Sunday, July 15, 2018

BlackWater HolyLight share first video from RidingEasy debut album, announce West Coast tour dates

"Flat out it's one of the best heavy psych debut albums you'll hear in 2018." -- The Obelisk

"This quartet has been burning up stages all around their hometown, fueled by their abrasive blend of doom metal, psych rock, goth and a tangy soupçon of pop music... They landed a spot on the 2018 Best New Band poll in alt-weekly Willamette Week, but could quickly take over the world." -- Paste Magazine

"They mesh elements of doom, Krautrock and atmospheric indie into one bewitching rock whole." --Classic Rock Magazine

Portland, OR quartet BlackWater HolyLight share the first video from their breakout debut album today. Watch and share "Wave of Conscience" via YouTube.

BlackWater HolyLight also announce West Coast tour dates starting August 3rd. Please see current dates below.

Their self-titled RidingEasy Records debut has received unanimous press praise and continues to grow. Brooklyn Vegan recently streamed the entire album HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

The notion of "heavy music" is continuing to expand of late, with many intrepid artists finding new ways to incorporate the power of traditional metal into new music, but without all of its trappings. Enter Portland, OR quartet BlackWater HolyLight to further swirl musical elements into a captivating hybrid of emotional intensity. Heavy psych riffs, gothic drama, folk-rock vibes, garage-sludge and soaring melodies all collide into a satisfying whole with as much contrast as the band's name itself.

"I wanted to experiment with my own version of what felt 'heavy' both sonically and emotionally," says founder and vocalist/bassist Allison (Sunny) Faris. "I also wanted a band in which vulnerability of any form could be celebrated." BlackWater HolyLight -- Faris, guitarist/vocalist Laura Hopkins, drummer Cat Hoch and synth player Sarah Mckenna -- formed upon the breakup of Faris' longtime band and she sought a fresh start. "In my last band I was the only female in a group of 6, so I wanted to see how my song writing and vulnerability could glow taking the drivers seat and working with women."

The band's self-titled debut begins with a simple, almost grunge-like riff as a chorus of voices introduce a melodic line in call-and-response until the band kicks in, slowly building into crescendo like a lost outtake from Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy. Elsewhere, "Sunrise" begins with a chorus-drenched post-punk groove until a sonic boom of heavily distorted guitar skree erupts out of nowhere. Nearly as suddenly, the song returns to its lulling core, subtly building the tension until it ruptures completely in a blast of noise. Likewise, "Carry Her" establishes a dark, sparse melody and distinctly thin sounding drums not far removed from early work of The Cure. However, BlackWater HolyLight's penchant for surprise attack finds a sudden shift into a doom-like dirge, colored with eerie synth notes and pounding shards of fuzz. Throughout the album, their songs shirk traditional verse-chorus-verse structure in favor of fluid, serpentine compositions that move with commanding grace. The band expertly, yet subconsciously, incorporates hints of Chelsea Wolfe, Celebration, Captain Beefheart, The Raincoats, The Stooges, Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction and more to form their unique brand of dark'n'heavy transcendence..

BlackWater HolyLight was recorded by Cameron Spies at Gold Brick Studios and The Greenhouse, and with Eric Crespo at Touch Tourcher Recording in Portland. The album is available on LP, CD and download, released April 6th, 2018 via RidingEasy Records on LP & CD at and digital at

08/03 Nevada City, CA @ Cooper's
08/04 Oakland, CA @ Elbo Jack London
08/07 Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse
08/08 Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon w/ Zig Zags
08/09 Oceanside, CA @ Pourhouse w/ Red Wizard
08/10 Fresno, CA @ Full Circle
08/11 Arcata, CA @ Alibi

Artist: BlackWater HolyLight
Album: BlackWater HolyLight
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: April 6th, 2018

01. Willow
02. Wave of Conscience
03. Babies
04. Paranoia
05. Sunrise
06. Slow Hole
07. Carry Her
08. Jizz Witch

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bandcamp Bonanza – 077

If you haven’t noticed I’ve been using my own photos for these articles taken in my back yard of Northern Nevada mostly, but I felt they accurately represent my intentions on here and equally portray my taste in not only music but as an outdoor enthusiast. Music and Nature go hand in hand and often there is something playing in my speakers while I’m engrossed in the heavy sessions of cloud porn on. Anyway, let’s cut the sappy shit and get to the gold. Check out this week’s tips.

