Thursday, July 30, 2015

ANCIENT ALTAR Announces Dead Earth Album & Summer Tour, Title Track Streaming On CVLT Nation

Los Angeles-based post-apocalyptic sludge outfit Ancient Altar released their self-titled debut and subsequent "Tidal" video last year to absolutely non-stop rave reviews, and they're not slowing down: Just announced is their sophomore album, Dead Earth, which will see the light of day on September 1st on LP via Black Voodoo Records, with a cassette version to follow through Midnite Collective. The band will also do a quick run of tour dates in August, and a bigger tour in the fall which will be announced soon. Today, CVLT Nation is hosting the first peek at the record: the title track, "Dead Earth," which depicts a departure from the planet after all is dead and smoldering. More info to be released in the coming weeks, but for now...

Hear Ancient Altar's "Dead Earth" AT THIS LOCATION.

**Preorders for the LP are available on Black Voodoo Records' website HERE.**

Track Listing:
1. Leader, Liar
2. Albion
3. Dead Earth (LISTEN)
4. Void

Ancient Altar Tour Dates:

8/6 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
8/7 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Flux Capacitor
8/8 - Santa Fe, NM @ The Cave
8/9 Tempe, AZ @ 51 West



RED FANG: Announce US Headlining Tour

Portland, OR hard rockers RED FANG have announced a headlining US tour this October with support from Whores and Wild Throne. The Revolver Magazine sponsored tour comes on the heels of the band's recent European and Australian tours and includes appearances at Slipknot's Knotfest and Monster Energy's Aftershock Festival.  This tour will mark the last shows the band performs this year before heading into the studio to begin recording their new full-length next year.  A complete listing of dates is available below.  The band commented on the upcoming run:  
"We are extremely excited to hit the road with two of our favorite bands, Whores and Wild Throne, this October!  Come hang out and let the AUTUMN BREEZE blow you away!!"  
RED FANG recently premiered their new animated video for “Crows In Swine,” the third single off their critically acclaimed third album Whales and Leeches. The clip which was animated and directed by Adam Avilla can be viewed HERE
Released on Relapse Records last year, RED FANG’s current album Whales and Leeches debuted at #66 on the Billboard Album Chart, marking the group’s highest sales week and first debut in the Top 200. RED FANG are generating worldwide critical acclaim from SPIN, Revolver, Magnet, Alternative Press and more (soundbites below) for their current album Whales and Leeches, which was produced by Chris Funk (Decemberists) and mixed by Vance Powell (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Kings of Leon). Featuring such guests as Mike Scheidt (YOB) and Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession), Whales and Leeches propels RED FANG into the upper stratosphere of the heavy rock and metal elite. The album can be streamed in full via their official Bandcamp page HERE
Red Fang Tour Dates
*All dates with Whores and Wild Throne* 
Thu/Oct 01 -  BILLINGS MT     Pub Station
Fri/Oct 02 -    SALT LAKE CITY UT       Urban Lounge w/ Caspian
Sat/Oct 03 -   FT COLLINS CO   Aggie Theatre
Mon/Oct 05 -  KANSAS CITY MO  Riot Room
Tue/Oct 06 -   ST LOUIS MO     Firebird
Wed/Oct 07 -  CHICAGO IL      Subterranean
Thu/Oct 08 -   COLUMBUS OH     Ace of Cups
Fri/Oct 09 -     PITTSBURGH PA   Altar Bar
Sat/Oct 10 -    BROOKLYN, NY   Palisades
Sun/Oct 11 -   PHILADELPHIA PA Underground Arts
Tue/Oct 13 -   RALEIGH NC      Kings
Wed/Oct 14 -  ATLANTA GA      Masquerade - Hell
Fri/Oct 16 -     NEW ORLEANS LA  Siberia
Sat/Oct 17 -    DALLAS TX       Gas Monkey Live
Sun/Oct 18 -   AUSTIN TX       Mohawk
Mon/Oct 19 -   HOUSTON TX      Warehouse Studio
Wed/Oct 21 -   ALBUQUERQUE NM  Launchpad
Thu/Oct 22 -    PHOENIX AZ      The Rebel Lounge
Fri/Oct 23 -      SAN DIEGO CA    Casbah
Sat/Oct 24 -     SAN MANUEL CA   Knotfest*
Sun/Oct 25 -    SACRAMENTO CA   Aftershock*

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dan Miraldi - Chaos, Destruction & Dancing

Greetings waveriders!  Today I've been afforded the opportunity to tell you about the brand spanking new release from Dan Miraldi, an artist I've had the privilege of following since I began writing for The Ripple Effect.  The name of the album is Chaos, Destruction & Dancing and I think it is superb!  If you have been searching for extraordinary pop/rock music that hearkens back to an earlier musical age you've hit the jackpot!

