Friday, March 31, 2017
Born out of the ashes of the excellent Thothamon, Parlangua from Birmingham, AL, take a different route from their predecessor. Mixing Celtic Frost, Motörhead and Venom with a dollop of Southern Darkness, they sound so refreshing and on point. While being raw and primitive, this recording is full and brutally heavy which enhances Parlangua's sinister and no bullshit attitude. And I love it! How could I not?
This three piece aren't creating a new genre but what they do is breathe new life into an already exciting genre. And that's what makes them stand out. Being a brand new band Parlangua are a little rough around the edges but that adds to them as a force. What I mean is their sound combined with this rawness brings out what the band is all about. And that's all we, as listeners and fans, need. Because this release is fantastic.
My only "complaint" with 'Night Terrors' is the shortness of songs. Hell yeah, three songs of this badassery is not enough. Although I should be happy with what's on hand, which I truly am. After all, the guys have done magnificently well but that's why I want more. Yeah, I'm a greedy sod but listen to 'Night Terrors' and you'll know why.
Starting out with the lurking menace of ‘Buried In St.Louis’ with it’s controlled chaos and nightmarish approach, the band brings on the paranoia in ‘Curse Of The Parlangua’. Faster and claustrophobic it leads into closer ‘Phoenix Lights’. No holds barred, Parlangua pummels me into a vortex of endless nightmares and horrors. Beautiful!
Parlangua has definitely hit the ground running with this amazing debut. We need more bands like this who tells it like it is, and who does it the way they want to. You can’t ask for much more than that, dear wave riders! So tune in to these miscreants and allow yourselves to be blown away.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Slathered in rock and roll riffs and dealing with a case of wanderlust, Calgary’s rock revival heroes WOODHAWK set out to unleash their debut full-length 'Beyond The Sun' paired with dates across Western Canada. The riff wizards just released a video for their single ‘The High Priest’, which showcases their lyricism and fanaticism for musical perfection. Lyrically the song questions individual power and how people can either use it for good or evil.
Watch 'The High Priest' at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5g5jTKtEfM
Their album 'Beyond The Sun' is produced by the band with Jesse Gander (Bison, Japandroids) and is slated for release April 7, 2017. Pre-order of Vinyl, CD or Digital with an instant download of the first single 'The High Priest' available via their bandcamp at https://woodhawk.bandcamp.com.
“This album has been years in the making and really shows the evolution of the band. We focused hard on making not just making good riffs, but good songs. Doing this album, and with Jesse Gander, no less, was a bucket list goal for us. So to be in Vancouver and recording with someone who we truly admire, was something that we feel is reflected in the album.” says vocalist / guitarist.
After opening for Truckfighters, Yawning Man and We Hunt Buffalo in Calgary, WOODHAWK will be hitting the road for tour of Western Canada to quell their hunger for playing shows.
Apr 7 - Edmonton, AB - Sewing Machine Factory (CD Release Show)
April 8 - Calgary, AB - The Palomino (CD Release show)
Vagabonds of The Western Gig Tour:
May 4 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
May 5 - Nanaimo, BC - The Queens
May 6 - Victoria, BC - Logan's Pub
May 7 - Kelowna, BC - Doc Willoughby's
May 8 - Edmonton, AB - Rendezvous Pub
May 9 - Saskatoon, SK - Vangelis Tavern
May 10 - Winnipeg, MB - The Handsome Daughter
May 11 - Regina, SK - The German Club
May 12 - Calgary, AB - Palomino
May 13 - Fernie, BC - Northern Bar
1. Beyond The Sun (3:57)
2. The High Priest (4:46)
3. Living In The Sand (6:03)
4. Magnetic North (4:13)
5. Lawless (3:06)
6. Quest For Clarity (4:14)
7. A New Hope (4:49)
8. Forsee The Future (2:12)
9. Chrononaut (5:19)
Turner Midzain - Vocals/Guitar
Mike Badmington - Bass/Vocals
Kevin Nelson - Drums
For More Info:
NWOBHM legends RAVEN will embark on a European headline summer tour in June, with special guests Hirax and Kill Ritual.
