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.


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



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 and digital at

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


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:

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. 

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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Xroadie Files

Khemmis – Desolation
Dan – Bass, Zach – Drums, Ben – Vocals/Guitar, Phil – Vocals/Guitar

Bloodletting fist in the air screaming guitars pounding beats sing along metal.  Isolation thundering down the open plains ready for battle.  Flesh To Nothing a very catchy rhythm and searing guitars that just pierce the sky with excellent vocals.  The Seer dual leads in harmony pounding betas thundering bass and sing along vocals.  Maw of Time a fast heavy beat that just makes you wanna speed down the highway.  From Ruin melodic guitars slow and steady with a solid beat.

Tad Morose – Chapter X
Ronny Hemlin – Vocals, Christer Krunt Andersson – Guitar, Kenneth Jonsson – Guitar, Johan Lofgren – Bass, Peter Moren – Drums

Apocalypse  melodic power speed metal with lots of tempo changes.  Come Morpheus fist pumping foot stompin metal riffs to headbang along to.  Deprived Of Light fast and heavy charging down the open road.  I Am Night get out the air guitars and get ready to rock and sing along.  Leviathian Rise slow steady heavy power metal.  Liar would be an awesome song to speed down the road listening to cranking it.  Masquerader head banging metal at its best. Nemesis power and majesty all wrapped up into one song.  Salvage My Soul head banging hair flyin fist pumping riffs and beats with thundering bass and amazing vocals.  Slaves to The Dying Sun power and fury with melody.  Turn To Dust great musicianship and memorable riffs.  Vaunt The Cynical the entire crowd will be bouncin and head banging to this metal riff.  Where Stars Align air guitar and drums singing along and thrashing about.  Yet Still You Preach melodic guitar intro powerful soaring vocals heavy riffs solid beats power and glory.

Comess – Botched And Flailed
Dustin – Vocals, Shaun – Guitar/Vocals, Steve – Bass, Tim – Drums

Vorkuta heavy crunchy riffs pounding beats and death metal growls.  Pit Dweller starts out slow and plodding with cutting riffs rumbling bass then just cuts thru you like a knife.  Bitten grabs you throws you to the ground and stomps on you.  Toothskin strange demented riffs and evil beats of destruction.  Disact chainsaw riffs that just rip and shred. Stygian evil rises and just devours your very soul.  Decrepit weird riffs that just pierce your ears and drive you insane.  Doomsaint pounds you into submission.  Serpenticost evil and demented avails the senses.  Deracinate fast heavy slam into you will a fury and force of evil.  Second Death cutting ripping tearing at your very soul.

Al Ard – ST
COD.5111 – Vocals/Bass/Drum Machine, Symor Von Dankurt – Synth/Programming/Samples/Vocals, (x) on – Guitar/Programming/Sampling

Nero strange chants spoken words and samples.  For A Hint Of Divinity evil sounds rumbling tones and dementia.  Pillar.Past.Present slowly evil arises the just annihilates the very essence of you.  Who Wants To Live Forgotten weird samples blast beat drums and chugging riff.  Strange Old Practice 1 strange sounds and samples to drive you insane.  Red Bourbon crunchy riffs chugging beats and death metal vocals.  Strange Old Practice 2 weird sounds and samples to drive you into dementia.  Scrutinizing A Glimpse of Chaos weird evil sounds arise and envelope you dragging you into hell.

Velvet Viper – Respice Finem
Jutta Weinhold – Vocals, Holger Marx – Guitar, Fabian Ranft – Bass, Micha Fromm – Drums

Don’t Leave Before Wintertime melodic guitars powerful vocals then a excellent riff kicks in get ready to bang your head till the end.  Shadow Ryche fist pumping foot stomping sing along guitar screaming heavy metal.  Respice Finem emotional melodic guitar soulful vocals that slowly builds with some excellent lead work.  Fraternize With Rats you can feel the metal rising get ready to rock out as it builds.  Eternally Onwards fist pumping head banging foot stomping metal music.  Ogaydez a slower steady crowd saying melodic metal song.  Dangerous get you fist in the air and get ready to sing along to a very catchy metal riff and power vocals.  Raven Evermore melodies slowly build with some screaming lead guitar that just pierces you.  Stormy Birth a crowd swaying fist pumping head banging metal anthem.  Law Of Rock just get ready to rock out to a fine tune.  Loherangrin Lohengrin a metal power ballad of excellence.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

STONED JESUS – Release New Music Video For “Hands Resist Him”!

