Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Xroadie Files


Revbjelde – Severance
Mordecai Smyth – Mellotron, Andy Prince – Chapman Stick, Guest Musicians

Severance slow melodic sounds that just seem to work their way into your psyche and take you for a strange trip.  Voices From The Sea drifting along the open ocean just watching the waves crash against your boat and relaxing.  Bride of Litton Cheney improvised jazz meets prog rock with some interesting sounds.


Tribulation – Down Below
Johannes Andersson – Vocals/Bass, Adam Zaars – Guitar, Jonathan Hulten – Guitar,
Oscar Leander – Drums

The Lament emotional acoustic guitar that slowly builds to an epic death metal song.  Night Bound more classical acoustic then an excellent beat kicks in that just makes you fist pump with dark deep growling vocals.  Lady Death sounds of wind then a solid metal beat and demonic vocals.  Subterranea has a very catchy riff and melody that just stays with you for days.  Purgatorio evil sounds and envelopes you with melancholy guitar.  Cries From The Underworld keyboards then guitar riffs and an excellent drum bass riff kicks in to make you stand up and take notice.  Lacrimosa fast heavy in your face metal with death style vocals.  The World a child’s music box then swirling keyboards along with a solid heavy beat that makes you want to head bang.  Here Be Dragons stand up fist in the air and bang your head to this metal onslaught.


Us And Them – From The Corner Of My Eye
From The Corner Of My Eye melodic prog rock with lots of great musicianship and soaring vocals.  The Iron Maiden take a trip back in time to merry old England and drift thru the woods listening to some Celtic melodies.  When Life Begins slow melodies surround you and just make you drift away to a simpler time and place.  All The Mad Men swirling keyboards Celtic guitar riffs and a great song to just kick back close your eyes and drift along with.


Adam Wolf – Songs I/II
Adam Wolinskys – Vocals/Instruments

New light Walking slow melodic guitar and soft beats of drums with emotional folk style vocals.  Rooted sit back and drift along to the mellow sounds and vocals.  Not The Light has a country sort of feel to the music with lots of emotion.  Wait Up sitting in a seedy back room club listening to the band play soft music and just drinking slowly to it.  Voyeur nice melodic music to just sit back close your eyes to and enjoy.


Windhand – Satan’s Satyrs – Split EP
Windhand -  Dorthia Cottrell – Vocals, Asechiah Bogdan – Guitar, Garrett Morris – Guitar, Parker Chandler – Bass, Ryan Wolfe – Drums

Old Evil overdriven fuzz guitars slow and steady a slow rhythm and melodic vocals.  Three Sisters sneaks up on you creeping with a great bass line then overdriven guitars and eerie vocals.

Satan’s Satyrs   -  Clayton Burgess – Bass/Vocals, Jarrett Nettnin – Guitar, Nate towel – Guitar, Stephen Fairfield – Drums

Alucard heavy mid-tempo Sabbath style riffs and beats with some interesting vocals and great guitar work.  Succubus fist pounding beats heavy riffs and vocals that are strange but good at the same time.  Aint That Lovin You Baby go back to the time of stoner rock garage bands that were excellent to just kick back and jam to. 


-Xroadie

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ramonda Hammer - Destroyers EP


Well hello there waveriders!  Pull up a chair, sit on the ground, stand still for a second, whatever makes you comfortable because I've got a real standout release to discuss with you today.  My friends, when I heard the Destroyers EP from Ramonda Hammer it straight up knocked me for a loop!  It is my opinion that these tunes might produce the same effect when passing through your eardrums.  Allow me to explain.

While I am a child of the 1980s I began paying closer attention to music during the 1990s when grunge reigned supreme.  Listening to the radio back then heavily influenced my musical taste.  When I hear new music that hearkens back to those days long gone I can't help but be interested.  When that new music happens to be good...well, I'm a happy man.  Enter Ramonda Hammer.

According to their bio RH is "a Los Angeles grunge band".  Yeah, that fits.  Pretty straightforward description, but there are two elements that help set RH apart.  First, they don't sound derivative.  Listening to these five songs my mind never wanders towards making direct comparisons between RH and the radio hits of my youth.  Second, and most importantly, band leader/lead singer Devin Davis has an unbelievably powerful voice!  Seriously, when the songs demand it her voice goes to 11.  Also, the emotion she conveys is absolutely spellbinding!

All five songs that make up the Destroyers EP rock.  Title track "Destroyers" perfectly sets the mood.  "Bender" is my favorite song on offer thanks to it's galloping instrumentation and infectious melody.  "Too Much Too Recently" perfectly defines melancholy.  "Care 2 Slam" caustically rips and tears through it's three minute runtime, and EP closer "Same Thing" approaches critical mass each time the chorus hits.

Waveriders if you have an itch for 1990s rock music that needs scratching, or if you want to hear an incredibly emotive lead vocalist look no further than Ramonda Hammer and their fantastic Destroyers EP.

-Penfold

Monday, July 16, 2018

WINDHAND: Announce North American Fall Tour; Unveil Artwork & Teaser For New Album 'Eternal Return'




Artwork By Arik Roper


Today Virginia's heavy psychedelic quartet WINDHAND have announced a full fall North American tour with Satan's Satyrs and give us a glimpse of what's to come on their forthcoming album, Eternal Return, coming October 5th on Relapse.


Eternal Return represents a new era for the group, a chrysalis moment that takes them to new and unforeseen heights. Once again the band have joined forces with producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden) with vivid artwork by Arik Roper (Sleep, High on Fire). Equally informed by heavy, fuzzed-out psych along with the iconic grunge / alternative groups of the 90s, WINDHAND have crafted a record brilliant in scope, powerful in execution, and perfect for an era of increasingly blurry yet still heavy borders.

Check below for a full list of dates, tour poster and stay tuned for more. Listen to WINDHAND's full discography via Bandcamp.

WINDHAND LIVE DATES:

07/29: Chicago, IL - Wicker Park Fest
10/08: Atlanta, GA - The Earl #
10/09: New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa #
10/10: Houston TX - White Oak Music Hall #
10/11: Dallas, TX - Club Dada #
10/12: Austin, TX - Barracuda #
10/14: Albuquerque, NM - Sister #
10/15: Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar #
10/16: Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre #
10/17: Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club #
10/19: Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre #
10/20: Vancouver, BC - Venue #
10/21: Seattle, WA - Neumos #
10/23: Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge #
10/24: Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room #
11/01: Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts #
11/02: Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere #
11/03: Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall #
11/04: Montreal, QC - Le Belmont #
11/05: Toronto, ON - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern #
11/07: Chicago, IL - Subterranean #
11/08: Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe #
11/09: Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club #
11/10: Indianapolis, IN - The Hi-Fi #
11/11: Nashville, TN - The Basement East #
11/12: Louisville, KY - Zanzabar #
11/13: Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups #

# - w/ Satan's Satyrs

OFFICIAL LINKS:
 

WINDHAND OFFICIAL
WINDHAND ON FACEBOOK
WINDHAND BANDCAMP
WINDHAND ON INSTAGRAM

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 www.ridingeasyrecs.com and digital at blackwaterholylight.bandcamp.com.


BLACKWATER HOLYLIGHT LIVE:
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

PALLBEARER ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, PREMIERE MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘THORNS’



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: https://youtu.be/ooKeykeDsHQ

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. 


PALLBEARER, ON TOUR:
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.”
CLASSIC ROCK

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

“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.”
METALSUCKS

“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.”
TERRORIZER MAGAZINE

“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.”
INVISIBLE ORANGES

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


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