A few words from Raven:
“Hi there…after a longer than expected break we are ready and raring to get out on the road again…
A quick warm up in the USA will be followed by a Euro tour with old friends Hirax opening and we shall also be hitting the European festival circuit hard later in 2017 – as well as squeezing in a USA tour – and working on South America & some more exotic locales!!!
LET’S ALL KICK SOME ASS!!!”
Raven's current album ExtermiNation was released in April 2015 as a digipak version (incl. 1 bonus track), 2LP gatefold green vinyl version, download and stream via SPV/Steamhammer.
Euro tour dates are as follows:
07-Jun Roeselare (BEL) “De Verlichte Geest” (www.facebook.com/events/1851340801803427)
08-Jun Essen (GER) “Turock” – (www.facebook.com/events/1269825489767349)
09-Jun Hamburg (GER) “Bambi Galore” (www.facebook.com/events/1664382427200000)
10-Jun Rotterdam (NLD) “Baroeg” (www.facebook.com/events/1225619977491519)
11-Jun Tilburg (NLD) “Little Devil” (www.facebook.com/events/1636689786635369)
12-Jun Osnabruck (GER) “Bastard Club” (www.facebook.com/events/1678057205820040)
13-Jun Dresden (GER) “Chemiefabrik” (www.facebook.com/events/1199284753524879)
14-Jun Dornbirn (AUT) “Schlachthaus” (www.facebook.com/events/1863202127256660)
15-Jun Florence (ITA) “Circus Club” (www.facebook.com/events/1863155383932467)
16-Jun Milan (ITA) “Blue Rose Club” (www.facebook.com/events/1742972316017662)
17-Jun Montbeliard (FRA) “Atelier des Môles” (www.facebook.com/events/1867417153541311)
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Influenced by Deafheaven, The Long Dark Road’s four-song self-titled EP is the result of a series of events in Toronto musician Jeremy Cavan’s life, including debt, homelessness, and a divorce. The mix of black metal, punk and hardcore on this album gives into a touch of prog-type songs, at least in length with the title track alone surpassing the ten minute mark, and the shortest track is just shy of seven minutes long.
The lyrics are more geared toward political and societal topics than most metal bands and luckily even with the gruff and occasionally less than clean singing, you can still hear the words and see the anger and disgust that is being spit out. The songs are as heavy as the weight of the world's problems on their shoulders, but melodic and interesting, with the length of them not being a factor that impedes your enjoyment, in fact, the length seems perfect for each song, like a complete argument that needs to be heard. The mix is a bit dirty and gritty, but it suits the music and tone perfectly; who wants it all prettied up since it would take the intensity and immediacy of it away. The songs each have their own feel and have shredding guitar playing that really stands out, as well as the extended bits that show the more textured playing and at times softer sounds that the band can create and meld into a song that is both devastating and thrilling.
If you are looking for some straight-ahead metal, this may come as a shock, but the album has both beauty and anger that forge an alliance and make you want to come back to it time and time again. With only four songs, they have created an album that will become a constant player in your collection, and make you want to see what comes next.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Photo Credit: Ben Stas
Richmond, VA doomsters WINDHAND have announced a new run of headlining European tour dates this coming fall with fellow Virginia based group Satan’s Satyrs. The tour commences September 21st in Copenhagen, DK and runs till October 13th in Bristol, UK. The two bands will also do a short North American run preceding the European Tour. A full listing of WINDHAND tour dates is available below.
