Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Xroadie Files

Trapped Under Ice Vol 1 – The New Face Of Canadian Heavy Metal

Bands – Traveler, Metalian, Cauchemar, Occult Burial, Starlight Ritual, Freeways, Barrow Wight, Spell, Blackrat, Emblem

Songs – Betrayer fast heavy fist pumping metal to just bang your head to. Streets Of Fire hit the pit and slam away as you head bang. Comme Un Poignard has a riff that just grabs you and makes you move and groove to it. Fight For Survival grab your air guitar and just rock out with some catchy riffs. Demons spoken words heavy riffs screaming guitars pounding rhythms and soaring vocals. Heavy Rescue is a fist in the air sing along catchy riff tune. Morgul Blade fast heavy in your face metal mayhem. Silent Towers scorching leads galloping rhythms and melodic vocals. From the Tideless Sea eerie sounds surround you then pummel you into submission. Fast Rocker searing guitars thundering beats powerful vocals.

Vhaldemar – Shadows of Combat
Carlos Escudero – Vocals, Pedro J Monge – Guitar, Adolfo WB – Bass, Gonzalo Garcia – Drums, JonkolTera – Keyboards

Rock City pounding drums thundering bass chugging guitars a fist pumping rhythm and great sing along vocals. Black Thunder sounds of thunder a fast heavy riff that just garbs you as you speed on down the road. Danger Street soaring vocals fist in the air riffs just hit the floor and slam away as you sing along. The Rest Of My Life grab you air guitar and just jam away to some classic metal. Beginning an eerie collection of sounds and emotions. Shadows of Combat fist pumping head banging foot stomping metal to just hit the floor running and never stop. The Old Man will have the entire crowd up bouncing head banging and sing along to one crunchy rhythm. Old Kings Vision (IV) spoken words and sounds of adventure soaring vocals searing guitars and thundering rhythms. The Power Of The Night heavy metal riffage that just grabs ahold and won’t let go get ready to rumble. End Of The World evil spoken words fast speed power metal guitars thundering bass pounding drums and soaring vocals. Metal & Roll sounds of a motorcycle engine then hop on and just jam on down the road to one memorable tune.     Oblivion melodic acoustic guitar. King Of the Night will grab you and have your placing a fist in the air as you head bang and sing along this song will stick with you for days.

Pulchra Morte – Divina Autem Et Aniles
Jeffrey Breden – Guitar, Jarrett Pritchard – Guitar – Jason Barron – Vocals, Clayton Gore – Drums, Dylan Kilgore – Bass

Give No More, heavy riffs tribal best thundering bass deep growling vocals that just rip you to shreds. Black Ritual crunchy guitars pounding drums thundering bass and deep vocals that just make you wanna hit the pit and slam away. Soulstench slow doomy stoner metal that will just drag you along with it. Ignis Et Tempestaseerie classical sounds. Fire And Storm heavy pounding Sabbath style riffs that just slice thru you. Thrown To The Wolves close your eyes and be transported to a land of evil and destruction. Reflection Of A Drowning Sun fist in the air foot stomping death stoner metal mayhem. Shadows From The Cross slow riffs and rhythms just take you over and steal your soul. IX just a slow plodding drag you with it eerie song with evil intent. When Legends Die just take a strange moody trip thru your mind.

Skraeckoedlan – Eorbe
Tim Angstrom – Bass, Martin Larsson – Drums, Robert Lamu – Vocals/Guitar, Henrik Gruttner – Guitar

Guldaldern strange sounds for your brain to trip away with just close your eyes and drift then a solid catchy rhythm comes in and takes over. Kung Mammut tribal beats that just make you get up and move with a crunchy rhythm. Creature Of Doggerland prog metal stylings with some interesting and excellent musicianship. Angelica some excellent drums for an intro then get up dance and sing along. Mammutkungens Barn low bass rumbles thru you, drums that slowly meld in then a crunchy chugging rhythm with some great vocals. Elfenbenssalarnamelodic guitar floats along the airwaves then the song grows in intensity as the other instruments come together. TentaklerOchBetarmoody progressive music with lots of great playing and singing. AngraMainyujust close your eyes and take a very strange trip thru time and space. PeggysSnngjust a strange trip of a tune.

