Monday, September 26, 2016
Desert rock legends FATSO JETSON return with new album "Idle Hands" this October on Heavy Psych Sounds.
Palm Desert's stoner rock initiators FATSO JETSON are returning this fall with their seventh full-length "Idle Hands" on Heavy Psych Sounds, which will be followed by a full European tour.
Following on from 2010’s "Archaic Volumes", "Idle Hands" is FATSO JETSON's first studio album in six years. The Californian outfit features Mario Lalli alongside fellow guitarist and son Dino Von Lalli, drummer Tony Tornay, and bassist Larry Lalli. The album was recorded and mastered by the band's live bassist Mathias Schneeberger (Masters Of Reality, Gutter Twins, Earthlings) at Rancho de la Luna.
Discover two songs off "Idle Hands" on The Obelisk
FATSO JETSON's frontman Mario Lalli recently confessed to The Obelisk:
"This record represents one of the toughest years in my life. To be honest, I barely got it done. It’s a very important record because I’m in a way coming out of a long troubled period, and with lots of love and help from my friends and family I got to a place where I could get back to music and express some of this stuff. The band spent three days at Rancho de la Luna with Mathias Schneeberger recording and co-producing and writing on some pretty rough ideas. Dino, my son, wrote a lot of the heavier, more angular, intense music, and I was coming from a more melodic, dark vibe… seemed to all come together. (...) The title of the album is straightforward and the record, the contrary action, to faith without works is dead. We are stoked to do the record with Gabriele from Heavy Psych Sounds. He’s been so supportive of us for years now, a good friend. That’s how this should be."
FATSO JETSON - New album "Idle Hands"
Out October 7th on Heavy Psych Sounds // Pre-order
Artwork by Kelly Keith
1. Wire Wheels and Robots
2. Portuguese Dream Black N Red
3. Royal Family
4. Nervous Eater
6. Idle Hands
7. Last Of The Good Times
8. Then and Now
9. The Vincent Letter
10. 48 Hours
11. Dream Homes
A1. Wire Wheels and Robots
A2. Portuguese Dream Black N Red
A3. Royal Family
A4. The Vincent Letter
A5. Then and Now
B1. Last Of The Good Times
B2. Nervous Eater
B3. 48 Hours
B4. Idle Hands
FATSO JETSON formed in California's Palm Desert in 1994 and are often credited as one of the fathers of the desert strain of stoner rock, made most famous by their slightly younger neighbors Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age. While musically similar to some of their stoner brethren, they incorporate a broader variety of musical influences that includes punk, blues, jazz and surf music. That is not to say that the band isn't capable of dishing out supremely heavy riffs... Certainly grounded in dense hard rock, FATSO JETSON experiment with many musical textures, angular instrumental epics, and bizarre lyrics to create a punk, blues art rock of their own.
In 1995, the group recorded their debut "Stinky Little Gods" and followed that up in 1997 with "Power of Three". Brant Bjork briefly joined up as second guitarist and appeared on two 7" releases. The band then teamed up with Bongload Records, who released their third full-length "Toasted" in 1998. Guitarist and old friend Gary Arce joined the band to record thier fourth LP "Flames for All" in 2000 for Frank Kozik's Man's Ruin Label. FATSO JETSON also contributed to "The Desert Sessions" releases that Josh Homme organized, bringing desert musicians and other like-minded rock creatives together to collaborate. Homme's record label Rekords Rekords released their next album "Cruel and Delicious", on which the band was joined by Vince Meghrouni on sax and harp, adding a new dimention to their hard to pin sound.
Following on from their 2010 LP "Archaic Volumes", FATSO JETSON ran a handful of successful European tours, including sold out performances at Roadburn Festival, Desertfest London and Berlin or Stoned From the Underground. Mario Lalli's son Dino joined the band for a split 12" with fellow desert dwellers Yawning Man, quickly followed by a split record with space lords Farflung on Heavy Psych Sounds. This marked the beginning of a collaboration with the Italian label, who will issue their newest album "Idle Hands" in the fall of 2016.