WINDHAND Tour Dates:
--- All Dates 3/31 - 4/8 with Cough ---
Mar 31 Wellington, NZ San Fran
Apr 01 Auckland, NZ King’s Arm Tavern
Apr 02 Fortitude Valley, AUS Crowbar
Apr 05 Newtown, AUS Newton Social Club
Apr 06 Adelaide, AUS Fowlers Live
Apr 07 Melbourne, AUS Corner Hotel (+ Inverloch)
Apr 08 Perth, AUS Badlands
Apr 21 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
Apr 22 Vancouver, BC Fortune Sound Club
Apr 23 Seattle, WA Neumos
--- All dates 5/17-5/25 with Satan's Satyrs ---
May 17 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
May 18 Pittsburgh, PA Cattivo
May 19 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern
May 20 Detroit, MI Loving Touch
May 21 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
May 22 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry
May 23 Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club
May 24 Indianapolis, IN The Hi-Fi
May 25 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups
Aug 18-20 Las Vegas, NV Psycho Las Vegas Festival
--- All dates 9/21 - 10/14 with Satan's Satyrs ---
Sep 21 Copenhagen, DK Loppen
Sep 22 Oslo, NO BLA
Sep 23 Stockholm, SE Debaser Strand
Sep 25 Helsinki, FI Kuudes Linja
Sep 27 Gothenburg, SE Pustervik
Sep 28 Hamburg, DE Hafenklang
Sep 29 Cologne, DE MTC
Sep 30 Wiesbaden, DE Kesselhaus
Oct 01 Leipzig, DE UT Connewitz
Oct 02 Berlin, DE Cassiopeia
Oct 03 Vienna, AT Arena
Oct 04 Munich, DE Feierwerk
Oct 05 Bologna, IT Freak-Out Club
Oct 06 Mezzago, IT Bloom Club
Oct 08 Paris, FR Stoned Gathering
Oct 09 London, UK The Borderline
Oct 10 Leeds, UK Brudenell
Oct 11 Glasgow, UK Audio
Oct 12 Manchester, UK Rebellion
Oct 13 Bristol, UK Exchange
WINDHAND are still touring in support of their critically-acclaimed 2015 full-length Grief's Infernal Flower, which was hailed by publications including NPR, Pitchfork and many more as one of the best metal albums of the year. Grief's Infernal Flower can be streamed and purchased at the band's Bandcamp page here.
Completing the collection! No Prayer through to Final Frontier album reissues coming this summer - all on black vinyl!
Parlophone Records will follow 2014’s reissue of the first eight IRON MAIDEN albums, which spanned the 1980s, with twelve brand new pressings of albums from the period 1990-2015 in heavyweight 180g black vinyl.
Unlike the 1980’s reissues which were cut from the original analogue master tapes, the audio on these releases has been cut from the high resolution remasters of 2015 when the Maiden catalogue was digitally upgraded. They will be packaged in identical artwork to the initial vinyl releases.
The records will be released chronologically across a three month period:
May 19th: No Prayer For The Dying / Fear Of The Dark / The X Factor / Virtual XI
(Pre-order available now: Collectors Box | No Prayer For The Dying | Fear Of The Dark | X Factor | Virtual XI)
June 23rd: Brave New World / Rock In Rio (Live) / Dance Of Death / A Matter Of Life And Death
July 21st: Death On The Road (Live) / Flight 666 (Live) / The Final Frontier / En Vivo! (Live)
As a bonus, the first two albums (No Prayer For The Dying & Fear Of The Dark) will also be made available in an exclusive Collector’s Box sized to house all 12 albums with additional space for fans to insert the latest Maiden studio album The Book Of Souls, which was released on triple black vinyl in 2015. The Collector’s Box will be a strictly limited edition and available while stocks last.
These high quality, black vinyls comprised of eight studio albums together with a specially selected choice of four live recordings from this period, completes the IRON MAIDEN album reissues series and offers Maiden fans the opportunity to own the band’s entire studio album legacy on vinyl simultaneously for the very first time.
