Monday, February 19, 2018

MAXX THE MUFFIN MAN - Every Summer Since


Maxx the Muffin Man is an 18 year old rapper and song writer working out of his college dorm room in Portland Oregon. This is his new mix tape that he said, “I really hope that whoever listens to this enjoys it, and if it helps anyone through a hard time, then I'd be extremely happy!”

This kind of reminds me of Canada’s rap band Organized Rhyme who put out the great track, “Check The O.R.” and was the group that had “comedian” Tom Green in it back in 1992. Lots of personal lyrics, some positive stuff and a bit of goofy stuff all makes for an interesting listen that will get your head bobbing and has a cool mix of beats. This is something to throw on and get into the flow and cruise along to. Pretty fresh sounding and actually holds up fairly well compared to a lot of the crap that’s out there.

Take a chance if you like hip hop and want something a bit different to listen to, something that has a positive message mixed in. Maxx said, “I almost gave up on life, and music is what allowed me to survive. I hope this mix tape can touch you in a way that music did for me.” If that isn’t a good enough reason to support someone, I don’t know what is.

-Rick Ecker

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Monolord announce tour dates supporting Black Label Society in EU/UK in March

"Universally beloved... Swedish doom royalty." -- Noisey

"A truly modern sound: recognizably doom, but with glistening production values and adventurous songcraft." -- Consequence of Sound

"The Platonic Form of doom...perfection... faultless." -- Echoes & Dust

"Hugely accessible without having sacrificed their crushing heaviness." -- Metal Hammer

"Monolord's records have only gotten heavier, and now the band has taken a turn for the catchy (yet still crushing)." -- Metal Injection

"Rust is perfect; it's as fuzzed out as any of the genre's great records, but the mix is clean and even, allowing the drums and vocals to cut through. Most importantly, there are songs aplenty: you'll be humming the riffs and vocal hooks immediately." -- Metal Sucks

Gothenburg, Sweden trio Monolord announce European & UK tour dates supporting famed Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society band in March and April. Please see all dates below.

Monolord's recently released third album, Rust received universal praise in reviews, and landed atop multiple Album of The Year lists for 2017 -- including the #1 Album of 2017 on the Doom Charts collective of journalists, bloggers, radio and podcasters. Rust is available to hear & share on YouTube and Bandcamp.

Monolord is a rare breed: A band both encompassing and transcending genre; a vortex of heavy rock density that consumes all others. Their thunderous, tuneful heft has built a rabid international fanbase in short order since their 2014 debut. But Rust, the band's third full length, truly exemplifies why some refer to them as the Nirvana of doom.

Monolord's enveloping, syrupy sludge is a vibe, it's a state of mind. Not riffs for riffs sake, but a collective buzzing, rattling and rumbling that's more total environment than collection of songs. Together, 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.

"We've always been inspired by great band musicians - as opposed to technical solo peacocks," Willems says. "Because that force of a band really playing together as one single unit is incomparable. At its best, it's just unstoppable." And, Monolord is truly unstoppable, on record and on stage. "A heavy groove that contains both bombastic overkill and a lot of dynamics is what we always aim for in Monolord; in playing, in song writing and arranging, in recording," Willems says.

Album opener "Where Death Meets the Sea" perfectly exemplifies their mastery of dynamics and hooks with a driving, infectious buzzsaw riff that lesser bands would ride off into the sunset, but Monolord uses subtly to spur the song's skull rattling rhythmic core ever onward. Jäger's watery vocals glide over ominously building verses that erupt with the song's insistent refrain. Being such a tight rhythmic unit, it sounds almost like an early ZZ Top record played at half speed. "Dear Lucifer" squeals and hums with slow deliberation as Willems summons Dale Crover pummel with chasm like low-tuned toms and syncopated cymbal crashes. The album's title track is also its centerpiece, opening with a dramatic, shimmering Hammond organ intro as Jäger sings, "you are the reason that I lied/ You are the reason that I cried/ Please don't wait until tomorrow/ There's only pain, hate, grief and sorrow." Suddenly, the band kicks in with a bellowing line downtuned to B that nosedives down the guitar neck as the drums hammer down for the kill. Elsewhere, tastefully understated guitar harmonies elevate the behemoth churn of "Wormland" and apocalyptic album closer "At Niceae" simmers in a slow build of rumbling guitars and rolling drum triplets.