Crazy Bull – The Past Is Today
This is running for candidate for top ten albums of the year right off the bat. These guys have been on my radar for some time and they finally were able to unleash The Past Is Today, just recently. What an applicable title. 
Finally the Crazy Bull gives us their full length debut and if you've been paying attention you'd have noticed how much potential these guys had on their demos. This does not disappoint. In fact, it exceeds expectations, chalked full of infectious hooks, grueling solos, and racy vocals. The Past is Today being exactly that, classic rock of the 70's done in the modern era.

The Grudge – Riding With the Kings
Absolutely massive album complete with wheely popping groove, barn burning swagger, and ass kicking power. Riding With The Kings is a non-stop thrill excursion full of ballsy riffs and burly chops. Or is is burly riffs and ballsy chops? Works both ways. Dig it.Favorite track: Box Of Broken Heads.

Pseudo Mind Hive - From Elsewhere
Another kick ass band from Melbourne specializing in doomy ass fuzz rock with a demented flair of psychedelia. The eerie vocals melt within the low end bass, solo-riffic guitars and deranged electronics.

Pushy - Hard Wish
Pushy are a heavy psych band not afraid to push it to a delinquent level of fuzz. Not only does Adam Burke have his name on the album art, he is in the freaking band. The vocals have a familiar ring to them at times sounding like punk rock version of Axl Rose meets Bon Scott. The music is retro and has that Portland vibe, meaning it’s got that dreary, gloomy blues thing going on with fuzzy tones and psychedelic ring. This is good and it only gets better with each listen. Available on vinyl from Who Can You Trust Records.

Green Dragon – Green Dragon
 Consider me impressed. Green Dragon casts a fiery plume of doomed out blues complete with reverb and echoing with ferocious layers of fuzz.

Dustbowl – The Great Fandango
This one was released a couple years ago, but I only just recently discovered it. I found it through another band in my collections “recommendations” link. Pro-tip: always check the “recommendations” of bands you dig which, when available, is located on the far right on their page. I’ve said it before, bands you dig, usually have great taste and have friends in great bands or other side bands. Dustbowl blew my mind enough for me to drop $40 on vinyl, CD, and digital of 3 of their albums on bandcamp today actually as I write this. Outlaw Americana/Alternative Country type sound, big on soul and tight on groove. Steel guitar always has a way to my heart when done in a haunting tone.

Poor Little Things – Poor Little Things
You guys remember The Marlboro Men? I sure do, and this is a project featuring Mr. Dave Talon who is also in the band Rollerball Plus Tina Jackson with the lead vocals, Fernando Marlboro on Drums and Dave doing the rest. The album is wicked-fun with a penchant for rocking and rolling pretty dang hard. There is a heavy garage vibe with catchy licks and hard-edged hooks.

The Boxcar Suite – Further In and Farther Out
This is just straight up rocking. Another Nerve Salad recommendation getting high marks from The Huntsman. Groovy alternative rock with a heady pop, jammy twang and cosmic jangle. Well written songcraft that would have faired well back in the 70’s while remaining fresh and modern at the same time.

Acid Priest – Drop Out
The hefty riffs rage with 70s era psychedelia one minute while putrid street punk thrashes about the next. Like Herbert said, this is holy shit territory. It’s dad rock for dads who bash their heads through drywall to teach their children the dangers of drugs

-The Huntsman

Friday, July 13, 2018


Watch the live music video for “Thorns” on YouTube

Ascending Arkansas progressive doom quartet Pallbearer will head to European + UK shores next week for a run of shows and festival appearances and today, the band has announced a North American tour with Sweden’s finest metal exports Tribulation this Fall.  In anticipation of their forthcoming tour dates, Pallbearer has unleashed a live music video for the track “Thorns”, taken from their recent release, Heartless. The live video was shot during part of the band's U.S. tour back in February; watch the video for “Thorns” here:

In regard to the upcoming tours, Pallbearer commented: “After a long period of constant touring behind Heartless, it’s almost time for us to settle in to the cold season and begin crafting our next musical endeavor. But before that, we are heading out once more across North America to bring this chapter to its conclusion. We look forward to stretching out our sets each night on this double bill with Tribulation, revisiting and adding new dimension to material across our entire catalogue.”  See all Pallbearer tour dates below.

Released in 2017 via Profound Lore (in North America, and Nuclear Blast in Europe), Pallbearer’s most recent full-length album Heartless has achieved widespread critical acclaim, landing countless impressive 'end of year list' scores such as the #1 'Best Metal Album' slots from Rolling Stone, Decibel, Loudwire, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, Bandcamp and more. 

