Friday, July 31, 2015

Faith In Jane - Sorcerer, Sword, Smoke

Straight out of Thurmont, MD, Faith In Jane has been busting balls, crushing heads and taking no prisoners since 2009. The first few years of their existence the trio honed their skills until they knew some serious damage could be done with the groovy, spacey and jammed take on stoned out doom. And annihilate they do! I've been fortunate enough to have witnessed them live on several trips up to Maryland and Faith In Jane is a force to be reckoned with. Each new show brings something different and is always a natural step forward for them. How does this translate to the band's recorded efforts. Well dear waverider, read on about their brand new full-length, 'Sorcerer, Sword, Smoke' and find out.

Right out of the starting block in opener ‘Back To Earth’, messieurs Dan Mize, guitars & vocals, Brendan Winston, bass guitar and Alex Llewellyn, drums, throw a left hook, followed by a right hook and then a vicious upper cut that leaves me stumbling and gasping for air…even before ten seconds has passed! When I finally manage to gather my senses, I am lost in the wonderful world of Faith In Jane.

We all have our own individual ways of absorbing the music we listen to. And it also differs depending on what is being played. As for these gentlemen, all I recommend is to close your eyes, crank it up and just let the band take you away on a magical trip. Weaving back and forth between tempos, solos, jam sessions, you name it, it still never gets boring and that’s a great accolade. Countless bands have at countless times failed miserably trying to play above their abilities. Not these guys! Faith In Jane do whatever they want so easily and the end result is amazing. There are few, if hardly any bands nowadays, that can unleash such free flowing music, especially on a record. Just check out ‘Stormbringer’ for instance. A heavy monster from the start, but yet the band goes into different stages throughout with the flick of a switch without losing stride or momentum.

The aforementioned ‘Stormbringer’ is along with the ultra-doomy and trippy ‘Doomed Phoenix’, ‘Speaking The Wicked Tongue’, ‘Channel The Cosmic’ and ‘Infinite Love’ my absolute favourites on the album. And they really bring out what Faith In Jane are. You should of course listen to the album because it is a barnstormer, but the tracks I mentioned are all you could ask for in any band. I guess you can call Faith In Jane a free band, and what I mean by that is they do anything they want without any outside pressure. And that freedom is priceless which is so perfectly evident in ‘Sorcerer Sword Smoke’. I wish more bands has the same guts to do anything they want to, instead of thinking “will this be a hit”. If they did, the world of music would be a bottomless treasure chest. Since this most likely won’t happen, Faith In Jane are here to show the way.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic music waveriders. I implore you to also check out the band’s extensive back catalogue. If I’m not mistaken they have two full-lengths, one EP and five singles out already, independently released, and can be obtained from their bandcamp page. And anyone out there running a label should pick them up because Faith In Jane has not shied away from the public eye…and unbelievably they are still unsigned.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

ANCIENT ALTAR Announces Dead Earth Album & Summer Tour, Title Track Streaming On CVLT Nation

Los Angeles-based post-apocalyptic sludge outfit Ancient Altar released their self-titled debut and subsequent "Tidal" video last year to absolutely non-stop rave reviews, and they're not slowing down: Just announced is their sophomore album, Dead Earth, which will see the light of day on September 1st on LP via Black Voodoo Records, with a cassette version to follow through Midnite Collective. The band will also do a quick run of tour dates in August, and a bigger tour in the fall which will be announced soon. Today, CVLT Nation is hosting the first peek at the record: the title track, "Dead Earth," which depicts a departure from the planet after all is dead and smoldering. More info to be released in the coming weeks, but for now...

Hear Ancient Altar's "Dead Earth" AT THIS LOCATION.