Monolord formed in 2013, quickly recording their 2xLP debut Empress Rising, which RidingEasy Records released in April 1st, 2014. The second album, Vænir, followed April 28th, 2015. The 2-song Lord of Suffering / Die in Haze EP was issued in late 2016 amid the band's relentless touring schedule in order to tide fans over until the next full length. Vænir landed on countless Album of the Year lists in 2015, and Rust is poised to open an entirely new range of possibilities for Monolord.

Rust is available on LP, CD and download, released September 29th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records.

03/08 Paris, FR @ Bataclan
03/09 Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
03/10 Vitoria, ES @ Jimmy Jazz
03/11 Santiago De Compostela, ES @ Capitol
03/13 Madrid, ES @ Riviera
03/14 Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
03/16 Milan, IT @ Alcatraz
03/17 Telfs, AT @ Rathaussaal
03/18 Prague, CZ @ Mala Sportovni Hala
03/20 Krakow, PL @ Studio
03/21 Warsaw, PL @ Stodola
03/23 Munich, DE @ Backstage Werk
03/24 Frankfurt, DE @ Batschkapp
03/25 Pratteln, CH @ Konzertfabrik 27
03/27 Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
03/28 Berlin, DE @ Huxley's Neue Welt
03/29 Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle
03/30 Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
03/31 Antwerp, BE @ Trix
04/03 Luxembourg City, LU @ Den Atelier
04/05 London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall

Artist: Monolord
Album: Rust
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: September 29th, 2017

01. Where Death Meets The Sea
02. Dear Lucifer
03. Rust
04. Wormland
05.Forgotten Lands
06. At Niceae

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Nonsun • 'Black Snow Desert' [2xLP] out now!

Nonsun • 'Black Snow Desert' [2xLP] out now!

The Lviv, Ukraine duo Nonsun clearly excels at living up to their disquieting moniker, carefully representing the sound of a world without light. Their seamless blend of sludge, drone, doom, stoner and post-metal crafts the soundtrack to despairing resignation. They inhabit a world vacated by both God and the Devil, where the souls who remain worship at the altar of a living, thriving sorrow; yet against the odds there is a spellbinding beauty that follows this willful abandonment of hope.

From the yawning chasm of album opener "No Pity For The Beast, No Shelter For The Innocent" to the swirling cacophonies of "Rest of Tragedy," Black Snow Desert is a challenging and richly layered sermon on the many faces of sadness and regret. It bares sharp teeth, but within an inviting grin that convinces the listener to subject themselves to whatever suffering it may be that enthralls and beckons them continuously closer to the abyss therein. As with the most difficult trials, the rewards are hard-won and multitudinous. Slow and measured as its painstaking unfolding may be, there remains a breathless sense of purpose, an aching to reveal to the listener sights and sounds they never knew they yearned to witness.

Samantha Muljat's album art brilliantly captures the Nonsun aesthetic – dark and unforgiving, Black Snow Desert also holds promise of an intoxicating mysticism, pulling the listener further along its foreboding, sinuous pathways, eroding apprehension moment by moment as one draws closer toward the ever-dawning realization of the journey's enchanting power. With this release, Nonsun has deftly surveyed the extraordinary endeavor of conquering fear, sadness, and the overwhelming darkness by immersing oneself within the eye of its storm.

Black Snow Desert by Nonsun comes on double colored 180g vinyl in gatefold cover (reverse cardboard). Black inner sleeves. Direct download included!
Release date: Jan. 25th, 2018.

Against PR announces release details for "III" compilation
Against PR will release a new compilation on February 22nd. Entitled "III", this new release will present 22 tracks featuring several sub-genres from the metal spectrum and will offer an opportunity to all metalheads to discover new bands.

"III" will be available on double CD (digisleeve) and digitally.

