Monday, March 25, 2019

Twin-Guitar Pioneers Wishbone Ash To Kick Off 2019 US Spring Tour

UK classic rock legends Wishbone Ash US Tour begins April 10, 2019!

In the ramp-up to Wishbone Ash's 50th anniversary, the band is celebrating its 49th year in characteristic fashion: with an extended tour. Dubbed XLIX (49 in Roman numerals), the tour began in October 2018 in the UK, followed by early-2019 dates in Europe and Japan. This spring, XLIX arrives on these shores.

Longtime fans and new converts alike will revel in the group’s signature twin-guitar mastery and powerhouse rhythm section as they present classics spanning their career.

The US leg of the XLIX Tour will revisit some of the band's favorite venues as well as new ones from the Eastern seaboard to the Rocky Mountains.

“We always look forward to meeting old friends and fans alike on our annual Midwest and East Coast tours,” says founding member Andy Powell. “American audiences are so supportive and enthusiastic!”

Formed in 1969 in London, England, Wishbone Ash is one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock. True road warriors, each year they log around 30,000 miles, roughly equivalent to circumnavigating the earth.

Mark Abrahams, the group's newest member, has been trading licks with Powell for two years. Right out of the gate, Abrahams earned rave reviews from critics and fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Longtime rhythm section Bob Skeat on bass and Joe Crabtree on drums continue to provide the solid groove that is their hallmark.

By 1969, The Beatles, the blues boom and psychedelia had made their impact on classic rock, and the creative possibilities were infinite. Pioneering the use of twin lead guitars, Wishbone Ash jumped on board the burgeoning progressive rock scene. Taking full advantage of the fertile musical environment, they produced a distinctive brand of melodic rock.

Inspired equally by British folk traditions, American jazz and R&B, the group played to public and critical acclaim. Power and melody have made the Ash a hard act to follow, while they are currently being discovered by new generations of loyal rock fans.

Through the years the band has delved into various musical genres, from folk, blues and jazz to pedal-to-the-metal rock and electronica. Whatever the style, Wishbone Ash’s signature is the distinctive twin-melodic lead guitar interplay that has influenced such bands as Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Iron Maiden and, more recently, Opeth.

The quintessential road band, Wishbone Ash has gained worldwide recognition based firmly on a regime of relentless touring.

“The band basically lives together year-round on the road, so we have a very strong level of communication that translates in our performances and recordings,” says Powell. “We’ve come to an era where the industry has to pigeonhole a band as Classic Rock, Prog Rock, Heritage Rock and so on. The truth is that we have always kept our options open and always relied on the musicianship of the players to lead the way. It’s fun to be stylistically diverse and this has, in its way, contributed to our longevity.”

Wishbone Ash has to its credit 24 original studio recordings, 11 live albums and five live DVDs along with a DVD rockumentary (“This is Wishbone Ash”). Released April 2018, “The Vintage Years” 30-disc box set, three-and-a-half years in the making, is a special collection dedicated to the band's output from 1970 to 1991, including all 16 studio albums, three live albums, eight previously unreleased live shows from 1973 to 1980, a 156-page coffee-table hardcover book and an assortment of memorabilia.

Also available is the fifth Roadworks CD, “Live in Sacramento,” recorded on the 2018 North American tour; and the first official re-releases in decades of “Twin Barrels Burning” from 1982 and “Raw to the Bone” from 1985. In addition, some older recordings are emerging from the vaults, including Snapper Records’ most recent release, “Live in Glasgow” from 1977. The legendary and eagerly awaited “Live from Rockpalast” TV show recording from 1970s Germany will also soon be available on the label Made in Germany Music.

In 2015, Powell released his musical memoir, “Eyes Wide Open: True Tales of a Wishbone Ash Warrior,” co-written with renowned Irish music journalist Colin Harper and available in Kindle and Apple iBook formats.

“It’s quite an undertaking to put 46 years of being a touring musician in this one band into book form,” he says. “I’ve seen a lot of changes in the music business and the world in general, as you can imagine.”

There is no other rock band in history that has done more with the twin guitar concept than Wishbone Ash. Be sure to catch them on the XLIX US Tour in April-May 2019, and stay tuned for the 50th anniversary tour in 2020!