**Preorders for the LP are available on Black Voodoo Records' website HERE.**

Track Listing:
1. Leader, Liar
2. Albion
3. Dead Earth (LISTEN)
4. Void

Ancient Altar Tour Dates:

8/6 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
8/7 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Flux Capacitor
8/8 - Santa Fe, NM @ The Cave
8/9 Tempe, AZ @ 51 West



RED FANG: Announce US Headlining Tour

Portland, OR hard rockers RED FANG have announced a headlining US tour this October with support from Whores and Wild Throne. The Revolver Magazine sponsored tour comes on the heels of the band's recent European and Australian tours and includes appearances at Slipknot's Knotfest and Monster Energy's Aftershock Festival.  This tour will mark the last shows the band performs this year before heading into the studio to begin recording their new full-length next year.  A complete listing of dates is available below.  The band commented on the upcoming run:  
"We are extremely excited to hit the road with two of our favorite bands, Whores and Wild Throne, this October!  Come hang out and let the AUTUMN BREEZE blow you away!!"  
RED FANG recently premiered their new animated video for “Crows In Swine,” the third single off their critically acclaimed third album Whales and Leeches. The clip which was animated and directed by Adam Avilla can be viewed HERE
Released on Relapse Records last year, RED FANG’s current album Whales and Leeches debuted at #66 on the Billboard Album Chart, marking the group’s highest sales week and first debut in the Top 200. RED FANG are generating worldwide critical acclaim from SPIN, Revolver, Magnet, Alternative Press and more (soundbites below) for their current album Whales and Leeches, which was produced by Chris Funk (Decemberists) and mixed by Vance Powell (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Kings of Leon). Featuring such guests as Mike Scheidt (YOB) and Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession), Whales and Leeches propels RED FANG into the upper stratosphere of the heavy rock and metal elite. The album can be streamed in full via their official Bandcamp page HERE
Red Fang Tour Dates
*All dates with Whores and Wild Throne* 
Thu/Oct 01 -  BILLINGS MT     Pub Station
Fri/Oct 02 -    SALT LAKE CITY UT       Urban Lounge w/ Caspian
Sat/Oct 03 -   FT COLLINS CO   Aggie Theatre
Mon/Oct 05 -  KANSAS CITY MO  Riot Room
Tue/Oct 06 -   ST LOUIS MO     Firebird
Wed/Oct 07 -  CHICAGO IL      Subterranean
Thu/Oct 08 -   COLUMBUS OH     Ace of Cups
Fri/Oct 09 -     PITTSBURGH PA   Altar Bar
Sat/Oct 10 -    BROOKLYN, NY   Palisades
Sun/Oct 11 -   PHILADELPHIA PA Underground Arts
Tue/Oct 13 -   RALEIGH NC      Kings
Wed/Oct 14 -  ATLANTA GA      Masquerade - Hell
Fri/Oct 16 -     NEW ORLEANS LA  Siberia
Sat/Oct 17 -    DALLAS TX       Gas Monkey Live
Sun/Oct 18 -   AUSTIN TX       Mohawk
Mon/Oct 19 -   HOUSTON TX      Warehouse Studio
Wed/Oct 21 -   ALBUQUERQUE NM  Launchpad
Thu/Oct 22 -    PHOENIX AZ      The Rebel Lounge
Fri/Oct 23 -      SAN DIEGO CA    Casbah
Sat/Oct 24 -     SAN MANUEL CA   Knotfest*
Sun/Oct 25 -    SACRAMENTO CA   Aftershock*

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dan Miraldi - Chaos, Destruction & Dancing

Greetings waveriders!  Today I've been afforded the opportunity to tell you about the brand spanking new release from Dan Miraldi, an artist I've had the privilege of following since I began writing for The Ripple Effect.  The name of the album is Chaos, Destruction & Dancing and I think it is superb!  If you have been searching for extraordinary pop/rock music that hearkens back to an earlier musical age you've hit the jackpot!

Dan Miraldi is a young man.  He is a young man with an old soul.  This old soul guides his musical creations, producing songs that successfully iterate on proven sounds while adding more modern trappings.  The end result is nothing short of aural magic!  Is it rock 'n' roll?  Absolutely!  Is it power pop?  Oh yeah!  Can you hear elements of punk rock, folk rock, and synth pop?  You know it!  C,D&D is an album that can bring together combative musical curmudgeons of all ages and give them all something to shout about.  What makes me so confident in my appraisal?  I'll tell you.