Dan Miraldi is a young man.  He is a young man with an old soul.  This old soul guides his musical creations, producing songs that successfully iterate on proven sounds while adding more modern trappings.  The end result is nothing short of aural magic!  Is it rock 'n' roll?  Absolutely!  Is it power pop?  Oh yeah!  Can you hear elements of punk rock, folk rock, and synth pop?  You know it!  C,D&D is an album that can bring together combative musical curmudgeons of all ages and give them all something to shout about.  What makes me so confident in my appraisal?  I'll tell you.

Let's analyze some of the direct musical references that pop into my head when listening to a few of C,D&D's songs.  Why not start with album opener "Demon Baby"?  This track would feel right at home on a Television album, especially considering how much Mr. Miraldi's voice sounds like Tom Verlaine here.  Television a little dated for your musical leanings?  That's cool.  "Junkie Friend", the second song on the album, has a main guitar riff that explores similar territory to Modest Mouse's well-loved single "Float On".  How about a 1980's reference point?  No problem!  "Parallel Universe" is synth pop to a tee, and "I Gotta Figure Out How" has keys reminiscent of Dire Straits.  The kicker is that what I've outlined is only scratching the surface!

As I alluded to earlier one of the highest compliments I can offer Dan Miraldi is that he takes all of these vintage as well as modern reference points and creates songs that are entirely his own.  He is not directly lifting ideas from the past, only using them as solid foundations which he then builds upon.  While this quality was evident in his work five years ago when I first listened to him, the songs on C,D&D take this approach and hone it to a razor sharp edge.  This is a singer/songwriter who has reached full maturity and we are all beneficiaries of the resultant musical output.

Start to finish Chaos, Destruction & Dancing by Dan Miraldi is a marvelous album!  You need this music in your lives waveriders!  Pick up a copy when it releases 8/4/2015.

- Penfold

PS: My favorite track off the record is "Perpetual Outsider".  Hmmm?  I wonder why?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Decibel premiere new video for 'Bed of Ashes' by Austin psych rockers Sweat Lodge | Debut album Talismana out this August on Ripple Music

Watch the new video for 'Bed of Ashes' here - Talismana by Sweat Lodge will be released on 7th August 2015 on Ripple Music

“Roll one, light up, and do as Sweat Lodge would do: Burn it slow and take it in.”
Consequence of Sound

This August, Ripple Music are releasing Talismana, the long-awaited debut album from one of America’s most exciting and downright badass psychedelic metal bands, Sweat Lodge.

Charged by Consequence of Sound earlier in the year with the task of turning in one of the ‘Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2015,’ the Austin, TX outfit have made good on their promise with a record that delivers more than you could possibly ever ask from it. Pillaging and plundering some of the most explosive eras of hard rock, heavy psychedelia and proto-metal with a conviction and execution rarely found this side of the millennium; in short, Sweat Lodge’s potential is one that knows no bounds.

Seizing on the southern grooves of Fu Manchu, Saint Vitus and the blues-driven majesty of 70s legends Mountain and fellow Texans ZZ Top, across Talismana – riff after punishing riff, howl after soulful howl – the vintage sound of rock ‘n’ roll reigns supreme, sparked through an engine of uncompromising youth. As anyone who witnessed the band’s debut TV appearance on Last Call With Carson Daly a few months back will testify, charismatic front man and vocalist Cody Lee Johnston’s ability to bring it on home is hypnotic. Backed by the gnarled bass fuzz of Austin Shockley, the Bonham-esque drum play of Caleb Dawson and guitar interplay of Javier Gardea and Dustin Anderson, the band has been unstoppable this year and with Talismana they have delivered an essential record for fans of the genre.

