Monday 4 March 2024

Goat Major - Ritual (Album Review)

Release Date: 08th March 2024. Record Label: Ripple Music. Formats: CD/DD/Vinyl

Ritual - Tracklisting

1.Snakes (Goddess of the Serpent) 

2.Ritual

3.Turn to Dust

4.Light of the End

5.Power That Be

6.Mountains of Madness

7.Evil Eye 

8.Lay Me Down


Members


Jammie Arnold - guitar

Simon Bonwick - drums

Tom Shortt - bass & vocals 


Review


Ritual is the debut full length album from Welsh Occult/Doom/Stoner Metallers Goat Major who bring a fresh and FUZZED up perspective to the Occult Metal sound. Bringing down tuned grooves which has a hint of Electric Wizard heaviness to the mix and even bringing moments of bands from the Welsh Doom/Stoner Metal scene such as Acrimony, Sigiriya and BUDGIE on this album alone.


Despite the albums classic Occult vibe and seedy Seventies Proto-Doom metal attitude, Goat Ritual play a modern day Sludge/Stoner Metal appetite within the more outlandish parts of the album. Tom’s vocals have elements of Ozzy Osbourne and Uncle Acid to them but with perhaps a more DEMONIC outlook within his vocal delivery with a slight nod of Electric Wizard and Green Lung darkness appearing within the more horror influenced lyrics that Goat Major have written for the album.


Ritual is packed full of mighty Down Tuned and stripped back FUZZY instrumental moments which allows the band to expose themselves further to the Psych Stoner Rock/Metal world on the excellent opening tracks of Snakes (Goddess Of The Serpent), Ritual and Turn to Dust. Atmospheric and Distorted grooves are abound with sinister forces hidden with the sublime lyrics that allows RItual to tap into the classic world of 1960’s and 1970’s Horror Movies being the most intriguing aspect but that could be my own insights with the album.


If you’re a fan of Acid Mammoth then Goat Major feel like kindred spirits as they play similar creative beats to each other with both bands still playing their own great blend of music. 


RItual becomes more Fuzz/Stoner Metal dominated on Light Of The End and Power That Be though Goat Major power on through delivering some wonderful classic Hard Rock and Heavy Metal beats with that LOW & SLOW or AMPLIFIER WORSHIP delivery that’s an essential element to this style of music.


I’m aware of Tom and Simon’s previous work with Welsh Sludge/Stoner Metallers HARK that featured the legend that is Jimbob Isaac of TAINT fame. I was surprised by this fact. As HARK and Goat Major are totally different bands to each other. Though, that’s to be expected with HARK perhaps being led by the creative ideas and themes of Jimbob Isaac than the other members of the band.


Tom and Simon are joined by Jammie Arnold on Guitars who brings a whirlwind style of different guitars and bone-crunching rhythms throughout the album. Goat Major have a killer Power Trio setup within their ranks which allows the band to bounce off each other superbly well on the later stages of the track.


The second half of the album returns to the more Occult Doom Rock/Metal aspect of the band’s sound with tracks Mountains Of Madness, Evil Eye and Lay Me Down being some of the outlandish and impressive tracks on the album which allows Goat Major to fully revel in their demonic roles whilst playing some brilliantly entertaining instrumental passages along the way.


Goat Major have the power, knowledge and expertise of one of the best labels within the scene helping them out with this release. The mighty RIPPLE MUSIC. You’ve heard me say this time and time before but the album sounds fantastic from start to finish with soaring production values that brings a level of CLASSIC SOUNDING DOOM to the party whilst also having a modern seedy approach on the heaviest parts of the album.


Ritual is a record full of street-level attitude that brings out some of the best collection of OCCULT and PROTO DOOM based tracks for a debut album. Add this DEVILISH album to your record collection at the earliest opportunity. As this is an definite Album Of The Year contender right here.


Words by Steve Howe


Thanks to Purple Sage PR for the promo.


Ritual will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Ripple Music from Friday 08th March 2024.


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Noise/Doom/Stoner Rockers ZOLLE Premiere New Song PEPE 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 Pepe 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

Doom/Sludge Metallers TEN TON SLUG Release New Song MINDLESS AND BLIND And Announce Pre-Order For Upcoming New Album COLOSSAL OPPRESSOR


Ten Ton Slug originated in the depths of Connemara in the west of Ireland in 2014 and plays a riff-filled mix of sludge and doom characterised by huge riffs and pummelling drums coupled with dynamic and charismatic heavy vocals.