FATSO JETSON IS
Mario Lalli - Guitar & Vocals
Dino Von Lalli - Guitar
Larry Lalli - Bass (on tour: Mathias Schneeberger)
Tony Tornay - Drums
FATSO JETSON LINKS
Italian heavy doom rock band The Ossuary sign with Supreme Caos Records. Debut album "Post Mortem Blues" out in January 2017
Italian doomsters THE OSSUARY sign with Supreme Chaos Records. Consisting of members that have been active in the underground scene for long this new ensemble mortale introduces with heavy doom rock breathing the spirit of Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Pentagram and the thrust of early heavy rock bands like Cactus, Captain Beyond, Wishbone Ash.
The debut album entitled “Post Mortem Blues” will hit the street by January 2017. The title could not be more fitting. Unpolished, pure sounding 8 titles that send you straight back to the 70s where THE OSSUARY would have been easily one of the heaviest bands on the planet.
The band states:
“We are really happy as we didn’t imagine this could happen when we first put this new band together just one year and a half ago. Things went fast but we know we worked hard and signing with Supreme Chaos Records is one hell of achievement - the first one in our case – and it’s great to know we have a home for our future record “mournings.”
The song “Graves Underwater” taken from the album can be listened in its entirety here:
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Mammoth Storm sounds like their name. It’s big, it’s powerful and full of doom. Having released Rite of Ascension and Fornjot and touring the European continent the last few years this storm is growing into a tornado although it spins very slow, heavy and doomy. Drummer Emil Ahlman took the time answering the ultimate test for a band: The Ripple Interview.
What have been your musical epiphany moments?
Well thinking about some of the special moments when music has turned my world upside down one thing that comes to mind is of course when I was just a kid, but already a die-hard metal-fan for a couple of years, and heard some really down-tuned and guttural death-metal while visiting a record shop in Stockholm. At that moment I thought someone actually had been visiting hell with a tape recorder, ha ha. There are too many of those moments connected to music to mention here, but that one is still a cherished memory as it led me into a new world and a realization of what you can accomplish with just the regular tools for creating rock music.
Talk to us about the song-writing process for you. What comes first, the idea? A riff? The lyrics? How does it all fall into place?
The most common way for us to go is to start with a riff, and then put it together with some other ideas of how to make a song out of it. Then there has to be some kind of narrative put in words as well and that part is often made when the structure of the song is almost complete.
Who has influenced you the most?
I guess it´s pretty obvious that our sound is inspired by early doom and death-metal bands combined with the later heavy stoner thing. When it comes down to personalities I have to mention Gylve aka: Fenriz of Darkthrone, though I think he is responsible for having one of the healthiest minds in the scene as he don´t give a flying fuck about what you think about what is cool or not. In that sense he´s a role model for sure. Funny and smart.
Where do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation?
That´s a tricky one. Inspiration comes and goes just like the cat and you never know when it will appear the next time. I get a lot of inspiration by walking, so that is the short answer.
We're all a product of our environment. Tell us about the band's hometown and how that reflects in the music?
Nowadays we do live in different cities, but the little town called Säffle where we started is a bit boring so that explains a lot, doesn´t it? No, if I´ll try to make a serious answer here I think that we started to play together just to copy with everyday life in a small and somewhat limited place and that the gloom and doom fits our mindset at wintertime when it´s dark and cold and you just want to be reborn as a butterfly.
Where'd the band name come from?
The weather news.
You have one chance, what movie are you going to write the soundtrack for?
I think that some kind of sci-fi about a primitive future, a la Mad Max or something, would be fitting for us to write for.
You now write for a music publication (The Ripple Effect?). You're going to write a 1,000 word essay on one song. Which would it be and why?
That would be the title track of our debut album since you easily could make that one into a longer story without watering it down.
What is you musical intention? What are you trying to express or get your audience to feel?
Thunder and might! We want our audience to feel fearless, strong and sweaty.
Come on, share with us a couple of your great, Spinal Tap, rock and roll moments?