Talismana by Sweat Lodge will be released on 7th August through Ripple Music 

Sweat Lodge:

Cody Lee Johnston (Vocals)
Caleb Dawson (Drums)
Javier Gardea (Guitars)
Austin Shockley (Bass)
Dustin Anderson (Guitar) 

Sweat Lodge on Facebook | Bandcamp 

Day of the Shred Festival to Light Up Southern California November 1

Dia de los Muertos-themed Concert Event to Feature Performances from Captain Beyond, Spirit Caravan, Crowbar, John Garcia, Mondo Generator, Torche and More

 This fall, The Day of the Shred Festival returns to Southern California, presenting a diverse lineup of heavy music acts. Billed as an experience "to gather the living and remember the dead", The Day of the Shred will take place on November 1 (Dia de los Muertos) in Santa Ana, CA. Celebrating monolithic riffs, skateboarding and the souls of the departed, the second annual festival  will be an all day, all ages event. Presented by Thief – also the creators of the annual Psycho California Festival -- The Day of the Shred will feature headliners Captain Beyond, Spirit Caravan, Crowbar, Torche, John Garcia (of Kyuss fame), Elder, Saviours, Mondo Generator and more.

   Tickets for the 2015 Day of the Shred Festival are on sale now at this location. Early bird general admission tickets are $59 (+ tax) and a limited VIP ticket package (which includes express entry, a signed festival screen print, access to the artist lounge, complimentary microbrew and snacks, a limited edition record bag and an exclusive Thief X Obey concert shirt) is also available.
What: Day of the Shred Fest 2015
Where: The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
Time: 2PM - 2AM
 The just-announced lineup for The Day of the Shred 2015 is as follows:

   Stay tuned in to The Day of the Shred Fest via the Facebook event page and follow THE DAY OF THE SHRED on social media:
   Facebook: /DayoftheShred
   Instagram: @ThiefPresents

Monday, July 27, 2015

Carousel – 2113

So here I sit once again scrambling to find time to pump out some recommendations. I sit here pedaling on the stationary bike at my neighborhood gym after a 10 hour workday on a Friday afternoon while the Food Network simmers above on the TV screen plucking at my iPhone like a wife with her head cut off. This is my time to shine, meaning the small window I have during the day to dedicate to listening to the best rock and roll you're not listening to. Today the ear candy is brought to me via the amazing new album by the retro heavy rockers Carousel. 2113 is the number and/or year of the album, being their sophomore output. I've been struggling to keep this off my iPod all week long. A lot like my last review of Freedom Hawk's Into Your Mind, the wow factor is high and my exercise bike routine times out much too quick. Time flies when you're having fun right?

Anyway, about the album, Carousel has utterly blown my mind with the infectious riffs on display here. "Trouble" kicks the album off and is just that if your idea of trouble is screaming riffage fronted by sinisterly sexy vocals and flaming dual guitar solos. The tempo is hard and fast and the attitude is all party. Not unlike their debut album, Jeweler’s Daughter, the guitars are loud, precise, and intense, and the vocals belt out a harmony that will welt your ass cheeks like the whip of Grandpa’s belt.

“Photograph” snaps into a bass heavy rhythm displaying the smoky combination of lead and backup vocals swirling with Thin Lizzy-esque strokes of the battle axe. For guitar fans this is another must-have album to add to this year’s collection. It'd fit nice right next to Freedom Hawk or even Valkyrie or Black Star Riders latest records. The dual guitar threat always gets me, paired perfectly against the deep rumbling drum blasts. Guitarist Matt Goldsborough of Pentagram/The Skull fame has joined the team for 2113, which is perhaps one reason the chops sound so awesome!

Chalked full of melodic chorus lines and smooth as silk backing vox, 2113 brings elements of classic metal, rock and modern stoner groove. Think High n' Dry era Def Leopard but played to a gang of Harley addicts. This is party rock, biker metal, retro stoner dirge with an AC/DC squelch.

It’s hard to pick a favorite song as they all bring a pleasantly familiar tingle. If I had to pick I'd currently go with "Man Like Me" with its mellow groove and catchy bass line.

==Break== (Left Gym, went home kids in bed, hours later cont.)