Tour dates and more information can be found at:

April 10 - The Soiled Dove - Denver, CO
April 12 - Knuckleheads - Kansas City, MO
April 13 - Wildey Theatre - Edwardsville, IL – SOLD OUT
April 14 - Wildey Theatre - Edwardsville, IL – SOLD OUT
April 16 - River Music Experience - Davenport, IA
April 17 - Wilebski's Blues Saloon - St. Paul, MN
April 18 - Back Room @ Colectivo - Milwaukee, WI
April 19 - Arcada Theatre - St. Charles, IL
April 20 - Fur Peace Ranch - Pomeroy, OH – SOLD OUT
April 22 - Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
April 24 - Sportsmen's Tavern - Buffalo, NY
April 25 - Daryl's House Club - Pawling, NY
April 26 - Bull Run - Shirley, MA
April 27 - Boulton Center - Bay Shore, NY
April 28 - Sellersville Theater - Sellersville, PA
April 30 - The Tin Pan - Richmond, VA
May 1 - The Blue Note Grill - Durham, NC
May 2 - Rams Head on Stage - Annapolis, MD
May 3 - Mauch Chunk Opera House - Jim Thorpe, PA
May 4 - The Record Collector - Bordentown, NJ

Sunday, March 24, 2019

FIRE DOWN BELOW debuts new video single, prepares for an active live season of touring and festival dates

New video for "Ignition / Space Cruiser" streaming now at this location via the 666MrDoom YouTube Channel

FIRE DOWN BELOW's new video for "Ignition / Space Cruiser," the song Revolver Magazine called, "the aural equivalent of a rocket shooting off into space," premieres this week through heavy/stoner/doom YouTube curator 666MrDoom.

The part-lyric/part-live video is released this week to coincide with the band's announcement of its touring plans over the coming months, which include plenty of live gigs as well as festival slots at Alcatraz Festival, American Rock Festival, and of course, RippleFest Europe this weekend.

The band's current live schedule is as follows:

March 22 – AK44, Giessen (Germany) with Plainride, The Trikes, PlasmaJet
March 23 – RippleFest Europe, Cologne (Germany)
March 24 – Willem Twee Poppodium, Den Bosch (Netherlands) with Plainride and The Trikes
April 6 – Sojus 7, Monheim (Germany) with Powder For Pidgeons
April 20 – Jeugdhuis De Paravang, Middelkerke (Belgium) with Atomic Vulture and Elefar
April 24 – VK, Brussels (Belgium) with Naxatras
April 26 – JC Ten Goudberge, Wevelgem (Belgium)
May 3 – 4AD, Diksmuide (Belgium) with Stoned Jesus
May 11 – Barthel Barst, Rekkem (Belgium)
June 9 – Statierock, Sijsele (Belgium) 
June 17 – Kinky Star, Gent (Belgium) with Craneium
June 28 – Grensrock, Menen (Belgium)
July 6 – De Kelder, Zulte (Belgium) with Your Highness, Von Detta, Turpintine Valley
August 11 – Alcatraz Festival, Kortrijk (Belgium)
August 24 – American Rock Festival, Bastogne (Bastogne)

Fire Down Below continues to support Hymn of the Cosmic Man, their latest album on Ripple Music that the mysterious Angry Metal Guy acclaimed, "the catchiest, most riff-laden album I’ve heard so far; an album that has easily landed in my mid-year Top Ten list."

The album is available directly from Ripple Music's webstore and Bandcamp.

Stream the new video for "Ignition / Space Cruiser" here.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Raging Bull Premiere Their New Single "Waiting"!

Raging Bull is a London-based blues/rock outfit that has been around since 2014, building a following with their “guns-a-blazing” stage performances. Despite being made up of only 3 members, Raging Bull delivers a heavy, raw energy with enough honest blues-rock feel to take you back to the glory days of the great rock n roll bands. With the release of their first self-titled EP back in 2016 receiving rave reviews, their upcoming single release of the track ‘Waiting’ is a much anticipated event.

