Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mad Season - Above



We’ve enough books looking back on the Merseybeat scene trying, with things safely decades in the past, to put together the confluence of influences that makes great music scenes happen. And, Cameron Crowe’s “Singles” aside, we’ve started to look back to Seattle, circa 1990 or so, and try to make oh so much sense out of an albino, my libido, and the rise and demise of Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Mudhoney, Alice in Chains and that other power trio.

30 years later, my personal favorites are the two jam pieces: Temple of the Dog, and, today’s badass subject, Mad Season. Overlooked in too many ways: too bluesy, too self-indulgent, too noodle. And I’m here to tell you it’s all bullshit. It’s one of the best, honest recordings to come out of Seattle, different musical styles bashing up against each other in all the right ways, recorded too fast for people to be self-conscious about what they were laying down on tape. After a first gig in October of 1994, they had a full album out by March of ’95.

Powered by bassist John Baker Saunders, whose blues background would lend a different feel to the album, and drummer Barrett Martin, there are different pauses in the rhythm section, the drums more underplayed, which makes it all the more stunning when McCready’s black Les Paul starts to soar over the top, or when the multi-tracked Layne Staleys start to harmonize in a chorus ripped from the depths of his encroaching drug addiction.

From the minute the needle drops into the groove, and the bass notes of “Wake Up” hit the subwoofer, you realize that this is a band cut from a different cloth. Willing to sit back and let things develop and build under their own steam, McCready’s chords finding interesting cracks in the songs, letting Layne’s voice stand alone, not mixed with Jerry Cantrell’s, letting the blues bass carry melody and fill space before the Les Paul comes in to drive the song home.

“River of Deceit” won some air play back in ’95, but if you bought the album for the quiet strummed song, with its gently insistent chorus, you’d be in for a surprise when “X-Ray Mind” starts in. Tribal drumming (owing more to Stephen Perkins) builds to a rolling bass line, shimmering sheets of sparse guitar chords behind Staley’s voice, a riff that was a left over from Jimmy Page, beautifully arranged so that when the chorus hits, it lifts you to another place, another time. Leaving behind the need to have multiple guitars in the band, McCready’s work here is both sparser and more inventive than his work with Pearl Jam.

“I’m Above” fulfills the promise of that black Les Paul, hitting a heavy blues opening similar to Zeppelin’s Rover, and then it backs down, and softens the mood, giving full voice to Layne’s lyrics:
Try to keep bad blood in the past
Never thought a chance, a chance it would last
I have strength enough, enough to forgive
I desire peace where I live
I've been blessed with eyes to see this
Behind the unwhole truth you hide
Bite to remind the bitten, bigger
Mouth repaying tenfold wide

But the chorus has a different story to tell, the guitars cranking up, Layne’s voice more buried in the mix, pulled back into the band, rather than riding on top. A similar story is told in “Artificial Red”, a blues jam that Alice in Chains would never have even tried. This could have been on Jeff Beck’s Truth album except its too loose, too loud, and too raw. It’s the House of the Rising Sun, and the call and response of the vocals and the guitar harken back to older days before McCready solos into the atmosphere for a short spin.

“Lifeless Dead” is one of the standout tracks that recalls the best of Alice in Chains mixed with Led Zeppelin, the minor key vocals, full drums that power the modal guitar riff that drives this song, and McCready’s guitar riding on top in the very best ways that Page used to. The production stands out because no matter how loud you turn this one up, you can hear everything. And it sounds better the louder it gets.

And you’ll want to leave the volume up for “November Hotel”, a staggering 7 minute jam of power house drumming, soloing guitar and thundering bass that leaves you exhausted and breathless ready for the church hymnal that is the closing track on the original LP “All Alone”. While the album opened with “Wake Up”, Layne’s haunting singing on this, along with the soft percussion and keys, takes on a life of its own.

Or, it simply takes a life. The Seattle rock and roll lifestyle would take bassist Saunders in ’99, and Staley just a few years later. And if you’re just coming to this album, there is no way to not hear the echoes of a life to short. Not only can we hear the ending of Layne’s life here in his lyrics, but his girlfriend Demri Parott would die of an overdose in October on 1996, adding one more layer to the profound level of loss that surrounded the band.

There is now a deluxe edition the completes the set, giving us the final four songs recorded by the band, with Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanagan sitting in for Layne, as well as finally putting to vinyl Live at the Moore, a concert by Mad Season that has been available on VHS for a number of years. The final songs are a curiosity, and not bad, but they add nothing to the original album. Live at the Moore is a great show, and well worth listening to. As always, it’s a treat to hear a young band be able to bring it live and sound great doing it. For all the people who had the VHS and always wanted a serious audio copy to play, this release is a welcome one. The videos are freely available on youtube as well. 