Let's analyze some of the direct musical references that pop into my head when listening to a few of C,D&D's songs.  Why not start with album opener "Demon Baby"?  This track would feel right at home on a Television album, especially considering how much Mr. Miraldi's voice sounds like Tom Verlaine here.  Television a little dated for your musical leanings?  That's cool.  "Junkie Friend", the second song on the album, has a main guitar riff that explores similar territory to Modest Mouse's well-loved single "Float On".  How about a 1980's reference point?  No problem!  "Parallel Universe" is synth pop to a tee, and "I Gotta Figure Out How" has keys reminiscent of Dire Straits.  The kicker is that what I've outlined is only scratching the surface!

As I alluded to earlier one of the highest compliments I can offer Dan Miraldi is that he takes all of these vintage as well as modern reference points and creates songs that are entirely his own.  He is not directly lifting ideas from the past, only using them as solid foundations which he then builds upon.  While this quality was evident in his work five years ago when I first listened to him, the songs on C,D&D take this approach and hone it to a razor sharp edge.  This is a singer/songwriter who has reached full maturity and we are all beneficiaries of the resultant musical output.

Start to finish Chaos, Destruction & Dancing by Dan Miraldi is a marvelous album!  You need this music in your lives waveriders!  Pick up a copy when it releases 8/4/2015.

- Penfold

PS: My favorite track off the record is "Perpetual Outsider".  Hmmm?  I wonder why?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Decibel premiere new video for 'Bed of Ashes' by Austin psych rockers Sweat Lodge | Debut album Talismana out this August on Ripple Music

Watch the new video for 'Bed of Ashes' here - Talismana by Sweat Lodge will be released on 7th August 2015 on Ripple Music

“Roll one, light up, and do as Sweat Lodge would do: Burn it slow and take it in.”
Consequence of Sound

This August, Ripple Music are releasing Talismana, the long-awaited debut album from one of America’s most exciting and downright badass psychedelic metal bands, Sweat Lodge.

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

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

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

Sweat Lodge:

Cody Lee Johnston (Vocals)
Caleb Dawson (Drums)
Javier Gardea (Guitars)
Austin Shockley (Bass)
Dustin Anderson (Guitar) 

Sweat Lodge on Facebook | Bandcamp 

Day of the Shred Festival to Light Up Southern California November 1

Dia de los Muertos-themed Concert Event to Feature Performances from Captain Beyond, Spirit Caravan, Crowbar, John Garcia, Mondo Generator, Torche and More

 This fall, The Day of the Shred Festival returns to Southern California, presenting a diverse lineup of heavy music acts. Billed as an experience "to gather the living and remember the dead", The Day of the Shred will take place on November 1 (Dia de los Muertos) in Santa Ana, CA. Celebrating monolithic riffs, skateboarding and the souls of the departed, the second annual festival  will be an all day, all ages event. Presented by Thief – also the creators of the annual Psycho California Festival -- The Day of the Shred will feature headliners Captain Beyond, Spirit Caravan, Crowbar, Torche, John Garcia (of Kyuss fame), Elder, Saviours, Mondo Generator and more.

   Tickets for the 2015 Day of the Shred Festival are on sale now at this location. Early bird general admission tickets are $59 (+ tax) and a limited VIP ticket package (which includes express entry, a signed festival screen print, access to the artist lounge, complimentary microbrew and snacks, a limited edition record bag and an exclusive Thief X Obey concert shirt) is also available.
What: Day of the Shred Fest 2015
Where: The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
Time: 2PM - 2AM
 The just-announced lineup for The Day of the Shred 2015 is as follows:

   Stay tuned in to The Day of the Shred Fest via the Facebook event page and follow THE DAY OF THE SHRED on social media:
   Facebook: /DayoftheShred
   Instagram: @ThiefPresents

Monday, July 27, 2015

Carousel – 2113

So here I sit once again scrambling to find time to pump out some recommendations. I sit here pedaling on the stationary bike at my neighborhood gym after a 10 hour workday on a Friday afternoon while the Food Network simmers above on the TV screen plucking at my iPhone like a wife with her head cut off. This is my time to shine, meaning the small window I have during the day to dedicate to listening to the best rock and roll you're not listening to. Today the ear candy is brought to me via the amazing new album by the retro heavy rockers Carousel. 2113 is the number and/or year of the album, being their sophomore output. I've been struggling to keep this off my iPod all week long. A lot like my last review of Freedom Hawk's Into Your Mind, the wow factor is high and my exercise bike routine times out much too quick. Time flies when you're having fun right?