We actually had some of that on our latest tour with Earth Ship and High Fighter, but I´ll only tell something that happened to me as I don´t want my friends to be angry with me. Ok, the tour went really well and at our fourth or something gig, that occurred in Nantes, France, I felt that the nerves from the first gigs were gone and that I was really comfortable with my playing and the very good sound that we got there. This great feeling made me a bit unfocused though, and in our second song I lost it completely at one part and played like shit the rest of the gig. After we finished I was very angry with myself and couldn’t find a way to let off steam so when we got to the motel in the middle of the night I remembered that I had brought with me a pair of really disgusting speedos that I got from my parents for some reason. With nothing but these on I spent the rest of the night and it actually made me forgive and forget my lousy performance. I´m not sure if the speedos are forgiven though.
Tell us about playing live and the live experience for you and for your fans?
I think that we definitely are a live act first and foremost. We enjoy playing live and the response while we´re out there has been fantastic!
What makes a great song?
When a song makes you move and when you remember it afterwards, there you have what makes it in my opinion.
Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?
The first song we wrote together as a band is called “Volcanic Winter” and if you haven’t heard it I think you should visit our Bandcamp site and have listen as it is really catchy. It´s nice to think back on when it got put together.
I personally are very proud of all of the things we´ve accomplished so far, but the end of our demo song “Yersinia Pestis” is very melancholic in a way that I like a lot.
Who today, writes great songs? Who just kicks your ass? Why?
I´ve had my ass kicked by Blood Incantations “Star spawn” just before I started this interview. Otherwise I still think that the Finnish magicians of Oranssi Pazuzu are insanely good at what they do.
Vinyl, CD, or digital? What's your format of choice?
Vinyl is what I started with and I´ve never left so…never thought that cd´s were that fun even though I have a lot of them as well.
Whiskey or beer? And defend your choice.
Both are fine, and definitely better than milk. Have to go easy with Whiskey though.
We, at the Ripple Effect, are constantly looking for new music. What's your home town, and when we get there, what's the best record store to lose ourselves in?
I live in a town called Karlstad and when you are here you only have one place to go, so it´s good luck that it´s a good one, and it´s a second-hand store/waterhole for all kinds of music lovers called “Knastret”. (Knaster is that sound you get when the needle spins on the record and there is dust and stuff on it.)
What's next for the band?
We´ll play in Oslo, Gothenburg and Budapest in the nearest future and we´ll also rehears and put some new songs together. Looking forward to it all!
Any final comments or thoughts you'd like to share with our readers, the waveriders?
Well, support good music by go to concerts and buy the records. Share a pint with us if we cross roads sometime.
Find out more:
Live in Gothenburg 2015.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
SWAMP WITCH: The Slithering Bog From Oppressive Death Doom Collective Streaming At Decibel; Record Out Now On Vinyl Via Tribunal Of The Axe
"The Slithering Bog moves slowly but heavily, accented by echoing growls and slow, oftentimes psychedelic, guitars. It's an album that just feels creepy, in the best way." -- Decibel
The Slithering Bog is the oppressive, six-track offering from West Coast death doom collective SWAMP WITCH. Captured during July 2014 at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, California by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Annihilation Time, Noothgrush, et al) and mastered at Trakworx in San Francisco by Justin Weiss (Ludicra, Slough Feg, Cormorant, et al), the record was initially released on cassette via Transylvanian Tapes and is now available on vinyl via Tribunal Of The Axe.
In celebration of its release, Decibel is currently streaming the record in full issuing, "What happens when you mix suffocating death/doom with hallucinogenic elements and lyrics about derealization then remaster it for vinyl? You get SWAMP WITCH's haunting The Slithering Bog.... The Slithering Bog moves slowly but heavily, accented by echoing growls and slow, oftentimes psychedelic, guitars. It's an album that just feels creepy, in the best way."
Succumb to the sounds of The Slithering Bog at THIS LOCATION.