Monday, March 27, 2017
The best concert I have ever attended in my life was at UCLA’s Ackerman Union hall in 1985 – a trifecta never to be equaled in modern American rock – the Minutemen, followed by Meat Puppets, followed by Husker Du. All 3 bands launched by landmark punk label SST earlier in the 80s, these 3 juggernauts all tore through spectacular material at the height of their respective games. The Minutemen’s songs were maturing way beyond their 70 second sonic blurts into fully developed, politically charged rock n roll anthems from their double cd opus Double Nickels on the Dime; the Meat Puppets were touring to support their spectacular Up on the Sun album, where their trippy psychedelically tinged, rootsy punk coalesced into brilliance; and Husker Du were riding the crescendo of their creative peak, playing an endless parade of high quality songs from their stellar albums Zen Arcade and New Day Rising, and debuting new single Makes no Sense at All , foreshadowing a newfound power pop sensibility.
Where are they now? Sadly we lost Minutemen guitarist and frontman D Boon to a tragic tour bus accident not a year later, the group disbanding immediately, and Husker Du dissolved a few years later after the brilliant Warehouse – Songs and Stories double album to leave an influential legacy without which we do not know a litany of high achieving bands that we take for granted. But the Meat Puppets? Well, they are not just still around, they are thriving and killing it live. Having released over a dozen albums throughout their 3-decade plus career, they continue to tour regularly around the country, and their recent headlining stop at Silverlake’s Echoplex revealed a band that can still kick out the jams in most impressive fashion. Choosing what seemed like one song from practically every record they’ve released, their extended jams on Up on the Sun’s enchanting instrumental “Seal Whales” and the particularly intense “Lake of Fire’ (made famous of course by Nirvana’s unplugged version) were breathtaking.
Hailing originally from Phoenix, what an apt synergy, because bass player Cris Kirkwood’s is truly one hell of a success story, having risen from the depths of heroin addiction and incarceration 10 years ago to take center stage as the far more animated of the two brothers, older brother Curt content to convey a chill vibe and focus on delivering his pleasantly quixotic lyrics and mindbending guitar solos. It’s Cris whose elfish figure draws the eye’s attention, his good natured and quirky facial contortions keeping pace with his solid fretwork, blasting to smithereens the Entwistle/John Paul Jones-inspired theory that the bass player stands still like a steady ox caught in the vortex of hyperkinetic lead singers and uber type-A guitar heroes. At his left flank on stage was yet another Kirkwood, young Elmo, whose long flowing locks and overall mojo clearly betrayed a family resemblance and conjured up images of his lineage from that concert decades ago.
On stage before the Meat Puppets was Ford Madox Ford, the new band from SoCal music scene veteran Chip Kinman, whose 1980s band Rank and File with (speaking of brothers) Tony made some noteworthy inroads into local lore with solid radio-friendly “cowpunk” tracks like “The Conductor Wore Black” and “Amanda Ruth”. The new band sounded very accomplished indeed given their short history – after Chip playfully announced he was gonna play some punk, they launched into a mighty fine set of energetic blues and rockabilly-influenced rootsy rock that called to mind more “Brand New Cadillac” than “White Riot”. Look out for their debut release this summer on Porterhouse Records, recording as we speak.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
S.F. Bay Area rock heavyweights, The Watchers, hit the road this summer in support of their debut Ripple Music release, their "Sabbath Highway".
Starting this June, the "Sabbath Highway Tour" will see the band hitting the highways of the American heartland, crossing from their West Coast homes all the way to their pinnacle stop at The Maryland Doom Fest #3, where they'll lay waste to waiting audiences along side such heavyweights as The Skull, Wo Fat, and Bang.
6/17 Nevada • Reno / Jub Jubs Thirst Parlor
6/18 Utah • SLC / The Urban Lounge
6/19 Colorado • Ft Collins / Surfside 7
6/20 Kansas • Lawrence / Replay Lounge
6/21 Illinois • Chicago / Reggies
6/22 Indiana • South Bend / Smiths Downtown
6/23 Ohio • Wapakoneta / Route 33 Rhythm & Brews
6/24 Maryland • Frederick / Cafe 611
(Maryland Doom Fest)
6/26 Oklahoma • Tulsa (TBA)
6/27 Texas • San Antonio / Limelight
6/28 Texas • Austin / The Lost Well
6/29 Texas • El Paso / Rock House
6/30 Arizona • Tempe / Yucca Tap Room
Before the Tour commences, The Watchers will enter the studio to record their next full length offering anticipated to be released by Ripple Music in Sept. 2017.