Cold Sweat – Break Out (Remastered)
Anthony White – Drums, Erik Gamans – Guitar, Rory Cathey – Vocals, Marc Ferrari – Guitar, Chris McLernon – Bass

Four On the Floor get ready for some fist in the air sing along emotional metal with screaming guitars and soaring vocals. Cryin’ Shame will have the entire crowd up grooving and swaying to the catchy rhythm. Lovestruckjust get up and bounce and sing along as you play air guitar and just rock out. Waiting In Vain close your eyes and just drift along to some amazing melodies and vocals. Take This Heart Of Mine will get stuck in your brain for days very catchy and memorable. Killing Floor is a very blues based metal song with tone of great musicianship. Riviera/Long Way Down starts with a mellow acoustic/electric guitar intro the a fist pumping riff kicks in with great drums bass guitars and powerful vocals. Let’s Make Love Tonight get out the air guitars and just get ready to rock out. Fistful Of Money great bluesy song with an Aerosmith feel. Jump The Gun awesome slide guitar soaring vocals and a run you over rhythm.I Just Want To Make Love To You excellent cover of the Muddy Waters classic that Foghat made famous.


Monday, January 21, 2019

A Ripple Conversation With Tommy Stewart of Negative Wall

When I was a kid, growing up in a house with Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, and Simon and Garfunkel, the first time I ever heard Kiss's "Detroit Rock City," it was a moment of musical epiphany. It was just so vicious, aggressive and mean. It changed the way I listened to music. I've had a few minor epiphany's since then, when you come across a band that just brings something new and revolutionary to your ears.

What have been your musical epiphany moments?

Two in particular came straight to mind, hearing The Beatles at a showing of the movie "Help!" when I was 7. Disney records became silly, quick. And then hearing Deep Purple 'Smoke on the Water' on a 7"single I bought randomly when I was 12. This led to a love for blues styled rock and that turned into metal eventually.

Talk to us about the song-writing process for you. What comes first, the idea? A riff? The lyrics? How does it all fall into place?

I write different ways. But mainly keep an ongoing book of poetry that is easily turned into song lyrics. I sit around playing my bass looking forn riffs or they just fall in my head. Then I try to match them up with a lyric. On a few occasions, it simply fell in my lap immediately and together. Horrorshow by Hallows Eve, and Shadow in the Well, a single from Tommy Stewart's Dyerwulf were immediate. I wrote and recorded the bass and drum tracks live in one take the song Lilith Crimson Deep from the self titled 'Tommy Stewart's Dyerwulf in 30 minutes in my studio. Those were gifts. Negative Wall came easy too, but more thought in arrangement.

Who has influenced you the most?

Black Sabbath, hands down.

Where do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation?

Sometimes film soundtracks or modern classical for music. For lyrics, whatever is happening to me.

We're all a product of our environment. Tell us about the band's hometown and how that reflects in the music?

One thing is that it's usually hot and way humid where I live in Atlanta GA! And, no, I didn't get used to it even though this is my home for life. I truly think that's why there is so much sludge metal here and why even the other forms of metal or rock here are mostly medium paced. Think mastodon, Hallows Eve, Baroness. Dammit, we're hot and tired. We can go fast a little while, but then we need some porch n mint julep time or a nap. It's an amusing thought, but that's my theory.

Where'd the band name come from?

Negative Wall all came from Georgia, USA

You have one chance, what movie are you going to write the soundtrack for?

My own story probably.  I haven't thought about that, maybe I'll have to write one so I can put music to it. I would say if it's fantasy, it would probably take place in space. Now you've done it. It's going to happen.

You now write for a music publication (The Ripple Effect?).  You're going to write a

1,000 word essay on one song. Which would it be and why? I could do that for several songs I've written. I may do a psych evaluation for the song Hybrid Genus Serpentis by Negative Wall because I had no idea I was that weird. All my songs till that had been about real things that happened to me. The first time I wrote fantasy startled me about myself. Otherwise I might write about Pink Floyd, "Atom Heart Mother". I could write 1000 words about that one.

Come on, share with us a couple of your great, Spinal Tap, rock and roll moments?

Toronto 1987, we really could not figure out the way to the stage from under a theater. I don't know when the movie came out, but when I finally saw it, I laughed.

Tell us about playing live and the live experience for you and for your fans?

The best experience is when they sing the words to your songs back to you. I get flooded with the memory of humbly writing lyrics on a brown paper bag or back of a receipt and then the experience of sharing it with the band, rehearsing it, releasing it, and then an audience sang it back to me! It's so humbling that anyone gave a shit that I had a little moment emotional enough to scratch something down one day while walking down a street.

What makes a great song?

For me it's when I truly write exactly what I feel. When listening to others, it's when I have an emotionally connected experience with that song, as if it's part of the soundtrack of my life.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

It was called "I Hate Everything". It was literally a list of everything I hate. It didn't rhyme or anything, it was just a straight list.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

Lately, "Hybrid Genus Serpentis" by Negative Wall. Because I like the music, the arrangement, the lyrics, I produced it and it came out exactly how we wanted.

Who today, writes great songs? Who just kicks your ass? Why?

Oceans of Slumber is my favorite band for 2018. Everything is perfect in the album 'Winter' is why.