The Slithering Bog comes available in three color variants (black, purple haze, and swamp green). For orders visit THIS LOCATION.
SWAMP WITCH is the culmination of psychedelic substances, occult practices, and a collective interest in dark, strange, and ultimately hallucinogenic music originally devised with the sole intent to commit and record ritualistic extremities through heavy music only for the night of 9/9/09. In the aftermath, members found themselves pressed to continue the slow-burning drudgery sparked on that September ninth into the months that followed, leading to shows, recordings, band members towing themselves out of the smog from Central Valley, California and into Oakland (and Arcata, respectively) and finally, the vinyl release that recollects the original material of that evening: Gnosis.
The punishing, murky layers protruding from 2011's Gnosis recordings drip with the trance-laden, drug-induced efforts of '70s psychedelia compressed into the claustrophobic toil and painful repetition of '90s sludge. This concept of Gnosis actually seems more akin to H. P. Lovecraft's ideas of psychosis and derealization as the only thing the feeble human mind can experience when confronting truth (cosmicism), as opposed to gnosis in the classic, transcendental sense of the term. In other words, it's fucked up.
The Slithering Bog continues where Gnosis left off: massive riffs and drug induced occult imagery dripping with psychedelia emphasized on tracks like opener "Strange Cults" and the grim pursuit that is "The Marsh of Delusion." The psychedelia evoked here by SWAMP WITCH is offset by a painful and toiling death/doom; nasty, alienating, tempos filled with otherworldly visions. Although description of this style range may seem conflicting, the lyrical themes involving psychosis and derealization create an obvious connection and intention between any supposed opposition of sound. The sound SWAMP WITCH presents here is involved with channeling a period of doom, before it broke big, that wasn't needlessly defined by sub genres: it's all dark and heavy. Indeed, the end result of almost two years of writing proved worthy, as warped landscapes and fungal textures resting somewhere between dream-like and sleep paralysis culminated into The Slithering Bog.
"Managing a fine balance between lumbering, sludgy doom metal and drug-fractured psychedelia, the band brings to mind the likes of Yob, Electric Wizard, and Weedeater, but there's something altogether deeper running through the proceedings than mere sonic affiliations." - Rue Morgue
"This record literally creeps up on you, and traps you slowly and imperceptibly, and when you realize that its slimy and vile tentacles are already around your neck, it is too late, you're fucked." - Cvlt Nation
"...swampy, witchy, stinking psychotropic sludge..." - Echoes And Dust
"Slow, nasty, compelling, and repugnant; The Slithering Bog is the soundtrack to lost nightmares. You may not realize it yet, but this means it's utterly essential." - Wonderbox Metal
MISS LAVA: Portuguese Psychedelic Outfit Issues Cryptic New Video For "Another Beast Is Born" + Tour Dates Announced
Following the Small Stone Records release of their Sonic Debris LP in May, Portugal's MISS LAVA has just issued a new video from the record, created for the song "Another Beast Is Born." The clip is an adaptation of 1971 French film Don't Deliver Us From Evil (Mais Ne Nous Délivrez Pas Du Mal) by Joël Séria.
Offers vocalist Johnny Lee of the song, "In times like these is unbelievable how often we see people losing their lives by the hands of cold-hearted creatures who have no regard for human life. 'Another Beast Is Born' is our trip to hell to meet those creatures. It's a song with a touch of doom and black metal, a dark place we haven't explored before in MISS LAVA, a song with a big riff that still blows my mind, and is one of my favorites in the album."
See MISS LAVA's "Another Beast Is Born" video RIGHT HERE.
MISS LAVA also begins a steady burst of Portuguese tour dates this week in support of the album, with shows booked throughout their home country from now through November, with many additional live shows to be continually announced in the weeks ahead.