Finally, to rev up for the tour, The Watchers just released a new video from the "Sabbath Highway" EP, "Just A Needle." Check it out and prepare for the Sabbath Highway!
Saturday, March 25, 2017
The month of March has been a bruiser as customary with the weather. The” in like a lion out like a lamb” saying smacked the music world here on bandcamp rather inversely. Bandcamp pounced us like a lion the entire month with no signs of slowing down. Here are some stragglers I managed to dig up recently. I have been on vacation all week, so not a lot of new discovery, but with the internet and smart phones I am always just a click away from greatness. Check these bad boys out.
Familiars – This Water That is Warm (I Will Soon Join)
I was not familiar with the Familiars until a couple weeks ago. They popped up on the feed and it took me a while to push play. Probably due to the fact that their catalog was mainly 2-song singles and those are always a bit hit and miss. However, when I finally sat down and pushed play I was enamored with delight.
For those unfamiliar with The Familiars, I'll tell you this much; this single is one of the gnarliest 2 song sequences I've heard all year. By gnarly I mean thick burly riffs, hazy psychedelic vocals and mind altering rhythm that demands repeat attention. Blown away.
Smokey Mirror – Smokey Mirror EP
One hell of an EP right here waveriders. Straight out of the heart of Texas, Smokey Mirror hammer us with one of the best EPs of the year so far.
Book a show with them, grab the EP, and spread the word. This is hot shit.
These guys caught my ear with not only the intriguing artwork on display, obviously a David Paul Seymour piece, but the energy was present. The massive doom throbs like Sabbath at a blues fest. If an album could come close to resembling the tone on the first Sword album, ‘Out of the Shallow’ nails it. Probably what caught my ear initially and held my attention throughout. The vocals are both burly and intoxicating without being overbearing, and the riffs are both weighty and bluesy bringing the sound full circle for fans of uber doom, and those that prefer a heavy psychedelic blues affair. There are various physical merch packages including the cassette tape which is actually the same price as the digital only. You are really missing out by not holding something by Earth Witch in your hand. It gets better with each listen as well.
Mosgila – Mosgila
This one came out of nowhere. A facebook recommendation by a trusted source and a push of the play button and I was sold. Based in Seattle, Washington, one can’t help but immediately look for a grunge influence. Although the grunge sound is not at the forefront of the scene these days, the Seattle climate always seems to invoke somewhat of a grungey tone. As the album plays through there is definitely a 90’s hard rock vibe going on. But rather than a clone of Stone Temple Pilots or Soundgarden, Mosgila creates more of a modern hard arena rock meets stoner metal. The vocals are the dividing factor that gives this one a nostalgic essence. The guitars are smooth, riffy, and melodic, and the tone screams 20th century Pacific Northwest stoner metal. I hear bits and pieces that remind me of post 2000 hard rock of the like of Tim Narducci of ‘The Watchers’ old band ‘Systematic’, which I’ve always loved. Check this out and give these guys some love. I think they’ve got something special going on here.
Sleeping Tigers – Ancient Request
Here we are with another 2-song set that had me completely sold. Straight out of Salt Lake City, UT, Sleeping Tigers roar at us with a fine demo output.
Consider my interest in full pique mode. Groove for days, riffs for miles, and the hooks catch you like Yogi Berra on a curve ball.
