Saturday, January 20, 2018
Hope you all enjoyed the best of the year lists submitted earlier this month. Now that madness is over, we’ll just go ahead and get right back into the goods. Its not going to end anytime soon and I hope you don’t mind. All you gotta do is sit back, relax and wait for Saturday when Bandcamp Bonanza hits the net. Or you could follow along with me over at bandcamp directly and stay up to date with everything that crosses my path. Either way, we bring you ten albums that made an impression recently in 2018 Camp with another highly anticipated kick off to a new year in bonanza absurdity.
Troll Teeth – Boiled Alive
Troll Teeth emit an extremely catchy output of heavy rock. I was expecting something more punk oriented based on that album art, which is really cool, and was delighted with the warmth of the fuzz and psych tinged grooves within.
Foot - Buffalo
Foot trample us with an extremely heavy bisonic groove. The vocal melodies delve into Layne Stayley territory with a harmonious landscape throughout, including spacious riffs, progressive twists and turns and a penchant for methodical, precise head bangage.
3rd Trip – Scale of Confusion
Man, these guys are a trip. 3rd Trip lays down a sonic barrage of Herculean riffs exploding with psychedelic force and cosmic atmosphere both lyrically and vocally. For fans of Black Space Riders, Craneium, and that ilk.
Tusmørkejuvel – Tusmørkejuvel
That fuzz tone is undeniably catchy. I could easily handle a second helping of these fat riffs.
Slomind - Metamorphoseon
Metamorphoseon throttles us with hard charging melodic hooks, infectious chorus lines, ripped and serrated vocals with a nostalgic radio geared groove. Can’t deny Slomind’s charm on this new outing.
Sugarfoot – The Santa Ana
Tom Petty worship under the California sun-baked sky, these sweet foot compadres ride in with text book Cosmic Americana and I am thankful for discovering this on another peer’s end of the year list. So killer. Entire discography on vinyl ordered.
Weedpecker – III
This album will go down as one of the year’s best albums splitting the ranks of labelmates Elder, who charted the best of the best in 2017. Highly expansive, meditative at times, and heavy without being noisy. III progresses on from what II left us hanging with. An album to get lost within, chill out to, and more or less accept for what it is. A compelling work of art both sonically, and texturally.
Bark – Year of the Dog
There is something about this one that wore itself out in my wishlist. The vocals are sultry and wry, the atmosphere is haunting and bone-chilling. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of one of my bandcamp favorites from Champaign, Illinois, Neoga Blacksmith with its tones and eclectic grooves, or it’s the combination of male/female (husband/wife) vocals and dynamic song structure ranging from lo-fi punk to dark Americana, but either way I need to buy this as its worn its welcome of free streams in my wishlist.
Blue Dream – Volume Won
At ‘Name your price’ at bandcamp, Volume Won is a no-brainer. Coining themselves as ‘Heavy Psychedelic Space Funk’, the Chicago based rockers have proved that it’s possible to sound fresh and clean while dabbling in both stoner rock, blues, and even funk. It’s an impressive sound and a welcomed progression from the DEMO which put them on my radar a couple years back. They are for real and Volume Won is great bang for your buck.
King Buffalo – Repeater
Repeater is a repeater in terms of quality, I had to go there. The 3-song EP and first release since their stunning album Orion, back in 2016, exceeds all expectations your typical 3-sng EP. Clocking in at around 25 minutes, the band manage to fill up an entire disc of wax with mind-numbing psych and texture rich grooves. An extension of Orion and a welcoming return for what seemed like ages. Apparently, their live shows are to die for.
Friday, January 19, 2018
Instructions on the proper behavior when confronted by a member of the Church Of The Motherf***ers:
1) Take a deep breath. Take two. You'll need them.
2) Regardless of who speaks first, the church member will always begin by stating that Bela Lugosi's Dead. Do not be alarmed. This event transpired long ago and is irrelevant information.
3) VERY IMPORTANT! Hearing the acolyte speak will trigger your gag reflex. Fight the urge to vomit. It is what they want. If you are unsuccessful in preventing the expulsion of vomit see 3a below.
3a) DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE accept the church disciple's offer of his/her shillelagh. These objects contain no spiritual healing properties as they would have you believe. The fiend's goal is to judiciously apply his club to your head rendering you unconscious.
4) At this point the church adherent will inform you that it is his/her sacred duty to escort you to the nearest Obedience School. There you will be taught all the tenets of the Church Of The Motherf***ers. Refuse to accompany him/her.