- The Rock Iguana

Monday, June 29, 2015

DEMONICAL and HYPOTHERMIA to headline Sick Midsummer Festival; chance to win tickets


Swedish old-school death metal tyrants, DEMONICAL, along with post rock / black metal wanderers and countrymen, HYPOTHERMIA, are going to headline Sick Midsummer Festival in scenic Bäckerberg/ Scharnstein (upper Austria), on July the 4th.

In connection with this event, memebers of DEMONICAL have recorded a short video, in which they are offering a chance to win tickets for the festival. The clip can be watched at this location:

http://youtu.be/y4Zi7zqXmek

The winners will be announced on Monday, June 29th.

Both band's are planning to perform tracks from their recent releases ("Black Flesh Redemption" by Demonical and "Svartkonst" by Hypothermia) along with some classic material from previous albums.

For more informaction on Sick Midsummer Festival visit:
Website: http://www.sick-midsummer.at/
Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1552823281667640/

DEMONICAL on-line:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/demonicalofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/demonicalband
Youtube: www.youtube.com/demonicalofficial
Instagram: www.instagram.com/demonicalofficial
Website: www.demonical.net
Merchandise: www.demonicalmerch.net
Liveblog : www.demonicalofficial.blogspot.se

HYPOTHERMIA:
https://www.facebook.com/Vemodsorkestern
http://www.unjoy.com/

Agonia Records:
Website: http://agoniarecords.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/agoniarecords
Twitter: https://twitter.com/agoniarecords
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/agoniarecords
YouTube: http://youtube.com/AgoniaRec

Vaee Solis Set Release Date For Signal Rex Debut, Premiere Teaser Video


Portuguese black/doom/sludge warlords Vaee Solis are set to release their debut album, Adversarial Light, on August 21st via Signal Rex and Mordgrimm. At six staggeringly monolithic tracks,Adversarial Light is aptly titled. Vaee Solis is a band that approximate Morrigan's martial howling, invoking the liberation and illumination of the eternal night, represented in Scandinavian traditions by Ragnarok. Its sun is the polar Black Sun that shines brightly like a diamond on Lucifer's forehead: such is the sound of Adversarial Light. Frontwoman Sophia's voice is, therefore, a hoarse and inflamed appeal to all human beings - slaves of the heavy, forgetful slumber to which they've been condemned by post-industrial society - to rise like titans from their nocturnal awakening. Lamia's apotropaic shriek, lined by melancholic yet intensely melodic bards provided in the shadows with long and phallic guitars, takes away all fear of the inertia of merely being human. Then, ancient and atavistic memories rise again, stealthily like wolves, coming from the visceral core of ourselves, inflaming our blood and hardening our muscles. Only then the awakening comes, and in the eternal night, bathed in Adversarial LightVaee Solis make us remember that we indeed are gods.
 
Initially released on cassette format through Signal Rex and Degradagem, Adversarial Light sold out its initial run of 100 copies within one month of release. Now, Signal Rex and Mordgrimm will be co-releasing the album on limited digipack CD, with a vinyl version to follow by early 2016. Vaee Solis have already preformed several shows, supporting such acts as Acid King, and taking part in one of the most eclectic festivals in Portugal, the Santa Maria Summer Fest. The band have several upcoming shows, including de OMG Fest and an album-release show alongside Corpus Christii, both in September/October 2015. A Vimeo teaser can be found HERE. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Vaee Solis' Adversarial Light
1. Saturn's Storm
2. Adversarial Light
3. Ennoia
4. Feral Isolation
5. Libra
6. Cosmocrat
 
 
MORE INFO
 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Reverie Set Release Date For Invictus Debut


Much like they'e done with Malthusian, ZOM, and Antiversum among others, Invictus Productions is proud to present the debut album of a new band who'll soon be spoken of far and wide: Denmark's Reverie and their Bliss debut, set for international release on July 17th. The band's odd choice of the moniker Reverie speaks volumes about their singular, idiosyncratic songcraft, and the title Bliss even more so. Far from "tech" death metal and yet also realms removed from "epic metal" cliche, the nine songs across Bliss burst into being and then billow into myriad, mesmerizing shapes. The rush in which Reverie play is exciting, urgent, fiery beyond compare; not yet age 20, each member's abundant energy shines through. But despite their collectively young years, Reverie have already absorbed an ageless wisdom in their songwriting, layering nuance upon nuance, detail upon detail, whilst ever mindful of a sharp, scintillating hook. It's a sound that stacks up well alongside other young mavericks like Morbus Chron and especially Tribulation, for whom Invictus released the transitional landmark The Formulas of Death, but Reverie well and truly have nailed down their own sound with Bliss. The bandwagon begins now, and Bliss is the first ride into the unknown... Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Reverie's Bliss
1. Dust And Dirt
2. Fall Apart
3. Bliss
4. Blood In The Sea
5. Gennem Dine Ar
6. First Reverie
7. Circles
8. From Sea To Shore
9. Blind At Heart
 