On September 7th STONED JESUS will administer their next dose of progressive stoner rock on Napalm Records: Pilgrims. Today the band released a brand new music video for the track “Hands Resist Him".

STONED JESUS about “Hands Resist Him”:
"One of the heaviest songs from Pilgrims, "Hands Resist Him" perfectly shows all the sides of our new album - it is dark, haunting and very personal!"

Watch “Hands Resist Him” right HERE!

With their fourth album the Ukrainian trio offers much more than an average desert session: Pilgrims is a multi-faceted affair, mixing groove with noise rock elements, lots of proggy infusions and maybe even a sick bass line reminiscent of Deftones (“Thessalia“). Giants such as Mastodon and Melvins come to mind since STONED JESUS can’t be pigeonholed.

The full track listing of Pilgrims reads as follows:

    Distant Light
    Hands Resist Him
    Water Me


Pilgrims will be available in the following formats:

    1 LTD Edition 4 Page Digipack
    Various LP Gatefolds (different colours)
    Digital Album

 Pre-Order HERE!

14.07.18 SP - Viveiro / Resurrection Fest
27.07.18 DE - Neuensee / Rock im Wald
02.08.18 GR - Almiros / Los Almiros Festival
19.08.18 FR - Saint-Nolff / Motocultor Festival
02.09.18 GR - Thessaloniki / Street Mode Festival

07.09.18 UA - Kyiv / Bingo Club

13.09.18 DE - Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
14.09.18 DE - Stuttgart / JH Hallschlag
15.09.18 CH - Pratteln / Z 7
17.09.18 DE - Munich / Feierwerk
18.09.18 AT - Graz / PPC
19.09.18 AT - Vienna / Arena
20.09.18 DE - Leipzig / Werk 2
21.09.18 DE - Berlin / Bi Nuu
22.09.18 NL - Nijmegen / Doornroosje
23.09.18 NL - Amsterdam / Melkweg
24.09.18 DE - Cologne / Helios 37
25.09.18 DE - Bielefeld / Forum
26.09.18 BE - Brussels / Magasin 4
27.09.18 FR - Paris / Petit Bain
28.09.18 UK - London /The Garage
29.09.18 UK - Sheffield / Doom vs Stoner Festival
12.10.18 UA - Lviv / FESTrepublic
19.10.18 UA - Kharkiv / ART AREA DK
20.10.18 UA - Dnipro / Makhno Pub


Ihor Sydorenko - Vocals & Guitars
Serhij Sljussar - Bass
Dmytro Zinchenko - Drums

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Monday, July 9, 2018


Ladysnow Society

This band comes from Skellefteå, Sweden and has a plodding ambient sound with touches of doom, death metal and experimental noise. The band is comprised of The Englishman (Guitar), The Old Man (Drums), The Party Bear (Scream), The Pig (Guitar), and Baron von Horst (Bass).

If you like those styles that I described previously, then this is for you, but not for me. The screamed, incoherent vocals did nothing for me, if this was instrumental, I would have loved it and given it a great review. The musicianship is great, tight playing, lots of interesting sounds and the way that they can go from light and airy to balls out rocking is something that I loved, but the vocals…the vocals. The few instrumental songs were amazing and I will play those ones again and again.

If you think that this is what you are looking for, by all means, give it a chance and hopefully it will be what you are searching for, but I just can’t get past the vocals. If they put out an instrumental album, I’m totally there for it.