5) Inevitably the zealot will present you with a 'Seizure And Desist' order. This document is designed to look like an arrest warrant or subpoena. You may accept this paperwork if you wish. Unlike the offer of the shillelagh, no violence will be brought about from your acceptance of this non-binding document.
6) The church member will once again try to convince you that you must accompany him/her to Obedience School. The most effective method of refusal is to inform the acolyte, using these exact words, that "the Future has been canceled".
7) Veteran partisans will cut their losses at this point and move on. The less experienced devotees will likely become visibly upset and yell the phrase "grave slave" at you, believing this to be an insult that will anger you. Show no emotion.
8) Unfortunately these people are idiopathic. You can't help them. What you can do is end the unwanted conversation once and for all by informing the church member that everything they believe in is divine filth.
Well done! You won't be hearing from that person again.
Good day waveriders! Today I have the equivalent of a slam dunk recommendation. I'm supremely confident that many of you reading this know about and are already fans of uber-vocalist Mike Patton. Well, wouldn't you know it? He's part of new group called Dead Cross and they recently released their self-titled debut album.
After listening to the album multiple times I was extremely surprised to find out that Mike Patton was not the original vocalist for the band. Dead Cross is the brainchild of Dave Lombardo of Slayer fame, Justin Pearson, and Mike Crain of Retox. The group initially formed with Gabe Serbian from The Locust as their singer. After the self-titled record had been recorded the group decided not to release it and asked Mr. Patton if he would like to front the band. He accepted and proceeded to record all new vocals over the same instrumental tracks.
So what does Dead Cross sound like you ask? Extrapolating off the resumes of each member this is unsurprisingly an absurdly aggressive album. The music is best described as crossover thrash but there is some variety on offer. Some tracks like "Idiopathic" and "Shillelagh" lean heavily on the hardcore punk sound, while others like "Divine Filth" and "The Future Has Been Cancelled" fall more in line with thrash metal. Of course there are a couple of screwball experiments thrown in for good measure as well like the Bauhaus cover "Bela Lugosi's Dead". The resultant album is flat out awesome!
Waveriders if you require an adrenaline shot of musical aggression in your diet look no further than the self-titled debut album from Dead Cross. The propulsive mix of hardcore punk and thrash metal sounds vital and the vocal versatility provided by Mike Patton makes the proceedings significantly more interesting. Don't think about it. Just buy your copy today.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Stoner metal band MR. PLOW have signed with Ripple Music. The influential music label will release the band's new album Maintain Radio Silence on vinyl, CD and digital formats this summer.
Label founder Todd Severin commented "I've been a huge fan of Mr Plow since their early days and I personally have all their albums in my collection, so it was a no-brainer to ask the lads to join the Ripple family. The new album is better than anything I've ever heard from them before and will definitely open up new ears and eyes in the stoner/doom community."
Bassist Greg Green also commented "I think I can speak for the entire band when I say that we're super pumped about signing with Ripple. Ripple is the only label that we ever talked about working with once we decided that this album needs more exposure than we could ever hope to give it releasing it on our own. And we're in good company--the entire Ripple roster rocks."
About Mr. Plow:
Mr. Plow formed in 1997 when Kyuss and Fu Manchu were blowing out speakers in car systems across the land. When the term “stonerrock” was joining the lexicon for music writers who needed a category for riff-based rock that was tuned down and turned up.
The band were influenced heavily by the times, but sought a different direction lyrically--instead of dark and evil, they went for pop-culture references and hooky riffs. Mr. Plow was way less about skulls and satanic imagery, and way more about good times that would be the soundtrack for summer trips to the beach or skatepark.
Mr. Plow is:
Justin Waggoner: guitar/vocals
Jeremy Stone: guitar/vocals
Greg Green: bass
Cory Cousins: drums
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Pale Grey Lore – Self-Titled
Michael Miller – Guitar/Vocals, Adam Miller – Drums, Donovan Johnson – Bass,
Xander Roseberry - Guitar
The Conjuration strange ethereal guitars heavy beats and driving riffs along with some searing lead guitar and good vocals. Life in The Hive a catchy heavy riff excellent beat and rumbling bass with some psychedelic vocals get ready to trip along. Black Sun Rise lean back and slide into space and time with some excellent Sabbath style lead guitar and slow driving rhythms. Spiders guitar feedback that just rumbles thru your body along with a very strong bass and drums beat. She Radiates starts with a tribal beat and grinding guitars that just slowly pull you down into the abyss. Ruins has a catchy riff and some 60 late 70s style of psychedelic music and vocals. Woe Betide Us slow plodding heavy metal to just take your mind off your troubles for a few minutes. Tell The Masters has a slight offbeat tempo and strange sounds of wind blowing and excellent lead. Grave Future fist pumping hard rock to just jam away to.