Additionally, Pallbearer recently teamed up with Audiotree for their Far Out series and performed “Given to the Grave” as well as their newest track “Dropout” at the Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago — those videos can be viewed here. 

July 13 DE  Hamburg  -  Molotow Club
July 14 BE  Dour  -  Dour Festival
July 15 NL  Nijmegen  -  Valkhof Festival
July 16 UK  London  -  Islington Assembly Hall
July 17 UK  Glasgow  -  Stereo
July 18 UK  Leeds  -  Brudenell Social Club
July 19 UK  Bristol  -  The Fleece
July 21 DE  Crispendorf  -  Chaos Descends Festival
July 23 IT  Milan  -  Circolo Magnolia
July 24 SL  Tolmin  -  Metaldays festival
August 3 DK  Copenhagen  -  Vega
August 4 DE  Beelen  -  Krach am Bach Festival
August 5 DE  Cottbus  -  Zum Faulen August
August 7 HR  Primosten  -  SuperUho Festival
August 8 HU  Budapest  -  A38
August 9 CZ  Josefov  -  Brutal Assault Festival
August 10 DE  Bad Kotzting  -  Void Fest
August 12 UK  Derbyshire  -  Bloodstock Festival
August 14 DE  Wiesbaden  -  Schlachthof
August 15 CH  Winterthur  -  Gaswerk
August 16 DE  Dinkelsbuhl  -  Summer Breeze Festival

September 15 - Toronto ON - Lee's Palace *
September 16 - Detroit MI - Magic Stick *
September 18 - Chicago IL - Bottom Lounge *
September 19 - Minneapolis MN - Turf Club *
September 21 - Denver CO - Bluebird *
September 22 - Salt Lake City UT - Metro *
September 24 - Calgary AB - Dickens *
September 25 - Edmonton AB - Starlite *
September 27 - Vancouver BC - Rickshaw *
September 28 - Seattle WA - El Corazon *
September 29 - Portland OR - Hawthorne *
October 1 - San Francisco CA - Slim's *
October 3 - Phoenix AZ - Rebel Lounge *
October 5 - Austin TX - Barracuda *
October 6 - Dallas TX - Trees *
October 7 - Houston TX - White Oak *

* w/ Tribulation

Pallbearer are:
Brett Campbell | lead vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, synthesizers
Devin Holt | electric & acoustic guitars, vocals
Joseph D. Rowland | electric bass, vocals, synthesizers
Mark Lierly | percussion

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Texan heavy rock legends WO FAT announce “Electric Conjure Man Tour" across UK/Europe this October

“An immersive experience in which stoner grooves and metal riffs jostle for air in a churning tide of psychedelic juju […] the looming spectre of apocalypse, its message is as heavy as the music.”

“Wo Fat have cemented their status among stoner metal’s prismatic visionaries.”

“They’re the intersection of Kyuss’ anthemic Sky Valley-era stuff, Clutch’s doom rock boogie, Electric Wizard’s Sabbath-on-cough-syrup apocalyptic mist, and, duh, Sabbath itself.”

“They have something for everybody: a massive, juicy guitar tone sure to pelase metalheads, lots of fuzz, blues licks, hints of psychedelia and some smokimg jams.”

“The band’s chemistry bleeds into every corner of the album […] Ripple is home to Leaf Hound and JPT Scare Band, so it’s only fitting that a future legend is now in their ranks.”

Having already secured their legendary status within the stoner rock community over a sonic odyssey of six studio albums, Wo Fat has stayed true to the deep, dark blues that wail from within. Following on from the critical success of their last album, Midnight Cometh, and continuing their partnership with the equally formidable California-based record label Ripple Music, European fans that have yet to experience the full force of the Wo Fat experience will be able to get a taste of what they’ve been missing this October.

"Playing in Europe is always an amazing experience for us and it’s been a couple years since we last made the trip, so we’re really excited to be coming back,” explains Wo Fat’s vocalist/guitarist, Kent Stump.

“We are particularly stoked to be able to play three different festivals, all killer, on this run; Desertfest Belgium, Into the Void and Keep It Low. We’ll also be playing some new places as well as returning to some favourites, like The Underworld in London and Le Glazart in Paris. And even better, about half the shows will be with the mighty Sasquatch along with shows with Elder and The Devil and the Almighty Blues. We’ll be rolling out some new songs on this tour and it will be our first European trip with Zack playing bass so I think our fans in Europe will really dig the heavy groove he brings.”