Ethiva – Sublime Island
Here is a band that is worth listening to. With a heavily progressive direction, Ethiva have released an album that will spin you into the abyss with layers of psychedelic infused kraut mixed with melodic strums of metallic force. I was blown away and still am with how much this band is able to impress. Take a listen for yourself. This one is available on vinyl and although I haven’t pulled the trigger yet, it is high on the list of priorities as it’s an absolutely gorgeous album. Also, their debut is stunning and available on bandcamp as well.
Regulus – Quadralith
Last but not least we have the brand new full length album by Regulus, whom I’ve featured on the series before. The new album was high on my priority list, and although I can’t afford the vinyl at the moment the music will certainly justify a purchase if you haven’t already.
Fuzzy layers of heavy blues build within strapping vocal chops and stoner-fueled groove. Regulus have arrived by way of Quadralith with a 10-song set of powerhouse, riff-driven heavy rock n roll.
March is always a strong month straddling the winter and spring divide taking us from a blustery cold front to fresh and airy pastures. The campgrounds will soon be green as the rivers of music begin to rise with runoff creating waves of sounds for you all to ride. See you next time.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Second Coming of Heavy Chapter Five Lands This Saturday, and Mothership, Freedom Hawk, and Gozu Back in Stock!!!
It's here! The next edition of The Second Coming of Heavy: Chapter Five - featuring Ripple favorites Desert Suns and Chiefs. All brand new, never before released songs that rip with stoner/desert power. Will be available in all the versions you've come to know and love, The Tricolor swirled with white splatter Resurrection Edition, The individually numbered oxblood in clear color in color with black splatter Risen OBI, and the milky clear/oxblood splattered Ascension Edition. Only 100 pressed of each edition with no repress. Jump onboard the series that many are calling the best "Split series in the heavy underground." On sale Saturday 25th, 7 am PST. www.ripple-music.com
Mothership "High Strangeness" released last week and has catapulted the band to the upper echelons of the heavy underground. The limited editions of the LP sold out in under 24 hours, but fret not! We always keep some in reserve for lost/damage replacement and we'll be releasing these, reserve 7" Crown of Lies, and test pressings in just one week. So stay tuned. Meanwhile, black vinyl and CD are available right now in the shop.
Back in stock!! We sold out of all limited color, test pressings and black vinyl (even sold out of CD's!) in less than a month, so here's great news. The debut album by legendary heavy rockers, Freedom Hawk is back in stock. Sunlight finds the band making their debut Ripple release and brims with the killer riffage that Freedom Hawk are world-known for. In the shop now in LP and CD. www.ripple-music.com
Another one that sold out quickly, and again we're thrilled to let you know that this baby is back in stock. "Revival" by Gozu, their Ripple Music debut, broke the band to their biggest audience yet. On most sites end-of-year-best-of lists, nobody does it like Gozu. Intense riffing, killer melodies and those perfect soulful vocals. Back in stock in vinyl and CD. www.ripple-music.com
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Rockers around the world - prepare yourselves for the latest album by Switzerland's legendary hard rock band KROKUS, entitled BIG ROCKS!
Release date: April 7th 2017
On BIG ROCKS, KROKUS pay tribute to their roots by covering classic tracks of The Rolling Stones, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Steppenwolf, The Who, Bob Dylan and many more.
With a total of 12 flawlessly executed cover versions in the typical KROKUS vein plus a newly recorded version of the KROKUS classic "Backseat Rock N' Roll" as well as comments on selected songs by various band members, BIG ROCKS offers everything fans of straight-forward and honest rock music can ask for.
BIG ROCKS is available as CD Jewelcase as well as download and stream (Available now). The album is already available outside North America, but fans within North America will now be able to pick up this piece of hard rock history.
Click here to pre-order the CD at selected stores or purchase a download/streaming copy: http://smarturl.it/KrokusBIGROCKS
A lyric video of the classic track "House Of The Rising Sun" isa available on YouTube and Vevo via the link below.
Let the Krokus Pokus begin!