The Re-Stoned - Chronoclasm
LLya Lipkin - Guitar/Samples/Bass, Vladimir Kislykov- Bass
The Sirens Of Titan a strong heavy melodic beat and guitar riff with some excellent lead work. Human Without Body lots of feeling with a blues based style and some great slide work. Save Me Under The Emerald Grass heartfelt acoustic guitar with some excellent foot tapping music to just drift along with. Psychedelic Soya Barbeque fist pumping head banging slow and driving get ready to rumble. Oc44 great acoustic guitar that just grabs ahold of your very soul then a lead that just pierces you. Chronoclasm swirling synths great beats and a slid riff that just takes you on a h=journey far away. Quartz Crystals more guitar that just garbs ahold of you sit back close your eyes and trip away.
Sinoptik – Standalone Syndrome
Dmitriy Afanasiev – Guitar/Keyboards/Vocals, Dmitriy Sakir – Bass, Victor Gerchev – Drums
Standalone Syndrome is a prog rock metal song with lots of different textures it has a great riff and vocals that are influenced by Geddy Lee.
Stunted – Fault
Alex Petralia - Vocals/Guitar/Drum Machine/Bass, Eagret Hansen – Guitar, Gabe Simmons – Drums, Marisela Guizar – Saxophone
Displays(Pride) weird strange sounds surround you with a punk new wave psychedelia feel. Crave(Lust) has more of an industrial feel with lots of machinery sounds. Loaded(Gluttony) machine style beats rumbling bass and weird sounds and overdriven vocals make up this song. Green(Greed) rumbling bass and a click track that slowly builds with the rest of the instruments. Evil Eye(Envy) drum machines weird keys overdriven guitar and bass for a cacophony of sounds. Wrath more of a punk industrial feel with lots of overdriven everything. Slug(Sloth) slow plodding and evil trying to take you down to the abyss.
The Pocket Gods – 100X30 The Future Of Music
Mark Lee , Noel Story, Simon Herries, Scott Ottawat, Bill Johnson and Guests
All of the songs on here are 30 seconds long and there are one hundred songs in all. A strange almost improvised jazz meets improvised prog style this is very eclectic and not for most people.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
See, I totally love this. Forget spending a ton of money on meaningless expensive crap, Dirt Eater just want to get their scuzzy punk diatribes out there. A plain brown genric cover with some nicely placed stickers of band logo (front cover) and band photos (back cover) are all that's needed. Toss in some copied insert and we're set. That's DIY to the nth degree and massive respect.
Fortunately, the songs make even this amount of effort worthwhile. A brand of desert scuzzy, cactus fuzz punk and roll. Kinda reminds me of the dry and crusty rock of John Wilkes Booth (wonder if they're still around? ) Each song is a quasi-hardcore burst of pure adrenaline, bare melodies, a chaos of drums and scuzz, lots of scuzz. But what else would you expect from a band named Dirt Eater.
Looks like the vinyl is a compilation of the two ep's available on their bandcamp, which is a cool sampling of their dusty grooves. Particularly dig their dried-to-the-bone version of UFO's "Prince Kajuku". Nicely done.
The best thing I've ever heard? No, of course not, but fun and real. Definitely one to help support.
Deville are not new, having been on the scene for some time now, but they are new to me. And from now on, I can say, they're well known and shall forever be known to me. Originally released back in 2013, Scott was kind enough to drop this into my package when I stopped by to pick up the Lord Fowl album. Since I'd heard of the band, but couldn't remember actually ever hearing them, I wasted no time in diving right in.
What we got here is some pure, kick-ass rawk and roll, with simply killer riffs, driving rhythm and melodies meaty enough to really sink your teeth into. Combine all that goodness with some fierce guitar work and vocals that are clean, but throaty enough to hold muscle and we got all the makings of a power rock record. Won't go into the individual tracks here, but they're all simply corkers. I won't call this stoner rock, even though there is enough fuzz on the songs to make a thousand bed comforters. It's simply high-octane, guitar mad rock. Some people will throw out names like Kyuss or the Foo Fighters. I'll simply turn the album over and spin it again.