The Slug has gained a stellar live reputation and a loyal and ever-expanding fanbase throughout Ireland, the UK and beyond, having shared stages with bands such as Black Label Society, Corrosion of Conformity, Memoriam, Crowbar, Conan, Jinjer, Bongzilla and more.

Self-organised tours across the UK, Ireland and brief runs into Europe as both support and headliner alongside appearances at notable festivals including Bloodstock Open Air and Metaldays have helped spread the slime far and wide; continuing this year with the band’s upcoming slot at Maryland Doom Fest and run of shows in the USA in mid 2024.

Two studio releases (‘Brutal Gluttonous Beast’ and ‘Blood and Slime’), one live EP (’Live at the Siege of Limerick’) and a single (‘Hunting Ground’) have all garnered excellent reviews to date, and May 2024 sees release of the long awaited and eagerly anticipated debut album Colossal Oppressor, featuring guest vocals by Karl Willetts of Memoriam/Bolt Thrower on the track ‘Brutus’.

2023 saw the band sign with EU booking agency Maximum Torque Agency (MTA booking) and Ten Ton Slug is now taking bookings for festivals and shows in 2024 and 2025.

THE SLUG IS HUNGRY.

This MONDAY MARCH 4TH Ten Ton Slug release the single 'Mindless and Blind' and will also open Vinyl and merchandise pre-orders for the upcoming long-awaited album 'Colossal Oppressor', featuring guest vocals by Karl Willetts of Memoriam/Bolt Thrower on the track 'Brutus'.



‘You would be doing yourself a great injustice to go through life without ever listening to Ten Ton Slug.’ - Metal Injection

‘There is some great metal coming out of Ireland and Ten Ton Slug are making it.’ - The Sludgelord

Album Details


COLOSSAL OPPRESSOR - CD/VINYL/DIGITAL  8 tracks / 40 minutes 

‘Colossal Oppressor’, the highly-anticipated debut album by Ten Ton Slug, releases May 1st 2024 digitally on all major streaming platforms, and on CD and Vinyl pre-order through Bandcamp. 

Following up previous EP releases ‘Brutal Gluttonous Beast’ and ‘Blood & Slime’ and clocking in at just over 40 minutes,‘Colossal Oppressor’ is the bands first full length release and represents a natural progression from previous releases with an increased focus on songwriting and dynamics, yet still featuring the trademark huge riffs and pummelling drums that have come to characterise the sound of the Slug. 

Featuring guest vocals from Memoriam/Bolt Thrower frontman Karl Willetts on the track ‘Brutus’, Colossal Oppressor represents five years of work and riffs distilled into 8 tracks of unrelenting heaviness. 

First single stream and pre-orders open March 4th PRE-ORDER NOW

Tracklist: 

1. The Ooze 
2. Balor 
3. Ancient Ways 
4. Brutus* 
5. Mindless and Blind 
6. Ghosts of the Ooze 
7. Mallacht an tSloda 
8. Mogore the Unkind 
*featuring guest vocals by Karl Willetts of Memoriam/ Bolt Thrower


Ten Ton Slug: 

Rónán Ó hArrachtáin - Vocals Pavol Rosa - Bass 
Sean Sullivan - Guitars/Vocals Kelvin Doran - Drums* 
*All drums written and arranged by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin 

Original hand-painted artwork (acrylic on wood) by Adam Burke at Nightjar Illustration 
Recorded at Ciaran Culhane Recording in Limerick, Mixed and mastered at Trackmix Recording Studio Dublin by Michael Richards 
Produced by Sean Sullivan and Rónán Ó hArrachtáin. 
All songs written by Ten Ton Slug (Sean Sullivan, Rónán Ó hArrachtáin, Micheal O Suilleabhain, Pavol Rosa) 

This release was part funded by the Galway City Arts Office 

Dedicated to the memory of Dessie Harrington 

Additional info:

‘Mallacht an tSloda’ translates as ‘the curse of the sludge’ and is entirely in the Irish language (Gaelic) 

‘Mogore the Unkind’ features a section in ancient Hittite and details the fall of the Hittite empire 

The last few notes on the last song were played using a guitar plectrum made from 20,000 year old mammoth ivory, sourced on tour in 2019 in Mr. Woods fossils, Edinburgh.

Hardly any Slugs were salted during the making of this album 

Links


Thanks to Ten Ton Slug for all of the info.