Tracklist below:

CD 1
1. Crossbones - Messing With The Masses
2. The Outsider- The Invocation (feat. Thomas Vikström & Nalle Påhlsson)
3. Blackest- Mortal Curse
4. Rites to Sedition - The Moon Titan Phylon
5. Blaspherion - Causa Mortis
6. Demon Head - Older Now
7. Godhead Machinery - Tithe
8. Dead Season - Guidestones
9. HIVE - Street Meat
10. Hexenklad - In This Life or the Next
11. RacheEngel - Ascheregen

CD 2
1. VersOver - Enemy
2. Sâmbăta Morților - Pendulum of Madness
3. Atonement Theory - Ominous Sensation
4. NACARBIDE - Lots of Eyes
5. Humanity Check - War Is Coming
6. Death on Arrival - Endless Agony
7. el Camino - Crooked Wand
8. Tommy Stewart's Dyerwulf - Lilith Crimson Deep
9. Boneset - Needles
10. Guillotine - Not Worth Saving
11. Von Justice - I Saw Hogan with Jimmy Hart

Friday, February 16, 2018

Fistful of Questions

What do the bands Void Vator, Ironaut and No Legacy Records have in common?  Erik Kluiber.  That’s what.  He’s the head honcho at No Legacy Records, bassist/singer/songwriter in Ironaut and guitarist in Void Vator.  He also happens to be the recipient of this edition of Fistful of Questions. 

Void Vator just wrapped up a string of west coast dates and released a video for the single No Return.  In the midst of all that madness Erik generously agreed to carve out a few minutes to answer my queries.  

What is your full name?
     Erik Michael Kluiber, social security # 666-go-fuck-yourself

Do you have an aliases?
     Ron Kirkland Houser V

If you had an alias what might it be?
     see above

What was the first instrument that you played?

What was the name of the first band you were in?
     The End

What bands are you actively involved with?
     Void Vator and Ironaut

Tell me about No Legacy Records.
     I put out a 9 band vinyl compilation featuring professional up and coming bands that I met through the underground metal scene in 2017.  All the bands are from Southern and Northern California.  I printed 500 limited edition copies.  No Legacy is pressed on 180 gram vinyl and has a printed record sleeve on the inside.  If you're reading this interview, then you are into underground metal and you will dig this compilation.  Order a copy for $15 at like the facebook page at

You play guitar (Void Vator) and bass (Ironaut).  Which is your favorite and do you play any other instruments?
     I'm primarily a guitar player and I find more hellistic pleasure playing it. I'm concentrating on improving my home recording skills for band demos and making music for video games.

Tell me about one of your first musical memories?
     Hearing She's a Little Run Away by Bon Jovi on the Radio in the early 80s.  Maybe 82 or so...  That song rocks.

Do you have any non-metal musical inspirations?
     They used to write really good music for tv and movies in previous decades that still get stuck in my head from time to time.  I suppose there are a few good tv songs now like Family Guy, Bojack the Horseman...  I guess South Park...  Hmm...  Brickleberry has a nice short intro song..  But songs like Hill Street Blues, Mash, Batman, Bonanza, etc..  Those were life changing. 

What is your favorite thing about touring?
     Forgetting about the distractions and frustrations of mundane day to day life.  Touring is being on a mission with the successful completion of the rock show being the primary goal every night.  The constant change in scenery, people, and culture makes me feel alive again.

What is your least favorite thing about touring? 
     Vehicle problems

Is there a city that you love to hit while on tour?
     Reno Nevada is like Mad Max meets the Wild Wild West.  It's total freedom and total danger mixed in one.  I LOVE it. 

Do you have a favorite venue to play at?
     The Token Lounge in Detroit has a special place in my heart because it was home base for my Detroit band Overloaded and John Anton has put so much heart, soul and money into the club to make it world class.  The best venues I've ever performed at are Webster Hall in NYC and The El Rey Theater in Los Angeles back when I was in Gypsyhawk and we toured with The Sword...  Oh, and Club Soda in Montreal.  That place is amazing.  Canucks know how to party.  I played Club Soda when I was in White Wizzard on tour with Korpiklaani and again when Gypsyhawk toured with Alestorm.

What band have you played with that has really impressed you with their live show?
     Alestorm's live show, energy, and crowd reaction was probably the best.  That's a band who is better live than in the studio IMO. 