Vinyl, CD, or digital? What's your format of choice?

Vinyl is the best format because you get a big peice of art to look at and it's the way it ought to be. CD's are handly, I guess, I like digital for carrying into the car. But vinyl rules and should be supported the ost.

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

Sometimes together! Bombs away! Regularly beer. I like bubbles, number one. Then why not coke? Too sweet and syrupy. I like all the flavors and choices. I mainly drink brown and darker beers. I do like some of the fruity ones, not many. I do not like sour and hoopy beers.

We, at the Ripple Effect, are constantly looking for new music. What's your home town, and when we get there, what's the best record store to lose ourselves in?

Wax n Fax in Little Five Points for variety and interesting stuff. But I would take the hour n half drive over to Athens and go to Shadebeast Music for record store full of metal. That's really the one!

What's next for the band?

Negative Wall's release date for the sci-fi themed 'Gammagelu' is February 8, 2019, but the pre-sale is on now at Black Doomba Records bandcamp. You will get extra goodies if you order during pre-sale. Touring may happen in Fall 2019

Any final comments or thoughts you'd like to share with our readers, the waveriders?

Thank you in advance if you take the time to check out Negative Wall.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Manchester Bluesy Doom Trio 1968 Offer Up New Album Ballads of the Godless in Conjunction with Ripple Music

UK heavy-groove rock band 1968, whose output fits nicely alongside everything from early Orange Goblin to the latest riffscapes from Sergeant Thunderhoof, is not a band to lie down when things get tough.

Having released two EP in 2015 and '17 via Black Bow Records, the Sabbathian trio was gearing up to drop their latest full-length last year when the unexpected collapse of their new lable left them with vinyl at the pressing plant and no imprint to shepherd the record to the world.

The result?

Onward and upward to bigger and better things, of course.

The band wasted no time and plowed ahead with a well-organized self-release of the album, Ballads of the Godless, a record Ripple Music is excited to help present.

"The album is amazing," says Ripple CEO Todd Severin, who stepped in to offer assistance to a number of bands in the wake of the aforementioned label shuttering.

Ripple is pleased to offer up Ballads of the Godless to the world via its webstore here, with copies also available via the band's own Bandcamp store.

Keep an eye and ear out for more developments along these lines, as additional cooperation between Ripple and more casualties of this label closing will be revealed in 2019.

Accolades for 1968 Ballads of the Godless:

"Psychedelic rock mushed in with a thick Wo Fat sort of sound... 1968‘s style runs a wide mile between the most high of stoner/doom metal and fairly typical neo-psych infused modern stoner rock." - Grizzly Butts

"If your recipe for music includes bass driven riffs, exquisitely volatile guitars seasoned with a hint of psychedelia? Then you might be hard pressed to find a better album this year." - Devils Gate Media

"Taking you across lands of meth labs and moonshine, tailgates and tanlines Ballads Of The Godless is a sort of very English take on the stoner rock movement. It's thoughtful and exotic, weird and over the top but still steeped in tradition." - Two Guys Metal Reviews

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Bandcamp Bonanza – 089

This feature costs me more money than you would imagine. What I mean is, I bought half these albums as I was writing about them just now. Now I do get a lot of promotional codes sent to me by bands, but my habit requires just as much spending as I get for free and it’s all in the spirit of rock n roll and supporting the good thing we got going right now in the music world. I dropped $30 just here tonight adding a few of these to my collection, as I was digging in my wishlist for some lingering albums as my addiction overpowered my budgetary control. The way I look at it is I’ll just stick to free work coffee for the next week or two and the music will pay for itself. Check em out. This was a real strong week.

TrYangle - Wolf
Damn, this is some wicked shit! It has a brooding progressive edge that I can’t get over. The vocals are intriguing with a twisted melody and a grinding fuzz leaving you in awe as to what’s coming next. For those looking for something fresh here’s your chance! Well done guys.

Thunderbird Divine – Magnasonic
Megasonic not only plows us with hard charging distortion, but emits a cloud of multi-dimensional fuzz boosting its impact into divine territory. The layers of surprise buried deep within the heavy block of steel riffs thrust with cosmic force and plutonic origin.

Aunt Cynthia’s Cabin – Mud Room #13
God damn this sounds promising. Although there is 4 more songs coming with the full release slated for February 8th, 2019 its worth your money to buy it now just for the song ‘Arrows’ alone.
The Southern CA jammers forge a garage rock ecstasy complete with bone chilling twang and soul piercing tempo. Mud Room #13 shakes the silty haze of psych free from your stoned and weary mind with its mountainous spirit and transcendental flow.

