Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Witch Taint – Sons Of Midwestern Darkness

I swear to you waveriders, I honestly thought I had written a review for this album months ago back in 2020.  When I couldn’t locate a saved document on my computer I google searched ‘witch taint the ripple effect’.  After that failed to turn up anything I used The Ripple Effect’s own search function attempting to find the review I was one hundred percent positive I had written.  Still nothing.  No problem, my memory is clearly shot but that’s a matter for another day.  Let’s talk about Witch Taint and their immensely entertaining debut album Sons Of Midwestern Darkness!


It’s no secret that the world is currently not the happiest, most cheerful place.  Because of that fact I’ve sought out entertainment that puts a smile on my face or makes me laugh.  Enter Witch Taint.  While cruising around for new music one day I stumbled across Sons Of Midwestern Darkness among several other new extreme metal offerings.  Thanks to the assembled roster of an absurdly good Steely Dan cover on the youtube channel Two MinutesTo Late Night I recognized the band name and decided to investigate.


Okay look, I was laughing before I even started to play the first song.  The first sentence of the press blurb read, “From the mean streets of Gary, Indiana by way of Oslo, Norway (or maybe the other way around- we’re not sure) comes Witch Taint, the most extremely extreme and Satanic Norwegian Black Metal band from Indiana ever probably and you can ask anyone”.  Waveriders, for the very first time I saved a copy of the full album hype/band bio/press blurb because I thought it was hilarious!  I was pretty much sold before hearing a note, so it’s a good thing the music turned out to be so enjoyable.  If it was awful I would have felt pretty dumb.  Dumber than normal even!


Now before anyone asks yes, Sons Of Midwestern Darkness actually is an extreme metal album.  The songs cover a lot of musical ground including black, death, and Viking metal.  But hold on!  There’s also nwobhm influence, disco, and even opera thrown in for good measure.  Thanks to this variety the listener is never given the opportunity to get bored.  Also I found something to laugh at in every song so my only disappointment is that the happy times inevitably stop when the last song ends.  At least until I hit play again.


Speaking of the songs I have a hard time selecting a favorite.  I love the hard charging opening salvo of “We Are Your New Gods” and “Death To Death Metal”.  “Sons Of Satan” and “Are You Ready (To Black Metal)” are positively hysterical.  Because I am not so young anymore “Changes” really hits home with its tongue in cheek plea for societal conformity.  The other songs are great too, but I’d be lying if I said the track I most look forward to hearing isn’t the disco-laced “Ready For LVV”.  I love listening to that song from my roundtable of grimness so much!


Waveriders I want you to be happy.  If you like your metal on the extreme side and haven’t been exposed to Witch Taint already, prepare yourselves for a great head-banging time!  Even if you don’t care for black or death metal I’m confident you’ll find plenty to laugh about and sing along to all throughout Sons Of Midwestern Darkness.  Thank you Lance The King Of Black Metal and Matthias Backwards.  I needed that.




Video Premiere Of Stone Machine Electric's “Free Thought”

Free Thought was recorded live at Freetown Boom Boom Room, Layfayette, LA on February 22, 2020.

This is a fine example of what you may experience at a Stone Machine Electric show, where the band will free-form jam spontaneously.  Not many bands have the skills or the courage to make up songs on the spot, live and in front of an audience, but SME does it every time they play and they do it well!

This song is from their latest album, The Inexplicable Vibrations of Frequencies Within the Cosmic Netherworld, released on Desert Records on Dec. 4th 2020.  The album is available to purchase digitally or on CD on Bandcamp. The album is available for streaming worldwide.


Quote from Stone Machine Electric:

     “As you'll see in the video,  Free Thought was culled from a live show we did at the Freetown Boom Boom Room in Lafayette, LA. If you haven't seen us live, this gives you a glimpse of stuff we do on the fly to keep every performance a bit different each night. 10 plus years of jamming and you know where each other is going.”


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The Xroadie Files

Moonlow – Who Are You

Dust – All Instruments and Vocals


Day 1 (You Have No Enemy) lost in the darkness of your imagination drifting endlessly. Day 2 (Can You Hear) the eerie tones and textures just envelop your very senses. Day 3 (You Diminish Me) floating in space time and darkness all alone for eons. Day 4 (I Am Digressing) being pulled into hell by dark demonic forces. Day 5 (Zero) stuck in a nightmare unable to awaken. Day 6 (And Then It Stops) close your eyes and let your imagination take you to strange places. Day 7 (The Birds Song) thumping bass that just rumbles your very being with strange sounds and vocals. Day 8 (Still Be) has a very classical influence with emotional vocals. Day 9 (The Sun Did Rise) soaring organ screaming vocals and eerie influences. Next Moonlow soft vocals and strumming guitars.