Do you have a pre-show ritual?
     I typically drink one 24 oz PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon)

What’s the weirdest experience you’ve had on the road?
     Having sex with a girl in a tent and then being shocked when she introduced me to her then current boyfriend a few hours later.  Bad Karma.

What is an absolute band killer?
     EGO.  I don't know why someone would have an ego just because they are a good musician. That is just one skill point.  Take a comedian for example.  These guys and girls do stand up, act, write, get paid, get laid, most of them can play an instrument, just about all of them can sing, and they work their set 6-7 days a week.  Get over yourself. Talent is expected, it's part of the job.   

What advice would you give young musicians that are just starting out in the music business? 
     Being in beginning bands is like dating.  Don't think that your first band is going to be "the one".  Once it becomes obvious that the band you're in is not working out, get out and move on to the next.  You're not young for long.  Youth is a MAJOR asset.  Don't waste it.

The year is 1989.  Where are you at and what are you listening to?
     I just moved back to the suburbs of Detroit from Orange County, CA. I was wearing an Iron Maiden T Shirt listening to Megadeth and learning to play a black Ibanez Roadstar II.

If you could insert yourself into any one band what band would it be and why? 
     Void Vator

Have you ever heard a song and immediately wished you had written it?  If so… What was the song and artist?
     Fuck You Bitch by Wheeler Walker Jr.

What’s the longest time you’ve gone without bathing?
     I think proper hygiene is incredibly important and not that difficult.

Iron Maiden or Motorhead (if you had to pick one)?
     Iron Maiden

Favorite book?
     Dragon Lance - Legends series

Favorite movie?
     Conan the Barbarian

Favorite album?
     Megadeth; So Far So Good So What

Favorite meal?
     Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

Pancakes or Waffles?
     Waffle House

Describe Patrick McHugh (guitarist for Ironaut) in fifteen words or less.
     I hope he doesn't die this year.

I hope everyone enjoyed this interview as much as I did.  I’m betting Erik is a hell of a guy to hang out with.  Be sure to catch him on the road with Void Vator or Ironaut and while you’re at it you should pick up a copy of No Legacy Vol. 1. 

-El Pedo Caliente  (a.k.a. Uncle Jameson from the Fistful of DOOM show)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

WOODHAWK Announce Canadian "Magnetic North Tour" (AB/SK/MB/ON/QC)!

L-R - Kevin Nelson – Drums,  Mike Badmington – Bass/Vocals, Turner Midzain – Guitar/Vocals

Photo Credit: Mario A Montes

Calgary, AB's masters of straight ahead riff-rock wizardry WOODHAWK announce their 2018 Canadian "Magnetic North Tour" in support of their latest full length album "Beyond The Sun" released April last year and recently named the #12 most played release on the Canadian College Radio Top 20 Loud Charts for 2017 (Source: Earshot). The tour will see the trio trek across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba plus performing for the first time in Ontario and Quebec (dates listed below).

The band comments:

"We're excited to be hitting the road again and heading out East this time. We haven't played past Winnipeg yet and we're stoked to finally make it out there."

WOODHAWK's debut album "Beyond The Sun" was produced by the band with Jesse Gander (Bison, Japandroids) to follow their 2014 self-titled EP.  Made of equal parts 1970's Birmingham and a myriad of 21st century heavy who’s who, WOODHAWK are purveyors of riff-centric rock and roll. Capable and original, the band is able to craft anthemic fist-pumping songs while forgoing tired stoner rock clichés. With time travel tested themes of science fiction, swords and sorcery, the band’s lyrics are born from snowy winters, hot practice spaces and pages of dog-eared paperbacks. While the musicianship reinforces recollections of Black Sabbath, modern influences that have helped you smash air drums or highway speed limits are undeniably present.

'Beyond The Sun' album stream available on Bandcamp at

The album is available on digital, vinyl and CD.