Sunday 3 March 2024

Gods & Punks - Mountains Of Garbage (EP Review)

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

Mountains Of Garbage - Tracklisting

1.Mountains of Garbage 05:44

2.Dinosaur Feathers 05:52

3.Purple Moon 03:06


Members


Alexandre C. - Vocals

Pedro C. - Bass

Rodrigo B. - Guitars

Gabriel S. - Drums


Reviewe


Mountains Of Garbage is the new EP from Doom/Stoner Rockers Gods & Punks who return after a three year absence and with some lineup changes compared to their last album. However, it’s business as usual with Gods & Punks playing more top-notch Doomed Out based Stonr Rock with a subtle Psychedelic Rock edge.


The EP has a more potent Classic Hard Rock sound which the band use to their advantage which you can hear and fully appreciate within the opening title track. Flashes of Blues Rock energy and some intense Guitar Solos are the main order of business with flashes of Monster Magnet riffs allowing this to be a damn good track to open the EP with. The vocals have a Space Rock element to them with the thrilling grooves slowly fading into space.


Second track Dinosaur Feathers takes its time to fully get going with Gods & Punks opting for a more mellow and laid back sound. The sound is quite solitary with small flashes of Stoner Rock aggression slowly coming through. The vocals from Alexandre C are more restrained compared to the previous track with a subtle Garage Rock sound being highly atmospheric. The doomed out guitars become more Cosmic and vibrant when the heavier instrumental sounds appear with Alexandre C’s vocals becoming more impressive with the song reaching its natural conclusion. 


The final song Purple Moon is a classic style of Stoner Rock with moments of Black Sabbath and Motorhead creative energy. The song is quite simple but still a highly effective way of Gods & Punk delivering fast-paced and highly energetic sounds with a Punk Rock swagger. A great track to end the EP with and showing quite a Doom Rock edge on the later stages of the track before Gods & Punks deliver one intense blast of Classic Hard Rock guitars and swirling Psychedelic rhythms. 


Mountains Of Garbage is another excellent release from Gods & Punks to add to their already impressive discography and keep their established fan base quite happy until they drop their next release.


Excellent and Highly Recommended.


Words by Steve Howe


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Saturday 2 March 2024

HOWLING GIANT release new 'Juggernaut' Music Video + US Tour Dates with THE OBSESSED!

HOWLING GIANT dish out a jar full of spicy news today. First helping is a hot sauce-filled video clip for the yummy track 'Juggernaut' taken from the band's current album "Glass Future", released in October 2023 through Magnetic Eye Records (order at http://lnk.spkr.media/glass-future). Next on the menu is a tasty US tour in spring 2024 in support of THE OBSESSED, find all dates listed below!

The new, smoking hot 'Juggernaut' video is now streaming here:


HOWLING GIANT comment: "The video for Juggernaut focuses on the real star of the Howling Giant universe, our hot sauce", drummer and singer Zach Wheeler writes. "Crafted in the fires of Pittsburgh, PA by our good friend Chad at Riff Zealot, we bring you: Bunker Sauce and Pioneer Pineapple hot sauce! These are the real reasons that got us into music in the first place. What are we if not traveling hot sauce salesmen?"

HOWLING GIANT will embark on an extended US tour as direct support for THE OBSESSED in March and April this spring. The now quartet from Nashville, TN will hit the roads in support of their highly acclaimed album "Glass Future", which is also the official introductory round for new rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist James Sanderson.

HOWLING GIANT welcome their new member: "James started working with us while we were writing 'Masamune', helping break down lyrical barriers and working on song arrangements, and followers of our online shenanigans might recognize him as the Dungeon Master in our streamed D&D campaigns", drummer and vocalist Zach Wheeler reveals. "We are stoked to welcome James officially into the Howling Giant fold, and can hardly wait to show off the four-piece fury that we'll be bringing forth on our upcoming run with The Obsessed and Gozu. See you all on the road!"


HOWLING GIANT live US Spring 2024 + THE OBSESSED +GOZU

13 MAR 2024 Philadelphia, PA (US) Milk Boy
14 MAR 2024 Baltimore, MD (US) Metro Gallery
15 MAR 2024 Richmond, VA (US) Cobra Cabana
16 MAR 2024 Wilmington, NC (US) Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern
17 MAR 2024 Asheville, NC (US) The Odd
19 MAR 2024 Atlanta, GA (US) Boggs Social & Supply
20 MAR 2024 New Orleans, LA (US) Siberia
22 MAR 2024 Fort Worth, TX (US) Tulips
23 MAR 2024 Austin, TX (US) The Lost Well
25 MAR 2024 Albuquerque, NM (US) Launchpad
26 MAR 2024 Mesa, AZ (US) The Nile Underground
27 MAR 2024 Los Angeles, CA (US) Resident
28 MAR 2024 Palmdale, CA (US) Transplants Brewing
29 MAR 2024 San Diego, CA (US) Brick By Brick
30 MAR 2024 Las Vegas, NV (US) The Usual Place
31 MAR 2024 Salt Lake City, UT (US) Aces High Saloon
01 APR 2024 Denver, CO (US) Hi-Dive
03 APR 2024 Chicago, IL (US) Reggies
04 APR 2024 Lakewood, OH (US) The Foundry
05 APR 2024 New Kensington, PA (US) Preserving Underground
06 APR 2024 Rochester, NY (US) Montage Music Hall
07 APR 2024 Brattleboro, VT (US) The Stone Church
09 APR 2024 Cambridge, MA (US) Sonia
10 APR 2024 Portland, ME (US) Geno’s Rock Club
11 APR 2024 Hamden, CT (US) Space Ballroom
12 APR 2024 Brooklyn, NY (US) The Meadows

