Tuesday, January 21, 2020

BONE CHURCH unveil first single and details for new album 'Acid Communion', out March 13th on Ripple Music.

Connecticut stoner rockers BONE CHURCH share all the details as well as a crispy first track taken from their sophomore album 'Acid Communion', landing heavily this March 13th on Ripple Music.

BONE CHURCH's new album 'Acid Communion' is an intense, proto-metal journey through a colonial era New England village, rife with the evils of witchcraft. The album tells tales of downtrodden townsfolk, suffering at the hands of a satanic cult. All under the omnipresent eye of the local church. The Bone Church. A heavy, blues-laden tale of sonic folklore.

Get doomed with "Witch In The Cellar" via Outlaws Of The Sun

BONE CHURCH is a heavy Rock & Roll band from New Haven, CT. Formed in 2016, they're primarily influenced by the era when rock was transforming into the earliest forms of heavy metal, but still had its feet planted in the blues. Their sonic foundation is built upon that of classic bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and The Jimi Hendrix Experience; with elements of doom, metal, and psychedelia incorporated to complete their sound.

BONE CHURCH New album "Acid Communion"
Out March 13th on Ripple Music
1. Heavy Heaven
2. Witch In The Cellar
3. Bone Church Blues
4. Iron Temple
5. If They Float
6. Acid Communion

Jack Rune - Vocals
Dan Sefcik - Guitar
Nick Firine - Guitar
Pat Good - Bass
Rock Sickinger - Drums

Ripple Music: websiteFacebook

Monday, January 20, 2020

ANNIHILATOR Canadian Heavy Metal/Thrash Legends Debut "Dressed Up For Evil" Lyric Video; New Full-Length, Ballistic, Sadistic, Nears Release Via Silver Lining Music

[photo by Kai Swillus]

View / Share ANNIHILATOR's "Dressed Up For Evil" video at THIS LOCATION.

Heavy metal/thrash metal legends ANNIHILATOR today debut the shredding new lyric video for "Dressed Up For Evil." The latest single comes by way of the band's seventeenth studio album, Ballistic, Sadistic, set for release January 24th via Silver Lining Music.

Issues founding guitarist, vocalist, producer, and principal songwriter Jeff Waters of the track, "Evil in the guise of a man; that's how I would describe the theme in this one. People who have no good in them. Destroying all in their way with abuse, lies, and negativity. Generally, just being a nasty human being and ruining lives in the name of money; thinking that it makes them special. It just makes them evil and a waste of life. Musically-speaking, this one is as old-school ANNIHILATOR metal as it gets. It's obvious that the vibe in this tune reminds us of the early days of the band; even extending back to the demo days from '84-'88. A highlight for me in this song is the legendary voice of Raven's John Gallagher on backing vocals with Durham's Kat Shevil Gillham (Winds Of Genocide). An honor to have John on this record and his voice helps make this song a killer. Oh, and lots of shred guitar, as some have been demanding for a while! We hope you like this one... we do!"

View ANNIHILATOR's "Dressed Up For Evil" video below.
ANNIHILATOR - Dressed Up For Evil (Official Video)
ANNIHILATOR - "Dressed Up For Evil" (Official Video)

Find the band's previously released videos for "I Am Warfare," "Psycho Ward," and "Armed To The Teeth" HERE.

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Waters, Ballistic, Sadistic was recorded at the brand new, state-of-the-art Watersound Studios UK in Durham earlier this year with additional engineering and editing by bassist Rich Hinks and mastering by Maor Appelbaum (Faith No More, Halford) at Maor Appelbaum Mastering in California.

Ballistic, Sadistic will be available in limited-edition digipak, vinyl, and digital formats. For preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.

A name needing no introduction in the metal world, ANNIHILATOR was forged in Canada in late 1984. Since then, the band has been touring and releasing records, selling millions of albums to date, nonstop, for over thirty years. Cited by bands like Megadeth, Pantera, Dream Theater, Children Of Bodom, Lamb Of God, Opeth, Trivium, and so many more as having influence on their music, Jeff Waters and ANNIHILATOR have continued to tour the world, year after year, whilst consistently putting out high-quality true-metal music. It takes time, patience, and perseverance to reach legendary status, and no one can dispute that ANNIHILATOR are inspirations, teachers, legends, and a force demonstrating what hard work and love of your craft can bring to the world.
"This is the best ANNIHILATOR album in years; this is the best thrash album that 2020 is likely to produce..." -- Metal Observer