Listen To 'Waiting' Now!
“We had a lot of fun creating this track. Like all of our music, we start off very organically, with one of us pitching ideas and the others contributing until we find exactly what feels right and hopefully sounds good! We recorded the track at The Attic Production in North London. It’s a small studio with some really nice gear so we were lucky to be able to work there. It has such a great vibe. As the title suggests, the single is about Waiting. As musicians especially, we can find ourselves waiting around a lot; Whether we are waiting for the right time to release a track, or do that amazing gig or waiting to ‘make it big’ (whatever that means) - it’s always a whole lot of hanging around. This got me thinking about how much time we all spend in anticipation of stuff happening instead of actually making it happen for ourselves.”

Thursday, March 21, 2019

MONOLORD: Begin Recording New Album; US Tour Dates Next Month

Swedish hard rock trio MONOLORD have entered Let Them Swing Studio to begin recording their soon-to-be fourth studio album and Relapse debut. The yet-to-be-titled album is expected to be released Fall 2019. Stay tuned for more updates.

Additionally, MONOLORD return to North America this Spring. The headlining tour begins April 19 in San Diego, CA and ends May 11 in Orange County, CA, and includes festival appearances at the inaugural Desert Fest NYC & Psycho Smokeout. More information about these fests can be found HERE.

MONOLORD will also tour Europe throughout the Summer. The tour begins May 30 in Copenhagen, DK and ends June 22 at Freak Valley Festival. A full list of confirmed tour dates is available below.

MONOLORD Tour Dates:

--- US Headline Tour Apr 19- May 11 ---
Apr 19 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
Apr 20 Los Angeles, CA @ Psycho Smokeout 420
Apr 21 Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Apr 22 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
Apr 24 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Apr 25 Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Apr 26 Houston, TX @ Secret Group
Apr 27 Little Rock, AR @ White Water
Apr 28 New York, NY @ Desert Fest NYC (w/ Windhand)
Apr 29 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Apr 30 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar or Blueberry Hill
May 01 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
May 02 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
May 03 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
May 04 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
May 05 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
May 06 Vancouver, BC @ Astoria
May 07 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
May 09 Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
May 10 Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone
May 11 Orange County, CA @ Marty’s

-- Summer European Headline Tour May 30 - June 22 ---
May 30 Copenhagen, DK @ Stengade
May 31 Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
June 01 Nijmegen, NL @ Fortarock Festival
June 02 Dusseldorf, DE @ Pitcher
June 03 Dortmund, DE @ Junkyard Club
June 14 Hannover, DE @ Cafe Glocksee
June 15 Warsaw, PL @ Smoke Over Warsaw Festival
June 16 Krakow, PL @ Zet Pe Te
June 17 Prague, CZ @ Modra Vopice
June 18 Salzburg, AT @ Rockhouse
June 19 Munich, DE @ Backstage Club
June 21 Leipzig, DE @ Hellraiser
June 22 Siegen, DE @ Freak Valley Festival
Aug 08-10 Moledo, PT @ Sonic Blast

Formed in Gothenburg in 2013, MONOLORD quickly burst onto the scene releasing three critically-acclaimed full-lengths in a four-year span (Empress Rising, Vænir and Rust) on RidingEasy Records all while touring relentlessly around the globe. MONOLORD is a rare breed: A band both encompassing and transcending genre; a vortex of heavy rock density that consumes all others. The band’s enveloping, syrupy sludge is a state of mind, with guitarist/vocalist Thomas Jäger, drummer Esben Willems and bassist Mika Häkki create a massive, dynamic sound with ultra-low frequencies serving as its fourth member. MONOLORD’s yet-to-be-titled fourth studio album is expected to be released in late 2019. Stay tuned for more information.

Stream MONOLORD’s discography on Bandcamp HERE, Spotify HERE and Apple Music HERE.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Xroadie Files

Shumaun – One Day Closer To Yesterday
Farhad Hossain – Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards, Jose Mora – Bass, Tyler Kim – Guitar, TanvirTomal – Drums

Sensus Divinitatis emotional tones float thru the air and envelop you pulling you along with some powerful vocals. The Writings On The Wall is a very jazzy prog rock song with some amazing musicianship and singing just hang on for the ride. Fear Is emotional guitars just grab you and then close your eyes for a magical journey. Nafsi Ammarais a very catchy heavy riff that will have you up and grooving along as you also sing along.  City Of Gold very melodic and emotional. Central Station strumming guitars soulful vocals. Prove Yourself has a very catchy groove that will have the entire crowd up and swaying along. Go grab you air guitars and just jam along. Remember Me And I Will Remember You slow moody then it picks up with a crunchy riff and full of many emotions. One Day Closer To Yesterday close your eyes and just take a magical prog rock journey.