Every song on HOWLING GIANT's sophomore album "Glass Future" tells its own story. Yet even without an overarching concept, all could exist within the same universe. Such crafty lyrical world-building is hardly surprising coming from a group of enthusiastic fantasy and science fiction aficionados. "Glass Future" downright asks to inspire a book or graphic novel, even as it explodes with furious energy and thunderous acrobatics.

Musically, "Glass Future" offers a continuation and evolution of all the elements that made debut album "The Space Between Worlds" (2019) such a success. HOWLING GIANT entice classic metal and hard rock to interact dynamically with spacy, prog-infused passages, desert and psychedelic metal moments, rock organs, catchy hooks, and top everything off with soaring harmonized vocals.

Glass Future" is streaming in its entirety below:



Tracklist

1. Hourglass
2. Siren Song
3. Aluminium Crown
4. In a Hurricane
5. First Blood of Melchor
6. Glass Future
7. Tempest, and the Liar's Gateway
8. Sunken City
9. Juggernaut
10. There's Time Now

HOWLING GIANT hail from one of the most legendary places for music on earth: Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Despite the city's reputation for assembly-line pop country, the town called Music City is a place of deep history, where brilliant songwriters and virtuoso session players keep dozens of musical legacies burning bright. Fertile ground, then, for a preeminent fuzz-psych power trio who consciously live in the pocket of that lineage.

Following a trilogy of EPs, "Howling Giant" (2015), "Black Hole Space Wizard: Part 1" (2016), and "Black Hole Space Wizard: Part 2" (2017), HOWLING GIANT delivered their debut full-length "The Space between Worlds" in 2019, which to the delight of their rapidly growing following and critics alike more than fulfilled the promise of the early releases.

To bridge the time until their new album, the trio released the "Masamune & Muramasa" split with Sergeant Thunderhoof in 2020 and the "Alteration" EP in 2021, the first releases with bassist Sebastian Baltes, the son of German metal legends ACCEPT's former bass player Peter Baltes, fully integrated into the band as a co-writer.

HOWLING GIANT take a gargantuan leap forward with "Glass Future" that brings their outstanding musicianship and golden-throated triple vocal attack fully into stride. Nothing to do but try to keep up and enjoy the stunning sonic scenery along the way!
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Tom Polzine – guitar, vocals
Zach Wheeler – drums, vocals
Sebastian Baltes – bass, vocals
James Sanderson – rhythm guitar, backing vocals


Thanks to All Noir PR for the details.

PSYCHEDELIC ROCK BAND THE LUNAR EFFECT REVEAL NEW SINGLE "FLOWERS FOR TEETH”


The Lunar Effect, sonic architects known for their gravitational pull of fuzzy, snarling riffs and psychedelic visions, proudly announce the release of their latest album, "Sounds of Green & Blue", available for pre-order now through Svart Records.

“Sounds of Green & Blue” is a galactic journey through sound that showcases The Lunar Effect’s evolution and marks a pivotal chapter in their musical odyssey. The second single from the album, "Flowers For Teeth", will be released digitally on March 1st 2024, but you can pre-listen the song by watching the brand-new lyric video by Costin Chioreanu here or watch below: https://youtu.be/eR8bPm1HoPM


Formed in 2016, The Lunar Effect burst onto the scene with a distinct blend of grunge and retro hard rock. With a flair for hair and a penchant for barbed and growling riff work, the London-based quartet quickly garnered attention for their dynamic sound and Blues rock reverence. In 2019, they crash-landed onto the Stoner Rock scene with their debut album, "Calm Before the Calm,” firmly establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

"Sounds of Green & Blue" sees The Lunar Effect expanding their sonic scope and bending all the elements and eras of Classic Rock into their own unique mold. The album is a testament to their musical growth and willingness to explore new territories while maintaining the brooding vintage sound that defines them. Each track is propelled into orbit by the low-end buzz of distorted chords, powerful enough to blow the moon-dust off your amp.