Do yourself a favor, stop over at Small Stone Records and check em out for yourself.
Monday, January 15, 2018
They first formed in Donetsk, Ukraine in 2011, and almost three years ago, they were forced to leave their home city by the war and venture forth in search of a new home. They state that, “it's a new page in our music. It's a new vision of our band.”
I don’t know what vision it is that they have, but I like where they are going with it. The mix of psych/stoner rock just grabs you as soon as you hit play. The swirling sounds, the pounding drums, the thick, but intricate bass, the excellent guitar playing and the blistering vocals made this a song that you will want to hear again and again. The song is catchy, a glorious morass that will engulf your ears and fill them with the glory of a band that is at the top of their game.
With just one song to go on, this is a fantastic journey for the band that the listener can’t help but get pulled along for the ride, and what a ride it is. Grab a bag of your fav snack food and let them take you away.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
"...Holy Grove are heavier than a plutonium whale but much friskier. Think Grand Funk, think Sabbath, think Blue Cheer, think great big riffs that stomp and thunder and terrify the pets." -Classic Rock Magazine
Atmospheric doom rockers, Holy Grove has signed with Ripple Music for the North American release of their debut album and a follow-up album due later in 2018.
The Portland-based group, released their debut via Heavy Psych Sounds, which hit the European fans in 2016 full of right-on riffs, belted-out hooks and weighted nodding groove. They then hit the road with massive West Coast and East Coast tours, took over Europe alongside future Ripple labelmates Gozu and stormed the stage in the company of Uli Jon Roth, The Obsessed, Jucifer, Lord Dying, Yob, Witch Mountain, as well as festivals like Psycho Las Vegas, Hoverfest I and II, Ceremony of Sludge, PDXPOPNOW, and California's inaugural EPICENTER festival (w/ High on Fire, Big Business, and more
Now, Ripple Music is thrilled to offer the first North American Edition of the debut album, bringing their thick tones and masterful vocals to an eager American audience. The Ripple edition of the album will be available on exclusive, limited edition multicolored vinyl, black vinyl, CD and digital. Further, the band is back and hard at work on their follow up album to be released by Ripple later in 2018.
About the debut album, The Obelisk raved, "Portland, Oregonian four-piece Holy Grove have been one of their home city’s most eagerly anticipated bands for the last couple years, managing to stand themselves out from a crowded scene even before they really got around to putting out music. To wit, their self-titled debut arrives with stunning cover artwork by Adam Burke and rolls out massive, Billy Anderson-tracked grooves."
A uniquely gifted band with a singular, solitary sound, Holy Grove plays doom with all its passion and might. Holy Grove want it heavy -- gravitationally, crushingly heavy – but big and warm, never coldly metallic. Holy Grove songs are heavy with feeling, heavy with conquering power, and beautifully heavy of heart. Actual songs too, woven through with hooks and choruses and crafted with equal inspiration from fantasy and reality in the tradition of the great anthemic riff rockers of yore. Above all, the band has the ability to stun first-time listeners with the utter power of its massive groove, with it's masterful vocals, intense riffing, and powerful rhythm section.
More info on Holy Grove and the as-yet-untitled follow-up LP will be announced soon. Stay tuned to Ripple Music Website for breaking news or the Ripple Music Facebook and Bandcamp.
"Onstage energy is not a problem for locals Holy Grove. Vocalist Andrea Vidal grabs the microphone and steals the crowd’s collective heart with her enthusiasm and total commitment to the moment. With rich, deep tones oozing off the stage and hair flying, the band flays the crowd wide open, exposing their riff-rock-loving guts. Songs like “Huntress” and “Hanged Man” are terrific examples of Holy Grove’s sound, which is a stew of riffs and rhythms that would fit well on a shelf next to some old Man’s Ruin label releases. Vidal seems born to rouse the crowd, and her vocals are belted out in the same fashion, while bassist Gregg and guitarist Trent splash sweat, wah, and fuzz all over the audience. Holy Grove end their set with “Nix”, leaving the growing crowd cheering."
"Holy Grove’s first doomy foray is an undeniably solid and considered effort. The enigmatic lyrics of leading enchantress combined with the persistence of the power trio prove equally deadly as they are absorbing. It wouldn’t be imprudent to expect the band's songwriting skill to take them to great places, becasue this debut undoubtedly holds its own, but they are more than capable of translating their stirring vision even further still."