading independent heavy rock label Heavy Psych Sounds, this decibel-charged weekender promises to be one for the books, so don't wait to book your ticket!

Heavy Psych Sounds Fest London 2024
November 2nd & 3rd at The Underworld and The Black Heart

Tickets available at this location and Official Facebook event


DOZER (stoner rock - Sweden)
BLACK RAINBOWS (stoner rock - Italy)
LORD DYING (heavy metal - USA)
BLACK TUSK (sludge metal - USA)
THE COSMIC DEAD (space rock - UK)
ALUNAH (heavy rock - UK)
CHILD (heavy blues - Australia)
JOSIAH (heavy psych - UK)
MR.BISON (heavy psych - Italy)
THE CLAMPS (stoner'n'roll - Italy)

Founded and curated by Europe's leading stoner, doom and heavy rock label Heavy Psych Sounds Records, Heavy Psych Sounds Fest has become a trademark event among heavy and fuzz rock lovers, taking over all major European cities from London and Berlin to Paris since its inception in 2015, while also more recently spreading its wings across the United States with events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Baltimore.

Headquartered in Rome, Heavy Psych Sounds is the home to some of the most revered artists of the international stoner, doom, sludge and heavy rock scene such as Brant Bjork, Nick Oliveri, Bongzilla, Nebula, Mondo Generator, Yawning Man, Black Rainbows, Acid Mammoth, Duel, Ecstatic Vision and many more. The underground cult label is not only the place for all heavy rock record collectors, but also an essential part of the live scene with its mini-festival series gathering heavy music fans worldwide.


Thanks to Purple Sage PR for all of the info.

Bellwether Ritual - Windbag (EP Review)

Release Date: July 17th 2024. Record Label: Self Released. Formats: DDl

WindBag: Tracklisting

1.Brick by Brick 04:00

2.Brown Acid 03:52

3.The Fall 04:32

4.Neanderthal Blues 04:30


Mike Em - Vocals, Guitar

Brenton Nicholas - Drums

Hilary Brown - Bass, Vocals

Shane Townsend - Guitar


I have a plan for which albums I review that I try to stick to because it seems like there is a new album about every 24 seconds in this genre. On a slow day. But damn, sometimes you hear something so bad-ass it changes the plan. WIndbag by Bellwether Ritual fucked up my writing schedule in the best way possible! The new EP melted my face and drew my hands to my keyboard, so I could blather on and on about how fuckin BAD-ASS this EP is. When I heard the lyric "whatever happened to the good old days?" on Neanderthal Blues I thought, these ARE the good old days with releases like this!

The band is described on Bandcamp as a grunge/rock band and I guess if you are going to have to use labels that's as good as any, although there are definitely metal, doom and desert influences all over this EP. This is a nice chunk of Heavy Underground rock that deserves a listen. Bellwether Ritual sounds like they want to grab you and shake the rock directly into your spine. Windbag is a really fun record and you'll be missing out if you don't give it a listen (you gotta have 20 minutes for this if you're a rock and roll fan!).

This EP is an excellent follow-up to the Neck and Neck EP released appropriately enough on April 20th (yes I am familiar with the devils lettuce) earlier this year. Windbag features the nice, tight song writing of the first EP while expanding Bellwether Rituals' foray into the Heavy Underground as they push their creativity to the far reaches of doom and stoner rock. Windbag hits a bit darker than Neck and Neck and I like it a lot. 

Anyway, here's a little bit about the most important part, the songs!

Brick by Brick...man these are some fuzzy doomy bricks for sure. Excellent vocals on this doomy track set a dark mood. The fuzz is real and this is excellent throw-back doom much like Black Capricorn displayed on their latest effort. The emphasis on this track is slow and low. Like a good thunderstorm you can feel the oppression seeping out of the corners of the walls and feel your speakers quake. The vocals are powerfully harsh at the climax and the sound is so appropriate for the increasing drama of the song. A tasteful solo and an urgent ending really got me excited about this track and perked me up in my seat, eager to hear the rest!

With Brown Acid, the tone changes to a more psychedelic hard rock jam. I mean...Brown Acid, right? Retro without being derivative, this song has a great vocal presence over chunky guitar riffs, solid drumming and clockwork bass. Brown Acid is a really good rock song. I enjoy the diversity that Bellwether Ritual exhibits in their song writing, and it's awesome to see the music remains strong and interesting as the sound changes for each tune. It's good songwriting y'all.

The 3rd track, The Fall has a nice kind of grungy, perhaps Stone Temple Pilots feel. The recording features an excellent mix here. This just sounds really good and it seems very radio ready. This song sounds the most like the first EP and if you haven't heard Neck and Neck, this song should get you motivated to do so. The Fall is a nice desert/grunge rocker. Many influences shine through here and create something pretty unique. I also love the hardcore end to the song. Hell yeah!

The last tune opens up with a serious 80's heavy metal tone. A more sultry approach to some of the vocals here, this plays out beautifully as a hard rock anthem, inspired by the past by definitely a modern heavy underground sound. Neanderthal Blues sounds similar to the sound of bands like Duel and Warlung in the way they all seem to have enjoyed a lot of KISS in their musical upbringings. I hear that influence in this EP, but perhaps again, with a more grungy feel. However you define it, Bellwether Ritual has a killer energy that will invigorate your ear-holes. A unique Heavy Underground sound, these guys should be on your "check these guys out" list. The EP is out so go listen to it and enjoy some kick ass heavy underground rock and roll!

Whatever happened to the good old days? They are back y'all!

Words S Patrick Brooks


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