The Dalton Correction – Beware of Yahara
The Dalton Correction kind of hit me out of nowhere. A random find I stumbled upon. What caught my eyes and ears was obviously the descriptions of the band and the availability of vinyl. Buenos Aires, Argentina has somewhat of a killer heavy psych scene and the entire continent of South America for that matter embellishes in a tribal, ethnic sort of vibe. I found myself listening to this via my wishlist quite frequently this week. Although I cannot decipher the lyrics within the overall message is heard loud and clear. While writing this review I actually decided it was time to break out thy wallet and order the vinyl. I am lured into the mystique quite frequently when there are no others that appear to have noticed the album on bandcamp yet. This has a nice sound for vinyl in my house and will be a welcome addition to the family.

Petrichor – II
What sold me here was the unconventional vocal tone by Tess Fisher. The music is described as occult heavy rock, which I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with, however these days occult seems to get tossed around a lot and I really would throw these guys more over into the ‘progressive’ camp of heavy rock n doom. The vocals are as chic as they are demonic and the rhythm and groove backs you up into a dark corner and slathers you with its voluptuous spirit. Ya I guess you could say occult is apt, but also don’t assume Uncle Acid occult as this is much more enjoyable for those looking for something different.

Black Atlas – Weight of the World
This was released back in November and as I remember some groups online giving it the thumbs up, it lingered in my wishlist until just recently where I pushed play and succumbed myself to the English take on heavy stoner fuzz. Wow, man this is a thick slab of tender riffs with enough clout to straight up flatten the globe like a pancake. Syrup anyone?

The Sky Giants – The Shifting of Phaseworld
The Sky Giants have taken a progressive turn for the better on their follow up to last years What the Future Knows. Who knew the future would take their Rush and Voivod influence and push it into early Mastodon heights with a much heavier output complete with doom sensibilities and a big phat groove. This isn’t your standard radio rock folks, this is tightly constructed and adventurous prog rock. 

Imperial Jade – On The Rise
Talk about being on the rise, Spain has been dominating the release charts in my discovery as of late. I’ve always love the soulful vibe the Spanish rock scene has proven in recent years. Imperial Jade wowed me big time on their debut album Please Welcome Imperial Jade, which I featured in my
Bonanza article back in 2016. This time around they have VINYL. Yes!! The new one takes it to the next level in terms of songwriting. It may seem a little softer than the debut, but that also translates well for this kind of music. The southern down home charm is still present and a deeper sense of soul comes to life with a patronizing psych tagging along for the ride of smooth classic rock riffs of the 70’s.

Battle at Sea – Battle at Sea
This was a bandcamp feed discovery the other day. The tags just looked appealing, the timing was right and the price was right. What I liked about this one is you never knew where it was going to go and it kept you on the edge of your earbuds.
Taking a grizzled progressive stance in its approach the music sounds neither familiar nor does it polarize, yet it steals your heart and it crushes your expectation.

Vertical – Vol. 3
You might be thinking to yourself, “What happened to Volume 2?” Well does it really matter after pushing play on this complete shit kicker of an EP? I knew I liked these guys on their debut released back in 2017, but what they did here was floor us all with 5 new songs of high energy rock and metal.
Holy mother of all holy mother f'ers! Vertical have just destroyed me on this 15th day of January, 2019. I haven't heard riffs and grooves this stimulating in quite sometime. The vocals are downright racy and the swagger is plumb tight. Favorite track: Acute.

-The Huntsman

Friday, January 18, 2019

AVER - Orbis Majora, the new album from Australian rising prog-rock riff lords | Released TODAY on Ripple Music

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce that its first official release of 2019 will be Orbis Majora, the brand-new album from one of the boldest and brightest new bands to emerge from the southern hemisphere in recent years; Australian space rockers, AVER.

Following on from the release of Nadir in 2015, an album that produced more than its fair share of online fanfare and dedicated followers in the stoner/psych community, Orbis Majora will no doubt prove itself to be one of the most exciting and distinctive records of 2019. Fearlessly taking their music exactly where it needs to go and packing enough technical nous and talent to power an exploratory vessel of sound and substance, the album propels listeners through soaring instrumentals (‘Feeding the Sun’), heavy psychedelia (‘Hemp Fandango’) and spine-crushing progressive cadences. Like a torrent of celestial hail dancing around the inside of your skull, AVER are weighted somewhere between the worlds, galaxies and supernovae of stoner metal and space rock.

For the quartet – who originally formed on the Northern shores of Sydney back in 2008 – their signing to the Californian label heralds yet another stellar addition to the ever-growing Ripple Music Family, and the beginning of a journey out of the underground and into the void.