PopMatters Streams Dreadnought's Glittering New Single, "Odyssey"


Anticipation has been high for Dreadnought's sophomore album, Bridging Realms, since the first single "Transpiration" emerged on Terrorizer a few weeks ago. And bridge realms they have indeed: The Denver-based progressive/black/folk metal quartet has united fans of prog, metal, pop and doom across the board in appreciation for this twinkling masterpiece of a record, which comes out August 11 via Sailor Records. Today, PopMatters has premiered the second single from the album, the epic, 14-minute track aptly titled "Odyssey," along with a writeup which calls them "a collision between Comus and Agalloch," and insists they are not to be missed.


Hear Dreadnought's "Odyssey" at
THIS LOCATION.


***Preorders for Bridging Realms digital download, CD or gatefold double LP can be found RIGHT HERE.***

Track Listing:

1. Ode To Ether
2. Odyssey (LISTEN)
3. Minuet De Lune
4. Transpiration (LISTEN)
5. Bridging Realms


Dreadnought of Denver, Colorado finds a home in surreal atmospheres, complex, yet approachable grooves, and an immense palette of textures and moods. Collaboration and the highest quality of friendship have fashioned this quartet's knack for contemplative songraft while also inspiring each member to bring their multi-instrumental talents to the foray, introducing mandolin, saxophone, and flute into their repertoire. Dual female vocals embellish the group's signature sound as a finishing touch. It's no wonder that this foundation allows for references to classic prog rock and funk, post rock, black metal, and Latin jazz without sacrificing a sonic imprint filled with spaciousness and ether.

Appropriately Dreadnought's lyrics capture this atmosphere with themes of the infinite and unknowable, reaching for the stars and into the depths of existence. Bridging Realms finds the band's potential truly realized, taking its sounds into strange, undiscovered, and delightful territory.
 
DREADNOUGHT is:
Kelly Schilling - Guitar, Flute, Clean and Harsh Vocals
Jordan Clancy - Drums, Alto/Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Handlon - Bass, Mandolin, Lyrics
Lauren Vieira - Keys, Clean Vocals

LINKS:
dreadnoughtdenver.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/dreadnoughtband
 
Contact email: southernxpr@gmail.com
 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sweat Lodge – Talismana

 



Ripple Music is pleased to announce the official release of Talismana, the long-awaited debut album from one of America’s most exciting and downright badass psychedelic metal bands, Sweat Lodge.”

Here is my take on the magnificent album. And boy is it a grower.

Talismana wastes no time in bringing the energy. The kind of recording that begs you to want to catch a live show. Opener 'Tramplifier', not only has an eerie ring to it, but will have your head bobbing within seconds with a circulating fuzz based riff leading into electrified vocals summoning forth all fans of Ozzy. 'Bed of Ashes' keeps the Sabbath buzz alive and brings a bit of funk to the upbeat bluesy party. Colorful drum blasts encapsulate the Lodge ringing with reverb and dripping with distortion.

To be honest I hadn't known of Sweat Lodge until the news of their signing with Ripple Music early in the year and was curious to see what the label had sniffed out. Turns out, Talismana stacks up with the best of the Ripple crew, who have been having a record year, pun intended. I am sweating with anticipation at news of the debut LP on limited vinyl releasing on August 7th. 

The album plays through rather quickly, and is just about the perfect length and a full therapeutic remedy for any situation, much like a sweat lodge. As the album continues the intensity builds and the rawk begins to roll, gaining momentum. 'Phoenix Ascent' exemplifies that statement with an intoxicating energy and hypnotic groove to die for. The title track 'Talismana', brings the psychedelic jams to the forefront throughout the middle of the song, weaving the echoed vocal cries in and out while the bass line smoothly purrs in the background.

'Boogie Bride', the longest song on the record, starts out a bit slow while the guitars gently slice the airwaves in 'Strangle Hold' fashion. In fact, I think that is a very apt comparison in that it has the spacey and groovy guitar lines with trippy vocal tones and killer solo breaks. 'Heavy Head' is indeed heavy and groovy whistling with spooky intentions followed by powerful fuzz riffs fronted by an exhilarating vocal sequence. ‘Banshee Call’ closes the record down much like a cigarette follows kinky sex, soothing, yet still buzzing with excitement. The Zeppelin-esque croons crawl along to the beat of a water bong, while the guitars inhale and exhale euphoric riffs of felicity. By the time the album is over its time to begin again with the repeat button, or better yet with the flip of the wax and drop of a needle come August 7th. Keep your eyes out for Sweat Lodge, as they have proven they can hang with the big dogs of the underground rock and roll. Thoroughly impressed with Talismana!! Pick up your copy via Ripple Music in August.