DarWin – Origin of Species
Darwin – Guitar/Songwriter, Simon Phillips – Drums/Percussion/Keyboards, Matt Bissonette – Vocals/Bass, Jeff Babko – Keyboards, Greg Howe – Guitar, Dennis Hamm – Keyboards, Ernst Tibbs – Bass, KatisseBuckingham – Flute/Soprano Sax, Samuel Slim/Peter Nickalls – Orchestra Arrangements, The Origin Of Species Quartet, The Reykjavik String Quartet, The Chamber Orchestra Of London

Disc 1 – For Humanity is a very slow groove jazz prog rock/metal song with some excellent musicianship and powerful vocals. The Last Chance soaring keyboards crunchy guitar riff pounding rhythms just stand up and get ready to rock out. Taking Chances sounds of an ocean and spoken words then melodic guitars flow all around and emotional vocals with some searing leads. Escape The Maze floating keyboards classical orchestra that slowly builds to a majestic ending. Gummy Bear great sing along chorus vocals a catchy riff that just grabs ahold of you then just kick back and sing along. Forever just sitting back and enjoying some tunes with friends.

Disc 2 – War Against My Mind hard heavy full of emotion stand up and shout it out with some amazing leads. Artificial spoken words then a crunchy riff pounding beat and interesting bluesy tempo change with great vocals. One Horizon tones flow all around and bring back many memories and emotions. Modern Humanity has a very danceable beat that just take you over and gets you up and grooving. Cosmic Rays guitars that just flow with classical instruments and female vocals that grab at your heart the song builds as it continues with some searing leads. Walk Away From Earth slow jazzy emotional music spoken words just get ready for a very magical journey. Life Is A Mystery get up groove and sway to the rhythm just enjoy. Slowly Melting prog keyboards flowing piano emotional guitars and soulful vocals. Rise guitars strumming slow rhythms classical sounds then about midway the song picks up then has some soaring leads. Just One More Day has a very bluesy riff with some powerful vocals and great musicianship just rock and sway to the rhythm. Prologue spoken words then a great prog rock song.

Gender Fluids –Incorrigible
John Cooter Meloncramp – Vocals, Ben Assflex – Guitar, Kurt Loader – Bass, Palm Cruise – Drums

Lined In Chalk hard heavy dissonant sounds that just grind you into a pulp. We Deserve Worse hard slow pounding in your head that just rips at your insides. The Cold Chambers dissonant crunchy overdriven guitars with pounding rhythms and demonic vocals. DIMOV grabs you and just slams you against a wall of hatred. Licking the Palms Clean pulls you into the black abyss of death destruction and agony.

Death Beast – The Onslaught
Eviscerator  Of  Idiotic Losers – Guitar/Bass, Axecutioner Of The Worthless – Guitar, Black Tormentor Of Scenester Wussies – Drums, NotoruisButcherusPoseurii – Vocals

Your Fucking Doomed hit the pit slam and sweat as the guitars shred and bass and drums pound. Devastator screams thrashing ripping shredding tearing aggression. The Onslaught fist pumping head banging bodies slamming thrash metal mayhem. Drink Till You Die hit the floor hit the lights and just shred away. Switch 666 screaming leads slow plodding rhythms that builds till the end. Battle Plan crunchy guitars screaming vocals pounding drum thundering bass just head bang away. Plague Beast dark heavy emotional metal music that just takes you over. Hell On Earth thrashing shredding ripping tearing slamming metal. The Blackest Night fist in the air head banging thrash metal. High N Dry (Saturday Night) very interesting cover of the Def Leppard classic.