MISS LAVA Tour Dates:
10/01/2016 Festival Bardoada e AJCOI - Pinhal Novo, PT
10/08/2016 Festival Faro Alternativo - Faro, PT
10/28/2016 DRAC - Figueira da Foz, PT
10/29/2016 Club de Vila Real - Vila Real, PT
11/19/2016 Bafo de Baco - Loulé, PT
See MISS LAVA's previously-released videos for"The Silent Ghost Of Doom" RIGHT HERE and "In The Arms Of Freaks" HERE, and stream Sonic Debris in its entirety HERE.
Sonic Debris is available on CD and 180-gram light blue vinyl limited to 500 units at THIS LOCATION.
A true sonic voyage with a diversity beyond anything yet evidenced by the band, Sonic Debris traverses unexplored auditory landscapes. Throughout the record's ten consuming movements, MISS LAVA manifests explosive sound textures, kaleidoscopic asteroids, and obscure beasts making for an all-consuming listen that's difficult to overlook. Outlaws Of The Sun notes, "Sonic Debris sounds like the stoned out offspring of Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss, Monster Magnet and Truckfighters all vying for musical supremacy. And for that you will be crazy to miss this superb album. Excellent and highly recommended." Rock And Roll Fables hails the band's fusion of, "Kyuss' wall of sound with Monster Magnet's psychedelia and a little of Corrosion Of Conformity's Southern-fried jam sensibility," further gushing, "Saying MISS LAVA could be the next Kyuss is a bold statement. I know this. That band was the one that set me on the path to my musical awakening when I was just a wee lad. If Kyuss followed up Blues For The Red Sun with another album (and not the Sky Valley concept), then they'd be lucky to have it sound as good as Sonic Debris. Yep, I said it."
Sonic Debris was captured at Pentagon Audio Manufacturers, JDB Showroom, and Estúdio Crossover in Lisbon at various times throughout 2014 and 2015, produced by Fernando Matias and MISS LAVA, engineered by Matias, José Pedro Ataíde, and Ricardo Bravo, mixed by Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studios in Boston, Massachusetts, and mastered by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio Labs in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sonic Debris follows 2013's Red Supergiant and 2009's Blues For The Dangerous Miles, which was listed among Loud Magazine's Top Five Portuguese albums of that year, and 2008's limited edition, self-titled EP.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Described as "a veritable orgy of garage metal and stoner dropkicks that will leave you reaching for the whiskey" by Metal Hammer, the fun-laden metal'n'roll 12-track piece was recorded and produced by Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studios.
XII BOAR's guitarist and vocalist Tommy Hardrocks provided a full track-by-track guide for this new album, which you can hear in its entirety RIGHT HERE.
XII BOAR "Beyond The Valley Of The Triclops"
"A veritable orgy of garage metal and stoner dropkicks that will leave you
reaching for the whiskey." Metal Hammer
"Filthy as fuck and deliciously dirty, XII Boar's Triclops is gonna find you
and fuck you up." Rocknreel Reviews
"If you're into groovy party metal, this is an absolute must-have." Merchants Of Air
Speeding at you like an out of control train, XII BOAR (pronounced 'Twelve Boar') have been tearing a new one into the stoner/sludge/metal scene over the last few years. The three-piece wrecking ball from Aldershot, Hampshire, blast their way into your skull with ear-splitting leads, sonic riffs, filthy bass lines, whiskey drenched vocals and a sweet southern groove.
Combining Motorhead’s swagger, Sabbath’s downtrodden doom and the swinging crunch of Corrosion of Conformity – these Hampshire louts lay down a colossal slab of rock'n'roll-infused groove metal, alongside a wild live show to fuel even the greatest parties. Now the band is on a path to do great things. With their debut album "Pitworthy" released in March 2015, XII BOAR are rapidly becoming unstoppable. Their upcoming new album "Beyond The Valley Of The Triclops" was produced by Chris Fielding at the legendary Skyhammer Studios, who helped to drive the band to bold new levels, creating some of their most epic and party-hearty material yet. Wrapped up in some stunning, booty-tastic artwork done by quasi-legendary artist James Hayball, "Beyond The Valley Of The Triclops" creates a total sonic experience, the sort of thing that you can get utterly and beautifully lost in, as you travel beyond the valley. After all...