Anyway, about the album, Carousel has utterly blown my mind with the infectious riffs on display here. "Trouble" kicks the album off and is just that if your idea of trouble is screaming riffage fronted by sinisterly sexy vocals and flaming dual guitar solos. The tempo is hard and fast and the attitude is all party. Not unlike their debut album, Jeweler’s Daughter, the guitars are loud, precise, and intense, and the vocals belt out a harmony that will welt your ass cheeks like the whip of Grandpa’s belt.

“Photograph” snaps into a bass heavy rhythm displaying the smoky combination of lead and backup vocals swirling with Thin Lizzy-esque strokes of the battle axe. For guitar fans this is another must-have album to add to this year’s collection. It'd fit nice right next to Freedom Hawk or even Valkyrie or Black Star Riders latest records. The dual guitar threat always gets me, paired perfectly against the deep rumbling drum blasts. Guitarist Matt Goldsborough of Pentagram/The Skull fame has joined the team for 2113, which is perhaps one reason the chops sound so awesome!

Chalked full of melodic chorus lines and smooth as silk backing vox, 2113 brings elements of classic metal, rock and modern stoner groove. Think High n' Dry era Def Leopard but played to a gang of Harley addicts. This is party rock, biker metal, retro stoner dirge with an AC/DC squelch.

It’s hard to pick a favorite song as they all bring a pleasantly familiar tingle. If I had to pick I'd currently go with "Man Like Me" with its mellow groove and catchy bass line.

==Break== (Left Gym, went home kids in bed, hours later cont.)

Put your shades on, flip your hair back, put the pedal to the metal and melt away to the irresistible melody, or if you're a man like me, do all that minus the hair flip and let the wind blow through your receding hair line. From hard rocking anthems to lonely blues ballads, Carousel rock through highs and lows like a carousel ride on acid. "Strange Revelation" revolves slowly and methodically with a somber tone, beefed up with wicked blues-based shreddage and stinging vocals. Just when you think you've had enough, a familiar ring pipes in to close the album down with a cover of Joe Walsh's "Turn to Stone". Let’s give a round of applause for Mr. Walsh! While we’re at it, big clap for Carousel as well as they have constructed a magnificent album with 2113. And now I’m on youtube listening to Joe Walsh. Ha. Literally. Okay back now, gotta wrap this up just like I wrapped my 3 year old up about an hour ago in bed. This old man is getting tired.

If we're still around 98 years from this albums release, our children and their children will have reason to celebrate the moment 2113 is resurrected. Carousel will find a place in your collection whether you’re an old hippy, hair metal revivalist, modern stoner, or basically anyone with an ounce of good taste. The album is due out August 28th on Tee Pee Records. I know I'm on board to grab a vinyl edition. It's a must have folks. Perfect soundtrack for the latter half of summer leading into fall. God damn it's so good. Don’t pass this one up.

-The Huntsman


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Motherslug - S/T

If you like your sludge so steamy and thick that it can suspend humid droplets of dew in midair, have I got a release for you.

The debut album from new heavy label NoSlip Records features the debut long-player from Melbourne Australia's, five-headed monster of doom, Motherslug.  Bringing a low end that can only be measured on the Richter scale, vocals that bubble out of the larynx like a creature from the swamp and guitars that sear through the swampy haze, Motherslug pulled out all the stops on this album.  Inspired by Kyuss, Sabbath, and Electric Wizard amongst others, Motherslug still manage to sound completely like themselves in the crowded world of underground doom.

In essence, everything you need to know about the bands sound is right there in their name.  Motherslug.  Slug referencing the moist and slimy riffs that crawl out of the speakers in no hurry whatsoever.  Merely taking their time to ooze across your eardrums, in no hurry to eat into your brain.  And Mother, because these four guys and one woman simply bring on the mother of all heaviness.