"Something really lit a spark under Waters' ass this time around, and he has channeled it into one of the finer moments in his - and ANNIHILATOR's - long career." -- Knac.com

"...a Grade A thrash album with memorable hooks... and most of all ace guitar playing. Waters is one of the best guitarists out there... a brilliant technical marvel with magic fingers and rock steady control who's consistently overlooked and undervalued." -- Rock Shop Pop

"Ballistic, Sadistic as the latest ANNIHILATOR offering assembles the best aspects of diversity and skilled, technical-laden songwriting to create a record that bridges the past to the present." -- Dead Rhetoric

Jeff Waters - vocals, guitar
Rich Hinks - bass
Aaron Homma - guitar
Fabio Alessandrini - drums

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Wrath Of Typhon - Kingdom Of Fear

PA's excellent heavy hitters, Wrath of Typhon, somehow passed under my radar for quite a while with their sophomore full-length, 'Kingdom Of Fear'. Originally released in 2017, it took me over a year to buy a copy and another to actually write this review. Shame on me, that's all I can say! 6 years in the making, it's been a smooth, natural progression from the 2011 debut, 'Speak From The Fire'. It still sounds like Wrath Of Typhon but with a more evolved sound. The only difference is the "new" bass player, Alan Derrick, although new might be a slight exaggeration since he's been with the band since 2013.

Not sparing any blushes, these Pennsylvanian hoodlums go for the balls immediately and never let off until the album is over. By then, you're wrung out and hung to dry, just as it should be. As before, Wrath Of Typhon mix their own heavy ass sound with dollops of The Mentors, Motörhead, heavy metal and punk, at least the attitude of the latter, and as usual this is amazing. Not standing still though, the guys has pushed themselves to move on a couple of notches and you can tell.

One prime examples of their progress is the insanely riff-heavy, ‘Sworn To Die’. Incredibly hooky in all its furious onslaught with a galloping bass guitar and bludgeoning drums, this one leads the way immediately. Intense and brilliant ‘E Obsolete’ is full of bee-swarming guitars and a supertight straightforward full steam ahead rhythm section. The foundation of ‘Livermore’ is like ‘Orgasmatron’ but sped up a notch. After getting increasingly faster the song drops in tempo a touch but still hits crushing levels. The choruses in ‘Son Of Sam’ are so hook-laden and reels you in, while the verses are sinister and uncomfortable in the best possible way. Brilliant! Mid-paced, for being Wrath Of Typhon at least, ‘Homage’ lurks and sneers til about halfway through. The all hell breaks loos with a furious guitar solo catapulting the band into hyper-speed. ‘Lazarus Pit’ is an excellent metal composition which captivates the listener right from the start. Pulls you in and there’s nothing you can do about. Perfect!

The six year long wait was so well-worth since Wrath Of Typhon has crafted the perfect metal album. The blend between new and old with bits and pieces of their collective influences has come together in an unholy alliance, just as metal should be, making ‘Kingdom Of Fear’ pretty damned fantastic! More of this, please, gentlemen, and don’t take six years until next time. The world needs you!


Friday, January 17, 2020

UK stoner-blues trio RITUAL KING share stirring first single "Valleys," new album landing Feb 21st on Ripple Music

Rising stoner blues trio RITUAL KING unveil a thrilling first track taken from their sophomore full-length 'Ritual King', coming February 21st on Ripple Music.

With an energetic style blending riff rock and heavy psych influences, the Manchester, UK three-piece has been compared to Fu Manchu for the greasy, hot-wheeling sound and Asteroid and Truckfighters for the blues-laden, fuzz-forward vibes.

New album Ritual King is a sheer riff-rock gem that will have heads nodding with its scorching, virtuoso grooves and Jordan Leppitt's soaring vocals.

First single "Valleys" perfectly showcases the band's ability to stir a various range of emotions within a single song, blending powerful bluesy licks with face-melting, down-tuned chords and fuzzed-out bass frequencies. One layer after another, RITUAL KING unveil all the magic that makes their music so sincere and unique.

Constant gigging and touring throughout the UK and Europe has helped RITUAL KING build a dedicated grass roots following, and they show no signs of slowing down. A powerful stage presence and driving riffs are key to their identity, and they’ve been described as “original and refreshing with retro roots". With the release of their debut album, the trio is now ready to deliver their music far and wide to the true riff believers.

RITUAL KING New album 'Ritual King' out February 21st on Ripple Music.
1. Valleys
2. No Compromise
3. Headspace
4. 602
5. Dead Roads
6. Restrain
7. Black Hills

Jordan Leppitt - Lead Vocals & Guitar
Dan Godwin - Bass
Gareth Hodges - Drums & Backing Vocals

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Fistful of Tunes - New Single Debut From Otto Kinzel!