From the heyday of The Beatles, Floyd, Zeppelin and Sabbath to newer artists like Graveyard, Radio Moscow and Red Fang, The Lunar Effect have created a masterclass in Psychedelic Rock that takes you firmly by the collar. With a palette that also includes shades of the 90s Grunge scene like Nirvana and Soundgarden into their heady mix, The Lunar Effect paint their own trippy world, where genres blur into their unique brew of heart-felt space rock.

"Sounds of Green & Blue" by The Lunar Effect is proudly released by Svart Records, a label known for its commitment to uncovering high-quality, diverse, and boundary-pushing music. Svart Records continues to be a platform for artists who defy conventions, push the boundaries of their respective genres, and break out of the underground.

The Lunar Effect - Record release show - 26.4.2024 London, The Black Heart
https://www.ourblackheart.com/events/2024/4/26/the-lunar-effect

1.3. The Lunar Effect: Flowers For Teeth (digital)
https://orcd.co/qbryvme

12.4. The Lunar Effect: Sounds of Green & Blue LP/CD (pre-order)
https://svartrecords.com/en/product/the-lunar-effect-sounds-of-green-blue/12072

The Lunar Effect: Pulling Daisies (Official Video)


Links

https://www.thelunareffect.co.uk/
https://thelunareffect.bandcamp.com/music
https://www.youtube.com/c/thelunareffectmusic
https://instagram.com/thelunareffect
www.twitter.com/Thelunareffect
https://www.facebook.com/TheLunarEffect/


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

We Follow The Earth - Extinct (Album Review)

Release Date: 01st March 2024. Record Label: Self Released. Formats: CD/DD

Extinct - Tracklisting

1.The Oracle 07:55

2.The Defilement 07:06

3.The Ruined 11:22

4.The Hunter 07:27

5.The Bloodshed 05:34

6.The Cave 06:55


Members


Matthew Crotts – Guitars, Vocals

Matthew Pickard – Bass

Matt Osburn – Drums


Review


Extinct is the new album from Doom/Sludge Metallers We Follow The Earth and this has a more sombre, bleak and aggressive tone compared to their 2023 debut Lightbearer. Extinct does follow a similar path to that album but We Follow The Earth plays music that’s driven by a harsher solitary tone with a distorted sound fuelled by a Post-Metal attitude which fits superbly well into the overall narrative of the story.


Extinct “is a crushingly heavy fantasy piece from start to finish, which tells the story of a Cyclops chieftain discovering that his entire tribe has been murdered and vowing revenge”.


Drawing upon bands such as CONAN, Slomatics, High On Fire and Neurosis, it’s great to see We Follow The Earth delivering their own blend of Doom/Sludge Metal carnage with across some epic tracks which can be downright ferocious and nasty in places especially on the excellent three opening tracks - The Oracle, The Defilement and The Ruined. 


Once We Follow The Earth setup the creative structures of their music within The Oracle, things become more Psychedelic and even WEEDIAN inspired which gives way to strands of outstanding moments of instrumental trippy jams whilst keeping that down-tuned violent energy. This allows We Follow The Earth to become major disciples of the LOW & SLOW and AMPLIFIER DISTORTION approach on how to deliver their music. Matthew Crott’s vocals are full of angular power and energy which reminds me of Jon Paul Davis (CONAN) at times especially when he delivers a powerful narrative within the lyrics written for the album perhaps more on tracks such as The Defilement and The Ruined.


The second half of the album becomes more riff obsessed which is perhaps the most impressive aspect of the album whilst keeping with the first half’s volatile and violent sound with flashes of that modern day Post-Metal attitude. The story becomes more interesting when it reaches its violent and action packed conclusion with the final two tracks of The Bloodshed and The Cave. 


We Follow The Earth does a wonderful job of bringing a cinematic atmosphere to the whole album where the sullen sounds are fully justified with those raw sounding grooves having a sense of tre purpose where the mood can be downright brutal and unforgiving in places. The album lasts forty five minutes in length but ultimately feels longer which is a good thing. This shows there’s a lot more waiting to be discovered with Extinct with multiple and repeated listens. 


Extinct is an epic album from start to finish and is one that will surely elevate We Follow The Earth to greater heights within the Doom/Sludge Metal scene. Outstanding. End Of.


Words by Steve Howe


Thanks to Desert Bloom PR for the promo.


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