-Rick Ecker

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Dunbarrow announce sophomore album, share first single


"Proto-doom at its best! Fuzz pedals are absent and the guitars are driven by a warm tube amp drive." -- More Fuzz

"I really can't rave enough about how great this album is."-- Doomed and Stoned

"The Trondheim-based outfit are in the process of carving out their own niche aesthetically, and they're doing so with the sharpest of teeth." -- The Obelisk

Norwegian quintet Dunbarrow share the first track from their forthcoming sophomore album on RidingEasy Records today via The Obelisk. Hear and share "The Wolf" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

There's a hauntingly classic feel to Dunbarrow's sound that gives it, in the band's own words, "an eerie rawness." It's not raw in a lo-fi or distorted sense -- far from it, the production is exceptionally clean and powerful. It's the vibe to the music that has a dreamlike and ghostly quality, like a mysterious recording imprinted onto an old cassette tape.

Dunbarrow's pristine, unadorned sound shares the unpretentious brilliance of classic heavy progenitors jamming in basements and barns, before the big budgets and bloated habits diluted hard rock records into an echo chamber awash in reverb and layered in distant, screeching hobbits. "It's a heavy sounding record without being just tons of over-distorted guitar tracks," says guitarist Kenneth Lønning. "We've never been fascinated by that, and we're trying to push in the other direction." Its heft comes from the band's use of space in their songs.

Without the Haugesund, Norway quintet's exceptional musicianship, such an intimate sound would be impossible. Drummer Pål Gunnar Dale sets the skeletal core with driving urgency and tastefully punctuating triplet fills, Bassist Sondre Berge Engedal slinks throughout with the limber bounce of John Paul Jones, while Lønning's and Eirik Øvregård's guitars weave dark, bluesy tapestries with emphasis on melodic chord structures without burying them in distortion or other effects. Vocalist Espen Andersen ties it all together with his warm, folky delivery that gives it all the feel of a bygone era of storytelling in song.

"Maybe more than the previous record, this one is more vocal driven," Lønning says. "But it still has those quirky transitions, eerie build ups, folk-inspired parts and the haunting solos." Many of the album's poetic lyrics were written by former bassist/vocalist Richard Chappell, whose writing personifies the group. Along with the album's running theme of love and despair, is that of recognizing one's own dark sides and developing your shadows into something you can control, inspired of the work by Carl Jung.

Key to the band's impressive sound is that the singer is also the recording and mixing engineer. Andersen also recorded the band's excellent 2016 debut (formally released wordlwide by RidingEasy in late 2017), now with more studio experience for both Andersen and the band, Dunbarrow II is a truly refined experience. To further perfect their sound, the group teamed up with one of the most prominent producers in Norway, Christer Cederberg (Anathema, Tristania) for the first few days in order to get the sound just right. Then, Espen did the rest. The result is as eponymous and definitive as its title.

Dunbarrow II will be available on LP, CD and download on September 14th, 2018 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.

Artist: Dunbarrow
Album: Dunbarrow II
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: September 14th, 2018

01. On Your Trail
02. Please Let Me Be
03. Weary Lady
04. Ode To The Moon
05. Feberdrøm
06. The Wolf
07. The Demon Within
08. Witches Of The Woods Pt. II
09. On This Night

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Bandcamp Bonanza – 076

This week we have a mixed bag. A little country, a little blues, and some hardcore, punk, stoner and prog no doubt. That’s how I roll. If you don’t like it, we’ll reserve your campsite for somebody else. There is a waiting list for crying out loud here at bandcamp anymore. Good thing the possibilities are endless and the price is right. Check these bad boys out.

Jack Harlon & The Dead Crows – Hymns
Jack Harlon & The Dead Crows may sound like some kind of country band on the surface, but don’t go judging a book by its cover. Well actually, in Hymns case, you can judge by the cover itself as the artwork is a mystical, magical tripped out piece of goat art by Adam Burke that looks like the record sounds. The concept album plays like a soundtrack to a Quinten Tarantino movie set in the landscape of an 1800’s outlaw’s travels across the desert, high on peyote and searching for his way back to planet earth. This is heavy, trippy, fuzzy and full of bluesy doom and outlaw twang. Dig if folks, these guys have something special going on here.