-The Huntsman

 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Mothership to release Mothership Live Over Freak Valley this November | Announce US dates for The Drunk As Sh*t Tour with Crobot and Wilson

Stream and share the live version of ‘Serpents Throne’ here – https://soundcloud.com/ripple-music/04-serpents-throne
 
“Such a killer find, man. Can’t wait to see them live!”
Dom Lawson, Metal Hammer

"They represent everything that is great with rock and roll from everything in the past, to everything in the future and everything in between. Mothership is the future of rock and roll. These guys are just going to keep getting bigger and bigger. You watch."
The Evil Engineer

After the rerelease of their momentous second album and a storming start to 2015, Mothership – the hard rocking supersonic/intergalactic Texan trio – are pleased to announce the arrival of Mothership Live Over Freak Valley this coming November on Ripple Music.

Recorded at their debut European appearance at the iconic German rock festival, brothers Kyle and Kelly Juett along with Judge Smith have captured their steaming hot stew of UFO and Iron Maiden inspired metal; southern Molly Hatchet and ZZ Top swagger, and deathly Sabbathian doom. A concoction that should by all accounts prove too heavy to handle on record, but as fans will soon discover, Mothership Live Over Freak Valley will deliver the filth and fury of the full Mothership live experience.

Since 2013 the band has travelled non-stop, playing live across the USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe; taking to festival stages, nightclubs, and under the sun at whatever motorcycle parties they could find. They are for all intents and purposes a heavy rock juggernaut that has only just begun to tear a hole in the cosmos. And guess what? They have no plans of slowing down for anyone.

Over the coming months Mothership also embark on The Drunk As Sh*t Tour with fellow rockers Crobot and Wilson where the band will have CDs of Mothership Live Over Freak Valley on sale ahead of its official vinyl release on Ripple Music at the end of the year. To catch them live and for the full list of dates see below, and to stream and share the live version of ‘Serpents Throne’ follow the link here – https://soundcloud.com/ripple-music/04-serpents-throne
 
Mothership Live:

10th July – Blue Fox Billiards, Winchester, VA

11th July – Ziggy's By The Sea, Wilmington, NC
14th July – Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park, NY

15th July – The Studio at Webster Hall, New York, NY

17th July – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA
18th July – The Met, Pawtucket, RI
19th July – The Lost Horizon, Syracuse, NY
21st July – The Outpost, Kent, OH
23rd July – Frankie's Inner-City, Toledo, OH

24th July – Cheers Pub - South Bend, IN

25th July – The Stache @ The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI

26th July – Alrosa Villa, Columbus, OH

28th July – Venue 3405, Joplin, MO

31st July – Q&Z Expo Center, Ringle, WI

1st August – Pov's 65, Spring Lake Park, MN
7th August – Bourbon Theatre, Lincoln, NE**
8th August – Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, CO**

9th August – The Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO**

18th August – Rockbar Theater, San Jose, CA**

** w. Crobot only
 
 
Mothership is Kelley Juett (guitars/vocals), Kyle Juett (bass/vocals) and Judge Smith (drums).

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Gorse – Twisting Nature

Life is full of accidents.  Some are big, most are small.  Sometimes they are unfortunate, like that time you were finally at the Motley Crue concert, and literally as you were stepping out of your car, you sharted yourself in a major way.  Like, your two options were to brave the venue restroom and try to clean yourself up, or spend the rest of the night knowing you can't sit down and everyone within a few feet of you is going to wonder what that smell is.

Then there are the happy accidents, like stumbling across a band and album you love.  Which is the case with me and this album.  I was searching for some music for my radio show and found this album because it happened to be free on Bandcamp.  I listened to it, and then I listened some more, and then just to make sure I got it right, I listened again.

Gorse are a little hard to pin down in terms of musical styles, and that is one of the things I like very much about them.  There are some lovely psychedelic tinges and twinges laced throughout their tunes.  There is some doom, things get a little stoner-ish due to the song lengths and the drone which they manage to get going on some of their songs.  There are all kinds of little flashes that put you in mind of another band or a certain song, but most of what they do is unique and definitely their own.  I like that they know what they are doing well enough that they can take different elements and make them totally their own.

Album opener “The Last Battle” starts things off with a free form feeling freakout that leaves you thinking that you have no idea what you are in for.  “Isandlwana” coalesces that freakout into a solid song that moves between light and heavy, with some nice groove in the heavy parts.  “Suspension of Belief” feels spacey and dreamy despite the heaviness that the band brings to the song.  “Tunnel Visions” is one of my favorites on the album.  There are some very cool psychedelic touches in this one, and there is more of a groove rather than a drone feel as well.  “Humpback” comes along and reverses that, with its repeating riff figures and hypnotic vocal lines.  It is easy to nod along with and get that feeling of drifting off and flowing with the music.  And then “Funeral Jazz” comes along to wrap things up, feeling slightly dirgey and definitely flowing freely like good jazz.  That's when you find yourself wanting to take the ride again, so you fire up the album for another listen.