Ladies and gentlemen I would like to present to you the first single from the 2020 solo campaign of Otto Kinzel (Dust Prophet; Skin Drone).  "I Bleed For You" is hypnotically aggressive and will leave you slightly disturbed, but thirsting for more.

Inspired by the still unsolved murder of Karina Holmer (AKA The Swedish Au Pair Murder), in mid-90's Boston. This was originally written to be a part of the short film A DREAM OF DISTANT SKIES (brilliantly directed by Russell James and his film company Neptune/Teletron).

The music video uses excerpts and unused footage from the short film to create the feeling of the soon-to-be female victim being stalked by an obsessive perpetrator.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Xroadie Files

Gevaudan – Iter
Adam Pirmohamed – Vocals, Bruce Hamilton – Guitar, Andy Salt – Bass, David Himbury – Drums

Dawntreader slow guitar melodies just slide all around your senses then the music grows heavier and more sinister doom and gloom stoner metal. Maelstrom low bass strange sounds envelop you as it works its way into you with some great guitar work and pounding rhythms. The Great Heathen Army stand and fist pump as you groove along to one crunchy stoner rock metal anthem in the style of original Black Sabbath. Saints of Blood just close your eyes and let the music take you away into your imagination. Duskwalker a strange mind trip thru your inner thoughts.

Plague Pit – Labyrinthine
Band Members – Unknown

Accursed Clay pounding thrashing shredding death madness. The Gift Of Unknowning eerie tones that just slither then grab you and slam you against the ground. Feverish Stupor evil rises and just devours all. Labyrinthine the pits of hell open and demons pour forth as they eat your soul.

In Sanity – Welcome To The Show     
Erik Sollmann – Vocals, John Turner – Guitar, Nino Carovac- Guitar, Andrey Astafiev – Bass, Tim Lobner – Guitar, Sophia Voss – Drums

The Stendal Syndrome chugging riff pounding drums thundering bass screaming death metal vocals just hang on for the ride. Watermark fist pumping head banging death madness. Welcome To The Show just get ready for one melodic death metal journey thru your mind. Damaged Gods squealing guitars thundering rhythms crunchy riffs and vocals that just rip your heart out. High Rise eerie guitar tones pierce thru you then a pit thrashing riff that will have you moshing all around. On Lucid Nightmares just close your eyes and let your imagination take you to dark places. New World Order a very catchy melody and pounding rhythm that will have you on your feet fist pumping and singing. Blood And Clay fast heavy speed thrash death metal madness. Your End Will Justify The Means will have the entire crowd moshing and head banging till the last note. Quantum Leap melodic metal that just envelops your soul. Dance of The Jackals hard driving melodic death metal Headbanging fist pumping foot stomping mayhem. Hellward Bound just hang on for the ride of your life.

Juggernaut –Neuroteque
Andrea Carletti – Guitar/Sitar/Samples, Roberto Cippitelli – Bass/Glockenspiel/
Vibraslap/Synths, Matteo D’Amicis – Drums/ ATV A Frame/ Egg And Soft Shaker/ Tambourine/ Tabla/ Senasel/ Trash Can, Luigi Farina – Guitar/Synths

Limina tones that just envelop you and pull you into a dark abyss of nothingness as the melodies change tempos several times. Astor thumping bass pounding drums with a very jazzy influence but in a heavier metal prog style. Ipnonauta just close your eyes and let your mind drift away. Charade an excellent prog metal tune that just lets your imagination run free with some amazing musicianship and a catchy riff. Titanismo lost in space and time your mind wandering in darkness. Aracnival swirling synths funky bass prog rock metal emotions just take a wild trip. Orbitalia one imagination magical musical journey.

The Whirlings – Earthshine
Andrea Lolli- Guitar,MattiaLolli – Guitar/Synths, Diego La Chioma – Bass/Synths, Giulio Corona – Drums

Vacuum close your eyes and take a trip back to the prog rock psychedelia of the 60s and early 70s just trip away. Reverence melodies just envelop your soul as it pulls in many emotions with some amazing musicianship. #6 psychedelic tones solid rhythms and a very space rock feel. Good For Health, Bad For Education soft melodies just surround you as the music pulls you into the recesses of your soul near the end it has an almost stoner rock feel with emotional guitars. Lost In Whiteout just let your imagination take over for a very trippy space rock stoner psychedelic prog adventure.