Orbis Majora by AVER will be officially released worldwide today on Ripple Music. Stream and share new song ‘Feeding the Sun’ here –
Pre-order the album at

Thursday, January 17, 2019

A Forest of Stars – Grave Mounds and Grave Mistakes

Black metal is an interesting genre. There are a good many fans and bands who want to keep it traditional and trve, and thumb their noses at anything that steps outside the basic, old school formula. There are bands that stretch the boundaries a bit and mix in some death metal, or maybe some good old rock 'n roll, or dabble with mixing in other bits. And then there is A Forest of Stars.

This band, hailing from Leeds in the UK, uses black metal as their touchstone, but feels abundantly free to throw in whatever else they feel is needed. Somewhat like Panopticon and Winterfylleth, they will do all acoustic breaks in the midst of raging metal. They have songs that are electronic, at least to start, and then suddenly dive headlong into a speed infused rampaging tempest. In all they meld it together in ways that keep the music interesting and flowing. As some of their PR states, there is no other band that sounds quite like them, which is a very good thing.

With seven band members they bring a wide variety of skills and instrumentation to the songwriting table, and there is rarely a dull moment on this album. Based on William Blake's “Proverbs of Hell”, there is a lot to sink your teeth into as a listener, and even after several trips through the album it feels as though one has barely scratched the surface. The band members also bring a Victorian sensibility to bear as well, and I bet these guys and gal are a trip to see live. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for any US appearances after checking out this release.

Song titles such as “Premature Invocation” and “Scripturally Transmitted Disease” certainly seem to show a sense of humor, or a bit of cheekiness if you prefer. One of my favorite tracks on the album is “Children of the Night Soil”, which absolutely bursts from the speakers and the starting blocks at breakneck speed with some straightforward black metal augmented by various electronic sounds and blips, then at the four minute mark does a complete 180 into a string section playing a haunting melody, only to wind it back up a couple minutes later. I have to mention the vocal stylings of Mr. Curse, which are quite unlike anything I've heard before in this genre. He seems to be right on the edge of becoming completely unhinged and many of the vocals seem to be more rants and ravings than anything else, yet it fits what they do to perfection. I found this entire album to be a really magical listen and I truly enjoy it when a band can take something familiar and mold into something that is all their own. I look forward to working into their back catalog and finding more treasure.

If you are already a fan of this genre you really should check this out. It is a truly eye opener of a release. If you've found black metal to be a little bit too much by the numbers and a type of music that doesn't take a lot of risks, you really should check this out. This is music that will make you sit up and pay attention and that is always a good thing.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Xroadie Files

Through The Canopy -  Descension
Kristian Drivenes – Guitar/Vocals, Eirik Mathias Husum – Bass/Vocals, TorgeirSolvberg Nilsen – Drums/Vocals

Seven Days slow moody melancholic melodies that just grow as the music develops. Illusions Lost psychedelic music that just surrounds and draws you in.

Bang Bang Firecracker – Welcome to the Slaughterhouse
Kieron Berry – Guitar/ Vocals, Marcus Wrench – Bass, Charlie Cooper – Drums, Russ Gwynne – Drums, Shaun Lowe – Piano

Welcome To The Slaughterhouse melodic piano flows along then a fist in the air riff kicks in with some pounding rhythms and powerful vocals add screaming leads and just rock out. The Non-Believers get up fist pump and grove and sway to the riffs that just take you over. All Thriller No Filler has a surf rock style of feel just float along till the music grabs you and you head bang and sing along while playing air guitar. Devil Dolls heavy strong pounding rhythms scorching guitars and a very catchy riff with some powerful vocals. Immortalized fist in the air head banging slamming riffs thundering rhythms and scorching leads with powerful vocals. Witch Proof hit the floor and just slam and bounce around to the music and you enjoy the emotions. Tasting Hatred fist in the air hair flying head banging music that will take you back to the glory days of heavy metal. Hellbent for Pleasure the entire crowd will be up and head banging as they hit the pit and slam against each other. Outro a great sing along outro.

Slow – IV Mythologiae
Deha – Guitar/Drums/Vocals, Lore B – Bass

The Standing Giant majestic choral style vocals and music that just swallows you whole.  The Suffering Rebel melancholic feeling and dire emotions just pull you under. The Dying God eerie sounds just envelop and pull you into a black abyss of nothingness. Sorrow’s Shadow evil rises and just devours your soul. The Break of Dawn close your eyes and drift away into darkness.

Silver Talon – Becoming A Demon
Colin Vranizan – Drums, Wyatt Howell – Vocals, Bryce Adams Vanhoosen – Guitar, Sebastian Silva – Guitar, Noah Hadnutt – Bass

Breath Of Kerosene eerie gothic sounds surround you and have you seeing may images in your mind. Devil Machine fist in the air head banging riffs pounding beats searing leads and soaring vocals. Silver Talon the entire crowd stands in unison and just moves and sways ad s they head bang along to this majestic song. Speed Of Light scorching leads that just pierce thru you as you just rock out. Cold Embrace classical sounds majestic and powerful just envelope you. Warriors End just close your eyes and drift on a magical musical journey. Battle Angels an excellent version of the Sanctuary song. Outro classical sounds to take you away.