Like all good albums, this one draws you in and captivates your pleasure centers.  It hits your brain in a way that makes you want to experience it over and over, and as you do so you notice new things in every song that make you listen more.  It's a wonderful listening experience that I would recommend to all of you. 

Oh and that Motley Crue story?  Totally wasn't me.

- ODIN

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Motor Sister - Ride


Today is a very special day waveriders!  No it's not my birthday.  What?  No, I'm not celebrating a promotion or engagement.  Listen, today is special because I get to discuss a new album that is directly tied to my favorite band, Mother Superior.  So grab a seat all of you true believers in the power of rock 'n' roll and let's talk about the album Ride from Motor Sister.

Wait a second Penfold.  You brought up Mother Superior and then immediately switched gears to Motor Sister.  What gives?  Excellent catch!  Motor Sister is essentially a new version of Mother Superior.  The band was created after Scott Ian told his wife Pearl Aday that he wanted to play guitar in Mother Superior for his 50th birthday.  It was to be a one-night deal where he would pick out his favorite MS songs and then play them at his birthday party. 

To facilitate this Pearl contacted Jim Wilson, the guitarist/lead singer/main man of Mother Superior with whom she had collaborated on her own records, and asked him if he would be willing to play these tunes again (MS broke up in the early 2000s).  He agreed and Scott Ian filled out the rest of the band by contacting Joey Vera and John Tempesta, both of whom were MS fans.  They rehearsed the day before the party and then played the show.  As you might imagine the small crowd in attendance was filled with some fairly influential people in the music business who were so enthused with the band's performance that the idea of recording was put forward.  Ride is the resultant album.

If you are a fan of classic hard rock like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Humble Pie, Cream, etc. and you have never heard of Mother Superior then prepare to have your brain rewire itself thanks to the sheer magnitude of righteousness possessed by this music.  I've been listening to the original versions of these twelve songs for years and they are just as powerful and rockin' now as they were when I first heard them years ago.  These songs have everything you want.  There is crazy playing, fantastic singing, incredible melodies, and riffs galore!  My only complaint is that I would have selected some other songs from the MS catalogue to be resurrected under the Motor Sister banner.  You know...MY personal favorites. 

Don't listen to my whining waveriders.  This is a prime example of how I simply cannot control the irrational fanboy inside of my head.  The bottom line is that Motor Sister should be celebrated around the rock loving world!  If like me you are a Mother Superior fan then you need to pick up a copy of Ride to hear these wonderful songs in a new light.  If on the other hand you've never heard of Mother Superior this is your chance to get in on the newly renovated ground floor of the Jim Wilson fan club.  I'm here to tell you that it is the place to be!

Long live Motor Sister!

- Penfold

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

In Case You Missed It...

Ripple Music Celebrates its Fifth Birthday this Month | Announces the release of free downloadable 5th Anniversary Sampler Download Ripple Music’s free 5th Anniversary Sampler here – https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/ripple-music-5-year-anniversary-compilation

This month marks a very special anniversary for the California-based independent record label Ripple Music, a venture kick started exactly half a decade ago by music-lovers and avid record collectors Todd Severin and John Rancik.

"From the beginning, we wanted to run Ripple differently than other labels,” explains Severin. “The music business was already in the beginnings of a transformation and we wanted to help drive a stake through the heart of the old ‘greedy, controlling’ record label. Ripple Music has always been a true partnership between label and band, two forces working hard together to release the best heavy music we can.”

In 2007, with their feet planted firmly in the field of music journalism and a website called The Ripple Effect - set up by both Severin (a former radio DJ) and Rancik (former lead singer of San Diego punk/metal band Blind Justice) - the pair became indebted to all things rock and dedicated to uncovering what they believed at the time was quite simply, "The Best Music You're Not Listening To.” Praised by the likes of Guitar World Magazine, as one of the top music sites around it wasn’t long before their venture grew to incorporate a record label in 2010, after they were approached by legendary proto-metallers JPT Scare Band who wanted to release several previously unheard tracks from their archives.

"I'd gotten to know JPT Scare Band, after writing a review of their compilation Sleeping Sickness. One thing led to another and before I knew it I was holding in my hands a series of fully mastered unreleased recordings by the band with the mandate to ‘put them out.’ With that not-so-gentle nudge, Ripple Music the record label was born,” says Todd.