Now, I'm prepared to get flamed for this, but I've never been a fan of Sleep.  Blasphemy, I know.  But for you waveriders who know me, you know I need a little energy in my riffing, I need a fat and thick groove, I need some rock injected into the morass of doom.  And Motherslug do that just fine.  Never losing themselves in a muddle of drudgery and a quagmire of simple thudding, Motherslug keep the melodies and guitar work inspired enough to keep me interested and bring enough pure rock to the sonic sludge to give it a pulse.  They slow it down -- way down-- at times, but never forget that to capture the swamp storm of lighting to fire the monster back to life.

Second cut on side one, "Rollin'" is a perfect example of this.  Earlier in the day, I'd been listening to SuperGiant and their killer album Pistol Star, and I was thinking just how perfectly those boys managed to bring on the fattness without getting trudging.  "Rollin'" is cut from the same sonic cloth.  Heavy as shit, but it's got a groove that keeps the pulse moving.  Cheers to Cyn on bass for anchoring this onslaught, while Cam's vocals gurgle with the perfect tone of throatiness and phlegm.  The midsong breakdown plays with dynamics and hypnotic states enough to give you time to light up another bowl, before the badass groove digs back in.  Simply put , this is a killer cut.

That doesn't mean Motherslug keeps it rockin' all the time.  "Trippin' on Evil" brings in the Sleep influence big time, slowing it all way down to the teutonic pace.  But here it works as a contrast to the more fiery cuts.  I've been to Australia before and don't recall there being any swamps in the Melbourne area, but somehow Motherslug managed to find one.  Or create one in their studio.  A thick, green swamp of humid, dripping riffs. The prolonged, one-note bass solo on Space man, brings to my mind the visual of the swamp creature pulling himself out of the muck and mire and preparing himself to terrorize an unsuspecting hamlet.

NoSlip put out this baby on beautiful translucent wax (the band edition) and two other special editions, and as you can see, the cover art is gorgeous. Overall a great package that no fan of the heavy should pass up.  Cheers to all involved.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Behold! The Monolith - Architects Of The Void


Crushing, dark, epic. Architects of the Void is a vicious journey through the wastelands and the wilderness of a cursed and forgotten land. With elements of all good things that are heavy, the new release by Behold! The Monolith is a musical battle hammer shattering the skulls of the weak and feeble.

Continuing in true warrior fashion, the LA based quartet were forced to regroup after the tragic death of previous frontman Kevin Mcdade back in 2013. Joined by Jordan Nailey (Vocals) and Jason (Cass) Casanova (Sasquatch) (Bass) Behold! The Monolith will be dropping this 7 song album like a ton of bricks on your unsuspecting face September 29th of 2015.

The album was produced by Billy Anderson who has also produced such greats as High On Fire, The Melvins and Neurosis. The artwork was done by Dusty Peterson (Bloodbath, Six Feet Under, Oceano). The entire album has a great vibe. Very dark and ominous. The vocals can go from a nice “angry growl” all the way to “blood thirsty Demon” like a flip of the switch. Lots of interesting cords and compositions. At a few different points during my listening experience, there were elements that were reminiscent of some classic bands like Enslaved, High On Fire, Neurosis and even a little pinch of Iron Maiden.

All together “Architects of the void” signals the triumphant return of these Iron clad warriors. Pre-order your copy today!

- D2

Friday, July 24, 2015

CRUMBSUCKERS, NOISEY STREAM TWO EARLY RARE RECORDINGS FROM "DEMOS," "LIVE AT CBGB 1984-1985" "Demos," "Basement Tapes," "Live at CBGB 1984-1985" to be released digitally for first time ever on July 24 via Dead City Records

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. - Legendary hardcore/thrash/crossover act, Crumbsuckers, has teamed up with Noisey to stream two tracks from the band's upcoming digital releases of early rare recordings, Demos and Live at CBGB 1984-1985. The two albums will release this Friday, along with Basement Tapes, via Dead City Records. Stream "Be Yourself" from Live at CBGB 1984-1985 and "Live to Work" from Demos at: 

Compiled by original singer, Dave Brady, this will be the first time these recordings will be available digitally. All recorded before Brady's departure from the band, Demos features early versions of songs which later appeared on the band's debut album Life of Dreams. Basement Tapes includes early and alternate versions of songs recorded in their rawest form, originally meant for the band's ears only and recorded at various early practice sessions. And finally, Live at CBGB 1984-1985 contains great quality early live recordings from the CBGB's soundboard. Dead City Records is proud to make the tracks available digitally worldwide for the first time.