Tytus – Rain After Drought
IlijaRiffmeister – Vocals/Guitar, Mark Simonhell – Guitar, Markey Moon – Bass, Frank Bardy – Drums

Disobey melodic guitars slowly rise with a majestic feel then kicks into a speed power metal frenzy. The Invisible fist in the air head banging hit the pit metal madness. The Storm That Kill Us All grab you air guitars and just jam along to some excellent catchy riffs that will have you fist pounding and singing along. Our Time Is Now fist in the air sing along metal with excellent musicianship. The Dark Wave pounding drums thundering bass chugging guitars screaming leads and powerful vocals. Death Throes the entire crowd will stand and totally get involved in this metal riffage song. Rain After Drought Pt1 searing leads and a riff that is great to just crank up and cruise on down the road to. Rain After Drought Pt2 melodic tones just close your eyes and drift away with the emotional playing. Move On Over fist in the air head banging foot stomping metal magic. A Desolate Shell Of A Man slowly stand and raise your fist as you fist pump and sing along.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019


New Hampshire's DUST PROPHET have teamed up with Doomed & Stoned to reveal a video for their new single "Revolutionary Suicide". The single is set to be released tomorrow on all digital platforms.

The band commented "We're thrilled to be debuting our newest single, Revolutionary Suicide, with the almighty Doomed & Stoned!For a newer band like ours, it is an honor to be able to partner up with such a huge supporter of underground metal, and especially a huge supporter of stoner, doom, and space rock like Doomed & Stoned."

About Dust Prophet:

The end of all we know is coming and Dust Prophet will lead us through the fallout.
Hailing from Manchester, New Hampshire, this stoner rock four-piece assembled in 2018 and is already making their presence known throughout New England.  With Heather Lynn's commanding presence on vocals, guitarist Otto Kinzel's metallic riffage, and the locked-in grooves of bassist Sarah Wappler and drummer Marc Brennan, Dust Prophet translates an apocalyptic worldview into music.  Singles "The Big Lie" and "Revolutionary Suicide" are just the beginning of the end -- or perhaps, a new beginning.

Monday, January 14, 2019

A Ripple Conversation With Darwin’s Finches

When I was a kid, growing up in a house with Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, and Simon and Garfunkel, the first time I ever heard Kiss's "Detroit Rock City," it was a moment of musical epiphany. It was just so vicious, aggressive and mean. It changed the way I listened to music. I've had a few minor epiphany's since then, when you come across a band that just brings something new and revolutionary to your ears.

What have been your musical epiphany moments?

Many listening moments give me this euphoric head tingly excitement. As a kid me and my brother called it the "learning feeling." 

I got it when I was 3 listening to the vinyl of the Star Wars soundtrack.

I got it listening to my Dad sing.

The first time I heard the ending of "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath I got it.

Most recently the music of Russian composer Alfred Schnittke does this. I brainwashed myself to his piano Quintet.

Talk to us about the song-writing process for you. What comes first, the idea? A riff? The lyrics? How does it all fall into place?

Story comes first. Data collection, distillation, and various tests run to check purity.

Each song I honestly approach like a wild animal, its a little different each time. But if you are to capture it you have to be cautious and careful.

Who has influenced you the most?

People I've known.  My fellow musicians.  My brother Adam is a huge influence and I think he'd say the same for me.  I feel like truly influencing means you share something.  I feel like musically me and him have shared the most, and he's a classical pianist.  In terms of general influences... Kurt Vonnegut comes to mind, also various scientists, Robert Sopalsky. The guy lived with baboons for 17 years or so.  That influences me. 

Where do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation?

Everywhere.  But you have to look close and be quiet to notice it.

We're all a product of our environment. Tell us about the band's hometown and how that reflects in the music?

Galveston is an odd little ghost town by the sea with a history of natural disasters and outlaws.  It is haunted as hell and the characters you will run into if you are more than a tourist are remarkable cartoons.  The feel of the dingy spooky yet festive Island is inexorably linked to how I see Darwin's Finches.  I feel indebted to some of these characters because they are part of Darwin's finches.  Such as my old friend Trinity the critter.  An old bluesman who was a streetcorner philosopher about the concept of originality.  I think bands and artists, and people for that matter should always embrace the genesis points of things.  It makes things make more sense.

Where'd the band name come from?