Since the release of JPT Scare Band’s Acid Blues Is The White Man’s Burden, and a second reissue released that same year (the 1972 album Let Me In by the cult band Poobah) the label has unearthed music of the highest order by some of the scene’s best and brightest in the world of heavy rock, psych, metal, proto-metal and doom. Mos Generator, Mothership, Stubb, Iron Claw, Trucker Diablo, Grifter, White Dynomite, Leaf Hound; this year alone has already seen critically acclaimed releases from Switchblade Jesus, Geezer, Space Probe Taurus and Ape Machine, and with highly anticipated albums on the horizon from DoctoR DooM and Sweat Lodge the label is showing absolutely no signs of slowing.

“Bands retain all rights to their own music and Ripple does it's best to get that music heard around the world,” explains Todd. “We've even partnered with other, like-minded labels to co-release certain albums, anything we can do to create awareness and availability for the music. A labor of love to be sure, but a love we’d feel lost without.”

To celebrate their anniversary, the label has compiled a special free 5th Anniversary Sampler, downloadable directly from their Bandcamp page for those keen on delving into the label’s history, and inspired to hear its future. Visit Ripple Music’s Bandcamp page to download the compilation in full here https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/ripple-music-5-year-anniversary-compilation

Track Listing:

1. Devil To Pay – ‘Ten Lizardmen & One’
2. DoctoR DooM – ‘Relax, You’re Dead’
3. Mos Generator – ‘Lonely One Kenobi’
4. Ape Machine – ‘Angry Man’
5. Grifter – ‘Princess Leia’
6. Mothership – ‘City Lights’
7. Earthen Grave – ‘Death Is Another Word’
8. Trucker Diablo – ‘Red Light On’
9. CFA – ‘Built Up, Knocked Down’
10. Stubb – ‘Under A Spell’
11. Volume IV – ‘In The Land Of The Blind One-Eyed Man Is King’
12. Geezer – ‘Ancient Song’
13. Switchblade Jesus – ‘Bastard Son’
14. Space Probe Taurus – ‘Scorpio Queen’
15. JPT Scare Band – ‘Death Letter’
16. Poobah – ‘Bowleen (Radio Edit)’
17. Mighty High – ‘Chemical Warpigs’
18. Iron Claw – ‘What Love Left’
19. Stone Axe – ‘Old Soul’
20. Fen – ‘Miracle’
21. Leaf Hound – ‘Work My Body’
22. Weed Is Weed – ‘Weed Is Weed’
23. Modern Day Moonshine – ‘Expiration Date’
24. White Dynomite – ‘White Dynomite’

Austin psych rockers Sweat Lodge confirm release of debut album this August | Listen to their new, "surefire stoner anthem" ‘Slow Burn’

Talismana by Sweat Lodge will be released on 7th August 2015 on Ripple Music Stream and share 'Slow Burn' here – https://soundcloud.com/ripple-music/03-sweat-lodge-slow-burn/s-UloCP

“Roll one, light up, and do as Sweat Lodge would do: Burn it slow and take it in.”
Consequence of Sound
 
Ripple Music is pleased to announce the official release of Talismana, the long-awaited debut album from one of America’s most exciting and downright badass psychedelic metal bands, Sweat Lodge.

Charged by Consequence of Sound earlier this year with the task of turning in one of the ‘20 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2015,’ the Austin, TX outfit have made good on their promise with a record that delivers more than you could possibly ever ask from it. Pillaging and plundering some of the most explosive eras of hard rock, heavy psychedelia and proto-metal with a conviction and execution rarely found this side of the millennium, in short, Sweat Lodge’s potential is one that knows no bounds.

Seizing on the southern grooves of Fu Manchu, Saint Vitus and the blues-driven majesty of 70s legends Mountain and fellow Texans ZZ Top, across Talismana – riff after punishing riff, howl after soulful howl – the vintage sound of rock ‘n’ roll reigns supreme, sparked through an engine of uncompromising youth. As anyone who witnessed the band’s debut TV appearance on Last Call With Carson Daly in March will testify, charismatic front man and vocalist Cody Lee Johnston’s ability to bring it on home is hypnotic. Backed by the gnarled bass fuzz of Austin Shockley, the Bonham-esque drum play of Caleb Dawson and guitar interplay of Javier Gardea and Dustin Anderson, the band will be unstoppable in 2015 and Talismana an essential record for fans of the genre.

Talismana by Sweat Lodge will be released on 7th August on Ripple Music
Sweat Lodge:

Cody Lee Johnston (Vocals)
Caleb Dawson (Drums)
Javier Gardea (Guitars)
Austin Shockley (Bass)
Dustin Anderson (Guitar)
Sweat Lodge on Facebook | Bandcamp

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Ripple Conversation With Don Carr




A while back I reviewed all five albums that local Nashville heavy hitters Noisecult have released so far. They are a band I have been fortunate to see quite a few times since moving to Tennessee from Maryland. Apart from being a great metal band, they are one of only a few local acts that rocks my world. Not long after the review was published I had the honour of meeting up with the band's founder and main man, Don Carr, for a chat about his band and music in general.