Obsecration –Aeternam Inferni  / Putrefied Remains – Unborn Hate (Split)
Costas Undead – Vocals, Alex – Guitar, Jim -  Bass, Ungod - Drums

Aeternam Inferni Intro eerie sounds envelop you. In Search Of Wisdom And Carnal Pleasures dark heavy pounding demonic sounds that just grab at you. Beyond The Walls Of The Graveyard chainsaw guitars pounding drums thundering bass and deep growling vocals. At The Mansion Of Obscure Misery eerie sounds that pull you into the dark abyss and just rip and tear at your very soul. The Wolf Eating You Alive chugging thrashing ripping tearing at your very being. The Mourning Of Lost Live pounding in your brain driving you mad as it builds in intensity. Room From The Dark Season aggression terror and feat just swallow you entirely. Anthropophagia (I Was Hungry Again!!!!!) A.D. 2015 chugging grinding fist pumping driving aggression.

NekroShaman – Vocals, ThalexiMasthas – Guitar, Jie Mutilator – Bass, Lan Azimuth – Drums

My Diabolical Ancient Entity dark evil sounds that just pull you into the black abyss as they terrorize you. The Curse By Pagan’s Spells lost in the dark woods surrounded by evil and mayhem. The Darkling Thrush eerie sounds swallow you into a black darkness of hate and fear. Novus Ordo Seclorum thrashing ripping tearing devouring of your very essence. Bring Me The Light fast heavy pounding in your head as the blood drips and you run for your life. Ministry Of Darkness And Evil just pummels you into a bloody mess. Drowning In Blood darkness death and mayhem just envelop you. The Curse Of Sorceressevil rises and just envelops the earth in darkness and destruction.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Cosmic Rock Legends Captain Beyond to Tour North America in 2019!

After a very successful 2018 North American tour, the legendary Bobby Caldwell and his amazing new cast of characters of Captain Beyond are hit the road in 2019. Once again, Captain Beyond will be delivering their signature classic, cosmic rock to the masses.

Captain Beyond guitarist Jamie Holka had this to say about being in this new incarnation of Captain Beyond:

“I used to play Captain Beyond tunes in my band back in the early '90s when grunge was in full swing. I remember researching this drummer Bobby Caldwell who co-wrote the album. I remember thinking drummers usually just play drums. Fast forward 25 years and I'm in the band. Cosmic indeed!"

Captain Beyond 2019 Tour

April 9th - Club 861 - Buffalo NY
April 11th - Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI
April 12th- Reggies – Chicago, IL
April 13th Token Club Detroit
April 14th - Reggies – Chicago, IL(2nd show)
May 2nd - Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
May 3rd - Pour House – Raleigh, NC
May 5th - The Earl – Atlanta, GA
More dates to be added soon!

Captain Beyond is:

Bobby Caldwell (drums)
Simon Lind (vocals/guitar)
Jeff "Count" Artabasy (bass)
Don Bonzi (guitar)
Jamie Holka (guitar).

Monday, March 18, 2019

RIPPLEFEST prepares for European edition of its live stoner/doom/heavy psych extravaganza

7 bands from 5 countries converge on Club Volta in Cologne, Germany this month to burst eardrums and melt faces
For nearly a decade, Bay Area independent label Ripple Music has been bridging the gap between underground riff-rock outpost and international tastemaker in the worldwide heavy scene.

This month, following previous successful events in San Francisco and Stockholm, RippleFest touches down on the European continent with its latest iteration in Köln, Germany. 

The massive afternoon and evening of blistering riffage brings together stellar Ripple Music acts from France, Bulgaria, Hungary, Belgium, and of course Germany, with 7 bands performing over the course of one head-hollowing night of glorious amplification.

Full details and band lineup for Ripplefest Cologne:

When:  March 23, 2019
Where:  Club Volta, Schanzenstr. 6-20 Gebäude 2.10, 51063 Cologne, Germany

Doors: 4pm

Bands: (not running order):

    Fire Down Below (BEL)
    Los Disidentes Del Sucio Motel (FRA)
    The Necromancers (FRA)
    Obsidian Sea (BUL)
    Ozone Mama (HUN)
    Plainride (GER)
    The Trikes (GER)

Updates available via the Facebook Event page at this location.

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