I am a biologist by trade so during my studies I wrote down a list of names from the glossary of several biology books, and let the two fellows I played with, banana Brad Stevenson and Jared choose.  They chose Darwin's Finches.

You have one chance, what movie are you going to write the soundtrack for?

A documentary about Tardigrades narrated by of course Sir David Attenbourrogh.

You now write for a music publication (The Ripple Effect?).  You're going to write a 1,000 word essay on one song. Which would it be and why?

Otis Redding- These Arms of Mine

Shall I begin....
To put in a mere 1000 words the beauty of ....

Come on, share with us a couple of your great, Spinal Tap, rock and roll moments?

Threw a guitar into the Gulf of Mexico from the now destroyed balanises room, then swam out later, found it and fixed it.

Played in the ruble of Galveston after Hurricane Ike and had people dress as zombies and kill the guitar resident evil style.

Smashed a watermelon with a Hitler face with my head, instigated a fruitfight with durians.

Had audience shave my head on stage then ran into jock bars with the crowd singing Surfin Bird.

Unraveled all the toilet paper at a venue and wrapped me and the band up in it.

Threw a giant yarn amoeba on a crowd.

It goes on and on man.... every kind of Fruit has be ceremoniously smashed.

Tell us about playing live and the live experience for you and for your fans?

Must be present 110 %.  I like to create chaotic fun moments.

What makes a great song?

Authenticity & Intentions

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

Its called ditty, and its an instrumental.  It is a sad little finger picking ditty I wrote after my Grandpa died.

Now my mom might say my first song was a song called “If I Had A Wish”... I sang about the world being nice and cheez its.  I was in kindergarten.

What piece of your music are you particularly proud of?

The album Lacrimosa.  I am surprised we finished, I was in the midst of becoming a dad,
and our latest release I really spent a good two years on some of those tunes.

Who today, writes great songs? Who just kicks your ass? Why?

Strange question…

I am a huge fan of local Houston Rapper/Rocker B L A C K I  E.  He is brutally intimate.  He kicks everyones ass with love.

Musically, I am going to say Portishead, because Beth Gibbions writes some great vocal melodies.  Sad the band is super tight organism that I admire but would never encounter in my ecosystem.

You know I just appreciate honesty, a homeless man singing Elvis christmas songs could kick my ass if he sang it with soul.

Vinyl, CD, or digital? What's your format of choice?


Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

I usually drink beer if I'm feeling reckless, but I don’t like drinking.  I just got tired of killing myself everyday.  Caffeine only my friend.  Yaupon tea.

We, at the Ripple Effect, are constantly looking for new music. What's your home town, and when we get there, what's the best record store to lose ourselves in?

Go to Vynil Edge or Black Dog or Cactus. 

What's next for the band?

We are going to hwy 787 to film a real ghost.  Its going to be featured in the music video coming hopefully in Feb.  The Bragg light.  Songs called hwy 787.

Any final comments or thoughts you'd like to share with our readers, the waveriders?

Go visit your local wildlife sanctuaries.  You will find more lessons in the woods than in books.  Trees and Stones can teach you what you cannot learn from masters.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Maryland Doom Trio BLACK LUNG (ex-FLYING EYES) Sign with RIPPLE MUSIC, Prepare New Album ANCIENTS for Release

In its continued quest to bring the best stoner/doom/psych to heavy fans worldwide, Ripple Music is guided by two critical principles:  building an inspired roster of boundary-pushing bands throughout the world, and maintaining a glorious range of sonic diversity among them.

With that in mind, Ripple announces the signing of Baltimore, Maryland's BLACK LUNG with overwhelming enthusiasm.

Black Lung emerged from a brutal Baltimore winter in 2014.  Wielding a Maryland-doom-influenced blend of melody and power, Adam Bufano and Elias Schutzman (founding members of The Flying Eyes) along with multi-instrumentalist Dave Cavalier crafted a sound heavy on volume that pushed hard into experimental territory.

In lieu of a bass guitarist, the three opted for an unusual setup with a sonic palette defined by a multitude of amps, drop-tuning and copious effects.

Named "Best New Band" by the Baltimore City Paper in 2015 with the release of their self-titled debut, Black Lung embarked on their first European tour that year, including a performance at the Rockpalast Crossroads Festival on German national television.

Sophomore album See The Enemy was released in 2016 and produced by J. Robbins (guitarist/frontman for post-punk icons Jawbox, producer of The Sword and Clutch), with subsequent European tours bringing the band to the Freak Valley Festival and DesertFest Belgium.

Their most ambitious work yet, new album Ancients was produced by Frank "The Punisher" Marchand (producer of The Obsessed's Sacred).

