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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/
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
May 04 Boise,
ID @ Neurolux
May 05 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
May 06 Vancouver, BC @ Astoria
May 07 Portland, OR @ Mississippi
May 09 Sacramento,
CA @ Blue Lamp
May 10 Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone
May 11 Orange County, CA @
-- 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
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
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.
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.
– 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
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.
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
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
Schanzenstr. 6-20 Gebäude 2.10, 51063 Cologne,
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,
https://en.ripple.spkr.media/ 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."
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.
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
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.
– Carnival of Fools
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.
Ripple Music riff-mongers WAR CLOUD, who at this writing are
in the midst of a month or so of US tour dates, are stoked to
announce the addition of Jesse Serrano as the band's new lead guitarist.
"He's a very physical player," they explain."Jesse will bend the neck and body of
his guitar and pull springs with his picking hand to make electrifying
sounds.His unconventional style makes
him a uniquely talented shredder who'll add new energy to War Cloud's sound
both live and in the studio."
The current tour culminates this month in California,
followed by a pair of April dates before the band enters Louder Studios in Grass Valley, CA in May
to track new album
State of Shock.
Says the band of the new material, "It crosses over
many genres of hard rock and heavy metal.It's thrashing, chugging, and riffing, but also takes some lighter
And, regarding State of Shock's overall theme, they say, "It
has a stronger tie to war-time mentality, combat, despondency, and triumph.
State Of Shock
is fast, driving rock and roll, but there are definitely some dark
The remaining War Cloud live dates are as follows:
3.14 Freetown Boom Boom - Lafayette, LA
3.15 Rudyard’s - Houston,
3.16 Faust Tavern - San
3.17 Rockin’ Cigar Bar - El Paso, TX
3.19 Surly Wench - Tucson,
3.20 The Quarry - Bisbee,
3.21 Vamp’d - Las
3.22 Tower Bar - San
3.23 Roadhouse - Palm
4.13 Elbo room, Oakland,
4.19 Rocky Mountain Riff Fest, Kalispell, Mt
War Cloud's self-titled debut album was released by Ripple
Music in 2017 and is available at this location.Look for new album State
of Shock in late 2019 with more touring to follow.