"Direct from my personal archive of recordings comes the early days of Crumbsuckers material," commented Brady. "These are some of the earliest surviving recordings of the band, and you can hear the progress from our punk rock roots to what would be called the 'crossover' days of the mid-80s. This is the whole enchilada - from basement tapes, to pro demos and some choice early CBGB board recordings." 

Crumbsuckers formed in 1982 in Long Island, N.Y. as a party band covering songs by notable acts such as Minor Threat, Bad Brains and Kraut. The band was best known for the release of the classic and highly influential albums Life of Dreams in 1986 and Beast on my Back in 1998 before disbanding soon after.

Stay tuned for more information on Crumbsuckers and
Demos, Basement Tapes and Live at CBGB 1984-1985, available digitally for the first time ever this week on Dead City Records. 

Crumbsuckers online...

Dead City Records online...

SERPENTS OF SECRECY: Reactivated Southern Doom Pioneers Welcome Al Yeti Bones To The Vocal Position; Full-Length Album Underway

After weeks of auditions, reactivated southern doom bringers, SERPENTS OF SECRECY - featuring ex-Sixty Watt Shaman members, bassist Rev. Jim Forrester (Foghound), drummer Chuck Dukehart III (Foghound) and guitarist Todd Ingram (King Giant) -- are very pleased to welcome current Gypsy Chief Goliaths/former Mighty Nimbus frontman, Al Yeti Bones, to the mic. 

SERPENTS OF SECRECY was initially forged in 2013 but ultimately put on hold while Rev. Jim, Dukehart III, and Ingram participated in the reformation of Sixty Watt Shaman. However, following two years of performances including DesertFest Berlin and London, the increasingly difficult challenges related to schedules and logistics within the Sixty Watt camp led to the revival of SERPENTS OF SECRECY.

Recording of a full-length album is already underway in Baltimore, Maryland at Magpie Cage Studios with J. Robbins (Clutch, Wino, The Sword etc.). The first round of tracking is complete and additional sessions are planned in the coming weeks. "We were working with several candidates and heard some great vocalists but Al's demos had the attack, passion and feel that best matched the music we're writing," said Ingram of the decision to bring in Yeti Bones. "His performances were the first ones where all three of us thought, 'yep, this is our guy.' And his enthusiasm for this project has truly been impressive. He sent us vocal takes less than twenty-four hours after receiving the rough tracks."  

"I couldn't be more excited to be a part of this band," says Yeti Bones. "It's been nearly a decade since I've been involved with anything stateside, and the name SERPENTS OF SECRECY truly spoke to me. Fitting for what we are doing and the road we travel down, which is one that has been relatively silent to the public waiting for the right time to strike by unleashing this beast unto the world."
"The songs cover a lot of ground musically and emotionally," elaborates Forrester of the forthcoming tunes. "Much of the material was written and even recorded in a very despondent atmosphere. So the songs range from a palpable anger and aggression to very somber in tone." "And there are some head nodding, all-consuming anthems in there as well," adds Dukehart III.
SERPENTS OF SECRECY plans to release the album in late 2015/early 2016. Further info to be announced in the coming weeks.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

ProgMetalZone Song Premiere PYRAMIDS ON MARS 'Battle For Rome'; New Album 'Echo Cosmic' Due Out Sept 8th