Don, tell me how Noisecult started?

"The band started out as a college project back in the mid 90's under the name One From None. In 2003 Bo Heyward [long time Noisecult singer] and I decided to kick start the band again for fun, using a couple of songs from One From None and build from there."

When you and Bo got the band going again, did you have a master plan. And if so has that changed throughout the years?

"At first it was to write some more songs and play a few shows. I ended up becoming the main songwriter and kept at it until we had enough to make a cd. From that point on I pushed the band forward to do as much as we could on our own. It lead to great things but eventually some band members couldn't commit a certain time and work level to the band. My goal has reached a point where I would like for us to continue to write our own music, record albums and to play in front of as many people as possible."

You are the only original member left, and have seen a few members come and go, Don. How has this affected the band and have you ever thought of shutting down Noisecult?

"It's usually a downer when someone leaves the group, there is no question about that. I've been doing this under the Nosiecult name for almost 12 years, and there seem to be a stability of 2 to 3 years tops before someone has to move on. It is hard to do this with the age of the guys in our band. People have jobs, families etc and two guys had to move out of state. Despite all these changes, we are still in touch with most of the former band members whom, to me, remain a part of our cult. Take Matt for instance. He helps out producing and mixing our albums to this day and he even tracks drums on some songs, when need be. Sean [Kay, bass guitar] has been with me since 2008 and to me he is an original member, considering how long he has been part of what the band does, and for the amount of input and creativity he brings. I have other projects I play in that are a bit different from Noisecult, as does Sean. But whether we write songs together for Noisecult, or someone else's project, it still sounds like Noisecult. That is what comes out of me naturally, be it music or lyrics. It's hard to shut that down if I wanted to. So the quick answer after all that is...No I've never thought of shutting the band down hahahaha."

How do you keep yourself motivated?

"Sometimes it is harder than other days. I do really enjoy coming up with songs, be it the riffs, lyrics or a story idea, whatever...that is the most fun on a single level, more so than say practicing scales. Then, there is nothing like jamming with the whole band. Hearing and grooving to something you all put together is really the best part. Another motivational part is hooking up with the guy who helps out a lot with artwork for the CDs, videos and the webpage. I really dig doing that kind of work."

What bands and what styles are inspirational for Noisecult?

"There are so many bands that I love, that have been carved into my brain's musical undertone, so it's really hard to say. I think we're into the 1970's metal and stoner rock or sludge; bands like Motörhead, C.O.C., Orange Goblin, Black Sabbath. But I wouldn't limit us to that either as many of my personal favourites are AC/DC, Iggy, Black Flag, B.Ö.C., Deep Purple, Clutch, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Fear, Rush. There are so many to list, it would take up reams of paper to write them all down. But bits and pieces of all those years of music come out when you create songs. And Sean's without a doubt the most musically eclectic guy I know. He has a whole other world of sounds to draw upon."

What previous bands have you been in and recorded with?

"For me, not that many really. I was in a thrash band called Paramoure in the late 1980's, based out of southern Florida. We recorded one EP called 'For The Love Of Death'. It was fun and a learning experience. I then moved to Tennessee for school and eventually put together this band. I also played bass guitar in a fun band called The Creeping Cruds for about a year or so."

What are the current plans for Noisecult?

"To continue what Sean and I have been doing. What I mean is continue to write songs and get out there and play live. We are halfway through our next album, which I hope we can get completed with the right people and release it in late 2015."

What's your view on the music scene today compared to when you started?

"Well, compared to the 80's and early 90's, it's a huge difference. People actually came to local shows, because it was the thing to do to hear music and meet like minded people. There was also a lot less to compete with. Today you have so many things to fight against like the Internet, cable TV with hundreds of channels, movies and books on download demand at your fingertips. So much entertainment in such compact forms that you can take it with you at all times, or never have to leave your couch. Not only do people not feel like going to see shows, they don't buy records or hang out in guitar or music stores anymore, the places that built a scene and spread the word about bands and places to meet other fans in person. Look at the demise of record and book stores. The Internet is great and there are many more opportunities to record music and get it out to a larger audience. But many times it feels like you are a needle in a haystack, so to speak."

Noisecult clearly has it's own distinct sound, yet on each album you bring something slightly different. Even among individual tracks on any given album it occurs. Is that intentional or does it just happen?

"For me, apart from 'My War My Enemy', it isn't intentional. We have always just written what comes out[of us] and what we like. There are no real rules that says you can't have a song too punk, or too slow or one that sounds like another band etc. If we all like the song and it works for us, then we try it. On 'My War My Enemy' I tried to write a more raw rock'n'roll record like Iggy, AC/DC and The Ramones. We had songs like that already but when the actual writing process started for that one, I ended up penning more in this particular vein. Bo, who was singing at the time really liked it and said let's see if we can write more in that style. Sean joined about halfway through and brought some really good punk feel to some tunes. This is where he took over on bass guitar and it completely changed our writing in a really good and profound way".