Brought to you by Ripple Music and Sound of Liberation, Wo Fat's “Electric Conjure Man European Tour 2018” will kick off on 11th October 2018 at The Underworld, London. For a complete list of dates, see below.

To purchase tickets for available dates, please click HERE
Wo Fat “Electric Conjure Man European Tour 2018”

11/10/18 - The Underworld, London, UK [w. The Devil & the Almighty Blues]
12/10/18 - Desertfest Belgium, Antwerp, BEL
13/10/18 - Engelsburg, Erfurt, DE Stoned From the Underground [w. Sasquatch]
14/10/18 - Cassiopeia, Berlin, DE
15/10/18 - Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, DE [w. Sasquatch]
16/10/18 - Fabrik, Zurich, CH [w. Sasquatch]
17/10/18 - Les Caves Du Manoir, Martigny, CH [w. Sasquatch]
18/10/18 - Le Glazart, Paris, FRA [w. Elder and Sasquatch]
19/10/18 - Into the Void Festival, Leuwaarden, NL
20/10/18 - Keep It Low Festival, Munich, DE

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Xroadie Files

Khemmis – Desolation
Dan – Bass, Zach – Drums, Ben – Vocals/Guitar, Phil – Vocals/Guitar

Bloodletting fist in the air screaming guitars pounding beats sing along metal.  Isolation thundering down the open plains ready for battle.  Flesh To Nothing a very catchy rhythm and searing guitars that just pierce the sky with excellent vocals.  The Seer dual leads in harmony pounding betas thundering bass and sing along vocals.  Maw of Time a fast heavy beat that just makes you wanna speed down the highway.  From Ruin melodic guitars slow and steady with a solid beat.

Tad Morose – Chapter X
Ronny Hemlin – Vocals, Christer Krunt Andersson – Guitar, Kenneth Jonsson – Guitar, Johan Lofgren – Bass, Peter Moren – Drums

Apocalypse  melodic power speed metal with lots of tempo changes.  Come Morpheus fist pumping foot stompin metal riffs to headbang along to.  Deprived Of Light fast and heavy charging down the open road.  I Am Night get out the air guitars and get ready to rock and sing along.  Leviathian Rise slow steady heavy power metal.  Liar would be an awesome song to speed down the road listening to cranking it.  Masquerader head banging metal at its best. Nemesis power and majesty all wrapped up into one song.  Salvage My Soul head banging hair flyin fist pumping riffs and beats with thundering bass and amazing vocals.  Slaves to The Dying Sun power and fury with melody.  Turn To Dust great musicianship and memorable riffs.  Vaunt The Cynical the entire crowd will be bouncin and head banging to this metal riff.  Where Stars Align air guitar and drums singing along and thrashing about.  Yet Still You Preach melodic guitar intro powerful soaring vocals heavy riffs solid beats power and glory.

Comess – Botched And Flailed
Dustin – Vocals, Shaun – Guitar/Vocals, Steve – Bass, Tim – Drums

Vorkuta heavy crunchy riffs pounding beats and death metal growls.  Pit Dweller starts out slow and plodding with cutting riffs rumbling bass then just cuts thru you like a knife.  Bitten grabs you throws you to the ground and stomps on you.  Toothskin strange demented riffs and evil beats of destruction.  Disact chainsaw riffs that just rip and shred. Stygian evil rises and just devours your very soul.  Decrepit weird riffs that just pierce your ears and drive you insane.  Doomsaint pounds you into submission.  Serpenticost evil and demented avails the senses.  Deracinate fast heavy slam into you will a fury and force of evil.  Second Death cutting ripping tearing at your very soul.

Al Ard – ST
COD.5111 – Vocals/Bass/Drum Machine, Symor Von Dankurt – Synth/Programming/Samples/Vocals, (x) on – Guitar/Programming/Sampling

Nero strange chants spoken words and samples.  For A Hint Of Divinity evil sounds rumbling tones and dementia.  Pillar.Past.Present slowly evil arises the just annihilates the very essence of you.  Who Wants To Live Forgotten weird samples blast beat drums and chugging riff.  Strange Old Practice 1 strange sounds and samples to drive you insane.  Red Bourbon crunchy riffs chugging beats and death metal vocals.  Strange Old Practice 2 weird sounds and samples to drive you into dementia.  Scrutinizing A Glimpse of Chaos weird evil sounds arise and envelope you dragging you into hell.