Antimozdebeast- II

Gabriel Palacio - Everything


Rebirth Of Sin has a catchy rhythm with some death like vocals. The Sky Unfurled pulsating keyboards and gruff vocal that just grab at you senses. Deafening Night takes your imagination into madness and dementia. Maladies Of The Mad mic prog with industrial death and rave strange combo. The Empire Decays just try and survive the nightmarish onslaught. Hapless History just get up groove and dance the time away. Anagram Of Repentance takes you on one interesting musical journey in madness.



Void Inn – End this Game

Jelena – Vocals, Sinisa – Guitar, Marko – Bass, Mrki – Drums


Dead of Night crunchy riffs thundering rhythms soaring vocals and scorching leads. End This Game stand sway fist pump head bang and just enjoy the trip. Hello Misery powerful melancholic music with great vocals. Just Another Day melodies just envelop your very being as the tune grows in intensity. Show Me What You Got heavy riffs pounding rhythms with powerful soul vocals and searing leads. Stay Young grab your air guitars and just fist pump head bang and rock out.



Deathless Dogs – Five Across The Eyes

Eddy Krogman- Guitar/Vocals, Dan Speer-Drums


Wages one strange musical journey that has you drifting along in your imagination. Broken Years southern swampy blues hard rock with great emotions. Scania strong steady beats with gruff vocals. Faceplant has a surf rock feel that takes you back in time. Bring It In kickin back in the bar just rocking out to the band on stage.



Tomorr- St

Mostro – Bass, Chero – Drums, J Meister – Guitar, Vocals


Kaba strange eerie music that pulls you into the depths of despair. Vargmal dark heavy music that will take you into the deep recesses of your very being. Varr lost in space time and floating alone with your thoughts. Grazing Land just try and escape the madness. Terra disharmonic riffs and rhythms with eerie vocals. The 1001 Windows Village slow grinding death stoner metal mayhem.




Monday, January 25, 2021

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country

I’ve got this friend waveriders.  My friend isn’t a huge music fan.  His listening time is primarily spent listening to podcasts, specifically comedic ones.  That said, occasionally he will surprise me with an unexpected musical hot take.  For example, a few months back while casually discussing great bands from the past my friend declared that Creedence Clearwater Revival is, in his estimation, the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band that has ever existed.  I heard that and my mind immediately went to work trying to validate/dispute this bold claim.  The only problem was that upon reflection, I didn’t know too terribly much about CCR.


It’s not like I’d never heard of the band.  I’ve technically been listening to CCR for thirty years!  Classic rock radio repeatedly exposed me to several of their hit songs, and I also heard their music in films and commercials over the years.  I always enjoyed those songs and looked forward to hearing them again.  That being said, CCR was one of those bands that I never investigated past their hit singles.  Until now.  Yes, I did what any self respecting music fan would do.  I bought all seven of their studio albums and a live album over a three week span.  My research needed to be thorough and complete!


Long story short I’ve studied five of those seven studio albums and I must say listening with a critical ear to this music has been revelatory.  Never before had I really paid attention to what was going on behind those fantastically memorable vocals and hooks.  How could I not have focused on John Fogerty’s incredible guitar playing before now?  Also hearing all of the album cuts I wasn’t exposed to via radio/tv/film helps to cement my newfound appreciation of this justifiably legendary band.  These records are truly an embarrassment of riches.


Today I’d like to focus in on CCR’s second album Bayou Country.  I chose to highlight this release for a couple of reasons.  One, the two hit songs on Bayou Country were originals as opposed to “Suzie Q” and “I Put A Spell On You” off their self-titled debut.  “Born On The Bayou” and “Proud Mary” remain as wonderful to my ears as ever.  Second, I was only familiar with those two hit songs.  I’m certain I’d heard their cover of “Good Golly, Miss Molly” at least once, but the other four songs were completely unknown to me.  “Penthouse Pauper” is absolutely phenomenal.  The band has more swagger than it knows what to do with, and the guitar soloing is tremendous.  “Bootleg” is a certified earworm of the highest order.  The long jams that finish out each side of the record (if you’re listening to this on vinyl that is) demonstrate CCR’s ability to either hypnotize the listener or build them up into a frenzy.  “Graveyard Train” lulls you into a pleasant repose punctuated by plaintive vocals.  “Keep On Chooglin’” on the other hand starts out with propulsive instrumentation and continuously crescendos until the band and the listener are both spent.


