Way back in Episode 2, I mentioned that the Indianapolis Metal Fest II was scheduled for September 26th and 27th and hosted by the one and only, Mistress Juliya. Nothing’s changed there, but what has changed is that the line up for this event is now public knowledge and I want all of the headbangin’, mosh happy Waveriders to take note that this will be the metal event of 2008. There are a ton of outstanding acts performing at this festival, and the ones that have peaked my interest are Dew Scented, Divine Heresy, Ekotren, and Skeletonwitch. To get the full who’s who performing, go to www.myspace.com/indymetalfest and see for yourselves. You don’t want to miss it. I don’t want to miss it. So, if you see some bald curmudgeonly guy standing on the road with a cardboard sign with “Indy Metal Fest” scrawled upon it, be a pal . . . pull over and give him a lift.
Speaking of Skeletonwitch (did I mention I love these guys?) they’re going to be a part of Danzing’s Blackest of the Black Tour, which features, uh, . . . Danzig, Dimmu Borgir, Moonspell, and a cast of thousands. And, if you haven’t picked up Beyond the Permafrost yet, get a leg up on your friends and swing by Prosthetic Records, http://www.prostheticrecords.com,and/ get yourself a copy. If you didn’t read the Prosthetic Aesthetic, Episode 1, Skeltonwitch incorporate high tempo death metal soundings with the dual guitar harmonies of early Iron Maiden. Envision the soundtrack to Viking pillaging and Beyond the Permafrost is it. www.myspace.com/skeletonwitch
Dream Aria have a new album that’s available called Transcend. The sample tracks on their page sound even more epic and uplifting than that of In The Wake, if that’s even possible. My eyes rolled back into my head when I heard the guitar work with it’s middle eastern themes on the title track. Are we excited? Does a bear shit in the woods? Well . . . I guess a polar bear doesn’t, but you get the idea. We're excited . . . you should be too! Stop by and drop them a line. www.myspace.com/dreamariacanada
I had a dream last night. It went something like this . . . I hopped in my Popemobile and drove to Norway. Yep. Drove to Norway . . . from California. I think there was something about moving the Ripple offices to Norway, but then I remembered that we were moving our offices to Sweden. Man, was I confused. So, I parked the Popemobile and went to a Domino’s Pizza joint, (Apparently driving from California to Norway in six hours works up a hearty appetite) but I was turned away because it was nearing 6:00 p.m. It was a dream . . . it doesn’t have to make sense. Well, since I’m yammering on about Norway, I might as well tell you the news of Norwegian thrash metallers, Susperia. They are in pre-production for the follow up of 2007’s, Cut From Stone. They’re taking a bit of break from recording in August to play the XV Revoltallo Festival is Spain and Metal Rock Festival in Norway. So, keep your eyes and ears open for that one. Ah hell, just keep it tuned here. We’ll tell ya’ what’s up. www.myspace.com/susperiafans
Everyone's favorite alt country/indie artists, Calexico, are due to release their new albums, Carried to Dust, and are making a sneak peak available of their newest track. Give it a spin and lose yourself in a strange and beautiful land. In their music, you'll find strains of folk, rock, jazz, flamenco, Mexican folk and the softness of the desert sands at night, all wrapped up in one irresistible burrito of sound. You'll be hard pressed to ever find another band that sounds like these guys. Check them out at: www.myspace.com/casadecalexico and find the new track just waiting for your hungry ears at the link below. http://www.touchandgorecords.com/calexicostream/Two_Silver_Trees.mp3
To wrap things up this month, we have some news from our own front. No . . . we’re not truly moving to Sweden . . . yet. The Ripple Effect is all about the music, right? Well, reading about it one thing, and it’s fun to sit here and write our thoughts and feelings on the music that we’re experiencing. But, music is the art of sound. So, what better way to share the music that we love than by putting over the airwaves for you to hear. On July 16th, The Ripple Effect went live on the air with The Ripple Effect Radio Show. Racer and I had the opportunity to play some of our favorite tracks from the bands that we’ve reviewed over the past eight months or so. Originally slated as a one hour show, we quickly realized, that’s just not enough time to get the music out there . . . so we’ve already boosted the show up to a two hour gig. We’ll be broadcasting again in early August, and of course, we’ll keep all of you Waveriders abreast of the times and places. So, with that being said, we need to get back into our cache of songs and begin compiling the next show. Until next month, keep digging . . . you never know what you’ll unearth. - Pope JTE
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