Track Listing: Pyramids On Mars - Echo Cosmic
1. Dream Division (5:14)
2. Battle for Rome (5:48)
3. Death Valley Driver (5:25)
4. Tribute (2:54)
5. Heaven’s Gate (6:04)
6. Sailing the Oceans of Neptune (5:05)
7. Spectre of Orion (5:36)
8. Order of the Freemasons (8:09)
9. Occam’s Razor (6:08)
10. Echo Cosmic (4:56)
Album Length: 55:24

Crafting Progressive rock, industrial, and metal influences fused with his passion for classical composers such has J.S Bach and Antonio Vivaldi, guitarist Kevin Estrella is carving a new musical direction that few dare to attempt with his solo project PYRAMIDS ON MARS. Written all by Estrella from the guitars, bass and drums, his latest effort 'Echo Cosmic' due out on September 8, 2015 is an impressive ten track journey to follow up his 2013 self-titled debut album. With an ear for melody, and natural use of odd time signatures blended with modern heavy guitar riffs and the sound of classic 1970’s analog keyboards, your adventure of music from the Mystical Red Planet begins now with the premiere of the first single 'Battle For Rome' on at the following link: 
'Echo Cosmic' Album trailer : 
For more info, please visit

HOVERFEST 2015: Slough Feg, Witch Mountain, Danava, Lord Dying, Sons Of Huns, Holy Grove & More To Play Second Annual Festival Of Amps, Riffs & Motorcycles

After yet another year of innovation in the creation of amplifiers and motorcycles (not to mention a stamp of a approval from Popular Mechanics) Hovercraft Amplifiers' mastermind Nial McGaughey has cemented HOVERFEST as a growing Portland institution in its second year running. This year, Portland trifecta of Cravedog, Hovercraft Amplifiers and Nanotear Booking is proud to reveal the lineup of the second annual HOVERFEST, happening on Saturday, August 8th 2015 from noon 'til dusk, in the alleyway between Cravedog and Type Foundry Recording Studio. (611 N Tillamook St. Suite B22, Portland, Oregon 97227) Join for a day devoted to celebrating riffs, amplifiers, motorcycles, and the fantastic people and good times that come together when all of those are combined.

This year's lineup is:


Advance tickets are $20 ($25 day-of-show) and can be found HERE.

Facebook event page:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Buzzcocks - Spiral Scratch EP

Perfection waveriders.  This is not a term I throw around lightly.  Okay, I might use the word perfect to describe a number of things in a number of situations.  When it comes to music however I don't use the term except when it is absolutely, one hundred percent, beyond a shadow of a doubt warranted.  The Spiral Scratch EP from the Buzzcocks is perfect.

When someone says the words punk rock what do you think about?  Speaking for myself I automatically conjure up music with three distinct qualities.  Number one, this is music played at a rapid clip.  No ballads allowed.  These songs are in and out typically in a hurry.  Number two, while there may be some complexity in individual compositions this music is fairly straightforward.  Progressive rock it ain't.  Number three, and perhaps most importantly, this is music with copious amounts of attitude.  While listening I want to see the sneer of the singer/musicians in my mind's eye.  Are all three of these qualities prominently displayed on the SS EP?  You wouldn't be reading this if they were not!

Let's go down the list shall we?  Length?  This EP contains four songs that blast by in just over ten minutes.  The truly impressive feat that the Buzzcocks accomplished here is that none of the four songs feel rushed or cut short in any way.  Each song stands tall and is ridiculously memorable.  Complexity?  I'm not a music theorist and I don't pretend to be one on TV or in real life.  All I can tell you is that there just doesn't seem to be too many odd time signatures, strange chord structures, or heavily orchestrated dynamic shifts in these four tracks.  And attitude?  Call the fire brigade because you'll need every one of their buckets to contain the attitude dripping from your speakers.

Look waveriders, I'm not here to lecture you about the importance of this EP in the history of punk rock.  That would be disingenuous of me since I only picked up a copy last year.  All I want to get across to you is that the Buzzcocks Spiral Scratch EP is punk rock perfection!  If like me you often need a concentrated blast of pure punk goodness, this EP is mana from heaven!  Pick up a copy if you have not already.