Says the band of the album:

“The title is a reference to the ancient powers of the natural world, as seen in the album artwork and the lyrics of a song like "Badlands.” We embrace and pay homage to these forces while also rejecting the antiquated ideals of an old, white, conservative part of society that wants to drag us back into the past and away from the progressive values we believe in."

And, of the recording process and joining Ripple Music, they add:

“We were searching for a sound that captured the clarity of the instruments and voice, without losing any of the heaviness that is Black Lung, and Frank Marchand really helped us achieve it.  We’re of course stoked to be joining the Ripple Music family among so many other heavy, sick bands. We feel right at home.”

New album Ancients will arrive this March on Ripple Music in North America, Asia, and Australia, with German label Noisolution handling the release in Europe.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Bandcamp Bonanza – 088

Happy New Year everybody! I hope you had a great time with your friends and family or with yourself and your dogs or cats. At a minimum, I hope you were able to tune in to as much new music as myself over the break and stay tuned for an eclectic 2019 as I have more recommendations that don’t see an end in sight. Some new, some old, all killer, no filler. Take a listen below and let us know what we missed.

Withered Fist – Withered Fist
Holy mountain of celestial doom! Withered Fist have set the bar high for 2019 with an extremely melodic mix of crippling low end, annihilating fuzz, and tranquil groove. Favorite track: This Is My Mountain.

The Bonnevilles – Folk Art and the Death of Electric Jesus
Right around the new year I got an update that The Bonnevilles had one of their earlier albums up for sale on vinyl and I had been a casual fan but hadn’t really dove heard first into their discography yet. Well that is about to change as any day now 3 of their records on vinyl will be mine this one perhaps being the best one, but man, what a kick ass heavy blues band.
This is a toe-tappin’, barn burning’, high fivin’ sumbitch of an album. Holy smokes. Glad I got in on a vinyl! RIP Jesus!

Gryflet – Time Left to Kill
I had purchased the digital of this bad boy back in 2017 and bandcamp recommended this one from the label to me on the bandcamp feed, which I get many good suggestions from persusing at least once per day. This time it was the limited cassette that drew me in. I don’t really have the desire to listen to these cassettes but the collectability is novelty and fun and plus you’re supporting the scene. Plus, that cover artwork is pretty cool. I’d take that on a poster to freak my wife out with.

Firewater – International Orange
I have never done this but I am recommending this one blind. I have not even listened to it. However, I do have it and a couple of their other albums in route delivery to my house on vinyl after I took advantage of the Bloodshot Records Holiday Hangover Sale, which is still active until the end of January. I ended up dropping coin for probably my biggest vinyl haul of all time. I won’t even mention how much I spend or how many records are coming, but I’ll tell you this much, I am super excited and this band along with about half the others, I have not even listened to yet. Total blind buys after just some minor previews. Tell me if I made a mistake?

Mount Saturn – Kiss the Ring EP
Kiss the Ring is a paralyzing set of celestial doom cresting the limits of atmospheric groove and harmonic aggression. Woah! Favorite track: Kiss the Ring.

Black Hat Society – Doom Country
This one sounds kind of what you’d expect with an album called Doom Country. Its rather dark in nature with a nice twangy bluegrass sort of vibe with the tones and style that will attract those into heavier music, as well as those who just straight up dig the outlaw sort of country western style music. Kind of reminds me of a band I shared a couple of features ago, Henry Derek Ellis. Some great Los Angeles Doom Country I guess you could say.

Whitecrow – Dawning
What we have here is the Mexican Sabbath of the desert. It’s a little spacey, a bit bluesy and a whole lotta riffy. Mexico is making stoner rock great again!!

Dwight James and the Royals – Need Your Loving
Need Your Loving needs YOUR loving pronto. What a brilliant output. Holy cow this just blew me off my rocker. The smooth and soulful grooves melt away at your heart while the psych-ridden jams and delicate croons sweep away with bluesy swagger.

Stone Witch – Desert Oracle
I still need some more time to let this one soak in, but based on their EP from a couple years ago, and my first stream I must say that Stone Witch has released a super dark and creepy stoner doom album. I caught these guys live last year while in was in Arizona on a work trip playing with Phoenix Locals Wolves of Winter and touring band Year of the Cobra. They put on a smoke-filled set of fuzz and this new album is a welcome release for 2019. Bring on the riffs!!!

Orango – Evergreens
Last but not least we have the brand-new album by Orango called Evergreens. This trio is off the charts talented and they are way too under talked about, especially here in the USA. Let’s give them some love.
'Evergreens' emits an incredibly organic aroma with their signature harmony and impeccable songwriting. Their deep 70's roots germinate a forest of refreshing hooks and everlasting rhythm while the chorus runs whistle like a crisp current of alpine air.Favorite track: Loco.

-The Huntsman
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