The band's music video 'The High Priest' can be viewed at 

WOODHAWK "Magnetic North Tour" (AB/SK/MB/ON/QC)

March 21 - Calgary, AB - Ship and Anchor
March 22 - Edmonton, AB - Brixx Bar
March 23 - Saskatoon, SK - Vangelis Tavern
March 24 - Winnipeg, MB - The Handsome Daughter
March 27 - London, ON - Call The Office
March 28 - Hamilton, ON - This Ain't Hollywood
March 29 - Ottawa, ON - House of TARG
March 30 - Toronto, ON - The Bovine
March 31 - Montreal, QC - Quai des Brumes
April 2 - Oshawa, ON - TBA
April 5 - Thunder Bay, ON - Black Pirates Pub
April 6 - Brandon, MB - North Hill Inn
April 7 - Regina, SK - The German Club

Track Listing:
1. Beyond The Sun (3:57)
2. The High Priest (4:46)
3. Living In The Sand (6:03)
4. Magnetic North (4:13)
5. Lawless (3:06)
6. Quest For Clarity (4:14)
7. A New Hope (4:49)
8. Forsee The Future (2:12)
9. Chrononaut (5:19)

Woodhawk is:
Turner Midzain - Vocals/Guitar
Mike Badmington - Bass/Vocals
Kevin Nelson - Drums

For more info:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Xroadie Files

Come Back From The Dead - Caro Data Vermibus
Marcos - Drums, Hector – Guitar, Lago -  Bass, Miguel – Guitars, Paul – Throat

Vomits of A Demonic Infestation dark demonic vocals and death metal riffs grind you into the netherworld.  Caro Data Vermibus heavy plodding stoner meets death like a steam roller smashing you slowly into the ground.  Endless Bloodshed fast heavy thrash death metal with screaming guitars and growling vocals.  Carnivorous Craving From Beyond more grinding evil plodding riffs with demonic vocals.

Dark Hound - Dawning
ET Brown – Bass/Vocals, Evan Hensley – Guitar, Preston Walls – Guitar, Josh Brown – Drums

The Ashes Of Your Worth will take you back to the heyday of classic thrash speed metal great riffs ripping leads and head thrashing riffs.  Guilt Trip slow building into a thrash frenzy of sounds and fast beats has a very Rage from Germany sound.  Carnival Of Youth start the pit cause here comes a riff that will get it going hard and fast.  The Answer excellent shredding lead guitar that builds and builds into a crescendo of thrash heaven.  Crisis Of Hope get out the air guitar and prepare to thrash away with this great song.  Thrown To The Wolves fast heavy and in your face thrash speed metal that will remind you why you enjoyed this style of music.  Stripped Away acoustic guitar then the band kicks in and a great almost thrash progressive sound emerges.  Balancing Act Anthrax meets SOD meets MOD meets testament in this thrash classic style of song.  The Jagged Edge fast heavy but still with melody and some awesome screaming leads.  Thrashgasm get the pit thrashing for this excellent thrash speed metal ripping song.  Here Lies Truth fast heavy in your face riffs that just make you head sway and your fist pump away till the last note.


Devlsy – Private Suite
Giedrius – Guitar, Darius – Bass, Vytautas – Vocals/Drums

Corridors evil sounds build slowly moving toward t you to devour your very soul and drag you to hell.  Hatching Tomb, a weird driving riff and rhythm beat that just makes your heart skip beats evil a diabolical in sounds and feelings.  Bring My Word enveloping you from all around with sounds of evil and eerie feelings.  Patient #6 blast you in the face with a grinding riff that just tries to saw you in half.  Porta Formica slow dreary and evil taking your essence with it.  Horizon Attached dark evil and demonic stealing your soul and eating it.


Djinn And Miskatonic – Even Gods Must Die
Gautham Khandige – Vocals, Sriram Kvlteswaran – Guitar, Mushaf Nazeer – Guitar,
Jayaprakash Satanmurthy – Bass, Siddharth Manorahan – Drums

I, Zombie a slow and steady plodding bass and melodic guitar that builds into a Sabbath style of riff. Bones Of My Brothers is another stoner rock style of slow driving beat that just drags you along. Doombringer steady bass and guitar that takes you back to the days of early Sabbath mixed with psychedelia.  Frost And Steel is slightly heavier and a bit more up tempo but still just kick back and enjoy the trip.  Harvest Of Kings get ready to take a trip back to the early 70s with stoner and psychedelic rock.  Hangman’s Hope ends the album with more stoner psychedelia Sabbath inspired heavy rock that just moves on down the road to oblivion.

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