This is pure rock and roll for the heavier generation.
XII BOAR IS
Tommy Bassom - Guitar & Vocals
Adam Thomas - Bass & Backing Vocals
Dave Wilbraham - Drums
XII BOAR LINKS
Austin trio The Well premiere the first track from their anticipated forthcoming album Pagan Science today via Brooklyn Vegan. The song "Black Eyed Gods" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud).
The Well was also recently prominently featured on The Walking Dead star's Ride with Norman Reedus TV show on AMC. Not only has the band composed and recorded the series' original theme song, they also appeared on a recent episode with Reedus, an avowed fan of the band and all things RidingEasy.
The impressive crux of Pagan Science, the sophomore album by Austin trio The Well, is that It's a multiplicity of itself. From the band's dual male/female vocals to their transcendently timeless sounds and erudite lyrical themes, Pagan Science is crystalline in its complexity and clarity at the same time.
The Well walk an intriguing line between authentic early 70s doom/heavy psych and the more frayed-edge-of-sanity weirdness of their hometown's legendary noise rock scene, whilst also splicing in shades of chamber choir vocals, occult rock and dark folk.
Sonically, Pagan Science picks up where The Well -- bassist/vocalist Lisa Alley, guitarist/vocalist Ian Graham and drummer Jason Sullivan -- left off with their widely heralded 2014 RidingEasy debut Samsara. Here, the band's heavy psych, proto-metal sound growing evermore vast, yet more focused on hooks, and their lyrics more conceptually intricate. Part of a running thread throughout the album's introspective lyrics is the notion that the world outside of one's own mind is also a creation and reflection of the interior world of that mind. And, just like the band's sound is one thing (undeniably heavy) and simultaneously another (dark folk, blues... there's even a Crosby, Stills & Nash cover, "Guinnevere"), it's this multiplicity that makes Pagan Science such a captivating record.
Pagan Science was recorded with producer/engineer Chico Jones at Micro Mega Studio in 2016. Jones also previously engineered the band's debut album Samsara with producer Mark Deutrom [Melvins, Sunn0)))] in 2013. Samsara, released late September 2014 was ranked the #1 debut album of 2014 by The Obelisk and widely praised in the press. Likewise, the band's intense - some even say "possessed" - live performances have earned them featured slots at Austin's Levitation Fest in 2015 & 2016, as well as tours with Kadavar, All Them Witches, Black Tusk and more.
The album kicks off with a looped vocal harmony launching a slithering guitar riff and thunderous drums on "Black Eyed Gods" in which the band's dual vocalists sing in unison throughout like Byzantine monks. "Skybound" starts with a fast churning riff with vocals run through heavy delay and reverb until the drums cut out briefly, then, dropping to half-time the song becomes a massive psychedelic throb as the vocals continue to loop onto themselves above the proceedings. "A Pilgrimage" takes a slower groove, accented by pulsing congas and single note Middle Eastern sounding guitar progression. "Byzantine" begins with monk-like chants, swelling cymbals and droning guitars building up to pounding toms until it all coalesces in a massive eruption. "Choir of the Stars" slowly builds over a lugubrious bass line as a snarling slide guitar weaves throughout, while haunting sounds of yelping coyotes echo in the background. The song ends in a pig-like guitar squeal as "Brambles" begins beneath. Syrupy guitars merge with Alley's and Graham's unison vocals to form a slowly building monolithic sound describing a paranoid chant. Throughout, Pagan Science channels the supercharged no-frills hard blues of Blue Cheer and Deep Purple while adding multiple layers of effects, entrancing vocals and the dark thrill of a funhouse hall of mirrors.
Pagan Science will be available on LP, CD and download on October 14th, 2016 via RidingEasy Records.
Artist: The Well
Album: Pagan Science
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release date: October 14th, 2016
01. Black Eyed Gods (STREAM)
03. Sky bound
04. A Pilgrimage
05. Drug From the Banks
07. One Nation
08. Choir of the Stars
10. I Don't Believe
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