Mudlow – Waiting For the Tide to Rise
Found this one on another fans account while perusing their collection. I often see who supports and album that I also support and, especially if there are only a few other supporters who I don’t recognize, I check out what they have to show off. In this case Mudlow came up. The tags read “blues, alt-country, alternative, swamp, Brighton” of which sound appealing. This thing is somewhat of a best of album and the first of any of the bands material available on vinyl. Seems like a great place to start and even get in on a historic release of the bands. I recommend if you like the blues. This shit is tight.

Hey look what else I stumbled upon while checking into this band. Their label page online store. Oh boy, you might need to give yourself some time in here.

Big Durty – Electric Warrior
Electric Warrior have blown my mind on this release. I got a promotional copy via email and was instantly hooked by the big dirty riffs and the loud groovy fuzz. Viking level Stoner Metal similar to an Orange Goblin output, Big Durty puts U in dirt with is Goliathan chords and colossal fuzz. Oh boy, what have we started here. 

Duel – Live At The Electric Church
Been a big fan of these guys for a while. I didn’t even know they had a live album out until I had the chance to see them live and attending this past Monday. These guys are the real deal and catching their live set confirmed my every inkling that they know how to rock. The live album is the perfect way to hear the 4-piece in action and they didn’t sound off beat at all when I saw them. Killer rock band out of Austin Texas.

Brond – Graveyard Campfire

Listen HERE.
Brond released an EP back in 2015 that in my opinion was overlooked. Not by the fine folks over at Magnetic Eye Records who have an alluring ear for quality music. Brond means ‘Sword’ and its forged with hardcore roots and punk rock energy but with the groove and stylings of 90’s era Rollins Band or Melvins of sorts. Take a listen and give us your take. All I know is I was attracted the the EP and now they have a full length with progresses the noise rock even deeper into the heavy underground.

Cancer Bats – The Spark That Moves
Cancer Bats have been one of my favorite hardcore/stoner bands since I first discovered them years ago. While I haven’t listened to them in a while I noticed the new album available on bandcamp. The grooves and hooks are tight as ever and the aggression is front and center as always. Like a hybrid hardcore band meets thrash, meets Sabbath fuzz, the Cancer Bats are full of energy and one of the best in their class, from Canada.

Garrett T. Capps – In the Shadows (Again)
You know when artists you really love share artists they really love? Well I pay close attention to the bands and members whom I have a lot of respect for and when Sarah Shook of Sarah Shook & The Disarmers mentions how her mind was blown by this new album by Garrett Capps, you take note and just go ahead and purchase the vinyl outright. In the context of her recommendation she, being a country artist with roots in punk rock and roll, says that she really doesn’t listen to that much country on her own time, but Garrett Capps was rocking her world. I took that to mean that there is something more than just another country record going on here and boy was that the case. In The Shadows reminded me of the first time I heard Sturgill Simpson’s album ‘Metamodern Sounds in Country Music’ which later ended up being my album of the year in 2015. This has elements of psych, punk, and classic country with its sweeping reverb and spit shined steel guitar. Think along the lines of Marty Stuart meets Lucero for an idea of what to expect. The entire discography of this TX punk is gold.

Red Sun Atacama – Licancabur
Red Sun Atacama have once again forged a wall of fuzz via the spirit world of the high Chilean desert on this blistering new output. Licancabur blasts us with mountainous riffs, hallucinatory rhythms and enchanting volume. Take a walk on the fuzzy side and be prepared for a delightful jaunt through the S. American desert via Paris France.

Bitterdusk – Arbol Cosmico
The galloping Chilean fuzz takes you on a journey out of this world. The riffs soar, the vocals hypnotize and the vibes crush like a missile through thermospheric clouds. This is cosmic stoner doom ecstasy.

Glanville – First Blood EP
Talk about guitar rock. Glanville, made up of member of the bands Wight, Stubb and Bushfire, will give you a case of tendonitis due to air guitar overload if done properly. René Hofmann’s vocals squelch with madman precision and the dueling guitars crank out harmonies like no other. What a nice surprise when this crossed my feed. Thanks to Andy Benson, (AKA Nerve Salad) on bandcamp for this recommendation. Follow him for some good old fashion music taste.

-The Huntsman
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