- Penfold

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SCISSORTOOTH Premiere New Track 'Rotting Alive' + USA Tour Dates; New Album 'Novagomorrah' (Galy Records) Out July 28th

Top (left to right):Shawn Hoskins (Drums), Derek Lundblad (Guitars,Vocals), Ken Firomski (Bass) - Photo credit: Kevin Eisenlord
       Vancouver, BC SCISSORTOOTH has teamed up with Noizz Webzine for the premiere of their latest track 'Rotting Alive' from their upcoming album 'Novagomorrah' set to be unleashed on Galy Records on July 28th with pre-order available here. 'Rotting Alive' embodies Bay Area thrash metal from the 80’s, Seattle grunge from the 90’s, while adding raspy vocals over chugging riffs and questions the intentions of corporations and the constant push to consume. 
“Rotting alive is about the constant bombardment and force feeding of commercials, products and being 'consumers." comments drummer Shawn Hoskins.
''Rotting Alive' can be heard at the following link: 
'Novagomorrah' is just under 1 hour (58 min total) spread over tracks engineered and mixed by the band’s own, Shawn Hoskins, and mastered by Vancouver’s Greg Mindorff at Suite Sound Labs (Biff Naked, D.O.A., Finger 11). Their sound embodies the aggressive, yet groovy feeling of early Pantera braised with industrial samples throughout the album. 
Nova Gomorrah Tour 2015
Friday, October 16 - New York, NY at Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, United States)
Saturday, October 17 - Philadelphia, PA at Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122, United States)
Sunday, October 18 - Boston, MA at Middle East (472-480 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, United States)
Monday, October 19 - Burlington, VT at Nectars (188 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401, United States)
Track Listing: Scissortooth - Novagomorrah
1. Hostile Takeover (5:14)
2. 10 30 (4:21)
3. Slowber (5:42)
4. Yellowhead (3:59)
5. Incision (5:05)
6. Shoegazer (5:20)
7. Common Thread (5:24)
8. Rotting Alive (4:38)
9. Nova Gomorrah (8:12)
10. Rats (4:48)
11. Wormwood (5:39)
Album Length: 58:00

TEST YOUR METAL RECORDS Sign Mexico's EVILHEART (Blackened Death Metal) For Re-Release of 'Quinquaginta'

'Quinquaginta' Cross Canada Tour

Vancouver, BC based Test Your Metal Records is proud to announce its next signing of Mexican blackened death metallers EVILHEART for the re-release of their 2014 breakthrough Quinquaginta. Test Your Metal will be making the release available for digital download and physical CD purchase as of September 15th with pre-order available here. EVILHEART will also be supporting the release with a cross Canada tour that will kick off in Montreal, QC on September 15th and go West to wrap up in Vancouver, BC on September 26th (dates listed below).
"I am very stoked to announce another band added to the Test Your Metal roster!  Mexico's Evilheart will be tearing across Canada in September with their most recent album Quinquaginta!  These guys are one of the finest death metal bands Mexico has to offer and I am honored to help spread their craft across the land!" comments Test Your Metal Records owner Grant Truesdell.
Track Listing: Evilheart - Quinquaginta
1. Perfection Collapsed (4:57)
2. Misanthropic Decree (4:32)
3. Selective Extermination (5:09)
4. Rebellion (4:49)
5. Decimated Opposition (6:16)
6. Supremacy And Holocaust (5:56)
7. Postmortal Corruption (5:20)
8. Genetics Of Betrayal (6:13)
9. Quinquaginta (9:47)
10. Bonus Track: Severance (Cenotaph cover) (6:27)
Album Length: 59:30
Evilheart - Quinquaginta Canadian Tour Dates:
Sept 15 - Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
Sept 16 - Quebec City, QC @ Scanner Club
Sept 17 - TBA
Sept 18 - London, ON @ TBD
Sept 19 - Toronto, ON @ The Smiling Buddha
Sept 20 - Sudbury, ON @ Little Montreal
Sept 21 - Sault Ste Marie, ON @ Algonquin Pub
Sept 22 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
Sept 23 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange - Club
Sept 24 - Edmonton, AB @ Wunderbar
Sept 25 - Calgary, AB @ Lord Nelsons
Sept 26 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw/Hindenburg

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