So there you have it waveriders.  I’d like to thank my friend for challenging my fossilized opinion on Creedence Clearwater Revival, forcing me into acquiring music that should have been a part of my collection long ago.  My listening life has been greatly enriched!  Now where do I fall on the whole ‘greatest band ever’ question?  I have to politely disagree, but when I reflect on all of the classic songs Creedence released I won’t begrudge anyone for making the case.



Ripple Effect Presents Worldwide Debut of New Album by Russian Rockers Starified


Taking the world by storm with their latest album "Fat Hits" released earlier this year, Starified now release their latest video, a live performance of the song "Scapegoat" from the new album.  

Here's how the band says it: 

"We present you our live performance of "Scapegoat" - the opener from our album "Fat Hits" released by Ripple Music on January 15th. 

Seems like this song gets more attention than the others and we decided to film it. Just as any band we get our inspiration from all kinds of music from heavy metal to classical and it seems that we decided not to strictly follow any specific genre and just to trust our feelings. This song in particular has a dark Sabbath feel in it and we thought that a black and white video would highlight the general mood of this composition. 

We also added an intro to "Scapegoat" which you will not hear in the album version of it, so enjoy this exclusive premiere and remember that no matter how hard life hits, don't let it make you a scapegoat."



Sunday, January 24, 2021

Guitar Legend TOMMY BOLIN Celebrated With New Collection Of Lost Tracks!

This year will mark the 55th anniversary of the passing of Tommy Bolin, the supremely talented guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work with Deep Purple and The James Gang, who captivated the world with his sophisticated and ferocious playing. Bolin’s tragic death, he was a mere 25 years old, has been one of rock music’s great “what ifs” forcing critics and fans to grapple with what Bolin might have been able to accomplish in subsequent years were he still alive, given that he managed to produce such amazing works of mature artistry at such a young age. Many point to Bolin’s most fully realized, and sadly final, album, the magnificent Private Eyes, as proof that for all of Bolin’s success, the man was just getting warmed up!


Now a new collection of never before released outtakes and demos from those recording sessions will be released showing the many sides of Bolin’s talent. The collection is called Shake The Devil - The Lost Sessions and will be released on February 12 courtesy of Cleopatra Records. Licensed directly from Bolin’s estate and with informative liner notes from rock journalist Dave Thompson, these recordings offer both acoustic, instrumental and alternate versions of some of Bolin’s best known tunes including his most popular song, “Bustin’ Out For Rosey.” That track is today offered as a special sneak preview of the album, which will be available on both CD as well as a gorgeous gatefold vinyl with your choice of white, purple or red vinyl!


Stream the single:


Pre-order the album:


Track List:


1. Shake The Devil (Alternate Mix)

2. Bustin' Out For Rosey (Alternate Version)

3. Hello Again (Outtake, No Strings)

4. Gypsy Soul (Outtake)

5. Sweet Burgundy (Alternate Version)

6. Someday We'll Bring Our Love Home (Instrumental Demo)

7. You Told Me That You Loved Me (Instrumental Demo)

8. Post Toastee (Acoustic Demo)

9. Tommy's Instrumental (Outtake)

10. Gypsy Soul (Acoustic Demo)

11. Gypsy Soul (Rehearsal Demo)

12. Someday We'll Bring Our Love Home (Instrumental Demo)

Saturday, January 23, 2021

A Ripple Conversation With Shepherd

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?


One of the very first musical epiphany moments I can remember having was the first time I heard "Cowboys From Hell" by Pantera. At that point in my life when I was in 6th grade or something I was listening to mostly contemporary and classic rock, whatever CD's my parents would let me buy from the Media Play or off Napster (thanks again Lars). Foo Fighters, AC/DC, Guns, Ozzy. But my older brother had this little pill shaped mp3 player and he wouldn't let me listen to a lot of what he had on there because he probably thought I wasn't cool enough yet. But one night I stole his mp3 player and ran off into the night with a pair of headphones and the first song that came on was Cowboys and I hadn't heard anything like that before in my life and it definitely had a profound effect on me. That wasn't the last time I ran off with his mp3 player.


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?


For us it always revolves around a riff or a set of riffs. We'll come up with something we really like and something we like, then we'll construct the rest of the song around it and use what works best. After that we like to think about how the song makes us feel or what kind of setting/mood the song evokes to decide what it should be about. The lyrics are almost always last once all those other pieces fall into place.


Who has influenced you the most?


That's a tough one. I think for each of us the answer could differ wildly but I know we all really intersect on Joe Walsh from the James Gang days. Nathan and I also really have a shared appreciation for soul/funk, shoutout and rest in peace to the Screamin Eagle Charles Bradley. We really cherished his music and were saddened by his passing. Josh Homme is another candidate for each of us.