Velvet Viper – Respice Finem
Jutta Weinhold – Vocals, Holger Marx – Guitar, Fabian Ranft – Bass, Micha Fromm – Drums

Don’t Leave Before Wintertime melodic guitars powerful vocals then a excellent riff kicks in get ready to bang your head till the end.  Shadow Ryche fist pumping foot stomping sing along guitar screaming heavy metal.  Respice Finem emotional melodic guitar soulful vocals that slowly builds with some excellent lead work.  Fraternize With Rats you can feel the metal rising get ready to rock out as it builds.  Eternally Onwards fist pumping head banging foot stomping metal music.  Ogaydez a slower steady crowd saying melodic metal song.  Dangerous get you fist in the air and get ready to sing along to a very catchy metal riff and power vocals.  Raven Evermore melodies slowly build with some screaming lead guitar that just pierces you.  Stormy Birth a crowd swaying fist pumping head banging metal anthem.  Law Of Rock just get ready to rock out to a fine tune.  Loherangrin Lohengrin a metal power ballad of excellence.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

STONED JESUS – Release New Music Video For “Hands Resist Him”!

On September 7th STONED JESUS will administer their next dose of progressive stoner rock on Napalm Records: Pilgrims. Today the band released a brand new music video for the track “Hands Resist Him".

STONED JESUS about “Hands Resist Him”:
"One of the heaviest songs from Pilgrims, "Hands Resist Him" perfectly shows all the sides of our new album - it is dark, haunting and very personal!"

Watch “Hands Resist Him” right HERE!

With their fourth album the Ukrainian trio offers much more than an average desert session: Pilgrims is a multi-faceted affair, mixing groove with noise rock elements, lots of proggy infusions and maybe even a sick bass line reminiscent of Deftones (“Thessalia“). Giants such as Mastodon and Melvins come to mind since STONED JESUS can’t be pigeonholed.

The full track listing of Pilgrims reads as follows:

    Distant Light
    Hands Resist Him
    Water Me


Pilgrims will be available in the following formats:

    1 LTD Edition 4 Page Digipack
    Various LP Gatefolds (different colours)
    Digital Album

 Pre-Order HERE!

14.07.18 SP - Viveiro / Resurrection Fest
27.07.18 DE - Neuensee / Rock im Wald
02.08.18 GR - Almiros / Los Almiros Festival
19.08.18 FR - Saint-Nolff / Motocultor Festival
02.09.18 GR - Thessaloniki / Street Mode Festival

07.09.18 UA - Kyiv / Bingo Club

13.09.18 DE - Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
14.09.18 DE - Stuttgart / JH Hallschlag
15.09.18 CH - Pratteln / Z 7
17.09.18 DE - Munich / Feierwerk
18.09.18 AT - Graz / PPC
19.09.18 AT - Vienna / Arena
20.09.18 DE - Leipzig / Werk 2
21.09.18 DE - Berlin / Bi Nuu
22.09.18 NL - Nijmegen / Doornroosje
23.09.18 NL - Amsterdam / Melkweg
24.09.18 DE - Cologne / Helios 37
25.09.18 DE - Bielefeld / Forum
26.09.18 BE - Brussels / Magasin 4
27.09.18 FR - Paris / Petit Bain
28.09.18 UK - London /The Garage
29.09.18 UK - Sheffield / Doom vs Stoner Festival
12.10.18 UA - Lviv / FESTrepublic
19.10.18 UA - Kharkiv / ART AREA DK
20.10.18 UA - Dnipro / Makhno Pub


Ihor Sydorenko - Vocals & Guitars
Serhij Sljussar - Bass
Dmytro Zinchenko - Drums

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Monday, July 9, 2018


Ladysnow Society

This band comes from Skellefteå, Sweden and has a plodding ambient sound with touches of doom, death metal and experimental noise. The band is comprised of The Englishman (Guitar), The Old Man (Drums), The Party Bear (Scream), The Pig (Guitar), and Baron von Horst (Bass).

If you like those styles that I described previously, then this is for you, but not for me. The screamed, incoherent vocals did nothing for me, if this was instrumental, I would have loved it and given it a great review. The musicianship is great, tight playing, lots of interesting sounds and the way that they can go from light and airy to balls out rocking is something that I loved, but the vocals…the vocals. The few instrumental songs were amazing and I will play those ones again and again.

If you think that this is what you are looking for, by all means, give it a chance and hopefully it will be what you are searching for, but I just can’t get past the vocals. If they put out an instrumental album, I’m totally there for it.

-Rick Ecker

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