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.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Ripple News: New Ripple European Webstore for European Customers! Black Lung and Obsidian Sea Limited Edition Vinyl

Reviews for the new Black Lung album, released March 8 on Ripple Music have been nothing short of stunning.  Most press was immediately caught up in their hazy blend of acrid-smoke doom.  "This isn’t a heavy Blues album, nor is it a melodic psych-Doom fest, it’s a glorious alchemy that will beckon the listener back time and again without you fully understanding why…" Says Ghost Cult Magazine, and he's right.  It's an album that will simply inspire repeat after repeat listens.    Limited Edition vinyl nearly sold out already, but about 20 copies remain, as do black vinyl and CD's, and SPECIAL NEWS! Black Lung is the first title now available in our brand new EUROPEAN WEBSTORE! For all European customers, you can now order in Europe and get European shipping rates!  Right now, only the black vinyl is available, but in the future, special limited variants of all Ripple releases will make their way to the Ripple Euro Webstore.   You can find the European version here, and the US versions of limited vinyl, black vinyl and CD at our Bandcamp and Bigcartel sites.

Already getting nods for album of the year, you don't want to miss this one!
Next up on the release schedule, due to hit the streets March 22 (pre-orders open now) is this masterwork of Pentagram/Witchcraft retro-protodoom from Bulgarian occulters, Obsidian Sea.   In a pre-release review, the Obelisk raves, "a release of marked artisanship, making use of the tenets of classic doom without sacrificing its own persona at their altar, and creating songs that find a place for themselves amid the expressive history of the genre that is as much personal as it is reaching out for connection."

Only 100 of the limited edition pictured above were pressed, and are available now for preorder at Ripple Bandcamp and Ripple Bigcartel.  Also, European customers can get the black vinyl at euro postage rates at the Ripple European Webstore. 
As you've gathered from the two prior news bits, the real big story here is . . . WE HAVE A EUROPEAN WEBSTORE!  It's been a while in the making, but now European customers can get Ripple releases at European postage rates and no customs.  Right now the store is just filling up as product gets there, but going forward ALL new releases will be in the Ripple Euro Webstore and the store will feature a special European Retail Limited Exclusive Colored Variant, only available in Europe.  So check it out, earmark the page, and please share with all your European Ripple friends and fan.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Bandcamp Bonanza – 092

What a gnarly last several weeks of winter it has been. Not only have we got record snowfall in the mountains of the western US, but here at Bandcamp the albums keep on dumping as well. Go on, I dare you to check out these 10 new gems that have avalanched upon us recently.

Western Kinsmen of the Sun - Liminality
Western Kinsmen of the Sun have tracked their way across barren dunes of psychedelia while visions of Floydian prog danced in their heads. Latent garage rock tones melt the sky with thick bass lines, wicked chops and cosmic dirge. This is outta this world and a welcoming addition to the heavy underground. Favorite track: Soft Words.

Chi Lameo–Come Not Single Spies
Dark yet melodic as hell with an eclectic jazzy vibe and an outlaw twang. This is electronic cowboy blues crooning like a cross between Jerry Cantrell and Conny Ochs.

Black Anvil - Miles
STB has stepped it up a notch on this new material by classic NY metallers. Known for the pristine heavy weight covers and immaculate wax variations, the label has crafted a new standard of bad assery. 'Miles' cuts a swath of styles ranging from blackened prog, stoner, hard rock, and hints of NWOBHM. The hard-metallic groove hits you like a ton of bricks and matches the killer and artistic output of the vinyl package like a charm. Favorite track: Miles.

Monocluster – Ocean
Wow! Imagine a mixture of All Them Witches and The Devil & the Almighty Blues all wrapped up in an heavy layer of progressive serenity.

The Electric Cactus – Demolish
This demo ‘Demolish’ is demo-lishess!! 3-songs of psych-ridden garage punk meets spaced out desert groove. I could get used to this. Killer! Favorite track: Davey Jones.

The Vandoliers – Forever
Gotta love that classic alt-country rasp combined with a little bit o brass, touch of twang and a whole lotta raucousness.

Blues Arcadia – Carnival of Fools
Blues Arcadia and their debut full length album Carnival of Fools hit us with a soulful and catchy batch of tunes. Immediate hooks and playful harmonies render two big thumbs up from this guy.

Teverts | El Rojo – Southern Crossroads
Southern Crossroads brings a ferocious groove flowing with molten doom and psychedelic harmony. The scorching atmosphere and vivid vocals bring both grit and grace on this 2-song split.

Ice Dragon – Passage of Mind
Ice Dragon is a wormhole of sweet psychedelic nectar almost guaranteed to intrigue the most jaded of listeners. 'Passage of Mind' blows ours with its expansive content of sound, while also losing it within that insane cover art.

Hemptress – Alchemy
When Steve R. says swagger, it means that is swaggers. This has leveled the field with hard hitting, fist clenching, neck breaking, riff slinging groove so catchy and righteous that the 't' in the title is permanently blown to bits.

-The Huntsman
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