BIG ROCKS - Tracklist
(originally by Black Sabbath)
2. Tie Your Mother Down
(originally by Queen)
3. My Generation
(originally by The Who)
4. Wild Thing
(originally by The Troggs)
5. The House Of The Rising Sun
(originally by The Animals)
6. Rockin' In The Free World
(originally by Neil Young)
7. Gimme Some Lovin'
(originally by Spencer Davis Group)
8. Whole Lotta Love
(originally by Led Zeppelin)
9. Summertime Blues
(originally by Eddie Cochran)
10. Born To Be Wild
(originally by Steppenwolf)
11. Quinn The Eskimo
(originally by Bob Dylan)
12. Jumpin' Jack Flash
(originally by The Rolling Stones)
13. Backseat Rock N' Roll
(KROKUS original recording)
Marc Storace: Lead Vocals
Chris von Rohr: Bass, Vocals
Fernando von Arb: Guitars,Vocals
Mark Kohler: Guitars
Mandy Meyer: Guitars
Flavio Mezzodi: Drums
Century Media Records Online:
Swedish Hard Rockers HORISONT are thrilled to announce that they will be returning to North America next month as part of their 'About Time' world tour. The upcoming dates come in support of the band's new album, About Time, which was released on February 3rd and features the singles "Electrical" (Music Video), "The Hive" (Album Track) and "About Time" (Music Video). Speaking about their return stateside, the members of Horisont comment,
"Well, well! Look what we have here! We had such a good time on our last U.S. tour, we thought it’s time to go back! So it’s with great pleasure that we can announce our next upcoming North American tour which is scheduled for April and May. We’ll be bringing the awesome blues rockers The Dirty Streets with us throughout the whole tour. More dates will be added shortly so stay tuned! See you soon!"
HORISONT - 'About Time' North American Tour
4/07 CHICAGO, IL @ REGGIE'S
4/10 DENVER, CO @ HI DIVE
4/12 SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ METRO MUSIC HALL
4/13 BOISE, ID @ NEUROLUX
4/14 PORTLAND, OR @ BOSSANOVA BALLROOM
4/15 SEATTLE, WA @ HIGHLINE
4/16 VANCOUVER, BC @ PUB 340
4/18 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ THEE PARKSIDE
4/20 SAN DIEGO, CA @ BRICK BY BRICK
4/23 SAN ANTONIO, TX @ LIMELIGHT
4/24 AUSTIN, TX @ GRIZZLY HALL
4/25 NEW ORLEANS, LA @ SIBERIA
4/26 SAVANNAH, GA @ THE JINX
4/27 ATLANTA, GA @ THE BASEMENT
4/29 RICHMOND, VA @ STRANGE MATTER*
4/30 PHILADELPHIA, PA @ KUNG FU NECKTIE
5/01 NEW YORK, NY @ WEBSTER HALL
5/02 BOSTON, MA @ ONCE
5/04 TORONTO, ON @ VELVET LOUNGE
5/05 PITTSBURGH, PA @ GOOSKI'S
5/09 CLEVELAND, OH @ THE GROG SHOP
* - w/Mothership
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
This is the second solo album by artist Verena von Horsten from Zurich, Switzerland. It was written, produced and recorded by herself in New York and Zurich. This album is a moving and sentimental tribute to her late brother who committed suicide four years ago. The songs on the album, explore the haunting journey of despair she embarked on as she struggled to understand why her brother felt like the only option he had left was to end his own life, and the way the world treats suicide.