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


In my experience I think inspiration can come from almost anywhere, you just have to leave yourself open to receiving it at all times. Which is the tough part, there are a lot of distractions that try to command your attention in today's world. It can be difficult to cut through the static and find some truth in all of the noise. Listening to music, new and old is one of the easiest ways to get the creative music juice bubbling. But it's not uncommon for us to draw inspiration from other art mediums as well. It can really come from anywhere.


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


We've all been fortunate to grow up in mostly stable home environments with people who loved and supported us. We spent a lot of our childhoods camping in the Rocky Mountains, skating the suburbs, and looking up at the Denver city skyline. Colorado has changed a lot since those days but if you ask anybody you'd be hard pressed to find a better place to grow up or call home. I think because of that, in our themes and lyrics there's always an underlying element of nature. Whether it be the cosmos, the seasons, the ocean, the myths we've passed on to make sense of the world, there's always some of that in there.


Where'd the band name come from?


We were practicing at Nathan's old place in Brighton and we were brainstorming band name ideas. We wanted something that was somewhat ambiguous and didn't immediately tell you what when you were in for when you heard the name for the first time. This went on for 10 minutes or so and then the name came to me while I was relieving myself on the side of Nathan's garage. It's like we said, inspiration can strike at any time.


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


We gushed over the "Mandy" soundtrack by Johann Johannsson. Something along the lines of that film would be incredible. There's a lot of things to appreciate about film but there seems to be a rise in film's that provide more visual spectacle and rely less on dialogue or exposition to tell a story. While also making brave choices and treading new ground when it comes to score/original soundtrack. We want more of that and if we had a choice that's the kind of film we'd like to be involved with.


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?


Oh boy, another great question. I've always been fascinated with the lyrics from "Lonely Lyle" by Big Business and by that band in general. The song has such a gloomy oozing sadness that's punctuated by these mystifying lyrics. It almost sounds like you're hearing the saga of some reluctant hero. As far as songs go that match their tone to their lyrics that one is in a league of its own. I think I could find 1,000 words to say about how effective that song is.


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


We once had a tiny Stonehenge moment at our very first show. We glossed over some minor details when we were ordering band shirts from a friend of ours and we ended up with some athletic fit, moisture wicking, polyester blend gym shirts with our logo on them. It worked out though, we sold out of them and people love them. Maybe we're onto something.


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


We're definitely the band who's always trying to blow people away at a live show. We put a lot of thought into our tones and write songs to deliver those tones with impact and emphasis. We want to be the loudest, thickest sounding band anyone's ever heard. We're off to a good start so far but we will always find ways to improve. We also love to meet new people and make new friends.


What makes a great song?


In my humble opinion I think a great song can at first make you feel a certain way or evoke a certain emotion and at the same time can allow the listener to enter the songwriter's mind and speculate on the meaning of the song or the perspective/experience of the songwriter.


Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?


The first song we wrote together was Sea Cave and that one actually made the cut on the EP out of all the material we had considered. We didn't try to write outside of our means at the time being a newly formed band, but the simplicity and straight forward delivery of the song had continued value to our ears and our audience so we decided to carry that torch forward.


What piece of your music are particularly proud of?


We're really pleased with how the entirety of the First Hand turned out. To have such a solid offering for our first offering is something that we're really proud of. As far as a particular song off the EP goes, we all tend to agree that Persephone is the most precise and engrossing track we have to offer so far.


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


Viagra Boys, Father John Misty, Tyler Childers, Kurt Vile, All Them Witches, Josh Homme's many projects, Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Mutoid Man, Pet Genius), Aaron B. Turner (Sumac). The things we love about these artists varies pretty wildly as I'm sure most people could assume but I think the one thing they all have in common is their identity. They're all quite recognizable, some might say iconic.


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


Vinyl is the way. We stream music all day long like most people these days but vinyl is our preferred method to listen to our favorite records and we think you can benefit more from choosing to listen to music more actively than passively. Like most things in life that little extra effort can make a big difference.


Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice


I don't know how we could live without either. However we are powered by Coors Banquet so I fear what our lives would devolve into without it. There's always tequila too.


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?


There's a couple we really like. If you're in Denver check out Wax Trax, Twist & Shout on Colfax, and Mutiny Information Cafe and Bowman's on Broadway. If you're in the greater Denver Metro area, Angelo's is like an old school CD store and I spend a lot of time in Black and Read in Arvada.


What's next for the band?


We're expanding our sonic horizon and writing new material right now. Getting ready to reintroduce ourselves to the venues of the world and hit the road when we can do so responsibly.


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


We're thrilled to have the chance to introduce ourselves to you and we hope to see you soon wherever you may be reading from.

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