Monday, January 13, 2020

Heavy rock supergroup BIG SCENIC NOWHERE premiere new track "Then I Was Gone" off debut LP ‘Vision Beyond Horizon’ on Heavy Psych Sounds.

US rock collective BIG SCENIC NOWHERE (with members of Fu Manchu, Yawning Man, Mos Generator, The Well, plus Nick Oliveri, Alain Johannes and Per Wiberg) premiere a punchy new track today via Brooklyn Vegan. It's taken from their debut album 'Vision Beyond Horizon', out January 31 on Heavy Psych Sounds.

“Then I Was Gone” is the third excerpt of 'Vision Beyond Horizon' — a down tuned beast of fuzziness with airy melodic vocals from Ian Graham and Lisa Alley (The Well), Gary Arce on guitar, Bob Balch on guitar and bass, and Bill Stinson rocking the drums. "It’s a ripper, and you might wanna break out the lava lamp for this one" say Brooklyn Vegan.

Stream new single "Then I Was Gone" HERE

BIG SCENIC NOWHERE is the ambitious new project merging the massive riffing of Bob Balch (Fu Manchu) with the atmospheric guitars of Gary Arce (Yawning Man), also featuring high class appearance from Alain Johannes, Tony Reed (Mos Generator), Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson), Per Wiberg (ex-Opeth), Bill Stinson (Yawning Man), Nick Oliveri, Lisa Alley and Ian Graham (The Well). Debut album 'Vision Beyond Horizon' is set for release on Jnauary 31st via Heavy Psych Sounds Records.

BIG SCENIC NOWHERE 'Vision Beyond Horizon'
Out January 31st on Heavy Psych Sounds - PREORDER
Anyone familiar with the terms “Stoner Rock” or “Desert Rock” have surely heard the names FU MANCHU or YAWNING MAN. While stylistically different, both bands occupy legendary status. Like many of the best things in life, the root collaboration behind Big Scenic Nowhere between guitarists Gary Arce of Yawning Man and Bob Balch of Fu Manchu started with tacos.

While the project would grow soon enough to encompass players like Tony Reed (Mos Generator), Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man), Per Wiberg (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Opeth), Bill Stinson (Yawning Man), Nick Oliveri (Mondo Generator, ex-Kyuss, etc.), Lisa Alley and Ian Graham (both of The Well), Alain Johannes (Them Crooked Vultures, Chris Cornell, Eleven) and Thomas V. Jäger (Monolord), Big Scenic Nowhere is founded on Balch and Arce tossing guitar riffs and leads back and forth, piecing together song parts one movement at a time. Jamming. Sharing music. Developing a chemistry to build something new based on their individual experiences. In this way, Big Scenic Nowhere is the heart of what collaboration should manifest. Something that grows stronger for the cohesion between those who make it happen.

Gary traveled to Bob’s place, Bob recorded the tracks and assembled what became more fluid progressions, and songs resulted, highlighting the differences of style between the two of them – Balch a fuzz-laden guitarist’s guitarist tuned to D standard, Arce a delay-drenched sonic explorer with a signature tone tuned to DAD’GAD – and the resulting cohesion from their efforts. After Balch arranged the tunes they headed into the studio to get basic tracks. Over the course of a few months musicians started to send in their contributions to the record. Vocals from Tony Reed came first, then Lisa Alley and Ian Graham from The Well and lastly Alain Johannes. Tony Reed also provided some vintage synth sounds, along with Per Wiberg, and Alain added some extra guitar parts. The end result is an album that is so dense with talent that it’s frightening. It’s a result of seasoned artists that have grown to this point. While all of their styles are different, the collaboration created a beautiful and unique album. “Vision Beyond Horizon” will echo through the ages as a document of our time, a bible to all things stoner and desert and then some. It’s a very heady album and deserves full attention. So sit back, relax, and take a trip behind the sonic curtain. Let “Vision Beyond Horizon” be your guide for years to come.

Bob Balch (Fu Manchu) - Guitar / Bass on all tracks
Gary Arce (Yawning Man) - Guitar on all tracks
Tony Reed (Mos Generator) - Vocals / Keys / Drums
Alain Johannes (QOTSA, Them Crooked Vultures) - Vocals / Guitar
Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Mondo Generator) - Bass
Bill Stinson (Fu Manchu) - Drums
Mario Lalli (Yawning Man, Fatso Jetso) - Bass
Per Wiberg (Kamchatka, ex-Opeth) - Keys
Lisa Alley (The Well) - Vocals
Ian Graham (The Well) - Vocals
Kylen Reed - Bass

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