The album has been called "synth-pop," but there is no "pop" here, it's more along the lines of "synth rock" because of the edginess of it and the topic of the album. She has also been compared to Bjork and PJ Harvey, but she isn't like them at all, except that they are all females that sing, instead let's not lump her into a group of singers, let's take her at face value; a singer that has an amazing voice and raw talent that stands out as soon as you start to listen to the album. Song after song is chock full of emotion that grabs your ears as well as your heart knowing the tragic way this album came to be. The songs are catchy, tightly played and infectious, something that can be played over and over again and never get boring. She has a voice that goes from being almost operatic and hitting high notes to sounding melancholy and heart-wrenching, but still beautiful. The over eight minute long "Sakrament der Büffelherde" is an amazing song that has a fantastic beat, astounding vocals and seems so much shorter than is listed. This is a song that will get stuck in my head and be played repeatedly. The production is clear, but keeps the rawness of her emotions in full view, and everything just falls into place.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
THE OBSESSED Premieres "Punk Crusher" Via Brooklyn Vegan/Invisible Oranges; Record Release Show Announced
[Photo by Susie Costantino]
Maryland doom legends THE OBSESSED today premiere the second single off their impending new Sacred full-length, their first studio offering in over two decades.
April 7th, 2017 will see the worldwide release of Sacred via Relapse Records on CD, LP, deluxe 2xLP, and digital formats. Physical preorders and bundles are available via Relapse.com HERE and digital downloads can be preordered by Bandcamp at THIS LOCATION. The deluxe 2xLP bundle includes an enamel logo pin, signed art print, and two bonus tracks.
With renewed energy and purpose, THE OBSESSED sounds heavier and more relevant than ever before. On Sacred, the band doubles down on enormous, heaving riffs and pummeling low-end across twelve tracks of eternal doom. Rounded out by guitarist/vocalist Scott "Wino" Weinrich's lyrical honesty and iconic throaty vocals, Sacred is an album that further pushes THE OBSESSED into the annals of heavy metal history, well worth the two-plus decade wait. The band will perform once again as a three-piece featuring Wino, Reid Raley, and Brian Costantino.
THE OBSESSED has announced a special Sacred record release show April 8th at Kung Fu Necktie which will include an album listening session and a special Wino acoustic performance. The band will also perform at this year's Berserker Fest IV in Detroit, Michigan the weekend of April 14th-15th. Stay tuned for further tour live announcements in the future.
4/08/2017 King Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA [info] * Record Release Show
4/14-15/2017 Berserker Fest IV - Detroit, MI w/ GWAR, Eyehategod, OFF!, Weedeater, Brain Tentacles, more
THE OBSESSED was formed in the late 1970s in Potomac, Maryland by legendary guitarist Scott "Wino" Weinrich (Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan). The band spawned in the realm of musicians/artists such as Black Sabbath, Frank Zappa, The Dictators, and The Stooges. The earliest lineup consisted of Wino, bassist Mark Laue, guitarist John Reese, and drummer Dave Flood. In 1983, Wino took over vocal duties and the band became a three-piece to record the Sodden Jackal EP.
The band broke up in the late '80s after Wino moved to California to join Saint Vitus. At that time, a German label, Hellhound Records, and the booking agency that had signed Saint Vitus, released The Obsessed, originally recorded in 1985, prompting Wino to reform THE OBSESSED. After multiple lineup changes, the band signed to Columbia Records in 1994 to release their third and final album, The Church Within. Despite highly acclaimed reviews, THE OBSESSED would breakup following the release, seeing Wino forming Spirit Caravan (Then Shine) and other projects.
In September 2011, THE OBSESSED returned to the stage at Roadburn Festival with The Church Within's legendary lineup (featuring Wino, Greg Rogers, and Guy Pinhas). The band played a few more reunion shows over the next couple years at Hellfest Open Air 2012 and Maryland Deathfest XI in May 2013 with bassist Reid Raley.
Wino announced the full-time return of THE OBSESSED in March 2016 and the band's official signing to Relapse Records to record the follow up to The Church Within. The new lineup originally consisted of Spirit Caravan bassist Dave Sherman and Wino's longtime friend and former road crew member. drummer Brian Costantino. On October 31st, 2016, Wino announced the lineup for THE OBSESSED, included bassist Bruce Falkinburg and guitarist Seraphim, making that the first time the band had been a four piece in over thirty-five years. Now in 2017, THE OBSESSED will unleash Sacred, the band's first studio album in over two decades.