- Swedebeast

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Ripple Music Celebrates its Fifth Birthday this Month | Announces the release of free downloadable 5th Anniversary Sampler


 Download Ripple Music’s free 5th Anniversary Sampler here –https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/ripple-music-5-year-anniversary-compilation

This month marks a very special anniversary for the California-based independent record label Ripple Music, a venture kick started exactly half a decade ago by music-lovers and avid record collectors Todd Severin and John Rancik.
 
"From the beginning, we wanted to run Ripple differently than other labels,” explains Severin. “The music business was already in the beginnings of a transformation and we wanted to help drive a stake through the heart of the old ‘greedy, controlling’ record label. Ripple Music has always been a true partnership between label and band, two forces working hard together to release the best heavy music we can.”
 
In 2007, with their feet planted firmly in the field of music journalism and a website called The Ripple Effect - set up by both Severin (a former radio DJ) and Rancik (former lead singer of San Diego punk/metal band Blind Justice) - the pair became indebted to all things rock and dedicated to uncovering what they believed at the time was quite simply, "The Best Music You're Not Listening To.” Praised by the likes of Guitar World Magazine, as one of the top music sites around it wasn’t long before their venture grew to incorporate a record label in 2010, after they were approached by legendary proto-metallers JPT Scare Band who wanted to release several previously unheard tracks from their archives.
 
"I'd gotten to know JPT Scare Band, after writing a review of their compilation Sleeping Sickness. One thing led to another and before I knew it I was holding in my hands a series of fully mastered unreleased recordings by the band with the mandate to ‘put them out.’ With that not-so-gentle nudge, Ripple Music the record label was born,” says Todd.
 
Since the release of JPT Scare Band’s Acid Blues Is The White Man’s Burden, and a second reissue released that same year (the 1972 album Let Me In by the cult band Poobah) the label has unearthed music of the highest order by some of the scene’s best and brightest in the world of heavy rock, psych, metal, proto-metal and doom. Mos Generator, Mothership, Stubb, Iron Claw, Trucker Diablo, Grifter, White Dynomite, Leaf Hound; this year alone has already seen critically acclaimed releases from Switchblade Jesus, Geezer, Space Probe Taurus and Ape Machine, and with highly anticipated albums on the horizon from DoctoR DooM and Sweat Lodge the label is showing absolutely no signs of slowing.
 
“Bands retain all rights to their own music and Ripple does it's best to get that music heard around the world,” explains Todd. “We've even partnered with other, like-minded labels to co-release certain albums, anything we can do to create awareness and availability for the music. A labor of love to be sure, but a love we’d feel lost without.”
 
To celebrate their anniversary, the label has compiled a special free 5th Anniversary Sampler, downloadable directly from their Bandcamp page for those keen on delving into the label’s history, and inspired to hear its future. Visit Ripple Music’s Bandcamp page to download the compilation in full here https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/ripple-music-5-year-anniversary-compilation
Track Listing:
 
1. Devil To Pay – ‘Ten Lizardmen & One’
2. DoctoR DooM – ‘Relax, You’re Dead’
3. Mos Generator – ‘Lonely One Kenobi’
4. Ape Machine – ‘Angry Man’
5. Grifter – ‘Princess Leia’
6. Mothership – ‘City Lights’
7. Earthen Grave – ‘Death Is Another Word’
8. Trucker Diablo – ‘Red Light On’
9. CFA – ‘Built Up, Knocked Down’
10. Stubb – ‘Under A Spell’
11. Volume IV – ‘In The Land Of The Blind One-Eyed Man Is King’
12. Geezer – ‘Ancient Song’
13. Switchblade Jesus – ‘Bastard Son’
14. Space Probe Taurus – ‘Scorpio Queen’
15. JPT Scare Band – ‘Death Letter’
16. Poobah – ‘Bowleen (Radio Edit)’
17. Mighty High – ‘Chemical Warpigs’
18. Iron Claw – ‘What Love Left’
19. Stone Axe – ‘Old Soul’
20. Fen – ‘Miracle’
21. Leaf Hound – ‘Work My Body’
22. Weed Is Weed – ‘Weed Is Weed’
23. Modern Day Moonshine – ‘Expiration Date’
24. White Dynomite – ‘White Dynomite’

Album artwork by Charles Yoakum and his Friday Graphic Studio
www.fridaygraphics.com

Ripple Music is a California based independent record label founded in 2010 by Todd Severin and John Rancik. The company encompasses a record label, a music publishing business, a marketing, promotion and sales team, and a Distribution for heavy independent bands (Heavy Ripples Distro).
 
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