Put your shades on, flip your hair back, put the pedal to the metal and melt away to the irresistible melody, or if you're a man like me, do all that minus the hair flip and let the wind blow through your receding hair line. From hard rocking anthems to lonely blues ballads, Carousel rock through highs and lows like a carousel ride on acid. "Strange Revelation" revolves slowly and methodically with a somber tone, beefed up with wicked blues-based shreddage and stinging vocals. Just when you think you've had enough, a familiar ring pipes in to close the album down with a cover of Joe Walsh's "Turn to Stone". Let’s give a round of applause for Mr. Walsh! While we’re at it, big clap for Carousel as well as they have constructed a magnificent album with 2113. And now I’m on youtube listening to Joe Walsh. Ha. Literally. Okay back now, gotta wrap this up just like I wrapped my 3 year old up about an hour ago in bed. This old man is getting tired.

If we're still around 98 years from this albums release, our children and their children will have reason to celebrate the moment 2113 is resurrected. Carousel will find a place in your collection whether you’re an old hippy, hair metal revivalist, modern stoner, or basically anyone with an ounce of good taste. The album is due out August 28th on Tee Pee Records. I know I'm on board to grab a vinyl edition. It's a must have folks. Perfect soundtrack for the latter half of summer leading into fall. God damn it's so good. Don’t pass this one up.

-The Huntsman


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Motherslug - S/T

If you like your sludge so steamy and thick that it can suspend humid droplets of dew in midair, have I got a release for you.

The debut album from new heavy label NoSlip Records features the debut long-player from Melbourne Australia's, five-headed monster of doom, Motherslug.  Bringing a low end that can only be measured on the Richter scale, vocals that bubble out of the larynx like a creature from the swamp and guitars that sear through the swampy haze, Motherslug pulled out all the stops on this album.  Inspired by Kyuss, Sabbath, and Electric Wizard amongst others, Motherslug still manage to sound completely like themselves in the crowded world of underground doom.

In essence, everything you need to know about the bands sound is right there in their name.  Motherslug.  Slug referencing the moist and slimy riffs that crawl out of the speakers in no hurry whatsoever.  Merely taking their time to ooze across your eardrums, in no hurry to eat into your brain.  And Mother, because these four guys and one woman simply bring on the mother of all heaviness.

Now, I'm prepared to get flamed for this, but I've never been a fan of Sleep.  Blasphemy, I know.  But for you waveriders who know me, you know I need a little energy in my riffing, I need a fat and thick groove, I need some rock injected into the morass of doom.  And Motherslug do that just fine.  Never losing themselves in a muddle of drudgery and a quagmire of simple thudding, Motherslug keep the melodies and guitar work inspired enough to keep me interested and bring enough pure rock to the sonic sludge to give it a pulse.  They slow it down -- way down-- at times, but never forget that to capture the swamp storm of lighting to fire the monster back to life.

Second cut on side one, "Rollin'" is a perfect example of this.  Earlier in the day, I'd been listening to SuperGiant and their killer album Pistol Star, and I was thinking just how perfectly those boys managed to bring on the fattness without getting trudging.  "Rollin'" is cut from the same sonic cloth.  Heavy as shit, but it's got a groove that keeps the pulse moving.  Cheers to Cyn on bass for anchoring this onslaught, while Cam's vocals gurgle with the perfect tone of throatiness and phlegm.  The midsong breakdown plays with dynamics and hypnotic states enough to give you time to light up another bowl, before the badass groove digs back in.  Simply put , this is a killer cut.

That doesn't mean Motherslug keeps it rockin' all the time.  "Trippin' on Evil" brings in the Sleep influence big time, slowing it all way down to the teutonic pace.  But here it works as a contrast to the more fiery cuts.  I've been to Australia before and don't recall there being any swamps in the Melbourne area, but somehow Motherslug managed to find one.  Or create one in their studio.  A thick, green swamp of humid, dripping riffs. The prolonged, one-note bass solo on Space man, brings to my mind the visual of the swamp creature pulling himself out of the muck and mire and preparing himself to terrorize an unsuspecting hamlet.

NoSlip put out this baby on beautiful translucent wax (the band edition) and two other special editions, and as you can see, the cover art is gorgeous. Overall a great package that no fan of the heavy should pass up.  Cheers to all involved.


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